Hill City Church now has a beautiful sister…and she lives in Ouagadougou!
If you’re anything like me you probably have never heard of the place, but it’s actually the capital city of Burkina Faso – one of the 3 poorest countries in the world. Not only is there massive poverty there (27% of the population live on less than 60p per day), but over 3/4 of people are illiterate, and the average age is just 53! With over 90% of the nation being muslim or animistic (or both), the need for the gospel in Burkina Faso is clearly huge!!
Well through the wonderful ministry of Compassion, Hill City has now established a gospel partnership with a Church in Ouagadougou – and we’re really excited about it!
What this partnership means is that we get to sponsor some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world, giving them hope and extending mercy in Jesus’ name. For just £21 per month each child gets Bible teaching, education, health care, vocational training and opportunities for sport and play. Furthermore, because we are linking with a church that’s actually working there on the ground we can develop and deepen links with the local church leadership and we hope to be arranging a trip to visit our brothers and sisters and meet the children we’re sponsoring in the next year or so!
Over the next few months we are going to be challenging the saints at Hill City to sacrificially sponsor one of the 20 children that have been allocated to us. In fairness I’ve been so blessed by the way that our young church have embraced the whole project with faith and excitement. Already over half of the children have been sponsored and one girl from church has even cancelled her Sky subscription to pay for it!
I love that! That’s the gospel right there!!!
Anyway, please do pray for our new African adventure. If you yourself would like to sponsor a child through Compassion personally, or if you’re involved in a local church and the whole Compassion thing sounds like something you could get excited about as a church, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Jeff and Jen – a fantastic Hill City couple who work as advocates for Compassion.
May the God of the nations be praised!