P.S. From The Maxwells

Phil & ShannonMaxwell Serving in Niger, West Africa

Maxwell Ministries 5432 Theresa Way, Livermore, CA 94550 maxwellministries@comcast.net

November 2010

Once for All

This month we were reminded that as believers we do not need to continue to sacrifice a lamb in hopes of gaining forgiveness for our sins. As our neighbors celebrated Tabaski, a Muslim holiday of sacrifice, in order to receive forgiveness, we reflected on the freedom faith in Jesus Christ gives us. Pray that we will have the courage to lovingly share with our lost friends & neighbors this freeing gift that is available to them by believing that Jesus is the sacrifice needed to receive lasting forgiveness.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming . . . For this reason it can never be the same sacrifices, repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. . . . We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10: 1 –10

Working with the Church

The ACEN Church was encouraged this month by a visit from the Sahel Youth Worship Team. They came with drums, guitars & an electric piano to share in songs and scripture with the church. It was a morning filled with singing, clapping and “hallelujah's”! With the music team’s family member’s present as well, the church congregation doubled for the day. The national’s were very encouraged, as quite a few work for the missionary community and serve at the student’s school.

Over the summer our board member David and his daughter came out to help build one of the walls around the ACEN church property. In recent weeks the church has begun talk about finishing the remainder of the broken wall and installing a gate and church sign. Pray that this will assist to maintain the church property as a place which honors and glorifies God.

We are working with the NEWS Church (Niamey English Worship Service) which is made up of many from the missionary community to assist an ACEN Church member, Alhassane, rebuild his house which was destroyed during the flood. Though his house is not much more than a hut or a shack, it’s where he, his wife and children keep
their few belongings as

they work in the vegetable gardens they have. Alhassane is still waiting for the approval of a new site for his house –as everyone was ordered to move to higher ground. Once approval is given, we will use funds given by the NEWS Church toward rebuilding his house. We hope within the next couple of months that this family will be able to back in their own home.

In recent months Phil has been working with the ACEN Church, helping them develop biblically based, God honoring, guidelines and principles to build unity and maturity in the church. He is encouraging them to have these guidelines put into writing.

Phil continues to preach one Sunday every other month at the ACEN Church. He recently spoke on letting God’s Salt and Light, the Holy Spirit, be evident in our lives, taken from Mathew 5:13-16. “ You are the Salt of the earth, . . . You are the light of the world . . . Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Pray that the church will reach out to their neighbors, being salt and light to those around them—telling them the Good News of Jesus.


Hospital Visits

Fausia, one of the 6 year old girls from the CSEN Orphanage fell off the bunk bed and broke her elbow last week. She is now at the local hospital waiting to have surgery on her arm.
She was happy for visitors; Phil & I have stopped by several times and brought some of her friends from the orphanage along with one of the teen workers to share stories and color with her this week. This is a good reminder for all of us to pray for the safety of the children of the orphanage.

Update on Adamou

Our friend Adamou continues to recover from the two surgeries he had. He has started physical therapy to regain strength and mobility & is able to put some weight on his leg. He has begun walking with the use of crutches.
Continue to pray for healing. The cost of the PT is more
than the family can afford, so we continue to help with gifts given by friends & co workers.

 

 

A Good Finish

As December 31st approaches, there is a need of $7,500 above normal giving to end our fiscal year fully funded. We ask that you pray with us that God will meet this need. We know he has directed our steps to Niger and that he is accomplishing his work in us and thru us. We also know that He ALWAYS supplies the needs of His children and His work so, we trust in His provision.
If you believe God is leading you to be a part of meeting this need you may send donations by mail to:

Maxwell Ministries
5432 Theresa Way
Livermore, CA 94550

Serving the Lord together,
Phil & Shannon Maxwell,
David Stimmel, Dale Franz,
And Hassane Dan Karami


We are thankful for your prayers & financial support this year.
Phil, Shannon, Noah & Micah Maxwell

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