(MNN) — One of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked Burkina Faso
has few natural resources and a weak industrial base. About 90% of the
population is engaged in subsistence agriculture, which is vulnerable to
They were also responsible for introducing and spreading
Islam throughout much of western Africa. The
tribe is mainly nomadic herders and traders.
However, the routes they established in western Africa
provided extensive links throughout the region that fostered economic and
political ties between otherwise isolated ethnic groups.
SIM's work in the region has
flourished under relative religious freedom and has seen strong church growth
in some areas. Some Muslim groups are beginning to respond to the gospel. But
idolatry, fetishism, and secret societies dominate daily life.
Still, Bible translation for
the Fulani people is in process. Radio is a growing means of outreach, and the
church is taking on an increasing role in this area. Ministries have been
developed to reach street children and youth, and Mission and Church together are developing
To that end, a Christian partnership, including SIM , a local
Christian community development group, and Horizon International, seeks a radio
permit from the National Communications Board of Burkina Faso. The group wants
to establish a full-service Christian station in the Fulani north. Only one
permit will be granted for the area, and there are two other organizations in
the running for it. If they get it, the team has hopes to establish Biblical,
and community and development programming.
Burkinabe and SIM
missionaries partner together in seven locations. In addition to providing
short-term Bible schools in each region, SIM is also committed to the task of
translating the Bible into local languages, reaching youth and street children,
clean water development, and developing HIV/AIDS related ministries.