Monday, August 20, 2018

Mobility


In our fast-paced sophisticated society we often take our mobility for granted.  Whether our means of transportation is motorcycle, car, truck, bus, train or plane we can easily get to where we are needing to go in a fairly painless fashion.

This is not so for many handicapped people here in Burkina.  There are very few paved roads, there are no sidewalks, there are very few ramps providing handicap accessibility into schools, businesses, and offices buildings.

This young man is Seydou.  He suffers from the effects of polio which he contracted as a baby.  Seydou is paralyzed from the waist down.  

This new handicap bicycle will allow Seydou to continue to go to school.  He is entering the 11th grade this year.  He is an excellent student who consistently ranks in the top 5 of his class.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

First Christian in our region--


This week we had the privilege of meeting the man who was the first Christian in our region.  His name is John Paul and he lives in a village 35 kilometers from us.  He is a deacon in his church.

John Paul grew up in a small village outside of Bobo.  When he was still a teenager, his older brother worked as a guard for a missionary family in Bobo.  From time to time, the missionary would take his guard to the village to visit his family.  During these visits the older brother and the missionary started telling stories about Jesus.  Through these stories, John Paul made a decision to follow Jesus.

John Paul grew up, married, and as his family grew he found that he was needing to go farther and farther away in order to find good fields to plant and to feed his family.  So, in 1997 he and his wife decided to move their family to a very isolated region where the soil was rich and abundant.  And, they settled their family and raised their 10 children there.

When John Paul relocated his family, the nearest church was 70 kilometers away from their humble home.  He searched for other believers in his village but did not find any.  John Paul started inviting his neighbors to prayer meetings and they met under a tree to read the Bible together and to pray.  After 5 years of holding church under a tree, a young pastor was sent to his village to continue the ministry of building the church.

Today there are an average of 100 adults who attend this village church and the children number 50 or more.  There have been 30+ believers baptized!

John Paul says “Choosing to serve God is the best choice that I ever made.  My life has been full and blessed”!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ouch!


So. . . it was a routine trip to the airport for an early check-in.  All went well and within 30
minutes we were returning to the very back of the parking lot where we usually park.  (We park there so that other cars do not park too close to us.)

But. . . while we were still far away. . . we could see a grey Mercedes resting in a very suspicious way, right behind our truck, and blocking the passage. (Right in front of our truck was a wall.)

What we learned from the parking attendants is that the Mercedes rolled across two rows of parking spaces and stopped after hitting the back of our truck.

Fast forward 3 hours of waiting in temperatures of 100+ and brilliant sunshine until, finally, the owner of the car returned and the police arrived. 

Our bumper is only slightly dented, but the Mercedes did not fare so well.  After exchanging contact information, we shock hands, he moved his car, and we were on our way home!

Only in Africa!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Forever Families--


For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  Ephesians 1:4-6

Adoption comes from the very heart of our Father God.  Adoption into our Father's family came at the great cost of the suffering and death of God's own son, Jesus.  

International adoption is not for the faint of heart, but, for those who persevere, for those who are called to step out of their comfort zone, for those who are willing to face the fears of the unknown, to step out of the boat, so to speak-- God has children in Burkina who are waiting for that first embrace from their mother and father.  This is what adoption is all about.  This is the moment that parents and child look forward to, not even really knowing what it will look like or what it will feel like.  
This month Linda and I had the privilege of sending two more precious children home to their Forever Families.  


This is Ibra with his Mama and Papa.  Ibra has experienced more pain and loss in his young life than most of us experience in a lifetime.  He has waited, not daring to believe that a family really wanted him.  But, today, Ibra’s life has changed and he has the hope, love, nurturing, and guidance that a Forever Family provides.








This is Anselme meeting his parents for the first time.  Anselme is 6 years old, full of life, full of energy, and anxious to meet his 3 siblings waiting for him at home.
























Our God is so good!  He loves the children of Burkina and He loves to place them in Forever Families.  If you feel that the Lord is calling you to adopt a special needs child, please contact me or contact Kim at kim@allblessings.org – All Blessing, Intl.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Secondary School for Kimini - Phase One - Completed

It is celebration time! This is SO exciting! 

This year. . . . our 7th graders no longer have to walk 7 or 8 miles to attend school!

This past year a 4-classroom school building was completed in Kimini and this is our first 7th grade class! Teachers have been sent to teach and the government will be paying our teachers' salaries.

7th Grade Class
There are only 2 middle schools in our region. In the past most children who passed 6th grade were not sent on to school because they had to be sent as far as 20 miles away to attend 7th grade. This year, there are forty-six 7th graders who have come from miles away and are now living in Kimini. Our Kimini fathers held village meetings asking families to take these students in and each one of them has a family to care for them and watch over them while they continue their education. In total, there are 89 students in our 7th grade class!  (Believe it or not, this is a small class in that there are 100+ students in most classrooms).

The village has already submitted a request to the government for teachers for the 8th and 9th grades for next year.

This building is phase one of a three phase project. Phase two will be to build a second 4-classroom building to house 11th, 12th, and 13th grades. Phase three will be to build an administration building for office space and storage space for the director and teachers.

Our national pastor, Bernard, is building relationship with the new students and has already found 8 students who are Christians.  In addition to our students learning French, Math, Science and History, Bernard will be forming a youth Bible study for all of the students who have a desire to learn more about Jesus!
Math Class






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Growing Village Church

For two years, we have waited for our new pastor and his wife to complete a 4-year Bible School program and graduate. Each year during the summer vacation / planting time, Bernard and his wife lived in our village, met with the believers, built relationships, and planted fields of peanuts and beans.

On May 27th, a graduation ceremony was held and they both graduated with their diplomas. And, the following week, they moved all of their belongs into their newly built house in the village.

Between Bernard's work and the work of Pastor Joel, the church is growing stronger. There are still only a few believers in our village but 12 to 15 believers are coming from neighboring villages, sometimes 10 miles or more away to worship with us.


We praise God for what he is doing in our village. He is drawing the hearts of the people to Himself and opening the doors of evangelism in our surrounding villages and region! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Milk Program

Our Milk Program continues to provide for babies in need. Babies come to us from several surrounding villages, sometimes as far as 25 miles away.
Baby weighing
The need for help may be because mama has died and grandmother is the one caring for the baby. Or, it can be a case where mama is not in good health and is not producing enough milk to sustain her baby. Another need is for twins or even triplets and the mama just cannot feed all of her babies.
Baby Sadia
This past week we were presented with another need of a little 16 month old who is severely malnourished and weighs only 12 pounds. Because there are many children in the family and because it is the beginning of the planting season, the father could not allow his wife to leave the village and go to the malnourished center. But, thanks to the Milk Program we were able to provide an enriched baby cereal for the mother to feed her baby.  
Grandmother caring for her granddaughter
We are so thankful for each one of you who contribute to the milk program and we are thankful to the Lord for the privilege that it is to be here and to be able to help these babies.