Orest and Grace Pelech
Monday, December 5, 2016
Orest and Grace Pelech
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Orest and Grace Pelech
Serving in Maradi, Niger
Thursday, September 15, 2016
I have just returned from my one month follow up appointment in Paris on my left eye. We are visiting Galmi en-route to follow up with our team doctor and see family. We feel blessed to celebrate their 5th year wedding anniversary. Several months ago their marriage was falling apart so this is particularly sweet blessing.
While here, I have begun experiencing the same symptoms in my right eye. Again, I have returned to Paris for medical evaluation. We have been so grateful how our medical insurance has taken such good care of me. The team doctors have been investigating the reoccurrences of this situation in the second eye and have found it would have likely happened within 3 years of the first eye, my case it just seems to be more rapid. It is my second detached vitreous(gel sac attached to the front of the retina) in 6 weeks. We are told to stay in Paris for one week, as this is the highest risk time for detached or torn retina to occur, so it would allow me seek medical intervention immediately.
Blessings to all,
Grace and Orest Pelech
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Currently we are doing an outreach ministry to the women in the prison in Maradi. A number of these women also have children under the age of 2 with them in the prison. This outreach includes evangelism and literacy training. We are pleased to say that a number of the women have taken a bold step in faith.
Unfortunately, a release from prison can lead to many problems for these women as they are often no longer accepted by their husbands or families. For many women this can lead to outright poverty and desperation.
To help these women, we have created, in association with a local church, a safe house. This is a place of peace where they can be discipled in the gospel and learn some trades that will help them become independent.
We are seeking funds to help pay for such things as food, medicine, doctor visits, safe house rent, clothing and discipleship material.
To make a donation please go to: http://www.sim.ca/advocacy/campaign/11410/orest-and-grace-pelech-1
This letter is composed of many short stories, I hope you will take the opportunity to read them and pray for and into the opportunities presented. We cannot do this alone, we need your prayers and petitions before our faithful God.
Blessing of Countryside Visit
We had an invitation from one of our students Samuel to go and visit his garden/fields in the country close to Maradi. He was a great guide and we had a wonderful time. The day included a trip to a village that makes clay water pots, and a different village that has a clay brick manufactory plant where the bricks are baked in a kiln, these bricks are used for building construction. Both were using clay from the same source. See pictures
We have been consistently having 44 degree weather for 2 plus weeks. This year we are making more effort to stay indoors and limit outdoor activities as much as possible. Our focus is to remain healthy and functioning well so that our ministry will not be interrupted. For the most part this strategy is working. I have been working on blankets (while not teaching) to be given to homeless people during cold season as well as the women coming into the safe house. Pray for a break in the temperature, local people are suffering considerably in this weather.
Briefly about a family, they were here for Easter. Sadly they were in major conflict, we tried to give them a platform for them to start speaking to one another in a respectful way but when they got home things deteriorated again. The following weekend Pastor Abdou a trusted friend whom we work with, and their former pastor in Galmi, traveled with us and was able to assist us in translation and counsel. Happy to report they are happy and the relationship has been restored better than ever before. They are praying with each other, and for each other, and this is binding them together. What a joy to see love and respect present in their home.
The stress of having Barra proved too much for the family. Barra returned briefly to her village but is now staying with Saratou’s grandmother who is suffering poor health.
Pray for the new arrangement and the renewed commitment to marriage for this young family.
Grace and Orest Pelech
Sunday, March 20, 2016
We are humbled and grateful
for the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour.
We pray this Easter will be a special time to pause
and recognize this amazing gift we are offered.
Tsoho = old man Tsohowa = old man
wife = uwargida husband = miji or mai gida
It is warming up again. The transition has happened quickly. Power outages are reoccurring now. Once again no access to city water most of the day. No problem, we have a well now.
Praise that we are both feeling better. Orest has removed bananas from his diet and he feels so much better. I saw a doctor in Galmi and received treatment for arthritis that I did not know I had. Pain free is so nice after 8 months. We are both able to sleep better and feel more productive.
We are considering running a week-long DVBS program in English for the children attending our English classes, teaching songs, games and Bible lessons in English. This is in the early development stage. We are hoping to recruit the help of a number of young people to help us, who are excellent in Hausa and English.
Once again we are planning to host a Seder at our home for our missionary colleagues. The week prior to Easter is spring break from school. Due to the second run-off election, schools will be closed a few days sooner because the schools are the voting locations. Our children will come for Easter weekend.
This morning one of our Hausa students (35 years old) stopped by the house to say she was off to the market to purchase food for the church celebration tomorrow. Why would this be significant? This is the first time she has been trusted with this task. This is the first time she has been able to read the grocery list of items for the food preparation. A moment of celebration occurred and giving God the praise. She is so happy and proud of her achievement. Thank you for participating in bring dignity to this woman. A highlight in each lesson in the devotional Orest prepares. He encourages the students to reflect and give responses. The common practice is to be preach to and not to engage in individual reflection, so this is challenging and an enriching experience for them.
When S. came to stay at the safe house, her sister in law removed her children from the private Christian school they had been attending for the past 3 years. This happened on a Sunday morning. The church was mobilized to pray for the situation. The next day her ex-husband told his sister to return the children to the school. The place they were staying was under the supervision of a Pastor. Having learnt that S. is now a sister in Christ, he has assured her that her children would now be considered his children since they are now brother and sister. Praise God.
We were happy to be able to hire two young men from the church to help around the house last Saturday afternoon. The ceiling fans are positioned rather high up and beyond our reach with extension tools and step stool. We were grateful to get the fans and windows all clean. Windows need to be removed and cleaned very quickly then returned so that unwelcome critters don’t enter the house. As it is we have been trying to catch 2 mice which took the opportunity to take up residence. One down, one to go.
Our family has expanded to include a young girl call Barra. She is about 11 years old. Her family is of another faith mixed with other activities. Barra was no longer wanted by this family, including grandparents, so she found her way into Sani and Saratou’s care. She had been emotional and mentally scarred because of events when living with her family. She has now had the opportunity to have access to some healing ministries and we are happy to report she is now peaceful and happy. She has given her life to Christ and become part of the group of peers at church. I have taken the time to make a few items of clothing for her, as her own clothes were in tatters.
We continue to visit regularly. During this past week many of the children had a black streak of makeup on their foreheads. During the visit they pulled out the eyeliner they use. Putting eye liner on babies and young children is common practice to make them more attractive. However, this eyeliner was a black dollop in plastic wrap with an application stick. They explained this product was made from the residue of burnt car tire rubber. It’s cheap and it’s all they could afford.
protect you and be with you on Easter and always.
Sunday, February 21, 2016