The Great Commission that Jesus sent his disciples on worldwide can be overwhelming and sometimes discouraging.
He instructed us to take the gospel to everyone, everywhere. He instructed us to build His Kingdom together. Burkina Faso has been experiencing great devastation since 2014. Violence from extremist groups like Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have killed over 2,000 people and displaced over 2 million from their homes and villages, with many being forced into refugee camps. These attacks, coupled with the devastating coronavirus and a recent government uprising, have caused more than 2,000 churches to close. Many Christians have been forced to flee due to violence from Islamic extremists. Today Burkina Faso is ranked as the 32nd most persecuted country for Christians in the world. While many communities have been touched through our efforts over the last 14 years, ethnic groups representing 27% of the population have not been effectively penetrated with the gospel, and of the country’s 20 million people, some 60% are Muslim.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go TOGETHER.” - African Proverb
No single organization can reach so many unreached alone. KII continues to collaborate with the Body of Christ, leaning on the strengths of others to reach the unreached in word and deed – that is, preaching the gospel while demonstrating in action Christ’s compassion for those suffering physically and spiritually. This year we gained a new ally to advance the Kingdom of God: Dwell Community Church, based in Columbus, Ohio. After an extensive review of KII’s ministry, Dwell designated KII as a “Global Partner” of the church, opening new avenues for support and cooperation. The values of Dwell's Missions division align closely with Kingdom Investment. Among other things, Dwell is focused on partnerships that emphasize:
Indigenous leadership development
Sustainable community development
Reaching the least-reached peoples
Through our joint efforts, along with our local indigenous leaders, we have a vision to accelerate an organic church-planting network, with a target of at least one house church in each of the 8,000 villages across Burkina Faso. One day, a multitude from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, will gather in heaven to praise the God of our salvation (Rev. 5:9-10, 7:9). Until then, God is redeeming and raising up faithful men and women across the world to boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus to men and women who are desperate to hear it. Join us in thanking God for such a strategic partnership toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Burkina-Faso!