Joseph and Maria Howard

Encouraging the Saints


Greetings from Tougan, Burkina Faso. The rainy season has ended and harvest season is just about completed. This means our activities will grow as more and more people are free of the daily labor in their fields.
Our greatest joy during this time of year is visiting the various churches in our district in order to encourage the pastor and hear the heart of the Saints in the local church. Many of our churches are small with the majority of those in attendance being children. But they all have a wonderful heart for Jesus and a desire to see those around them come to Jesus. The Alliance work in this province of Burkina has focused these past 70 years among one people, the Samo. These are the majority people in our area and have been the most receptive to the Gospel. But there is a movement of believers to see how they can begin reaching out to the other 5 people groups in our province with the Good News of Jesus. So that is our focus! Our desire is to see each and every believer sharing their faith stories with everyone around them in order that every man, woman and child in our area of responsibility will have multiple opportunities to hear and make a decision about salvation in Jesus Christ.
So thank you for participating in this wonderful life.

Prayer Requests

1. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus may we see where He wants us to be involved
2. As we visit churches may we encourage every believer to begin to share their faith story with those around them.
3. We praise the Lord for the great rapport we have with district leadership and with the pastors in our district
4. Open hearts for hearing the Gospel
5. Effective communication as all of our messages need to be translated into local dialects
6. Strength for our daily journeys

Updated: November 01, 2016

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