Guinea extends southeast in a crescent from the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Its topography varies from coastal plains to inland mountains that account for about 60 percent of the land area. Several of the region’s major rivers, in particular the Niger, Senegal, and Gambia, all originate from these highlands, making Guinea the “water tower” of West Africa.
God Led Us
It’s February of 2021. The Lord has told us to enter Guinea — in spite of COVID.
We ask Pastor Sonnel of Sierra Leone and Pastor David Zawu of Liberia if they will go, in faith, into the heart of Guinea to find someone to partner with. They agree with great joy — Pastor Sonnel having journeyed in faith three years ago to find Pastor Zawu in Liberia.
They go, then, and they find him. His name is Pastor Francois.
The Lord’s ways are beyond ours. He alone can lead us, in dreams and visions, to a young man who had clung to Jesus’ promise that one day, help would come. We lean on the Lord through His Spirit as the early church did, and we see again and again that He is faithful to fulfill His promises to all His people.
Partner with us
Guinea, country of western Africa, located on the Atlantic coast. Three of western Africa’s major rivers—the Gambia, the Niger, and the Sénégal—rise in Guinea. Natural resources are plentiful: in addition to its hydroelectric potential, Guinea possesses a large portion of the world’s bauxite reserves and significant amounts of iron, gold, and diamonds. Nonetheless, the economy is largely based on subsistence agriculture.
The four major geographic regions largely correspond to the areas inhabited by the major linguistic groups. In Lower Guinea the major language of the Susu has gradually replaced many of the other indigenous languages and is a lingua franca for most of the coastal population. In the Fouta Djallon the major language is Pulaar (a dialect of Fula, the language of the Fulani), while in Upper Guinea the Malinke (Maninkakan) language is the most widespread. The Forest Region contains the linguistic areas, from east to west, of Kpelle (Guerzé), Loma (Toma), and Kisi.
What God is doing
With Guinea being 85% Muslim, and only 7% Christian, pastors face daily persecution and harassment. The majority of village pastors do not have any theological education. Some don’t even have a high school education, or a complete Bible, but just a call from God into ministry.
The Lulu Tree equips sincere church leaders with a free 21-course theological curriculum called Harvestime. At the end of the 21 courses, these pastors then graduate with a diploma in Biblical Ministries.
November of 2022 marked the inaugural graduation for Harvestime, with 35 students receiving their diploma.
Microloans & Sustainable Shops
Many parents in Africa struggle to make ends meet, not because they don’t work hard enough — they work sunup to sundown, trying to sell fuel or purchasing a few items from the market to sell in their village, or doing neighbors’ washing, or selling whatever food they grow in their garden — but because they don’t receive fair wages or fair opportunities.
In an effort to assist one another with their businesses, Pastor Francois and the members of his congregations have joined together the little they have to help each other through a microfinance program.
The Lulu Tree has also assisted Pastor Francois and his wife with starting up a clothing shop, to help sustain them and their ministry.
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