Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS MULTIPLY!

September 19, 2017

In 2005, I remember our new field director asking, “What is your passion for Burkina Faso … something you feel so strongly about that it makes you want to pound the table?”

Someone responded, “Reaching the unreached!”
Another added, “Holistic ministry and providing clean drinking water.”
Still another suggested, “Disciple the up and coming generation.”

That last one was my passion. “Can there be any better way,” I reasoned, “to reach Burkina’s unreached and improve the quality of life in this impoverished country than through discipling the next generation? And can there be any better way to disciple young Burkinabe than through a solid Christian education?” I knew Christian schools in Burkina were already providing students with a quality education and a solid foundation in the Christian faith.

“But there were too few schools!” I bemoaned. “We need to establish more Christian schools!” At the time, the Burkina Alliance Church had just 3 Christian secondary schools. Our leadership team set a faith goal of helping the Church establish 20 Christian schools by the year 2020.

As I calculated how much it would cost to build just one school, it seemed like an impossible task. How could we help the Church establish 17 more schools in less than 17 years?

Thankfully our God specializes in the impossible, doesn’t He? And He has resources that we cannot begin to fathom. In 2008 the Burkina Alliance Church established her first primary school on the other side of Bobo, the city where we live. Some of you helped finance that project. This past June every one of the 25 fifth grade students passed the middle school entrance exam, which is highly unusual for Burkina schools!

In 2010 the Colsama Church founded a primary school and in 2012 the Sarafalao Church founded yet another primary school.

Around the same time we began to receive reports that several Alliance churches in Ouaga, the capital, were also founding schools. In 2014 the Bobo District founded a secondary school in the capital of the Kénédougou Province. Last year the Banfora and Houndé Districts both founded new secondary schools. The Banfora school opened with 126 students and the Houndé school with 210.

Last month I was invited to attend the Alliance Christian School board meeting. What a surprise to learn that the Burkina Alliance Church has already established 19 Christian schools! Since it is only 2017, we are now shooting for 25 schools by 2020.

During this past school year more than 4800 students received a quality Christian education in these 19 Alliance schools. Since the vast majority of our students come from non-Christian homes, many encounter Christ for the very first time at a Christian school.

Thank you for partnering with us in Burkina’s Christian school movement. The new school year begins on Monday, October 2. Pray with us that God will bless each Christian school and that many students will come to Christ this year through the ministry of these schools.

Gratefully,

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

October 13, 2017

1. Happy birthday to my wonderful husband. He will be in a faculty meeting today, gearing up for the start of a new year at Maranatha Bible School. Pray for him as he prepares for his classes.

2. Opening chapel at our Christian high school next week. We will be introducing a women's prayer group that will meet on the campus, especially targeting at risk girls. Pray that the Lord would put together just the right team for this important work.

3. Our widows are hoping to launch several projects over the next few weeks. Pray for those doing the training and those that will participate. Pray for us as we continue to work to open a center for this ministry.

4. We thank the Lord for His hand of protection over us in our extensive traveling. Continue to pray that the Lord would send His angels to surround us and protect us on the roads. Andrew will travel be traveling this next week to meetings.

Andrew and Esther Schaeffer prayer requests Sept 29, 2017

1. Pray for Odette, a 26-year-old Christian woman diagnosed with cancer. She and her husband have one young child. Pray for complete healing for God's glory.

2. Schools have opened in Burkina. Pray for the Belleville church that has begun a primary school. Pray for a strong enrollment that will allow them to add additional classes next year.

3. Pray for several women and underage prisoners that have signed up for a Bible class at the prison. Pray that they will be faithful in attendance and open to understanding the Gospel.

4. I will be traveling to Germany, Lord willing, to visit Rebekah. Pray for safety in travels and a good visit with Rebekah. Pray for Andrew as he manages the different visitors and ministries.

Sept 19, 2017

1. Pray for wisdom and strength for Simeon Keita, president of the Christian School Board and principal of Lycée Maranatha, the first and largest Burkina Alliance School with over 1100 students.

2. Pray for parents as they seek to enroll their children in school. Even for public school there are enrollment fees. Pray that the Lord will guide and bless us as we help some, especially pastors and widows, with scholarships for their children.

3. Praise the Lord for six young men who accepted Christ this past week at the prison! Pray that they will continue to grow in their faith.

4. Praise the Lord, we had a wonderful summer with lots of visitors, including Envision interns, the Herald Brass team (who did a fantastic concert tour), and our own Paul and Brenna. Pray for Brenna as she teaches chemistry in a cyber school this year. Pray too for Mark, a senior at Grove City College, and for Rebekah a senior at Black Forest Academy.

Sept 15, 2017

1. A happy time as I was asked to be "godmother" at a Sunday School camp in Santidougou, with almost one thousand kids, crammed together under a hot, dusty tent. Pray for these children and for their Sunday School teachers and that the Word of God would dwell in them richly.

2. Pray for a woman's retreat this week in the Bobo District. The teaching will be on false prophets. Many false teachings are creeping into our churches. Pray for clear understanding.

3. Pray for the deaf school as they prepare for the school year and screen children for acceptance into the program. Pray that the Lord would provide all that is needed for this school and for the students that are enrolled in the program. We sponsor 3 children at the school plus help with apprenticeships for several graduates.

4. We had six young men accept Christ at the prison. After hearing the story of the prodigal son, one wrote us a note and said that he had stolen a large sum of money from his father. Pray for these young men, two of whom will be released this month.

Sept 8, 2017

1. We are thankful for the Lord Jesus who is our rock in times of trouble, our anchor in the storm. Hurricanes, threats of war and nuclear attacks, terrorists, these all point to the fact that our time is short. Pray that we would minister with an urgency to share the Good News with as many as possible.

2. Bible studies got off to a good start this week. Pray for a woman who just showed up at our meeting. At one point she got up and left and then suddenly she was back again. She asked prayer that nothing would prevent her from learning more about Jesus.

3. A woman that I have discipled for many years, joined her Savior this week. She suffered from high blood pressure and lung problems. Her husband became a Christian several years ago and his two wives joined him in being baptized. It was my privilege to walk beside this woman and help her to grow in her faith. Pray that many will come to Christ as they hear the Gospel at her funeral and that her family will be comforted to know she is in heaven.

4. Pray for Andrew as he does village ministries this weekend. Pray that he will be an encouragement to the pastor and the group of believers.

Burkina Faso

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Updated: October 13, 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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