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Living Water Baptist Church has a granddaughter

Three years ago, three pastors, that I was privileged to train, were sent out to start new churches. All of them were members of Living Water Baptist Church. One of them is named Gilbert. Pastor Gilbert has unbelievable passion for the ministry and a tremendous love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He started in the third largest city in Burkina Faso called Koudougou. The church is called Victory Baptist Church. Gilbert was born and raised in a small city that is about 8 miles from Koudougou called Réo. He called me a few months back to request that I come to kick off a new church plant in Réo. Before we kick off a church here in Burkina Faso, we like to have an evangelism campaign. Normally we show a few Gospel films, (one of them we created) and then we preach to them. The films draw people in. Many of these people don’t have a television or something else to watch so a film is a big thing. The films we use have a great salvation message in them. Many times we stop the film in the middle and preach for about 20 min.

On Friday night, we had around 250 people come. I was privileged to preach to them, and we had a great response to the invitation. There many professions of faith.  On Saturday night, we had probably 350 people come. It is always such an amazing thing to preach to people who have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel message.   Sunday morning we meet under a mango tree. We were thrilled by the good crowd that came. There were about 30 adults and 40 children. One older couple trusted Christ to save them. It isn’t normal for an older man to accept Christ. What a thrill to see Living Water Baptist Church (started in 2007) give birth to a church in Koudougou  (Victory Baptist Church started in 2012) who gave birth to a church in Réo (started a few weeks ago).   I told our church (Living Water BC) that they are a grandmother.

There were many others off to the side.

There were many others off to the side.

I am preaching and Pastor Gilbert is translating.

I am preaching and Pastor Gilbert is translating.

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