We had gone to Galmi that weekend because Saratou had been sick for a week. She had been suffering from typhoid, likely from some contaminated food. We praise God that she is better. While sick, Sani was an excellent caregiver and father to Saratou and Samuel. So much so he became exhausted and developed a bad cold. We are happy to report he too has recovered, however now Samuel has malaria. He is currently undergoing treatment.
On the personal front, we believe we have found a home in the city. The landlord is Christian and specifically wants Christians residing in the home. It is larger than our needs, so the second floor will be developed into either a guesthouse or other Christian work endeavor. Pray the work in the house can be completed and the contract can be completed. We trust in God in this matter and seek His direction.
Following the events that occurred on the 16th and 17th of January in our country.
AMEEN is making the following declaration to the national and international community and all its various forms:
1. Let us forcefully condemn all desecration of what is holy and inciting of violence in the name of the freedom of speech.
3. Let us ask every citizen to make no further attacks on places of prayer and worship dedicated to God.
4. Let us address our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and our prayers for the rapid healing of the injured.
5. Let us address prayers to God that He might grant forgiveness to those who took part in these events.
6. Let us ask Christians to grant forgiveness to their relatives, neighbors and ethnic brothers that took part in these painful events.
7. Let us encourage all Nigeriens to live in peace and justice for such is the will of God.
8. Let us call the entire population of Niger to rise up as one to promote peace and the peaceful coexistence of all the sons and daughters of this country.
9. Let us address our recognition and profound gratitude to all Muslims moved by peace and justice who spontaneously brought their aid by protecting Christians, their places of worship and sheltering homeless families.
10. Let us call on the government to put everything in place for the rapid compensation of damages to all the victims who suffered losses in the recent events.
11. The provisional assessment is sixty-eight (68) churches and homes destroyed.
12. Despite our deep sense of being refugees in our own country, we strongly call the whole Christian community to remain resolutely in a disposition of peace.
Written in Niamey, January 22, 2015
Republic Niger, West Africa
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