Within the last month, the Church organized three new branches within the city of Gagnoa, Cote d'Ivoire. No wards or branches previously functioned in the city prior to the creation of the Babre, Garahio, and Ouragahio Branches, suggesting that the Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan Mission established multiple member groups in Gagnoa either through mission leaders traveling to visit isolated members and investigators in the city or through assigning full-time missionaries and starting multiple member groups. Due to limited member and missionary reports from Cote d'Ivoire, I cannot confirm how the Church has established an initial presence in this large city. However it appears that the Church has become more aggressive in its outreach expansion efforts in the Africa West Area as demonstrated by the recently opening of two additional major cities in Ghana (Tamale and Techiman) and significant congregational growth in Benin and Togo. Two additional cities in Cote d'Ivoire have had the first LDS units organized recently included Bonoua and Bouafle.
See below for a map displaying the locations of wards and branches in Cote d'Ivoire.
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