Missionary Spotlight Update: Bart and Jane Anne Gibbs

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During this very hot season in West Africa when daily temperatures can soar to more than 100°F, Bart and Jane Anne Gibbs need your prayers. “The heat and humidity sap one’s strength, resilience, and patience,” Jane Anne said. Disruptions to electricity and water service don’t help. “Cuts in service interfere with everyday life to the degree that it is a challenge sometimes to maintain a positive outlook,” Bart said.

Traveling around the region to mentor and supervise other missionaries is rewarding work, but during this season, trips are long, hot, and fatiguing.

Another source of frustration is Internet access. Burkina Faso’s Internet service has been described as “the world’s slowest and most expensive,” Bart said. “In this world of ‘connectedness,’ everyone is expected to easily access the Internet. We also must report about our work and finances regularly using Internet that is sporadic, slow, and frustrating. Waiting on downloads or uploads can seem like such a waste of time when we would much rather be with people, but part of our job requires that we communicate electronically. It can be a struggle to find a balance.”

Pray for Bart and Jane Anne as they live and minister in Burkina Faso. Pray also for the churches in West Africa and the young Christian leaders the Gibbses mentor in the region.

Bart and Jane Anne Gibbs are featured in the June 2018 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight.

Carrie McWhorter is a writer and editor from Alabama. Contact her at CarrieBrownMcWhorter.com.

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