Three Strikes and We’re IN!

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Unreached People


3:45 pm: We were ready for the biggest day at the Tuareg Camp since the 1st day we heard about them.  Today, we were going to share the Gospel at the Kids Camp!!  Thursday, April 12th and it was extraordinarily hot!  But this is not unexpected since we are in the middle of the hot/dry season and we don’t expect rain until June.  Well, as Heidi, the kids, Kate and the new missionaries were getting in the car, and I (Joel) and Didier were starting up a moped, the wind began to pick up!  A rainstorm in April!!!  Unbelievable!  How was I supposed to ride a moped in the rain?  Honestly I thought “maybe we should postpone this – the kids probably won’t come out in the rain anyhow”.  Well, strike one for the devil – we waited 10 minutes and pushed forward after the storm passed.


4:15 pm: We arrived at the camp and I began to distribute the 100lbs of powdered milk we had brought (milk is one of the Tuareg’s staples) and the rest of the team began to play games with the kids.  They LOVED the puddles, especially after such a hot day.  The rain and wind had knocked the temp down at least 15 degrees.  After playing for 20 minutes or so, Didier began to gather the (very rambunctious) kids for the lesson.  It took a LONG time to get them calm, sitting and all together.  Right when he did…  it started pouring down rain again!!!  It looked like we had struck out this time, as the group of kids exploded and they all ran away as fast as they could.  But it was strike two for our enemy – they all ran together to a covered gazebo on the other side of the camp.  In 15 minutes, they were calmly sitting, waiting for the story to begin.



5:30 pm: Didier had begun the story the week before, sharing the story of Abraham and his son (The Muslims believe it’s Ishmael, not Isaac), and he explained that the son represents us, that we deserve to die because of our sin, but who does the lamb represent?  And that’s how he left it off… and this week the kids were clamoring to know “who is the lamb?!”  Well, just as he began to share about Jesus Christ (more about that in the next post), a couple of the Moms showed up.  Heidi’s 1st reaction was to hush Didier up just a little…

Then, 3 of the men strolled over and stopped to listen!  Didier was in full throttle now, sharing about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  And these men looked scary!  Turbans and sunglasses, thick beards and unsmiling faces…  These guys are known to have terrorist connections and a very NEGATIVE outlook on Christians.  This was meant to be our third strike, you’re OOUUUT!  But Didier and his 12 year old Tuareg interpreter just kept going.  And the Dads just stood there and listened, then they just walked away.

Wow!  This was a moment that was not meant to happen, when little hearts hidden from God would get to encounter Him.  So what happened?  Read the next post!

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Comments (1)

  • Dennie
    April 17, 2012 at 9:17 am |

    Great news – it is exciting to see how God is intervening! Your reports are not a soap opera but a HOPE opera! Excited to hear the next report…

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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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