Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Jan 2, 2018

Dear Friends,

Each Christmas season, it seems that we too receive the gifts of the Magi: the village pastor who brings two chickens, giving up his Christmas dinner for us; the widow who walks long kilometers to pray a New Year's blessing over our family; or the colleague who wraps up a cake mix or can of cherries so that we can have a special treat. It is a difficult thing to be the recipient of such a gift. It humbles us when we see the genuine sacrifice that others have made on our behalf.

We are launching out into a new year and as I mull over goals and plans and opportunities for service, I don't want to do just what is convenient or acceptable. The example that our Lord has given is of a love that gives what is most precious, a sacrificial love. What will I bring this year to the One who is worthy of all sacrifice and commitment?

Probably my most precious gift to give is my time. I find myself struggling to give more time to prayer, in striving for believers to stand firm in their faith, to give my time in volunteering at church, visiting widows and those at the local hospital. But I want to demonstrate by the use of my time that the Kingdom of Christ is first in my life. I want to see a new level of following Christ with all that I am and have.

As the pastor stands on our porch holding out the squawking chickens, he seems to understand my feelings. He quickly says, "Madame, don't worry. We are doing this because of Jesus. You have come to teach us about Jesus and so we bring this gift to you since you represent Him. It is our way of worship and of honoring Christ when we give you this gift."

King David first said that often quoted phrase, "I will not offer to God that which cost me nothing”. Jesus gave us what was most precious to Him, His very life. May 2018 be a year of sacrificial living, of giving to our Lord Jesus that which is costly and precious, and of finding opportunities to give the gifts of the Magi.

Serving together,

Esther Schaeffer

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Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
Mission Protestante C&MA
B.P. 3050; Bobo Dioulasso
Burkina Faso, West Africa
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

January 12, 2018

1. We are excited to be hosting a conference for widows next week. Pray that this would be a great encouragement to these women and that they would understand the love the Lord Jesus has for each one.

2. Please pray for the peace of Burkina Faso. Strikes have put students behind in schoolwork. Educated young people have difficulties securing work. Pray that God would give great wisdom to country leaders.

3. Andrew has been suffering with a cold these past few weeks. Please pray for complete healing.

4. Pray for us as we minister in a village this weekend.

Jan 2, 2018

1. Mark and Rebekah were with us for too brief a time. Both will be completing their senior year, Mark at Grove City College and Rebekah at Black Forest Academy. Pray that the Lord would clearly direct for their future and provide all that they need for the coming transition.

2. Pray for a widows' conference being held in the Santidougou District. Pray that this would be a time of encouragement for these women.

3. Our churches saw hundreds of baptisms during the Christmas season. Pray for spiritual growth, that each one baptized would get into a Bible study or prayer group and stand firm in their faith.

4. Our Central Church experienced a tragic loss on Christmas Day when a young mom was killed in a car accident, leaving two small children behind. This couple was very involved in all aspects of our church community. The husband is a decorated officer in the military. Pray for comfort and consolation for our church family.

Burkina Faso

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Updated: January 12, 2018

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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