That Middle School Update You’ve All Been Waiting On

The middle school looks great, feels great, smells great… well you get the picture! It’s exciting to see it already taking shape and progressing since we completed the Laying the Foundation Campaign in June. Here’s a cool update for you, that even I have just learned: our partners in Niger have chosen to construct the […]

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Do you remember Nana?

Last spring, I wrote to you about Nana and her sister. You may remember that when I asked her why she would rather be at boarding school than home with her mom, she revealed that at school she feels free. She feels free to be the person that God created her to be. Nana just […]

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Incredible Exam Results!

I’m so excited to report to you that the sixth-grade exam pass rate for the schools we support is nearly 100% again this year! The exam I’m referring to is the one students must pass in order to exit primary school and continue on to middle school. This year, 144 out of 145 sixth-grade students […]

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A Passion for Education

The challenges of running a middle school are universal. Mariama is the headmistress of a middle school in the midst of rural of Niger (see previous blog post). Special education programs do not exist in Niger, so students with special needs and difficulties attend classes with traditional students. Mariama has developed a deep passion and heart […]

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“We Must Try”

“Every year, the girls wail and cry and throw themselves on the floor of the classrooms if they find out that they did not pass their exams.” Last night, I met with a kind and passionate woman named Mariama. We intended to discuss the primary school that she and her church have been dreaming of forming, […]

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A Gracious Welcome

Moments after my plane touched down in Niger this week, I was graciously welcomed with a delicious, traditional Nigerien meal. The opportunity to relax and indulge in lamb stew, rice, couscous, and cabbage triggered my mind and body to fully comprehend that I was back in Niger. What a great way to begin my time […]

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Joy through a soccer ball, by Pastor James York

During my visits to the schools in Niger I wanted to give them something that would fill them with lasting joy. I decided on giving each school a couple of soccer balls. During the picture time a boy kept coming up to me smiling, making eye contact and politely speaking in French. He was so […]

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Kara’s focused compassion, by Pastor James York

This was my first trip to Niger, Africa. The need overwhelmed me, hunger, sparse places to sleep, limited fresh water, meager schools, not enough schools. Kara radiated focused compassion. Kara saw the need, knows the resources available, has vibrant relationships and focused compassion to effectively transform lives, schools, communities and the country. I have been […]

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Intertwined to produce lasting fruitful love, by Pastor James York

Jesus says he is the vine. We are the branches. Together we produce fruit, love, that will last (John 15:1-17). Each person is a unique strand that reveals an aspect of God strengthening everyone. Together, supporting one another we grow in receiving love from God and each other and sharing love. Love is lasting. Love […]

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Kindergarten, Here We Come!

Maybe you’ve heard this little song (sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star): Kindergarten here we come We know we’ll have lots of fun Lots of things to make and do Reading Writing Counting too Kindergarten here we come We know we’ll have lots of fun It doesn’t matter what country you’re in, […]

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