From Joy to Lament…From Hearing to Doing…
From Joy to Lament…From Hearing to Doing…

From Joy to Lament…From Hearing to Doing…

From Burkina Faso to Cote d’Ivoire, we are now on the last leg of this four-country journey in Francophone West Africa.  

We have heard joyful testimonies of work turning into worship.

We have heard the surprise and amazement from those realizing for the first time that they have been called to work and that it is a good thing!

We have heard the lament and pain from those working in positions where there is little joy to be found, surrounded by ethical challenges with pressure from all sides.

We have received affirmation from new ministries and denominations who feel that God is calling them to join in this work.

We have heard the frustration of those who are trying to get the paradigm of the “church as building” to shift to the “church as people,” but realizing that it can be a long and sometimes slow process.  We are creatures of habit.  We like to do activities.  We don’t necessarily like discipleship. 

We continue to be convinced that God is doing something in His Church.  People are longing to know that their lives and their work have relevance and meaning beyond a paycheck.  They desire to know that the God they are serving sees them as part of His solution – not part of a problem.

We thank God for what He is doing and for the privilege of being able to see it in action.  We thank all of you for your prayers and support of this work!

Ecole Biblique de Koubri, Burkina Faso
Dr. Sublime discussing integrity with the shareholders of the Avodah (Work as Worship) Poultry Farm in Burkina Faso.  Most of the shareholders are professionals who are diversifying their income streams.  It was great to be outside of the city, teaching in the open air.
Great discussion with these professionals working in many different sectors.  The challenges of doing work as worship in difficult environments is real, and we continue to pray for strength!  We hold on to the knowledge that greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world!