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Burkina Faso Persecution: Awareness Leading to Action

Burkina Faso is populated by amazing, kind, gentle, honest, loyal, polite and loving people.  Into this delightful and peaceful mix of animists, Muslims and Christians, religious persecution has intruded.

Extremists hell bent on maiming and killing anyone who holds views different from their radical Islamic beliefs are methodically, intentionally, and ruthlessly being killed.

I am just one of many deeply concerned fans of the Burkinabe.  But I am one.  I have voice.  With God’s grace I can shout this injustice from my internet rooftop.

My prayer is for information to lead to transformation.

Burkina Faso, having no significant natural resources, minimal GDP (123 of 186 according to the 2018 report of the International Monetary Fund) and very little for which more powerful nations lust, is often ignored at best and abused at worst.

Will you join me in praying, communicating and giving to bring an end to the senseless slaughter of these our sisters and brothers?

Posted on 16th July 2019 in Burkina Faso, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

What is Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples?

Yeshiva is a Hebrew word that means “sitting” and is the name of residential Torah schools where the Bible is studied, in Judaism, in the Hebraic model of master and apprentice.

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples is a master-apprentice-based internship program that encourages, empowers, and equips disciples for global engagement.

Through the Northwest Partnership Program (NPP), Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples partners with Northwest University to offer Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with the highest level of accreditation as an integrated part the internship program.

What are the available degrees through the Northwest Partnership Program?

Associate of Arts Degrees

  • Leadership
  • Ministry

Bachelors Degrees

  • BA in Ministry Leadership
  • BA in Business Management
  • BA in Organizational Management
  • BA in Organizational Leadership
  • BA in Psychology

What are the dates for 2019-2020?

Fall Semester (15 weeks)                                      Spring Semester (15 weeks)

Session A – Sept 2 – Oct 21                                   Session A – Jan 13 – March 2

Session B – Oct 28 – Dec 16                                  Session B – March 9 – April 27

What does the internship/practicum look like per Semester?

The internship course will operate during the dates listed above and will include a weekly meeting (2 hours per week), serving once a week in a ministry (2 hours per week), attending master-teacher class (2-4 hours), missions trip participation (1 trip per semester; 5-7 days), required reading (1-2 books), required writing assignment (5 pages double-spaced).


What is the cost?

For fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters combined

Full-time Tuition ($310 per credit hour)    $  7,440

Registration Fee ($0/semester)                        free

Internship Fee ($1,300/semester)                    2,600

Ministry Practicum Tuition (6 credits)            Fulltime = free

Two Missions Trips (1 per semester)                4,000*

*The cost for the missions trip is to be paid directly to MCA church at the beginning of each semester and is not eligible for financial aid or scholarships. First year missions trips will be to Judea (Alaska) and Samaria (U.S. or close to the States); second year missions trips will be to Jerusalem (Anchorage) and the uttermost parts of the earth (TBD); third year missions trip will be to Israel, Lord willing.

How Can I Finance My Education?

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to determine your financial aid eligibility. Financial Aid may include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Parent Plus Loans, or Non-Northwest University Scholarships

Please complete the FAFSA as early as possible to allow time for processing. Financial Aid questions can be answered by the University at nppfinancialservices@northwestu. edu.

How do I get Ministry Practicum credit for free?

Full-time students enrolled for at least 24 credits for the academic year may receive 6 additional credits per year by participating in the NPP Partner’s internship program when approved by NU and overseen by NPP Coordinator.

What should I do if I want more information?

Call Pastor Fay Niemann at 907 337-9495 or email her at fayniemann (at) mcaonline.org.

You can also go to the Northwest University Partnership Program info site at https://eagle.northwestu.edu/academics/ northwest-partnership/.

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How Close is the Persecution?

MCA Church LOVES Burkina Faso, its land, villages, cities, tribes, and people.  With each passing day of increased persecution and martyrdom, I am asked, “How close are the murderous radicals to our churches, outreaches, schools and various other ministry facilities and people?”

In the small likelihood the terrorist murderers are searching the internet, I will not identify our ministries, facilities and people.

Burkina Faso is the size of Colorado and just over five Burkina Faso land masses would fit into Alaska.  It is the seventy-fourth largest country on earth today.

Burkina Faso was so named by the hugely popular former President, the late Thomas Sankara.  Burkina is a Moore word (the language of the Mossi people) and Faso is a Diouala word (the language of the Diouala people).

Burkina means “men of integrity.”  Faso carries the meaning of “the fatherland.”  Burkina Faso is therefore the land of the people of integrity or the land of upright people or the land of honest people.  Without a doubt, Burkina Faso is properly named.  Living there are amazing men and women of kindness, grace and love.

This is, in fact, what the murderous terrorists hate.  They don’t want Muslims, Christians and animists to love each other and show common human peace to one another.

In a small country, just larger than Oregon, any violence and persecution isn’t far away.

One of our larger ministries is only thirty miles from one of the recent attacks.  This large group of wonderful folks have no way of defending themselves, should hatred focus its eyes on them.  “Lord, have mercy.”

