I will begin this post telling you briefly about the country of Niger. The local French term for Niger is Republique du Niger (pronounced knee-zshair). Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. The Sahara Desert extends into four-fifths of the country. Niger contains a semi-arid region called the Sahel, which receives enough rain to support scrub brush and baobab trees. All of the country’s farming is done in this area or near desert oases. The Niger River flows through Niamey, the country’s capital city. It provides the most fertile ground in Niger. French is the official language of Niger, though just 10% of Nigeriens speak it. Many use a language called Hausa to communicate and trade between ethnic groups.
Only one third of the population has access to health services, with the vast majority relying on traditional medicine. The under five mortality is high (slightly under 1/3), and varies significantly between rural and urban settings. The main causes of death for these young children are acute respiratory infections, malaria, diarrhea, and injuries and burns. Poliomyelitis and neonatal and maternal tetanus are also major public health concerns (WHO, Health & Development).
The church in Niger is small and faces tremendous pressure from Islam. Nevertheless, national believers have a growing vision for church planting and evangelism. Challenges include a shortage of pastors, educated Christian women, and mature, well-trained leadership.
I’ll interrupting with a fact: The population of Niger is 15,306,252… and just 0.05% of them claim to be Christians.
I will be traveling to Niamey, Niger in September for 2 and a half months, Lord-willing the money is provided by then.
What will I be doing there? I hope to be involved as much as I can without being a burden to the missionaries there. This means I have the opportunity to help University students practice their English, perform maintenance, run errands, and anything else they need done at the MK School of Sahel Academy, work with a sports ministry, and potentially travel out into the bush helping a missionary research for his doctorate on the Songhai people.
What are my needs? My greatest need is to be covered in prayer. I need God’s wisdom this summer as I make my preparations to go into another culture. I need to remain consistent and grow stronger in my relationship with Him. Pray for me as I arrive in Niger, adapting to the climate and food. I’ll need wisdom in conducting various kinds of ministry to those whom I come in contact.Spiritual warfare is going to be a constant. Not only will I be facing culture shock, I’ll be going into a land where people are lost. Your prayers are coveted and are of utmost importance!
I also need your financial support. I’ll be supplying updates with my progress as they become available. Email me to become part of my email list in which I’ll be sending out letters. I’ll need to raise roughly $6200 to cover the cost of my journey. This is a significant sum, but your generosity in prayer for this need and donations can be God’s hand in provision for this trip. In order to donate or tell that are praying, please fill out the form on the following page and mail it to the address with the information below my picture on page one. Also visit kurtgermaine.wordpress.com. I’ll be posting blog updates there.
Thank you and God bless!
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Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read what I have to say and respond.