Randy and Deanna Harrison

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Merry Christmas from Burkina Faso, West Africa!
Dear friends and family,
We remember our Decembers in the States filled with cold weather, Christmas decorations and parties, special services, and times with family. However, things are just a little different here in West Africa. We thought we’d show you a few of our December activities this year.
Weather
December is our hot season, so the only hint of a “White Christmas” is the dust blowing in from the Harmattan winds.

Christmas Parties
We love to celebrate with our students. A Christmas party with Deanna’s doctrine class ended up in a dance fest. BTW, don’t be surprised to see the children. These busy moms bring their little ones to class with them. I call them my bonus students.

Randy and Deanna both teach in FATEAC’s alternative evening class program, so we had them all over to our place for a last hurrah.

Deanna teaches missions once a week at the Methodist seminary on the other side of town. It’s a little far to invite them to our place, so we had an “in class” Christmas cookie-testimony-dance-farewell speech party. As you can see, another bonus student is on the way!

Trip to Burkina Faso
After finishing up classes, we flew to Burkina Faso to spend Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Austin Keeler, AKA Team Keeler Under the Baobab Tree. Ministry was on the agenda while in Burkina. Randy preached on Sunday at the Ouaga 2000 church and taught a four-session seminar on the Holy Spirit at the Central church on the Monday and Tuesday evening before Christmas.

We also had fun just hanging out with Austin and Rachel, attending their church’s Christmas party…

going out to eat…

And going to a nature reserve where we got to see, among other things, elephants, close up and personal.

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to spend all of Christmas Eve night—and I do mean, ALL of Christmas Eve night, with the Pissy church. You may remember that we were involved in planting this church when we lived in Ouagadougou. It was an amazing experience to go back to what we originally knew as a little handful of believers meeting in a living room to a Compassion ministry site, Christian school and thriving, packed out local church.
We had a full evening with a potluck, singing, prayer, skits, dancing, and presents. Deanna was asked to preach, and was given the “early” slot of midnight (I suspect because they could see I was fading fast). We left the party going strong at 3:30. What a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas!
We are so blessed during this Christmas season, with family and friends who love and pray for us, for children who love and serve the Lord, and for transformed lives that are demonstrations of His grace.
Gratefully, Randy and Deanna

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please pray with us as we are beginning our home assignement. We will be traveling and speaking in GA, TN, AK, OK, CA and KY. Please pray for annointing as we share some of what the Lord is doing in West Africa, and encouraging each believer to a new and greater commitment to the Great Commission.

Blessings,
Randy and Deanna

Côte D'Ivoire

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Updated: January 24, 2017

Children's Names
Daniel
Christy
Rachel
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Côte D'Ivoire
Address
25 BP 296
Abidjan 25,
COTE D'IVOIRE

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