Into all the world
World evangelization was the heartbeat of Pentecostal believers when
the Assemblies of God formed in 1914. At the first General Council,
they purposed to cooperate, send missionaries, distribute missions monies
and reach the lost in the far-flung corners of our world. Not everyone
could go to a foreign mission field, but all could have a part in the
The fresh Pentecostal experience gave these pioneers a deep awareness
of Christs command to "go into all the world and preach the
gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15, NKJV). With new spiritual
boldness and determination, our founding fathers commissioned the first
Assemblies of God missionaries and pledged their prayer and financial
Brave men and women dared to cross oceans, climb mountains and trek
through jungles to reach areas where people had never heard the name
of Jesus. They established indigenous churches fellowships that
are self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating and
multiplied their efforts by building Bible schools to train others.
Their sacrifice and faithfulness laid the foundations that have enabled
millions to find Christ as their Savior in the ensuing years.
Our fourfold mission statement succinctly defines the goals and vision
of Assemblies of God Foreign Missions.
Reaching: We are proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ to the spiritually
lost in all the world through every available means.
Planting: We are establishing indigenous churches, following the New
Training: We are training leaders throughout the world to proclaim
the message of Jesus Christ to their own people and to other nations.
Touching: We are touching poor and suffering people with the compassion
of Jesus Christ and inviting them to become His followers.
Our overseas fellowships are growing exponentially. More than 1,800
missionaries minister in more than 160 countries, and nearly 35.7 million
believers worship in an Assemblies of God fraternal fellowship overseas.
Pastors and church leaders are being trained in 1,845 Bible schools
and extension programs. Through ministries of compassion and medical
missions, our missionaries are partnering with national believers to
reach out to the poor and suffering.
Since 1914, the Assemblies of God has maintained its commitment to
fulfill Christs command to reach everyone with the good news of
forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God. The methods of world
evangelism are more diverse than in those early years, but our message
remains clear: "
there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12, NIV).
Saved and called
I grew up practicing the animistic traditions of my village in Burkina
Faso. I often helped my uncle, the village chief, make sacrifices of
chickens, goats or sheep. Because of my uncles high position,
I had the opportunity to go to another village and attend a high school
operated by Assemblies of God missionaries. While I was there, God touched
my heart, and I committed my life to Christ and was baptized in the
After studying physical education at a university in Ivory Coast, I
returned to Ouagadougou to teach and was chosen to be the trainer for
the Burkina Faso national boxing team for the 1980 Olympic Games.
In 1981, God called me into full-time ministry and led me to the village
of Nandila. We worked with a struggling church that grew to nearly 400
Presently, I am district superintendent, studying for a doctorate in
ministry at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and pastoring in
Koudougou, Burkina Faso.
Koudougou, Burkina Faso