Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update



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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

August 10, 2017

1. We are so thankful for the impact that the Carlisle Alliance Church team is having. The Lord has opened many doors for them and we have seen people come to Christ. Pray for their last few busy days with us and for follow-up in the cities where they performed.

2. Pray for the on-going ministry at the radio station. Pray for the Bible study that I teach twice a week on the radio. Pray that this would bring lasting fruit.

3. Pray for over 100 of our young people that will travel to Ivory Coast this week for a youth conference. We are thankful to help provide some of the costs for the bus rental. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of each of those attending.

4. We have had many visitors over these past few weeks. Pray that Christ would be seen in us and in our home. Pray that we would be an encouragement to each one.

July 26, 2017

1. Pray as I travel in the next few days to teach teenage pastors' kids. Pray for me, that I would communicate clearly and that the Word of God would be powerful in the lives of these young people.

2. A long time worker at our Bible school passed away this afternoon. His sister is a close friend of mine. Pray for consolation for his family and his church community.

3. We are looking forward to hosting a team from Carlisle Alliance Church. Pray for Andrew as he puts things into place and makes the needed arrangements. Pray for health and safety for this team, but especially that they would impact many for Christ.

4. Pray for Rachel Sangare and me as we minister at a young women's conference in Santidougou. Pray that we would be effective in pointing them to the Lord Jesus.

July 14, 2017

1. We thank the Lord for the good visits we are having with our children. Rebekah is glad to be home and enjoying two dogs and seven cats! Paul and Brenna have come for several weeks so that our Burkinabe friends can meet our daughter-in-law. These are such precious moments for us and we are thankful.

2. We continue to feel the Lord giving us divine appointments at the hospital. Pray that the love of Christ will flow through us as we pray for the sick and encourage those who are caring for them.

3. Paul, Brenna, and Rebekah are teaching English classes each morning. Pray for these students. Andrew has been giving a Bible lesson each day. Pray for lasting fruit.

4. Pray for us as we teach on the radio. Pray that the Lord would prepare hearts to receive the truth of God's Word.
June 20, 2017

1. English camp is underway. We are thankful for the seventy students that are participating and for the openness with which we can share the Gospel. Pray that Christ will be seen in all we do.

2. Pray for us as we minister in the village of Natema. Pray that we will be an encouragement to the pastor and to the many widows that are at this church.

3. We thank the Lord that Rebekah is home for the summer! We have a houseful of her friends and we are thankful for the confusion and noise and a puppy that someone brought by for her.

4. Pray for our widows as we meet this week. We are thankful for those that we are able to help, but many are in desperate situations. Pray that the Word of Christ would be an encouragement to them.

June 11, 2017

1. Pray for our upcoming English camp that begins next week. Pray that we will have a good number of students and can give our them skills in improving their language ability.

2. We had five new women prisoners last week and are thankful for the questions and comments they made during Bible study. Pray that they would accept Christ as their Savior.

3. Pray for our women's Bible study ministry. We are working in three different churches and are dealing with lots of challenges. Pray that the Word of God would be presented with power and that the Holy Spirit would give understanding.

4. Pray for our daughter Rebekah as she finishes exams at BFA and comes home for the summer (!) and for Stephen as he moves this week to Kansas to begin his residency at Via Christi.

June 4, 2017

1. Many exams are being given this year for government jobs. Pray especially for the children of our widows who will attempt these exams so that they can secure work.

2. Pray for a woman who was injured in an accident close to our home. Pray that this will be a means of salvation for her and her family as we show the love of Christ in caring for her.

3. Pray for us as we shift into summer ministries and tackle a Sunday School materials project.

4. Pray for our four Alliance radio stations and the praise services that will be held this Sunday. Pray for those that will be giving testimonies of how they came to Christ through this ministry. Pray for local church support of our radio stations.
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.

Burkina Faso


Updated: August 10, 2017

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