Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


January 17, 2021

Dear friends,
A new year means new possibilities. Philippians 3:13 "Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead". We look forward to a year of increased investment in church leaders, in widows and their families, and in the deaf community. As the country where we serve is threatened with increased insecurity, displaced people, and huge numbers of those who will be without basic needs met, we are eager to lean in and help equip our church for every good work. We look forward to a new initiative to help younger widows, building a church in a key village that has opened up to the Gospel in a resistant area, helping more pastors to continue their education, and being Christ in a city that by all appearances will double in population in the next ten years.
Whatever the gloomy predictions are for this country where we serve, the Lord Jesus still says, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". This past week a young shepherd boy was brought to the detention center. He had sadly gotten into a fight and injured the other person quite badly. Unschooled, unkempt, but not unforgotten by our Heavenly Father. It was his first time to hear the name of Jesus. May he be one of those lost sheep that finally is brought home. Pray that we, like Jesus, would be a source of life and that this would be a year of many coming into His Kingdom.
Blessings, Andrew and Esther

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
Mission Protestante C&MA B.P. 3050;
Bobo-Dioulasso 01 Burkina Faso, West Africa

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

January 17, 2021

1. Pray for a widows' seminar taking place this month and for a distribution that we'll do at this conference. Pray for our new widows' project initiative that we hope to have up and running in March, providing counseling, practical skill training, and resources to widows in our community.

2. Pray for our students as the first semester finishes. Pray for Andrew as he teaches an increased number of classes this year.

3. Pray for the village of "M" that needs a full-time pastor and church building. Pray for other churches that are in the midst of building projects.

4. Pray that we would invest well in our students and young people in our churches. Pray that we would continue to be useful for Christ's Kingdom.

January 8, 2021

1. We praise the Lord for the ministry at the prison. Last week I ran into 3 people that had recently been released. One has been baptized and is already involved in his local church. The other two are still on the journey but we pray they too will come to know Christ.

2. We will start up our Bible studies, focusing on two new churches on the outskirts of our city. Pray that the women will come, that they will understand the teaching, and that they will grow in their knowledge of Christ.

3. We thank the Lord for the classes we are able to hold teaching sign language to the students at our sewing school. They have caught on very quickly. Pray that the Lord would direct other deaf young people to us that have not been able to attend school.

4. Pray that in all we do, Christ would be glorified. We minister in many different settings but want the Lord Jesus to be seen in us wherever we may be.

Burkina Faso


Updated: January 17, 2021

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