Zerma Prayer Team,
You may notice this is being sent by Jean Coppedge.
Jean was a recent member of the Faith Volunteer Team
who came to Niger in October for medical work and prayer
walking. She has graciously accepted the task of seeing
this letter is sent to you in a timely manner. Please
continue to relate to her about the prayer letter as
you have done to us in the past. You can of course also
continue to communicate with anyone on the Zerma Team
as you have in the past. We have a Zerma Team e-mail
You can write us at B.P. 10038, Niamey, Niger Republic.
We welcome any comments and words of encouragement.
Don't forget to occasionally check out the Zerma Web
site at www.byhisgrace.com/zerma
we try to keep it updated with new information.
We wish you indeed a joyous Holiday Season, The Zerma
Team - Rick Leavitt, Mark and Deanna Ledlow, Phil
and Kimberly Cain, Don and Teresa Bolls
1 Dec - Shortly after the volunteer prayer team
walked through Ouallam, a group of young men met with
Phil and expressed a desire to meet weekly for a discussion/question
time. About 12 people, including 2 women are meeting
together with Phil on Wednesday afternoons at the church.
Pray that they would maintain this commitment and be
consistent in their attendance. Pray for their spiritual
growth and that God would raise up leaders out of this
Sunday 2 Dec - During this month, Muslims around
the world will be observing "Ramadan." During
this time they will fast during the daylight hours,
abstaining from both food and water each day until dark.
Pray that as Muslims seek to please God during this
time, they would come to understand that only through
the grace of God and by faith in the finished work of
Jesus on the cross can they obtain salvation. Pray the
Jesus will be revealed to them in a special way.
Monday 3 Dec - Pray for Caroline as she is with
her Mom and Caleb in Burkina Faso for FES (A time when
home schooled kids meet and study together).
4 Dec - Pray for Rick as he settles into his new
role helping Mark in the office and spending time in
daily language study. Pray that he would quickly grasp
the basics of Zerma. Pray for guidance and direction
as to how he can minister to the Zerma people.
Wednesday 5 Dec - Pray for Teresa as she ministers
to 15 kids at Kid's club. They are so excited about
learning. Please pray that they will continue with their
dedication to learn more about the true Lord and Savior.
Thursday 6 Dec - Pray for Joann as she helps
the Zerma team by typing some much needed literature.
Pray for her to be able to type the Zarma language and
that we will be able to proof-read it before it goes
to the printers.
Friday 7 Dec - Pray for all Christians as we
enter this holiday season. Pray that we will take every
opportunity to minister and witness to those around
Saturday 8 Dec - Many prayers have been prayed
concerning Ouallam. There was a prayer walk in August,
then Phil and Don prayer-walked several weeks prior
to the Volunteer prayer team coming to Niger. Then the
volunteers came and prayed about 3 days. We have seen
a marked difference in the attendance of the people
attending church. One Sunday there were 50 kids
and 30 adults. Pray that there will continue to be an
interest in Jesus Christ.
Sunday 9 Dec - Pray for the prisoners in Ouallam
as they continue to study the Bible. Pray for them to
truly understand the freedom there is in Christ.
Monday 10 Dec - Hopefully now that the harvest
is finished and many of the folks have returned from
their "Ziggy's" (Country homes) that the Bible
Studies that were started before planting season will
be able to continue. Pray especially for Tanda and Teresa
as they study.
Tuesday 11 Dec - Pray for Teresa as she teaches
Literacy class. The two students are very excited about
learning how to read and write. In each class they also
have a Bible Story.
Wednesday 12 Dec - Please continue to pray for
our health. This is harmatan season, a time when the
sun is literally blocked by the dust in the air. It
is cold (well, sometimes below 70 at night - but still
100+ during the day) and many people seem to get sick
during this time.
Thursday 13 Dec - Continue to pray that God would
open hearts to understanding and acceptance as people
listen to Zerma language audio tapes and accompanying
picture books of truths from the Bible.
Friday 14 Dec - We feel the need of a career
church planting missionary to live and work with the
Zerma people in and around the capitol city Niamey.
