When cities experience rapid growth, housing becomes a problem. The city where we serve has pretty much doubled in the last ten years. Our city churches have targeted areas on the outskirts of our city known as the non-lotis, areas not yet zoned for housing. These neighborhoods seem to spring up overnight and keep squeezing in more and more people. Another way to look at the non-lotis is to see it as an in-between neighborhood. People have moved out of the village, but haven't yet moved into the established communities of the city.
Our churches see these parts of the city as areas of opportunities to plant new churches and serve the poor that are struggling to get work, housing, and support a family. Andrew and I come alongside to help with projects like schools, wells, and a church building. I teach Bible studies in several of these neighborhoods. Ministering to growing communities is how we are doing missions in Burkina Faso.