Burundi plans

We are planning for another trip to Burundi in the first quarter of 2015.  We are discussing with our connections about the best timing and content for this trip, but we are hopeful for an excellent time of support, teaching and ministry again.  This time Larisa is coming with Steve so there’s another level of preparation for Larisa’s first visit to the African continent.  Please partner with us with prayer, and if you are led to, donate.  We can make a huge difference with your support..  just consider these facts:

We have already seen £1500 raised through Gaston Farm to take with us. According to the latest UN statistics the average income in Burundi in 2013 was £166 per year. That makes it the second poorest nation on the planet at the time of writing.  In the UK, average income is now at £26,500 per year. That’s quite a difference… It will make £1500 the equivalent of approx £238,500…. I think we can do something useful with that and any further donations will only serve to increase the blessing we can bring to targeted projects that we can directly support.  All the money from every donation goes directly to our linked projects.

If you believe it is right to help us to serve in this way, please click the donation button below or contact us  directly.  Thank you.

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Burundi tragedy update

Recently I posted about the terrible fire in Bujumbura’s central market. The backbone of the food supply chain to this hungry nation. New information has said that as much as 70% of Burundi’s food went through this market… so when it was burnt to the ground, the businesses, the peoples lives, the countries infrastructure collapsed.

This is the market today:
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And this is how people are trying to survive by selling their goods:

marketmadness3At Yapton on Sunday, one of the businessmen suggested we develop some kind of partnership between businesses.  UK business helping Burundi business to get going again.  I like that idea.  Drop me a line at steve.jenkins@openlife.org.uk  if you have any thoughts that could develop this idea or if you would like to be a part of this developing initiative.

Many thanks

Steve

To my friends in Bujumbura

An open letter to my Brother & Sisters who are in the midst of stunned devastation in Bujumbura.

The cry of the city feels like Jerusalem’s cry when it was destroyed.  At that time no one believed the city of God could be taken… but it was, and the people were exiled.   Read the book of Lamentations and you get a sense of pain, confusion and disbelief. But in the middle of this unbelievable struggle we find these verses:

Lamentations 3:31-33
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.

It is not the Lords will for these things to happen… It is satan, the thief, who seeks to steel, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) I encourage the church of Burundi, as a people not to blame God, but to see the real enemy in this battle.  Be open to Gods love which casts out all fear…. this is a good and trustworthy passage for this season in Bujumbura:

1 John 4:17-19
17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.

Grace, peace and hope in Jesus name

Steve