To God's plan, would you pray this person into that
job? We've also requested a short-term missionary to
work in Niamey, and a student missionary to work next
summer in Ouallam. Pray that these requests would be
filled as you pray that the Lord of the Harvest would
call forth laborers to go into Niger.
Saturday 15 Dec - Pray for Phil, Kimberly, Caleb
and Caroline as they travel back to Niger today. Pray
for a safe trip.
Sunday 16 Dec - Pray for our relationship with God,
that we would have a close, daily walk with Him. Pray
that we would know the power of the Holy Spirit, that
we would have victory over sin, and that we would have
a hunger for God's Word. Pray that we would make personal
prayer time a priority in our daily lives.
Monday 17 Dec - Pray for our relationships with
each other on the Zerma team, that we would remain united
in purpose and spirit. Pray that we would continue to
maintain open and honest communication with each other.
Pray that God would give us wisdom as we plan and evaluate
our ministries and ways we can reach the Zerma people
with the Gospel.
Tuesday 18 Dec - As we near a celebration of our
Savior pray that the power of the Gospel through a tender
birth will soften the hearts of all. Especially remember
those hearts that have grown old and hardened through
many years of not hearing, understanding or refusing
to accept the truth.
Wednesday 19 Dec - Don't forget that we are in
the middle of the best garden producing time of the
year! Pray that the November meeting in Dokimana with
Christians and farmers from 4 other villages will produce
positive results. The meeting is probably the results
of the Pepper project, your prayers and prayer walking.
Thursday 20 Dec - Pray for Mark and Deanna's
neighbor Ayssa and her family (not to be confused with
Kimberly's neighbor Aissa!). Ayssa has asked to attend
church. Deanna began chronological Bible storying with
her the first part of November.
Friday 21 Dec - Today is Kimberly's birthday.
Pray that she would be blessed in a special way. Continue
to pray for her and Aissa as they study together each
week. Pray that Aissa would have an open mind and an
open heart as she hears about God and his plan of salvation
through Jesus Christ.
Saturday 22 Dec - Thank God that Rahina is doing
fine after the Faith Team volunteer group of medical
workers and prayer walkers ministered to her in late
October. She had cerebral malaria and Typhoid.
Sunday 23 Dec - Pray for our relationships with
the Zerma people. Pray that we would develop close relationships
and friendships with our neighbors and others we encounter
in the course of our daily lives. Pray that we would
have opportunities to share Christ through these relationships.
Monday 24 Dec - Yacouba who was also ministered
to by the Faith Team needs to be put back in the clinic
for more observation because of severe malnutrition.
Pray for Mark and Deanna as they follow up this care
with baby Yacouba.
Tuesday 25 Dec - Merry Christmas! Recently we
were able to acquire 100 video cassette copies of the
"Jesus" film in Zerma to give away to anyone
who asks. So far there has been a very positive response
and we've given out at least 30 cassettes. It's our
hope that this film will reach a much wider audience
as it is viewed in homes and courtyards and passed around.
Pray that the people who see it would truly understand
who Jesus is and why he came. Remember that most of
those who see the film will be Muslims, so pray that
their pre-conceived ideas about Jesus will be broken
down and that they will come to understand and accept
Him as Lord and Savior.
Wednesday 26 Dec - Pray for Cimbero Bonjara Church
as they relocate to a new neighborhood called Lazeret.
Thursday 27 Dec - Pray for Teresa's English Class
at the local hospital. There has been some vacation
as many of the medical personnel have been out in various
villages giving vaccinations. Pray also for the kids
that get these shots, that they will be immune to the
many diseases this country has to offer.
Friday 28 Dec - Pray for Ibro and Rashida as
their baby is due to be born. (Remember you have prayed
for this baby before, don't stop!)
Saturday 29 Dec - Pray that God would lead us
to those with receptive hearts and give us the ability
to communicate clearly the Good News of salvation through
Sunday 30 Dec - Pray for Pastor Moussa and family
as they continue to faithfully serve in Kurko Hanno
church located in Kwaara Taji near Niamey.
Monday 31 Dec - Happy New Year Celebration! Pray
that God would give the Zerma Christians a burden and
a vision for reaching the lost. Pray that the existing
churches and "preaching points" would multiply
as Zerma Christians obey Christ's command to go and
make disciples everywhere.