This is a letter from one of our 4 short term trips who have come/are coming to Burkina this summer to work with us. (We have 2 more to go!) They were reporting back to Go To Nations headquarters, and I thought you might enjoy reading what they had to say.
The trip was amazing. The GTN team in Burkina was awesome to work with and the Hayslips took good care of us. The networking they have done with missionaries and ministires in the area is impressive and unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
We were able to visit a refugee camp – Tuareg people from Mali who were escaping the war. We were able to do a prayer walk that had the hairs on our arms standing at attention with the presence of the Holy Spirit. We played games with the children and visited with the women.
We attending one of Joel’s outreach events that he does with Operation Christmas Child and that was a huge blessing. What joy! What energey!
The spiritual retreat for expatriate ladies was above par. We were so impressed with Heidi and the work she did to organize such a top-notch event. The ministry was special and tender, and I believe we were able to make a few deposits with the women who attended, most were missionaries. What a picture of Jesus they all were. Warriors in the frontline, making a difference. The conversations and personal ministry time were my favorites. The facility was beutiful and the ladies so enjoyed the swimming pool. We were able to bring them gifts in the hopes they felt the love of the Lord lavished on them as they spent time with him. I believe the women were refreshed.
Kate Royal’s Kids of Hope takes your breath away. Her love for these street boys is contagious, and being able to visit with them and play games was so special. We were also able to attend the Kids of Hope Sunday Morning service, which had us all in tears over the significance of the small group under the canopy, learning about Jesus and singing songs of praise in their language.
We visited a girls Technical School and brought crafts for them to do. It helped us connect and the girls were encouraged. What a treat!
Personal ministry time with the Hayslips, Kate Royal, Abbey and Christa was especially heart warming. What a lovely group. I absolutely would love to return to Burkina – in fact, on a regular basis.
I have a love of photogrpahy and I believe it is a significant part of my ministry in the field. I took loads of pictures that I would be happy to share. I enjoy being able to give the pictures to the missionaries so they can have them for their newsletters and websites. I even got some short video clips of some of the ministry time. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll get you the pictures, but you are welcome ot use them. Some of them are quite outstanding, if I do say so myself. LOL! I have a ministry page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/LedeMinistries
) and many of the pictures are posted there if you want to take an initial look. I will work on getting some blank CD’s to copy them for you sometime soon.