Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for praying for Phil who is FINALLY home in Niger
after being in
the UK for Kidney Stone surgery on Aug 30th. What was thought
would be a 2
week trip, turned out to be 2 months.
We are still "treasuring these things up in our hearts"
as we marvel at how
God provided each step of the way.
Thank you for praying during that time for housing for
Phil, for his
surgery, for insurance issues, and for Shannon and Micah who
continued on in
The past 2 months have been the longest I have been away
from Shannon and
our family in our 23 years of marriage. It's wonderful to be
PRAISE the Lord for God's hand and provision in surrounding
members of God's family who have cared and encouraged him during
of waiting and getting surgery scheduled in the UK then the
one month of
recovery away from family.
We had to make all the flight and lodging arrangements
which our Insurance
does NOT cover. They only cover the surgery and time in hospital.
If you would like to assist with the financial costs, you may
to "Maxwell Ministries", add a note on separate paper
expenses". Thank you for your contribution towards these
expenses. You are a
great encouragement and part of God's provision.
Pray for Phil as he seeks to stay hydrated, maintain a
healthy diet so that
there will NOT be a recurrence of kidney stones.
We are thankful for Micah's cheerful and helpful attitude,
and the good work
ethic he has. He is a joy to us as he continues his Senior year
Academy. This weekend he will participate in an annual softball
attended by players from neighboring countries. This is a much
event which Micah looks forward to each year. Pray for safety
and that he
will be witness for the Lord during the tournament. Pray as Micah
2 online courses, along with his fall semester workload, and
as he begins to
consider and make plans for his ongoing education after his senior
has been accepted to John Brown University for which we are grateful.
Shannon is teaching a class of 8 students in Fabrics and
Arts class and on
Wednesday leads a group of Sahel Academy students in outreach
the CSEN Orphanage children. She leads Mom's in Touch on Thursday
Thank you for praying that she will be salt and light to her
young people at the orphanage.
Thank you for continuing to pray Shannon and for Micah,
who were alone in
Niger caring for the house, maintenance, paying bills and rent,
Phil was in the UK. Recently there were nights of power outages,
security lights, and ceiling fans, van in the shop several times,
Shannon has to have repaired or replaced. Shannon and Micah need
On August 22, Noah began his sophomore year at JBU. We
are grateful for
Noah's diligence in his university studies. He is on the Dean's
list with a
GPA of 3.96.Thanks for praying for him and the need for $10,000
2017-18 academic year. We PRAISE the Lord for the funds received
to pay for
his Fall semester; just days before the beginning of the semester,
amount needed was received. Continue to pray as $5000 is needed
Pray for both Noah and Micah to grow in spiritual maturity
during this year.
The CSEN construction is advancing at their new location
outside of town.
Thus far the boys dorm, girls dorm, and director's house have
completed. The cafeteria has been painted and is almost completed.
for continued prayers as the construction advances. Pray for
the young teens
at the orphanage, that during the weekly meetings with the Sahel
outreach team, there will be spiritual growth and maturing in
Pray for some of the teens who are in trade school programs such
carpentry, auto repairs, and sewing/seamstress school.
Pray for needed teachers at Sahel Academy to fill many
gaps left by staff
leaving due to illness or end of term home assignments. Pray
Continue to pray for missionaries Ken Elliot (almost 2
years in captivity-in
his 80's) and Jeff Woodke ( 1 year captivity -in his 50's) who
at different times in the Niger/Burkina area. There has been
no news or
word of them since their abductions. Pray for their release and
their families, for their wives, children and grandchildren,
and that they
would be salt and light where Jesus currently is keeping them.
We are reminded daily to praise the Lord for our health
and safety as many
we know in the mission community have battled difficult illnesses,
recent car/motorcycle accidents, and the security in the city
around us remains unstable.
Continue to pray that the Lord would lead others to partner
with us on a
month by month basis. Praise the Lord we have had $700/mo promised
this need. As God has been faithful in the past, we know he will
now and in the future.
Phil & Shannon Maxwell
Hassane Dan Karami