Praise that the Durigas’ French language-learning course at the Sorbonne is entering its final month, which means they have completed all they can in learning French from an academic standpoint. Pray for one of Nate’s classmates who has shown interest in the meaning of being a Christ-follower. Pray for Nate as he leads discussion groups in French for their church youth group in May. Praise also that while their main focus when they move to Niger will be on outreach at the university student center, Nate will also be able to teach at the Bible Institute toward the end of their first year. Pray also for Jana’s health to improve.
Praise for the opportunity Gina had to visit her home town in Texas one last time and for the send-off from her church family, for encouraging times of prayer, and completing final preparations. Praise also for the opportunity she had to attend a trauma healing workshop at SIM International in preparation for her work at the Danja fistula clinic. Pray for her as she leaves soon for language study in France. Pray for a positive experience there, and that she will be able to get a good understanding of the French language.
Praise for the affirmation the Lord has given the Blisses in relocating to the US to be near both children and parents, while still being involved in missions. Pray for Brian as he begins to work with the global office of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), helping African Christian schools, being available to make trips to Africa to help, as well as working on projects from home. Pray for them as they return to Niger in June to dispose of their things. They write, “We aren’t looking forward to this as it will be an emotional time for us. . . . It will mean the closure of a big chunk of our life.”
Praise for wonderful visits with friends, family, churches and small group Bible studies, as well as safety in over 20,000 miles of driving while on home assignment. Pray that this will continue during the next couple of months. Praise also that the Sports Friends Niger team held another Basic Training, and pray now for strength for the 16 new coaches heading back to their local churches to begin new sports ministries. Pray for the believers in Niger who have suffered so much recently and yet maintain faith and powerful testimonies of grace. Pray also for $750 a month additional support the Moores need before they can return in July.
Praise for the vision the Foxes have to serve the Lord at Sahel Academy in Niger, and for the training they recently received at SIM USA to prepare them to move ahead. Pray that the Lord will give them patience and perseverance as they continue the process of readying themselves for ministry, which includes several training sessions as well as French language learning. Pray also that as they share their vision for ministry the Lord will supply their financial needs, as well as provide the 400 prayer partners they are seeking.
Praise that churches are beginning to recover from their recent persecution damage and for the funds that have been donated to help. Praise for their opportunity with a joyful group of believers to find out more about how Zama/Songhai music is being used in local churches. Pray for John, currently on a six week study leave in Oxford, England, to present his past year’s research, interact with his supervisory team and research topics like ethnomusicology and worship. Pray for Nancy as she remains in Niger and works on updating all SIM sending offices on personnel needs in Niger and revises the orientation/mentoring booklet used for new arrivals.
Praise for Kevin’s ministry with SIM AIR. Pray for safety for him as he flies in difficult weather conditions. Praise that as he was flying a missionary back to Niamey from a remote desert region he related that many people are hearing God’s word taught in their mother tongues through radio broadcasts and on micro SD cards in their cell phones. Pray that they will respond to the gospel. Praise also that despite an announcement that the rent for the hangar space at the airport would be raised 2000% this year, when the bill came it had remained the same!
Pray for wisdom as the Montgomerys determine when they should retire from service at Galmi Hospital. Pray that a shortfall in personal financial support will be made up, which would be one great way the Lord could confirm their continuing for two more years. Pray that they will be able to see many needed projects begun or completed, including the transitioning of the Galmi missionary team to next-generation leadership as well as identifying, equipping, orienting and installing the next Galmi Hospital Director at least six months before they leave.
Praise for the Becky’s safe arrival in Niger. The recent events there have created opportunities to distribute media materials to refugee camps and to those who have become more curious about Christian beliefs since the recent attacks on churches. Pray for wisdom for Becky and her partner as they create these materials and get them to those who can distribute them. Pray for the churches as they recover emotionally and physically and repair their buildings and homes after the persecution they faced. Pray that the Lord of peace would strengthen their hearts and minds in the midst of their recovery.