For over 13 years we have been serving together with SIM (Serving
in Missions) in Niger, West Africa and most recently in Carlsbad,
California. Most of you are aware that in August 2006
we were informed that the Missionary Retirement Village
we have recently been serving at was sold and would be closing
in July 2007. When we received
this news we immediately began praying about our future ministry
Our heart for Niger and the people of West Africa has remained
strong. We had
envisioned returning to Niger
when our time of service in
Carlsbad was completed, originally 5- 15 years.
A legacy of ministry, not only our own, but also Phils
family in West Africa is of great importance to us and our national
Phil built relationships in Niger with men his father taught
in years past, who have now matured into the directors of 2 of
the 5 evangelical church denominations in Niger. The value of
these relationships can not be ignored.
During our last term in Niger, (2004- 2005) Phil experienced
God moving him out of administration in the SIM Niger office
toward working more closely with the church leaders and nationals.
The very men that Phils father had taught so many years
ago. As we prayerfully considered what our future steps would
be, we have been reaffirmed, that God is
directing our steps back to Niger. God has continued to
give in us a strong passion to return to minster with the evangelical
churches of Niger and the CSEN (Compassionate Solidarity for
the Children of Niger) orphanage.
We have been invited by the ACEN church of Niamey, Niger,
to train and develop church leadership programs.
The pastor/ church founder, a former student of Phils father
had requested 13 years ago that Phil help in this way, but at
that time he did not feel ready, or mature enough to take this
role. Through his own relationship building in Niger, spiritual
growth and Gods leading, Phil believes the time is right
now. The church, is faithfully praying for our return, fasting
and praying one Sunday a month that God speed our