Mar 26 – Seeing Burkina Faso

I have just returned home from a 10 day trip to Burkina Faso, Africa. I saw hunger, disease, hope, joy, generosity. I felt hot, dusty, thirsty, loved, appreciated, encouraged, hospitality, inspired. I was filled with heart-breaking experiences that consumed my heart with compassion. I wish I could put it into one simple post and tell you what what all this means. But I cannot.

We have a dream for Burkina Faso: that there be clean water available for everyone so that lives are changed.

But our dream includes a goal: that lives be changed for good.

Every well we dig allows the opportunity for sharing with over 1,000 people. Every well we dig allows the opportunity for people to live healthier lives. Every well we dig allows the opportunity for someone to learn that water gives life. And every well we dig allows the opportunity for someone to understand that life comes in knowing Jesus as the Living Water.

Clean water bringing Living Water. That’s our goal.

In yesterday’s post, I shared about the men at the Bible school who have been called into ministry. Their calling is sure. Their faithfulness to it is certain. It’s evident they truly believe God wants them sharing His Story by the lives they are walking into.

As we were eating lunch at the Bible school one day, John Arnold was telling me and Dee Dee Sterling about the lives these pastors have to look forward to. He told us that each one would be assigned to a village. Not their own village because that would be too difficult (remember, even Jesus had a hard time in his home town). They would be told of their new place to live and given a place to stay.

But, repeating from yesterday, it would be up to the village to give them some land to farm.

And without any land to farm, the new pastor has no means to provide for his family.

DSCF3571Dee Dee says excitedly, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if every new pastor was given an ox and plow when they left here?! They would walk into their new village and everyone would be excited to have him there! They would be saying, “Here, have this piece of land and will you then also help me plow mine?””

An entire village could be changed because of an ox and plow: more land could be cultivated, more people eating better, healthier lives.

An ox and plow could give a pastor the ability to make a little money to better clothe his children or put a roof on their house. Or have medicines needed. Or even provide an education.

But most importantly, he and his family would be fed.

I know without a doubt that clean water in Africa is our priority.

But I was struck that day with this thought: If we are providing clean water and helping to create healthier people, living longer lives, with the ultimate goal of providing Living Water so that they have eternal lives…

…then we better make sure those healthy ears are hearing the right message. In a country that is 50% Islamic and 40% practicing indigenous beliefs (think witch doctors and animal sacrifices), there is a lot to be heard.

There are 28 pastors graduating this year. 17 next year.

Yep. You got it. You know where I’m going with this. Please pray with me about how we can further impact the people of Burkina Faso. The cost of an ox and plow is a fraction of the cost of a well. But could exponentially increase the Profit in providing one.

We have a dream for Burkina Faso: that there be clean water available for everyone so that lives are changed.

But our dream includes a goal: that lives be changed for Good.

About Karen Grant

Children's Minister - FaithWorks! is the children's ministry of Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
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