Dear Prayer Partners,
Wow!! What a month!! We have seen some INCREDIBLE things happen in the last 2 weeks. Your prayers have played a HUGE part in this: You've probably seen the village name "Tagabati" in our newsletters or on the blog a dozen or more times. We've asked for you to pray for just one believer to emerge in this dark village. Praise the Lord with us as we rejoice that there are FIVE believers! (You can read more here) There is also a village on the Namarou Road that had no believers & the chief told us that we could share the Gospel there but no one would ever listen or believe. There are now FOUR believers there! If you ever think that your prayers are not being heard, you need to understand just how vital they are to our ministry & to the Songhai hearing about & accepting Christ as their Savior. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!
One other thing we've highlighted in the newsletter but wanted to mention & explain more is a prayer project we're asking you to be a part of next month. Beginning on July 20, Muslims around the world will take part in Ramadan, the holiday they celebrate by fasting from sun up to sun down for 30 days in order to gain favor with Allah. We are asking that you, our faithful prayer partners, gather your friends & family & commit to pray for the Songhai every day during this 30 day period. We've composed a prayer guide with specific things for you to pray about for each of those 30 days. We are also asking that at the end of Ramadan, on August 18, you & your group will meet together to have a meal using free recipes & resources provided by the IMB (found here & here). During this meal, you will prepare Sub Saharan African dishes & pray as a group for the Songhai on the same day they are breaking their 30 day fast. We are hoping that many groups will join in this project &, on August 18, all of us (including the Songhai team in Niger!) will be meeting to pray in one voice for the Songhai. Will you join us? If you're interested, please contact us & we will gladly send you our prayer guide. (We will not be posting this on the blog as we will not be using pseudonyms for this project & do not want this information on the blog.)
Thank you again for your ceaseless & faithful prayers for the Songhai!!
that ALL may know HIM,
Mark & Parker Phillips <><