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On our trip to Mali, we passed by Bobo-Dioulasso. It is the 2nd biggest city in the country of Burkina Faso. We wanted to go and see the old Mosque(Muslim Temple). We were actually granted a tour of it, for a price of course. It was started in the 1870’s and finished in 1880. It was made of wood and clay. Over 800 people can pray in it at one time. While we were there they were having a call to prayer. As a few men came to pray, I was extremely touched. Bobo is a city with over 500,000 in the center of town and easily over a million with the outskirts. There isn’t one independent Baptist Church in the area. It is a city ready for the Gospel. I believe that Bobo would be considered over 80% Muslim.  We have such a great need for laborers in Burkina Faso and in West Africa.  It is wide open to the Gospel but things are changing and will change.

Below is a picture of the old Mosque.

Mosque in Bobo

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