Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

Timelines: Our Story Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

For over two years Karen, Marion and Darlene traveled extensively in West Africa, providing training and crisis response to missionaries from Senegal to Nigeria. They saw their vision being realized: to see missionaries and cross cultural workers thriving in their work, even in the midst of crisis situations. Ironically, the team faced its own crisis in September 2002 when civil war erupted in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire where they were training a group of 16 people.  After a week of disruption and great uncertainty, they were escorted safely out of Bouaké and back down to Abidjan.  With the country becoming increasingly unstable, the Board decided that Abidjan was no longer the best base for the team: people would no longer want to come to Abidjan for counseling or Bouaké for workshops.