Good News in Niger: Stories of Transformation and the Global Church - Rev. Michael Ludwig, our Presbyterian Mission CoWorker from Niger, will visit First Pres on Sunday, June 17. They will be introduced at the 9:30 a.m. worship, and then Michael will speak about his work in Niger at 11:00 a.m. in Monteith Hall. A casual luncheon ($5 each) will follow at 12:15 p.m. in the Founders and Curtis Rooms. There will be further time for sharing stories, faith and a place for questions and answers.
Michael, who calls Holland, Michigan home, will share incredible stories of his work with leaders of the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN). He works alongside his Nigerian peers to transform communities and small villages, by improving literacy, education, heath, small businesses and community life. His work creates healthy relationships between Christians and Muslims and shares the good news of Christ in a land has a vibrant Christian presence that is officially secular and predominately Muslim. Michael and his EERN partners help leaders and communities identify and respond to their greatest needs with their own resources. Empowering pastors, teachers and evangelists is at the heart of Michael’s ministry.
The other half of this ministry team, Rachel Ludwig, focuses on homeschooling the couple’s children and developing relationships in their neighborhood and church community. “Mission service is the place where our interests and gifts coincide,” Michael said. “We’ve always had an interest in other cultures and other countries and felt a desire to help others in the areas of their deepest need.” “We have gifts for teaching and learning and for living simply,” Rachel adds. Recognizing the gifts of Rebecca, a community leader who was a teacher and director of a Bible school for the Église Évangélique de la République du Niger (EERN), one of the Muslim religious leaders remarked that “When I saw her in the market, she walked like a giant with the heart of a man!” Rachel will visit First Presbyterian Church Flint on June 17.