Francophone Africa Regional Conference - February 2018

Delegates at the Francophone West Africa Regional FLAG conference in February, 2018

Delegates at the Francophone West Africa Regional FLAG conference in February, 2018

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs. 29:18 (KJV)

The pathway to transformation in society is often blocked not by indifference or evil intent but by lack of vision.  If all you have ever seen is a legal system bogged down in corruption in which Christians don’t see themselves as having any power to change the system, hope can perish and the people with it.  But that is not the way things are meant to be! Through FLAG conferences a new vision is cast for a godly system of justice that followers of Christ can help bring into existence.  The recent regional FLAG conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire is no exception.

The FLAG Francophone Regional Conference in Cote d’Ivoire was filled with new milestones. This was the first regional conference organized by legal professionals from the region for legal professionals in the region.  This was the first FLAG conference with representatives from the law enforcement community on the planning committee. Ten percent of the attendees were from the law enforcement community (gendarmes and military personnel), a record percentage for any FLAG gathering.  More than 60 representatives attended from eight French-speaking West Africa countries, France and USA.

It was a festive occasion by all standards.  The opening ceremonies were attended by dignitaries including the Chief of the Gendarmes in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and the ambassadors to Cote d’Ivoire from Chad and the DRC.  As an additional treat, the entire conference was filled with high quality African praise and worship music. (Oh do I ever love those wonderfully deep and rich African harmonies!)

Program highlights included FLAG core teachings related to intimacy with God, practicing your profession in the power of the Holy Spirit, integrating your faith into your practice, sharing your faith story and reaching your sphere of influence for Christ.  One presenter spoke on working to make an impact in the kingdom of God. There were also lively small group discussions on topics of ethics and local interest.

While the long-term impact of the conference will not be known for some time, one delegate from Cote d’Ivoire, Oliver, said, “It was a great blessing for me to attend the FLAG conference here in Ivory Coast and understand how we can use law and faith to influence our sphere and environment positively and to correct a nation’s habits and wrongdoings. All these changes are possible when we use the word of God to portray our identity before our job, title and position in any circumstances and situations.  If most our authorities can attend next time to learn all these principles, I believe that we will be able to change the face of the different governments in Africa and also the attitudes of some authorities.” (edited for translation purposes)

By Bob Trierweiler