2,100 Burkina Faso families receive critical aid to survive

April 20, 2022 by Lindy Lowry in Africa

Leave your home, your crops, your church—everything you know—or live every day knowing you could be targeted and killed because you follow Jesus.

Over the last few years, we’ve told you about extremist attacks on Christians in Burkina Faso. We’ve shared specific stories about believers who were targeted and killed because they refused to renounce their faith in Christ.

But there is another story you don’t always see—the survivors who are left in these areas and the desperate decision to leave their homeland because extremists have taken control.

Since 2016, the West African nation of Burkina Faso, specifically Africa’s Sahel region, has experienced an alarming escalation of violence from jihadist militants. At the beginning of the crisis, the Burkinabe government lost control of territories in the north and northeast to jihadist groups, coming from neighboring Mali. These groups continue to move between borders for their attacks and operations. Christians have suffered targeted attacks, causing survivors to flee in droves to centers further south.

See why Burkina Faso in No. 32 on Open Doors’ World Watch List.

Today, they are living in refugee camps where supplies are low and survival is not a given.

In these camps, Christians have struggled to provide for their families, and their circumstances have been greatly complicated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gemila from the locality of Koudougou

Gemila from the locality of Koudougou

Recently, our teams visited Christians in Burkina Faso to bring food and other living essentials to 2,100 families from various localities in the region—now scattered throughout these camps. They were able to provide them enough relief to sustain families for several months.

We were able to capture beautiful messages of gratitude from believers, and we wanted you to meet some of them and hear how your prayers and gifts have been a lifeline.

“We left our village because of terrorist attacks. I would like to thank you. I received food items. I got rice, maize, salt, oil, tomato and macaroni. So, I thank our Christian brethren who supported us. May God bless them and grant them long life.”   —Gemila from the locality of Koudougou

“Attacks brought us here to Kongoussi. But glory be to God, I greatly thank the Lord Jesus Christ because when I got to Kongoussi, truly, they welcomed us. I also greatly thank those who are within and without (Burkina Faso). May the blessings of God be upon you. May the Almighty accompany you! Today. I have received a bag of maize, a bag of rice, a bag of beans, I got a gallon of oil, the big tomato tin and even the small one. I got a packet of sugar and I also received salt. I hugely thank the Good Lord! Long life to those within and without.” — Salamata from Naounkieba

“We thank God very much who has done this good work for us. Together, we thank you very much for what you have done for us. You have done well for us. May God give you long life, may God help you every day!”— Boukary from Djibo

Wendo-nkonte from Silgadji

Wendo-nkonte from Silgadji

“We say thank you for what you have done for us. Words lack us to tell you ‘thank you.’ We ask every day that God would unite us and support us; may God give you the reward for your works every day and at all times.” — Nyampa Frederic from Djibo (brother of Boukary)

“God bless you in the name of Jesus! We are very happy; words lack us to thank you. We pray God to reward you at the measure of your goodness. May God bless you! May God strengthen you, may God cause you to move forward, in the name of Jesus!” — Risnata from Kanrgo

“We came to hide our heads in this town. All our brethren greet you very much/thank you. May God give them strength, give them victory, give them health for their bodies. We do not know in which year this situation will come to an end. But we count on God, and we count on you (who supported us). You are upright, may God increase your uprightness. You are wise. May God increase your wisdom.”— Timbida from Zimtanga (pictured at top)

“Truly, it is because of the war that we came to live here and to save our lives. Added to that, COVID-19 came and made our lives even more/very difficult such that business/trade was no longer working. Everything had become expensive; walking about had become difficult. You have done us well, to help our bodies. We ask God to give you strength, to give you victory.

“And, we know that you are here but there are people who are there, who are in front. When you return, tell them we greet them very much. May God increase their strength, may God accompany them with victory in the name of Jesus.”                      — Wendo-nkonte from Silgadji

As our teams gave these sisters and brothers much-needed practical support, they also prayed with them and listened to them. For these believers struggling to make sense out of life, this visit and provision let them know they’re not alone, that their story is important. And that God has a purpose for their life.

Thank you for being willing to be used by God to keep the church alive in Burkina Faso.

Prayer for our Burkinabe family

Praise God for the generosity of supporters that enabled this relief. Thank the Lord for the protection over the team as they organized these deliveries.

Pray for the Lord’s continued protection over these Christians and that they will see His faithful provision daily.

Continue to pray for peace in Burkina Faso and much wisdom for the government as they seek to provide security.

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