A church outside of the town of Toccoa, Georgia, USA in February, 2015. Small country churches with only a small following of mostly elderly citizens like this can be seen throughout the Bible Belt. As in Europe there is a gradual decline of practiced christianity in the United States while in Africa there has been a huge growth in christianity as the population explodes.

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(Left) A man reads from a scroll during an evening activity group for children at the Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia, USA on February 18, 2015 . The children are of diverse backgrounds, many from families that received assistance when they settled in the community as recently arrived refugees or immigrants.

(Right) Imam Modou folds up a piece of paper with Arabic script that will be sewn into a fetish as part of local animist belief systems in the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 17, 2015. Missionaries Matthew and Gayle Boyd often visit the man after meeting his son one day in the market. They engage with him in conversations of the Bible and the Koran.

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(Left) A Senegalese woman sits on a bench after a worship service in the gymnasium of the International School in Dakar, Senegal on March 22, 2015. Many of the missionary families from different organisations come to the worship service on Sundays and special holidays. 

(Right) A man flys a remote controlled helicopter at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 14, 2015. His grandfather was a missionary pilot in Africa. He also wanted to be a pilot but because of a hearing impediment he was unable to achieve this goal. 

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(Left) A boy sits with a giant python skin wrapped around him in the town of Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA on February 15, 2015. The boy's parents had recently returned from a four year duty working as missionaries in West Africa and were in the middle of a divorce. 

(Right) A Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on February 20, 2015.

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A map outlining evangelical christianity around the world at the Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 25, 2015. Many of the students at the college lived abroad with their parents who were missionaries. A fair proportion of the students will follow in their parents footsteps to become missionaries. About 30 percent by the estimates of students reject religion entirely after their experience of growing up in the missionary environment. The community of Toccoa has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world.

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(Left) A missionary from West Africa reflects after studying a map at Trans World Radio (TWR)  headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 13, 2015. TWR broadcasts Christian messages globally to 230 language groups and dialects reaching millions of people in over 160 countries.

(Right) Corinna Rechsteiner in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 7, 2015. Corina works as teacher for primary age children and is spending one year in the town with the Swiss missionary organisation, Swiss Alliance Mission working within the country as Mission Field African.

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The interior of the chapel at the Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia USA in February, 2015. The church is made of members from 52 different nations and has six language worship services every Sunday. Donations from the community towards The Great Commission Fund support missionaries to work abroad for periods of 3-4 years in often remote parts of the world spreading the world Christianity.

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A missionary from West Africa preaches during a worship service at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 15, 2015. Within a presentation he describes the village where he has lived for the last fourteen years and the growing presence of Wahhabism, a conservative form of Sunni Islam originating from Saudi Arabia. The churches raise all the money to send out hundreds of mission families each year.

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(Left) JD, a missionary who spent 14 years in West Africa reacts after watching a video on the internet of the beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 22, 2015.

(Right) The special edition cover of Time Magazine after the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre twin towers in New York. The magazine was given by a member of the Carey Alliance Church, North Carolina, USA to JD, a visiting missionary from West Africa who was speaking at the church.

 
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(Left) An elderly woman sits with head bowed during The River at Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia USA on February 18, 2015. The River is a worship based prayer group. With no regular agenda, members and visitors alike gather to seek the manifest presence of God through worship, prayer, and the reading of Scriptures. 

(Right) Jim Anderson looks over a boy who was left paralysed after falling from a tree at the family home in the village of Grand Kondebun, Guinea on October 11, 2015.

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(Left) A photo album filled with images taken in Africa at the home of retired missionary and artist David Shady in the town of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 24, 2015. David and his wife spent many years as missionaries in Africa. The community of Toccoa has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world. 

(Right) Elva, the mother and grandmother of missionaries recounts how she met her husband many years ago at her daughter's home at Toccoa Falls in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 21, 2015. Her husband became a born again Christian when they began their relationship. The community of Toccoa has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world.

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(Left) Teenage boys participate in a Filipino stick dance called Tinikling during International week at the First Alliance Church in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 24, 2015. During the week missionaries talk about their experiences living abroad and promote a new generation to go out and evangelise in the world. The church has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world. 

(Right) Jonathan Faessler, 23 years old in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 8, 2015. From the town of Hagenbuch, Switzerland, Jonathan undertook 10 months of military service before deciding that he wanted to become a teacher. A position within his church, GVC Fravenfeld came up to travel to Guinea and work as a kindergarten teacher for 3 months. When he returns to Switzerland he would like to commence his studies in teaching. He plays numerous musical instruments and is a music teacher at his church in Switzerland.

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Students listen to missionaries speak during a class at the Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 25, 2015. Many of the students at the college lived abroad with their parents who were missionaries. A fair proportion of the students will follow in their parents footsteps to become missionaries. About 30 percent by the estimates of students reject religion entirely after their experience of growing up in the missionary environment.

