A group of 16 young people and leaders from Belfast City Mission in Rathcoole are preparing for a journey of a lifetime to Burkina Faso.
In July next year, the group will be going to work in The School of Grace, a church-based school in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso.
Burkina Faso, in west Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The young people and their leaders over the past numbers of months have been working hard, fundraising to enable them to take out equipment and necessary supplies and items to help in the community and the school.
Currently Samuel Yaldia, a Pastor and overseer of the school, and his wife are visiting Belfast City Mission in Rathcoole and will be spending time with the group preparing them for what they can expect when they spend two weeks at the school and in the local community.
Samuel and Paul Hamill, the current missionary at Belfast City Mission Rathcoole, met a number of years ago while studying at Belfast Bible College. They have kept up their friendship and Paul has travelled out to visit Samuel in Burkina Faso a number of times.
The Boys’ Brigade Company based in the Mission Hall have sponsored a boy at the school for a number of years and other BCM members and groups, including the Girls’ Brigade Company, also sponsor children at the school and support the general work of Pastor Yaldia. Their sponsorship provides meals, medical care, clothes and school books etc for the children at the school and in the community.
On Sunday, September 8 the group conducted the service at Belfast City Mission - Pastor Yaldia spoke and he and his wife, Martine sang a hymn in French which is their main language.
The group from BCM will be going to Rocky Mountain Cottage in the Mourne Mountains for a weekend of team building and a time of preparation ahead of their trip to Burkina Faso.
“The group’s overall aim is to make a difference to the community of Bobo. First of all to share God’s love with the children and adults they will be working with. And secondly, to provide much needed resources and equipment,” a BCM spokesman explained.
“It is hoped the experience the group will gain on this project will bring encouragement and have a lasting impact on the community of Bobo. Also that each member of the group will grow in their Christian faith and gain a greater understanding of what it is like to live and work in a developing country. The flights have been booked so it is all systems go to raise as much money as possible to make a difference.
“If anyone can help us to buy items for this project please do not hesitate to contact us.”
For more information call Pastor Paul Hamill on 07803 186008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org