Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 8.08.38 AMOver the years you have probably seen my posts about my friends who serve the people in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Their names are Joel and Heidi Hayslip and Burknia Faso is one of the poorest countries in all of Africa. However, the door is wide open for ministry, and the Hayslips are doing some very strategic work. Burkina Faso is a predominantly Muslim state, but the government is very open to ministry team coming in. As a result, Joel and Heidi are equipping churches by raising up and training children’s pastors to reach the children of the remote villages. Reaching adult Muslims is a nearly impossible task, yet the children are so open to Jesus and as a result, thousands of children, their parents and often tribal leaders are coming to faith because of the work being doing with the children.

Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 8.09.07 AMSo, Joel and Heidi have been in Burkina Faso for about 7 years, but just recently they’ve connected with Operation Christmas Child (Samaritans Purse). You may have participated with them, they distribute the shoe boxes to children in need. Well, in Burkina Faso the focus has primarily been on distribution of tens of thousands of these boxes. Joel and Heidi have been instrumental the last two years in working with Operation Christmas Child by setting up actual outreach programs around the distributions and training the volunteers in ways to minister to the kids and families during the distributions. It’s very exciting.

So, as you’re reading this, outreaches have already begun. In the next 8 days, 21 volunteers (African local who Joel and Heidi trained) will do 63 outreaches that will impact over 20,000 kids. They’ve been working very hard to be ready for this and the potential is absolutely amazing. This week, please be in prayer for Joel and Heidi, the teams working so hard and the kids who will get shoe boxes. Pray that they experience the love of Christ in an amazing and life-changing way. Click here to read more about what they’re doing.

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