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GAKAC Newsletter 2012


The Big Vision, and how far we’ve gotten

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

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
2004 30 None Neighborhood kids
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.

Wow! Didier’s Testimony – Easter with Tuaregs

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

This is the Testimony Didier gave about last Thursday’s outreach to the Tuareg.  It is the conclusion of THIS blog post.  Here is a video of Didier teaching.

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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#3 of 9 Daily Prayers for the Turka Trip

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

Sorry guys. I said it was an 8-day trip, but I started you praying a day early (for safe travels). Oops.. So I’ve changed it to 9 Daily prayers so it includes each of the 8 villages. Here’s today’s prayer-

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.

Prayer points:

* 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 Pray #2 of 8 Daily Prayers for our Turka Trip

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

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



Please Pray today!

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams, Unreached People

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.

Prayer points:

  • 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!


What’s Happenin? #1

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Evangelism Teams

OutreachNow that we have some peace now here in the country, things are getting back to normal-ish.

#1 – Outreaches!

The 5 outreach teams have started organizing evangelistic outreaches for kids all over Burkina Faso.

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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).


Recent Comments

  • 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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