Praise for five-and-a-half years of service by the fistula surgeon at the Danja Fistula Center, and for over 1,100 women who were helped and enabled to return home. Pray that he will adjust well now to continuing fistula surgery for women in Burkina Faso. Praise for the good results of the work of the first short-term surgical team during their two weeks at Danja. Pray that the work of a visiting film crew will result in an accurate and compelling video of the lives and care of people impacted by leprosy at CSL Danja medical center. Pray for wisdom in determining causes for the financial challenges at the hospital.
Praise for the provision of an apartment for the Durigas while on home assignment in the state of Washington where most of their supporters are. Pray for them as they settle into routines for the new school year, and for their daughter as she adjusts to her new school. Pray for wisdom for them and doctors as they assess the medical issues they have faced and seek a way forward. Pray also for SIM Niger in its search for a new director. Praise that a candidate has been named who is already there, and pray for wisdom in each step of the approval process – both in Niger and at the international level.
Praise for the literacy program that the Blakes are sponsoring, which began last week. Pray for the young instructor who will be using his time and talents to teach. Pray for the 10 people in their neighborhood who will attend this course, and pray that they will soon be able to read the Bible in their own language. Pray that the $200 needed monthly to sustain the program will be supplied. Pray also for safety as the Blakes travel to another area to attend a wedding, which will immerse them in the language and culture for a week.
Praise for Joy’s good medical test results in the US and her doctor’s approval for them to return to Niger on September 29 to begin a six-month term of ministry. Pray for the next Bible school module starting the last week of October on the topic of the Holy Spirit. Pray for a strong impact on the churches and for good attendance in spite of harvest time. Pray for Gary, who has been translating the 39-page course from French to Gourmanche, and for a couple coming to teach it. Pray also for Joy as she returns to her clinic and resumes instructing women who teach health courses in various villages.
Praise for the many opportunities the Grays have to minister in Niger and for deepening friendships with Nigerien Christians. Pray for them as they prepare to teach four lessons on marriage and family topics to the young people in their church in October. Pray that their ability to speak French will continue to advance, and that they will have many opportunities to practice it. Pray that the Niger River will remain below flood level – although it is currently on flood watch. Pray for Sahel Academy to remain dry, and pray that a new school director can be selected soon.
Praise for the rains that have brought the ability to plant and harvest crops. Praise also for the joy Fulani sisters in Christ exhibit as the Lord has removed the fear with which they had lived. Pray for them and others as they are baptized and demonstrate their commitment to Christ boldly. Pray for deepening relationships and more opportunities to mentor the new Christians. Pray for strength for Rachel to persevere and complete the TIMO (Training in Mission Outreach) curriculum in the next few weeks. Pray also for deepening love among TIMO team members and health for both the team and the community.
Praise for the Goldes’ blessed time of debriefing at SIM USA and connecting with those who serve at the office, including reconnecting with friends from Niger in years past. Praise also that Ken’s mom, who suffered a stroke, has been released from the hospital, is making good progress in a rehab center and may soon be able to return home. Pray for safety in travel during home assignment and for wisdom in speaking engagements. Pray for needed additional prayer and financial partners. Pray also for missionaries and Nigerien believers, and that many non-believers will find Christ as Savior and Lord.
Praise that Heather has now completed all the training prerequisites, including the recent SIMSendOff, has her French visa in hand and has a target date for the departure of August 28. Praise also that, during a flight emergency, she connected with her seat mate and gained another financial partner in the process! Pray for her in these last weeks as she seeks to reach 100% of her financial needs. Pray also for her in the difficult task of saying final goodbyes to her family and leaving for France and language school.
Praise for the healing of Sadie’s back pain and a safe trip to and from the US to visit family. Pray for strength for the new school year at Sahel Academy, which begins August 9, and for staff members and families who are traveling back to fill various positions and for all those taking on extra responsibilities. Pray that Sadie and Becky will display God’s love as they begin their new ministry in the dorm. Pray for them as, in addition to being dorm assistants, they will teach elementary PE, Sadie will continue with the youth ministries team, and Becky will help with elementary students. Pray also for the spiritual emphasis week scheduled for August 21-25.