“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Cor. 4:5-10
God is using His humble servants to take the precious treasure of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the FBM world. Here are some highlights:
- Ken & Sarah Beckley (Benin)
- Pray as they anticipate return to the States for furlough in June of this year.
- Cindy Faile (Benin/Mali)
- “Well, I have to tell you, I’m absolutely blown away by what I see God doing here. This past week I was able to finish up the seminars or classes I’ve been doing in some of the village churches. First of all, I praise the Lord for His faithfulness in keeping me safe in those travels. I’ve told you some about the road and travel conditions here. Over the past several months I’ve averaged putting at least about 170 miles a week on the truck getting back and forth for classes. Both the truck and I are feeling it and probably showing it some too. But oh, it was so worth it. Paul praises God in Ephesians 3:20 as the One “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” God has certainly done this here.”
- Dan & Marsha Haynes (Niger/Benin)
- “Praise that the French school was reopened after two days of pleading with the National Director of Taxes. Pray that the pestering that has gone on now for at least a year will stop with full recognition of the school’s tax exempt status!”
- David & Comfort Jacobs (Nigeria)
- Pray for various health issues to be cleared up before heading back to Nigeria at the end of April, 2014.
- Chris & Diane Marine (Niger)
- “It has been almost 15 months since we made our last ministry trip to W Africa. We have been praying about a possible return trip and are tentatively planning to leave the US sometime the first week of April. With the dissolution of Evangelical Baptist Mission and the change to Faith Baptist Mission we need to take care of some important field business. With the turmoil of the last year and a half in Mali and with the change of fields for some of our missionaries, decisions need to be made for ministry properties. We also desire to spend some quality time with our missionary team in their places of service.” Pray as Chris and Diane spend almost two months in Africa in early April through mid-June.
- Joe & Amy Marshall (Benin –Prefield)
- Have about 40% of their needed support to serve in Benin. Pray for others to join their support team. They are asking God to raise up their support in time to allow them to attend language school in France in September of this year!
- Rich and Anna Marshall (Niger/Mali)
- (From a recent Chris and Diane Marine update) – Rich and Anna Marshall were a huge source of encouragement to Sahel academy as they spent the last 8 months rebuilding and fortifying the campus walls against future flooding. They have just recently returned to Mali and will be taking care of mission business in the capital as well as coming alongside Dr. Yattara and the nationals in a ministry of encouragement. At some point, when it is safe, they will make a survey trip back to Tombouctou and the Living Water Project and possibly Gao. Pray for wisdom as they provide leadership to the Mali field ministries.
- Rich Melvin (Niger)
- Pray as Rich continues his vital role of managing the finances for Sahel Academy and FBM ministries.
- Kathy Miller (Niger)
- “I have 10 second graders in my class. Two are new for this semester (one is a returning student and the other one just moved to Niger for the first time.) Pray for me as I am working with these students, whom the Lord has given to me. I do know that one, of the students, is from a Moslem family.”
- Faye Obgartel (Mali)
- (From Marine Update) Faye returned to Bamako, Mali in early January. Faye is very happy to be back “home”. Pray for her as she adjusts to ministry without Pete and seeks to make a difference for Christ.
- Colin & Teena Ovenell (Benin)
- “The pivotal work in Boiffo has recently come under fire as a well-established church that is having a significant impact. Just days ago a large delegation of islamic leaders representing all of the villages of our region descended upon Boiffo in vehicles with loudspeakers. They decried the work of Pastor Isaac and the church, warning the village to avoid dealings with believers. This has come as a solemn warning to God’s people, but also an exciting reminder that God is indeed at work in the minds and hearts of lost people.”
- Tim & Janice Phillips (Niger/Sahel Academy)
- Tim and Janice and children are enjoying being back at Sahel Academy after a year of furlough. They serve as dorm parents.
- Tim & Richelle Wright (Niger)
- The Wrights have just recently been appointed to a new ministry in Quebec, Canada. Praise the Lord for His clear direction!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions. We praise God for what He is doing in and through each one of us.
Pastor Peter Brock