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A Proverb in Burkina Faso:

When there is food for two,
there is enough for three.


Students at ACTS schools share their lunches

"When there is food for two, there is enough for three."

This is a proverb I’ve learned while in Burkina Faso. I’ve always known that the people of Burkina Faso are generous and kind. They share what they have with those who have none.

Unfortunately, they are familiar with lack. After years of sparse rains, the ground is thirsty. Rain is good news when it falls on the arid countries of West Africa. When rainy season fails, men, women and children die.

Rain has fallen in Burkina Faso. The bad news is that the rain came late. We need to pray that it is sufficient to mature the seeds until harvest. Will the plants survive the sun and heat? Will it produce a crop?

Village families with an average of six children typically live in one room adobe brick homes about 10 foot square, the size of a small bedroom in the US. There is no electricity, no running water and no bathroom. Cooking is done over an open fire outside the home.

When villagers find work as a day laborer, they may make about US$3 a day. Even in Burkina Faso, it is difficult to feed a family with so little. Men stand in long lines hoping to be chosen for a day’s work. Such work is not be available every day. Few men have the skills necessary even for the day labor brigade. They are subsistence farmers as their fathers before them.

This is the time known as the "lean time," when villagers' grain stores are empty or dangerously low and the next crop has yet to ripen. It is a time when people are often forced to use up their savings, borrow money or sell off animals and belongings in order to buy food. Food prices continue to rise.

ACTS Ministry impacts village orphans. ACTS is stretching the meals we have as far as we are able. We must take steps now to replenish our supply of vitamin-enriched meals.

Food can stretch only so far. There are many hungry mouths to feed and village widows and orphans are forgotten during these times of lack.

ACTS Hope Center orphans have a few boxes of vitamin-enriched meals that were sent via container thanks to the generosity of US donors. This supply is running dangerously low, considering the lack facing the country. It is amazing that buying food in the US and shipping it to our ACTS Center costs approximately the same as buying food in Burkina Faso.

Two mission groups are ready to send vitamin-enriched meals to ACTS and have received $2,000 of the needed $10,000 to send one container to Burkina Faso from the US. Would you or your church group like to sponsor part of the cost for the shipment of food for orphans?

Gifts can be sent to ACTS Ministry at 1921 Weston Hills Drive NW, Cleveland, TN 37312.

Meals are served to all the students who attend ACTS schools. The new school season will begin October 1st and an increased enrollment is expected. Last year ACTS served approximately 4,000 meals a week to students and orphans. For students from the village, the lunch served at the ACTS Center is the only meal they will eat each day. Some students save part of their lunch to take home for later or for other siblings.

Students attending the ACTS Center generally have better health than those who have no access to vitamin-enriched meals. They are better able to succeed in their studies.

Formal education and meals at the primary and secondary schools give the orphans a good start in life. The quality of the education received at the ACTS Center has been proven through the results of national exams. In June, all the primary students passed their exams and were able to continue to the next level. At the secondary school 55% of the students received good marks on the national exams. This is amazing for many of the students are from the surrounding villages. They have not necessarily been through the school system at the ACTS Center.

Join us in praising God for his sustaining power in the lives of the orphans and students at the ACTS Center. He has graciously shown his love for the orphans and children.

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of ACTS, the staff and those who receive assistance.

Greetings from Burkina Faso,

Sharyl J. Sieh and Israel Ilboudo


[Read about ACTS partnership with Feed My Starving Children.]

[Read about ACTS partnership with Heaven Sent Ministries.]

[Read about ACTS lunch program for students.]

[Read more about ACTS program for children.]

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