Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Dear friend,

If you were to overhear the typical conversation in our home during recent days, this is what you would hear:

Esther: What do you think ______ would like for Christmas?

Andrew: I have no idea. What about a _______?

Esther: That is what we gave him/her last year.

Andrew: I give up!

Coming up with something original that you know your loved one will like is not easy, is it?

What about a gift for the One whose birthday we celebrate? I can think of a few gifts that might bring Him joy:

1. Hundreds of new believers here in Bobo Dioulasso, thanks to a large evangelistic campaign earlier this month. For more campaign news visit: http://goo.gl/EkY2RG

2. Growing churches, like the Sarafalao Church plant where I spoke this past Sunday and where Esther is doing a weekly women’s Bible Study.

3. Vibrant, well-educated students, thanks to the ministries of Burkina Alliance Christian Schools. The Good Seed Primary School and Lycée Maranatha Secondary School both have record enrollment.

4. Esther’s “Hallelujah Ladies” weekly visitation ministries to the Bobo prison and hospital. Special outreaches were held at both places during the evangelistic campaign and a meal and gift distributions are planned at Christmastime.

5. More future laborers for the African harvest, thanks to a healthy enrollment at Maranatha Bible Institute and a record 94 students and 92 wives at Poundou Bible and Agricultural School.

As pleased as I believe Jesus would be with each of these “gifts,” the gift He most wants is expressed so beautifully in the carol:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart!

Please pray that we would give ourselves to Him without reservation during this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We pray that you will do the same. For He alone is worthy!

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer

p.s. Check out our Bobo Team Christmas greetings:
https://youtu.be/-hR-WzkZIA4

For Esther's latest video clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLXu4L3udxM

Esther's other video clips:
https://www.youtube.com/user/estherschae

BOBO TEAM TWITTER PAGE: bobo_team

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

January 16, 2016

1. Pray for Esther as she prepares two pastors' wives seminars scheduled in Tougan and Toma next week.
2. We thank the Lord for the many that accept Christ at the hospital. Pray for them to be healed and connected into churches once they are discharged.
3. Pray for our daughter Rebekah who has not been feeling well since her return to school in Germany. She has exams coming up.
4. Pray that we would show the kindness of God to those around us.

January 4, 2016

1. We had such a wonderful Christmas with our children. The happy and sad all mixed together: happy to have them, sad to think of them leaving. Mark and Rebekah take off this Saturday. Pray that they both arrive safely and have a good start to their semesters.

2. Pray for a women's Bible study starting at the Belleville church. Pray for many to attend and for insight into spiritual needs of the women.

3. We praise the Lord for the miracle of healing of the young man we have been praying for at the hospital. He will soon be released. He is an orphan. Please pray that his family will accept for this young man to live with our hospital chaplain so that he can be fed and go to school.

4. Pray for a young woman who accepted Christ at a recent evangelism event. She is very troubled. Pray for one of our widows who is discipling her.

December 26, 2016
1. Pray for the pastors' kids as they gather this week coming from around the country of Burkina Faso. Pray for our son David as he speaks to the group.
2. Pray for a Christian woman at the hospital that needs surgery to set a broken bone. Pray that it can be scheduled quickly;
3. We praise the Lord for a widow who is celebrating Christmas for the first time.
4. We praise the Lord for a positive response to our Christmas meal at the prison.

December 13, 2016

1. We were saddened by the loss of our brother-in-law John Swanson on October 17th. Please pray that the Lord will comfort Esther’s sister Becky.

2. We plan lots of ministry around Christmas:
* Party at the deaf school on Dec 20.
* Widows’ meal and food gift on Dec 22.
* Pastors’ kids retreat Dec 26-28.
* Bobo District Pastors’ meal on Dec 29.
Please pray God’s blessings on each of these gatherings.

3. As another year winds down, we want to thank you for your prayers and generous support. We are so grateful to be a part of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and its worldwide outreach. Year-end gifts are welcome: http://goo.gl/twjZD3

4. We are thrilled that our unmarried kids and my sister Jessica are coming for Christmas! Rebekah and David will arrive Thursday, Stephen on Monday, Mark next Thursday and Jessica next Friday. Please pray for safe travels and a happy time together.

November 29, 2016

1. We thank the Lord for the many opportunities to share the Gospel. This week we were able to talk with 21 young men prisoners. Pray that the Good News will go deep into their hearts. Pray that we can continue to meet with these young men each week and that the Lord would give clear direction on how we can best help them.

2. This is evangelism week as a big campaign is being held here in our city from December 1-4. All hands on deck for this event! Pray for lasting fruit and that believers would continue to share the Gospel of Christ even after this week.

3. Pray for Madame Sana, one of our widows, whose daughter is very sick. She has been prayed over but continues with very strange behavior, often running away and living on the streets. Pray for complete healing in Jesus' name.

4. The sudden death of a missionary colleague has brought a struggle in my own heart. Pray for faith to see beyond the present and to know that God will always be faithful to us.

Burkina Faso

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Updated: January 16, 2017

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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