God has opened some doors
for sharing the gospel in our local market, both in word and
deed. Phil and Micah have been developing relationships with
several handicapped business men in the market just blocks from
our home. Issa and Ouesman are the men who run the center.
They run a business of making chairs of hand woven nylon and
selling them. They also train and assist start up businesses
for other men and boys with handicaps. The men and boys working
there are handicapped in some physical way; blind,
lame or deaf. Issa teaches the men a trade; weaving chairs,
repairing old soccer balls and making new ones from pieces of
Recently Issas wife,
Fati, and a group of handicapped women have opened
a shop in the market and Phil has been able to give them some
set up pointers, and helped them apply for a grant from the
American Womens Club of Niamey.
These men and women challenge
us to look beyond physical disabilities and see that they do
not have to resort to begging on the streets. They are able
to earn a living and be proud of the work that they do.
Though their physical handicaps
are overcome with special wheelchairs, bikes, motorcycles and
new skills, their spiritual handicap can only be overcome by
the blood of Jesus Christ. Please pray that as Phils relationship
grows with these men and their wives that he will have more opportunities
to share openly about Jesus and their need for a personal relationship
with him. He has given Issa the Jesus Film on DVD and been able
to share parts of the gospel.
Jesus loved the hurting, the
handicapped, the blind and the deaf. He healed many of them.
May we see these men and women through the eyes of Jesus.
Men, women and children who need to know His love and receive