Keeping Up with the Ludwigs
News from Niger
The Ludwigs are currently half way through their home stay. Michael, Rachel and family are excited that things are working out for another two-year term of living and serving in Niger as PC(USA) mission co-workers! They have also received good news about the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) workers, the Niger Network for churches coordinating greater relationships and interaction in Niger. All four evangelists have been busy meeting with people even as they prepare the fields for the rainy season and planting. They have met with several groups, done the basic stories, and either started a few local projects or started Bible studies that continue the topics of faith and health.
Please: Continue to pray for the safety of the Ludwigs’ friends, dog and house while away for an extended time. The rains have come to Maradi and the farmers are planting, so pray that the rain lasts long enough for a good harvest!
About Michael and Rachel's Ministry
The November 2014 Mission Committee meeting voted to accept a report from the Mission Co-Worker Selection Task Force to support Rev. Michael Ludwig and Rachel Ludwig and the people of Niger.
Michael and Rachel work alongside the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN), helping them develop a literacy training and evangelism program. Niger is among the world’s poorest countries, has a literacy rate of only 29 percent, and experiences frequent famines.
“It’s captured our hearts as a place of great need, where people with skills in language and teaching can make a huge impact in the lives of ordinary Nigerians through literacy training and exposure to the gospel," they write. “We believe this program will help the church grow in reaching out to its non-Christian neighbors, helping them physically through teaching and spiritually as they read the good news of Jesus.” (Source: PC(USA) Ludwig prayer card)
About Michael and Rachel Ludwig
The Ludwigs, who will be accompanied in Niger by two children, anticipate their life will be full of opportunities and challenges. “We expect to encounter joys of close and friendly family life, vibrant worship, and excitement at helping people learn new skills that help them, but we anticipate challenges of dealing with very hot conditions, malaria risks, learning multiple languages, dealing with different time expectations, and answering the needs that God wants you to focus on instead of answering every need,” Rachel explains.
Michael, a native of Holland, Michigan, was an associate pastor at Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio, for four years prior to entering mission service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and a master’s degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He also has done graduate study in the classics at the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of Scioto Valley Presbytery.
Rachel grew up in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, and has spent most of her professional life as a middle school math and science teacher. She has taught in public school systems in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the College of Wooster in 2001, she spent one year as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala and one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Cincinnati. Rachel is a member of Overbrook Presbyterian Church.
Please keep Michael, Rachel and their young son and daughter in your prayers for the work they will be doing in Niger.
To learn more about the Ludwigs, their ministry, subscribe to letters, and more, visit the Ludwig's Mission Connections page on the PC(USA) website.
Video: Listen as Michael and Rachel Ludwig share their sense of call to mission in Niger.