The Richters journey to Burkina Faso arose out of a concentrated time of prayer in 2006 as they sought God’s will for their family desiring to be used by Him in foreign missions with an emphasis on holistic development. Serving in pastoral ministry in the United States for 14 years, the Lord called them to Burkina Faso; one of the least developed countries in the world. In 2008 the Richters joined a mission team who had been working among the unchurched Dagara people since 2002.
Geoffrey and Suzanne both graduated from Abilene Christian University where they met and were later married in 1991. As Geoffrey continued in pastoral Bible training, Suzanne taught elementary children. Upon the completion of Geoffrey’s Master’s Degree in Missions and the birth of their firstborn son, Caleb, they moved to Logan, Utah to serve as missionaries. For three years they labored to grow and strengthen the church, and witnessed the arrival of their second son, Seth. In 1997, they moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma to work in campus ministry at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. For four years they coordinated a ministry program that focused on discipleship, service, and missions. London, their first daughter was born there. In 2001, the Richters moved to rural West Texas, where Geoffrey served as the minister for the Hawley Church of Christ as Suzanne continued to educate their children at home. In this rural community, ministry was focused on small groups, service, and community outreach. Micah, their second daughter, was born in 2005 completing their family of six. Sensing a grand call to engage in world missions as a family in holistic development, they began to pray to God to open a door.
God opened that door to the Dagara mission in 2008 and through the generous support of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio; the Richters have served many good years on the field in Burkina Faso together as a family. They are enjoying a fruitful and effective time of ministry. Now their three older children are pursuing higher education in the USA with their youngest child still living with them on the field. Geoffrey and Suzanne hope to spend many more years in Burkina Faso completing the work God has assigned them in raising up strong national church leaders, maturing churches, and completing the integrated ministry center for the Dagara church movement called Eglise Evangelique du Christ.
Ashli Roussel is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Harding University with a degree in nursing and missions before moving to Burkina Faso in January 2015. She works most closely with the infants in distress program, children’s ministry, and medical cases, but also enjoys being involved in every aspect of the STREAMS team. She loves the outdoors, camping, running, playing music, watching sunrises and sunsets, and hanging her hammock, but the passion and pursuit of her life is for Jesus to be famous and worshipped among the nations. One of her favorite Scriptures that she seeks to live by is John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Follow her blog at www.seesomethingmore.blogspot.com.
Stanislas Hien is a native of Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta). Burkina Faso is a landlocked developing Country located in the heart of West Africa.
After his primary and secondary education in Burkina Faso, Stanislas Hien completed his higher education in the city of Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. In 2003, while he was a student in Abidjan, Stanislas Hien went back home to get married to Charlotte Zopoula, and they settled in Abidjan.
In 2007, Stanislas Hien completed his Bible translation degree in Abidjan (Republic of Côte d’Ivoire) and the Hien family settled back home in Ouagadougou, capital city of Burkina Faso. He started to work as the Dagara and Djan Bible Translation and Literacy Projects Coordinator. Charlotte was then also able to complete her University degree in finance and accounting, and to be hired as Chief of the auditing unit of ACFIME, the microfinance agency of Christian Relief and Development Organization (CREDO).
In addition to his Bible translation work, Stanislas served as the Secretary General of Assemblée Evangélique de Pentecôte (AEP), the fourth biggest Evangelical Christian denomination of Burkina Faso, while Charlotte was the Secretary General of AEP Women Ministry in the city of Ouagadougou.
Stanislas and Charlotte have been strongly engaged in the planting process of the AEP Church located in the East side of Ouagadougou; Stanislas as the associate Pastor, and Charlotte involved in both Praise and Kids Ministries.
In October, 2014, having fasted and prayed to seek a direction from the Lord for the ministry, Stanislas and Charlotte received from Him to become missionaries among Stanlislas’s people group. As they shared about this vision with the leaders of AEP, they were encouraged and blessed to move forward.
In July, 2015, the Hien family settled in the small town where the Richter family and Ashli Roussel live. They are a team focused on developing a holistic ministry among the people of Burkina Faso.
The Lord has blessed Stanislas and Charlotte with three boys: Jonathan Winsoti (2005), Ebenezer Winsor (2007) and Beniti Ariel (2012). The whole HIEN Family is committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus-Christ and promoting development activities among their people group and the neighborhood. They are especially involved in leadership training, Kids Ministry, Church planting projects, Bible translation and integral development activities in the village.
Emily Nutt is a military child who has lived in several states but most recently put down roots in Searcy, Arkansas. She graduated from Harding University with a degree in Social Work. Her first two years after graduating were spent at a private Christian organization working with the state child welfare system. Emily will join the Streams In Burkina Faso Team in January 2017. Emily will work closely on the development of the Infant Rescue Center, the Infants in Distress Program, and Children’s Ministry. She enjoys being involved in all areas of the STREAMS team. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, board games and spending time in the outdoors. The verse that called her to the mission field and ultimately to serve in Burkina is 1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (MSG) “I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.”