Does what we do really make a difference???? Especially if it is a short term mission???

That is a question I have been asked oh so often when I share about the trips. Can a short term mission trip really impact the people??

Those of you who have been following me on this course I’ve been appointed to run, know that I return to the same places multiple times. The Lord wants me to show that yes, the missionaries don’t forget them and in many cases there are those who are “assigned” to certain areas and connect with the people. Maybe not to be there long term, but assigned none the less.

This was the 4 time I’ve been back to Burkina Faso, and, as before, we worked with the orphans and in the bush.

On this trip, we were blessed to have over a dozen interpreters going with us from village to village…
They were all university students who also were attending bible school. It was so much fun working with these young men. There was a young man in particular named Jean Philippe, who is now 18 years old who answered the question that others so often ask me….. here is what happened. It really touched my heart…

Near the end of our time in Burkina, he pulled me aside and said he wanted to share something with me. He lost both of his parents and did not have any family that he was aware of. He was out trying to “make it” on his one. He told me that he came to the orphanage approximately 8 years ago when he was about 10 years old. Children with the Orphanages we work with are identified and then assigned an orphanage usually close to their village so they could stay connected with any family that is remaining… Jean Phillipe explained to me that had none.

He then smiled big at me and said he remembered my first trip to visit them. (He would have been 12 at the time.)

He recounted the toys & soccer balls, school supplies, clothes… But then he said, I remember the Hugs you gave…. I stood stunned as he told me that we gave him a family and a hope for a future because of the work we do to support the orphanages. He was clothed, fed, schooled and loved.

Now he is enrolled in the University. Learning English (Moore and French are first & second languages), and attending a bible school part time too.
He’s a wonderful young man with eyes that sparkle and a smile that transmits the love of the Lord. I need to dig through my photos to see if I can find one of him from the first trip. It was wonderful to hear how the Lord has kept him safe and how he grew in the Lord. We are the extension of the Lord. Through what he shared with me I can honestly say to those who ask if we make a difference, YES we do!

But I want to extend this to all of you too. Because truly, without the support of others, I could not give Him My utmost for His highest… Your prayers and partnering with God in all areas to keep me going are what get the job done. We are partakers together in this wonderful inheritance.

The last leg of 2008….. Burkina Faso, W. Africa..

I depart for the next leg of the race which takes me back to an all familiar place, Burkina Faso, W. Africa. I remember the first time the Lord spoke to me about this nation. I was thinking, where in the world is this place? It was the place where He started to transform my heart for missions. It was a few years before that point that I had said I would never be a missionary, much less, go to Africa. Now here I am, going back for the fourth time to Burkina.

The relationships that we have build continue to be solidified with the work we do. Our plan is to work in the orphanages, work with the police again, and then go out to the bush villages and continue to share the truth of the Gospel of Light to those who have never heard the name of Jesus. Oh how sweet it is….and how do I enjoy the bush work!

Can you please put up the following in prayer over the next few weeks:

1. Safety of the team. Things are constantly changing. Please keep Ps. 91 – the shadow of His wings.. .
2. For the orphanages.. for us to get to the children and workers another touch from heaven that propels them to continue their walk with the Lord.
3. For the ministry we will be doing with the police force. This is huge because each time we go to Burkina, they ask us to do more and more!
4. For the village ministry.. Many small Christian villages are surrounded my Muslim villages, may the light of His Glorious presence be seen and draw many to come and receive the truth
5. For safe food and water… Again, becoming more important as clean water is only available in 3 of the villages.
6. For all our distribution items to arrive with us…
7. For the Holy Spirit to move through us freely so all that the Lord wants accomplished is accomplished.

I know this is a short list, so pray whatever is on your heart for the team and me. I look forward to updating you when I return. With all trips being recounted.

God Bless and love in Christ who is the way to true life.