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CARY, NC, January 14, 2011—The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire is in the midst of tense and tumultuous times since the recent presidential elections held on November 28, 2010. The nation is at a critical impasse with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the European Union and the United Nations all affirming Alassane Ouattara as the officially recognized elected leader while the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, refuses to relinquish power. Christian media organization TWR International has a national partner office in Côte d’Ivoire and continues to produce radio programs to bring messages of hope and peace during this tumultuous time.
 
Within the simmering caldron, scores of people have been killed or injured in post-election violence. Others have chosen to flee to neighboring countries. The Jula people in the south are being specifically targeted for harassment along with foreigners from across West Africa living in and around Abidjan.  

Amid the turmoil, TWR’s national partner is providing biblical teaching and preaching programs. Practical broadcasts include Water of Life, AIDS Challenge, Le Defi Afrique (French), Stories of the Holy Book, Dr. Luke (French), Mighty God, Leading the Way (African French), Witness at the Water (French), Sauver Une Génération (French), The Way of Righteousness (Songhai and Tamasheq), Frequence Vie (French), The Word Today (Baoule, African French and Fulfulde) and Thru the Bible (Bambara, African French and Pular).

For further reference on the work and people of TWR Côte d’Ivoire, request the book “Reaching Beyond Barriers” by clicking here.

Prayer Requests:
• Pray for the safety of the TWR staff who face numerous challenges as they continue the ministry in Côte d’Ivoire.  
• Pray for a cessation of hostilities, for leaders to return to dialogue and that those who are caught in the crossfire of threats will be comforted and find strength through the power of Christ our Lord.
• Pray for the Church in Côte d’Ivoire to bring comforting words of peace and hope and be a beacon of light in the surrounding darkness.
• Give praise for the smooth continuity of TWR’s ministry in the rest of West Africa.