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MESSAGE FROM ACTS MINISTRY USA

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Psalm 20:7

May, 2018

Dear friends and partners,

The Lord showed himself strong on behalf of orphans and widows during 2017. ACTS was able to continue ministering to the poor in Burkina Faso despite the difficult economic climate in the country. Many widows, orphans and poor village families came to know the love of Christ while we ministered to their physical needs.

The government elections were historical for Burkina Faso. This was the first truly democratic election ever! And the vote counting was televised on the local channels. The hand of the Lord is certainly over the people of Burkina Faso.

ACTS' staff and all Christians in Burkina Faso continue to pray for peace so that those who preace the Gospel will have freedom. This year has seen the lost come to Salvation in Jesus Christ in greater numbers. For this we praise the Lord and thank our faithful staff and ministry team.

Contributions and expenses during fiscal year
Our fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, has been audited and financial statements show total support and revenue to be $248,387. This is a 48.38 % increase over 2016. This includes $128,717 in the value of non-cash items donated to ACTS Ministry. The donated items included a container of vitamin-enriched food and other items.

Expenses for the fiscal year were $241,444. The percentage of funds expended for ministry in Burkina Faso was 93.68%. The percentage of funds expended for management was 4.86%.

The increase in revenue was a gift from the Lord. ACTS was able to purchase food for the orphans and school children when the supply of donated food ran out. A second cntainer was sent just after the end of this fiscal year. Increased funding also helped ACTS in purchasing supplies, paying salaries for projects.

Net assets at the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1, 2016) were $2,221 and net assets on September 30, 2017, at the end of the fiscal year, were $9,164.

Evangelistic outreaches during the year
We thank the Lord for salvations during the year. Monthly outreaches from Temple Evangélique El Roï in Saonré and Living Word Church in Komsilga were accomplished with the help of pastors from other villages and resulted in more than 100 new believers.

Many students came for counsel and to find how to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The discipleship, leadership and entrepreneurial courses continue to draw more individuals both young and adults to a concencrated life with Christ.

One of the highlights of the year was when more than 15 vocational training students from the sewing course received Jesus. These all came from Muslim background.

Statistics show an increase in immorality and AIDS/HIV among youth in Burkina Faso. ACTS discipleship and Bible study courses through Temple Evangélique El Roï, the ACTS schools, vocational training and other projects transform the lives of those with whom we serve.

Villagers who gathered in the evenings during evangelistic campaigns enjoyed music, a Christian film and the message given by a visiting evangelist.

Meetings of concentrated prayer were organized during the year and were a source of strength for the believers during times when the peace of the country was threatened. Prayer meetings gathered believers from a number of different churches and denominations. Ongoing prayer and fasting is being lifted for the Lord's peace to settle upon the country and for the Lord to guide the new leaders.

Entrepreneurial and leadership training
A new program launched during the year was organized with the help of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. The program has gained the interest of businessmen and women, pastors and mission management teams.

The eight-week course features hands on practical assignments, contact with successful businessmen and women and encouragement to seek the Lord's help with their vocation.

When students graduate they will have already launched a business and will be well on their way to a better future. Visiting businessmen will offer practical advice and answer questions from students. The goal is to create a positive encouraging atmosphere to germinate ideas and draw from experienced men and women.

Publishing equipment increased ACTS publishing capabilities
Equipment and supplies for printing projects for missions, churches as well as ACTS own publications has given local writers a way to publish their writing projects. We are thankful for ACTS partners who assisted us in acquiring the equipment and receiving training for staff. A number of book projects were completed and there are more waiting editing, layout and printing. A modest fee is charged to ministries wishing to have our staff take care of their publishing needs. It is hoped that ACTS will be able to finance our own writing projects in the future. We have had one printing job with a secular company and a second company is negotiating for a project.

Security Walls and reconstruction
Security walls around the two ACTS' compounds were completed during the year as well as repairs and improvements to several buildings. The completed reconstruction of a portion of the Ellel Medical Center and purchase of new medical equipment, added a much needed surgical wing.

Thankful for peace
We thank the Lord for keeping our students and families safe during the year. The political and terriorist turmoil that countries surrounding Burkina Faso are facing tried to disrupt the peace in Burkina Faso. We are grateful that the Lord continues to have his hand on the country to keep the door for evangelism open. He is calling his people to salvation.

In conclusion
The symbol of the commune of Komsilga where ACTS ministers is the eagle. It is unusual for a rural area to have a symbol carved and on display for all to see who travel to the “county seat.”

 

As we travel by the symbol it reminds me of the Lord’s promise from Isaiah 40:31. We pray that the ACTS’ staff might be counted among those who trust in the Lord and find encouragement and strength in Him. We pray they are like eagles with the perspective of Heaven, soaring above every discouraging circumstance.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

 

May the Lord continue to bless you and give you the strength you need because of your many kindnesses.

Most sincerely,

Sharyl J. Sieh
President, ACTS Ministry in the USA

 

 

 

 

ACTS was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in the US and is a registered NGO in Burkina Faso.

The Ellel Medical Center is registered as a medical center and disaster relief center in Burkina Faso. Our primary school, Ecole Le Solidarity and College Ezra secondary school are registered with the Burkinabé government. Students have passed required national exams with excellent marks. ACTS Hope Orphanage is registered with the Ministry of Social Action.

If you would like a copy of our financial statement to be sent to you, please send your request to ACTS at actsministry05@sbcglobal.net.

We are grateful for the faithful prayers and generous support of caring friends like you who make this ministry possible. May the promises in Psalm 41 be manifested in your life.

 

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor.

The Lord rescues them in times of trouble.

The LORD protects them and keeps them alive.

He gives them prosperity and rescues them
from their enemies.

The LORD nurses them when they are sick
and eases their pain and discomfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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