Our schools are open and teaching students and all of our congregations are holding their weekend worship gatherings.  With a couple of our ministries being very well known, our people there could be a prime target of the terrorists.

HOWEVER, we Burkinabé are the Apple of His Eye, subjects of His love, recipients of His grace and are covered by His protection.  Nothing gets through to us unless it passes the protective hedge of our covering in Christ.

 

Posted on 29th May 2019 in Burkina Faso, Martyrdom, Persecuted Christians  •  Comments are off for this post
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Koulbila Church Dedication

Pastor Philippe Yameogo blessed me with the opportunity to speak at the dedication of our (Zone One Church and MCA Church) fortieth congregation in Burkina Faso.  The new and vibrant congregation is in the village of Koulbila, Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Following are the message notes for my presentation.  Knowing there were Muslim friends in the audience, I emphasized the blessings of Jesus are a fulfillment of God’s promise to father Abraham.

We thank God for creating the earth.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.

We thank God for making us in his image.

Male and female, created he them.

We thank God for the assignment given to humans to work with God in the earth.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  Genesis 1:26

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  Genesis 1:28

We thank God for Jesus and the work He assigned to us when He said, “Go into all the world.”

Koulbila is part of “all the world.”

We are here in this part of all the world, made in God’s image, ruling over the earth by establishing this church and being fruitful and multiplying.

Jacob was about to leave Laban, his father in law.  “27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” Genesis 30”27

It is my prayer that Koulbila and the surrounding area is able to say, “The Lord has blessed us because of this congregation.”

The blessing of God’s Presence.  2 Chronicles 7:1-3

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,

“He is good;
his love endures forever.”

The blessing of God’s People  Mark 10:45

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The blessing of God’s Purpose  Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with  justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

The Blessing of God’s Prophetic City  Hebrews 11:10

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

Posted on 24th March 2019 in Burkina Faso  •  Comments are off for this post
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OUEDRAOGO, Serge and Miriam

Christian marriages are grounded in the foundation of honor.  Undergirding Serge and Miriam is a giant network of godly support and love.

We are commanded to “honor your father and mother” in Exodus 20:12.  Today, we honor:

  • Serge’s father, mother, and extended family. Thank you for raising a godly son.
  • Miriam’s father, mother, and extended family. Thank you for raising a Christian daughter.  Today, I present to you, Miriam, your father’s blessing.  Pastor Joany and I were in prayer seven years ago.  He abruptly stopped and said, “I noticed your milk containers have an expiration date.  I am going to expire.  Please be my older brother and take care of my family, especially my daughter.”  Less than three months later, your father was with the Lord.
  • All of the pastors and ministries who helped shape and form your character and love for God.
  • Your church families who influenced you for Christ.

This is the furthest I have ever traveled (round trip of 30,159 kilometers/18,744 miles) to celebrate a marriage.  The journey is a delight for many reasons, one of which is I believe God has given me a special verse for you and your marriage.

“But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.”  Daniel 11:32 b

There is so much for you to know as a newly married husband and wife.  You are learning so much in:

  • Your career fields of accounting and medicine
  • Your roles as a son and son in law and daughter and daughter in law

The verse I am proclaiming over you today encourages you, in the midst of all of life, to know your God.  Knowing God is of more importance than almost everything else combined.  With the Apostle Paul may you always proclaim, “That I may know Him.”

Life takes on the proper perspective when you know God.  Your joys and fears and laughter and tears are best understood when you know God.

When you know God you can then stand firm.

May your marriage be characterized by standing firm in the God you know.

Stand firm in:

  • The word of God and prayer
  • Body of Christ
  • Fruit of the Holy Spirit, “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit, “Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.”

From this position of knowing God and standing firm, God calls you to take action.

Your actions are to be energetic and grand because the God you know is BIG!  Knowing the BIG God is a call to big dreams, big plans, and a big life.

The cost of not taking action is more than we can imagine.

The experience of David and Goliath is phenomenal and amazing, yet with one small side note.

It should have been Saul and Goliath.  Goliath was Saul’s giant to defeat.  Saul, not knowing God, standing firm, nor taking action, lost out completely.

David conquered Saul’s giant.  Saul goes down in history negatively while Goliath is one of David’s formative victories.

Serge and Miriam, you will be known by the giants you conquer.  Without a doubt, there will be some very large giants on your journey, but you are well able to defeat the giants because you know your God, stand firm, and take action.

Posted on 3rd February 2018 in Burkina Faso, Joany, Operation Boaz, Weddings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Equipped

Ephesians 4:12 is filled with wisdom for our Christian lives today.  One could spend hours of study, meditation, and reflection on the stated purposes of being equipped.

  • For the work of ministry
  • For the building up of the body of Christ
  • Until we all attain to the unity of the faith

This lesson is an investigation into one aspect (there are many) of the meaning of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration of the word equip.

Matthew 4:21 shows Jesus finding James, John, and Zebedee in a boat mending their nets.  Matthew’s “mending” and Paul’s “equip” are the same word.

Being fully prepared, repaired, and fit for service is a general summary of the idea.

Ephesians easily divides into two sections.  Chapters 1, 2, and 3, form section one and place emphasis upon the glorious work of God in and for the Christian.  Chapters 4, 5, and 6, for section two with emphasis upon “walking” properly as recipients of God’s great grace.

