Pastor Abel Dossou Sognon was born in Dekanmin, Benin ( West Africa ), the oldest son of an animist priest. After a tumultuous childhood, Abel accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1985 at a Youth for Christ crusade in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and was baptized in 1987 in the Assembly of God church in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Hearing the call of God on his life, Dossou entered bible school and began ministering at the age of 19.
In 1993, Dossou's mother was stricken with paralysis. The Holy Spirit spoke with Abel, instructing him to pray for his mother. But he must receive permission from his father to do so. His father, at this time, was still a leader within the animist community. After speaking with his father, he was given permission to pray for his mother - with one condition. If Dossou prayed and his mother was not healed, he was to abandon Jesus, and return to animism. Dossou agreed, but replied, " When Jesus heals my mother, I want the whole family to follow Jesus".
The next day, Abel begins three days of prayers for his mother's healing. On the third day, he falls asleep, very tired. He awakens to hear screams of excitement. His mama is not in the room. His mother had awakened, and gotten up to use the bathroom. When she realized it was not a dream, and that she had actually walked, she began dancing with excitement. She reported seeing a glowing figure in white, who commanded to her, " My daughter, come with me". She loudly and emphatically proclaimed the name of Jesus as her Lord and Savior. When the rest of the family learned of the miracle, they also gave their lives to Jesus. His family continues to follow Jesus to this day.
1993 -1997 independent church planting and evangelism in West Africa
1997-2002 - Ph.D in Theology - Pentacostal Bible Institute; Director of the International Center for Evangelization of Ivory Coast.
2000-2001 - Missiology and Evangelization specialization with Living Water Ministry
2004 - Continuing education with Bethany Bible College
2003 - founded the organization MWE ( Ministry for World Evangelization ), and has planted 10 church's under this organization.
Since 2007, he has represented All Nations Family in West Africa.
The goals of MWE is to free our people and our culture from the stifling strongholds of evil, especially through:
1. Building God's Kingdom through evangelization, discipleship and care for physical/ practical needs.
2. Building bridges between groups in the US and Africa
3. Yearly international conferences in West Africa
4. Building relationship between like-minded church's and organizations
5. Mobile medical clinics and medical education in Africa
6. Orphan care and education
7. Maximizing our connections with other All Nations Family ministries.
Services offered through church in KC : Bilingual worship and teaching ( English and French ) at 1:30pm Sunday's
Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm
In home and hospital visitation for prayer, counseling, healing and deliverance
Acculturation assistance for French speaking immigrants
We work with the blessing and support of All Nations Family, an interdenominational network of cross-cultural missions projects sharing a common goal:
to make disciples and train leaders to ignite church planting movements among the neglected peoples of the earth.
Abel is married to Maria, and they have a 12 year old son. They met while Maria was doing medical missions in Africa, and she continues to be strongly involved with issues of health care access for the poor and issues of justice. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner, and has a special interest in prevention of prenatal HIV transmission, in addition to improving the quality of health care for children in underserved communities.