Barry Baggott, director
Barry and his wife, Rachel, worked as missionary apprentices to Arlin and Judy Hendrix from 1984 to 1986 in Lyons, France. In 1987 they moved to the French-speaking country of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, where their sons, Andrew and Matthew were both born. From 1987 until their return to the U.S. in 2003 the Baggotts were involved in many aspects of mission work, including church planting and strengthening, public preaching, teacher workshops, medical work, relief aid to refugees, leadership training, prison ministry, literature work and radio ministry.
In 1992 Barry began publication of a free, bi-monthly teaching periodical called Chemin de Vérité (Way of Truth). Currently nearly 15,000 copies of each issue are mailed to French-speaking individuals and churches in over 35 countries. It is also available online at www.chemindeverite.com. In 1995 he opened the Bouaké Bible School, a two-year preacher training program, now operated by Ivorian Christians. The 50 evangelists trained in this school since then are now serving churches in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, the Congo, Cameroon and Chad.
IN 2007 Jerrel Rowden, founder of French World Outreach, passed the baton to Barry, who now serves as director. His responsibilities include writing and translating, choosing the materials to be published, proofreading and some typesetting, fundraising and reporting to supporting churches, managing websites, and serving as a resource person in reference to mission work in French-speaking areas of the world. Barry also provides either recordings or texts for numerous weekly FM radio broadcasts in nine French-speaking countries and travels regularly to help plant or strengthen local congregations and to teach in preacher training programs.
Aaron Palmer, production manager
Aaron Palmer is the production manager for French World Outreach. His primary responsibilities include typesetting and page layout, making out invoices, filling out customs forms, preparing packages for shipping, setting up materials for volunteers, managing websites, and occasionally accompanying Barry in his travels to help strengthen French-speaking churches throughout the world.
Aaron is originally from Paragould, AR and attended Freed-Hardeman University from 2007-10, finishing with a B.A. in Bible. Currently, he is pursuing his M.A. in Teaching Language (French & TESOL) from the University of Southern Mississippi. Aaron is married to Betsy (Frizzell) Palmer who he met during his time at FHU. Since graduation from FHU Aaron has worked in youth ministry and most recently as on-site director of Freed-Hardeman University's Study Abroad Program located in Verviers, Belgium. Aaron was able to develop his French language skills during his time spent in Verviers, as well as from classes taken at Freed-Hardeman. Aaron began his work with French World Outreach in January 2013.
Rachel Baggott, bookkeeper and writer
Rachel Baggott worked with her husband, Barry, in the mission fields of France, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. In addition to her responsibilities at home as the mother of two boys, Rachel served the Lord in a variety of ways. She taught Bibles classes for women and children, trained other women to teach, and wrote materials for use by African congregations in these classes. She also evangelized in private, advised and counseled the young in the faith, and served as the unofficial nurse of the preaching school Barry established. Since returning to the States Rachel has continued to work with her husband in the literature ministry, taking care of the bookkeeping, writing materials for women and children, and helping organize the volunteer workers.
Atta Kouakou, manager of Abidjan literature center
ATTA Kouakou, a faithful Ivorian Christian and church leader, manages our branch office in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Among other things, this facility includes space for the storage of literature destined for congregations throughout French Africa. Money is saved on postage by mailing materials from within the continent of Africa rather than from the United States, or church members from various parts of Côte d'Ivoire and the rest of West Africa can come to the literature center in person to obtain materials to take back to their home congregations. In addition to overseeing the distribution of this literature, brother Atta also studies the Bible in person with visitors to the bookstore/Bible correspondence course office located on the first floor of the building.
Team of volunteers
Volunteer labor helps reduce the cost of the materials produced by French World Outreach. Approximately thirty individuals cheerfully help us out on a regular basis, primarily in assembling booklets, folding tracts, and counting and wrapping materials to get them ready for shipping. In addition to the regular volunteers, 50 or 60 members of the Crieve Hall youth group help out once or twice a year as one of their service projects.