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Pray for Niger: Update

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Pray for Niger: UpdateThank you for your continued prayers concerning the events that happened in Niger on Saturday, January 17. Below is an update with more information on what happened and how you can pray.

Saturday morning demonstrations around the Grand Mosque in Niamey quickly turned violent. Initially, the demonstrations were in opposition to the President's recent visit to Paris in solidarity in the fight against terrorism. Some took this to mean the President was in favor of the newspaper article making fun of the "Prophet."

Somehow, this anger turned or was used by fanatics to whip up emotions against Christians, bars and western institutions, and all of a sudden reports started coming in of churches being burned.

One by one, updates came in of one church then another vandalized, burned, pastors' houses being vandalized and burned. From 10am to 5pm this went on. The city security was caught by surprise and was not able to respond so the looting and burning continued.

In most cases, no fire trucks or police showed up. The wave of destruction was made up of young adults ages 13-20 years old. They were armed with clubs, machetes and iron bars. They moved from church to bar to church with no resistance whatsoever. Over 40 churches, schools, institutions and bars were burned and vandalized across a city of 1.5 million people. Orphanages and schools belonging to churches were also burned or vandalized.

Amazingly, Christians have shown the attitude of "If the church buildings are burnt, may they be a sweet smelling sacrifice of praise lifted up to the Lord." We are hearing stories coming out of the devastation of God's grace and protection. We have even heard of Muslim neighbors defending church properties from being vandalized or burned.

God is working and His Kingdom will advance. We ask you pray for strength and perseverance for the Church in Niger. Pray for church leaders to know how to respond to this attack with peace and hope. And please pray for the Muslims who bear witness to this, that they may see the praises rising up to Jesus and desire the peace that only comes from the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers as church planters pick up and move forward with sharing the Good News of Jesus, responding in love and not hate towards those around them.

Pray for Niger

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Pray for NigerDear Friends,

As you may have heard in recent news reports, our Christian brothers and sisters in Niger are under attack as their meeting places are being burned to the ground. Pictured you can see everything inside this building was stolen and burnt, yet they gathered the morning after to worship our Living God.

This is a critical time for the Church in Niger. Please pray for wisdom as the church leaders help their communities heal from these tragedies, especially the children who were also witnesses. Pray also for the Muslims attacking. Pray they would see Jesus as their Lord and seek His peace rather than senseless violence.

Your Gift in Action

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EC 01 31 14bsmDespite being raised in a nominal home, Segundo knew at six years old he wanted Jesus in his life. But because of his young age, he wasn't able to go to the local church without his parents' permission.

When Segundo was 11, his family moved from the indigenous town of Cañar, Ecuador to a city. Desperate to learn more about God, Segundo secretly began looking for a church. He eventually found Vida Nueva (New Life) and they welcomed him. There he learned how to play the guitar and to share the gospel with others.

Segundo's family discovered he was attending a Christian church. That same day, they kicked him out of the house.

Discouraged but surrounded by a family of faith, Segundo became an active member of the church. He dreamed of being a pastor and eventually did become the pastor of his church.

Segundo also desired that God would move greatly in his community. He realized this would only happen if there were more churches available for the people.

It was because of Segundo's vision for the community that Vida Nueva received the training from Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM) to focus on raising up a generation of church planters. Segundo knows it has been helpful for his church to receive the training, especially in sharing the gospel with ease.

"Our desire and our dream is to build more outposts of God's Kingdom by having more local churches, not by boasting about ourselves but by letting more people know about Christ," says Segundo. "At the very least, we want to see churches planted in our indigenous communities."

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