#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!



Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Adventures, Life in Africa, Unreached People

Starting tomorrow we will begin our 7 days of prayer for the Turka, but I wanted to give you 1st some background about what is happening among this people.  I told Dr Peter just yesterday that this is a missionary story that should be made into a book.

About 2 years ago Dr Peter remembers having the Suggetts, Wycliff Bible translators, in their living room pouring out their frustrations.  The Suggetts have sacrificed 20+ years of their lives to translate the Bible in the Turka language and make it available to all the different villages.  To do this they lived in a secluded village on the top of the famous Fabedougou cliffs (pictured here with the Hayslip boys) for 9 years with their 2 girls, learned the language, laboring over every syllable to get it just right.  The culmination of this effort was that several books of the Bible had been translated and recorded.

But in all that time, only 2 young men came to faith in Christ, and the village promptly kicked them out.  And even when the Suggetts provided the Bible on hand-cranked cassette players, the villagers gave them back saying “it’s just too much work to turn that little crank”!!

The Turka are fiercely proud and individualistic and seemed completely hardened to the Gospel.  In Fabedougou, the families are mostly animist (worshiping idols), but some had recently converted to Islam (while keeping most of their idol worship as well).  The family that had given land to the Suggetts was muslim, and the family chief even changed his name to “El-Hadji”.  For the 9 years the Suggets lived with them, they seemed unmoved by the love and sacrifice made by this missionary family.

Eventually the daughters graduated and moved to Canada and the wife began having some serious health issues.  They decided then to return to Canada and they continue the translation work there, with the husband traveling back every few months to see the work and to meet with his translation team.  On one of these trips, he returned to Fabedougou to see El-Hadji and to present some new players that were solar-powered.  He was in for the shock of his life!

I’ll stop there – is that a good cliffhanger?  Did you catch the witty play on words?  Cliffs?

If any of you know more of the background (without giving away the next bits), please add/correct!!

Want the Rest of the Story?  Here it is…

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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