The Big Vision, and how far we’ve gotten
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|
|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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