The Kotafon adhere to the gods of voodoo, a religion birthed in Benin. They consider voodoo sacred and an integral part of their daily lives. Lake Aheme, around which the Kotafon people live, is considered under the power of the female voodoo deity, Awilé. People paddle their dugout canoes from around the lake to participate in honoring Awilé and cleansing evil spirits from their villages.
Mount Vernon Church (SBC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, has committed to winning the Kotafon to Christ and is working with indigenous missionary Marc Idjeberou and Benin Baptists. Four Ko churches have been planted with 10 men now attending Bible school. But, voodoo worshippers are persecuting those faithful to Christ.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” (Isaiah 52:7 ESV)