Praise for safety on the roads (22,000 miles) and good times with family and friends so far during the DeValves’ home assignment. Pray for continued safety and endurance during these busy days. Pray for effective medical treatments for John so he can return to better health. Pray for time for John and Nancy to concentrate on some of the projects they want to complete while in the States. Praise that the DeValves have received half of their needed support in pledges, and pray that the remaining half would come in before their targeted return to Niger on July 24th. Pray also for desperately-needed staff at the medical facilities in Niger.
Praise that Gina has returned to Niger, and pray for her as she begins Hausa language training for a few months so she can relate better to patients. Praise that doctors have been coming to the Danja Fistula Clinic from several countries to aid in the restoration work for women, but pray for a surgeon to come long term. Pray for Gina as she teaches a Trauma Healing Training at another clinic (in French), and as she has the opportunity to do outreach and evangelism with children in a nearby school. Pray for stamina as the hot season has descended.
Praise for God’s continued leading for the Knights. They say, “Just as the Lord led us to serve Him at Galmi Hospital, He has now led us out of Galmi. Our ‘season’ has ended and we feel full and complete peace that it was the right time to leave.” Pray they would discern the Lord’s direction for the next chapter in their lives. Pray for the journey of grief that they are experiencing having left their life in Galmi and for safety and endurance through upcoming travels.
Praise for the opportunity Beth had to share with education majors at Toccoa Falls College. Pray that the challenge she gave will cause many to consider serving as teachers at Sahel Academy or other international schools across the world. Pray especially for provision for the 18 empty positions at Sahel for the 2018-19 school year. She writes, “We face this staffing need every year but it seems like a particularly difficult upward climb this year.” Praise for progress Beth has made towards being fully funded, and pray that the rest of her deficit will be made up before she returns to Niger.
Praise for the time the Eberles had on home assignment in Canada and that they have safely arrived back in Texas to a lovely apartment they can call home for the next six months. Pray for continuing restoration for them both physically and spiritually and for grace for the many meetings and appointments they will be having in Houston and Austin in the next few months. Praise that they can support their oldest daughter as she in her first year at university, and pray for them as they homeschool the other two daughters. Pray also that they can raise the additional needed finances so they can return to Niger on time.
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.