Pastor Daniel lives in a remote community in Burkina Faso and has a big heart for women and children in desperate need — and a big vision to see the church rising to meet the community’s needs.
His village has only one school, which is overwhelmed by the number of students. As a result, many students don’t get the learning help they need, and they drop out before sixth grade since they lack the marks needed to move into upper grades. Youths who drop out can’t access vocational training and often end up working in traditional gold mining sites. The work is backbreaking and dangerous, with hidden dangers lurking at the mining camps like abuse, drug addiction and child pregnancy.
“The church represents fertile soil for children in the community,” says Pastor Daniel. “It means that when a seed falls at the church, it must grow and bear fruit. My vision for this community is that children can learn new skills and jobs that allow them to grow and flourish like seeds for the development of their families and the village.”
His love for others is visible in how he mobilizes his church to bring hope to the hopeless.
Opportunities Through Education
Since partnering with Compassion in 2012, their children’s and youth ministry has yielded good fruit — and now, the church is determined to help more children attend school, to grow, learn and thrive in their educations. The church is so committed that they’re building a school.
“I am happy that Compassion and the church together can create more impact in the village. The church organizes special offerings each month to mobilize resources and support the activities of the center. Last year, the church started the construction of four new classrooms, but the local resources couldn’t finish the work. Thankfully, this year Compassion provided for the roofing and the completion work,” explains Pastor Daniel.
From temporary tiny shelters, the church is now building concrete classrooms to accommodate more students at the primary school of the church.