from Niger! There are not enough words in English or
Zarma to explain what is happening in Niger this week.
The Zerma team has been blessed to have a Prayer Walking
Team from Missouri to come to pray for the Zerma people.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will begin our medical clinic
and more prayer walking. Much preparation has gone into
this project as well as many prayers. The experiences
we have already had and the privilege to be involved
in them have been awesome. Working with about 20 people
has presented some unique challenges--but God is Good--All
the time! Thank you for your prayers as we continue
to work through this project. If any of you would like
to be getting the prayer walker's daily prayer letter,
please contact Marina Mohesky at: Mohesky@PaperChaseUSA.com
and she will put you on their list. I think you will
find it interesting.
We are not sure why, but when the Prayer team left Missouri,
their team leader and his wife were not able to travel
with them as they did not have their health cards. They
looked for these documents in Ella's purse but for some
reason they were not seen. Charlie and Ella Holt, the
team leaders, have arrived now - only 6 days late.
When the Prayer team arrived at the airport bringing
thousands of dollars of medicine in several suitcases,
no problems were encountered.
We have seen one person, Mariamma, accept Christ as
her personal Savior.
We went to one village to prayer walk and found about
20 cases of malaria - and just "happened"
to have the necessary medicine for them. In 2 other
villages we saw medical needs we were not prepared to
meet. This was a bit heart-breaking for the nurses but
we did come prepared to ask help from the Great Physician.
Rachida is in the hospital. She has had malaria and
hepatitis and was very sick. Many people have gone there
and prayed with her. At first the doctor said she would
have to stay in the hospital until the baby is born.
Yesterday (Sunday) we went to see her and she said the
doctor said she is much better and she will possibly
be able to go home. At the beginning of this week the
doctor was not sure the baby would make it through these
problems. Now the sonogram is showing that the baby
It seems God is calling a leader for the Ouallam church.
- At the town of Hamdallye we were blessed to be able
to pray on site for the beginnings of the Christian
orphanage you have already prayed for through this prayer
- Prayer walking in Ouallam we saw Christians growing
and becoming bolder in their faith.
- As we have gone many places, people have been very
receptive and very open to the prayers. God is at work
in these people's lives. Please continue to pray for
them to see a loving God, a forgiving God, and a God
that cares for each one of them. Pray that our prayers
would be answered, that these people would come to know
the Lord as their personal Lord and Savior.
This is an update on the Medical clinic/Prayer Walk
that we did this week. According to our records we saw
over 200 on Tuesday 16 Oct. It was an awesome day and
many were helped. Today, Wed. 17th we saw way over 200
with several of the children that would not be alive
had there not been help. There were several that received
IV's, some very serious wound problems, very high fevers
(105.F on several infants), many malaria. Please pray
forus tomorrow (Thursday) as we work our last day here
in Niamey. The word is out and today we were "mobbed"
by the crowd before we even entered the church where
we are doing the clinic. It is very hot, but Mark has
up" fans for some circulation using a generator.
The Dr. Nester Shust, the attending doctor told us tonight
at devotions/debriefing that he was sure that some of
the infants were on the verge of death had we not helped.
Thank you so much for your prayers and for your support
for helping to send the volunteers.
second group of volunteers arrived safely with the rest
of the medical supplies. Their suitcases came through
the airport safely. Thanks for your prayers.
arrived safely (when the rest of the medical team arrived).
He is fine and adjusting well. Today as he was dressing
wounds and helping out he mentioned that not all things
were not covered in his Orientation!!!
Thursday - Millet harvest is mostly over now and
the people will begin on dry season gardening. Pray
for them as they prepare their garden plots, pray that
Don will be able to get the seeds they need to plant.
Pray that they will have the energy to work in the gardens,
hand pulling water from the well and watering each plant
twice a day. Pray that the "seeds" that are
being planted will yield fruit - both for physical as
well as spiritual.
Friday - Please pray for Rachida as she is continuing
with her pregnancy. As mentioned above, she has had
quite a time. It seems the baby is due in December and
the doctor is not wanting her to do anything until the
baby is born. Please pray for her health as well as
Saturday - Niger is entering "cold season".
The reason it is cold is because the dust is so thick
it blocks the sun. Many people might be affected by
the dust and the cold. Please pray for Health - for
both the Nigeriennes and the Missionaries.
Sunday - Pray for the Ouallam church. It seems a
young man may be evolving into a leader. Soumaila seems
to be showing interest and potential. Pray that it will
be God's will and God's call and not just a human desire.
Monday - Pray for Rick as he will begin his language
study today. He will be learning Zarma and will be attending
Ibro's school. Pray that God would give him the gift
of hearing and speaking quickly!!!
Tuesday - Pray for Ibro as he has responsibilities
at his school, as he continues the paperwork for the
orphanage in Hamdalaye, and as he helps care for his
wife, Rachida. (See Nov. 2)
Wednesday - Pray for Deanna as she is trying to
begin a Storying group with some of the women. Rachida
was going to help her lead it, but now Deanna will have
more of the responsibility.
Thursday - Pray for Jeremy and Stephanie as they
attend Sahel Academy. The school is still in need of
more teachers causing extra work for the existing teachers.
Pray for the students.
Friday - Pray for Mark as he would like to begin
a Bible Study on the guesthouse property. Pray that
he would have the wisdom, the language, and be able
to do it in God's time.
