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Pastors Camp

Last Monday afternoon we left the city of Ouagadougou to go out to a village about 30 min. out of town. This was the start of the Pastors Camp (our first ever). We had a total of 8 pastors and their families. Unfortunately one pastor couldn’t make it because of sickness.

We had an unbelievable time together. The theme of the camp came from Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” We are trying to build a team that will work together to reach this country and the surrounding countries for the Lord.

Salif told a story of when we were first getting started. How we would take some poles and a tarp and have services. He said that I would say, “One day we will have 40 churches in Ouagadougou”. He would look at Simon and they would say, “Is that possible”? He said that he didn’t believe it then, but now if I wanted to say 60 church plants in Ouagadougou, he believes it is possible.


We realized how spoiled we are. We were without power, running water (had to travel to a pump to get it), normal toilet(there was a hole in the ground), air conditioning or fan, etc. It truly makes you appreciate what you have when you have to live without something for a few days. My wife asked all the women would they be willing to follow their husbands if God called them to work in the village. I have seen African men that wanted to go to a certain area and their wives refused saying they didn’t want to live without electricity. My told me that they all said they would follow their husbands. Then I asked my wife, “Are you willing?” After a few moments she said, “If God called you, then yes”.

My question for you is, “Are you willing to do what God wants you to do even if it was to go and live in a village in Africa?”

One Response to “Pastors Camp”

  1. Floyd S. Johnson Says:

    Bro. Keith:
    Your letters are “SUCH” an encouragement to me to see how God is working in and through your ministry with these wonderful people. There are “SO” many of us in America that need to give more to the Lord’s work and learn to control our fleshy desires for comfort and etc. Things without God in it will hold us back from during the Lord’s will. When this happen we are in gross sin. I am praying fevently for your ministry and family. Can you send our Church a prayer letter and I think that we have a current picture of you. I want to put you’ll on our missionary wall in the back of the Church. Our revival starts on Sunday and goes through Wednesday night, please pray for God’s will to be done.

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