Paul immediately launches the second section with the command to “walk worthy,” in light of all God has done (chapters 1, 2, and 3), of this all-encompassing call of God.

In order to walk worthy of God’s high calling, one might say Paul hints at five holes that must be mended by clearly stating the mended condition.

“With all humility” suggests pride is a gaping hole that must be immediately stitched firmly closed.

  1. “and gentleness” indicates that harsh abrasiveness also needs mending.
  2. “with patience” repairs the net flaws created by impatience.
  3. “bearing with one another in love” is required to seal off the damage caused by not bearing and carrying one another and the lack of love.
  4. “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” keeps the Christian’s net mended from trauma caused by living outside the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace.

The author of Hebrews prays for this equipping in 13:20, 21, “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

 

Posted on 3rd February 2018 in Awaken the Wonder, Burkina Faso, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Boaz Operation Annual Report 2014

Glory to God. We are making a difference in the lives of Burkinabe girls and boys through Operation Boaz. Hundreds of students have been given the amazing gift of education. Pascaline Bazemo, Executive Director Burkina Faso, is providing HUGE value to hundreds of children.

The attachement below is a beautiful report of several of the splendid things God has done through the Boaz Operation. Enjoy!

boaz annual report 2014 pdf

Posted on 12th October 2014 in Burkina Faso  •  Comments are off for this post
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Ancient Paths and New Things

Today’s message is intended to help us balance God’s ancient paths with the His new things. God clearly states, “I change not,” and then changes a ton of stuff with the ministry of Jesus and the new covenant.

As you read this message, prepared for our Zone 1 Church family in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will you ask God for BOTH the ancient paths and the new things of the Spirit?

Ancient Paths and New Things

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

1. Notice in this passage there are at least two roads.
2. God invites you and I to stand by the roads. Get close. Seek understanding.
3. Look. Take a closer look. Observe. Just because we have sight doesn’t mean we have vision.
4. Ask other travelers, “Where are the ancient paths and the good way?”
5. Then walk in that ancient good way!
6. Your soul will find rest.

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19

It is clear. God is the God of the ancient path and of the new things!

The principles of God never change. (The ancient path)
The methods from God do change. (The new things)

As a general rule, older people change too little. (The ancient path)
As a general rule, younger people change too much. (The new things)

When a change initiative is in process, you can ask some new thing questions.

1. Are we doing something in a way that hinders today’s generation from coming to Christ for salvation?
2. Are we doing something that met a need yesterday, but that need is now gone?
3. Does our change initiative capture the sense of what God is currently doing on the earth? In Africa? In Burkina Faso? In Zone 1 Church?
4. Are we willing to follow the fresh leading of the Holy Spirit?

When a change initiative is in process, you can ask some ancient path questions.

1. Are people being genuinely saved?
2. Are people being genuinely baptized in the Holy Spirit?
3. Is the Bible being preached without compromise?
4. Are people becoming more like Jesus?

In Jeremiah 6:16 the people told God “No! We will not walk in the ancient good way.”

Today let’s unite together as one congregation before the Lord and respond differently than Jeremiah’s generation!

“Yes, Lord! We will walk in your ancient ways AND we will embrace the new things of the Holy Spirit too!”

Posted on 4th May 2014 in Burkina Faso, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Our Zone 1 Church Web Site is http://eadzone1.webnode.fr/

philippe on stageBig shout out to Pastor Philippe Yameogo for his creativity, diligence, and commitment to giving life through every possible means. Our Zone 1 church web site is http://eadzone1.webnode.fr/. You can can click on this link to direct your web browser to the site.

Zone 1 Church is a life giving church in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. A local church with thirty annexes (sites), Zone ! Church, in my view, may be Ouagadougou’s most exciting life giving congregation.

Thank you, Pastor Philippe YAMEOGO, for you effective leadership.

Zone 1 Church presents weekly ministry in Moore and French. Translation is also available in Italian and English.

God is up to glorious things in Zone 1 Church.

Posted on 3rd May 2014 in Burkina Faso, Pastors  •  Comments are off for this post
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An Operation Boaz Lunch

Recently many of you contributed to providing a Resurrection Day meal for all of the students and their families at the Bible School in Kaya, Burkina Faso.  THANK YOU!  Operation Boaz, our student sponsorship ministry, also provides a meal to all of our students once a week.  These students eat a small meal once a day in their daily lives.  Once a week they get a “feast” at school.  The following is a photo journal of the preparation of one of our weekly Operation Boaz meals.

Please receive my heartfelt and sincerest thanks for your terrific love of the Burkinabe children.

STEP ONE:  Start with the fish

boaz fish

STEP TWO: Add the vegetables

boaz vegetables

STEP THREE: Add the water

Boaz water added

STEP FOUR: Simmer

boaz simmer

STEP FIVE:  Prepare the millet

boaz millet

STEP SIX: Enjoy the feast! TAKING MOST OF THE BOWL HOME FOR FAMILY!!!

boaz dining

Posted on 24th February 2014 in Burkina Faso, Operation Boaz, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post