has been so good in answering our prayers. As I thought
about how we could send an update, I realized that I
try to send updates as it comes up. We are very thankful
to you and those that you share our prayer concerns
with. We have been so blessed by you. In January we
had a special blessing as a Zerma Prayer Team couple
were here a couple weeks. Heath and Norma Bobbett were
here about 35 years as missionaries before they retired.
When they talked about different prayer requests or
different praises that we
have sent out, it was such a blessing. They said they
print off the Zerma prayer letter and pray every day.
I know that they are not the only ones. Thank you so
much for your prayers, for your notes of encouragement,
and for your love. We love you all and appreciate you
so much. Teresa writing for the Zerma team, Rick Leavitt,
Phil & Kimberly Cain, Mark and Deanna Ledlow, Don
and Teresa Bolls
Friday 1 Feb. - Pray for Rick as he will have
returned from his month long conference/learning time
in Ivory Coast. He will have about 3 more weeks to finish
up his language (This means trying to remember what
he learned before he was gone for a month!), he will
be working with Mark learning his job. Pray that he
will be able to communicate and learn quickly.
2 Feb. - Pray for Pastor Ibro and his wife Rachida
as they begin to balance a new life with the new baby,
Aimee Joy. Pray for them as the families and friends
would like Aimee Joy to be a devout Muslim. Pray for
Ibro and Rachida's faith to come closer to the Lord
during this time.
3 Feb. - Don and Phil are still prayer walking every
other day now. It is awesome what all is happening.
Don went to see one of the Christians in Tilwa, which
is about 20 km from Simiri, 40 from Ouallam. Alhassan
had been in a conference in Simiri and learned that
there is now a Radio station in Simiri, and he reserved
30 minutes each Sunday at 9-3h30 am free for Christian
broadcast. He did not have time to talk with Don and
Phil, so he got on there himself and preached! He said
that that day he did not have his Bible with him, but
he would not forget it again! Isn't God so Good??? He
now is walking the 20 km to do the broadcasts. I sometimes
wonder how dedicated we really are. Pray for Alhassan
as he walks the 20 km to share the gospel with several
thousand people that live in the heart of Zerma land.
4 Feb. - Please pray for Wayne and Gayle Gullion,
former members of the Zerma team. Wayne has had heart
problems that's caused him to resign from the IMB. Please
pray for Wayne and Gayle as they make transition back
to the U.S. Please pray for Gayle as she will be in
Niger to close up their house in Gotheye.
5 Feb. - Pray for unity among the Zerma Christians.
Pray that they would be "of one accord" and
that as differences arise, they would work through them
with mutual love and respect.
6 Feb. - Praise the Lord that Deanna has been able
to continue the Bible Study and Praise that God has
provided a dear/former friend, Fanta, that has agreed
to help Deanna with the studies.
7 Feb. - Pray for Rick as he is excited about his
new ministries. Pray that the Lord will continue to
show him ways to minister in Jesus name.Pray for Rick
and Sido as they continue to meet and learn from each
other. Pray that Sido would have a burden to know Jesus.
8 Feb. - Continue to pray that God would raise up
strong leaders among the Zerma Christians. Pray for
their spiritual growth and character. Pray that they
would be men and women of integrity with a vision for
reaching the lost with the Good News.
9 Feb. - Pray that God would continue to send laborers
into the harvest. Pray that the requests we've sent
to the IMB for volunteers and missionaries would be
10 Feb. - Pray for Rick and Mark as they continue
to work on scheduling events - networking with other
Christian organizations. There are times that we could
be working with each other in common goals. Pray that
the scheduling will help all mission organizations as
we work together to share the gospel.
11 Feb. - Pray that we would continue to gain insight
and understanding into Zerma culture so that we might
find bridges by which we can share Christ. Pray that
we would be able to understand and speak the
Zarma language fluently.
