This past week and a half I, along with 7 others from The Ridge and 5 from WestRidge Church, were in Burkina Faso, West Africa on a mission trip. It was an incredible trip! God is definitely moving there. We had several struggles and challenges to overcome, but God in His infinite grace worked in and through us to accomplish His purposes. I was so blessed to have this team there! They busted it to do whatever was necessary to complete the jobs we had to do.
We worked with Chris and Connie Feild and their family while in Burkina. They live outside the capital city of Ougadougou on the campus of the LAC Christian School. Previous teams form our church and partner churches have built a team guest house there which hosts mission teams and becomes a home base for projects while in the country. The Feilds are doing fantastic work there of coordinating and hosting teams. We were blessed to have the chance to serve alongside them.
The first night the team was there, after having worshipped with the church on Sunday morning, the missionaries set up a large screen and showed the World Cup on it. Hundreds of people came from the surrounding villages to watch! One of our team gave her testimony at halftime. God spoke and the gospel was clearly heard. Many responded.
The next day the team headed out to the bush where we built TWO church structures in two different village. We spend 4 days and 3 nights camping out in the bush. The furthest of these villages was about 8+ hours of driving out of the city. These two villages are in or on the edge of an area dominated by the Pougili people. This is a people group that is considered unreached…meaning they have yet to hear the Gospel. We are beginning to see the Gospel take hold in these regions. People are coming to Christ!
Building these church structures in this culture brings legitimacy to these village pastors as they plant the church there. We built a solid steel “hanger” which is metal poles and a roof. The local church will in turn fill in the walls themselves with mud and rock bricks. Both of these churches met for the first time under these structures last Sunday! What an amazing opportunity to be a part of something God-sized. There is no telling the harvest that this effort will facilitate.
God is doing amazing things in Burkina. The people there are so receptive to us and to the Gospel. They kept saying they were honored to have us there, but we were the ones who were honored to serve them. Part of our team had the privilege to serve one of the local pastors in the city where we were staying. His roof had about a 3×3 ft hole in the roof…right over he and his wife’s bed! This pastor’s wife, Suzanna, had been cooking for our team the whole week and even washing clothes. She was a blessing to us, so we wanted to bless her and her husband back. Their house is a small 3 room house. During the school year, Agabuse (the pastor) also serves as the chaplain to the LAC Christian High School. In order to help some kids attend, they have about 14 people living in their house during the school year, along with
their own family. Needless to say the house takes quite a beating. We decided to repaint the main living room of the house and give it a thourough cleaning along with fixing the roof for them. This was an unplanned project, but one we felt led to do. After 4 days in the bush, our team sucked it up and took on this project too. What a blessing it was to see their reaction! They were blown away. Agabuse was out of the city for the day when we did it and he knew nothing about it until he returned. It was a great blessing to see their humble response.
I am so excited to see what God is going to continue to do in the future in Burkina Faso. We will continue to partner with local pastors there and invest in the church in Burkina. If you gave or prayed for this mission team, know that your investment has paid off…and will continue to pay eternal dividends. I am honored to have had a chance to serve alonside this team. I am blessed to have been a part of what God is doing in Africa. It has changed my life and I pray that others will hear and follw God’s call to take the gospel to the nations.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14
May we be a part of finishing the job Jesus gave us to do!