Once again we would like to thank you for your prayers
for the Zerma people and those that are working with
them. Much thanks for the Arizona folks that came to
Pray and do construction work.
Many things have happened this month and April will
be a very packed month as well. We really thank you
for lifting these prayers up daily.
Another personal note from Teresa. As I have been in
the States these past 5 weeks I have been able to be
in contact with many of our prayer folks. Thank all
of you for your support and for your prayers. I have
been amazed at how many of you are very involved in
our work by your prayers, the comments, questions and
remarks about different areas of our work. We are convinced
that Prayer is our most important work, and we appreciate
how you are helping us in this area. Not all of us are
over in Niger working directly with the Zerma people,
but there are so many working on their knees praying
for the work and for the people daily. May God bless
each of you.
I am enclosing a "Thirty Days of Prayer for the
Zerma" This was designed by Phil and will be translated
and distributed to other countries for Prayer support.
You might want to use it in your daily devotions.
Also you will find a little write-up about the Zerma.
Hoping that you will be more knowledgeable about the
Zerma and our work in Niger during your prayer time.
APRIL PRAYER REQUESTS:
Monday 1 April - Pray for Phil, Kimberly, Caroline,
and Caleb as they will be traveling and attending a
month long conference in Abidjan. This conference will
benefit the Zerma team as we learn how to do strategic
planning, Phil will be able to be invited to recruit
help while on Stateside Assignment. Pray for the many
different methods they will learn this month. Pray for
open minds, rest and a time to work through all the
information they will be learning.
Tuesday 2 April - Pray for the requests for the
two year short-term missionaries that will be living
in the bush in various villages. Pray for us as we plan
for this, pray for the villages where people will be
placed, and pray that God would even now be calling
forth men and women to come and live in these villages.
Wednesday 3 April - Please continue to pray for
the five women that accepted Christ in January. Halima,
Ramatou, Medina, Zenaba, and Ay Nya. Pray for Teresa
to be able to have the opportunities to disciple with
Thursday 4 April - Pray for Don as he will be
finalizing some things before James Brown comes for
the harvest of the Peppers. Pray for the farmers as
they continue to work in their fields with these peppers.
Pray that the farmers will be excited and be able to
make a good income from this project.
Friday 5 April - Pray for the Zerma team as we plan
strategies for 2003 - strategies that will make creative
and wise use of resources to enable us to reach the
Zerma people with the Gospel, and plant churches that
will in turn plant other churches.
Saturday 6 April - Please pray for the AZ volunteers
as they remember - reflect on the various things they
experienced in Niger. Pray for the people that were
spoken to, prayed for, and for those that were missed.
Thank the Lord for volunteers and for the power of prayer.
Sunday 7 April - Pray for a busy day, a time
when we will be worshiping using various methods. Thank
the Lord for the freedom to worship HIM, and for all
those that are worshiping Him today.
Monday 8 April - Pray for Deanna as she continues
her Bible Study. Pray for Ayssa, Maymouna, Zelika, Saley,
Hamsatu, and Fati. Pray for them to see and understand
the truths and that the women would be available to
listen to the truth, and would accept this truth in
the form of a Savior and Friend.
Tuesday 9 April - Please pray for Caroline who
will be attending some sort of Home Schooling classes
while her parents are taking classes in Abidjan. Pray
for Caleb as he will be staying with a sitter during
the days. Continue to pray for Kimberly and Phil as
they attend classes.
Wednesday 10 April - Pray for the Zerma pastors
and lay leaders. Pray that they would have a real burden
for sharing Jesus with their families and friends. Pray
for the many trials they experience because of their
faith - and the tests they go through because of their
faith. Pray especially for Pastor Moussa and his wife
Kadija, Pray for Ibro and his wife Rachida. Pray for
the various lay leaders, Soumeyla, Zakary, Tokeyo, Balarbre,
Gado, Harouna, Alhassane, Moussa, Alzuma, Moumouni,
and the many others that are trying to share a loving
God through the way they communicate love to others.
Thursday 11 April - Pray for the young men who
have completed the new-members class Phil has been teaching
at the Ouallam Church. Pray that they would be humble
and teachable as they continue on in their walk with
the Lord. Pray that they would live and model the principles
they've learned and that they would teach others what
Friday 12 April - Pray for the missionaries ability
to speak and understand Zerma. Pray that we would discover
bridges that would help us build better relationships
and better communicate the truths of scripture.
Saturday 13 April - Pray for us as we show the Jesus
film in various villages. Pray that it would have a
lasting impact, even after we leave the villages. Pray
that through viewing this film that people would truly
understand who Jesus is.
Sunday 14 April - Pray for Moussa as he is teaching
Literacy and Bible Study. Pray for good communication
skills, learning skills, and openness to Jesus as their
true Lord and Savior.
Monday 15 April - 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 16 April - 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.
Wednesday 17 April - Pray that God would give Zerma
Christians a burden for reaching the lost and a vision
for seeing a church in every village.
Thursday 18 April - Pray for James as he travels
to Niger today. Pray for his time here as he helps the
farmers get the peppers to harvest, grind it up and
send it off.
Friday 19 April - Pray for the family of Zaku
- he was the only Christian in Karafalley. He died in
early March. Pray that people in Karafalley might be
touched through his death.
Saturday 20 April - April is HOT SEASON! There will
be lots less activity, agriculture or any other. Pray
for the people and their hunger as food becomes more
scarce as well as expensive in the next few months.
Pray for those that will be in their fields preparing
for rainy season in a few months.
Sunday 21 April - Pray for the various projects
we do in hopes of finding an avenue we can share the
gospel: wells, gardens, community center, checking out
music, storying or preaching cassettes, showing the
Jesus video, weighing babies, ministering through various
health ministries, storying, listening, giving food,
water, financial aid, rides, the pepper project, and
other things God might show us in Ministering to others.
Monday 22 April - Pray for the Ledlows as they will
be doing final planning for their Stateside Assignment
in 2 short months. Many plans have to be worked out
both in Niger as well in the US. Pray for the different
churches and places they will speak - that God would
call people out to join the Zerma team in some way.....be
it prayer or to come and work in Niger.
Tuesday 23 April - Pray for the Muslim religious
leaders, that God would reveal the way of righteousness
to them, and that they would have the courage to follow
the One who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Wednesday 24 April - Pray for the various children's
classes that are being taught and for those that have
been taught, and for those that are to be taught. Pray
that the children will have trust in the true Savior,
and like a mustard seed that their faith would grow
and become strong.
Thursday 25 April - As the Zerma Muslims prostrate
themselves in prayer at the mosque, pray that God would
convict them of their lostness and that they would seek
Friday 26 April - Pray that the Zerma Christians
would make prayer a priority in their personal lives.
pray that the Zerma Christians would resist the evil
one and stand firm in their faith. Pray that their lives
would be characterized by power and love and discipline.
Saturday 27 April - As Americans and people of other
countries consider work among the Zerma people, pray
that they find a peace about their decision and courage
to pursue it.
Sunday 28 April - As "April flowers bring you
May flowers" remember this is the hottest month
of the year here. Even the ones who live here suffer
the extreme heat of over 100 degrees day after day.
Not to mention the stress put on animals and end of
the season garden crops.
Monday 29 April - Pray for Moussa, the only Christian
in his village named Kaoura which numbers about 800
Tuesday 30 April - Pray for Alhassan as he oversees
the Christian radio broadcasts from the small FM station
located about 5 miles from his home.