"If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4
When the flood started in August, I said yes to a request from our director, and somehow now find myself in the role of communications for our mission :) While this is not something I would have ever sought out, I am enjoying the challenge of learning how to use html code to build/upkeep websites etc. for our field. I love the people I work with and am thankful for the ways that I am able to use this job to get to know many more people, both expats and locals that I have the privilege of serving with. I do enjoy a brain challenge and I am sure I have found one in learning how all of this works!
The Niamey Flood site is one that I built to help with fundraising efforts and to help keep people updated as the restoration process moves forward with the arrival of many teams over the following 8 months. (yes... the template might look familiar ;) But I thought it was a good cheerful one)
Don't get me wrong, I am so glad to be able to fill the communications role here, but what really gets me going and motivated and passionate each day - is the other side of my job :) Outreach ministry. I am so thankful for the doors that the Lord has opened here through sports! I am now involved in sports as outreach almost everyday of the week! I am still playing on the local team of girls my age - which is now 4 times a week. But I am so thankful to have the opportunity to start coaching girls volleyball as well 1 day a week at an outreach facility set up by some Brazilian missionaries. I am so looking forward to the relationships and opportunities the Lord will continue to bring!
As well as helping with the local Bible study (mentioned in previous posts) and some mentoring opportunities, I am learning Zarma as well. All of my sports ministry opportunities require me to know Zarma just by the nature of the girls I am playing with/coaching. I am so thankful to have so many opportunities to learn each day as well as a great tutor to keep me on track and moving forward!
The Lord is good and His timing is perfect. I have the tendancy to push and rush things, but when I slow down, spend time at His feet waiting for His guidance - HE NEVER FAILS and I cannot imagine trying to do any of these things without His strength. He is the reason we are here. May all that I say (in any language) and all that I do bring glory to His Name.