In Burkina Faso, the Reverend Didier Ouédraogo has been using Call to Me (no. 7 in our CALLED TO CARE series) when training students at Bible schools.
In a period of 6 weeks during January and February of 2014, he reached 300 students directly, and many more other people through his radio broadcasts. However he feels that translations in the local language are urgently needed in order for students and other people to get the most benefit from the book.
His church – the Eglises des Assemblées de Dieu de Burkina Faso - has founded seven Bible schools and a theology faculty. In addition, two Bible institutes have been set up to offer three-year evening courses for working people who wish to improve their knowledge of the Bible. Each year around 200 new pastors graduate from these Bible schools and institutes.
Rev Didier is working hard to make HIV/AIDS a mainstream subject in the training curriculum of the Bible schools. And he is having success. To quote Eunice Sawadogo, a student at the Bible school in Banakeledaga, speaking about Call to Me: “After reading this book, I made a serious decision about this illness. I have started to pray for people living with HIV/AIDS, and will explain to my friends and colleagues that they should not be marginalized. This book gives hope to people living with HIV/AIDS.”
At the Bible school in Koubri, one of the students, Jérémie Simporé, commented: “In my opinion, this book should be taught in churches, as we have Bible lessons on Sunday morning with the church congregation. This book is also useful not only for the churches but also everyone who is affected by or living with HIV.”
We are delighted to report that at the end of 2013, the Rev Didier accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the CALLED TO CARE series, having shown clearly that he is one already through his use of these materials on radio programmes, as well as through churches and Bible schools and institutes.
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