Tomorrow we leave the UK and fly to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
We’re leading a Wycliffe UK Engage team for 4 weeks, visiting Bible translation projects in Burkina Faso.
The team consists of Laura, myself, one other guy and four girls – seven of us in total.
We’ll start off in the capital city – Ouagadougou – before traveling to two other parts of the country to visit translation projects and see what God is doing.
We’re hoping to be able to support the projects in any way that we can, which may mean helping with scripture testing in the language communities, some desktop publishing of local language resources, and maybe some other things.
We’re really looking forward to getting to know the local translators too, finding out what their lives and their work are like, and hopefully encouraging and praying for them. As we get to know them we’re looking forward to gaining a deeper insight into what God is doing through his church in a culture that is very different from our own.
Is it worth it for just 4 weeks?
There is always debate about whether short-term teams are worth the effort and the money, compounded by the fact that when done badly, short-term trips can do more harm than good. In a sense we will accomplish very little in 4 weeks, but Wycliffe UK believes that the key to short-term teams is really in relationships. The focus of our teams is not primarily to go and accomplish a task (although we hope we can support what is already happening), but to build relationships with the translation team and local churches that are making God known in Burkina Faso. If you’re interested in knowing more about the philosophy behind the teams, we’ve blogged about it here: Short-term mission: It’s all about the relationships.
How can I pray?
We would really appreciate your prayers for the trip – for safety and good health for the team, that we’d get on well together and build good relationships with the people that we meet, and that we’d be a blessing to the local church and the translation teams. Our prayer is also that we would learn more about God’s character through the individuals and communities that we serve alongside.
To keep up to date with our day-to-day progress, you can follow us on twitter, which we hope to update daily.
Thanks so much for your prayers!