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ACTS Burkina Faso

"love and hope for mother and child"


ACTS BURKINA shows God's love in tangible ways to the most vulnerable
individuals in Burkina Faso—orphans and widows who have been affected by poverty and the AIDS pandemic. They are the forgotten ones. ACTS gives them hope.

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ACTS provides education, health care, food, training for life, spiritual guidance from the Word of God and loving care to smooth the pain and sorrow of widows and children and to restore their dignity.

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) ranks Burkina Faso as one of the poorest countries in the world —173 out of 179 countries. ACTS works together with widows and orphans to fight the fierce enemies of poverty, sickness and ignorance.

 


HOW TO GIVE TOWARDS ACTS' WORK

Your donation could initiate positive change in the lives of destitute village widows and orphans in Burkina Faso.

1. ONLINE - https://friendsgc.com/acts-burkina/

2. PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT - fill out form and send sample (void) check. See form: https://friendsgc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Donation-Form-Feb-2019-FGC.pdf

Mailing address for form and void check: Friends of the Great Commission, P.O. Box 8000 PMB 215, Sumas, WA 98295-8000

3. By CREDIT CARD. Go to https://friendsgc.com/acts-burkina/ and complete the form.

4. By CHECK. Make checks payable to "Friends of the Great Commission" and include a note indicating Project Name: #F787 ACTS Burkina

Mail to: Friends of the Great Commission, P.O. Box 8000 PMB 215, Sumas, WA 98295-8000


 

HOW YOU CAN HELP US IN BURKINA FASO

Here in Burkina Faso, we are fighting two wars and need your help.

 

Burkina Faso is in the heart of West Africa.

https://www.worldatlas.com

First, we have the highest number of cases in West Africa and already 36 deaths. Some cities are locked down, churches and mosques, schools, universities, and many markets are closed. 

The poor and vulnerable are the most impacted by this situation. They cannot find enough food to feed their families. This is our first war.

The second war is an increase in terrorism – driving people from their homes. Before COVID 19 came, there were more than 800,000 displaced persons in Burkina Faso. Terrorists are taking advantage of COVID-19 to attack villages and expand their reach.

Read the Washington Post article below to learn more:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/terror-in-the-countryside-coronavirus-in-the-city-in-burkina-faso-theres-no-safe-haven/2020/04/14/12979bda-783f-11ea-a311-adb1344719a9_story.html

What can we do in the face of increasing numbers of internal refugees and the poorest of families at risk of starving?

We praise God for placing us in a position to help those who need it the most. God has prepared ACTS-BURKINA with robust networks of churches to minister to the least of these. 

How YOU can help

The most urgent need right now is support for our feeding program. 

Through this feeding program, ACTS-BURKINA can provide a daily lunch to at least 1,000 children. Sadly, this lunch is the only meal they receive all day. Without it, they will not have food to eat.

Since the closing to the schools, and because of the limited resources ACTS-BURKINA has, many vulnerable children are not able to receive the food they used to have. Yet, thanks to our work with local churches in villages, we are still able to get food to these children but we need your help. 

With your financial assistance, each child will be fed also receive a mask to protect himself from COVID19. By the end of April 2020, the government will make the wearing of masks compulsory. Not all can afford the required masks.

We need your help to feed 850 children in the next two weeks. Each meal and one mask cost $1.25, and we are asking you to pray about a gift of $12.50 to feed 10 children.  

Please click here to make a gift today: https://friendsgc.com/acts-burkina/

Testimonies

Here are some testimonies from pastors who are ACTS-BURKINA partners:

“Your action has come to wipe tears. I have seen desperate widows who did not want to come to church anymore who are now coming back. I am very grateful to God for this assistance who is helping me meet the need of widows and orphans in my local Church.”

“Your assistance with food that has been distributed to the displaced was a great testimony of love. Many people who received the food decided to come to church because they said that if they can find food to help them continue living at church, this is the place for them to be.”

We are reaching out to you our friends, brothers and sisters in US for assistance in order to come alongside pastors and Christians affected by terrorism as well as poor and vulnerable children in schools who cannot find any other way for food in these perilous times.

Please feel free to share this with others.

Thank you in advance for your support.