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(Left) The Boyd family eat a meal together at their home in the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 17, 2015. Until they have established a permanent home, the Boyds are renting rooms with an outdoor space and attached kitchen for cooking and eating meals. Matthew and Gayle Boyd relocated to the town with their three children in February 2012 after deciding they wanted to dedicate their lives to evangelism in Senegal. Matthew had baptised the first born again Christian in the town's river in 2011. They were engaged with 5 born again Christians in the town by April, 2015. Matthew had served as a pastor in a Southern Baptist Church in Idaho during 6 years and had made short trips each year to the Casamance since 2004, engaging in short-term outreach missions.
Through fundraising within communities in the North West USA, the Bible Belt and Florida the family were able to raise the funds to relocate to Africa for the next three years. Although the town has a Catholic church and a community of practising Catholics, the Boyd family is focused on introducing Bible based practises into the everyday lives of the town's population, a majority of which are Muslim. Many of the villagers within the region are also strongly engaged in traditional indigenous religion and practices often referred to in the West as Voodoo. 

(Right) A table is spread with dishes prepared for a Womens' breakfast at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 13, 2015 . During the International week, missionaries are invited to speak about their experiences working abroad with the goal of raising funds and also promoting a new generation to go out into the world and evangelise. The churches raise all the money to send out hundreds of mission families each year.

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(Left) A painting in the home of retired missionary and artist David Shady in the town of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 24, 2015. David and his wife spent many years as missionaries in Africa where he photographed many subjects and continues to use as reference material for his pictures. 

(Right) The road early morning between Faranah and Conakry, Guinea on October 14, 2015.

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Priska (left) and Thirza sit during a weekly team meeting of Action Vivre in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 7, 2015. Action Vivre operates a workshop for students of carpentry and a centre offering computer skills and english language classes. The Swiss families undertaking work in the town are affiliated with the Swiss missionary organisation Swiss Alliance Mission which works in Guinea operating various projects throughout the country including a hospital.

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(Left) A wall of a Sunday school class at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 15, 2015. 

(Right) The children's entrance to sunday school classes in the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 15, 2015 . The churches raise all the money to send out hundreds of mission families each year.

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(Left) Teenage boys and men bow their heads in prayer for families working abroad after a breakfast talk presented by a missionary who had spent the last fourteen years in a remote part of Guinea, West Africa at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 13, 2015. 

(Right) Students from the Dakar Academy high school pray during a morning worship service at the Presbyterian centre in Djilas, Sine Saloum, Senegal on April 11, 2015. The team traveled down and was hosted by the local Presbyterian Church in the town. The school organises outreach programs throughout the year. They play football with local teams and host a meal where they introduce concepts of Christianity through games and videos. The players from the local community are also invited to join a Sunday prayer service. The Serer people from this region make up 15% of the national population and have traditionally been more receptive of Christianity than the dominant ethnic group the Wolof. The Dakar Academy is a school that was originally formed to accommodate children of Christian missionaries, predominantly American serving in West Africa. In recent years it also accepted students from other backgrounds whom were not necessarily working in the missions field, parents working in NGOs, as diplomats and the business community.

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Matthew Boyd sits talking with Aissatou (in wheelchair) whose husband became a born again Christian at their home outside the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 16, 2015. It is difficult for the Muslim family to accept his choice of converting to Christianity although they remain close friends with the Boyd family.

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(Left) Paintings in the home of retired missionary and artist David Shady in the town of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 23, 2015. David and his wife spent many years as missionaries in Africa where he photographed many subjects and continues to use as reference material for his pictures. 

(Right) Hossana, the youngest daughter in the Boyd family stands with her friend Maimouna against a wall in the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 17, 2015.

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JD, a missionary from West Africa reads his bible and poses for a photo at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 14, 2015. JD is on a 6 week  Donations from the community towards The Great Commission Fund support missionaries to work abroad for periods of 3-4 years in often remote parts of the world spreading the world Christianity.

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A video explains the mission work of a couple who spent over 40 years working in Burkina Faso in the town of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 23, 2015. In 2005 completed the first translation of the Old and New Testament Bible into the local indigenous language of Bobo.

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(Left) Jim Anderson repairs his car in the village of Grand Kondebun, Guinea on October 13, 2015. Originally from Indiana, Jim and his wife Dawn have lived in the village since 2010 and work with the mission association World Partners. Before this they were based in a village a few hours drive away for 5 years. They undertook a trip before moving to the village with Christians who were from the same ethnic Yalenka group of those in the region they were exploring. They were welcomed by the village elders to build their home on a plot of land which took 5 months with the assistance of colleagues a few hours drive and also volunteers who traveled over from the United States. 

