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.