Praise for sustaining grace for Rachel despite the challenges she has faced living in a community in the bush as part of the TIMO (Training in Mission Outreach) team. Praise for the joy she sees in one sister in Christ who keeps insisting that the gospel is such sweet news! Pray for this sister in Christ as she is learning to read so she can study the Bible for herself. Pray for the TIMO team as they seek to disciple the new believers by devoting energy, time and resources to the task. Pray for encouragement, stamina, and joy for Rachel in her remaining time in the bush.
Praise that ministry is continuing in Niger while the Cetons are in the US on home assignment. Praise that all the third-year girls from NVOC (Niamey Vocational Centre) who took the National Vocational Training Certificate exams passed. Pray these girls will accept Christ as their Savior, and that God would provide work for them to support their families. Praise that God continues to use SIMAIR as a tool to bring the gospel to the peoples of West Africa, and pray that He would complete the process of bringing a new family and a new six-seat Cessna 210 plane to Niger next year.
Praise that Justine has been accepted by SIM to serve a three-year term as an occupational therapist at Galmi Hospital in Niger. Pray for her as she makes plans for an April, 2018, departure and continues now with support-raising and pre-field training and preparation. Pray as she engages in a new online class in language learning and continues in online theology classes. Pray for plans to study Hausa for six months upon arriving in Niamey, and then begin duties at Galmi Hospital. Pray also for a positive answer from MedSend, a grant program which pays student loans for overseas medical missionaries.
Praise that the Foxes feel settled and are enjoying the culture in Niger. Praise for strength and creativity to successfully complete their first quarter of school. Pray that they would be faithful in prayer as they see much need and wonder where to begin, and then hear God say, “On your knees.” Pray they would obtain their drivers’ licenses and for wisdom in teaching their classes and reaching the hearts of students from different religions. Pray for students who are struggling academically and/or spiritually.
Pray for the important upcoming opportunity the Grays have for a four-week teaching series with the youth at their church around the topic, Preparation for Marriage. Pray for Christian marriages in Niger where religious and cultural challenges abound; girls are married off very young, polygamy is common, divorce is easy and inexpensive, and women are devalued. Pray that pastors will see the need to help prepare Christian couples for marriage. The Grays write, “We firmly believe the health of the church depends upon the health of families within the church.”
Praise for the Kusserows’ year of home assignment which began in mid-July, and for the opportunity for rest after their term in Niger. Pray for the team of Bible translators who are continuing work, from several locations, to provide an ethnic people group with the Scriptures in their own language. Pray for Tim as he continues to assist from the US, while also resting. Pray as Tim and Barbie begin visiting churches in November to communicate God’s work in Niger and show their appreciation for their supporters.
Praise for the opportunity Gina has had to be a part of Trauma Healing groups in Texas for those who have been caught in modern-day sex slavery. Pray for her now as she closes this period of equipping and prepares to return to her ministry of trauma healing at Danja Fistula Center in Niger. Pray that the Lord will lead her in creative ways for building her prayer and financial support teams to raise the $600 she still needs before her faith date for returning on November 11.
Praise for the Thunders’ opportunity to study French in Quebec. Pray for them to develop perseverance, patience, and humility – three qualities their language teacher prays for them. Pray they will be able to learn quickly and well so that they will be able to share the gospel with the people of Niger effectively. Praise they have been able to find a church that is a good fit for their family and a help in learning French. Pray for their student visa authorization to study in Quebec next semester, since there are currently problems affecting many language students in both Quebec and France. Pray also for their remaining monthly financial support needs.
Praise for the opportunity to be in the US on home assignment, and pray that this year will be a time of great refreshing for them. Pray for strength and grace for the depleted staff at SIM AIR in Niger as they work to keep the planes in the air and honor God in all their interactions. Pray also for the SIM Niger office team who are faced with a similar situation. Pray for another pilot and family as they finish their final packing and goodbyes and head to Niger this month. Pray also for the ongoing preparation of a six-seater plane due to serve the missionary community in Niger. Pray that it will be ready during the coming year.