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By CONOR BELL
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00 AM
From left are Jordan, Kara and Kamryn Kabore, Leanna Jackson, Rebecca Moore Brill (missionary in Burkina Faso with husband Seth Brill), Joyce Fulton, Marsha Howard and Susan Jackson.
After spending nine days in an African country, members of a mission team from First Baptist Church of Philadelphia learned a lesson about generosity and contentment.
The church started its mission work a few years ago in Burkina Faso which has a reputation of being the most generous country in Africa, said member Kara Loper Karbore' who had earlier spent two years in the French-speaking country.
While in Burkina Faso, she met Alain Kabore'. When she moved back to Philadelphia, he did as well.
The couple later married and now has two children.
Another church member, Rebecca Moore Brill and her husband Seth, felt God calling them to serve in the same country where they now take youth groups.
In support of these two couples, the church wanted to serve in this country as well.
A group of six left Philadelphia on Nov. 21 for their sixth trip to Burkina Faso.
They had two goals: support Seth and Rebecca and a local church in Ouagadougou, the country's capital.
"We did a work project at a children's ministry center with Seth and Rebecca's youth group," said Minister of Students Aaron Tucker. "We were able to make puppets, paint ceilings and other stuff to pep up the place."
Tucker also said they worshipped with the congregation of the church in which FBC Pastor Dr. Dan Howard baptized several recent converts.
"Worship over there is really interesting and very different," said Tucker. "It's very normal for people to go to the front and dance to the rhythm of the song that they are playing."
FBC was also able to lead a pastor's conference, a women's conference, assist setting up a church and help with a school that is sponsored by another church.
But one thing that stood out to the members of FBC, was the friendly, generous citizens of the country.
"In a place where they have almost nothing, they are so generous. They were taking up a collection to try to benefit us," said Tucker.
Tucker also said it was amazing to become friends with people who do not speak your language over a nine-day period.
"It should be impossible to do that, but because of the bond of being a Christian, you become a brother and sister in Christ."
One the return home, Alain Kabore' brought his brother, Alfred, and mother back so they may experience how Christians in America celebrate Christmas.
Tucker said after coming back from the mission, he feels sick to walk into Wal-Mart.
"You come back from a trip where people have nothing and are happy or happier than you are and you think 'I don't need the things I think I need.' They only complicate my life more," said Tucker.
Tucker also credits Dr. Dan Howard, pastor of First Baptist, for being the leader and organizer of the mission.
"He deserves a lot of credit for saying yes to God for these missions."
To watch a slideshow with pictures from their mission trip, just go to http://www.youtube.com and type in Africa 2013-FBC Philadelphia MS Burkina Faso Mission.
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