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.|
Before the kids club, each one of us had been praying on his own, but me, in my prayers, I received visions. The visions showed me that the gospel must be preached in its entirety this particular Thursday, because we were wondering if we should say that Jesus was resurrected. Since they are Muslims, we were afraid to act before God’s time, but God spoke one passage to me: it is when the apostle Paul and Silas said to the jailer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved you and your household” (Acts 16:31)” it is when they will believe that Jesus died and rose again they will be saved.
And on top of that I saw Heidi in the vision among the Tuaregs holding up the colorful scenes of Jesus we have printed on plastic sheets. I told myself that God wants to go further, Islam does not like showing any kind of pictures of a Prophet.
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Dear God, let the Spirit of the Lord be upon Joel and the team, and anoint them to proclaim good news to the poor. Send them to Kolo-kolo to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor there. Prepare the village leaders to receive our team with joy and hospitality. Use the dramas on hygiene to really help change the children’s lifestyles. Use the kindness and love at the gift distribution to break off the hardness of the adults’ hearts and become soft and able to accept Christ as Savior at the night-time evangelism. Lord, draw the hearts of Kolo-kolo to You and we pray for a church to be planted there, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Praise report from yesterday’s prayer:
Right after Joel and the guys set up all the equipment for the evangelism, it started to rain and everyone disappeared. They had to pack everything up and wait it out. But the great part is that when the rain stopped and they set up again, about 600 people came back and got to hear the Gospel through skits, puppet shows and film. Praise God they came back!-Daniel got in on time with all his bags and is so happy to be here after the 2 day delay in Philadelphia. So glad he’s finally here.
* Tomorrow they go to a village called Kolo-kolo. This is the sound a turkey makes, so this is the word for “turkey.” Please pray for Turkey Village All the other villages except Fabidougou and this one have churches. Please pray for a church to be planted in Kolo-kolo.
* The team of doctors who will be driving down on Sunday, both of their vehicles have just broken down. Please pray for quick repairs and protection from any more attacks from the enemy. thanks!
Please would you read this and pray this prayer for Day 2 of 8 of our ministry trip among the Turka people:
Lord, You love the Turka people. I pray for the gift distribution and the evangelism tomorrow in Belega-dougou that will all be done in the Turka language (which never happens in that region) that You will use it to show them that You came for EVERY people, tribe and tongue, even the precious Turka. Let Your truth resonate in the souls of the children and the gathered crowd as they hear the Good News in their own heart-language for the first time, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Praise report from yesterday’s prayer:
-God kept Joel and his team safe driving all day to Banfora. There was a large student protest that blocked the entire highway and stopping Joel’s cars on the road. Thank God it dissipated in only 10 min.
-Jeremie got permission from the mayors and school inspectors to do the gift distributions and evangelism. Praise God for favor!
More Prayer points for Thursday:
- This is the largest school we’ll be going to (615 kids). Pray that the gift distribution would be organized and quick, and there would be no pushing or shoving, and no distractions, in Jesus’ name
- Pray for Daniel who is still stuck at some airport because of major delays caused by storms in America. He should get to Burkina Thurs. afternoon by God’s grace
Tomorrow marks the start of our Turka adventure and we need your prayer! We will be traveling in 2 trucks and a trailer from Ouagadougou to Banfora, about an 8 hour drive. We’ll be leaving at about 3:00 am CST (9:00 here) Would you pray with us:
Lord, we pray for safe travels. We pray that you would protect the evangelism teams, keeping the drivers awake and alert, and the vehicles in perfect working order. We pray for continued peace in Ouagadougou.
We ask that you would give supernatural wisdom to the leaders, Joel and Didier, as they make decisions about the outreaches.
We pray that Jeremie would have favor with local authorities for which schools we can distribute gifts and where we can do the evangelisms.
But we pray especially for the Turka people, that You would begin to prepare their hearts for the Gospel! We pray against every barrier and hindrance, for no weapon formed against us shall prosper. We resist the enemy’s plans to keep the Turka blinded and bound from the Gospel and any plans to discourage us. Lord, come and glorify Your Name! Amen.
- For clear minds, that nothing will be forgotten or left behind as we head out in the morning.
- That the school directors, mayor’s office and school authorities will not hinder us at all.
- That the local pastors (Mossi and Joula people) will take responsibility for these outreaches and gain a heart for their Turka neighbors.
Thank you for your prayer! Pray hard and pray often and we will see miracles!
#1 – Outreaches!
The 5 outreach teams have started organizing evangelistic outreaches for kids all over Burkina Faso.
- Today a team left for Tebele, a village in the south that has a new church amongst an animist people called the Kasena. (2 days)
- Next week we have a VBS with the flood victims (from 2 years ago) along with a medical clinic and a big concert. (5 days)
- Also next week: a group is going to Manga, again in the south. This will be with the Mossi – the largest people group here in Burkina. (3 days)
- Of course at the end of the month we are going to the Turka, but we will have a bunch of information on this outreach. (8 days)
What I LOVE about these outreaches is that they are all self-funded. Meaning that the evangelism teams and the receiving pastors work together to provide the gas, the food, the water, etc.. We simply provide the van and the evangelism tools (speakers, projector, puppets, etc).