Praise for the opportunity that David has to pray with passengers before they board the plane each morning. Pray for God’s guidance and safety in the skies as he serves with SIMAIR to transport workers and supplies to the least reached. Praise for Laura’s heart for the girls at the Niger Vocational Centre and her desire to learn their language and share God’s gift of salvation with them. Pray for wisdom and provision for her regarding attending a training in the US so she can be better prepared to share Christ with them.
Praise that the Smokers had an ideal living situation with their host family in France who helped them tremendously and that they have now obtained the level of French needed to proceed to Niger. Praise also for the safe delivery of a baby boy in September here in the US, and pray for the timely arrival of his necessary travel documents. Pray for God’s wisdom and direction for the many decisions that need to be made regarding their move, now scheduled for early December.
Praise for the wisdom Ken was given to negotiate for a child living on the streets to return to his home by providing for him to attend a Christian school. Praise that the rainy season has brought water that was needed for crops but did not cause flooding. Pray for protection during the malaria season and healing for Sahel Academy teachers who have contracted it. Pray for wisdom as the Faulkners speak into the lives of teenagers. Pray also for additional staff needed for the school.
Praise that the Thunders have arrived in Niger and are settling into their new surroundings and ministry. Praise that they received almost all of their luggage, but pray that their stroller would arrive soon. Praise for the relationships they have begun to build with neighbors who speak French. Pray for deepening relationships and wisdom for relating to those who speak mostly Zarma. Pray also for Zach as he begins teaching computers, works on IT issues and facilitates two internships at Sahel Academy.
Praise that Tyler is now flying solo and transporting medical personnel and missionaries of all types and nationalities around Niger. Pray that Tyler and the other SIMAIR pilots and mechanics will operate wisely and safely. Pray for wisdom for Jessica as she works in the SIM Niger office as administrative secretary and temporary Projects Coordinator during a time of many transitions and changes as a new director comes on board.
Praise that Justine has made good progress in language study, had some great spiritual conversations with friends and started treating a young boy who needs occupational therapy. Pray that she would continue to lean on the Lord as her source of all hope and joy when difficult things happen such as the unexpected death of a friend, the theft of her wallet and phone, or physical illness. Pray that the Word of God would take root in her language helper and other new friends.
Praise for the recent Fulani youth camp, organized by a national, where there were 21 new believers and 33 baptisms. Praise for a break for the translation team planned for this month. Pray that they will return refreshed to continue their work on a revision and community check of Isaiah and then begin the translation of Leviticus. Pray for safety for Jean and team members in all their travels. Pray also for additional doctors and directors with vision for the two Danja hospitals.
Praise for the support of the missionary family in Niger as Jana has gone through a medical challenge which included surgery. Praise that Nate’s parents have come to support the family during the recovery process. Nate writes, “Less than a month after returning to Niger, we have lived through a medical crisis that trumps those we survived in the past. . . . Pray for us to have faith and grace to engage the spiritual challenges that suffering brings, and to live faithfully through a dark time.”
Praise for Beth’s uncomplicated return to Niger July 5 from home assignment. Pray as she focuses on welcoming 13 new staff members coming to Sahel Academy as they adjust to new people, places, and languages. Pray they will be welcomed well and become part of a community seeking the Lord together. As the new school year begins, pray for staff and students, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for Beth in her member care role. Pray also for the critical need of a Director and Secondary School Principal for the academy.