Year in Review
Greetings to you in the Precious and Powerful Name of our Lord Jesus! We, the Board of Directors for Shattering Darkness Ministries, want to thank you for your continued prayers for us and all Shattering Darkness team members, here in the U.S. and also serving the Lord in Burkina Faso and Ghana.
In 2015 our Lord was Faithful as always in the U.S. and in West Africa.
- More than 131 adults came to know Jesus.
- One hundred forty-four (144) children and youth came to know Christ as Savior.
- Nearly one hundred (100) of these professions were the result of a first-ever KIDS KAMP.
- One hundred and four (104) are in pre-baptism classes.
- One hundred and one (101) professed their faith publically in believers’ baptism.
- Two new Preaching Points have been established in 2 different regions. We have a weekly prayer meeting in Lopkoja and also Gagnou.
- Thirty-nine (39) burned and destroyed their false idols!
- Six (6) couples had church wedding ceremonies and more are programmed during 2016.
- Pastor Pascal and his wife Mado are finishing up their second year of Bible School. Mado is the FIRST woman to be biblically trained at the Baptist Bible School located outside the capitol city of Ouagadougou.
- Twenty-five (25) babies have been dedicated to our Lord.
- Women’s Literacy continues in the villages of Kamkaniba.
- Celine, Victor and Christien are now certified teachers at the Lighthouse while Bernard is in his first year of teacher training in Ouaga.
- October 2015 41 additional students were enrolled in the Lighthouse, the first (only) evangelical primary school in the SW of Burkina Faso.
- Many of the women in our local churches have formed ‘activity’ groups in order to raise money for their activities. Some are making soap and others do-nuts. Still others are making skin cream and raising animals.
- Our Pastoral Training Institute (PTI) opened in February 2015. The dorms have been built and furnished as well as showers, potties and kitchen; DEBT FREE! There are currently fourteen (14) men being trained and/or skills and knowledge enhanced.
- Thanks to our Lord and a generous gift, we continue adding to our incredible Pastor Research Library.
- A dream is in the midst of becoming reality. A ministry partner and friend has been used by our Lord to gift us with the funds to build a Ministry/Pastor Conference/Training Center! For those of you who received our SD Prayer Calendar, you will find this as a prayer request the month of February!!!!! Our Lord has written “It is Finished” to our request for the funding!
- We have also been blessed with the ability to completely furnish our Ministry Center offices as well as a ‘Welcome’ area.
- We continue our orphan and teens-at-risk ministries in partnership with HeartCry Ministries from New Hope Baptist in Fayetteville, GA.
- God has kept us protected from Ebola and kept us out of harms way during he political uprising and recent election.
- More than 1,100 children, via our FeedHisChildren outreach are being fed each Sunday in our various churches.
- Hundreds heard the Gospel in a clear and understandable way for the first time this year.
- Our website re-vamp is almost complete. We will let you know when to log-in and see the brand new format and updated information. Kudos to Br. Rey from FBCOrlando for the incredible work he is doing to re-design the website and create a new Logo. Some incredible videos are posted on our website, via u-tube. Specifically “Shattering Darkness Panorama” and “The Least of These”
- We are ready to begin Phase I of our S.E.E.D. Project. ( Sustainable-Educational-Elevage-Development) Phase 1 entails clearing the land, hauling in topsoil, digging and planting one hundred (100) mango trees. Additional Phases include gardening, and raising goats, sheep and cattle.
- We welcome Pastor Russ from FBC Princeton Kentucky to our Board of Directors.
- My time stateside allowed the visiting of family and friends. It also allowed much travel, forming new partnerships, friendships and ministry opportunities. I was gifted with a10 day all expenses paid vacation to HAWAII with two of my dearest friends.
- Although the uncertainty of Ebola, the political unrest, changing government attitude about Medical Teams approvals kept us from hosting Impact Teams in 2015 we have numerous teams and people ready and waiting for us to give the ‘Green’ light to once again join alongside us in ministry during 2016.
- I am sure I am forgetting many ‘something’s’ but our Lord has orchestrated it all and has seen every gift, heard every prayer, dried every tear.
Please join with us as we Praise and Thank our INCREDIBLE LORD AND SAVIOR! If you are reading this account of the miracles of 2015 yet are not a partner with our Lord via Shattering Darkness, we are asking that you pray about making Shattering Darkness Ministries “your” ministry and share it with others. We are asking that you “Make room for us in your heart” (2 Cor 7:2a NASV).
If you are reading this and you are a partner with our Lord via Shattering Darkness, please realize that your prayers, your service, your trust and your gifts were used by our Glorious Lord to impact eternity! Please guard us in your heart. Please continue to allow us the privilege of being partners with you in ministry!
“Because Time is too short. Because People are too lost. Because Hell is too real.”
Hidden in the One Shattering Darkness,
SD Ministry Team
Isaiah 9:2 NASV “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.” Amen! And Amen! And Amen!