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