KANSAS CITY—Africa is and has been largely unreached by the Gospel, with the country of Senegal in the west being typical.
To address this problem, First Baptist Church, Arnold, has adopted a people group in which they will minister and share the Gospel. This people, whose name will not be released for security purposes, is called the K people. They are mostly Muslim, and throughout West Africa there are roughly 30,000 of them. Less than 100 of them are Christians.
James Nicholls, missions coordinator at First Arnold, has put together a three-part trip to spread the truth of Christ. The trip will occur in three segments and will go from the middle of July to the first part of August.
“The IMB (International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) has invited our pastor, Kenny Qualls, to bring a blessing from God’s Word to 80-plus missionaries who are currently serving in as many as 10 different countries in West Africa,” Nicholls said.
The first and third part of the trip will overlap into the second part, of which First Arnold will be joined by a team here from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The duration of the trip will be July 16-Aug. 7.
Qualls said that First Arnold has a tri-fold partnership which includes North India, the mountains of Central Mexico, and Senegal.
“We understand that every member of First Baptist, Arnold, is a missionary, and the entire world is our mission field,” he said.
MITCH SHIFFER/contributing writer