Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Dear friends,

When trying to teach me to ride a bike, drive a car, paint a piece of furniture, or do anything new, my father would say: "Steady Eddie." Even today his voice still echoes in my ears whenever I face a new situation, a challenging problem, or a sudden setback: Steady Eddie! It is as if I can hear my father saying: "careful now, stay focused, hold it together, you got this.”

A new year is a wonderful gift to us from our Heavenly Father. But the truth is, only He knows what it holds. For a young gal we are helping, it means the birth of a child, even though she is unmarried and just sixteen years old. Her parents have no money, and both are often sick. How will she handle a new baby and schoolwork all at the same time? For a widow in our group, the new year will involve finding another place to live since the family courtyard is being sold. How will she manage? For thousands, who have been displaced by the insecurity in the north and east, this new year must hold so many fears and uncertainties. For Burkina’s military, the new year may hold the dread of an unwanted posting and long family separations.

When the Israelites were crossing the Jordan, they were instructed to keep the ark of the covenant always before them because "you have never traveled this way before, and it will guide you" (Joshua 3:4). As believers, we echo David's words: "I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

Burkina Faso is facing incredible challenges, and many believers are wondering how they can remain faithful amid persecution. As missionaries, we are determined to point people to the Word of God and to our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can bring us safely through this year. We take advantage of every opportunity, training pastors and their wives, preaching in churches, teaching Sunday School and Bible studies, sharing the Good News in the local hospital and prison, holding seminars in schools, and reaching out to prostitutes on the street. We know that, as we keep Jesus Christ before us, we too will not be shaken. Steady Eddie!

Our prayer for each of us in this New Year is that we would hold fast, maintaining that steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. May we be faithful to complete all the work and good deeds that Christ has called us to. May this be a wonderful year for you of closely following the Lord Jesus and of finding Him to be all that you need.


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

January 24, 2020

1. Start up of Bible studies this week. Pray that many women would attend and that we would have those seeking to know more about Jesus and the Bible.

2. One evening a week we are on the street where prostitutes frequent. Pray for a young woman who began to cry when we attempted to talk with her. "My life is such a mess" and with that she moved on. We couldn't coax her into talking more. Pray that she will turn to the Lord Jesus and that we will have contact with her again.

3. Pray for a young deaf man who we are trying to place in a trade school. His father died recently which complicates things in his family. Pray that a way would be made for him to find housing and begin to learn a trade.

4. Pray for our prison ministry. Pray for evangelism efforts taking place this weekend. Pray that others would step up to work with the men prisoners.

an 17

1. Last month we were thrilled to witness the first baptism at the Bobo prison during which 16 men and 2 women declared their faith in Christ and were baptized. Pray for their growth in Christ.

2. Recently, during our street ministry, a young man accepted Christ. Last week he returned to thank us and to inform us that he had gone to church. Pray with us for more divine appointments.

3. Last week 150 widows participated in a conference in Santidougou. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. We are glad when we can bring encouragement from the Word of God. Pray as we resume our Bible Study ministry this month and organize several youth outreaches, that the Lord will use us each time we teach.

4. We enjoyed a wonderful visit with Rebekah. Pray with us that she will have a good second semester at Grove City College.

Jan 13, 2020

1. We are so thankful for the unity and enthusiasm we feel in our churches. Many were baptized during the Christmas season and many more are hearing the Gospel in different ministry settings. We thank the Lord for you who give so that we may serve here.

2. 150 widows attended a conference in one of our outlying villages. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. We are glad when we can bring encouragement from the Word of God and strengthen their faith in the Lord Jesus.

3. We will be starting women's Bible studies this month, as well as several outreaches for young people. Pray that we would be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

4. We have had many visitors in the past few weeks, including a traditional New Years meal for our pastors and their families. And we have enjoyed having our daughter Rebekah here who has worked tirelessly to try and get her mom organized. Pray for our children in their various settings.

December 28, 2019

1. We thank you so much for your prayers for us during this past year. They have made a huge difference for us. We pray that you will stay connected and committed to us and our ministry throughout the year ahead.

2. We had our first person accept Christ in our street ministry, a young man who said that we were the second people to talk to him about Jesus. He was glad to pray with us and came back this week to thank us and to say that he had been in church Sunday. Pray with us for divine appointments.

3. We were thrilled to participate in the first baptism at the prison. 16 men and two women followed the Lord in baptism and then we all shared communion afterwards. It was a happy time for everyone and we pray that they will live changed lives in the prison.

4. Our daughter Rebekah will be joining us to make it a Happy New Year! She will be helping with autistic children at the deaf school and getting her mom's office sorted out! Pray that she will have a great visit with us.

Burkina Faso


Updated: January 25, 2020

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Burkina Faso
Mission Protestant C&MA
B P 3050
Bobo Dioulasso, 01

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