you so much for your prayers for the Zerma people and
for those that minister to the Zerma. 2001 was
a very good - albeit busy year for the team and many
of your prayers were answered. As we look back
over the year of events, we think of the many times
that you have held up the people and work here by the
power of prayer. We hope to send you an update of the
year soon. Thank you so much for your Kingdom work.
January Prayer Requests:
1 - Tuesday -Happy New Year! Pray that the Lord
of the Harvest would send forth laborers to help us
reach the Zerma people. Pray that every Zerma,
even in the farthest village, would have opportunity
to hear the Good News.
2 - Wednesday - Rick will be attending a West Africa
Orientation for these next two weeks in Abidjan.
Pray for him as he travels, as he will be in classes
- and missing out on Zarma language study. Pray
that he will learn much and not forget his Zarma!
3 - Thursday - Please continue to pray for the
Niger Pepper Project. Many facets of the project concerning
several villages are being brought together. If it all
works, people should have more food and income and the
love of God spread.
4 - Friday - Praise the Lord for Jessica Landry
who is answering the call to come to Ouallam this summer
to join the Zerma team for a few months. Pray
for her as she prepares to come - both mentally, physically
-- and Spiritually. Pray for others that the Lord
may be calling to come to join the Zerma team.
5 - Saturday - Praise the Lord that Rick and
Sido are able to meet weekly. Sido has been having Rick
into his home. Pray as Rick learns the language
and culture from Sido, that Sido can learn the love
of Jesus from Rick. Sido seems very interested in Christianity.
Pray that Rick will be able to communicate in love so
that Sido will truly understand.
6 - Sunday - Bring your prayer to the Lord today
for Pastor Balarba. He leads the church in his house
ministering to his and 4 surrounding villages. Pray
for Balarba as teaches literacy, tells the Bible stories,
and ministers in the area of Say. Pray that the
Spirit would equip him to carry out his work and that
he would continue to grow in his personal walk with
God. Pray that he would live a life of integrity
that is beyond reproach.
7 - Monday -Pray for us as we "model"
Christianity through our daily lives and our interactions
with the Zerma people. Pray that we would
be like Christ in our attitudes and actions. Pray
that each of us would have evidence of a strong personal
relationship with God.
8 - Tuesday - Deanna meets with at least 8 women
in her neighborhood for Storying sessions. This
is very exciting as it seems the Lord is doing even
more than we asked for - or expected! Thank you
for your prayers. As Deanna was preparing lessons
for 3 of the women from the church, Aissa asked to study
as well, along with some of her friends that are not
Christian. Deanna was feeling overwhelmed and wishing
she had a Christian woman that could help her - and
guess who knocked on the door - but a Christian woman,
Fanta, that would like to join her study. After
they discussed the literature and methods, Fanta asked
if she could teach it!!! Please pray for Deanna
and Fanta as they lead this group. Pray for the
Christian women from the church that they would be able
to join - or even begin another group.
9 - Wednesday - Praise the Lord! Ibro and
Rachida are the proud parents of a sweet - and beautiful--
baby girl, named Aimee Joy. Mother and child are
doing fine. Papa is so proud!
10 - Thursday - Pray for the government and leaders
of Niger. Pray that they would govern with wisdom
and discernment, and in the best interests of the people.
Pray that Niger would remain stable and maintain it's
stance on religious freedom.
11 - Friday - Yacouba, one of the babies that was
treated at the medical clinic we had in October is still
suffering some. His mother is pregnant with the
next baby, he is malnourished and weak from his bout
with malaria. Pray for little Yacouba to gain his strength
and grow to know Jesus as his personal Savior.
12 - Saturday - As many people come to our doors
with physical needs pray that we would have discernment
about how best to help meet those needs. Pray that the
Zerma would understand their greatest need is to know
13 - Sunday - Today pray for Pastor Tokyo as
he ministers to his large village and meets with the
church at his home.
14 - Monday -Continue to pray that both the missionaries
and the Zerma Christians would have a burden for reaching
the lost. Pray that the Zerma Christians would
have a vision for multiplying churches throughout Niger.
15 - Tuesday - Praise the Lord that Rahina is
doing much better. This is the little girl that
was treated with cerebral malaria and typhoid during
the medical clinic in October. Pray that through
the divine intervention of prayer and volunteers that
she would come to know Jesus personally as her Lord
16 - Wednesday - Pray for our ability to speak
and understand the Zarma language. Pray that we
would continue to develop a knowledge and understanding
of their culture and worldview. Offer a praise
to God that the sufficiency of Christ is adequate to
break down any language or cultural barriers.
- Thursday - Pray for Mark and Rick as they will
be attending a Business Facilitators Conference in Abidjan.
