Burkina Faso

We glorify God by making disciples of the people in Burkina Faso as we proclaim Jesus Christ and minister to human needs, in order to equip the local church for growth and partner with the church as it ministers to people less-reached with the good news.

Burkina Faso

We glorify God by making disciples of the people in Burkina Faso as we proclaim Jesus Christ and minister to human needs, in order to equip the local church for growth and partner with the church as it ministers to people less-reached with the good news.

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Christian Education

Our aim is to transform Christian education and worldview development by improving several Christian schools that already exist.

Church Leadership Training

Train servant leaders who love the Lord Jesus and who are competent in various ministry skills.

Community Services

Equipping the Church for community services.

Development and relief

Showing God's love to marginalized populations.

English training

Using English training to read the Word of God.

Medical and Social Work

Medical work has been part of SIM ministries since the beginning. Discover more about it...

Well Drilling

Showing the way to the Living Water by drilling wells in villages.

Youth Ministry

Ministry to encourage teenagers to be disciples.

Christian Education

Our aim is to transform Christian education and worldview development by improving several Christian schools that already exist.

Church Leadership Training

Train servant leaders who love the Lord Jesus and who are competent in various ministry skills.

Community Services

Équiper l’église aux services communautaires

Development and relief

Témoigner de l’amour de Dieu aux personnes les plus marginalisées

English training

Utiliser les cours d’anglais pour lire la Parole de Dieu

Medical and Social Work

Le travail médical a très tôt accompagné les ministères de la SIM. Découvrez-en plus…

Well Drilling

Montrer le chemin de la Source d’eau vive en creusant des puits dans les villages du Burkina.

Youth Ministry

Ministère visant à encourager les jeunes à être des disciples.

Communities where He is least known

The Jula

The Jula are an unreached Muslim people group populating parts of Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and Mali. As Jula is also a widely spoken trade language, it is difficult to give an accurate number of the Jula population in Burkina Faso. Numbers vary from 670,000 to two million. Within this number is a cluster of smaller ethnic groups, who are also unreached. The Joshua Project lists the Jula of Burkina Faso as 99.2% Muslim. Islam’s entry into West Africa traveled down the trade routes between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries; the Jula were the traders who absorbed Islam and spread it throughout West Africa. The Jula are proud of their Islamic identity. To be Jula is to be Muslim. Embracing Christian witness is often seen as a betrayal of one’s own people. In Jula, one asks if someone is Muslim by asking if they pray.

 

The Islam practiced by the Jula contains many elements of traditional African religion: amulets, fetishes, and even sacrifices. These practices are often tied to clans who have trusted in these objects and sacrifices in order to gain power, stay healthy, and reap a bountiful harvest. Jula identity is deeply tied to caste and clan. Clans are hierarchical as family heads carry the most weight in making decisions. The oldest man in the room often speaks with authority, deciding how family resources are doled out and how family amulets and fetishes are passed down. These men serve as gatekeepers to protect the family from the outside world. Any attempts to reach individuals with the gospel without considering the clan structure will be rebuffed. 

 

Pray that the chronological Bible storying groups in family courtyards would reach whole families with the gospel. Pray that heads of families will be transformed by Jesus.

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1

Pray for our English ministry, medical ministry, and Girls Off the Street and Boys Off the Street ministries to demonstrate Christ’s love in ways that transform lives.

2

Pray for the Fulani, whose traditional lifestyles are being challenged and changed by modernity. Pray that in the midst of these transitions, the Holy Spirit will transform whole communities, turning them to follow Jesus, and raising up godly church and community leaders. 

3

Pray for the Burkina church as it matures. Pray that SIM workers will wisely help build capacity in Burkinabe leadership and humbly follow the lead of Burkinabe colleagues. 

4

Pray for wisdom and discernment as we restructure our medical ministries to improve organisational and financial sustainability.

5

Pray for insight for theological educators in how to teach in contextualized and life-changing ways.