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The HayslipsTestimony:

God called Heidi to go while she was in Mexico on a short term mission trip with her youthgroup. She was 13 but she remembers distinctly being led by God during a service to tell everyone “I will be a full-time missionary.” She has never swayed from her calling. She has since been on 8 more short-term trips to Central and South America and went to ORU to earn a degree in Missions.

Joel felt called to Missions when he first surrendered to God on a mountaintop in Alaska. He remembers telling God “It is so beautiful and peaceful here. I could stay here alone with You forever.” God replied: “I want you to go where people are to share what I have done in your life.” Joel also felt that God would take him to every continent of the world. Joel has since been on 2 short term trips, one in Cameroon Africa where he felt a burden to return to Africa. Joel met Heidi at ORU while earning a degree in International Business.

From the day we were married in 1998, we have been working to get to the North African Mission field. The goal was to eliminate $60,000+ in school loans. We tithed, gave and budgeted and God blessed. By Feb 2002, we were debt-free and ready to go. We sold our house in Tulsa without ever using a sign. The first person that we mentioned our available house to ended up purchasing it. We moved in with some great friends and packed everything up. All we needed was an agency to go with.

We joined Go To Nations in January 2003 and have been assigned to the African Team. God provides for His calling. He has been faithful in our lives.

Joel Patrick:

  1. Born 6/26/1975
  2. Youngest of 2 siblings, a brother Jared and a Sister Rachael
  3. Parents were missionaries to France (6 years) and pastors (9 years).
  4. Loves peanut butter and Keith Green


  1. Born 10/30/19..
  2. Youngest of 2 sisters, Erika and Brigitta
  3. Sang for a Christian television show.
  4. Loves marinated artichoke hearts and American Idol

Jakob Aleksander:

  1. Born 5/2/2001
  2. Came to Burkina when he was only 2 years old.
  3. Can beat his dad at most video games.
  4. Loves his Omy’s quesadillas and the A-Team

Silas Wend Kuni:

  1. Born 5/27/2007
  2. Was born premature at only 3 lbs 4 oz – he’s caught up now!
  3. Has impeccable rhythm
  4. Loves Rice, cabbage and Baby Songs



Comments (4)

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

    Hey guys,
    This is Pastor Scott from The Healing Place in Shreveport, La. Your folks have been such a blessing to the THP family. I was talking with Bob today and he informed me you guys would be here August 14. It would be great if you guys would share a little in the morning service or in The Deep, our ministry to children. I will be out of town ministering that weekend but my wife Tonia will be preaching that morning. We can do details later but I just wanted to make first contact to see if you guys would share. Let me know, blessings to all the family!

  • Lizia Pech
    October 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm |


    I’m so happy to hear that God is using your family for his service. Since Highschool you were motivating and I still remember the bible studying we had at lunchtime. May God continue blessing you and using you. God is good all the time. We can’t be there but will try remembering to pray for your ministry.

  • Tammy Sheets
    July 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

    We are so excited to hear more about your Operation christmas child adventures as well as what Terry will be doing once he comes your way – thank you for reaching out in the name of Jesus to the villagers in Burkina Faso – blessings from Missouri!

  • Chuck Fanning
    February 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm |

    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!!

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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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