“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;”
We are continually reminded that unless the Lord is doing the building of the work in Niger and beyond, our labor is only that. Labor. Praise God for Jesus’ promise to Peter and to those who would follow: “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
As I was asked to give an update over the past six weeks, we can say He is building His church amidst a difficult time. The previous month has been Ramadan in the Islamic world – a time of intense spiritual warfare as they complete their month-long fast. Despite the drop in children attending activities during this period, another soul (from a Muslim family) came to Christ in our village and more seed has been sown. Opposition quickly comes upon those who choose to follow Christ so do pray that they would be discipled and grounded in the faith.
Thank you for your prayers and contributions to the youth center. We continue to look to the Lord to provide the remaining 80K for the youth center (composed of the art, music, and agricultural schools) as our prayer is to see it completed by this Winter. Still, what a joy to know His timing and His way are perfect. We cannot help but be encouraged by those praying for this precious land and those praying about possibly joining what He is doing in the desert of Africa.
Finally, what joy it is to tell you on the itinerate side of things, we have seen many lives transformed, changed, and renewed over the past six weeks. From California to North Carolina and from Connecticut to Colorado, our God is on the move. This would be no short update if the stories were told (and that is no exaggeration), but be convinced of one thing, God is actively building His church and the last month plus bears witness to that.
Therefore, with eyes on Christ, press on towards the goal.