you so much for your prayers for us in the past.
We have been having some problems sending out our prayer
letter because we try to send it to everyone at the
same time. Last month we had to send it in several
segments so this month we have revised our list.
Basically what I did was to go through our address book
and separate the names in groups. If you do not
wish to receive this prayer request, please let us know
and we will take your name off the list. Because
of some other problems (Mostly my ignorance of these
machines!) you might not have been receiving this for
a while. Please forgive us and be patient with us.
If you would rather get this by "snail mail", also please
let us know.
very sorry but I think I put the web site address incorrect
in the last letter. Please check it out at
www.byhisgrace.com/zerma Also please say a prayer
for Susie who is making it possible for you to keep
up with us and some of what we do.
would also like to wish you Mothers a very special and
happy Mother's Day!
It has been a very hot month. Please continue
to pray for endurance for everyone, the nationals as
well as the missionaries.
"Move" has been going well, although consuming much
of Deanna and Mark's time and energy. Please continue
to pray for this move and all the changes that will
need to be done before the big spiritual retreat that
will include all the teams from Niger and Burkina Faso.
This will take place June 26-29.
asked you to pray for Ide, a businessman in Ouallam
who asked for a copy of the "Jesus" film on video cassette.
During a recent visit at his shop, he shared his enthusiasm
about the film and it's message. He said many
of his family and friends have seen it several times.
However, he has yet to make a public profession of faith.
Continue to pray for Ide and his family, that they would
take what they have seen and heard and apply it to their
hearts by taking a step of faith and accepting Jesus
as their personal Savior.
for praying for seemingly mundane things like our health.
Kimberly was experiencing sharp pains in her side and
back recently, then huge blisters broke out. A
trip to the doctor showed it to be a case of shingles.
There is still some discomfort but she is doing much
baby weighing time was VERY HOT! When Don and
Teresa went to Kwadabio Kwaara the temperature had to
be over 115F, with the wind just blowing around the
heat and dirt. 3 of the eight pregnant women had
their babies, but only one came to have it weighed.
The other 5 did not even come to get checked or to get
their pre-natal vitamins. Of the 37 babies that
we weigh, only 22 of them came, and of these 22 -- only
4 had gained weight. Please pray for the people,
now is the time they really suffer with the heat and
the end of their food supplies.
- Friday - Pray for Bachir and Salamatou as they begin
their married life together. Salamatou is a Christian
and leads the singing at the church in Ouallam.
Bachir, a Muslim, has not yet made the decision to become
a Christian, although he comes to the Ouallam Community
outreach Center regularly and reads many religious books.
His uncle is a Koranic teacher. Pray that Salamatou
would maintain her Christian walk and be a positive
witness to Bachir. Pray that as we continue to
share the Gospel with Bachir that he would yield his
life to Christ.
- Saturday - Pray for Fanta, a new Christian, whose
husband has divorced her because of her decision to
- Sunday - Pray for the Cains as they will be traveling
to Ouagadougou so Caroline will be able to attend FES
with the other home schooled children.
- Monday - Pray for the teachers and students at the
FES (Field Education School) workshop this month.
This is a time when the missionary kids like Caroline
Cain are able to have a classroom experience with other
students. They will be working on various projects ie.
sports, science and math. They will be meeting
June 4 - 8. Pray for the Cains as they travel
home after this time.
- Tues - Don and Phil continue to show the "Jesus" film
in different villages. Often, the whole village
and many visitors gather to watch this two-hour film
on the life of Jesus, taken from the gospel of Luke.
The film has been dubbed in Zarma, the heart language
of the Zerma people, so all those who come are exposed
to a clear gospel message and invited to accept Christ
as their personal Savior. Pray that those who
come to be entertained would be convicted of their sin
and need for a Savior. Pray that those who come
seeking God and a better understanding of Jesus would
understand the truth that salvation comes only through
repentance and placing one's faith in Christ for forgiveness
of sins and eternal life.
- Wed - We have recently learned some information regarding
videos of the Jesus film. Through a source we
can obtain the Jesus film in Zarma for $4.per video
or less if we order more than 67. Phil has written
for more information concerning this. Pray for
a decision and the chance to use the videos, getting
them out to many as there are many with TV and VCR even
though they might not have electricity. Pray that
we can work through the logistics of getting several
of these videos and get them out to the Zerma people.
- Thurs - Pray that the six Christians who attended
the storying workshop in Lome would be seeking opportunities
to put into practice what they learned there.
Alhasan, Salamatou, Harouna, Zakari, Daouda, and Rachida
all have great potential for reaching their neighbors
and friends with this method of evangelism. Pray
that God would give them boldness and perseverance in
sharing the Good News.
- Fri - There continues to be a lack of strong leadership
among the Zerma Christians. Pray that God would
raise up leaders--men and women devoted to Him--who
will encourage and exhort fellow Christians and teach
them the way in which they should go. Pray that
God would help them to resist false teachings and spiritual
laziness. Pray that they all would hunger and
thirst for righteousness and desire to know and understand
the Word of God. Praise God for those who have accepted
the mantle of leadership and are trying their best with
what they have.
- Sat - This is supposed to be our rainy season.
