A little over 26 years ago a young man from the bush of Burkina Faso and a charming woman from the metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta, met at a missions banquet at North Hollywood First Assembly in the greater Los Angeles area.
Fifteen months later in the summer of 1989, we were commissioned together to be missionaries to Senegal, having already spent a few months in language school in Chicoutimi in Quebec. After eight years of involvement in church planting and training leaders in Senegal, we were asked to serve as area director for West Africa. Several months later we were asked to relocate to Lomé, Togo, and serve as the interim president of the West Africa Advanced School of Theology (WAAST). That “interim” position lasted 11 years, at which time we moved back to Dakar, Senegal to help the region focus on targeting unreached people groups. When not involved in ministry responsibilities, all the boys (Luke, 21, Nathan, 17, and Micah, 15) love to play soccer and softball and watch any sports available; Becky usually just cheers for us and makes us awesome food, when she’s not busy teaching music at Dakar Academy.
Today Becky and I are privileged to serve 56 people who minister in 12 of the 16 countries that make up West Africa for AGWM. We desire “to see a Spirit-empowered, indigenous church-planting movement among all peoples of West Africa.” The Moosi from Burkina Faso have a greeting at New Year’s. They say, “Ne y taabo,” which means literally, “May God give you others.” We are so grateful that God has given us each and everyone of you to bring in the harvest until Jesus comes.