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New ministry to students in Burkina


left to right: Jeff, Siaka, Claire, Othniel

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October 27, 2006
- by Tany Warkentin

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Siaka Traore and his wife, Claire congratulate Othniel Dakuo, worship and song leader in the new Ouagadougou Mennonite Church, while church members exchange blessings following the dedication service of their newly acquired church building. This was the first gathering in the house-church that will also serve as a home for some of the church’s members. Jeff (far left) and Tany Warkentin (photographer), Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers, have been serving this church in a leadership role since Traore has moved to Bobo-Dioulasso to minister (about a day’s journey from Ouagadougou). It was through Traore’s initiative that this ministry to Mennonite university students in Ouagadougou began last November – an effort to keep the most educated young Mennonites connected to the national church when they leave their home villages to pursue studies in Burkina Faso’s capital city. This year’s classes began at the end of October. Setting up the facility also meant finding beds and desks to furnish the house for returning students. With an average attendance of 15-25 young people, the congregation is excited about filling this building with singing, Bible study and praises to God throughout the coming year – and hopefully attracting others.