Sahel Academy, the mission run
school which our boys attend, began Aug. 8th with praise for
how the Lord provided the necessary staff for this school year.
A week and a half later, the school was evacuated due to the
Niger river rising to levels not recorded since 1929 and the
levees being breached. Flooding was chest deep in some spots.
A massive salvage effort was begun, around the clock by some
to preserve and save many resources. The mission community came
together in a wonderful way. Of 17,000 books in the library,
only 3 were lost. School was postponed as administration met
to make plans for alternative temporary sites for the school
year to continue. This planning and finding school buildings
for rent for a year, as well as housing for 53 missionaries including
children is ongoing and a very big PRAYER REQUEST. We see God
working and providing through each day. Pray for the new staff,
some who arrived weeks or days before the flooding and were forced
to evacuate before even being able to settle in and theyre
still working through culture shock.
Pray for many decisions needing to be made for the mission Bible
College, Esprit, which was also flooded and for the Sahel Academy
and missionary community. There will be ongoing salvage work,
repairs and restoration once the river level drops in Mar-Apr.
of next year. Over 100,000 nationals along the river have lost
homes, and livelihood of crops. Pray as we participate in salvage,
and relief efforts, and also sharing the story of Jesus with
all those we come in contact with. Pray that this natural disaster,
may cause men, women and children, to think of the brevity and
frailty of life, and consider if they are ready for eternity-that
they may seek God and find him through his son, Jesus.
Therefore, since we
are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw
off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out
for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and
perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1,2a
We are called to be disciples
of Jesus Christ and to go and make disciples. This
is the great commission. In Mathew 28:19, Jesus says, Therefore
go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
To be a disciple implies the discipline of ones self in
obeying everything that Jesus had commanded us-through
his WORD, the Bible
For spiritual growth to occur
in individual lives, there needs to be self discipline, which
is one of the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:22,23) A disciplined
Christian is one who spends time on a daily basis in Gods
WORD, learning the commands, principles and disciplines that
Jesus commanded. And time in prayer, which is simply, listening,
meditating, and speaking to God our father in Jesus name. In
prayer, the greater discipline is to listen and meditate, as
it is the more difficult to listen vs. talking-or telling God
our needs and wants. Hebrews 12 starts with the key discipline
needed fixing our eyes on Jesus. Too often our vision is
on ourselves, our work, our ministry, our coworkers, our circumstances,
our problems, our pains, the cares of this world-everything
Paul gives the metaphor of
an athlete who is disciplined. And throwing off every entanglement,
he runs the race, so as to win the prize. If an individual lacks
spiritual discipline-and this individual is a spiritual leader,
then those under the leader suffer, and may even be led astray.
Pray that the Lord will strengthen the church body in Niger,
that missionaries, national pastors and church leaders throughout
the country may be disciplined in reading and meditating on Gods
word - feeding on the word of God, not simply dispensing it.
Pray for the ACEN Church as they work out godly discipline for
ongoing public sin in the church.