Wormon Soumaoro
Guinea

Guinea
Grant and Wilma Moore became the first Open Bible missionaries to Guinea in 1952. Later other missionaries joined the Moores and together they began translating the New Testament into the Soso language. In 1968 the government expelled all missionary personnel.

Jean-Fodé Bangoura, the son of a chief, had accepted the Lord and had gone to Bible school in Senegal. He returned to Guinea and cautiously took up the ministry where the missionaries had left off. For 17 years Jean-Fodé faithfully continued to witness and spread the Gospel. In 1984 the president of Guinea died and the country was once again open to receiving missionaries.

In 1985 Tom Moore, son of Grant and Wilma Moore, and Sherry, his wife, daughter of former missionaries Bob and Evelyn Welch, felt God was calling them to go to Guinea to continue the work that Tom’s parents had begun. Tom and Sherry were granted missionary appointment and went to Guinea with their four sons, Tom, Mike, Scott and Tim in 1987. When Tom and Sherry returned to Guinea in 2003 they were traveling alone. Their four sons had grown up and remained in the States to pursue their education and careers.

Open Bible has 13 churches with 1,300 members and 16 credentialed ministers. Seeing the need for education and pastoral training, INSTE (Institute of Theology by Extension) began in 2010 and has 18 students. Several self-help programs were established to provide pastors with limited financial assistance.

Open Bible is one of the few groups experiencing a harvest among the Muslims. The primary vision and focus of the work is to prepare national workers.

Wormon Soumaoro serves as the field director.