Jody and Sarah Fox - this phase of our Journey as IMB missionaries in Niger, West Africa

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Update on Ishmael...

Written by: Sarah

Last week I told you about Ishmael and asked if you could pray for him. We thank you for your prayers! He is still very sick, but he has improved. Praise the Lord!

If you remember, the mother said she would bring her husband and Ishmael over to our house so we could pray for him. Well, they didn't come, so later we went to check on them and they weren't home but a boy told us the baby and his mother were at Jamila's house, who is one of my friends. So we went there and she was close by. We asked to see Ishmael and noticed that along with his malnourishment he had some lumps on his neck. We asked if we could pray for him and his mother said yes. It was good because many of my friends were there and they were able to see that Christians do pray. Since we don't pray during the call to prayer out where everyone can see, sometimes people don't realize that Christians pray. Not to mention we understand what we are saying and have a real relationship with God. We can talk to God as our friend and Father. The Muslims pray in Arabic and most have no idea what they are even saying. So we were thankful for this opportunity.

On Monday Jody took Ishmael and his mother to the clinic in Boubon and basically they said he was malnourished. They gave him some food supplement packages and said he should come back at the end of the week to check his weight again. So Jody went back with them on Friday and his weight was up a little bit and his mother said he hasn't been throwing up any more. So thank you so much for your prayers! We are still not sure about the lumps on his neck. The 'doctor' in Boubon said he would have to go to Niamey to have them removed, yet didn't seem overly concerned. So we don't know how big of an issue this is. Are they just an outcome of his malnutrition? Or are they there because there is actually a greater sickness? We are just not sure where to go from here. So please pray for wisdom and continue to pray for Ishmael's health and our continued relationship with his family. Thanks!


  1. I will continue to pray for Ishmael and his family. I also will be praying for you all as you seek to provide care for the people of Boubon. Miss you!


  2. Thank you so much for the update. Praying that Jody is better as well. Thank you for the prayer calendar.