The Jim Wilson Village of Hope began out of compassion for impoverished and orphaned children. Situated just outside of the capital city of Ouagadougou; it is the same piece of land, where Pastor Michel and his wife, Lydia, use to go to pray and seek God’s direction for their ministry. After sharing his vision with our founder Jim Wilson, Pastor Michel and his team laid the foundations for the first Careforce team’s arrival in the summer of 2002. Since then, numerous volunteer and church groups have participated in short term mission trips, and together with the dedicated local Burkinabe work to expand and develop the Village of Hope.
There are 455 children living at the Village, the majority of whom would otherwise not have had the opportunity to receive an education and hear about God’s love. There are school buildings (grades 1-8), dormitories for the children, staff accommodations, facilities for work teams, a cafeteria, a kitchen, a solar powered water well, a playground and bathrooms with shower facilities. Long range plans include 3 phases. Phase 1 is nearing completion. Phase 2 includes a high school, vocational training school and further development of the agricultural project. The vision for Phase 3 is a Christian University.
Pastor Michel and Lydia Ouedraogo are the founders of the Village of Hope. Pastor Michel’s passion for children at risk was born at a very young age. He remembers what it feels like to be fatherless and alone, and as a result has a burden to show love and compassion to these children. During his travels to numerous remote villages, he felt the Lord impressing on him the importance of meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of the people and to raise up strong Christian leaders in his country.
Pastor Michel has received theological training in England. In addition to establishing the Village of Hope, he has founded a local church that has now become one of the largest in the country with nearly two thousand people. His passion and energy continues to inspire all those who come in contact with him.
Burkina Interest Group
The Burkina Interest Group (BIG) is an advisory board made up of individuals with specialized skills and knowledge that are essential to the long-range planning and sustainability of the Village of Hope.
In response to the rapid growth at The Village of Hope, the Burkina Interest Group was established in March 2005. The primary role of this committee is in an advisory capacity to ensure the expansion is well planned and executed. They provide input and feedback on site plans to ensure that proper infrastructure is in place and assist in prioritizing needs in each phase of the project.