Monday, April 27, 2015

Switching Gears

It is said that "variety is the spice of life". I can assure you that variety does add flavor to our lives in Burkina Faso. Ruth and I often comment that there are NO "typical" days here. And it is all good !

Our  work here is divided between our ministry in the village of Kimini and all that it entails and our work with adoptions which calls us out of the village and into Ouagadougou and beyond.

Before arriving in the city this time, we were blessed by wonderful visitors who spent time with us in Kimini  blessing us and our people in many diverse ways……

LIKE : Providing Henzetta, the president of the Kimini women's  shea butter association the opportunity to attend an international conference held in Ouagadougou where information on production and marketing techniques  were shared.                                                                            

Merci , Dawn
Dawn and Henzetta

AND : Finally getting a coat of paint  on our "Home Sweet Home". Thanks Joy and Shari!

A splash of Golden Brown # 743 !

ALSO: Helping bring an infant and her mom to the center for malnourished babies Bobo.

Shari and Mamina

Now after spending four weeks in Ouagadougou for the adoption side of our work, we will be heading back to Kimini this week.   And it IS all good !


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Time" Marches" On

March certainly was a busy month. The last two weeks were filled with activity and abundant blessings. It would be impossible to share everything that occurred but here are some of the highlights of our "March" through the month.

The last two weeks were spent in our village of Kimini where the long awaited drilling of wells by the Friends In Action team yielded three productive wells in key locations. One is near the medical clinic and our house. The second is on the school property and the third is in a location at the edge of the village. Everyone in Kimini is rejoicing as the clean,safe waters flow to cleanse and quench their thirst.

And the water gushed
The mud flew
We cannot express the depth of our gratitude to these Christ-centered men who worked tirelessly from morning to way beyond sunset to bring the gift of water to Kimini. Five wells were drilled in all but two turned out to be dry. Although this was disappointing,it could not diminish the joy of the three good wells.

We all rejoice after successful drilling.
Dr.Scot, a member of the drilling team, was able to to provide medical assistance for five and a half days at our clinic. The stream of people seeking help never stopped flowing. We are thankful for his expertise and his willingness to work until daylight faded each day to see the throngs of patients coming to the clinic. Someday soon we hope to have the doors of the clinic open on a regular schedule.
Chief presents a sheep as a thank you gift to the drilling team 

Two nights of evangelization took place where the people were introduced to "The Living Water". Eight people expressed a desire to learn more about Jesus. We pray that their thirst for God will continue and grow even stronger.

Each morning we awake prepared to walk wherever God leads us. On a recent Sunday morning a family came to us from Folonzo, a village about 25km away from Kimini. They were seeking help for their malnourished 5 month old daughter who weighed only a lightly over five pounds.She had not gained more than a few ounces since her birth. Once arrangements with family were in place we were off to Bobo with our fifth malnourished infant and her mother.The mother is young and will benefit from the education she will receive from the experts there. Please pray with us that this story will will have a happy ending.
Sadly malnourished.

As always, we are so grateful for your prayers, encouragement and support  as we strive to to be the hands and feet of Christ to His people in Burkina Faso.