Burkina Faso, West Africa: Ashli Roussel
Fellowship is blessed to financially and prayerfully support Ashli Roussel in the work the Lord is doing through her in Burkina Faso, West Africa. To learn more about how the Lord led Ashli to Burkina Faso, the work He is doing through her, and how you can also join her support team through prayer and finances please read her story below...
A Glimpse into Life in Burkina Faso
In January, 2015, I plan to move to Burkina Faso, Africa, to join a team that has already been planting churches and serving the Dagara people in and around the city for 12 years. Located in the 10/40 window, Burkina Faso is a french-speaking country in Western Africa that is about the size of Colorado. Prone to drought, famine, and disease, it is ranked the third poorest nation in the world.
How the Lord has been Moving in Burkina
In 2002, four families moved to Burkina Faso as a church planting missionary team among the Dagara. Today, over 80 churches have been planted with now over 10,000 Dagara believers in Jesus Christ. In addition to planting churches, the team partners with Living Water International (LWI) to drill and rehabilitate wells in the name of Jesus. They also have a school scholarship program and a ministry to provide milk and medical care for orphans and infants in distress.
The team was joined by the Richter family in 2008. To learn more about the Richters and their ministry among the Dagara, visit their facebook page, Streams in Burkina.
Currently, the team has been given a large piece of land, which they plan to develop and build upon for the expansion of the ministry. Plans include a church, office spaces, a medical clinic, center for infants in distress, family educational center, and agricultural space.
The Work Ashli Will be Doing in Burkina
I will be joining them as a registered nurse to assist with the development of the medical clinic and to serve as a nurse in the center for infants in distress. At the same time, I will also be assisting in other pre-existing ministries of the team: church planting and leadership training, the discipleship of women and children, the scholarship program for students, and the water well ministry with Living Water International.
How to Become a Prayer and Financial Supporter
In order to make this dream come true, I would like to invite you to be a part of what God is doing in Burkina Faso. God is at work, bringing forth streams in the desert through His church. As I go to join this fruitful work and even expand it's impact, I cannot go alone. That’s why I am inviting you to be a part of my broad base of supporters, so that you, too, can share with me in this mission in Burkina.
As I enter into this adventure with Jesus, I ask above all for your continued prayers. I am overwhelmed with the faithfulness of God, and I am confident that He will provide for us everything we need at just the right time. Please pray for the people of Burkina Faso to become hungry and thirsty after Jesus, and pray that God will use our team to share the gospel and to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus.
Pleasant Valley Church of Christ
Attn: Scott Karnes
10900 Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR 72212.
On all gifts/checks, please place a sticky note with "Ashli Roussel" written on it.
I cannot say thank you enough for your many prayers, encouragement and care, and support. God is faithful and able, you are alongside me, and Burkina is waiting.
(Written by Ashli in the fall of 2014-she was able to move to Burkina in January 2015 as she had hoped as the Lord graciously raised up the support she needed to go!)