To the East of Ghana and to the Southwest of Liberia, you will land on a country named Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast. Côte d’Ivoire, with a captivating history marked by French colonialism and golden age followed by civil strife — creating several economic challenges — has transformed into one of West Africa’s most prosperous regions.
The country’s allure extends beyond its economic success, embracing a rich cultural heritage, diverse population, and lush forests, making Côte d’Ivoire a truly remarkable destination. Its journey to prosperity is intricately linked to the cocoa industry; today it is the world’s foremost producer of cocoa beans. This vital sector, dominated by more than a quarter of the population, provides numerous employment opportunities encompassing farming, harvesting, and production. Haggai leader Marie Danielle Ettien actively contributes to this thriving industry.
A farmer from Côte d’Ivoire carefully pruning a cocoa tree to maximize the harvest of his crop. Source: Flickr
Marie has had the opportunity of being the Regional HR Director for Africa for the Belgian company Puratos. Puratos is a food manufacturer that provides various products for baking and desserts, including chocolate.
Marie’s position with this company offers her the opportunity to equip leaders in several areas and set an example for her peers as a devoted Christ follower.
Marie finds that the majority of the hurdles that she faces with sharing the Gospel are the other beliefs that surround her throughout the country.
In Côte d’Ivoire, about 42% of the population is Muslim compared to the 34% that is Christian. Other Ivorians hold all sorts of beliefs, from Atheism to worshipping ancestors, spirits to Buddhism, and more.
Marie feels a specific call to reach young adults and children. She feels it is her mission to equip others and prepare the next generation of Christ believers. Marie has had the opportunity of being involved in the kid’s ministry and the women’s choir at her church. She has committed two years to preach the Gospel to the children she encounters, showing them what it means to be a godly follower of Jesus. Within the choir, she has been able to influence equip fellow choir members on how to reach out to non-Christians and present the full Gospel scope.
The Haggai Leader Experience significantly impacted her call and is where her “interest in winning children to Christ” began, she says. Please join alongside Marie in prayer for her effort to end Gospel poverty in the country of Côte d’Ivoire through both ministry and the marketplace.
Written by Sierra McKinnis