Burkina Faso is a country in a challenging geographical location, with a tropical climate and erratic rainy season. However in recent years the country has seen a boom in its mining sector with several discoveries of gold, which is becoming the main export.
There is a Muslim majority but the country is still open to the gospel as freedom of religion is in the national constitution and the church is respected politically.
One of the strengths of UGBB is the commitment of students and their passion for evangelism. For example, following this year’s UGBB national conference, several students committed to become missionaries and eight of others went to support long-term missionaries in isolated rural areas for a month, in fairly harsh conditions.
The biggest challenges for the movement are the lack of financial resources to employ full time staff, the need to undertake annual training of new student group leaders and lack of support for groups, particularly at high school level.
View from the inside
Oumarou Elysée Badolo is the General Secretary of UGBB. He is encouraged by seeing students boldly trying new ways to reach out to their non-Christian friends: ‘In a training session on the IFES Living Stones vision students were challenged to be more innovative in their outreach. Immediately after, some science and mathematics students decided to rent a bus to travel to major tourist sites with their non-Christian friends and offer a bible study based on “nature evangelism”. It was impressive to hear them speak of the direct link between the gospel, Jesus Christ and nature, and they saw students become Christians as a result. For me this has been the most beautiful experience of the last year.’
- for UGBB students to find work when they graduate, and to be salt and light in the workplace;
- for trust in God’s financial provision.