Envision Culture exists to meet the needs of the young adults within The Christian and Missionary Alliance who desire to serve the Lord on a global scale. Through a unique relationship with our international workers serving in over 80 countries around the world, Envision Culture is designed to mobilize kingdom-minded students for His service.
Info About Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is located in West Africa above Ghana. This small land-locked country is about the size of Colorado and has more than 16 million people. Burkina Faso is a very ethnic country, with most people identifying with the Islamic religion. Because it once was a French colony, the official language is French. Because Burkina Faso underwent a name change in the mid-1980s, many people know Burkina by its former name: “Upper Volta.” The capital is Ouagadougou, pronounced “Wah-gah-doo-goo.”
Although Burkina Faso is consistently one of the poorest countries in the world, the country has developed significantly in the past few years. Gold and cotton are major exports, and Burkina is seen as a relatively stable and peaceful country compared to some of its neighbors. The Burkinabe are some of the most hospitable, loving, and resourceful people you will ever meet.
Because Burkina is situated just below the Sahara Desert, most people in Burkina are constantly faced with a lack of water. Primarily an agricultural-based economy, harvests succeed or fail based on sufficient rainfall each year. Access to education is an issue for the majority of Burkina’s children.
The evangelical church in the country is addressing these needs by establishing a growing number of Christian schools in order to increase the country’s low literacy rate. Many are working to provide wells to villages and supply clean water to thousands. The national church is looking to provide rural churches with permanent structures to allow their impact in their communities to grow. Envision Culture/C&MA and the Alliance National Church in Burkina are partnering together to see these goals realized and lives impacted.
Even in difficult circumstances, God is working in Burkina Faso. Local churches across the country are meeting needs and providing hope for many Burkinabe people. National missionaries and pastors are being raised up and trained to effectively spread the Gospel to their neighbors. Wells are being drilled, schools are being built, churches are being planted, children are experiencing love, relationships are being developed, the hungry are being fed, the sick are being healed, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being preached.
Want more information on Burkina? Visit the World Factbook site here.