Rama, the Amazing French Teacher

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Unreached People

A Fulani Christian?!?

We hired Rama to teach the Tuareg kids French on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2.5 hrs each week.  They were bored and had cabin fever (they’ve been inside the same 4 walls for over a month) and we were noticing more and more serious scrapes from fights they were having (did we mention they are a very aggressive people?).  So we asked Rama to try her best to teach them the alphabet and how to write letters.

She has done a lot more than that!

Rama is a Fulani believer.  The Fulani are a nomadic, Muslim people group from the northern part of W. Africa.  In fact, they are a very similar people to the Tuareg.

As Rama began to interact with the parents of the kids she was teaching, they found out she was a Christian.  There was an immediate reaction – they were in shock!  One man said “Since the day I was born I have NEVER heard of such a thing – a Fulani Christian!!??”  So they began calling other Tuareg to come around – to check out this anomaly!

And Rama is a very bold witness.

Soon after, she came to Heidi and I and asked for some books in French for the kids to read.  We gave her some Bible stories and a picture Bible.  The next afternoon she came back with this story:

I decided to tell a Bible story today instead of have a French lesson.  I told the story of Cain and Able from the books you gave, and they were all captivated.  Yesterday night one of their friends, a 12 year old boy, had died suddenly in the camp, so they were very eager to hear about God.  At the end of the story, I asked them “Who wants Jesus to be their friend?”  Several rose their hands, and after the lesson, 5 came up to me individually.  One boy asked me “How can I walk with Jesus?”  Another girl told me “I know that God is my Father, but I am scared of Him.” I assured her that God is not like our earthly fathers.

One of the fathers had been listening to the whole story and whn he heard me tell about Jesus, he grumbled to one of the kids and walked away.  I asked the child : “What did he say?”  The kid replied “He was just complaining.  He always complains.”

Please pray for Rama, for more boldness, more wisdom and more open doors to the this unreached people, the Tuareg!

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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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