Thursday, September 24, 2015

Coup D'Etat -Thumbnail Version

Burning Tire  Roadblock
It is difficult to summarize the events of this past week and even more difficult to describe the roller coaster ride of emotions they provoked.  Last Thursday September 17, the peace of this country was shaken by the overthrow of the transitional government by the RSP Military Guard led by Gen. Diendere.
Gen. Diendere

The interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Jacouba Zida were held hostage at the presidential palace. Roads were blocked, businesses closed, curfews issued and land and air borders secured.

President Kafando
Yesterday after long negotiation, the transitional government lead by Michel Kafando has been reinstated. Diendere has accepted responsibility for his actions and has agreed to face the consequences and has stated regret for the loss of life and property.

Sweeping Streets 

As for now, word is that elections have been moved to
November 22.
The Burkinabe were out last night sweeping the streets and slowly things are returning to normal. You can sense the air of relief that the much greater tragedy was averted. 

Proud People of Burkina Faso
Through it all we remained safe in our quiet neighborhood far away from the events of the coup.

May God continue to hold the country of Burkina Faso in the palm of his hand through the transition and election period.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Brick By Brick

There has been much activity in our little area of Kimini lately. The construction of the maternity building is well underway. It is amazing to watch the process from brick making to wall raising.
Encouraging the builders
I just wanted to share the experience. So here is a little photo story .
Foundation and iron for reinforced concrete

Bricks turn into walls
Working on front wall
"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. "PSALMS 127:1

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy Trails

The red roads in out of the Kimini area leave much to be desired on a good day. The rainy season makes traveling them even more exciting. Yesterday we left for a short trip to Folonzo, a village just about 35 kl from Kimini. My memory of previous trips during the dry season included numerous deep ruts and rough terrain. Send in the rainy season and all that takes on new thrills. Roads get washed out, ruts fill with water and mud abounds. Driving through the small lakes makes for an adventurous ride! You never know just how deep those holes are. So you just buckle up and enjoy the ride. Six Flags has new competition in Burkina !
Always new reasons to appreciate our wonderful truck !

The trip was well worth the effort though. We met seven deserving children who would each love to have a sponsor to help keep them in school and care about them.

Seraphine Ouattara
Meet Seraphine Ouattara. She is an impressive petite15 year old girl. Her father passed away when she was just two years old. She lives in the village of Folonzo with her mother, older brother and two younger siblings. During the school year she attends a Catholic boarding school in Mangodora where she will be in the eighth grade this year (2015-2016).She is a good student and hopes to become a math professor some day. 

You can be the one to make her dream come true. It is possible for less than the price of a daily cup of coffee. I would be happy to explain the simple steps of sponsorship to you if you feel you can help. 

Before leaving Folonzo Pastor Ibrahim brought us to meet the village chief and explain the purpose of our visit.He was very grateful and graciously welcomed us back.
Pastor Ibrahim, Folonzo Chief and Ruth