When I became country director in Niger three years ago, we were on the cusp of an upward growth. As more projects filtered in and it became possible to effect change in the community, we saw God’s hand working through us to not only help people meet their immediate and long-term needs but also to empower and help grow the Nigerien church. As water, agricultural, and health projects in Guidan Gado continued and came to completion, evangelists were able to come beside the people and fill them spiritually.
While not unique to Niger, we’ve seen the rapid growth of militant groups in the east and the subsequent refugee influx that flooded over the borders. God provided us with the means to urgently respond to the situation and to set up a base and implement emergency relief projects. We pray that God will continue to use us as we bring both physical and spiritual healing to the people there.
During the last year, we were blessed to welcome a number of changes. As we were able to take on more projects in food aid, health and nutrition, agriculture and livelihoods, water and sanitation, and ministry, the need for more staff became apparent. Education continues to be a theme engrained in each of these projects to allow Niger to flourish by its own efforts and less of ours. We’re thankful for the Nigerien government’s collaboration as we work throughout different regions as well as the positive collaborations with various partners and agencies.
None of this work would be possible without God’s great blessing and financial and prayer support from donors near and far. Thank you for your faith and confidence in what God is doing for the people in Niger. Below, enjoy some photos of our projects from around the country.