Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS
By Andrew Schaeffer in Burkina Faso

Dear friends,

Twenty years ago, when Esther and I taught at Télékoro Bible Institute in Guinea, André Leno was the student who cared for the large campus generator. Every evening at 6:00 p.m. he would turn on the generator, then flick the switch that pumped water from the campus well to the holding tanks for the professors and students. When the holding tanks were filled, he would turn off the electric water pump. But he would leave the generator running until 9:00 p.m., providing light throughout the campus during the evening hours. André proved to be faithful, relieving me of this nightly concern.

One evening, after turning on the generator, André knocked on our door upset. He reported that the generator shed had been broken into and that fuel was missing. So I went with him to survey the situation. Along the way, I discovered that the door to the short-wave radio room was also jarred open. As soon as I entered, a young man bolted past me. I tackled him to the ground but he struggled to escape … and would have, had André not been there to help. Together we pinned him to the ground and cried, “Voleur! Voleur!” Within a minute or two, other students arrived to help. They bound the thief, put him in the mission pickup and together we delivered him to the police station. From that moment on campus thieving ceased!

In 1999 we bid farewell to Guinea and were reassigned to Burkina Faso. But two weeks ago I was privileged to return for the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries to Guinea. What a joy to be able to celebrate with dear brothers and sisters God’s goodness over these past 100 years … and to reconnect with former colleagues and students, including André. It was the first I had seen most of them in 20 years!

When I asked André where he is based, I was pleased to learn that he is now a District Superintendent, overseeing the 70 churches in the Kissidougou Prefecture! At the huge Centennial service in Kankan, André was called on to pray. Another former student, Joel Meriba, who now pastors the church in Kankan, led the service.

While pleased to discover that André and Joel are now recognized church leaders in Guinea, I was not totally surprised. Jesus told a parable about two servants who faithfully invested the talents they were entrusted. When their master returned after a long absence, he congratulated them, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (Matthew 25:19-23). During his student days at Télékoro Bible Institute, André was faithful with “a few things,” managing the generator; now he has been entrusted with “many things!”

What has God entrusted to you? Do you feel that it is just a few things? During the Centennial service USA Alliance President John Stumbo shared about the small group that gathered around Dr. A. B. Simpson to found the Alliance. In that first meeting they were challenged not to “despise the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10). Whatever our Lord has entrusted to us, whether little or much, may we be found faithful!

Awaiting His return,

Andrew & 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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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

March 1, 2019

1. We thank the Lord for how well the premature baby at the hospital is doing. They will probably be released even this weekend. It looks like a housing arrangement has been made for the young mom and her baby. She prayed to receive Christ on Wednesday. Pray that it will be a new start for her and that the Lord will provide all that is needed. Those who trust in the Lord will never be put to shame.

2. Pray as I speak at a seminar for young women. Teenage pregnancy is a huge issue right now. One school district had over a thousand girls pregnant this year. Pray that girls would attend the seminar and pray for clear teaching, and understanding hearts and minds.

3. A young boy who received Christ at the detention center is being released this week. He seemed uncertain about rejoining his family. Pray that he will find and be accepted in a church and that there would be a spirit of forgiveness with his family.

4. We will be hosting a Seder meal at our home for about 120 pastors and students. Pray for Jack who is coming to share with our community and pray for the one who needs to prepare the six sheep for the meal!

February 15, 2019

1. Widows will be meeting this week for a day of fasting and prayer. Pray that each one would be strengthened in their faith and that they would understand our God to be loving, kind, and compassionate.
2. I start back in the military camp this week, teaching a Bible study for women. Pray that many would come and that they would recognize the value of studying the Word of God.
3. We will be teaching at Poundou. Several women are dealing with the enemy’s strongholds in their lives. Pray that they would be completely delivered.
4. Burkina Faso seems to have quickly turned upside down. Rumors, attacks, strikes, and lots of bad stuff happening. Pray that believers would stay strong in their faith during these turbulent days. Pray that each of us would know the reality of this Bible verse: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. (2 Tim 1.7)

Burkina Faso

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Updated: March 01, 2019

Children's Names
Robert
Henry
Stephen
Mark
Rebekah
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Burkina Faso
Address
Mission Protestant C&MA
B P 3050
Bobo Dioulasso,
BURKINA FASO

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