The increase of Christianity has been sustained over several decades although the growth of the early 1990s may never be equaled. The evangelical churches find themselves stretched by the growth of recent years. Failure to consolidate this growth has in some areas resulted in backsliding and losses to Islam. The power of the occult has yet too be decisively challenged and broken in many peoples in Burkina Faso. The Church in general does not yet have a strong missions vision, in part due to issues of poverty and a dependence mentality.