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Piglets for a Birthday Present

Amy woke up at Dorcas House on her birthday to find that one of our sows had delivered 10 piglets in the early morning. What a birthday present. If they stay alive, this will bring tremendous income to Dorcas House. Amy was pretty excited, as was everyone else.

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News from Burkina

Hello, We wanted you to read the Schaeffers’ recent newsletter detailing how God is at work in Burkina Faso.  It is truly exciting to see the ways that the Gospel is advancing and doors are open to the Gospel. “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us” (2 Kings 6:1) “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide . . .” (Isaiah 54:2) Dear friends, During the Burkina Alliance Council meetings in March, my friend Pastor Job Dao used the verses above to challenge the delegates to expand their capacity. Several Burkina […]

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Dorcas House – Alive and Well!

Monday, we went out to Dorcas House to greet the staff and girls.  It was a great visit.  28 girls!  They let in 15 new girls this year, the most ever!  They had to turn some away, as we just don’t have room to have that many girls.  We also want to keep the number down a bit so that real transformative training can take place.  They each one introduced themselves and told us what part of the country they were from. Nyagali and the staff gave us the news of Dorcas House and how things had been going since […]

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Steve and Amy to Dorcas House

We are leaving tomorrow (5/23) for a two-week trip to Dorcas House. Please keep us in your prayers. We hope to meet with the leadership of Dorcas House to clarify our current objectives and to meet the girls that are currently there. There are 28 girls right now. Pray that we can have some fruitful meetings. Pray that we can repair the water pump and the grist mill. Pray for good connections with the girls. Thanks. We’ll try to update this from Burkina Faso. Steve and Amy

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End of the Year Greeting

Wow, Time has slipped by but we are celebrating the end of our 5th year at Dorcas House.  This past month, 11 graduates brought the total number of graduates to 43.  Each one has received her very own treadle sewing machine and Bible. We are tracking them and rejoice that most of them are moving forward in their lives and have been empowered by the training they received at Dorcas House.  Praise God for His provision and abundant LOVE that has made this project possible. God’s grace that has been displayed has touched not only the Dorcas House girls, past […]

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Amy Is Heading to Dorcas House

On October 3, Amy will be traveling to Burkina, once again, to see the beloved girls at Dorcas House.  She and a team of women from Appleton Alliance Church will be ministering to the girls, as well as being involved in some other teaching ministries.  Pray for them as they go.  We will give you and update on Dorcas House when she gets back.

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Meet the Nehlsens


We are grateful for this opportunity to join “cma-stories” and for being able to get the good news out about what God continues to do in Burkina Faso. We have been so blessed to work in West Africa for just over 20 years. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso was our home for 10 years after our time in Ivory Coast, and we continue to celebrate God’s faithfulness as we have seen Him work in powerful ways in and through our Burkinabe brothers and sisters. We have the privilege of being on the board of Dorcas House, a center for young women ages […]

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