Colorado Springs and back to Burkina Faso

May 17, 2010

Pastor Michel’s visit also took us to Colorado Springs early one morning to visit EMI and attend their Friday morning monthly worship. We gathered with all of the staff in the atrium of their offices, worshipped, listened to the Pastor preach in front of a world map where we could also see the incredible work that EMI has produced all over the world.

EMI Offices

Afterwards the staff and Karl Van Cura who had produced and had donated his time and others from his company presented the AHI staff with a replica model of the Light of Hope University. Karl drove ten hours across the plains each way to see the Pastor and Lydia again and to deliver the model. We are forever grateful.

Karl Van Cura

Model-Light of Hope University

“Bright eyes cheer the heart; good news strengthens the bones”

Proverbs 15:30

During lunch, we were served with a very specially prepared Colorado barbeque by Marilyn & Bob Smith of EMI and their family.

Later that day we had the opportunity to be introduced to members of Compassion International by Melissa Cairns who we had met the week before in Washington, DC. Melissa was very helpful in introducing us to two different groups during the afternoon.

We first met Jonathan Linscombe who is the IPG Church Engagement Manager and then we spent sometime with Natalie Gbandawa, Church Engagement Manager, USA.  We are grateful to all at Compassion who spent time with us.

Please pray that Compassion can help with some of the needs of children in Ouagadougou.

Compassion International is an awesome organization that really makes a difference around the world. In case you are not familiar with, check them out at

“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience”

Colossians 3:12

The Pastor wrapped up his trip with various meetings and receptions of individuals and friends. He also helped load  a container  of food, computers, furniture and more headed to Burkina Faso donated from Christian World Outreach and Grace Chapel. He and Lydia headed back to Burkina Faso on Monday April 26th to attend to their daily duties of taking care of 455 children at the Village of Hope, 175 children at the deaf school, a couple of medical clinics, several churches and the Pastors new responsibilities as President of Assemblies of God churches with 5000 pastors working with him.  He is an untiring servant of the Lord.

” For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this victory that has overcome the world- our faith”

1 John 5:4

Traveling and going to numerous meetings with Pastor Michel was  a lifetime worth of inspiration and motivation filled with the Holy Spirit. We can help with these initiatives and we are hopeful that you see a way in your heart to join us.

Dave Bidwell & Pastor Michel

“He granted their request because they trusted in Him”

1 Chronicles 5:20

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