When the Muslim leaders in Puedougou, Burkina Faso heard that Pastor Jean Zongo, an Assemblies of God pastor, had come to plant a church in their village, they were livid. They threatened him, and the safety of his family, if he stayed. Knowing the call God had placed on his life, Pastor Jean stayed. He began to share his faith no matter the cost.
Soon after his arrival, the local witch doctors began performing rituals, making sacrifices, and chanting curses to drive Pastor Jean away. They asked evil spirits to afflict him and his family and ordered the people to mistreat him. But Pastor Jean stayed. And he continued to preach.
All who opposed Pastor Jean told him that their gods and spirits would drive him out or kill him within one year. Three years later he remains in Puedougou, preaching the gospel of Jesus and winning souls for Christ!
Many students feel called, as did Pastor Jean, to go to the unreached in Burkina Faso to preach in the power of the Holy Spirit and to plant new churches. But they lack the resources to be trained.
This Christmas, we want to bless 250 Bible school students in Burkina Faso with a scholarship to help them receive their ministry training. This will equip them to plant churches across their country.
We are asking you to send a Christmas offering of $50 to help provide a one-month scholarship for a student like Pastor Jean who is called to go into hostile territory to plant a church. These trained ministers will go and preach no matter what barriers the enemy puts up. The gates of hell will not prevail!
When Pastor Jean moved to Puedougou, the Muslim village chief often consulted local witch doctors. He was very hostile toward Pastor Jean . . . until a miracle of healing took place. The chief’s daughter had a terrible illness. She was epileptic and had frequent seizures. When a seizure would occur, she would fall down and writhe on the ground. No one knew what to do, so they would leave her on the ground.
When the girl came to Pastor Jean’s church and asked for prayer, the congregation (mostly very new believers) prayed. Jesus healed her! She has not had a seizure since that day. As a result of her healing, several of the chief’s family members have come to accept Christ and are now part of Jean’s church. God continues to bless Pastor Jean’s faithfulness.
Recently, one of the local witch doctors came to see Pastor Jean. She couldn’t believe her curses had failed. All the sacrifices, incantations and prayers to demons had not yielded the result she wanted. She knew there had to be a stronger power working on behalf of Pastor Jean. She humbly approached Pastor Jean and said: “I think that it must be your God that makes it possible for you to stay here so long.”
Please take a moment today to pray for Pastor Jean and his church. Pray also for the many lost people in Puedougou who are beginning to realize that it is God’s great power that has come among them, but they have yet to accept Christ as their Savior.
Africa’s Hope is focusing on Burkina Faso this Christmas because a massive church-planting effort is taking place. Every Bible school student (and there are several hundred) is expected to plant a church after graduation. Many are planting churches while they are still students! The unreached people they are beginning to work among are the Mossi, Fulani, Tuareg and Gurmanche people.
Your contribution of $50 will provide a one-month scholarship for one student in Burkina Faso to train for ministry; $100 will help two students; $250 will help five students; $500 will help 10. If you would like to give $600, we will use it to scholarship one student for a full year. Any amount you give will be used. Thank you!
Pastor Jean was a Bible school student four years ago. Someone like you helped him with a scholarship through Africa’s Hope. Look at the fruit being produced through his ministry! The powers of darkness are being defeated by the power in preaching the Word of God!
How many more Pastor Jeans would you like to help train and equip for pioneer ministry in Burkina Faso?Give now