Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update



By Andrew Schaeffer in Burkina Faso
July 2, 2019

Last week, after reading an article about Burkina Faso, a concerned friend wrote, “Is this all true?” The article reported about another terrorist attack that had taken place in northern Burkina. “Yes, it is,” I hated to admit.

Our adopted homeland is admittedly poor, but it has always been peaceful. Many consider the Burkinabè to be some of the most friendly and tolerant people in the world. Comprised of 70+ tribal groups and 3 primary religious groups, Burkina has been a bastion of peace in an oft-troubled region. In fact, a former president was known for his ability to broker peace during times of unrest in neighboring countries. While trouble simmered elsewhere, Burkina enjoyed peace and stability.

Sadly, that is no longer the case. During the past few months there have been numerous attacks, mostly in the north and east. Even though we live in the southwest, we have been encouraged to take precautions. We are not afraid, but we are sobered by the daily news. Our leaders have asked us to limit ministry to our city and to forego any non-essential travel for the next few months. Thankfully, there is still plenty to do right here. And we feel needed here more than ever!

Esther continues to minister weekly at the hospital and prison. This past Sunday we celebrated our 29th anniversary by participating in an evangelistic outreach at a home for juvenile delinquents. Next week I will represent the Mission in the West Africa Alliance Seminary board meetings. I have been asked to speak in two local churches later this month. And next month we are scheduled to welcome new colleagues and to host another deaf team.

This coming Sunday the churches in our city will gather for an interdenominational prayer meeting to pray for peace and to take up an offering to support our Christian brothers and sisters who have fled the north. Please pray with us for peace in Burkina. If you would like to give, please visit and mark your gift “Burkina Relief Fund.” We would also welcome your help with our solar projects at Maranatha and Poundou Bible Schools.

Now more than ever, thank you for standing with us in prayer!

Andrew and 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

July 2, 2019
1. I (Andrew) praise the Lord for safe travels last month and a wonderful visit with family and friends in the USA. I was able to attend two weddings and the Alliance Council. I especially enjoyed holding my precious granddaughter Hope, who continues to grow, thank you for your prayers!

2. At least 17 times in the Psalms the Lord is called “our fortress!” Pray that we and the believers in Burkina will trust in Him and not be afraid.

3. Praise the Lord for the healing of a woman in the Kénédougou. Now she is allowed to attend church! Pray that her testimony would draw many others to Christ.

4. Yesterday five Burkinabè pastors (all former students of ours at Maranatha) began a modular seminary program. Pray that they would continue to grow in their love for God and His Word and become more effective servants in His church.

5. Pray that the Lord will guide and use us as we continue to share the Good News here in Burkina. Pray especially that our ministry projects among the deaf will yield lasting spiritual fruit.

July 1, 2019
1. We thank the Lord for 29 years of marriage. We celebrated in the happiest way possible, preaching at a church plant where many of the leaders are people we have worked with, and then in the afternoon at the detention center with a group of young people from a local church singing and sharing the joy of knowing the Lord Jesus. It is a happy marriage where Christ is the center and focus. We are also so very thankful for our now seven children and our precious granddaughter Hope who is sitting up and gaining weight and being absolutely adorable in every way.

2. So often with the joys come the sorrows. Pray for a young couple in our church who lost their two-year-old daughter when she suffered severe burns. A pot of food just off the fire was placed by the door and the child was unaware and back into it, sitting down in the pot. Pray great comfort and that they would stay strongly attached to Christ.

3. Rain is desperately needed. Please pray with us that our Heavenly Father would be merciful to send the rain for this farming season.

4. Pray as I begin work on a new series of radio broadcasts. Pray that they would be practical for listeners and be an instrument of peace for this country.

June 21, 2019
1. A wonderful answer to prayer for us at the prison with the moving of one of our Christian inmates. It was certainly the Lord at work and has had a profound affect on the young men. Thank you for praying. Our team has been asked to hold a Bible study with the men prisoners. Pray as we explore that opportunity.

2. Pray for our ongoing work at the radio. It continues to be an important way to spread the Gospel. Our station is looking to increase the height of the tower in order to better serve our community. We broadcast in about twelve different languages and have set times for reading scripture.

3. We need rain. The sun seems to be so intense and many have already put in their fields. Pray that the Lord would be merciful and send the rain that it needed throughout Burkina Faso.

4. Pray for the planning of different camps this summer. Our pastors' children are meeting this weekend to organize a camp, the Alliance youth are planning a camp for young women, and we are putting together a camp for deaf children. Pray that these would be a ton of fun and bring lasting decisions for Christ.

Burkina Faso


Updated: July 02, 2019

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