want to thank you very much for being a faithful pray-er
for the Zerma Team for the past year. We have
felt your prayers very much. I would like to give
you an update for the year 2000, so hopefully for the
next prayer letter I will have that info for you.
it seems to be difficult for me to get the prayer letters
as early as I think I have to in order for many of you
to copy and get in the church bulletins or mailed.
I am sending this prayer letter without dates.
If I am unable to get the prayer letter to you in time
sometimes, please continue to pray for us. For
the most part, we make great efforts to get this sent,
but there are times that the email system does not work,
or for some reason we might not be able to get to Niamey.
Please be patient and please, please
has started - this is the time that Muslims do a 30
day fast. Please pray that they would see visions, dream
dreams, and come to know a real - loving God.
I am sending this on 7 Dec, 2000. I want to wish you
a very Merry Christmas from the entire Zerma Team.
We love you and appreciate you so much.
January is a very busy month during gardening season.
Pray that gardens will produce much, especially in regions
where millet harvest was not good.
though the cool temperatures of January may only dip
to the upper 50's at night, it is a time of much sickness.
The cold dry air brings on much respiratory problems.
for Don Bolls as he distributes garden seed and seeds
of the gospel. Praise the Lord that Mark Ledlow
and family had a safe trip and got to visit much family
even though it was a sad occasion that brought them
together with the untimely death of his brother.
that God would continue to lead us to "men of Peace"
in the villages we enter, who will serve as conduits
for the spread of the Gospel. Praise God for those
we are working with now, men like Alhassan, Moumouni
and Zakou. Pray they would have a far-reaching influence
in the areas where they live.
for Don, Teresa and Phil as we are opening a new community
center in the market of Ouallam. We are hoping
this new community center will be more centrally located
and attract more people. We will continue to have
the other center in hopes to continue to teach various
classes, offer religious as well as literacy and school
helps. The center that will be in the market will
only be opened on market days (Wednesday).
we have led many people through studies and shared stories
from the Bible, it has become evident that "obedience"
has not kept pace with "knowledge". Pray that
the Christians we work with would be "doers" of the
Word and not merely hearers only.
Pope is coming to Niger Jan 10, and will help the Zerma
team to work though some "team" teaching. Please pray
for us as we meet the 11-12th. Pray for Crystal's time
that Don Bolls might find a village that could really
use a hunger relief project of gardening, water wells,
health and nutrition.
Muslims around the world have spent the last month fasting.
Pray they would come to see that their works are meaningless
apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
for Phil and Teresa as we continue to work through the
paper work to get the "team" here in February.
Dr. Braswell, Tracy, Tina and Pandy are planning to
come to minister to many through ministering through
an eye clinic. Hopefully Phil, Don and Teresa
will be able to get the paperwork done, line up the
patients that will have cataract surgery. Pray
for the "team" as they prepare the medical supplies,
glasses, visas, passports, etc for the trip.
for us as we really miss family and loved ones during
the holiday season.
Ferguson and Brian Taylor, missionary colleagues from
Togo will be joining the Zerma team this month to conduct
music workshops. These workshops will result in
the Zerma Christians being able to write and compose
indigenous Christian music for worship services.
Past experiences have shown this to be an effective
evangelism tool. as music is often used as a communication
medium. Pray this would be a fruitful time, and
that the believers would actively participate.
for wisdom as we deal with many that show little or
false interest in the gospel and much interest in money,
material and status gained by association with us.
for Teresa and Don as they weigh babies in Kwadabio
Kwaara. Pray that the mothers will do what is
being taught, and that the babies will continue to grow
in health and wisdom and come to know God in a real