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Life Skills and God's Love

We never want you to just read our stories on our website but we want you to actively pray and support these missionaries and the people they work with. Would you take a few minutes to pray for Orest and Grace as you read these two stories?

Grace is currently doing prison ministry in Maradi in association with the Pastor's wife from an Assemblies of God Church. The Lord has blessed this ministry immensely in the fact that at some points over 50% of the women had accepted Christ as their savior. However, there still remains many obstacles. For women who are released from prison this society can be very harsh. Typically, they will be rejected by husband and family alike. For one lady, we will call May, her life has been full of problems. She ended up in prison over a dispute with her husband. While in prison and pregnant, her husband divorced her. She gave birth to her son in the prison, where he spent his life until he reached 18 months and was released with his mother. May was the very first woman in prison to make a confession of faith. Because of women like May we have set up a safe house where she can come with her children, one other from another marriage, and be safe. At the safe house she is being discipled in the Word and receiving teaching in basic life skills. Counselling services are also being provided to deal with unresolved trauma.
I would like to tell about a 16 year old Hausa boy that we have been teaching English. He lives with his family, in a grass hut, behind our house. One day he injured his leg playing football so we ended up taking him to Galmi Hospital to have some surgery. For the next 2 months he spent time in our house getting his dressing changed. The great thing about getting to know this young man is his passion for the Lord. He is extremely intelligent and eventually wants to become involved in medical research to help his country of Niger. Twice a week, Orest gives him challenging Bible passages to read and discuss with his pastor. Then he comes and discusses them with Orest. Every time he keeps asking for more Bible questions so he can study the Bible and discuss with Orest. It is a fantastic time of discipleship. He also has a burning desire to finish first in his class so he can receive a scholarship to the next level of school. We ask that you pray for this young man, that his passion for the Lord will be constant and that he would indeed be able to finish at the top of his class.