Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Adventures, Life in Africa, Unreached People

Starting tomorrow we will begin our 7 days of prayer for the Turka, but I wanted to give you 1st some background about what is happening among this people.  I told Dr Peter just yesterday that this is a missionary story that should be made into a book.

About 2 years ago Dr Peter remembers having the Suggetts, Wycliff Bible translators, in their living room pouring out their frustrations.  The Suggetts have sacrificed 20+ years of their lives to translate the Bible in the Turka language and make it available to all the different villages.  To do this they lived in a secluded village on the top of the famous Fabedougou cliffs (pictured here with the Hayslip boys) for 9 years with their 2 girls, learned the language, laboring over every syllable to get it just right.  The culmination of this effort was that several books of the Bible had been translated and recorded.

But in all that time, only 2 young men came to faith in Christ, and the village promptly kicked them out.  And even when the Suggetts provided the Bible on hand-cranked cassette players, the villagers gave them back saying “it’s just too much work to turn that little crank”!!

The Turka are fiercely proud and individualistic and seemed completely hardened to the Gospel.  In Fabedougou, the families are mostly animist (worshiping idols), but some had recently converted to Islam (while keeping most of their idol worship as well).  The family that had given land to the Suggetts was muslim, and the family chief even changed his name to “El-Hadji”.  For the 9 years the Suggets lived with them, they seemed unmoved by the love and sacrifice made by this missionary family.

Eventually the daughters graduated and moved to Canada and the wife began having some serious health issues.  They decided then to return to Canada and they continue the translation work there, with the husband traveling back every few months to see the work and to meet with his translation team.  On one of these trips, he returned to Fabedougou to see El-Hadji and to present some new players that were solar-powered.  He was in for the shock of his life!

I’ll stop there – is that a good cliffhanger?  Did you catch the witty play on words?  Cliffs?

If any of you know more of the background (without giving away the next bits), please add/correct!!

Want the Rest of the Story?  Here it is…


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Comments (2)

  • Cindy
    May 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm |

    Joel? Why you leave us hanging?

  • Ineke
    May 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm |

    we know the rest of story.. but please go on 🙂

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  • Veda Byers

    January 21, 2015 |

    Dear Joel an Heidi,
    Enjoyed the video and seeing the work that you are doing there in Burkino Faso. The children are so wonderful to see in their everyday life. Their smiles are infectious. Andrea is preparing to come and excited about the trip and the team from Newspring that she will be working with. Bless you both and your boys for being there and sharing the Love of God! We love you! Veda and the whole Byers Family 🙂

  • Chris Palermo

    January 14, 2015 |

    Was praying for your family and ministry this morning. Was moved by the video ..the responce of the children to the gifts and the love you are showing them. Your good looking boys have grown so much since I saw them last at Bethel San Jose. God continue to bless and use you.

  • Chuck Fanning

    February 8, 2013 |

    Reading about your work is very exciting, I thank God we can be a small part. May the God we serve do”exceedingly abuntantly” more than we ask or imagine according to His great power that works in us!!

  • Bob Hayslip

    September 12, 2012 |

    I “amen” what Tammy shared! When you chart it out you can see the way that the Lord took a small seed and caused it to grow. Only the Father knows what is in store as you keep sowing faithfully. That 1,000,000 child mark by 2020 may have been a little pessimistic! We’ll keep praying for you guys and for full-blown revival in Burkina. – Dad

  • Tammy Sheets

    September 10, 2012 |

    This is so exciting to see your faithfulness year after year to reach out in the name of Jesus to the children in Burkina Faso!

    It is truly the LORD at work to keep growing the seed planting opportunities and to partner up with OCC – this Saturday (Sept. 15th) in St. Joseph, MO there will be a local “Count Down Event” to share with area churches and groups with sharing this type of testimony – which will really encourage them to pack more shoeboxes – to touch more children to hear the gospel! please join me to pray for this special event!
    keep on blessing those around you – a little bit of love goes a long long way =D

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