(Remember that Rick is still there from the Orientation!)
Pray for Deanna that she will be able to attend.
Pray for the kids - as we work with logistics of someone
staying with them, schooling, etc.
18 - Friday - Pray for Zakery who is seeming
to take a leadership role now that the Cimberro Bonjara
has split into two churches. He is leading the
group that is meeting in Goudel. Please pray for
wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit as he teaches.
- Saturday - Pray for Salamatou as she tells Bible
Stories at the Ouallam Church for the kids. Pray
for her to be able to share the truths in love and action.
She also leads the group in singing. Thank the
Lord for this willing servant.
- Sunday - Ask the Lord today to strengthen and
encourage the small church in Ouallam. They have land
and a building. Leadership is young and growing. Pray
that God would raise up strong and spiritual leadership
and that it would serve as a model for other churches
in this part of Niger. Pray for Phil and Don as they
seek ways to disciple and train leaders.
21 - Monday -Pray for Kimberly as she balances
ministry, home school, and household chores. Continue
to pray for her study with Aissa. Pray for Kimberly
to have adequate preparation time and for Aissa to be
receptive to the truth revealed in the Bible.
22 - Tuesday - Pray for the Mobile Outreach Center
that the Bolls' are taking to villages. Pray that
Don and Teresa would be able to teach the necessary
classes during these meetings. Praise the Lord
for this vision and for the villages that are interested
in having the center to come with the classes.
23 - Wednesday - Thanks for praying for the group
of young men Phil has been meeting with on Wednesdays.
The group has been consistent, with 10-12 guys coming
regularly. From a discussion/question time, it
has turned into a new members class for the Ouallam
church. We will cover about 15 lessons on the
fundamentals of the Christian faith. Pray for
these young men who have made decisions to follow Christ,
that their faith would be strengthened. Pray for
those who have not made that decision, that they would
open their hearts and minds to receive the Savior.
- Thursday - Please continue to pray for health.
This is a season of many illnesses: Rick has been ill
with malaria, Mark has been ill with a blood infection,
many have been ill with bronchial problems, colds and
more. Please remember not only the missionaries but
the nationals as well. This is cold season and
it is very cold, even though it is only about 55-60F.
at night. Please pray also for the family of Donna,
a teacher that helped to coordinate the FES school which
Caroline and many other home schooled kids attend.
Donna took ill during the December session and went
home to be with the Lord. Please pray for her
family, many of whom are not Christian. She was
one of 12 children. Donna was with SIL, a sister
mission that works with translations and education.
25 - Friday - Pray for Teresa and Tanda as they
study the Bible Stories. Thank you for your continued
prayers - Tanda wanted Teresa to tell the stories to
some of her friends in another part of Ouallam. Tanda
helped teach much of the stories (PTL) and they have
requested to continue the Story sessions. Pray
for Teresa to have the time and energy to share with
these 4 different storying groups.
26 - Saturday - Pray for Moussa and Kadi as they
minister and live among the people in Kwaara Taji.
Pray for Moussa as he leads the church, Kuroko Hanna.
(The Good shepherd)
27 - Sunday - As Cimberro Bonjara divides - pray that
it will multiply. Cimberro Bonjara is the church that
was meeting on the property owned by Southern Baptists.
We are now in the process of selling this property and
the church will have to move. Ibro has moved to
Lazare and has purchased some land for the church to
meet there. This is several miles from many of
the former members, who have found land in their neighborhood
of Goudel and are making plans to begin a church there.
Pray for these two church starts.
28 - Monday -Pray for Caroline and Caleb as they
grow up here as "3rd culture kids", neither
fully American nor African. Pray that they would
incorporate the best of both cultures into their lives
as they grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
29 - Tuesday - Pray for Roukailla and Hadjara,
young women in Teresa's literacy class. During
most meetings a Bible story is shared and discussed.
Pray for these women as they are beginning to learn
to read and are putting letters together to make words
- then sentences. As they read some of the Bible
Stories, pray that they would understand the truths
in the Holy Word.
30 - Wednesday - Pray for Teresa as she leads a
group of young children in their weekly Kid's club on
Wednesdays. These young people are so eager and
excited to learn of the many Bible Characters.
Pray that they would learn to learn the love of the
Lord, and accept Jesus as their true God.
31 - Thursday - As most of you know, we have
distributed many Bibles, audio tapes, and video cassettes
of the Jesus film among the Zerma. Pray that the
gospel would be spread far and wide through these media.
Continue to pray that the living and active Word of
God would penetrate the hearts and minds of the hearers.
Pray that the lives of those who read the Bibles and
hear the tapes would be transformed. Pray for
the new Christians who are using these to study and
learn about God, that their faith and convictions would