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Danielle Hooper Sahel Niger

The World Beyond the Classroom

TeachBeyond members never know how the Lord will direct their lives in ministry. Their students are their main focus, but they see the needs of the world beyond the classroom. Danielle Hooper teaches middle school at Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger, and volunteers in a local orphanage. (She is pictured here with some of her sixth graders.) As she wraps up her first year of teaching overseas, she writes about her last visit to a special little girl.

“I was reminded of how very much this world needs our mighty Savior. He is the One who rides out majestically and victoriously for the cause of truth, meekness and righteousness. {Psalm 45} How thankful I am to know the Defender of the helpless!

“As I kissed my little one’s precious face for the last time and laid her in her crib, her chubby arms reached up to me as she cried and yet I had to turn and walk away, knowing this time I won’t be back for her. I will never be the same after the hours the Lord gave me with this little girl, singing her to sleep, watching her learn to sit up and crawl, playing with leaves, hearing her laugh and holding her close in her favorite position, with her arms and legs wrapped around me. I praise the Lord that she will be adopted and build a new life in France and oh, how I pray that she will come to know and love Jesus Christ. Please pray with me for this precious life that our God knows every step of. My heart is softer and richer because our lives intersected.”

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Local Believers Aid Orphanage Ministry

By Christina Finocchi
Fifth Grade Teacher, HOPAC

January 15 was a huge day for Haven of Peace Academy’s (HOPAC) orphanage ministry team because the first discipleship group began at Kurasini Children’s Home. HOPAC is TeachBeyond’s partner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

That sounds fairly straight forward, but it wasn’t. As a matter of fact, it was just over one year since our core team started committing some very big asks to God regarding the only government-run orphanage. January was a big month for many answered prayers, including the new discipleship class at Kurasini Children’s Home.

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Volunteer disciples a resident at Kurasini Children’s Home.

A year ago, we had a few missionaries and our faithful Tanzanian brother visiting Kurasini on a weekly basis each Sunday. As we saw the growing need for many forms of nourishment, including spiritual nourishment, we knew that we were going to need God to bring other local Swahili speakers to Kurasini. Our love and time with the children was great, but it wasn’t enough to meet the need. Our prayers were specifically for other people with a heart for God to invest time into these children; for people to love them as Christ does, to passionately serve each of them, and to be able to reach them in their language. After several months of prayer, God did exactly that!

It began slowly with one or two people joining us weekly, but before we knew it we had a team of faithful east Africans serving in a variety of ways. We now have over a half of dozen locals that are coming to Kurasini on a regular basis.

Three of the members of our team, after a few months, shared their hearts for these children to know more about the Lord. God placed it on their hearts to take on that mentor discipleship role. There was one drawback for them. They felt ill equipped for such a big task. As we continued to pray for those doors to open up, the Lord brought in two others who had done discipleship with another group. They had heard of the mighty things God was doing in Kurasini and they wanted to help train people on how to lead a discipleship class.

On January 15, the new chapter began as the first of many discipleship classes finally started. We stand and praise God because our children are being fed spiritually with sound Biblical teaching. They are asking questions and learning about who our God is. As these children learn about God, we know that it will reach far beyond the gates of Kurasini Children’s Home.