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Burkina Faso’s 40th Anniversary

posted 4 Dec 2018, 20:53 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Burkina Faso’s 40th Anniversary

by Tany Warkentin

For the past 40 years, the Mennonite Church in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has been involved in sharing the Good News of Jesus in a number of local languages. Donna and Loren Entz were among the first Mennonite mission workers. Lives were transformed, churches emerged and multiplied, members were discipled and leaders trained. 

In response to God’s goodness and faithfulness during the past 40 years, what could the Burkina Faso church do but celebrate, and celebrate they did!  From November 23 to 25, at least 1,000 people gathered, including members from all of the 25 churches and over 30 international guests.  It was three days filled with worshipping, teaching, feasting, singing and dancing.  Special music groups and a marching band were invited, matching outfits were worn by each church, and women stayed up all night cooking for the final meal together (for which two cows were butchered).

Praise God for the joy and commitment with which the Burkina Faso churches serve God and share God's love with others. Also continue to support our sister churches in prayer - during the celebration last week, two Mennonite members passed away and delegates were sent from the celebration to the two villages for the funerals.  Pray that God's presence may be felt closely in times of joy and difficulty.

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