In some ways Danny Bayasan is out of place. He’s a Filipino living in Africa and a Christian working among Muslims, yet he feels ‘at home.’ While Danny studied at the Asian Center for Missions in humid Manila, he felt God challenge him to take on one of the biggest and toughest assignments on the mission field.In those days, Danny could hardly have imagined he would one day be in the middle of dry sub-Saharan Africa sharing his faith with the unreached tribal peoples of Burkina Faso.
“I am a Filipino,” Danny said smiling, “from the mountains (not the desert). People ask me, ‘Why go to another continent, especially Africa, so far away from home?’ I say, ‘I believe God has laid this burden in my heart.’ ” Danny felt particularly called to minister to the Fulani, a nomadic tribe who live in straw huts; they are spread across West Africa.He told us about them, with the air of telling us about his family. ”The Fulani people group are the biggest unreached people group in the world. There are about 24 million of them across the Sahara and many of them have not even heard the Gospel, even once.”Danny and his team travel into the vast semi-desert wilderness and make regular visits to remote villages. In this dry inhospitable climate, water is scarce. Drilling a well for the villagers has made the Fulani appreciate Danny and the message he wants to share with them.
As night falls in the village, Danny’s team attracts the entire community for an evening of entertainment and ministry, beginning with his own amateur theatrics and ending with the screening of the Jesus film.In the desert darkness, Danny now has the opportunity to pray for salvations for those who are willing and healings as well. The crowd is expectant. From these occasions, Danny has seen many lives transformed. One new believer is Saliah, the son of a Muslim imam. Saliah told us, “When I needed answers and help, Pastor Danny was there. He has spent a lot of time teaching me the Word of God. He also sent me to a Bible training course. Now I’m working with Pastor Danny, teaching at our school.”Muslim parents send their children to Danny’s school because of its teaching excellence. They accept that every student gets a full introduction into the Christian faith as part of the curriculum, but choosing to become a Christian is completely voluntary. Danny said with love in his eyes, “We’ve spent a lot of time praying for this country, and we’ve fallen in love with these people. We actually now call this country our second home.” He went on, “Many missionaries came to the Philippines, and have raised up leaders and missionaries to reach out to unreached people groups. Now, it is a privilege for me to be here in Burkina Faso to be a shining light and to raise up local people to become missionaries, too¬not only to reach Burkina Faso, but the neighboring countries and beyond.” “Praise the Lord!” Danny finished, beaming a huge smile.In years past, missionaries went from Europe and America to Asia. Now it is a trend that missionaries are coming from Asian countries, and they have a real heart for the people of the Muslim world. They realize how the Muslim world today is in tension with American missionaries, so the Asian Christians can, and are, carrying the baton and that is very encouraging. Below shows the table of number of Christians in each province in North of Burkina Faso. Almost 50% of the total populations are children ages 0—14 years of age. They are not being reached by the gospel. By Ken Hulme , CWNews
(Reprint with permission) Update – October 2007
Pastor Danny Bayasen was able to appoint leaders for the church in Burkina Faso (Africa). After three years of discipleship, training and prayer, October 26, 2003 marked the day of consecration for the different ministry heads.
They have also setup a Christian Youth Resource Center to train, evangelize and eventually send out young people, especially those from University.
Their literacy classes have also been used mightily by the Lord to reach out to young people and children. Due to lack of funding for classrooms, chairs and tables, many children had to be turned down.
Great to read about Danny Bayasen and lovely to see a picture of him, Ruby and their children. We worked with them in Burkina Faso. Kindly pass on my best wishes and it would be great to hear from thyem..