Rob Black, Burkina Faso

“The trip was excellent!” writes Rob Black, a production supervisor at Hadrian Manufacturing in Burlington, ON, who returned in November from a two week trip to the Village of Hope school in Burkina Faso. He was part of a group of 10 working on building a perimeter wall around the school for security purposes. The group also had a chance to interact with some of the school children as part of their English classes.

“We had a great group of dedicated people who worked with servant hearts to get the work done. Wish we could have done more. We had excellent devotional time led by Dan Barber every morning. And going to Pastor Michel’s church is always inspirational.”

This was Rob’s second trip to Burkina Faso. The first one was two years ago and he was longing to return to see what progress had taken place—and to visit with the friends he made on the first trip. “A lot changed,” says Rob. “Two years ago we worked to put the footings in for a secondary school because they only had a primary school at the time. We were just digging in an empty field and now there are classrooms, dorms and a library.”

“It was like a homecoming,” recalls Rob. “The staff at Village of Hope treat us like family. They’re very warm and friendly and great to work with. We learn as much from them as we have to offer ourselves.”

While Rob struggles with the contrast between our rich, well-resourced world here in Canada and life on the ground in Burkina Faso, he knows that everyone who goes on one of these trips comes back a different person. “At a certain point, you have to go out there and do it—take a leap of faith. There’s so much to do that it’s overwhelming. At least do what you can and do it with a servant’s heart. You can accomplish a lot in this world if you don’t care who gets the credit. We’re part of building the groundwork for the future of that country.”

Rob’s already thinking about going again next year because of all the exciting projects coming up.