(Right) A 'Proclaimer' device sits in a field in the village of Grand Kondebun, Guinea on October 10, 2015. The solar powered audio device recites the bible in the Yalenka language. A main focus of some mission agencies is to translate the Bible into rare languages for people groups around the world. This Proclaimer was given to a local family by Jim and Dawn Anderson, from Indiana who have lived in the village since 2010 and work with the mission association World Partners. 

"I just share the stories and let Jesus do the rest." - Jim Anderson

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(Left) The exterior of the First Alliance Church of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 22, 2015.The community of Toccoa has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world.

(Right) A walking track on the outskirts of Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 23, 2015.

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JD, a missionary from West Africa sits fatigued after speaking during a worship service at the Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia, USA on February 19, 2015. The missionaries depend on funds raised from speaking tours to send them out again to their post abroad for the next four years. An exhausting circuit over six weeks traveling across the United States, speaking daily at churches leaves the missionaries exhausted, often lonely and missing their families.

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(Left) Players from the Dakar Academy High School talk over the game played with a local team in Djilas, Sine Saloum, Senegal on April 11, 2015. The team traveled down and was hosted by the local Presbyterian Church in the town. The school organises outreach programs throughout the year. They play football with local teams and host a meal where they introduce concepts of Christianity through games and videos. The players from the local community are also invited to join a Sunday prayer service. The Serer people from this region make up 15% of the national population and have traditionally been more receptive of Christianity than the dominant ethnic group the Wolof. The Dakar Academy is a school that was originally formed to accommodate children of Christian missionaries, predominantly American serving in West Africa. In recent years it also accepted students from other backgrounds whom were not necessarily working in the missions field, parents working in NGOs, as diplomats and the business community. (Right) The bible of a missionary from West Africa sits on a table with an African print at the Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia USA on February 19, 2015. 

(Right) The bible of a missionary from West Africa sits on a table with an African print at the Lilburn Alliance Church, Atlanta, Georgia USA on February 19, 2015.

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(Left) A table displays a postcard of a mission family serving in Asia and other memorabilia in the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 14, 2015 . Members of the church congregation note down each families details so they can later pray for them and correspond with letters of support. 

(Right) The Boyd family walk through the village to the weekly children's Bible Ministry in the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 18, 2015. Matthew and his wife Gayle began the weekly Ministry which is made up of a majority of Catholics along with some Muslim children.

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Hossana, the youngest daughter in the Boyd family washes in a tub with her friend Maimouna in the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 17, 2015.

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(Left) A mural of Jesus as an African giving the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount on the wall of a training centre operated by missionaries in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 7, 2015. Swiss couple Stefan and Thirza Ringenbach operate the training centre and are affiliated with Swiss Alliance Mission working within the country as Mission Field African. Working alongside 2 other Swiss couples they operate as the team Action Vivre running a workshop training local young men in carpentry and a centre that runs computer skills courses and english language training.

"I like all of them except the one with Jesus as a an African, that one I am not sure about." - Stefan Ringenbach 

(Right) 8 year old Erin Toggenburger lies outside on the patio of the family home in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 7, 2015. The Toggenburgers are from a Swiss missionary organisation, Swiss Alliance Mission working within the country as Mission Field African. They moved to Guinea in 2009 with their three children Erin, Amael and Eluan. Working alongside 2 other Swiss couples they operate as the team Action Vivre running a workshop training local young men in carpentry and a centre that runs computer skills courses and english language training. They are members of Community of Christians, a 'free church' in Switzerland, defined as a non denominational religious organisation.
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(Left) Matthew Boyd checks on a man lying by the road outside the town of Diouloulou, Casamance, Senegal on April 16, 2015. The man suffering from mental health problems had fallen asleep by the side of the road. After verifying the man was alive he prayed for him.

(Right) An African printed shirt with Christian iconography hangs with other blue robes inside the vestiary of the First Alliance Church in Toccoa, Georgia, USA on February 23, 2015. The church has one of the largest congregations of still serving and retired missionaries in the United States whom have served often for decades abroad in remote parts of the world.

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(Left) A hallway at the Carey Alliance Church, Cary, North Carolina, USA on February 13, 2015. Donations from the community towards The Great Commission Fund support missionaries to work abroad for periods of 3-4 years in often remote parts of the world spreading the world Christianity. 

(Right) Diallo Mamadou Maoudho, 18 years old in the carpentry workshop where he is undertaking training run by Action Vivre in the town of Télimélé, Guinea on October 7, 2015. 

"My family are all Muslims. My mother separated from my father when I was young. He is a religious scholar. Since I became a Christian my family has abandoned me. I live here now in the workshop. I will stay a Christian for the rest of my life." 
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