Thursday, September 15, 2016

Church on the move--

God is blessing our little church!. 

Just this past week, two women stopped by our house to visit. Our Bible and daily devotional book were laying on our table. After talking just a little while, one of the women told me that she was a Christian. We continued to talk and then she shared that she has been a believer for several years. She first made a decision to follow Christ when she was living in a neighboring city. Now she is married to an unbelieving man who will not allow her to attend church. The friend who came with her is in the same situation.

Please pray for these precious believers and particularly pray for their husbands to allow them to gather and worship with the other believers.

Our student pastor, his wife, and two of their three children are in the village for the summer 

vacation.  While we were away, a pastor friend in a neighboring town contracted with a builder to have a house built for our pastor. The family is now nicely settled into their new home. 
New House

 Our pastor will be leaving the village in November to return to Bible School for his final year. We  are looking forward to next May when he graduates and moves his family permanently to the  village! 

Through gifts from generous friends, we were able to purchase a new motorcycle for our village pastor.  Thank you so much!
New motorcycle

Medical Center

Linda and I have just been back in country for a month and we are so excited about all that the Lord is doing in our village.

The medical center is completely functional!

Vaccination day in the village (new pavillion)

The 'official opening' of the medical center was held on April 12th with visiting officials from the Ministry of Health from Niangoloko, Banfora, Wangolo, and Nonfesso. Most of the village turned out for the celebration and drums and dancing went well into the evening.

The government has sent us 3 nurses with the promise of sending us one more nurse. One of the nurses serves as the chief of staff, one is a midwife, and one is in charge of vaccination campaigns. Each of the nurses take their turn for general medicine consultations.

In our absence, our village contact, Babou, contracted with a builder to have a pavilion built on the hospital property. This will be used for vaccination campaigns, training for the women, and for a place in the shade for family members to rest.
Newborn weighing less than 2 pounds

As of Sept 1st, there have been 137 women give birth in the new maternity center! Women who probably would have given birth at home are coming from as far away as 35 kilometers to have their babies in the hospital!

We made a quick trip to Banfora with two babies in distress. One was a premature twin weighing less than 2 pounds and the other was a newborn with a cleft lip.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

Returning 'home' to Burkina

After spending a few days in Yako, and then a few days in Ouaga, Linda and I took the road
south to our little village of Kimini. Upon arrival we were honored by a visit from the village chief and the leaders of the village.

Part of our first few days in the village were spent in meetings with our village contact, Babou, reviewing the progress that was made on the medical clinic while we were away and also planning our next phase of development.

This little baby girl is named Biba. She weighed just a little under 5 pounds at birth. Her mama is not well and cannot produce milk for her, so we have enrolled Biba in our milk program.

This is a very impressive young girl named Maman. Last year on Jan 1st she suffered some very bad burns on her backside and the back of one of her legs when her skirt caught on fire while she was cooking. Maman missed 6 weeks of school last year, yet finished the school year with a very high mark. Since then, Maman often comes by asking for help with her English studies.

Through a very generous gift from Dawn Malcolm, we were able to equip the Kimini school and the Nonfesso school with sports uniforms for their soccer teams. This is the proud Kimini team in their new uniforms.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Rainy Season

Burkina Faso has two seasons per year, the rainy season and the dry season. The rains start during the months of May through September and the rest of the year is dry. . . with little to no rain again until May or June.

This year, the rains were really late in starting in the southern region where we live, but towards the end of July, it started raining every 3 or 4 days and now at the end of September, everything is lush and green.

Our Lake
August is generally the month with the most abundant rains. The fields have all been planted and the farmers are fertilizing, spraying to kill the bugs, and waiting with anticipation for the October harvest.

There are a couple of places along the road to Kimini where the land is flat and there are no places for the abundant rains to drain away.

We call this place in the road, 'our lake', and we are thankful each time that we go up and down this road, that we get safely through. Our truck is sturdy and strong and with 4-wheel drive, we plow right through the water and the mud!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Signing of contracts--

This past month has been filled with fun activities in Kimini!

On August 23rd, we met with a new local contractor and signed papers to begin the work on the maternity building of our medical center.

The contractor and his team are located in Banfora, about 100 kilometers from our village. At the signing, we made the first payment in the agreed upon contract and on Aug 25th, the masons and a team of manual laborers arrived in Kimini, ready to begin the work.

The very first steps are to make the concrete bricks on-site, clear the land, and identify the placement of the building. These steps were all started last week and already, we can see the foundation being laid for the maternity building.

Making Bricks
We praise God for his provisions for the building of a medical center in Kimini! Please pray with us that the people of Kimini will come to see that our God is a kind and loving God and that He loves the people of Kimini very much!

Laying the foundation

Saturday, August 08, 2015

A Visit from the Chief

This morning we had a visit from the village chief ( tribal king). He brought us a large bag
filled with guinea fowl eggs. This is a very precious gift because eggs are very rare in the village during this season.

The chief also came asking us for help. He has had cataracts in both of his eyes. He had surgery about 2 years ago in one eye and has not had the means to have the other eye done. The cataract in his left eye is now very advanced and he can barely see out of it.

In talking with the chief, cataract surgery is done at the hospital in Banfora (about 2 hours away), and the cost is about 40,000 fcfa or about $80. Considering all that the chief has done to help us to advance the project here in Kimini, we feel that providing him this money is a very small thing that we can do for him.

Please pray with us that in helping to give the chief natural sight, he will also come to know the Father of Light.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A 'Masked' Man

Upon arriving in the village we learned that one of the village fathers died this past week. Part of the cultural funeral ceremony for a person of his status is for a 'masked' man to run through the village throughout the day. This masked man terrorizes the children by threatening them with a whip as he passes from house to house asking for money to help cover the costs of the funeral.

Please stand with us in prayer in the midst of cultural and animistic beliefs which hold our people here in captivity.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

A Pastor for Kimini--

After spending 2 wonderful months at home visiting family, friends, and many faithful supporters, it was very exciting to again return to our little village of Kimini. We found our little home and courtyard in good order. A couple of the youth of the village had kept our little garden watered and cleared the weeds from the courtyard. After sweeping out mounds of dirt and dust we were again settled into our village home.

A Pastor for Kimini
The Christian Missionary Alliance Church has sent a student pastor to work in Kimini.
Pastor Bernard
Bernard and his wife, Dorcas, and their son, Gideon, are here for the months of May through September, when Bernard will return to Bible School to continue his studies.

We were privileged to worship with the small body of believers on Sunday and then again on Thursday for their weekly prayer meeting. What joy it is to see the Lord building the foundation for His Church in Kimini!

  • Please pray for safety and protection as these new believers step out in their new faith.
  • Please pray for the Holy Spirit to hover over each courtyard in Kimini and draw the hearts of the people to Jesus.
  • Please pray for the construction of a small church building for this new body of believers.