During the summer of 2016, I was fortunate to intern under a missionary couple in Burkina Faso with an organization called Envision. This experience was one of the greatest of my life thus far. During the three months I was in Burkina, I assisted short-term missions teams  in building what the ministry called "church hangars" in various tribal villages in Burkina Faso. Essentially, church hangars are steel frames of a permanent church building that villagers will build walls around to complete a fully functional and permanent location for corporate worship. By building the church hangars, we said to villagers: "You have family who care about you all across the world, and we are here to stay!" After building these structures, we held nightly evangelism services in the villages, at which the gospel was preached in the native language of each respective village. Over the course of three months and six hangars, I witnessed more than 100 Burkinabé people come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

None of this would have been possible without the loving support of the Nick Linder Foundation or the prayer support of my church family. I am very grateful to have had such an amazing opportunity to serve the Lord in a place that was foreign to me, but yet to share in fellowship with brothers and sisters with whom I share blood relation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Many thanks as I once again prepare for another summer in Burkina Faso 2017!

-Johnathan Finkbeiner