Kristine McLaughlin

Salvation and Call

While growing up in a Christian home, I trusted Christ as my Savior following a Sunday evening message on Jan. 6, 1989. During my junior year of high school, a visiting missionary told of the need for missionaries on unreached fields. I surrendered to missions and began thinking that nursing could be a way to some day reach villages with the Gospel.

Preparation

Following graduation from Pensacola Christian College in 2001, I began working as a cardiac nurse at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL, while continuing to seek the Lord’s guidance in missions.

In March 2004, I first heard about the need for nurses in the Bingerville ministry. In November of that year, I traveled to Côte d’Ivoire for a 5-week survey trip. During this time, the Lord confirmed to me that His will was that I return here as a career missionary.

In June 2005, I was approved as a missionary with Baptist International Missions, Inc. in Harrison, TN. After traveling on deputation for two years, I studied French at the Centre d’Enseignement de Français in Albertville, France, for 10 months.

First Term

On Jan. 16, 2009, I arrived in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire to begin working in the ministry of veteran Missionary Bob Mach. I began working four days each week in the clinic ministry. We were thrilled with the fruit that the Lord gave us as a result of the clinic ministry, specifically regarding the doors that it opened to our Bingerville villages.

As the political arena turned turbulant from fall 2010 to spring 2011, the U.S. Embassy advised against an American presence in Côte d’Ivoire. For this reason, I relocated to Ghana to work with missionary friends. During this time, the Lord gave me a ministry of teaching Bible in a village school. I also became acquainted with the 12-inch long black emperor scorpions found in Ghana!

At the end of 2011, I was able to return to my home in Bingerville to resume ministries there. Through a series of events, the city hall took over the clinic ministry during our absence. Looking back, it seemed that the Lord gave us this particular clinic ministry for a time – specifically for the purpose of opening the twelve Bingerville villages to the Gospel. This government takeover allowed me much more time to work in the village ministry which I’ve found is my first love in missions.

Access to the Bingerville villages was first gained through the hosting of evangelistic/medical days. We’ve had access to six of the twelve villages in this way. As villagers began making decisions for salvation, we began a village visitation ministry in January 2012. The Bingerville church is now routinely hosting Bible studies in three villages – Anan, Sébia-Yao, and Brégbo. Weekly, we welcome villagers to join us for church services in Bingerville. We are now planning and praying toward the planting of a village church. There is a great task ahead, and we are excited about how the Lord will continue to bless in our Bingerville villages. 

During the Ivoirian school year (Oct.-May), I teach English two afternoons each week at the Institut National des Metiers, a private high school, in Bingerville. This is a wonderful opportunity as I've been given complete freedom to share the Gospel during the English class. Generally, we have 15-20 students enrolled between the ages of 16 to 25. Along with studying English, we look at an aspect of Bible doctrine during each class which leads to a clear presentation of salvation. The students are tested both in English and in Bible material.

Second Term

The Lord has allowed us to see firsthand that medical missions works.  During my second term (2016-2020), I look forward to organizing teams to bring the model of medical evangelism further into the country's interior.  Additionally, we will lay the groundwork for the start of a joint medical clinic and church plant within the proximity of the Bingerville villages.

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