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The Big Vision, and how far we’ve gotten

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

Joel and Heidi have a vision to reach 1,000,000 children by the year 2020.  They do this through training national children’s workers in children’s ministry and placing them into evangelism teams.  They also focus on the least reached people and use Children’s outreaches to plant churches.

This year we had 11 evangelism teams go to 2 regions during the Samaritan’s Purse gift distributions.  Our teams performed our Gospel drama 150+ times to 30,000 + children.  This year the new puppet skit was written, performed and recorded 100% by our team members!  The outreach equipment was also nearly completely designed by the local team using only equipment found in Burkina Faso (everything but the puppets – we hope to begin making those locally as well).  It all fits in a backpack so that all the teams could go in teams of 2-4 people on mopeds.  I hated it, but I actually spent most of my time in my office organizing the next day’s outreaches…  I’m working myself out of a job :)
In the same way, the trip to the unreached people “the Karumba” was done almost entirely by the evangelism team we’re training with limited help from me.  The team translated the skits into the Karumba language, organized the outreaches and I didn’t go on the week-long outreach.  The Karumba are an Islamic people very closed to the Gospel.  Again this was the 1st time most of them had heard the Gospel, and the 1st time the Gospel had EVER been preached in Karumba in many villages.  To the utter AMAZEMENT of the Karumba pastors, hundreds came forward to receive Christ.
I think what has amazed me more than all these things has been the devotion and passion of the evangelism teams.  Each year, after the last Samaritan’s purse distribution is finished, they continue to meet to pray, to organize more outreaches.  Anymore, they contact me just to let me know how their outreaches had gone.   Outside of the Samaritan’s Purse outreaches, these teams have reached another 20,000+ kids.
We had meetings last week to discuss how to move forward, how we can do even more together.

 

Year # of Gifts (GAKAC) # Heard the Gospel Focus
2004 30 None Neighborhood kids
2005 300 350 Went to a friend’s private school and performed a very simple skit.
2006 2000 4000 Developed the “Jesus skit” and went to a region where we also taught 24 CPs how to start kid’s clubs. (All but 1 failed after a year).  Went to the Fulani people.
2007 4000 6000 Was a huge undertaking!  Over $40,000 raised and my missionary team and my wife asked me to scale back.  Went to the Lele people.
2008 2000 3000 Deaf/mute kids throughout Burkina Faso.  We also helped offer them a medical checkup through a partnership.
2009 1500 1st year with OCC.   We held nighttime outreaches in a few of the sites OCC visited.
2010 ?? Ouagadougou, 24 team members, 3 teams.  Taught them a 30-45 min Gospel presentation that was performed over 60 times.
2011 28000 Ouagadougou, 30 team members, 5 teams.  30 minute presentation performed 120 times.  We introduced puppets.  Took 2500 gifts to the Turka.  Helped plant a church.
2012 50,000 + Ouagadougou, Banfora, 40+ team members, 11 teams.  A 15 minute Gospel presentation (shortened by request of OCC team).  Done on mopeds with a backpack.  Went to the Karumba people in the desert with 1700 gifts.  One of the Team members planted a church amongst unreached people, we took 600 gifts there to help plant the church.

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Comments (2)

  • Tammy Sheets
    September 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

    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

  • Bob Hayslip
    September 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm |

    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

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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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