New Ministry Emerges from the Ashes
In January 2015 Rev. Soumaila Labo, pastor of an Evangelical Church of Niger (EERN) congregation in Niamey, was at the church when he saw a small group of young Muslims turn off the water source to the church, then throw burning tiles onto the church building. The building was totally destroyed.
Labo, his wife, and their four children lost everything when their home was also destroyed in the fire.
Church members responded peacefully to the arson. They called for justice, but not vengeance. While the community expected anger, the church demonstrated an attitude of forgiveness.
“We’ve seen good come out of this evil,” reports Rev. Kurt Selles, director of Back to God Ministries International.
Selles and ministry partners from Words of Hope met with church and community leaders in Niger in December 2015, exploring ways the ministries can work together to share the gospel with people in this country.
Niger is a poor country in West Africa. Its economy depends largely on agriculture. Islam is the dominant religion, practiced by 94% of the population.
“We are looking to the expansion of our French media ministry in Niger. Back to God Ministries would come alongside the local church to provide long-term sustainable ministry,” Selles adds.
The EERN already has some broadcast ministry in urban areas. BTGMI is looking to partner with Labo to head up the new ministry in Niger.
Labo, who studied and taught at a Bible college in Niger and was part of Campus Crusade ministries, has since moved to Maradi, the third largest city in Niger. He has a heart for reaching out in urban areas, and is working as the director of the Christian broadcast studio in Maradi.
“Please pray that God will provide the means to expand and strengthen our media outreach in Niger,” asks Selles.