Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Prayer Focus: Gorom Gorom

There is only one small pocket where the Songhai are found naturally in Burkina Faso and it is surrounding an area called Gorom Gorom.  We have made several trips there in the past few years and this past February we saw some of the first Songhai coming to Christ in the surrounding villages.

There is a great missionary who has lived in that area for 25+ years.  He and his family were evacuated by military a few weeks ago as it was discovered they were the target of an impending attack. 

Pray for peace in that area.  Gorom Gorom sits in the same position as Ayorou does in Niger:  right on the Mali border. 

While we have hope that God can work a miracle in this region, the current outlook is dreary at best.  Pray that God would open a way for the missionary effort to continue in Gorom Gorom.  Pray for God to give this missionary family a sense of direction as they will not be allowed to return for at least another 5 months. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 2012 newsletter

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you so much for praying for us this last month! It was quite a busy month that consisted of having Mark's parents visit for 3 weeks, saying goodbye to some dear friends that we've served with for 2 years, hosting a team from our home church & welcoming a new family to Niger (serving on the Hausa team). We felt like we hardly sat still but, amidst all the busyness, we have seen God's provision for us & the Songhai & rejoiced in what He is continuing to do here. Thank you to all of you who sent encouraging words to us last month as we shared with you our struggles of feeling we were under attack from the Enemy. While this is still a very dark place to serve & the Enemy is still roaming like a lion seeking to devour, we have felt the Lord's peace & joy in the midst of it all. Thank you for praying for our believers & for the Songhai to be a people who become known for worshipping Jesus versus a false god. It is our prayer that this nation will become a Light in the darkness & we will continuing praying to that end until He returns. Thank you for faithfully praying alongside us!

that ALL may know HIM,

Mark & Parker <><

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekly Prayer Focus: The "Hub"

Almost two years ago, God laid on Randy’s heart to develop a central focus point for ministry in the city.  It would be a place of discipleship and training.  Now we stand on the edge of this vision becoming a reality. 

We are going forward with what we’re calling the HUB.  It will be a house that Cephas and Biba live in and coordinate ministry from.  It will open the door for tons of ministry options here in the city as well as offering a training center for our believers from outlying villages.

We will also be kicking off our first go at theological education for oral learners in a 12-course curriculum we’re calling NLTS (Niger Leadership Training School).  This will give our illiterate believers some intense theological training to assist them as they lead outreach groups or churches in their villages. 

We are so excited to be standing on the edge of so much possibility.  However, we have not been able to secure a location.  From people refusing to rent to us because of our faith (even in the capital city!!!!) to people jacking up the price when they see our skin we have looked at over a dozen locations in the past 2 months only to come up empty.

Please pray we’ll be able to secure a location ASAP.  Pray that as we do find a location, the HUB will become what we’ve always envisioned:  a launch pad for ministry!