The FM church has connectionalism as one of their core values and it is one of the things that we have missed the most over the last four years while in Niger. Being the only missionaries in the country and having principally one church that we are working with on a regular basis, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture and become lonely. So it has been nice to be home this year and reconnect with our partners in our ministry, our sending churches. This past weekend we had the added pleasure of attending a regional gathering where we were able to meet with many of the pastors and representatives of our supporting churches in a slightly different format. It was really nice to be able to hear the stories coming out of many of the churches and to be able to pray with thankful hearts for what God is doing and to lift up the challenges that these churches are facing together. I would highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity if you are in a position to participate in one. It is a blessing that we will miss when we return to Niger later this year.
We pray that you will have a special sense of the Spirit's presence as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord in the coming weeks.