Praise for a safe journey Sadie and Becky made to Burkina Faso with Sahel Academy students involved in sporting events. Pray for patience, energy and endurance for everyone as they adjust to the hot season, which is now upon them in Niger. Pray for clear direction and wisdom for the decisions and transitions that Sadie and Becky will need to make at the end of the last quarter of the school year. Pray also for the positions that need to be filled for the next school year, which include both teaching and administrative positions, as well as grounds/maintenance and dorm parents personnel.
Pray for joy, humility, professionalism and wisdom for Sean as he coordinates SIM’s 41 ministry projects throughout the country and supervises 10 missionary family units. Pray for safety as both Sean and Carrie travel to various places, especially during rides across the dessert. Pray for several with whom the Blakes have relationships, but who have not yet opened their hearts to hear about the Lord. Pray for a new Christian as he is baptized and connects with a local church.
Praise for the refreshing and encouraging time the Duriga family is having on home assignment, including increased financial support as well as improving health for Jana. Pray for them as they prepare to return to Niger in July, where Nate will begin serving as director of the university student center in Niamey. They write, “He will go from nurturing student relationships on his own to forming and leading a team who strategically reaches out to students together.” Pray that they can impact many of the 15,000 students on the campus of the only public university in Niger!
Pray for Ben and Natalie who have been asked to serve in Kenya where Ben will be serving SIM Kenya missionaries in the area of leadership. Praise that God worked in both Ben and Natalie’s hearts to say ‘yes’ to the Lord even when it is hard. Pray for peace for the entire Colby family in the difficult transition of leaving Niger and moving to Kenya by April.
Praise for the opportunity the Zoolkoskis had to visit a patient in a remote village, greet the chief and explain the missional purpose of Galmi Hospital to him and many others. Christopher writes, “Certainly we were the first people to ever engage the chief and such a large group of his people in the challenge to learn more about Jesus.” Pray that their gift to the chief of a solar-powered radio that plays the Gospel of John in their language will be a source of many people coming to the faith in Christ.
Praise for the opportunity the Foxes have to teach at Sahel Academy, and pray that they can continue to build strong relationships with their students. Pray for the salvation of those who don’t know the Lord. Pray for seniors who are making plans for what they will do after they graduate, and that God will provide wisdom and employment opportunities for those who will not be pursuing higher education. Pray for the Foxes as they minister to children in a neighboring village, and that the Lord will give them opportunities to learn a bit of Zarma, since few speak French.
Pray for Laura who is presently in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a large missions conference at Calvary Church to meet members and share what God is doing in Niger. Pray for a safe return to Niger March 3. Praise that in Niger Laura has begun to teach two weekly English classes for beginners, one for women and the other for both men and women. Praise also for her opportunity to co-teach a women’s cooking class in French. Pray that she can get to know all her students better. Praise that she is seeing language improvement from her private two-hour Hausa lessons twice a week.
Praise for the opportunity the Kusserows are having to be in the US for rest and connections with family and supporters. Pray for the ongoing Bible translation work being done in Niger that Tim is a part of through Skype, and for the team members as they are currently putting together a final draft of seven NT epistles. Pray for health for them, clear minds, Spirit-enabled intelligence, and the ability to communicate clearly with a minimum of misunderstanding. Pray for Tim as he begins translation work on Romans, and for peace in the country where there are often demonstrators and security issues.
Praise for the Goldes’ safe return to Niger with all of their luggage and for the great blessing they had of attending SIM Niger Spiritual Life Conference, where they studied Scripture and prayed for field ministries. Pray now for Ken and Kathie as they have resumed their ministry responsibilities – Kathie in her role as teacher and Ken in his financial role in the office. Pray as he helps missionaries understand their finances. Pray for strength for SIM Niger missionaries who have many role changes but desire effective outreach to non-believers.