has been set aside as the month of Prayer for the "African
Traditional Regions" of West Africa. You may order
prayer guides, "Light among them" from the Resource
Center in Richmond. email@example.com
month we requested prayer for Rick Leavitt on September
18. Following is a note Rick sent: "Thank you
for requesting prayer for me on 09.18.01 - and here
is a quick note why I am so amazed you chose the 18th
to pray for me. God is so awesome!! On Monday,
09.13.01, I received a call from Amy Peterson - who
is U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft's secretary.
I have been invited by Mr. Ashcroft to come to D.C.
on Tuesday 09.18.01 and share with he and his staff
about my upcoming trip to Niamey, Niger. It is
an incredible opportunity and I cannot wait to tell
him about the Zerma team.
Please pray for me on the 18th that God would totally
bless this opportunity and that I will be a quality
representative not only for God and His Kingdom but
also for the IMB and the Zerma team. See you guys
in 60 days! Rick Leavitt" Since I am writing
this on September 12, I am not sure as to how this meeting
- or if it will take place. We praise the Lord
that He is in control.
--- As I am writing this, I am listening to the radio
about the 4 airplanes that hit the world trade center
and the Pentagon, and the plane that landed in PA, all
these killing thousands of people. My heart hurts,
as I know that our Lord's heart is hurting. We
are praying for our fellow Americans and many
others that are affected during this time. We pray for
leadership of President Bush and the other government
officials, praying for the many public servants and
their families that lost their lives during this tragedy.
We also pray for our military, who are willing to give
their lives for our freedom. We pray for you as
so many will be affected. We love you and suffer
along side of you. It is hard to ask you to pray
for us during this time, but do want to remind you to
spend time with the Lord - He wants so much to spend
time with you.
Brown is to fly to Niamey Monday, Sept 17. As
of this writing we do not know how or if the flights
will be possible. Please continue to pray for
James, Don, Phil and Mark as they work to do this "Pepper
1 October, Monday - Pray for the 14 volunteers
that will be leaving for Niger in one week. Pray
that all the paperwork concerning visas etc. was done,
and that the paperwork for them to enter the country
will be completed. Pray for their time in Niger,
pray that we go where the Lord would have us to go,
that we would show love and compassion to all we have
contact with - showing the love of Jesus in all that
October, Tuesday - Praise the Lord for a good rainy
season. The millet, peas, okra, peanuts,
etc. have all done fairly well in the Ouallam
area. Also today please pray for Jeremy and Stephanie
as they attend Sahel Academy this year. Pray for
the teachers as well as the students.
October, Wednesday - Today is Stacy (Bolls)
LeQuieu's birthday. She will be 27 years old today.
Please pray for her as her first and for now only child
just started kindergarten and she is pregnant - due
date end of Feb.
October, Thursday - Pray for Deanna, Mark, Moussa
and Ibro as they do final planning and paperwork for
the medical work to be done with the volunteers, logistics
of guest housing not only for the volunteers, but for
some of the Zerma team that will be staying in Niamey
and 2 other teams that will be using the guesthouse
facilities as well. Pray for Mark as he continues
to do work on the Guesthouse and Office buildings, as
in installing kitchens and setting up two of the apartments,
installing bathroom fixtures and major changes in the
October, Friday - October is normally a time
of more heat and no rain, but there is the humidity.
The last couple months have also been a time of lots
of malaria. Please pray for those that suffer
from the illness as well as those that have lost their
loved ones during this time. Pray for Daouda who
lost his 2 year old daughter Aug. 31.
October, Saturday - Please remember Rachida
and Ibro as they are expecting their first child in
the next month or so. Pray for an easy delivery
with no complications. Rachida has had a very
October, Sunday - Pray for the 14 volunteers that
will be leaving for Niger today. Pray that they would
arrive safe and stay healthy during their stay. They
will be doing a week of Prayer Walking.
October, Monday - Dry season gardening is soon to
begin. It is the major gardening season that can provide
food and income for many people. It is also a lot of
hard work as hand watering is done from cistern type
wells. Pray as we prepare to make seed available to
old and new acquaintances. Especially pray for Sandi
a small business man who has agreed to sell seeds and
who does not yet know Christ as Savior.
October, Tuesday - Pray for Rick as he does some
major "things" before heading for Niger. Pray
for his family and friends as they will be separated
for the next 2-3 years.
October, Wednesday - Pray for the believers
in Say. They have often been under "attack" and
now they’ve had to give up the property they were renting
for church services. They are currently without
a pastor. Pray that God would bind the hearts
of His children there together, that they would press
forward and continue to grow in their faith. Pray
that God would send a shepherd to lead and encourage
October, Thursday - Pray for all of the missionaries
and the volunteers as we will be doing a great deal
of prayer walking, and getting to know each other.
