For God's glory,
A couple of weekends ago there was a church conference for the church we attend in the village of Bounouna, and it's daughter churches- it was held in a village named Toumousseni. Above are the pastors, elders and deacons who spoke throughout the 3 day event. About 70-80 people were able to attend, hear God's Word, pray and worship together.
Well…my first time preaching in French. Thank God for Vincent (above). He is an elder in our church,our language helper, a Bible translator, Jesus' voice in the recently completed Dogose Jesus Film project and a carpenter. There is a lot more I could add, but in short, he is a man of God who works tirelessly for kingdom purposes. Needless to say, having Vincent translate my French into Jula was a huge confidence builder, as he is able to understand my ever improving, but not yet arrived French.
A few minutes into my message I saw everyone turning around and this was why. 3 camels went by on the road. While we see them most months, they are far from an everyday thing in our part of Burkina.
Kristi, here with Rebeccah. Rebeccah, her husband , and her co-wife all came to Christ later in life after years of devotion to fetishes and spirits. Praise God for His work in peoples lives! She enjoyed teasing and testing Kristi's Jula while many of the younger women were preparing the rice and sauce for lunch. Below is a prime example of the cooking that goes on to feed a big crew when there is a gathering.
Please continue to pray for the lost and unreached villages and peoples in the Cascade region of Burkina Faso. The needs are profound. It is great to see the changed lives, but as always there are many reminders of how much work is left to be done. May the Lord of the harvest guide and strengthen us.
For God's glory,
Yesterday we had the chance as a family to go to a nearby village church to be a part of an Operation Christmas Child box distribution. Three pastors were involved in sharing the gospel and talking about how much Jesus loves children. There were probably 80 to 100 kids and twenty plus adults at a small village church plant. Most of the folks were not church members from the village.
As soon as we arrived with the generator and speaker the program began. The 104 plus degree heat at 4:00 p.m. didn’t deter the excited children and families from sitting in the shade of a large tree just outside the church building and waiting patiently. After 30 to 40 minutes of songs, games and teaching, it was time to hand out the boxes.
As each of the kids got their box, it was great to see how they showed their excitement. Some were openly beaming with huge smiles, some were very focused, and others quickly got their box and had a seat. Some held their boxes tightly to their chest, others began looking through the clear boxes in front of them, and others held the box on their heads. We took some pictures and prayed for all the kids and their families. Then everyone was off to their courtyards to open the gifts.
Today we saw pastor Etienne and a man from the village and asked if the kids were happy after opening their boxes yesterday. Both the pastor and the man explained how the kids were so elated and pleased with the boxes and the special gifts they held. Now, we will continue to pray that God will use these gifts and the message of Jesus to reach into these children’s hearts, minds and entire courtyards to transform lives, families and communities.
16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Aaron & Kristi
Married for 21 years, with 3 children. Serving the King of Kings in Burkina Faso, West Africa.