12 Feb. - Deanna's Bible study class has requested
classes two times a week! Praise the Lord that they
are so eager to learn -- and pray for Deanna and Fanta
as they have twice the preparations! Praise the Lord
for the faithful attendance. There have been 9 ladies
attending. (Remember, some have to travel long distances
to get to Deanna's house)
13 Feb. - Teresa will be leaving for the States
in a few days. Please pray for her ministries as she
is gone. She has 4 Storying groups, a literacy class
and her and Don teach some classes in Mondollo. Pray
that the participants will not forget the stories that
she has shared with them, will not forget the literacy,
or the health classes, but will be even more excited
when she returns.
14 Feb. - How many Zerma people have heard the gospel
today? As we ask this question, pray that we would take
every opportunity presented to us to share the gospel
with the lost. Pray that the Lord would open doors to
enable us to do this.
15 Feb. - Praise the Lord that Ayssa, Deanna and
Mark's neighbor, has been faithful in attending church
with her children. Ayssa's husband, Tairou, is a Muslim
but has not shown any apprehension for her time and
desire to learn about Jesus.
16 Feb. - The church, Cimberro Bonjara has purchased
two new pieces of property. Pray that more will begin
to come to learn the Truth in the new locations.
17 Feb. - Pray for a rest - but a time to share
the gospel and worship. Sunday is one of our busiest
days. Sometimes there is traveling, some have multiple
ministries on this day, sometimes there are problems
to work out which seems to fall on these days while
people are gathering. Some are there to seek, some to
worship, some to question and some to get... Pray that
we all have Godly wisdom and that we let Jesus work
through our lives. Pray that we would be dependant on
Him in all we say and do.
18 Feb. - Please pray for Teresa Bolls as she will
be traveling to the U.S. today. Schedule is that she
will also arrive today! Pray for a safe and uneventful
trip. Pray for her time with the family and the birth
of the new grandchild.
19 Feb. - Continue to pray for Aissa as Kimberly
meets with her and shares stories from the Bible. Pray
that the living and active Word of God would penetrate
her heart and mind and that she would come to know Jesus
Christ as her personal Savior.
20 Feb. - Pray for those who are listening to gospel
messages on audio-cassettes. Pray that these messages
would be spread far and wide. Pray that the lost would
find salvation and that new Christians would be encouraged
as they listen to these tapes.
Thursday 21 Feb. - Stacy (Bolls) LeQuieu is scheduled
to have a C-section today, bringing a new child into
the world. Pray for Stacy and Billy as they welcome
a new child, and for Dillon as he will be gaining a
new sister. Pray for Don and Teresa, the proud grandparents.
22 Feb. - As we ask you to pray for us daily, pray
that we in turn would make prayer a priority in our
own lives. Sometimes our days are so filled with busyness
and distractions that we end up with little time for
prayer and spiritual reflection. Pray that we would
be men and women of prayer.
23 Feb. - Please continue to pray for the lay leader,
Zakery at the new church site in Goudel. Remember to
pray for the Christian radio broadcast at Simiri 9-9:30am
24 Feb. - Praise God that although the vast majority
of Zerma are Muslim, we have the freedom to preach and
share Christ openly. Pray that this would remain so.
Pray that government leaders and other people of influence
would come to know Christ personally.
Monday 25 Feb. - Pray for those who are watching
the Jesus film, that they would understand clearly who
Jesus is and God's purpose in sending him to earth to
die on a cross. Pray that they would accept Christ's
invitation to invite Him into their hearts.
26 Feb. - Pray for Jessica Landry as she studies
her college classes. She will be joining our team perhaps
the beginning of June, but she still has to go to school
now! Pray that God would be preparing her as
well as the Bolls whom she will be staying with. Pray
that she would be able to get the funding she needs
to come for two and one half months.
27 Feb. - Continue to pray for the group of young
men Phil is meeting with on Wednesdays. Three of them
have already left, having found temporary work in other
towns. Pray that those who remain would continue to
come each week. Pray that they would share what they
are learning with others.
28 Feb. - Pray for Pastor Moussa and his wife, Kadi
and their family of 4 children as they live and witness
in Kwaara Taji. Also please pray for Moussa as he has
begun a literacy and Bible Study in Niamey on the new
compound. Several of the workers are now learning to
read -- and study about Christianity. Pray that Moussa
would have the boldness and wisdom to continue with