While it is encouraging to see dialogue versus fighting, we are by no means out of the woods yet. This latest "agreement" is partial and unfortunately does nothing to weaken the forces that perpetrated last weeks coup. There is a brewing sense of the people of Burkina being played by the politicians both inside the country and those here to make a deal. It seems that regardless of the outer appearances, Gen. Diendere (coup leader), his elite group of soldiers and former presidents political party are still in control of this country.
Please continue to pray for Burkina Faso as at any moment things could heat up and the fighting could begin. Neither side has changed positions and the people of the country are weary from the same corrupt few doing anything they please without consequence. Pray for courage and perseverance for the Burkinabe people and those leaders who truly wish to see democracy take root and the will of the people expressed in this country.
We are safe and keeping a low profile as things have improved slightly. But, we have the growing sense that what we are seeing is a show for a local and international audience. If the true issues are not addressed at this time they will certainly erupt again in the very near future when the power brokers are displeased with how things are going.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The people of Burkina Faso need our prayers as these difficulties are added to the struggle of daily life in one of the world's very poorest countries. We hope to see the international community continue to condem those who lead the coup as terrorists and press for swift justice for their crimes against the people of Burkina Faso. Pray for true wisdom, courage, resolve and perseverance in a difficult context.
God help us and the people of Burkina Faso,