Burkina Faso, Gampela Centre
The Gampela Centre began in 2012 when Pastor John Tandamba had the vision to develop a school and a church in the impoverished outskirts of the country’s capital city. Through the support of co-founding Canadian Pastor, Roger Pascoe, and so many of you, more than 400 students up to grade 9 now attend this thriving school. The Gampela Centre also offers pastoral training, vocational skills training to adults, a medical clinic, and regular church services through Grace Evangelical Church.
John encountered a mother, Elenne, and her three children, aged two, four, and seven. They had travelled 250 km by foot over 20 days after terrorists attacked their remote village. She shared that the terrorists killed her husband, and her 14-year-old son fled – she does not know where he is. The mother and her younger children survived only by handouts from strangers along the way.
As she shared her story, John was brought to tears. He asked how she walked so far with the children. The youngest went in a wrap, Elenne explained, while the toddler sat on her shoulders, and the seven-year-old walked on her own. The young boy was disguised as a girl to keep him safe.
Elenne was en route to find her parents, in a village east of the capital, and still some distance away. John and his family at the Gampela Centre brought them into their home, fed them, gave them food for the weeks ahead, and bought the family bus tickets to reach their destination.
Elenne and her three children.