Native missionary in Burkina Faso radically changed.
September 28, 2011
Maurice Sawadogo, well-known and highly esteemed in Burkina Faso, proudly told Christian Aid Africa Director, Rae Burnett, of the 72 churches he planted and turned over to local denominations. Energetic and zealous, he had little understanding of true discipleship and the nature and purpose of the Church.
But after Rae sent him to Christian Aid-supported Africa School of Missions for leadership training, his whole view of his life and ministry was radically changed. He learned that “church is neither a building nor a meeting, but men who have the life of God and come together to share that Life as part of the body of Christ. Discipleship is simply following Jesus through the life of the Cross by ‘denying yourself daily’ (Matthew 16:24) so that Christ can be formed in you, and then leading others to that same Life. Making disciples is the work of the Church.”
Now Maurice’s vision for his nation is focused. After returning from ASOM, he trained his wife and eight ministry workers in the principles he learned. Today, 52 coworkers are sharing Christ with 14 unreached tribes in Burkina Faso.
Maurice’s home is always open to many who come for counsel, both believers and unbelievers. Hope of Glory Ministries teaches and trains members of local churches, as requested. There are inquirers’ meetings every week in different locations throughout towns and villages for those who desire to know more about the Lord.
Maurice’s wife has carried forth their vision of operating a mobile clinic, using the vehicle provided by Christian Aid, to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those suffering with sickness and disease. She educates groups of between 20 to 50 people on diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, meningitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and AIDS. She concludes each meeting by sharing about the hereditary disease plaguing the entire world (sin) and the remedy Christ has provided. Many home churches are born through this method.
Because of the low literacy rate in Burkina, 61% for men and 83% for women, Maurice is burdened to teach people to read, using literacy centers as a platform to share the gospel. Between January and April 2011, Hope of Glory Ministries opened four literacy centers and taught 76 people to read and write.