The Rest of the Story…

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Uncategorized

So, I left you hanging…  Well, shortly after that post, I actually traveled 7 hours by bus and went to Banfora, then took a moped to the base of the cliffs/domes of Fabedougou.  From there we basically walked the other 2-3 kilometers up to the village.  God is doing something amazing there!  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

This is where I’ll need some help to get all the details straight.  When Colin went to El-Hadj’s house with the players, he was shocked to see how the family was suddenly receptive to the Gospel.  I believe it begun when the village elder asked him how his wife’s health was and Colin explained that there was little improvement.  The village elder went on to tell Colin he should then offer a sacrifice to the local idol since this was where she got sick.  Colin explained that we no longer need to make those kind of sacrifices since Jesus provided for everything in His sacrifice.

This piqued their interest.  They began, for the 1st time, to criticize their islamic religion, and they started asking questions about Colin’s faith.  I don’t remember the entire conversation (maybe someone remembers more), but at the end, Colin asked “who would like someone to come to their house, bring God’s Word and explain it?”.  That day, to Colin’s utter shock, 3/4 of the village families (including El-Hadj), raised their hands.  The impenetrable wall was crumbling.

Since then, the Turka evangelist, Jeremie, has been visiting the village once a week, bringing new stories, songs and scriptures on the players to very eager listeners, started a kid’s club for over 50 kids and held a 3 day evangelistic outreach.  I was at the 1st kid’s club, and that day the village elders declared “you have our blessing.  If you want a church, we will give you land.  We will allow our wives and children to become Christian.”

At the evangelism, God performed an amazing miracle!  A head of a family, his wife and children decided to receive Christ.  After Jeremie prayed for him he explained that he had one more daughter who has been suffering for 3 years with mental illness.  Jeremie asked if he could pray for her.  When they arrived, Mariam refused to come out of the house.  She was unable to speak and would not look anyone in the eyes.  Jeremie prayed in faith, but nothing really happened.  A week later he returned to the village and greeted the family.  Mariam came out, greeted Jeremie and began serving him water!!!  The family explained that she was completely healed!  She answered questions, looked people in the eye, was completely restored!  She also received Christ.  This happened before the eyes of the entire village.

Today there are 90 believers in Fabedougou.  Most are children, as they accept Jesus with joy.  But at least 3 or  full families are also coming faithfully to the weekly gatherings.  But Fabedougou has around 2000 people, and we are believing that the majority will become followers of Christ.

We will be in Fabedougou on the 30th of May, bringing shoebox gifts to all the schoolchildren, providing a medical exam for each one as well.  Then that night we will have an evangelistic outreach with skits and drama, all in Turka.

Will you pray?  We are believing that this village will become a shining light for Christ among the Turka, that a strong and healthy Turka church will be born and that God will raise up leaders to reach the other Turka villagers.

Glory to our God!

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Comments (5)

  • Bob
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    God is mighty to save, and so remarkable in his love for sinners. Fabulous testimony!

  • Dorothy
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    Wow, that is a great story. I brings tears to my eyes. Go team! Yay God!

  • Bob
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    Love your pictures!

  • Clare Snyder
    July 22, 2012 at 4:20 am |

    I was in Fabedougou
    with the Suggetts on their return in 2001, and the village atmosphere was almost toxic, with distrust between elders very rampant _ definitely a village in need of redemption. They just had to live the gospel and leave the rest to God. Praise God hearts have been changed!!!
    The new office in Beregadougou? was a worthwhile project, which I also worked 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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