Our Calling...

We sense God's calling to bring Gospel transformation to Africa through the local church. God has a way of changing our hearts and then prompting us to action. When we come into alignment with his will, then and only then can we flourish in this life. God has called and inspired many thousands of people throughout Africa to His Great Harvest. There are still many places where the cultural forces make living out the Gospel extremely difficult. The life a person lives out in society can be very different from the life they live inside the church and their home. We want to not only encourage, but equip, every believer in Africa to live out their faith obediently in every area of their life. For we know that when believers are in alignment with God's will, they will have shalom in their lives and they will see shalom prosper in their communities. "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5) 

Our People...

Abel Ndjerareou

Founder

As a pastor and the son of a local pastor, I have been profoundly blessed to have served the local church in Africa alongside my father. My father, the late Andre Laondoye, left a legacy in my life of the importance of the local church.The local church, especially in the rural areas of Africa, is a refuge for many people in the community. As a place of refuge, the church must be obedient and take its responsibility to equip believers so they will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, after 40 years of involvement in pastoral and theological training both at the academic as well as at grass-root levels, I sense God's calling to refocus on Gospel transformation through the local church.

Reouhidi Ndjerareou

Executive Director

Aleka Thrash

Advisor

I grew up in a Christian home where my parents did an amazing job teaching my brother and I about Christ. My personal walk with Christ started at the age of 12 or 13 when I really started to understand what it meant to believe for myself - Matthew 7:7-12 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” I believe in ANIM's mission ...that “God is doing an incredible work on the continent of Africa through the local church.” I have always had a passion for the continent of Africa. As an American "African American / Black" person it is hard to have a true sense of identity. Growing up we had exchange students from multiple countries and I grew to have a special bond with those from African countries. I knew then that I wanted to be connected to Africa in a meaningful way. 

Chaz Oswald

Business Development

I remember vividly at 4 years old spending the night at my cousin’s house. That night, as we were laying on our respective bunks in his room, I remember asking him to walk me through the prayer of salvation. In that moment I prayed that Jesus would be the Savior of my life. I hold that moment as the moment Jesus became Lord of my life and I have been learning what that means ever since. My greatest desire is to see the Good News of Jesus impact and change lives. I have joined ANIM because this too is the desire of the ministry. I have no doubt that ANIM will remain true to this calling and I hope that through the Holy Spirit’s power this organization will play a vital part in raising the next generation of African leaders through encouraging, equipping and educating Christians to live out Kingdom culture for the glory of God. 

Shaina Elfert

Relationship Coordinator

I can honestly say that I do not know a day of my life without Jesus.  I was blessed to grow up in a very strong rooted Christian family. My time at Wapo and Ox Lake International Villages Bible Camp were instrumental in developing a love for the African culture. I saw Christ at work through my grandparents, parents, and camp staff from around the world from the time I can remember. As I got older, I counseled out there and became the site program director for the villages for 3 years. I was given the opportunity to go with a missions group to southern Brazil for 3 months, and Malawi, Africa for almost 4 months.  I had always thought and planned that I would become a missionary some day in Africa. My time in Malawi was so precious to me and hopefully someday I will be able to go back to the continent again (God willing with my whole family). I look forward to being a part of ANIM and seeing how God uses me to help accomplish its vision and mission.  

Ben Keirn

Secretary

I was born and raised a Hoosier; living, playing, and working among the Indiana corn fields. The year before I moved to Michigan, in 2009, I accepted salvation in Christ and attained my Intercultural Ministry Degree. In August of 2017 I moved to N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad, Africa. where I worked as an administrator at a local Chadian private school. In that role, my goal was to emulate Christ to the staff and students encouraging them to attain to the Biblical principles of wisdom, loyalty, service, and growth. ANIM is dear to my heart because of the founding family, whom I have known ever since I moved to Michigan.  It is also dear to my heart because I have seen the shift in world evangelism, which is growing in Asia and Africa. It emboldens me to know that ANIM may be planting the necessary mustard seed that will grow, flourish, and spread out its limbs to share the kingdom of God with the Chadians, the African Continent and the entire French speaking world. 

David Norde

Treasurer

Yonmon Tchinsala

Advisor

I am from the North-Central African country of Chad, but currently living in the United States. I started my walk with the Lord in 2011. I am joining ANIM with a passion and vision that I gained from conducting missionary work both in Chad and in the US. In Chad and in the US I have served youth through campus ministries, and had the privilege to be part of, interact with and carry out missionary work in different capacities. It is within this context that I accepted the invitation to join the ANIM board. I hope to see ANIM contribute to encouraging, training and equipping local pastors and missionaries to the end of facilitating the work of God. Additionally, it is my hope that through ANIM, we will contribute to bringing attention to, and perhaps helping address, the immense needs of local community churches as they struggle to “send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 11:2). 

Teyei Pam

Media Coordinator

​I am from Nigeria, West Africa, but currently living in the United States. I began my personal walk with Jesus in December 1999 out of a very deep conviction of the need to be free and experience the kind of peace that passes every human understanding. I believe in the power of the church to transform individual lives and communities in a holistic way. This is a challenge that the church worldwide is struggling with and needs to be addressed. ANIM for me provides the platform and opportunity to train, equip, empower and encourage church leaders and the local church in Africa to reposition themselves for a holistic approach to church growth and impacting communities. My hope is that ANIM will achieve that to the glory of God.

Chad Stabler

Advisor

I was born in Lansing, Michigan and spent most of my young life there before moving to Grand Rapids in 1984. I have known Jesus as Lord since I was young, but for many years I followed the wide road which proved to be a fruitless and destructive path. In January of 2015 God recaptured my heart and taught me that He was intricately involved in every detail of my life. I agreed to join ANIM because God has shown me clearly, and miraculously, that this is His will for my life at this time. I am passionate about seeing God’s restorative power impact people in difficult places like Chad, Africa and I believe there is a unique movement of God among rural Africa that will change the atmosphere for Christ. 

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