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Finally back in America

I wrote this update right after we got home but never posted it.  Here it is a few days late:

My wife and I arrived Saturday night just before midnight.  I personally want to thank all of you for your prayers.  You have been wonderful prayer warriors over the years and we know that God has so greatly blessed this ministry because of those.

We had an amazing trip.  I was very touched, inspired, challenged and excited to see our young preachers doing so well. We had an unbelievable missions conference.   Sunday night two of our churches did skits and the other church represented sang a special.  There was a skit of a Muslim, animist, Catholic and a Baptist.  They had put their faith in their church and their religion.  They all went before God and all were judged according to their works.  Their name wasn’t found in the Book of life.  They were all cast into the lake of fire (even the baptist).  It was well done and conveyed a very true and sad fact that so many people have good intentions and want to go to heaven but are never really born again.  Only Jesus saves.  Not the church, nor baptism, nor works.  Salvation is more than a religion it is a relationship with Jesus, the one and only Saviour of the world.

We had a tremendous missions conference.  All of our preachers preached during the week.  I wanted them to preach 15 min a piece.  They have grown so much in the last 5 months.  It is an awesome feeling when somebody that you have won, discipled and trained for the ministry stands up and preaches the word of God and it challenges you and touches you.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

The last night of the missions conference I felt led to preach on hell.  I don’t think we have ever had such a moving  service in Africa.  We had a great crowd of over 100 people.  Two people came forward that night.  A man in his thirties who had been baptized years before in another church realized he had never trusted Christ.  After being dealt with, he was glowing.

We have a sweet lady name Madame Dianda.  She and one of her daughters have been faithful since the beginning of Living Water Baptist Church.  They were both saved from a Muslim background.  She has another daughter that doesn’t live with her.  She is named Kadi.  She is 20 or so years old.  She lives with her father.  She came the same night I preached on hell.  During the invitation she looked at her mother and said, “that message was for me.”  Unfortunately, she didn’t make a decision for Christ that night.  Please pray for her.

I invited a man named Herve to church and he came on Tuesday.  Thursday I went to see him and talked with him about Jesus.  I told him that when he is ready he needs to repent and trust Christ.  He told me that he was ready.  He prayed and was born into the family of God.

There is so much more that I could share.  God truly blessed and we are thankful for all He is still doing in Burkina Faso.

Below is a picture of the adult Sunday School class at Living Water Baptist Church.

Sunday school at Living Water Baptist Church

Below is one of the skits being performed.


Below is a picture of our missions conference attendance.

Missions Conference Burkina Faso

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