by Doyle Kee
BURKINA FASO (BNc) — Four men and five ladies worked in a campaign in Burkina Faso July 2-11.
Five accompanied Doyle Kee from Geneva, Switzerland, two came from the U.S., and Steven Ashcraft, an American missionary in northern Ghana, joined the group in the capital city of Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso is a land-locked, sub-Saharan country of seven million inhabitants, 90% of whom are Muslims. The name of the country means “men of integrity.”
The campaign workers participated in a daily eye clinic directed by Rosemary Cuesta, an optician assistant from Geneva, daily children’s classes, public preaching conferences, and street distribution.
There was good contact with and cooperation with the two churches of Christ in Ouagadougou.
Michel Sam, Shadrack Simporé, Paul Idueno, and Jacob Yaméogo are Bible school graduates who work with the churches in Ouagadougou and in Pô, a city 140 km south of the capital.
Through a recent Burkinabé convert, André Minougou, opportunities were given to have eye clinics and public preaching in two villages, Dapelogo and Gogo, and a suburban denominational church. Children classes were taught daily during the eye clinic.
Three conferences were presented in Ouagadougou in a public hall which the church rented. The campaigners and local members distributed in the streets and markets.
As in many African urban areas, the two Ouagadougou churches are struggling to find adequate meeting places. Newspaper advertising has developed many new French WBS contacts.
The fact of a Muslim majority has not yet limited the preaching of the gospel, though there have been recent terrorist outbreaks in the northern part of the country.