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Burundi Trip 2024

Burundi Africa Trip July 9-25, 2024

Heart for Burundi

God has stirred our hearts here at CF for many places around the world.
In July 2024, we are sending a team to Burundi, Africa.

Team (pictured): Becky H., Jean Claude, Mary, Tara, Shalom, Judith, Steve, Becky R.

Burundi Team 2024
Jean Claude Ntimpa & Judith Ntimpa

Facts about Burundi

  • The vast majority of Burundi’s population is Hutu, traditionally a farming people.
  • Burundi is home to the world’s longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika.
  • Its hospitality is legendary, as are its coffee and tea. However, Burundi’s most notable asset is its abundance of national parks and reserves.

A message from CF Associate Pastor Jean Claude Ntimpa

With a warm heart full of gratitude…
Is my pleasure to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus from CFC Family to serve together. It is a privilege to carry a “love basket” from CFC back home to CMFB.  I give thanks to Almighty God, my church leaders, my queen Judith, our mighty team “2024 Burundi Mission Team,” church members and all supporters.
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Pastor Jean Claude & Pastor Oscar – Their Story

When war in Burundi forced Pastor Oscar and Pastor Jean Claude to flee, they ministered together in the refugee camps of Tanzania. After the war Jean Claude resettled to the USA and Oscar was repatriated to Burundi. The families have continued their friendship since the separation. 

Pastor Oscar oversees Christian Mission Fellowship Church Burundi, which is comprised of 14 branches, throughout 4 provinces. Each branch has its own local leaders and serves the unique community of each locale:

  • Tailoring & Furniture Making
  • Cattle Farming
  • Beekeeping, Agriculture
  • Soap Making
  • Oil Palm Processing

Ways to Get Involved

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Team Objectives

Relating

The primary purpose of the trip is to deepen our relationship with Christian Mission Fellowship Church Burundi. 

Our plan is simple: spend time with Pastor Oscar, other leaders, and the churches themselves to hear their stories and to share ours. 

Helping

Since October 2021, the church has been running a health center called Centre De Sante Pamoja. It is the only source of healthcare for all those in the surrounding area. CDS Pamoja serves primarily those who were living in refugee camps and have limited or no income.

Judith, who is a nurse, we will be leading us as we come alongside the staff to help out in any way we can. 

  • Health care for adults and children
  • Prenatal, maternity and post-natal care
  • Vaccination

 

Building

A “bridge” is needed to improve access to CDS Pamoja. We will be helping the local community to build one. 

Encouraging

For many years Jean Claude and his family have been supporting children with physical disabilities at the Centre pour persones Hadicapees de Kanyinya. The Center provides physical therapy and schooling to children, regardless of their background. Jean Claude & Judith provided 40 pairs of crutches, school entry fees for a university student, and spinal surgery for a young girl. We will be visiting the center again in 2024 to meet, encourage, and play with the children who are served by this important ministry.

 

Upcoming Events

Run* to Burundi

From Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, Missouri to Christian Mission Fellowship in Burundi, Africa, the total miles is 8,100. As a church we want to go there with the team that is physically going! 

*You can run, walk, bike, swim, or whatever your thing is to count toward the miles!

GIVE to support the Burundi Trip

This trip would not be possible without the support of Christian Fellowship Church, individual gifts, and community partnership donations.
We are grateful for every single gift that helps the team make this journey to encourage, support, and build bridges with our brothers and sisters in Burundi.

Give Online:

Click the button below and select “Missions Trip: Burundi Trip 2024” in the giving type drop-down menu. 

Give by Check:

  • Mailed to the church office (ATTN: Church Accounting Office, 5045 Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, MO 65203).
  • Left in our mailbox, drop box in the foyer, or in our collection baskets during our Sunday services.

Please note the designation in the memo section on the check! 

Prayer Points

Burundi Mission Trip 2024 – Prayer Bulletin                             Christian Fellowship Church

This week’s focus is praise and thanksgiving. Please read and meditate on the following scriptures as you prepare your heart for prayer.

  1. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.

  1. James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 

  1. Psalm 95:1-5

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.

  1. Isaiah 12:4-5

In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”

Prayer points:

  1. Thanksgiving for the Republic of Burundi and for all the inhabitants of this nation.
  2. Thanksgiving for Pastor Jean Claude and his family, and for the relationship that they have fostered with churches and communities in Burundi.
  3. Thanksgiving for Rev. Oscar Nkurunziza who is our main contact person in Burundi.
  • Thanksgiving for all the work of God that he and his team of pastors have been doing.
  • They have planted 14 local churches in different regions and districts across Burundi.
  • They also manage a health center and a Bible School in the Makamba district, as well as several community support activities such as agriculture, tailoring, carpentry, etc.
  1. Thanksgiving for this opportunity for some brethren from CF to go and serve on mission in Burundi from July 9 – July 26, 2024.
  • We have a team of 8 people going: Jean Claude Ntimpa, Judith Ntimpa, Shalom Ntimpa, Tara Freeman, Mary Moe, Becky Hodill, Becky Roberts & Steve Boul
  1. Thanksgiving for the privilege that we all get to be part of God’s work in Burundi, by supporting the mission team in prayer, financially, and in any other way as God leads.
  2. Thanksgiving for all the progress that has been made toward the mission trip so far, for example: purchasing air tickets and other travel related activities, contacting potential sponsors, planning promotional events, arrangements within Burundi, etc.
  3. Praise God and worship Him for His amazing plans and purposes for this mission trip, and for all the people who will be blessed by this ministry.

Burundi Mission Trip 2024 – Prayer Bulletin – Week 2                              

Focus – Supporting Activities

Please read and meditate on the following scriptures as you prepare your heart for prayer.

  1. Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.

  1. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

  1. Psalm 20:4-5

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

 

Prayer points:

  1. Thanksgiving for a successful launch on Sunday, May 5.
  • Pastor Steve Boul officially presented the Burundi Mission trip at the 1st and 2nd services, with the emphasis that we, as a Church, are going to Burundi.
  • We had a display table, distributed flyers, and launched the Burundi Trip webpage.
  • Thanksgiving for everyone who signed up to support the team, for example: by joining the prayer team, by joining the Run to Burundi initiative, etc.

 

  1. Burundi Information night – Wednesday, May 15
  • Commit this event to God. Pray that we will have a good turnout, and that the team will be able to answer questions and effectively share the heart behind this trip.

 

  1. Taste of Africa – Saturday, June 1
  • Four main activities have been planned for this night of fun – traditional African meal, kid’s maker’s market, malts for missions, and movie night.
  • Commit this event to God. Pray that we will have a big turnout and raise funds to support the mission trip. Speak a blessing on the organizers and all volunteers for this event, especially the kids who will be selling different items.

 

  1. Run to Burundi – Target: 8,100 miles total
  • Pray that God will raise more people to join, and remember to submit their miles.
  • Pray that we will successfully run, walk, bike, etc. for 8,100 miles as a Church.

 

  1. Giving to Burundi Trip – Target: $25,000
  • Pray that God will stir people to give cheerfully to support this trip.
  • Pray that God will raise partners in the community (e.g., businesses) to donate.

 

  1. Pray that God will lead us in planning for other future events, and that we will be able to keep the Church updated through emails, social media, etc.

Coming soon!