Monday, May 5, 2014
Meet Boubacar Barry, the First Member & First Missionary from Guinea
Last August while at BYU, I met and interviewed Boubacar Barry in order to help him find an internship as a new OBHR MBA student at BYU. Yesterday, Boubacar visited the Ghana MTC with a tour group from the Marriott School visiting Ghana. Bobacar was born crippled in Guinea. Because of this he was taken in by a Utah family and raised. When he was 8 years old he joined the Church and at age 19 was called to serve in the Fort Lauderdale Mission as a missionary. Now as an MBA student, his dream is to work in Africa and bring the gospel to Guinea. He was the first person from Guinea to be baptized and also to serve a mission. Just recently he landed an internship with GE, which upon graduation, will likely have a spot for him in Africa.
The Church is not yet located in Guinea, a country that is 98% Muslim. His family is still in Guinea where his mother knows he is a member but his father does not, nor does the rest of his family. When he lived in Guinea from 1989 to 1995 he was unable to attend Church, but kept his testimony alive by reading the scriptures and praying.