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The Alliance entered Burkina Faso, then a French colony, in 1923. Today, more than 69,000 believers gather in 800 hundred Alliance churches under national church leadership throughout this West African nation.

Alliance workers in Burkina spend much of their time deep in the jungle, sharing Christ’s love in remote villages with names like Samorogouan and Siri, Sirasso and Bangaso, where the people have practiced animism and fetishism for hundreds of years.

In the Kenedougou region, our workers are mentoring national pastors, and the younger brother of a village chief committed his life to Jesus. As an Alliance worker drove into the village of Temetemeso, his car filled with singing believers, a crowd of nearly 300 children surrounded the vehicle, cheering and jumping for joy.

Holistic ministry has always been part of Alliance outreach in this desperately poor country. Our workers have built and staffed health clinics and primary schools to meet medical and educational needs. The Alliance also has taught literacy classes and has established Bible schools and seminaries to train pastors and evangelists.

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National Church

The Christian Alliance Church of Burkina Faso: 501 organized churches, 178 unorganized groups, 184 ordained ministers, 21,478 baptized members, and 61,294 inclusive members

Team Initiatives

  • Plant 10 churches in Ouagadougou by 2010 through "Thrivex Ouaga," a partnership with the national church, C&MA mission, and U.S. Alliance churches.
  • Prepare future church leaders by teaching seminars, Theological Education by Extension courses, and classes at Maranatha and Poundou Bible Institutes.
  • Show Jesus’ love and compassion to the people of Burkina Faso by serving hundred of patients each month at "Life Clinic" in the city of Bobo Dioulasso.

The Alliance at Work in Burkina Faso

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Demographics

Population
Population--13,925,313 Infant mortality rate--97.6/1,000 Life expectancy--43.9
Capital City
Ouagadougou (962,100) pop.
Geography
Slightly larger than Colorado, Burkina Faso (105,869 sq. mi.) consists of extensive plains, low hills, high savannas, and a desert area in the north.
Languages
French (official), native African languages (Sudanic)
Ethnicity/Race
Mossi--40%; Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani--60%
Economy
Per capita income--$1,200 Inflation--2.4% Literacy rate--27% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Parliamentary republic; Burkina Faso, formerly Upper Volta, achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Burkina Faso’s high population and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.
Religion
Muslim--50%; indigenous--40%; Christian (mainly Roman Catholic)--10%

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