burkina faso missions image                    Burkina Faso Missions

Burkina Faso   

Burkina Faso, once known as Upper Volta, and as the longtime kingdom of the Mossi people, was colonized by France in the late 1800s. Its name was changed to Burkina Faso when it gained independenceburkina faso image 2 from France in 1960, and subsequently after that dependence, suffered from numerous military coups which ended with country wide elections in 1992. The results of those elections helped form a stable coalition government. With a high population density and very limited natural resources, most of the region remains economically suppressed. Local health conditions are improving, but still generally poor in the rural areas. The country is reported to have the second-highest illiteracy rate on the planet. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are also known as Burkinabe.  Islam has had a long history in Burkina Faso and represents around 55% of the total population. Christianity has a smaller presence representing around 10% of the population. 
 Our Mission
It started in 1983.  That was the first time I went to Burkina Faso.  Then, after a few years of writing back and forth to a Burkina Pastor, the Lord had me go back.   Now after more than 20 years-my wife and I are still going.  We have built around 400 churches...roofs.  That has been the main focus of our ministry ...roofs.  Most of the churches are around 1000 square feet.  Most are made of mud brick and most of them are located in the `bush`.  The churches are used for services almost everyday.  They can hold up to 200 people.  Many times they are the only main structure in the village. 
What a blessing that has been for us. To be able to give the roofs and see how the Lord has used it to build His Kingdom. (I Cor 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ) burkina faso missions image 5
Besides giving roofs, we do teachings for pastors .  During the years we have had over 50 pastors come from the US to see the ministry and to teach other pastors. Some of the pastors have come more than once.   All of the pastors that came have been blessed, and all of them have blessed the Burkinabe. Besides that-we teach in the Bible schools.  Many of the students that we taught have been pastors now-for years.
Jerry and Jan in the Bush
So, our ministry has been
  •    Building churches-putting on roofs.
  •    Teaching pastors at pastor conferences.
  •    Teaching at the Bible schools
  •    Helping to encourage interaction between  
  •    Burkinabe and  Americans.
  •    Feeding the people-during famine times.
The time is not over-yet.  The Lord has us still going back and continuing the work in Africa.
It is a mission that both Jan and myself never dreamed would be our life`s work.