Pray for some special times during this time.
Pray for us as we prepare meals, go where God would
want, and find the people that God wants us to spend
time with and pray for.
October, Friday - Pray for Kimberly as she maintains
a household and teaches Caroline. Pray for Caroline
to be attentive in class and diligent in her homework.
Pray that Caleb and Caroline would grow in wisdom and
October, Saturday - Praise the Lord that the Niamey
church (Cimberro Bonjaro) was able to purchase some
property in Lazare, a small subdivision just outside
Niamey city limits. Pray that they will be able
to construct some type building or covering for their
meetings. Also, there will be a loss of "witness"
in the neighborhood where they used to meet. Pray
that perhaps another church would start in that area.
October, Sunday - Pray for four more volunteers
that are due to arrive in Niamey Oct. 15. Pray
for the Medical projects we will hopefully be able to
do while they are here.
October, Monday - Pray for Rick Leavitt as he arrives
in Niamey Oct. 15. He will be part of the Zerma team
in Niger for the next 2 to 3 years. Pray that
he would adjust quickly to the culture and climate and
stay in good health.
October, Tuesday -The best garden season (Nov-Feb)
will soon begin. Pray that seed distribution will provide
encouragement for believers and new opportunities for
sharing the Gospel to others.
October, Wednesday - Teresa was able to start
a Kid's Club at the Ouallam Community Center.
Pray for the kids that come to learn about God. They
are using the chronological Bible Stories. Pray
for the kids for these two weeks that they will not
October, Thursday -Pray that the Zerma believers
would have a hunger for God’s Word and hearts that thirst
for righteousness. Pray this for the missionaries
October, Friday -The "Niger Pepper Project" should
be under way as farmers are growing nursery beds of
pepper plants. Pray that God could take this and provide
encouragement, income and a platform of good witness
for the Christians involved to their neighbors.
October, Saturday - 2 Cor. 4:4 says “The god of
this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that
they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory
of Christ, who is the image of God.” Pray that
God would give “spiritual sight” to the unbelieving
Zerma. Pray that they would see the true
light and the glory of Christ. Pray that they
would glimpse the
all-surpassing power of God through Christ.
October, Sunday - Pray for the volunteers as they
prepare to leave Niger tonight. Pray that the
Lord would have opened their eyes to a complete different
world, and that they would not return to the U.S. the
same person, but that God would have truly worked a
great work through their lives and the work they were
able to do in Niger.
October, Monday - Pray for the volunteers as they
will be traveling for several hours. Pray that
they would arrive home safely (most will arrive home
October, Tuesday - Pray for Phil as he visits villages
that were inaccessible during rainy season. Pray
that as he continues storying and showing the Jesus
film that they would hear and understand the gospel
and respond by giving their hearts to Christ.
October, Wednesday - Pray that God would raise
up pastors and other leaders from among Zerma believers.
Pray that God would mold them into men and women of
integrity and vision.
October, Thursday - Pray for Teresa as she teaches
English class at the Ouallam Hospital. There are
12 students, and with them being already highly educated,
this is really "keeping her on her toes" about English.
Pray for her to be able to boldly share about a loving
and caring God, one that loves so much that He sent
His one and only Son.
October, Friday - Pray that the Zerma believers
would have a boldness to share their faith with their
family and friends. Pray they would always be
ready to share the reason for the hope they have of
eternal salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.
October, Saturday - Pray for the many people who
have been listening to cassettes with stories from the
Bible and gospel messages on them. Pray that God’s
Word would not go out void. Pray that the Holy
Spirit would convict the people to see the "Truth".
October, Sunday - Pray for the town of Ouallam,
that it would become a “beacon” for this part of Niger.
Pray for the Christians who live in Ouallam, that they
would collectively have a vision for seeing a strong
church established in their town. A church where
love, encouragement, edification, forgiveness, and acceptance
October, Monday - Pray that the Lord of the Harvest
would call forth laborers to work among the Zerma.
There are only a few mission agencies working among
the approximately 2 million Zerma people. Less
than one percent of the Zerma are Christians.
October, Tuesday - Pray that God would send a missionary
to join our team as a church planter in Niamey.
We also have a request for a short-term (two years)
missionary to do evangelism and discipleship.
Pray that God would prepare and send the right person
for that ministry.
October, Wednesday - Today as many will be celebrating
Halloween in the U.S. Please remember those that are
bound by Satan's chains. Pray that many would
be released by the spirits of the evil one. Pray
that there will be a freedom to follow Jesus.