Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

August 2022

Dear friends,

Paul writes in Philippians 3 that he focuses on this one thing: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” He continues, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Christ continues that call on us to serve in West Africa. We are thankful for the many ways that He has shown Himself faithful to us, to our family, and to the great peoples among whom we serve. As our ministry shifts and changes due to increased security issues, we know that the One who calls us will continue to be faithful for the time He allows us to be an encouragement to the church in Burkina Faso.
Thank you for supporting us and for assuring that we are well resourced for our ministry. We return to continue teaching at our Bible School, to continue teaching Bible studies, to continue working with the deaf community and widows, but most of all to stand with our church in these difficult times.
Blessings, Andrew and Esther

Andrew & Esther Schaeffer
Mission Protestante C&MA B.P. 3050;
Bobo-Dioulasso 01 Burkina Faso, West Africa
Andrew: [email protected]
Esther: [email protected]

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Sept 29, 2022
1. We are thankful to be here in Burkina. Pray for our Christian schools as they open next week. Displaced children are looking for places. Pray that they can be incorporated into one of our Christian schools.
2. Pray for a Christian woman whose husband died very suddenly just as they are expecting their second child. Pray that she will stand firm in her faith and that she will have a safe delivery.
3. We praise the Lord that the door has opened for us to minister to the underage boys at the prison. Pray as our prison team meets for a spiritual retreat and planning session for this ministry. Pray that more will be added to our team so that we can continue to bring Good News to the prisoners.
4. We thank the Lord for those who generously equip us to be a blessing to many here in Burkina Faso. These beautiful dresses are an example. Pray that all who receive these dresses will know Christ Jesus, who loves the children of this world.
September 22, 2022
1. We are settling back in, enjoying catching up with our friends and neighbors. Pray that we would be an encouragement to each one.
2. The school year officially begins on October 3. Many are still trying to find places and the funds to get their children in school. Pray that we would have discernment and the means to help those in need.
3. Pray for our daughter Rebekah who is still waiting for her VISA. She is enjoying teaching virtually, but also is eager to get on the ground. Pray for the Lord’s perfect timing.
4. Pray for a baby at the hospital that needs surgery to repair a hole in her abdomen. Pray that this could take place in a timely way. Pray as our team ministers to this family.

September 15, 2022

1. We are very thankful for safe and smooth travels. Pray as we settle back in to our home and ministries. Our team will meet to set goals and priorities for the coming year. Pray that we would have lasting fruit for Christ’s Kingdom from our efforts.

2. Part of being present in Burkina is walking with our community through times of difficulty and loss. Several that we were very close to have moved to their heavenly home. Pray as we process these losses. Pray that we would be a source of encouragement, especially to widows and orphans.

3. The new school year is beginning! Pray for our Christian schools and the deaf school as they begin. Pray that the Lord would provide the staff, teachers, and resources needed. Pray for widows who find it difficult to fund the education of their children.

4. Pray for a young mother at the hospital who contracted a severe infection shortly after giving birth. Pray for complete healing, that her baby could get the nourishment he needs, and that she would come to know the Lord Jesus in this difficult situation.

September 7, 2022
1.We had the great privilege to travel with our grandchildren to France as their parents begin language study. Pray for their adjustment and for the safe arrival of David and Jillian’s new baby due in October.
2.Our daughter Rebekah has started teaching virtually at an international school in Asia. Pray that her VISA would arrive and that she could soon be on her way to join her classes in person.
3.We are scheduled to return to Burkina Faso on September 11. Pray for safety in travels and that we would press in to the ministries God has planned for us.
4.Pray that we would be those who look forward, that we would strive to know Christ and be more like Him each day.

August 18, 2022
1. It is with great sense of loss that we heard of the homegoing of our former president and friend, Rev. Thomas Traore. Thousands attended the funeral, including many high ranking government officials. Pray that many would turn to Christ, especially in these days of difficulty in Burkina.
2. We will be speaking in North East and Warren, PA this weekend. We had a wonderful week at Edinboro Camp, Signs of Grace, and Grace Church. We are thankful for the opportunities to share about what God is doing.
3. Next week we will travel with, David and Jillian to Albertville, France where they will begin language study with the long term plan to serve at the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon. Pray for them, the transition, the children, and that we can be a help to them.
4. Pray for Burkina. We believe in the power of prayer to change even the most desperate situations. Pray for our church leadership as they lean in to help with displaced people.

Burkina Faso


Updated: September 29, 2022

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Mission Protestante CMA
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