Please pray for rain. Since we have a very short rainy
season (June, July, August and sometimes Sept) much
work will be done during this short time. Pray
that the rains would come and continue through out the
- Sun - Today is Jeremy's birthday. Pray for him
as he continues to be home schooled, for him as he grows
and matures in Christ. Hopefully by the time this
date comes, school will be out for Jeremy. Please
pray for him as he faces the challenges of a new school
- Mon - Because of the lack of rain last year, (and
for the past 3 years) Niger has seen little to no harvest.
We have learned that there is enough grain available,
but it is very expensive. Pray for the people
that they would have the means to get the grain they
need to feed their families.
- Tues - Continue to pray for the music tape that was
done in January. Pray that many will be able to receive
a copy, that they would be able to understand the contents
and come to know Jesus in a very special and real way.
- Wed - Pray for Mark and his knee which is continuing
to give him much problems. Mark has many demands
on him and his time. Pray even though he is under
quite a deadline to have the guesthouse situation in
order for 55 people to come this month that he would
have the rest and peace that he will need during this
- Thurs - We will have a regional spiritual retreat
the last week in June. Missionaries from Burkina
Faso and Niger will gather in Niamey for a week of fellowship
and spiritual refreshment led by a volunteer team from
the U.S. Pray for all those who will be traveling,
for safety and strength, and for those who will be leading
our time together to have both physical health and spiritual
- Fri - Thank the Lord for small-big things such as
a telephone. The Cains have finally received one,
after a four year wait. Their number is 46.
(We are not sure this is accessible to the U.S. but
it has been good that the Bolls and Cains can get in
touch occasionally. When the telephones are working
between Ouallam and Niamey this would be a big help,
so far, the phones are still not very reliable.)
- Sat - Pray for the volunteer teams that are in the
process of coming this year. Pray for them to
be able to do the necessary paper work, to receive the
funds for their trips, and for them to have a peace
of mind and conviction to come and help.
- Sun - Happy Father's day to many of you. May
we also thank our Father who is always there, always
forgiving, and always loving.
- Mon - Pray for Ibro, one of our pastors as he is trying
to establish an orphanage. He is finding that
there is much "red tape" to work through. Pray for the
kids that are in need of some place to stay.
- Tues -Pray for Rick who should be coming in July as
ISC (International Service Corps Volunteer) He
will be working on the Zerma team for about 2 years.
Pray for him as he will have much to do before he leaves.
Praises that he will be here to work with Mark and help
alleviate some of the demands on Mark.
- Wed - We are expecting a number of volunteers to arrive
over the next several months, most of them coming for
two weeks or less. Pray for their preparation
as they come to assist us in our ministries and pray
that their short time here would yield much spiritual
fruit, both in the lives of the Nigeriens and in the
volunteers as well.
- Thurs - Pray for Mark and Deanna as they only
have a few days before 55 people come for the Spiritual
- Fri - Pray for Don and Teresa as they go to Kwadabio
Kwaara to weigh babies, do a well-baby clinic and check
on the women that are pregnant. Pray that the people
will come and be attentive. Pray for patience
as many times the people push and shove trying to be
first. Pray for the ride out there. We need
the rain, but if it rains much - the roads are not passable.
- Sat - Pray for the volunteers that will be traveling
to help with the Spiritual Retreat.
- Sun - Pray for the pastors in our churches, for those
that want to be pastors, for those that have made mistakes
or bad choices in their leadership. Pray for Moussa
and his wife Kadi, Pray for Daouda and his wife Mariama,
Pray for Adamou, Omar, Ibro and his wife Rachida, Pray
for Idrissa, Balarabe, Dogo Saaji, Yaye, Amadou and
Songa. (These are all the pastors and their wives
here in Niger.)
- Mon - Pray for those that will be traveling for the
Spiritual Retreat that will be held in Niamey.
Approximately 55 people will be coming.
- Tues - Please pray for the Spiritual Retreat.
- Wed - If you remember, in January we asked you to
pray for Hawa and Me-how and their children as they
had just lost their husband and father, Djibo.
Djibo was the Chief of Tchalla. Djibo was the
brother of Tanda, the woman that was studying the Bible
with Teresa. Since Djibo's death, one of Hawa's
children was hospitalized, and because Hawa was in mourning,
she could not come to be with Bilali, her son.
Because there is now no husband for Me-haw and Hawa,
they must go back to their families, but their children
are to go with Djibo's family - who now consist of Tanda
and her new husband. Pray for Aissa (apx. 7 yrs
old) as she now lives with Tanda. In a few months
Bilali (now 3 yrs.) will go and live with Tanda.
Hawa is about 7 months pregnant. When this baby
is born and about 4 years of age, he or she will have
to live with Tanda. Pray for Tanda and Halidou
who have been married about 2 years now and have one
small toddler. Pray for this situation and the
many just like it - because this is their culture.
- Thurs - Please pray for the Spiritual Retreat.
Also pray for those that come to the Ouallam Community
Center. We have noticed that many are beginning
to read the religious books provided and are asking
some questions. Pray that more will be brave enough
to choose to learn more of a God that loves.
- Fri - Please pray for the Spiritual Retreat.
- Sat - Please pray for all those traveling back to
their homes after the retreat. Pray that they would
have a safe trip and be able to have had the fellowship,
spiritual refresh ness and rest they need to continue
with their work.