Madou The Evangelist

Pastor Madou has been the answer to Phil and Carol Bergen ’s prayers. The couple, who partner with MB Mission in Burkina Faso to translate scripture into Nanerige, are ready to show this unreached African tribe what’s so good about God’s word. Now they have a pastor who can do this!

God has been using Pastor Madou’s presence in the village of N’Dorola to transform lives. Madou wasn’t always passionate about God’s word, but Christ has taken him on his own journey of transformation. As a child he was nicknamed “Madou the Terrible.” He grew up beating other kids until he was 16 years old, when missionaries came to his town and helped him understand that God has wonderful things planned for his life. He accepted Christ, but this stirred up great dissention in his family. His father disowned him and Madou left his village, but while he was away God was still at work!

Madou’s father doesn’t like conflict, and none of his four wives got along with one another. His father asked Madou to come home because life was more peaceful when he was around. Madou made the decision to return to his village, and along with his venture home came a calling from God to do His work.

In 1990 Madou went to Bible School and studied for five years. Upon completion he invested the next 11 years in Kotoura as a pastor. When asked if he would join the team in N’Dorola, Madou, along with his wife and five children, moved in with the Bergen’s in the summer of 2007.

Madou is attracting people to the Christian faith! The first church in N’Dorola started in October 2007 and one year later consists of 35 people, all of whom gather together in the Bergen’s yard for Sunday service. Madou has gained trust among the Nanerige because as a Senufo person he is so much like them, yet there is a tangible difference in his life marked by his faith.

Praise God that He has brought these things together in His timing. Join with the Bergen’s and Pastor Madou in praying that the Nanerige people would hear and understand the great love of the Father!

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” – Romans 10: 14-16