Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How can we pray for you?

Our church in Niger has decided on a month of prayer during the summer break. So every night from 9-10 they are meeting to pray. For anyone who knows me well this is a real stretch for me because I am not an evening person (and more or less shut down around that time). The first night I wasn't able to make it because Ben had a stomach bug, so I got to stay home to clean up after him. But yesterday he was feeling better and I was able to participate. It was good to meet with God as a body in prayer. It is my prayer that God will use this time to awaken the spiritual gifts that He has given to His people, so that the church will be more effective in their ministry and that He will give guidance and wisdom to the church as they seek a deeper relationship with Him. One of the themes for this season of prayer is church planting; the pastor feels that it is time the church become active in reproducing and planting another congregation. During part of the prayer time the people also pray for the various needs that individuals from the congregation bring, are there things that we can pray for you?
Please know that you are a valued part of our ministry here in Niger. We are grateful for the many ways that you partner in our ministry and we are praying for you.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Workers and the Long Run

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field. Go I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse of bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.” Luke 10:1-4

I have been reading Luke in my personal devotional time recently and came to this passage this week when we have been focusing on short and long term goals. In one of our discussions we were talking about friends that where having some positive results in their ministry and realized that theirs is in the “third generation” of missionaries. There were (at least) two other rounds of missionaries that had come and gone that had laid the groundwork for the response that they were presently having. Dave’s response to this was a series of questions: Who will work with us? (My thought was, --are there others crazy enough to be "lambs among wolves"?) Who will follow us? What will happen to the church if no one follows us? God is capable of sustaining and building far beyond what we can think or imagine and His ways are far beyond ours, but He has also told us to ask for workers to join in the harvest. Will you pray with us that God will send others? That we would be working along side the Holy Spirit to bring in His harvest.

Please continue to pray for the building process as things have slowed down because of Ramadan and other delays.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Catching Up

The last month and a half has been somewhat chaotic. In late May, Dave travelled home to accept his diploma. He arrived home to crazy power outages that led to us losing every thing in our freezer and a power surge that killed our modem and took us offline. During one of the blackouts, Pastor Soter was driving home and passed a gendarme training camp when suddenly they started shooting! I've heard no real reports on what happened but various rumours suggested that some anxious trainees got frightened in the dark. We drove to Lome in Togo to escape the power outages and the  heat. Lome is on the coast and so we were able to visit the beach. We travelled with some fellow Canadians from Saskatoon. On Sunday we visited the local Free Methodist Church. They had a baby dedication that morning and our friend Nathan was called out to come and pray for the baby.

Our journey home was relatively uneventful but the morning after arriving I awoke to find that the one of the front tires was flat and beyond repair. This week the priming pump went altogether on our truck, leaving it immobile. Needless to say, we are glad these issues waited until we arrived home to happen.

Since coming home I've been looking at some "next steps" that we need to take in working with the church here and moving towards church planting. Ramadan has started so many of our friends are now fasting daily. Please pray that we will have wisdom in charting our course forward and relating to friends and neighbours.