Hey Guys! How’s it going?
I’m going to be posting a few photo travel diaries of my husband’s mission work travels in Burkina Faso, Africa. His travels have been quite inspiring for me and his stories even more so; it’s made me rethink a lot about my life, my difficulties, and also my actions. Nowww, I’m not going to say that his experiences have changed me as profoundly as they have him because, of course, HE is the one experiencing everything first hand. However, it has made me ponder over how many blessings I am given throughout my day that I don’t even think twice about. It also raises the notion we all know and love: GRATITUDE. In trying to be more metacognitive and reflective, I’ve noticed myself trying to complain less, wanting to help more, and just being happy with whatever I have.
By sharing his photography, my hopes are that it can give some inspiration and/or encouragement to maybe think of your life and your troubles in a different way; to be able to see how many blessings you are given daily. Also, I wanted to showcase the beauty that is scattered all throughout African countries like Burkina Faso that we seldom appreciate.
Let’s preface with a few facts about this West African country to give you a bit more grasp as you peruse the pictures. Burkina Faso, which means “land of honest men” is religiously diverse, with Islam being the dominant religion there. Located south of the Sahara Desert, it has a population of more than 16.3 million people, with French as its official language; it’s became independent from France on August 5, 1960. The capital is Ouagadougou, which means “You are welcome here at home with us.” From the stories that I’ve heard, I would say that this is an accurate representation of his experiences there. The people, the Burkinabé, are very welcoming and giving; even what little they have they want to give.
How many of us really exemplify this? They are so full of gratitude for the little that they have and are truly content in their lives. It’s an incredible lesson that we (including myself) can learn from the people who are so much less fortunate then us.
“And if you try to count the favors of Allah, you will not be able to number them. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” The Holy Quran [16:19]
(The pictures my husband has taken will be from a range of areas: the villages, the capital, different cities, and remote areas.)
For more information on Burkina Faso and aid, please visit these sites:
- CIA World Factbook Burkina Faso Page
- Save the Children Burkina Faso
- Action Against Hunger Burkina Faso
I hope you enjoyed my husband’s depictions of Burkina Faso through his photography. I’ll be posting a ton more photo travel diaries of his experiences in Burkina Faso, so stay tuned! 😉