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HOW YOU CAN HELP AND PRAYER REQUESTS

"Who is like you, O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them." Psalm 35:10

PRAY FOR SUFFICIENT RAINS TO FALL

The rainy season has begun, pray that sufficient rain to fall to replenish the catchment basins, wells and water table that were all reduced during this year's extended extreme heat. Pray that the rain is sufficient for subsistence farmers who depend on the annual rains to plant crops to feed their families.

PRAY FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

January 2015. Pray for the Lord to bring in a harvest of souls in Burkina Faso and West Africa. Pray for peace and stability which are important for our work to continue. We would like you to join us in praying for the new generation of young men and women in Burkina Faso as they are the future leaders.

We are asking God to do what only he can do...work on the hearts and bring salvation. We will continue to do our part in proclaiming his Word.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

Pray for the people and country of Burkina Faso.

  • Pray for salvation to come to the lost in Africa.

  • Continue to pray for the violence to be quelled in Nigeria, for the unrest in Mali to be quieted and for the Ebola plague to be stopped. Also pray for the refugees who are streaming across the border into Burkina Faso.

  • Pray that no violence erupts in Burkina Faso.

  • Please pray that the recently appointed government leaders are guided by justice and righteousness.

  • Pray for the Lord to provide food for the poor in Burkina Faso.

  • Continue to pray for the work of ACTS Ministry, widows and orphans, Israel, Joanna and the staff.

  • Thank the Lord for providing finances for day-to-day operation of ACTS Ministry in Burkina Faso.

  • Pray and confess that a spirit of violence and lawlessness cannot operate in the country. Decree that the people of Burkina are peaceful people.

  • Pray for the safety of the orphans and widows in our care.

  • Pray for a spiritual revival to sweep across the country and bring transformation to the lives of the people.

  • Pray that decisions made by government leaders help the country to avoid the instability seen among neighboring countries.
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BURKINA FASO

The name Burkina Faso comes from two native languages—Burkina (men of integrity) from the Mooré language and Faso (father’s house) from Dioula. We proclaim that the people of Burkina Faso identify themselves with the Father’s house and walk in integrity.

Proverbs 3:27-28 says, Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don't say, "Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you."

 

YOU CAN HELP

July 2014. Meals packed in the USA will soon be on their way to the ACTS Center in Burkina Faso.

But more food is needed to sustain the children in our program for the entire year.

If you would like to participate in packing meals for orphans let us know. Packing events are being planned for 2014 and 2015. Contact ACTS 423-464-5285 or Feed My Starving Children or Heaven Sent Ministries.

Every week ACTS provides more than 4,000 meals for orphans at the ACTS Center and students attending ACTS' schools.

In light of the recent protests, it would be wise to replenish the stores of food for the children at the ACTS Center.

  • An immediate need is for funds to purchase rice, dried fish, oil from local markets in Burkina Faso.

  • Secondly, shipments of vitamin-enriched meals from organizations like Heaven Sent Ministries in the States are needed.

You could help ACTS feed hungry children by sending funds for either of these needs.

 

PRAY FOR THE WORD TO BE PLANTED IN HEARTS

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Pastor helps an orphan meet his goat and get over his fears about goat control.

Every ACTS program has the element of evangelism built into it. We cannot provide assistance to the poor without giving them the Word of Life.

For instance our agricultural program gives pastors an opportunity to teach biblical studies as well as the practical skills to raise animals as a vocation. Many of these orphans don't know what faith in Jesus Christ is all about.

ACTS works with pastors from remote villages to give them ways they can help their congregation in practical ways. We use pastors from remote villages to train orphans in animal husbandry. Along with showing orphans and poor children how to raise goats, rabbits and chickens, we train them in moral principles from the Bible.

For many boys and girls this is the first opportunity they have had to learn what Christianity is about. More than 51% of the population are Muslim and 30% adhere to ethnic religions. Villagers have not heard the Gospel.  For children, it is dangerous to openly declare their faith but many who come to our training sessions have become believers.

 

THANK THE LORD FOR STOPPING EBOLA

We thank the Lord for keeping Burkina Faso Ebola free. We continue to pray for the plague to be stayed in all the countries of Africa.

 

PRAY FOR PEACE FOR COUNTRIES IN AFRICA

Paul admonishes for us to pray for those in authority.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 -  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

The ACTS staff, orphans, congregation at Evangélique El Roï are praying for a peaceful conclusion to the unrest in West Africa. They are praying and fasting for the leaders and government officials.

We thank the Lord for continued peace and safety in Burkina Faso where ACTS works with village orphans and widows. Other countries in West Africa are not so blessed.

A neighboring country, Mali, has been experiencing violence and unrest for over a year. The countryside of Mali looks much like the countryside in Burkina Faso. Villagers are poverty-stricken and unable to survive in the chaotic and violent political and economic climate.

The west and Mali's neighbors fear that the Islamists, who took over northern Mali, an area the size of France of desert and rugged mountains, will use the country to destabilise the rest of west Africa, including neighboring Niger, France's main source of uranium for its nuclear industry. Nigeria already faces a growing Islamist threat in Boko Haram; its president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said: "We can no longer surrender any part of the globe to extremism."

The Nomadic Tuareg tribe in Mali have been fighting for separation from Mali since the 1960s. They are taking moves to acquire land they feel belong to their tribe.

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The Tuareg problem is added to the confusion of three factions of Islamists trying to gain supremacy in the country.

Many refugees have fled across Mali's border and into Burkina Faso. Burkina is not able to compensate for an influx of needy refugees. Burkina's meager resources are stretched to the utmost after two failed crop seasons.

It is imperative to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Pray for the safety of the ACTS staff, orphans and widows in our care. Pray that the local pastors stay strong if persecution should come.

 

 

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ACTS Center in Saonré is dedicated to giving a hand up and not a handout to the forgotten ones of Burkina Faso...widows and orphans.




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