“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As you celebrate the resurrection- the reason and reality of our hope, please enjoy the words of one of our family’s favorite Easter hymns.
In Christ Alone
my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought
What heights of love,
what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled,
when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
A little over a month ago, on February 18th, the Niger military removed their president from office. Presently, they’ve appointed civilian leaders and are promising elections within the next 6 months. Other news from the backside of the desert? Many regions of the country are presently considered “food insecure,” with another 6 months before the next harvest begins. Our colleagues have been helping to arrange for a well to be drilled near the Baneira villages, and the French School students are beginning serious preparations for their exams. We recently read an article where winds blew a branch from a tree that had been home to a hive of African honey bees. The bees swarmed a nearby village, killing some livestock and resulting in the hospitalization of over 40 villagers. On a lighter note, Niger defeated Nigeria in football (soccer), eliminating the traditionally powerful country from the African Nations Cup.
Missions Conference Month
March is typically a month full of mission conferences. This past March we were a part of three – and we love these opportunities to spend a bit more time with one of our supporting churches, visit with the people and have the time to share in more depth the wonderful things we see God doing in Niger. It also gives us an opportunity for our children to be a bit more involved – not only do they sing, but they get to share their testimonies of how they’ve seen God work, answer questions and interact with prayer warriors from our churches who love and pray faithfully for them. That’s an indescribable blessing! All of the photos below were from recent conference services – thanks to our friends (Sandra, Cathy and Pastor Rick) who took and then shared these photos with us!
Our support level continues to creep upwards – we know of two families who plan to begin support and at least one church who hopes to increase their present level. Our best guess is that we are still approximately $1500/month shy of our 100% support goal. We are so thankful for each and every increase and we are confident that God will provide the funds we need in His perfect timing. We’ve seen God meet several huge needs. We should be completely debt free in the next month and we have the necessary funding for new tires. Our greatest needs? 1 - funds to complete our passage to return to Niger and 2 - monies to build the studio addition once we return. If you are interested in contributing to either project, please contact us or send a gift directly to EBM, designating either “Wright Passage account” (010281), or “Niger – Radio Studio Expansion” (043312).
Thankful to be serving our Lord together with you,
Tim, Richelle, Brendan, Rebekah Joy, Nadia, Anna, Victoria, Jonathan, Elsie Mae & Mary Michelle Wright