Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

Warm greetings from Brussels, Belgium! Yesterday I departed Burkina and later today I am scheduled to arrive in Washington D.C. I feel as if I am Between Two Worlds, the title of an excellent book on preaching I read during my seminary days. The author, Pastor John Stott, reminds preachers that they must study the world of the biblical text and apply it to their listeners in today’s world.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: FROM ANTIQUITY TO TODAY
During this past school year, as my students and I studied the O.T. historical books (Joshua to Esther) and the N.T. epistles of Paul, I often encouraged them to live between these two worlds. “Be sure you study and understand the Bible’s historical context accurately, and then apply the eternal principles you draw from the text to today’s hearers.”

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: FROM THE ACADEMY TO MINISTRY
A couple weeks ago, 22 couples and 1 single man graduated from Poundou Bible & Agricultural School. This past Saturday 8 couples and 1 single man graduated from Maranatha Bible Institute. Please pray for our graduates as they transition this month from the academy to pastoral ministry in local churches throughout Burkina Faso.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL TO RESIDENCY
This past Friday son David graduated from Temple Medical School. This Friday, May 19, son Stephen graduates from Drexel Medical School. Next month David begins his residency in Danville, PA, focusing on surgery, while Stephen moves to Wichita, Kansas for his residency, focusing on general medicine. This weekend we plan to spend a few precious days together as a family. Esther, who preceded me to the USA for David’s graduation, returns to Burkina next week, while I will remain 10 more days to be with my mom and to attend some of the Alliance Council in nearby Columbus, Ohio.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: FROM POVERTY TO WEALTH
During the past few days, 4 Burkinabe church leaders asked me to help them obtain a laptop. During the past few weeks I have been asked to help complete 3 church building projects, provide 3 pastors with motorbikes, roof 2 widows’ homes and help a church district with the purchase of a hearse. The latter request sounded strange to me, until I was told that members of the majority religion sometimes refuse to provide their services to deceased Christians. In almost every poverty ranking, Burkina Faso ranks among the world’s 10 poorest nations … while the USA ranks among the top 10.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: EARTH AND HEAVEN
In a very real sense, we all live between two worlds. In the Bible’s great chapter on faith, we read: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13). May we, like the saints of old, remember that this world is not our home; we are only passing through!

Your fellow sojourners,

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

May 18, 2017

1. Praise the Lord for a good school year and for more workers for the Burkina and West African harvest. Pray that the Lord will call many more to prepare to serve Him at Maranatha and Poundou Bible Schools.

2. Pray that God will give us wisdom as we seek to respond to the many needs we encounter daily in Burkina Faso.

3. We will be hosting some very special visitors this summer: summer interns, our own Paul & Brenna and a team from Carlisle Alliance Church. Pray that the Lord will bless our summer ministries.

4. Pray for special family time together this weekend. Pray too for David and Stephen, as they begin their residencies. Pray that each of our children will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

April 23, 2017

1. Pray for Rebekah as she settles back in at Black Forest Academy for the seven remaining weeks of the school year.

2. We too are pushing to finish our Bible school year. This is our last week of classes before finals. The Poundou Bible School graduation is this weekend. Pray for Andrew as he attends school board meetings.

3. Pray for the ministry at the deaf school. We would love to see Gospel Access for the deaf community in our city. Pray that the Lord would bring together the right people for this to happen.

4. Pray for my women's Bible studies. Pray for effective communication of what salvation means and how we should be living out Christ in our day-to-day stuff.

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Burkina Faso

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Updated: May 18, 2017

Children's Names
Robert
Henry
Stephen
Mark
Rebekah
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Burkina Faso
Address
Mission Protestant C&MA
B P 3050
Bobo Dioulasso,
BURKINA FASO

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