P.S. From The Maxwells

Phil & ShannonMaxwell Serving in Niger, West Africa

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

May 2011


It started at Christmas time when one of our supporting families, along with their extended family wanted to give towards a need here in Niger. They chose to give a sum of money to purchase shoes for the children at the CSEN orphanage. At first we looked for tennis shoes and sturdy shoes for each of the children, but we found, for several reasons, that this was not all that practical for these children.

So, as part of our weekly visits with the Sahel youth, we took time to measure each child’s foot—by tracing their foot on a paper. Then over the next couple of weeks we went down to the local market to pick out flip flops that would fit each child.

This month the delivery was made! The children were VERY excited.
As they received their shoes, they smelled them, traced the pictures on them and tried them on. Several were afraid to walk in them and let them get dusty.

Others would wear them a few minutes then run over to the sink and rinse them off. Who would have thought that a pair of flip flops could bring so much joy?!!We’re wondering what they will look like next week when we visit?
We are thankful for those that give to the orphanage in practical ways.

“ I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers (children) of mine, you
did for me.”
Matthew 25:40



  • Strength and perseverance during the hottest months of the year.
  • Consistent electricity and water
  • The ACEN church as it calls a new pastor.
  • Means for our family to have a vacation out of Niger this summer.
  • Phil as he prepares for preaching at the English worship service in May.


  • Noah and Micah’s baptism
  • Calm transition to new president leading in Niger.
  • Working generators during the long and frequent power outages

We will be traveling to Georgia
July 1– Aug. 11.
Our time there will be spent reporting to donors and churches, resting and spending time with our
extended family.

We praise the Lord that several gifts have been given towards this trip back “home” and pray that God will provide the remaining $2,000 over the next few months.
Please pray for our travel safety, timely connections and
time of sharing.

Prayer Updates

Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication . . .keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Eph. 6:18


It was one year ago that we began helping Adamou, the boy from the river village of Kanazi. Today he is able to walk without crutches, he has recently had the metal fixator removed from his leg after 6 months.
Continue to pray for healing of
Adamou’s leg as well as salvation for he and his family.

A New House For Allahsan

The mud bricks
purchased a few months back, have begun to take shape—

a new house is being built for Allahsan and his family. He was able to build on his

original piece of property, after the “dike” in the area was shored up. The new house is shaded by a beautiful grove of mango trees.

Pray that the roof will be in place before the rains begin to come.

This is what sits on our roof -water towers and a generator house.

Thanks for praying with us during this hot season filled with daily water & electric cuts.

Over the past two months we have experienced daily
power, water & internet outages, hours & days at a time
both day and night.

Pray with us as we seek to be good stewards and continue to serve and try to rest during these disruptions.

A New Pastor

The ACEN church has called a new pastor. Pray for the church as they welcome him and his family.
Pray for the pastor & his family as they move to Niamey and settle into their new ministry sometime in June.


“But when the kindness & love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us,
not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy . . .”
Titus 3:4


Praying for Our Children

It is good to remind ourselves as parents, that our ministry is not just to the church, the children at the orphanage or at the school, but to our own children as well. We as parents need to pray for our boys, encourage them to seek after God and have their own personal relationship with him.
Last month we were thrilled that both Noah and Micah shared a desire to be baptized. This month, along with 11 other students from their school, they were both baptized; publicly showing their commitment to be followers of Jesus.
Please pray for Noah & Micah as they choose to walk in faith, committing to serve Jesus and be an example to their friends, classmates and Nigerian church members who were in attendance for this special occasion.



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