Our newest prayer letter

Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,

Go Big or Go home

We have been in Africa now for 15 years and God has done more than we even asked Him to do.  We certainly aren’t planning on going home, so we are going to go big.  I love serving the Lord Jesus here and I love the relationships I have developed with people that care about us and the work of the Gospel in Africa.  That is why, at 40 years old, I am convinced that He will do even greater things through us (the Burkinabés, our family and our partners(you)).  The momentum of the ministry here is calling out to us to attempt some large projects (go big) over the next six months.  A friend of mine once told me that people want to partner with me but they can’t do it if I don’t talk about the need.  It’s not a comfortable thing for me to do, but I am trusting that God wants a lot of people to get involved in helping us reach the Burkinabé with the Gospel so here goes!

  1. Prayer – Even though I am going to mention finances, they aren’t our biggest need. Our greatest need is prayer.  Beautiful buildings, nice padded pews, etc. can never replace the need of God’s power.  Land can never replace the need for God to call men to preach His word.  We literally need to start thousands of churches in order to effectively impact this country.  The burden hasn’t dwindled over the years but only grown.
  2. Finances – Please understand that our people are giving. Many of them make around a dollar or two a day.  In some of the projects, they collect all the sand, rock, and water needed to build.  In other projects they have paid for all of the bricks needed in some buildings.  My goal would never be to do everything for them, but my goal is to aid or help speed up what they are already doing.  We have many projects in front of us right now.  I have decided to combine them.  The financial need is large but God is able to meet them.  We are thinking to achieve all of these projects it will cost around $150,000.  Again, this amount is not going to benefit just one church or area, but it will have far reaching effects and touch thousands.

If you can give, send it to Macedonia World Baptist Missions — Mark it Keith Shumaker/Special work account

P.O. Box 519

Braselton, GA  30517

Thanks for partnering with us.  You help make all this possible.  We are having the time of our lives serving our great God.

His Servants,

Keith, Rebecca, Emily, Meredith, Isaac and Caleb Shumaker

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