Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

February 25, 2021

We have been doing Bible School ministries for over 25 years, serving in three different West African countries, motivated by the fact that in the last days many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. As we look forward to the return of the Lord Jesus we need to be intentional in teaching trustworthy people, passing on to them what we have learned, mentoring, coaching, equipping but above all giving our future pastors and their wives the solid foundation of the Word of God. The Apostle John says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth". And we are thankful for you who pray and give so that we can share the joy in knowing that Christian leaders are being taught and grounded in the Word of God, enabling them to walk in the truth and lead others to do the same!
Blessings, Esther and Andrew Schaeffer

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
Mission Protestante C&MA B.P. 3050;
Bobo-Dioulasso 01 Burkina Faso, West Africa

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

March 5, 2021

1. Pray for a marriage retreat taking place this next week for our pastoral couples. Pray that both husband and wife would attend (huge as often transportation costs, family obligations are difficult to manage). Pray for those speaking. Pray that it would bring forgiveness and renewal and a needed break from daily pressures.

2. We are awaiting the arrival of a container for the Poundou Bible School. It has solar equipment that should allow students to have light in the evenings for studying. Pray that it arrives in a timely manner as we have a team scheduled to do the installation.

3. Our widows group will meet this next week. Sometimes the ministry is heartbreaking. Pray that we would be a source of encouragement and strength for these women and that the Lord would clearly lead as we pursue different options for this ministry.

4. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. We have so many opportunities, especially in local schools, but our team is few in number and sickness has kept us from leaning in, as we should. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.

February 25, 2021
1. We are thankful to be feeling better even as we catch up on work and classes. We are thankful for the many encouraging messages that we received and our church family here in Burkina that made sure we had everything we needed during quarantine.
2. Pray as Esther begins ministry at to 56 young women at a local school. Pray that they would be open to the Word of God.
3. Pray as we teach at a youth gathering this month. Pray that many would come and that there would be interest in hearing from the Word of God.
4. Pray for the completion of several building projects, church construction, and the dorm at Poundou.

February 19, 2021

1. Our widows group met for prayer and fasting this week. We praise the Lord for the testimonies and the many answers to prayer. Pray for this group of women, that they would be an encouragement to each other, stand firm in their faith, and continue to trust the Lord for their needs. Pray as we come alongside these women to help in practical ways.

2. We are feeling better and have been able to get back into our ministries, but return to normal continues to take longer for me. Pray against discouragement.

3. We are helping several unwed mothers. Pray for these young women as they balance school, motherhood, and complicated relationships within their family. Pray for their mothers and grandmothers who find themselves caring for babies while their daughters go to school.

4. Pray for Andrew as he preaches this weekend and visits in a nearby district. Pray for a spirit-filled ministry.

February 12, 2021

1. Pray for church construction projects that are starting this month. Photo shows one of our churches that definitely needs a better building! The first bricks are put in place. Pray that the work can move along quickly and that nothing would lack to build these churches for the glory of God.

2. Pray for a young woman in our church that needs healing.

3. Pray for the boys that we work with at a local detention center. Several have run away in recent weeks. Pray that the Gospel would penetrate their hearts wherever they are and that they would quit running and realize the importance of education and learning a trade.

4. We thank the Lord that we were able to resume some of our ministries this week. For some reason, NOT age related, Esther seems to find it harder to regain strength than Andrew does. Pray for patience and strength.

February 5, 2021

1. COVID seems to have settled in at our house as we pass the two-week mark and honestly continue to have difficulty. We know that the Lord is with us and that He is at work and will be glorified in all things. Pray for healing and grace and patience.

2. Pray for a solar installation project planned for this month. Pray that the team and materials will arrive in a timely way and that the work could be done on schedule.

3. Pray as we manage and finish up several building projects and for our Central Church that has its planned dedication later this month.

4. Pray as we hope to begin ministry this month at the prison. It has been almost a year since the prison shut down due to COVID. Pray that our request would be granted, even if the Bible studies are limited in number and times.

Burkina Faso


Updated: March 05, 2021

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Burkina Faso
Mission Protestante CMA
01 BP 3050

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