Nurturing Hearts for Christ in West Africa

Arna Lake Wilkinson | August 25, 2015

As two young men rode donkeys toward their parents’ farm in the small West African country of Burkina Faso, they met Pingdewinde Sam, who was traveling to the village of Goumsin to assess results of an agricultural assistance program. This could have been an everyday encounter between travelers, but this meeting was different. Sam carried French-translation copies of John Piper’s The Dangerous Duty of Delight. He stopped to chat with the two, gave each a copy, and encouraged them to pass it along to their friends after reading.

The young men received the books with excitement. “There is definitely a real hunger [in Burkina Faso] for the gospel and for Jesus Christ,” Sam observes. “And praise God, people are really open to hear and to listen.”

Sam is from Burkina Faso’s capital city of Ouagadougou and is a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University. In 2011 he started Teêbo, an outreach ministry that provides humanitarian aid, educational resources, and opportunities to share the good news. One of his methods of outreach is a partnership with The Gospel Coalition International Outreach (TGC-IO) to bring theologically sound resources to his country. Sam has helped distribute three IO Packing Hope projects; during the summer of 2014, he brought 112 copies of The

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