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Vicente’s Prayer letter

Vicente and Gabriella Garcia work with us in Burkina Faso.  Here is their latest prayer letter.  It is exciting to see how God is working and moving in our absence.


Dear Friends and Family,


I want to thank you first of all for your prayers that you are making for your missionaries. We are very thankful. Thank you as well for your economic support. May God continue greatly blessing you. We love you.


This month we had our youth camp and it was a great blessing. There were 33 young people in attendance. God worked in a special way. There were pastors from different church, Pastor Mamadu, Pastor Talibala, Pastor Salif, Pastor Zacari, Pastor Daniel, and Pastor Konate with myself and my wife. WE are very happy because many young people gave their lives to Christ and decided to start serving in the work of God. Please keep praying for this country. There is so much need and so few laborers. Pray that God would touch hearts to decide to leave NOW for the mission field.


The second of September pastor Keith Shumaker and his wife Rebecca will be with us returning from the US after four months. They will only be here for a week and then will return again. We have three goals for Pastor Shumaker’s visit:

1. To being building an auditorium for a new work being pastored by Pastor Zacari.

2. To hold a missions conference.

3. To hold a wedding for Pastor Mamadu with Sister Antoinette.

We ask for your prayers to be able to accomplish these plans for our pastor.


We also ask for your prayers for the children’s Sunday School class. It has shrunk from an average of 55 kids to now 25 or 30 due to the month of Ramadan. Many of the children are Muslims and when Sunday morning comes around their parents won’t let them leave their homes until Ramadan is over since they are fasting all day. Pray that all the children will return to church after Ramadan. Every Thursday we have an outreach to orphans. The majority of the orphans are Muslims. We help them with food and Bible lessons. One young Muslim man named Albert recently accepted Christ and came to our summer camp. The other day he came to church so happy to tell us that his Muslim neighbors are learning the songs he was taught in church about the love of Christ. It was a blessing to hear this.


God is merciful ever day and strengthens us to do the work in Burkina Faso. It is a dream of ours that God would allow us to see each of you some day. We miss you greatly. Thank you for the privilege to write you one more time. May God bless you.


Prayer requests:

                       For Pastor Keith’s travel

                       For the needs of each pastor: Talibala, salif, Zacari, konate, Mamadu

                       For the missions conference coming up

                       For baptisms that are coming up

                       For the ministry to children and brother Gilbert who runs the orphan ministry

                       For God to continue helping and strengthening us to move forward in the work






One Response to “Vicente’s Prayer letter”

  1. Prayer Letter from Missionary Vicente and Gabriella Garcia (Burkina Faso) « Derik Lawrence Says:

    […] Missionary Vicente and Gabriella Garcia (Burkina Faso) Missionary Keith Shumaker just posted this letter from the Garcias who we met via the Shumakers in our Mission […]

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