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ACTS Ministry operates in Burkina Faso, West Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world.  Most Burkinabé people must survive with an income of less than US$1 per day.

ACTS is an expansion of Editions Contact which has been producing literature in Burkina Faso since 1991. 

Editions Contact is reaching more than 18,000 people in hospitals, schools, and rural areas by magazine publishing, posters and booklets on HIV/AIDS and other issues dealing with development such as food storage and securing food from pests.

ACTS Ministry and Contact publishing together form a life transforming ministry which has contributed a great deal to the spiritual growth of many men and women.

Due to the generous gift from a partner foundation and a partner mission, ACTS added a print on demand shop for production of books, training manuals and magazines. A second purchase of a high speed printer makes it possible for Editions Contact to be a complete publishing house. ACTS staff handles projects from concept to printing. Income from contracts for printing is helping to finance ACTS own printing projects.


The ministry seeks to reach the community with well-researched, in-depth teachings on Christian principles. We publish articles of enduring quality, interest and value, which deal with various kinds of problems confronting the men as well as the women and children of Burkina. 

ACTS produces books addressing women’s issues, current cultural issues and books to increase faith. ACTS holds workshops for local writers and seminars to familiarize pastors and lay leaders on how to effectively use published materials in their ministries.

The publishing program of ACTS has been able to expand due to the generous gifts of donors including Tyndale House Foundation in the US and Tear Fund in the UK. Books and booklets have been published that include:

  • Heritage of Experience

  • Et si toute ma vie etait louange! (And If My Whole Life Was Praise!)

  • French Lexicon

  • Destinee Via Adversite (Destiny Through Adversity)

  • Pitié pour ma soeur (Pity for My Sister, book and drama script.)

  • Micro credit in Dioula language

  • Techniques to store cereals in Dioula language

  • HIV/AIDS in Dioula language

  • Micro Credit in Mooré language

  • Basics of the Christian Life in Mooré and Dioula

  • Mobilizing the Church in Mooré, Dioula and Gulmanchéma

  • A short story and drama about street children

  • Leadership principles for Women

  • Workshops for editors and budding writers on creating books in local languages

  • Various seminars for local leaders on how to use literature to make their outreach to rural poor more effective

Contact Junior was launched in May of 2009 for the children of Burkina Faso. It was welcomed by children as the only magazine of its kind in the country. Church pastors, lay workers and mission groups use this magazine as a tool for ministering to children.

We first committed ourselves to regularly publish a good Christian magazine for our people and step-by-step we have expanded to production of books written by nationals.

Books are published to aid widows in their tasks at home. Booklets include topics such as how to store food properly and safely, what to do when your child has a fever, basic business principles and finance.

Regular workshops are held during the year to train men and women who are interested in becoming better editors and translators.


ACTS publishes text books and leader training guides for the quick start school program for orphans and other children at risk who have not been able to attend school regularly.










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.

"Seeking a Way Out" and other videos can be viewed. Click to see a list of films about ACTS and the people we serve....

We would be pleased to hear comments or receive questions from you. Click for contact information... Merci


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