Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Jan 2, 2018

Dear Friends,

Each Christmas season, it seems that we too receive the gifts of the Magi: the village pastor who brings two chickens, giving up his Christmas dinner for us; the widow who walks long kilometers to pray a New Year's blessing over our family; or the colleague who wraps up a cake mix or can of cherries so that we can have a special treat. It is a difficult thing to be the recipient of such a gift. It humbles us when we see the genuine sacrifice that others have made on our behalf.

We are launching out into a new year and as I mull over goals and plans and opportunities for service, I don't want to do just what is convenient or acceptable. The example that our Lord has given is of a love that gives what is most precious, a sacrificial love. What will I bring this year to the One who is worthy of all sacrifice and commitment?

Probably my most precious gift to give is my time. I find myself struggling to give more time to prayer, in striving for believers to stand firm in their faith, to give my time in volunteering at church, visiting widows and those at the local hospital. But I want to demonstrate by the use of my time that the Kingdom of Christ is first in my life. I want to see a new level of following Christ with all that I am and have.

As the pastor stands on our porch holding out the squawking chickens, he seems to understand my feelings. He quickly says, "Madame, don't worry. We are doing this because of Jesus. You have come to teach us about Jesus and so we bring this gift to you since you represent Him. It is our way of worship and of honoring Christ when we give you this gift."

King David first said that often quoted phrase, "I will not offer to God that which cost me nothing”. Jesus gave us what was most precious to Him, His very life. May 2018 be a year of sacrificial living, of giving to our Lord Jesus that which is costly and precious, and of finding opportunities to give the gifts of the Magi.

Serving together,

Esther Schaeffer

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Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
Mission Protestante C&MA
B.P. 3050; Bobo Dioulasso
Burkina Faso, West Africa

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Andrew and Esther Schaeffer prayer requests March 13, 2018

1. We are in desperate need of prayer for our prison ministry. We have come up against a spiritual battle with a known sorceress who is at the prison and she has turned the other prisoners against our team. We have decided not to hold Bible studies with the women for several weeks and then re-evaluate the situation. We will continue to work with the young men prisoners and also begin to visit a detention home outside of the city. Please pray that this door to sharing the Gospel with the women prisoners would not be shut to us.

2. I am teaching two women's Bible studies in outlying villages. Pray that I would have the strength in the midst of the heat. The women are eager to learn and ask good questions. Basic Bible doctrines have not been understood and we are thankful for this opportunity.

3. We had a great response to a young women's seminar last week. The girls kept us there for several hours after the meeting ended asking questions. Pray for these young women that are eager honor Christ.

4. Andrew will be speaking at our national convention encouraging the missionary vision of our church. Several districts are engaged in sending out missionaries and are reaching out beyond our borders. Pray that Andrew can clearly share the missionary mandate given to us by the Lord Jesus.

March 5, 2018

1. We appreciate your continued prayers for the security concerns going on in Burkina Faso. Pray for wisdom for the president of the country and the head of the military.

2. This is also the time of year when funeral celebrations and fetish worship takes place. It is difficult for Christians. The last two days I have been in villages where Christians have had to leave their homes so as not to be confronted by those following traditional religious customs. Pray that believers would stand firm in their faith.

3. A young man at the prison accepted Christ as his Savior this morning. There were seven of them listening to the Bible story. Six were firm in their resolve not to say yes to Jesus, but Madi hesitated for a moment and then said that he wanted to ask Jesus to forgive his sins. Pray that he will stand strong and grow in his faith. Pray that he would be released soon.

4. Pray for a new church that has started in the Kenedougou area as a result of recent outreaches. Pray that a pastor can soon be placed at this church and that the Lord would bring many in the village into His Kingdom.

February 13, 2018

1. We thank the Lord for the great visit we had with David and Jillian, which allowed us to connect with so many young people, like some of our pastors' kids. There return trip back to the U.S. was delayed by about 8 hours, which meant that our deaf team was also delayed getting to Burkina.

2. But we are thankful for everyone’s safe travels. Pray for our deaf team as they interact with lots of different groups of people. They started today by leading devotions at our radio station.

3. We will be visiting a village that has many deaf people that attend an Alliance church, but no one has been able to attend a school to learn signing. Pray that the Lord would guide as we seek ways to give these deaf people a way to understand the Word of God.

4.We have a young girl at the deaf school who needs surgery. All the paper work has been completed, but now we are waiting for the call from the doctor to say that he has scheduled the surgery. Pray with us that this could be done quickly.

Feb 4, 2018

1. We are so excited to have our son David with us and to get to know his girlfriend Jillian. Pray for their visit and for God's clear leading in their lives.

2. Pray for our deaf team as they prepare to arrive in Burkina next Saturday. We have many opportunities for them but pray especially that they will be able to clearly share the Gospel as they visit in different schools and meet with parents of deaf children and deaf organizations.

3. The leaders of our widows group will be holding meetings this week. We are now ministering to over 300 widows. Pray as our group looks for solutions to encourage these women.

4. We were able to participate in a celebration of 30 years of ministry for the Alliance church in Ouagadougou. Andrew preached for one of the evening sessions and stayed for the official ceremony. This church has planted over ten daughter churches and announced the start-up of another group. Pray that all would grow in the knowledge of Christ.

Burkina Faso


Updated: March 13, 2018

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