Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weekly Prayer Focus: Mehanna Road

Please be in prayer for the Mehanna Road this week. This road is a stretch of 45 kilometers with 5 major Songhai market towns on it. For those of you who have followed the Songhai team & ministry closely over the last several years, you will recognize this name immediately & know it's association with First Baptist of Hurst, TX.

FB Hurst adopted this stretch of villages in 2006 with the goal of doing mass evangelization to these market towns. After just a few visits, many Songhai men & women expressed interest in the Gospel & some even followed through in making a decision & baptism. Over the course of the last 5 years, First Hurst has seen many come to Christ & small groups of Bible study have formed as well.

Currently there are 2 national partners that live full time on this road to continue the evangelism & discipleship efforts with the believers. Even though they are there full time, L & A continue to struggle with consistent meeting times with the believers & have yet to start a church. Life in a village is rarely predictable & work or family always seems to take precedence over any "scheduled appointment." Please pray for patience & wisdom as L & A seek to do ministry among & with these believers.

Please pray for not only our national partners but also for the believers along the road. Many of them were able to travel to Niamey a few weeks ago to attend a week-long discipleship conference. They were fed, encouraged & strengthened as a body of Christ. As many of them are the sole believer in their family or village, it is very tough for them to remain strong amidst persecution & loneliness. Please pray for them to remain faithful despite what their circumstances may be.

Pray also for their Christian walk to continue to grow. Most of these believers are illiterate & only know of the Bible what they have heard from others or through a cassette. Please pray that what has been planted in their minds & hearts would continue to grow. Pray that they would realize the importance of meeting together for Bible study each week & make that a high priority.

Thank you so much for praying for the Songhai team & ministry!

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