Saturday - Aissa gave birth to a healthy girl in
September. Zerma custom is that the mother must stay
in the home and not work for 40 days. Aissa is now up
and about. Pray for her and Kimberly as they try to
continue the Bible stories that were began before she
had the baby. Pray that as Kimberly is gone that Aissa
would think on the stories that they have studied, that
she would continue to share with her family. Pray that
her family would hear and understand and want to know
Jesus as their Savior.
Sunday - Pray for Cimbeero Bonjara (Pillar of Truth
Church) which is led by Ibro. They have just purchased
some land in another neighborhood. Ibro will begin leading
this group and one of the young men will try to take
the other group to another location. Pray that they
would find the place that God wants them to meet. Pray
for Zakary as he leads the new Preaching point.
Monday - Continue to pray for the people that were
touched, prayed for and loved during the prayer walking
project. Pray that these people will remember the difference
in the worship of our God and how different it is from
Tuesday - Pray for the Pepper Project as many are
busy growing their seeds, beginning the plots, transplanting
and watering. Pray that the people will be able to have
a good harvest so they will be able to make money to
help out their income.
Wednesday - Pray for Teresa as she continues to
work with the Kid's Club in Ouallam. These guys are
so eager to learn and so fast to repeat the stories.
Pray that God would be speaking and teaching them and
calling them to Him even now.
Thursday - Please continue to pray for the medical
project that we just finished. Because I am writing
this before we did the project, I don't know how many
were helped or all that will happen, but I know lives
will have been touched. Pray that all the people we
were able to see were able to be healed and will have
seen Jesus through our lives.
Friday - Please pray for our health - both the Nigerienne's
and ours. We are still in malaria season. We have seen
several with malaria, there have been several deaths
in the Zerma community, and we have had two from our
mission family that had to be hospitalized for some
fluids intravenously. (Phil & Caroline)
Saturday - Continue to pray for Rick's adjustment
to the climate and culture of Niger. Pray that even
now he would be able to start building relationships
with some Zerma men that would result in their committing
their lives to Christ.
Sunday - Pray for Dochimana village and Balarbe.
The prayer team was able to pray at this village (But
did not have the necessary medicines to help). There
were several ear aches and nutrition problems. Pray
for Balarbe as he is teaching several of the people
in the village some Bible classes and is trying to teach
literacy to the children.
Monday - Pray for our personal spiritual growth.
Pray that we would guard our time with the Lord as well
as with our families.
Tuesday - Please pray for Teresa as she is teaching
English to the staff at the local hospital. There are
12 students and it is a very interesting class. She
is using Christian teaching materials.
Wednesday - The Ouallam church is hoping to begin
to meet on Wednesdays for prayer time. Please pray that
we would do what God wants us to do. They are requesting
that one of the missionaries teach a Bible class. Pray
that one of us will have time to begin on this project.
Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful
for you for praying for us. For our ability to be in
Niger witnessing to the Zerma people. We are thankful
for our "Team" family and the love we have
for each other and the love we all have for the Zerma
people. We are thankful for our families in the States
or wherever they are. Please pray for the "emotions"
that we all have when we are separated from our families
during these holidays.
Friday - Pray for Phil, Kimberly, Caroline and Caleb
as they will be getting ready to go to Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso for Caroline to attend FES. Her class will
begin on Monday and will be another 3 week course. Pray
for them as they begin their 2 day journey today. Pray
that they have a safe trip.
Saturday - Pray for Mark and Deanna as they are
very busy during the week and seem to be pulled from
their family time. Pray that they would be able to have
some family time today, that they would be able to rest,
play softball, visit and just be together.
Sunday - Pray for Salamatou as she tells the Bible
stories at the Ouallam Church. She is also the song
leader. Pray for her as she has such a sweet spirit
but has been having some health problems. She is still
recovering from her miscarriage.
Monday - Pray for Phil and Don as they continue
to go to several villages. Pray for the literature and
cassettes they leave for the people to study. Pray that
the Zerma will hear, understand and accept as truths
what is taught in the cassettes.
Tuesday - Pray for Djibo "Sandi" and his
family. Sandi is an answer to prayer for Don as he is
purchasing many of the seeds in the can and sacks them
up and sells them. This is a big answer to our prayers
as Don's goal is to have local people that will be able
to provide the seeds. This will help Don a great deal
so he won't have to travel so much, we won't have to
sack the seeds ourselves, and Sandi will be able to
have an addition to his income. Sandi also has listened
to the cassettes and is in agreement with what is taught.
Pray that he would accept the truth with his heart and
accept Jesus as his Savior. His whole village has heard
the cassettes. Pray for the salvation of this village.
Wednesday - Please continue to pray for the prayer
walkers that came in October. Many lives were touched
through this project - as well as theirs. It was very
evident that God is speaking to some of their hearts
to return to Niger. Please pray that God will provide
the means and the willing spirits.
Thursday - Please pray for the prisoners in Ouallam.
They continue to be very interested as Phil and Don
go to the prison to teach Bible stories. Pray that the
Holy Spirit would be able to work through their lives
and draw them close to the Lord.
Friday - Happy Birthday, Caroline! Caroline is eight
years old today, pray that this would be a special day
for her. Please pray for Mark, Deanna and Moussa and
all the staff as they continue to work in the office,
the Guesthouse as well as visit several Government offices.
Pray as they go about doing the "work" that
keeps the Zerma team, the Songhi team, the Fulani team,
the Haussa team, the Toureg team, as well as other teams.