Mother's Day  - May 8, 2005

Realizing that Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries on different days and in different ways, we still wanted to have a special day for mothers.  So we decided to celebrate it on the traditional American Mother’s Day. (Since then we learned that Mother’s Day is celebrated earlier than the US date. We will be ready next year to celebrate it on Burkina’s national day of celebration.)

During this time of celebration Ésaïe OUÉDRAOGO and his wife, Esther KABORÉ, decided to dedicate their new born son to the Lord.   It was a fitting time to have both a baby dedication and a time to honor mothers on the same day.

Ésaïe and Esther, with their new son, Enoch, stood before the congregation. They were affirming their desire to raise Enoch according to the Word of the Lord.

I took the opportunity to teach from Psalms 127.1-5, about how children are an heritage of the Lord. It was a great time to begin to teach Biblical principles of family life, in a culture greatly affected by both the Muslim and

animist beliefs on family.

Mary went out and purchased gifts for both parts of the service, the baby dedication and the Mother’s Day celebration. She is giving a few gifts to Esther for her son, Enoch.

During this time of celebration Ésaïe OUÉDRAOGO and his wife, Esther KABORÉ, decided to dedicate their new born son to the Lord.   It was a fitting time to have both a baby dedication and a time to honor mothers on the same day.

The newest mother present was Esther KABORÉ. Here Mary is presenting her with a special gift

The youngest mother present was Adèle OUÉDRAOGO. Adèle was saved after our Wednesday Bible study on April 27th.

The oldest mother present was Alizetta WOBGO, the mother of Adjaratou. She was saved after this morning services.

The mother with the most children present in our services was Marceline OUANGRAWA, who had seven children present. Her children have been active in our services for several months. We had an opportunity to talk with their father a few times in the past, but this was the first time we had the opportunity to meet and talk with their mother.

Marceline OUANGRAWA

A group picture of  the mothers.

 

Mary had the opportunity to play the flute for the services

Adjaratou’s family. Alizetta, her mother, has ten children. Five were present this morning, all girls.

Kadi, Adjaratou and Naomi, the 14 year old daughter of Ésaïe.

Ladies row !