The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, commonly known in English as Ivory Coast, is a country in West Africa. and borders the countries of Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana; its southern boundary is along the Gulf of Guinea. It has an area of 322,462 km2 (124,502 sq mi) and in 2009 the country's population was estimated to be 20,617,068.
An 1843–1844 treaty made Côte d'Ivoire a "protectorate" of France and in 1893, it became a French colony. Côte d'Ivoire became independent on 7 August 1960.
In 2008, 38.6% of Côte d'Ivoire was Muslim, followed by 32.8% Christian, 11.9% practicing indigenous religions and 16.7% with no religion.
The Eglise Protestante Anabaptiste L'Institution Chrétienne (Protestant Anabaptist Church of Ivory Coast) was founded in 1994 with 200 members in 3 congregations by Raymond Affouka Eba, formerly a leader of the country's leading Baptist independent group. He gathered a group of believers who tried to live out a theology that included adult baptism, nonviolence, justice and the importance of community.
Eba knew a little about the Anabaptists of the 16th century, but did not know any modern Anabaptists. A year after the Protestant Anabaptist Church of Ivory Coast was founded, Eba met James Krabill, a Mennonite mission worker who served two decades in Ivory Coast. Krabill helped Eba learn more about Anabaptist literature and current leaders, connecting with Mennonite World Conference and the global Anabaptist community for resourcing and relationships.
Between 1994 and 2009 the following Anabaptist group was active in Côte d'Ivoire:
|Eglise Protestante Anabaptiste L'Institution Chrétienne||3||200||11||1,125||15||1,300||15||1,300||9||1,100|
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||March 2011|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Côte d'Ivoire." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2011. Web. 21 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire&oldid=112191.
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