The main activities of the day were meeting missionaries in Niger and learning more about the country. We began the day by having brunch at the home of a SIM missionary family. After eating, they explained SIM-Niger’s vision and their six initiatives. They have a heart for educational reform in Niger, giving children an education with a Christian worldview. In addition, they have plans to start a hospital specializing in fistula, a severe medical condition resulting from mothers giving birth too young and without proper medical attention. One of the most unfortunate things about fistula is that once a woman gets it, she is shunned from her tribe and left to fend for herself. Our team prayed for each of the six initiatives. Please join us in continuing to pray for that the church in Niger would become vibrant and mature in Christ. It was an encouraging meeting for all of us.In the afternoon, we visited the museum/zoo in Niamey. We experienced haggling with locals for their hand-crafted items. We concluded the day with dinner with another SIM missionary couple at a local restaurant. During dinner there was an intense thunder storm, a rarity in Niger. The rain was a blessing for the Nigerien people because they hadn’t received any since September!
Tomorrow we will be visiting churches and Jason will be leaving for a Nigerien village to serve at a hospital there. In the morning the men will visit the Fulani church and the women will visit a church started by SIM-Niger missionaries. It is a blessing to attend church with the Fulani people because both Brenda and I did our Perspectives project on the Fulani people of Niger. In the evening we will attend an English service attended by all of the local missionaries.
During the day we drove through Niamey a number of times. The city has a population of about 600,000 and has the feel of a third-world city. One thing that stuck out to me was the warmth we received from the people on the street when we waved at them. One of the SIM missionaries commented that while children in the US grow up thinking “I can do anything”, children in Niger grow up thinking “I can’t do anything” because of poverty and lack of food. Please pray that God would open their eyes to the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The temperature has been high as expected and we have been drinking a lot of water. Please pray for our health and strength and that God will give us endurance for our trip to a Nigerien village on Tuesday, as it will be a difficult day. We would also appreciate your prayers for focus and seeking out the opportunities that God gives us. Finally, please pray for Jason Foster and his service at the hospital. Jason has a long bus ride ahead of him.
Thank you all for joining with us in our efforts to build God’s kingdom in Niger.
Written By Hugh