The Bisa are known for growing peanuts and making peanut oil, peanut butter and crunchy peanut treats. A Bisa man who wants to court a Bisa girl must work in her mother’s peanut fields and provide the girl with her own field if they get married. Less than one third of Bisa children are educated, as their lives revolve around subsistence farming. The Bisa of Cote d’Ivoire number less than 150,000 out of over 1 million spread across western Africa. They were migrants who worked on plantation farms and eventually purchased property. The Bisa combine ancestral worship with Islam, and do not know that God desires to plant a seed in their lives that will produce a harvest of hope and life.
“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13:23 ESV)