With gratefulness,

Joanna Ilboudo
General Secretary

 

 

SCHOOL YEAR BEGAN WITH PRAYER

A dedication ceremony with studey and prayer for the primary and secondary students' school year was held in January. In response to altar call for salvation, 42 students came forward!

 

 

ACT's PLAN FOR DISPLACED WIDOWS

Islamic terrorists have been coming across the border from Mali to Burkina Faso, causing fear and intimitating the population by violence. Schools are closed, villagers are seeking safe places to live and food is in short supply.

The increasing number of displaced mothers and children compels us to respond to their needs.

 
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NATURE'S DROUGHT VS RAIN OF SPIRIT

The year has been a very hot and dry one for Burkina Faso. Some wells stayed dry even after the seasonal rain. This is the situation at the ACTS Hope Center. There is something even more significant happening--the Lord is pouring spiritual water on dry souls.

At an evangelistic outreach in the village, teens performed a drama to draw youth to Jesus.

 

 

NEW PASTORS, NEW BELIEVERS, NEW CHURCH

Two pastors returned to ACTS after completing Biblical studies. They were assigned to the new church, Living Word, located at Gobi. During their first evangelistic campaign 17 individuals gave their lives to the Lord Jesus. We are thankful to God for a good beginning to the work of the Living Word Church in Gobi.


 


ACTS LAUNCHES ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER

In November, 18 young adult participants gathered for ACTS Better Business Management seminar. Better Business Management equips participants using biblical foundation principles. This practical training in entrepreneurship, is immediately available for anyone who wishes to start and grow a business.

Course will feature hands on practical assignments so that 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.

 


SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

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Kabré Wendida, whose name means, "I belong to God," finished her training as a seamstress three years ago. Today she is running her own business.

 


VOCATIONAL TRAINING - "a hand up" not "a hand out"

In Burkina Faso, 65% of children do not attend school. This means that a large majority of the young adult population cannot find viable employment. As street children, they fall victim to the unscrupulous. For these young people, ACTS provides literacy training along with professional skill development, internships and micro-credit opportunities.

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Sewing and clothing construction is one of the vocational training skills available to students at the ACTS Center

 


PROJECT COMBINES FRENCH LITERACY AND REVIVAL

An exciting innovative project has just been launched for teaching French to village women using a lexicon with scriptures outlining the plan of salvation. Click here and read about this project.

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THE GOSPEL THROUGH STORYTELLING

An exciting new project reaches women who cannot read the scriptures for themselves. Read about the training session for leaders where one participant was surprised by what she learned.

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“When the pastor of the church asked me to attend the training I said, “I am not the right person because I have not been to school and do not speak French.” He insisted and I came against my will. After this first day of the training, I now understand that I do have a place in this training. What I am learning can be used for other women even if they do not speak French.”

Click here to read about this project for women.

 

ACTS DISCIPLESHIP PROJECTS

ACTS has disciplseship projects in place for church congregations, pastors, women and students. Discipleship helps to give believers old and new a better foundation for their faith. They learn who they are in Christ, how to walk out their destiny and to introduce others to salvation in Jesus.

 


MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ARRIVES AT ELLEL

The Ellel Medical Center staff was proud to announce the installation of an ultrasound machine for diagnostics of injuiries, pregnancy exams and internal problems. An incubator was secured for the maternity and nursery wing. There are no other hospitals with such up-to-date equipment and with professional staff to serve the rural community. Patients from the capital city come to the Ellel Medical Center because of the laboratory and diagnostic capabilities.

Five physicians are on staff at the Ellel Medical Center. A second gynechologist and one physician were added to the ACTS physicians and dentist serving the rural population of Komsilga.

This is an accomplishment because there is one physician for every 15,000 people in Burkina Faso.

We praise God for the provision he has made possible to provide care for the rural population of Komsilga where the Ellel Medical Center is located.

 


LITERACY FOR REVIVAL

ACTS launched a new literacy project at the end of 2014--French for Revival. Women who surprised themselves by learning how to read, write and figure in the local language requested classes in French, the national language of Burkina Faso. The lexicon used as a textbook, provides scripture verses outlining the plan of salvation while teaching grammar and word usage.

 

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WOMEN GATHER TO CELEBRATE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The annual ceremony for income generation projects for women brought interest from villagers and media.

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