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“May the God of Hope, fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

This verse has again become our go-to verse for 2024. While messaging with people in the Arctic who were experiencing -40°, I was in West Africa trying to avoid +40°. But the presence of the Lord was exceptionally ‘hot’ and ‘effective’ in every meeting. Thus, no amount of physical discomfort was too much for us to see what the eternal work of the Holy Spirit was doing.

Burkina Faso, West Africa (Jan. 24 – Feb. 7)

Even though there were roadblocks that the enemy threw in the pathway, I knew the doors for this journey had been opened by God in November 2023.

One such minor roadblock? A missing passport 😰! Only hours before my Saturday morning departure, the passport was determined missing in the Ottawa postal system at 4:00 p.m. Friday—despite having tracking numbers!! 

I said to the embassy personnel “If I was in the military my passport would have been found, but I’m only a pastor!” With that, I overheard one of the staff say on the speakerphone, “You are right!” The Ghanaian embassy kept its office open and pushed Canada Post. At 4:30 p.m. Friday I received a call to say my passport was found and would be delivered to my door in Gatineau!

Satan schemed to interrupt the 25-day schedule! I could have missed the opportunity to join Bruce and Lauren in Burkina Faso and teach over 400 open-hearted pastors during the first week of our trip. Prayer removes roadblocks!

Pictured: 400 Pastors attended the training in Diebougou, Burkina Faso

Between Covid and terrorist activities, three attempts to travel to Burkina Faso have been thwarted in the past few years. However, even with a Canadian travel advisory warning against travel to Burkina Faso, our leaders on the ground assured us it was safe. We felt very safe throughout our entire trip.

After 9 years of not being on the ground, our faithful leaders have accomplished much, including: 

  • 180 more churches have been planted
  • the Bible school has grown from 35 to more than 50 men being trained to plant and pastor churches
  • Five Burkinabe missionary families were sent out to reach Islamic tribes in two countries
  • Four deep wells were drilled in least-reached villages. As our leaders were dedicating the new well, one Chief gave his life to Jesus. Many were saved and baptized and four new churches planted
  • The second and largest phase of the Martin Davies Christian High School added 8 new classrooms and included a deep water well to serve the students and staff and to water the garden

Pictured: Bible school students from 12 regions

Ivory Coast, West Africa

Victor & Pauline have enabled the planting of 40 new churches and 23 outposts in the last nine years. This has been a purely indigenous work with the wise use of the tithes and offerings of the faithful. Praise God!

Accra, Ghana, West Africa

Emmanuel & Diana lead the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation facilitating staff, counsellors, and more than 30 volunteers. Many of the volunteers are Christian psychiatrists and psychologists available to help people contemplating suicide or facing personal and family crises. The teams go to shopping malls and high schools seeking opportunities to help. It is amazing how youth and families are being helped and encouraged.

Please pray for:

  • The counselling teams in Ghana during Suicide Awareness in March
  • Joseph, a suicide survivor who is still in recovery
  • student dormitories desperately needed for the Bible school in Burkina Faso
  • For 3 specific (unnamed) villages to be secured from terrorism so our missionaries can work freely in them

Pictured: Solar panels going up for the well at the Martin Davies Christian High School (MDCHS). This will provide water for students, staff, and the garden.

Gary & Shelly