Women overflow praise seminar
Burkina Faso gathering is space to share struggles, faith
ORODARA, Burkina Faso — No room was big enough to hold the more than 225 women from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso who gathered for a seminar Feb. 2-6 at Orodara Mennonite Bible School.
By day, the women clustered outside around the windows and the door of the overflowing lecture hall trying to follow the teaching on “The Importance of Praise and Adoration.” At night, sleeping mats covered every inch of floor space.
One of the speakers, Noëlle Dembéle from the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Mali, shared about her experiences after her husband died. She continued to praise God through all the difficult situations and the pain, just as she had when life was joyful.
“Through praise, God accomplishes great things in our lives,” Dembéle said. “The person who praises is like a preacher who witnesses to those who don’t know Jesus, showing them how great God is.”
Dembéle also led sessions on praise as a form of prayer and as a weapon that destroys Satan’s power. She taught that in the context of praise, God works miracles. Many healings took place during the seminar and many women were freed from various forms of bondage.
One seminar participant told about her son who had been ill and bedridden for months. When some pastors came to pray for him, he was healed and is now able to work again. The mother was so grateful to God, she gave 500 francs (about 85 cents) as an offering of thanks.
Such seminars enable women to find sympathetic ears to share difficulties and be encouraged to continue their Christian faith.
Fewer than 1,000 Mennonites are in Burkina Faso, a mostly Muslim country in which less than 5 percent of the population is Protestant.
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