Burkina Faso (MNN) — Wycliffe
Associates needs people to support its Bible translation teams in Burkina
The teams are working on
translating the Bible into 22 languages, as well as providing literacy education and training other teams for translation work in Africa.
Less than 20 percent of the
country's population is literate: males have a literacy rate under 30 percent, with females under 10 percent.
The ministry in Burkina Faso
currently has 79 vacant positions. The
five positions with the highest priority include the following: site volunteer coordinator, construction
supervisor, prayer intercessor, computer specialist, and administrative
assistant for language programs.
The ministry also needs people to
work in accounting, communications, administration, maintenance, ESL,
linguistics and translation, education, and the library.
The people of Burkina Faso speak
68 different languages, but their official language is French. Fluency in French is not required for
ministry there. Missionaries will easily
be able to learn as much as they need on-site.
Bruce Smith, president and CEO of
Wycliffe Associates, recently visited Burkina Faso. He noticed its exotic culture and observed that the people are remarkably polite, in comparison with most
"I'm not sure I've ever seen more
polite drivers," he said. "Even the police
are polite! Upon one's arrival, the immigration officers are polite. The baggage
porters are polite. The store owners are polite. It is incredibly refreshing
and hopefully contagious!"