it be time for the February prayer letter already? Today
is January 14th and I see it is 76 degrees at 9:30 am.
That is very cool for most Zerma people in Niger at
this cold season time of the year even though it is
near 100 during mid-day. I hope you are recovering from
a wonderful Holiday Season that was not too cold and
that it was a meaningful one for you, family and friends.
want to praise the Lord that Charity and Faith arrived
safely, only 6 hours late and 4 pieces of luggage short!
They seem to be doing great, adjusting pretty well and
learning a lot - like "One needs to drink water
or one might get dehydrated!" Pray for their health
and their adjustment to Niger to such things as humidity
about 26%, 96F, another language, walking everywhere,
many strange sights and smells. Pray that they will
grow to love the Zerma people and learn quickly so they
can share the Love of the Savior.
1 February - All of us who follow Christ are
engaged in a spiritual battle, especially in places
like Niger where Satan has had a spiritual stronghold
for thousands of years. Pray that we and our Zerma brothers
and sisters in Christ would stand firm, hold fast to
the truth, proclaim the Gospel with boldness, and exercise
our faith in the true and living God.
2 February - No groundhog over here and if
it was he would surely see his shadow on about a 96F
day. But the cool clear nights are still very cold for
the people here. Many suffer from colds and respiratory
problems from the cold dry air. Pray for their health.
3 February - Please pray for Faith and Charity
as they will be in Niamey getting their orientation
there. Praise the Lord for those that will be helping
them adjust to a new way of life among the Zerma people.
4 February - Gardening
is in "full swing" with much produce coming
in and maybe some still being planted. Many Zerma people
are good farmers. Ask God to give them strength and
health to bring in his wonderful harvest. Pray as they
transplant various produce that their hearts may also
receive a ransplantation - that of accepting Jesus.
5 February - Pray for Rick, Faith and Charity
as they travel to Torodi today. Pray for Faith and Charity
as they learn about Life in a Zerma town from another
fellow Journeyman, Koleta who works with the Fulani
people. Pray that Faith, Charity and the rest of the
team as we decide which village they will be living
6 February - Pray for the volunteer team of
Wildwood Baptist, Clinton, MS as they prepare to leave
for Niger and the work they will accomplish.
7 February - Phil begins teaching a Survey
of Missions class at Union University. Pray that he
would be used of God to inspire, encourage, and inform
students about God's heart for the nations.
8 February - Pray for Faith, Charity and Koleta
as they will be traveling back to Niamey today. Pray
that they have learned much about Zerma people and will
have a safe journey. Pray that they will be able to
minister to those that they are traveling with. Pray
that as Faith and Charity study the Zerma language and
culture, God will bring into their lives a special Zerma
friend who will be a source of encouragement and insight
into all things Zerma.
9 February - Praise the Lord for two of the
men at the prison. As Don was sharing the Bible story
of Jesus' baptism two requested baptism. Pray for these
men as they seek to really know Jesus as the Redeemer.
10 February - Pray for Faith and Charity as
they begin language classes today with their teacher
Ibro. Pray that they will be able to hear and learn
the Zarma language. Pray for the volunteers from Wildwood
that will be arriving to Niger today. Pray for those
they will minister to while they are in Niger and that
all will remain healthy.
11 February - Pray that the volunteers from
Wildwood will be able to adjust to the time and the
many activities planned while they are here. Pray as
they have orientation and then prayer walk in the village
of Mondollo where there are no known Christians. Pray
that the villagers will begin to understand and apply
to their lives some of the truths that are being shared
12 February - As
we go prayer walking through the market in Ouallam today,
pray that we will know who to pray for and how the Lord
would want us to pray. Pray that we would have the "eyes
of Jesus" and see the needs around us and that
we would know how to minister and pray in the midst
of the Zerma.
13 February - As we are making changes with
the community center - making it mobile, pray that we
would know how best to prepare the supplies that will
be being made mobile. Pray for safety as we travel to
Kaoura to prayer walk in this village. Pray that the
prayers and "seeds" planted in the Kaoura
village would grow mature Christians.
14 February - Thank God for your loved ones
this Valentine day and also for the not so lovable.
Pray that the Zerma would learn about the Love of Jesus
and learn how to love one another the way that the Lord
15 February - Pray that as the Volunteers are
ending their stay in Ouallam that they will have a heart
for the people and will have a desire to share with
others so that there will be many praying for the salvation
of the Zerma. Hopefully by today we have made many changes
in the center and have ministered to many in the area.
16 February - Pray for the volunteers and the
Bolls as they will be traveling to Tilwa to worship
with the group there, as well as traveling to Waru to
encourage the Christians there. Pray for the volunteers
and Don as later in the day they will be going to the
prison to witness to the prisoners in Ouallam.
17 February - If you put any emphasis on Presidents
Day please take the occasion to pray for the President
of Niger, that he may be a Godly man making good decisions
for his country where most Zerma people live. Today
the Bolls and the Wildwood volunteers will be traveling
to Niamey. Perhaps there will be lots of shopping, sightseeing,
packing to do, but pray that we will continue to take
time to visit and pray for those that are serving us.
Tonight (Niger time) at midnight the Wildwood volunteers
will be leaving Niger. Praise the Lord for them coming
and pray that their prayers will be answered - that
the Zerma would come to know Jesus in a very real and
18 February - Pray for the Volunteers from
Wildwood as they should be arriving home today! Ask
God to continue to bless them and to help them as they
adjust to the time and get back in their busy schedules.
Praise the Lord that they came and ministered to so
19 February - Pray for Salamatou who is now
doing a Bible study for many children in Ouallam. When
a group of Niamey Christians came on December 18th for
a special event, there were 250 kids that attended.
Salamatou ministers to many of those and others.
20 February - Please continue to pray for Faith
and Charity as they are studying Zerma formally 3-4
hours per day, and informally the rest of the day! Pray
that they would learn the language and love the Zerma
21 February - Pray for Don and Teresa as they
will be taking the "Mobile" center out to
various villages. Pray for those that come to learn
and that the Bolls would be able to best know how to
minister to them. Pray for safe travels and good health.
22 February - The vision of our team is to
see a contextualized, reproducing church planting movement
among the Zerma people throughout the world. We believe,
based on scripture, that this is what God desires also.
Pray that this vision would become a reality. Pray for
the Zerma Christians, that God would equip them for
the task of spreading His word and planting churches
so that He might be glorified among the Zerma.
23 February - Pray that the Holy Spirit would
move among the Zerma people, drawing them to Himself.
Pray that as the Spirit moves, there would be many opportunities
for the Zerma to hear the gospel and respond to His
offer of salvation freely given through Jesus Christ.
Pray that both missionaries and Zerma Christians would
be sensitive to these opportunities and that God would
give us the words to make His gospel known.
24 February - There have been many Zerma children
who have heard the gospel and given their hearts to
Christ. Pray that these little ones would grow in grace
and knowledge of the risen Savior. Pray that God would
grant them courage and protection as most of them come
from Muslim families.
25 February - As Zerma Christians read the
Bible or perhaps hear it through the radio or by audio
cassette, pray that God would grant them understanding
and insight, that they would be transformed by the renewing
of their minds, and come to a deeper knowledge and awareness
of His presence in their lives.
26 February - Pray for the physical needs of
the Zerma. Pray that they would have adequate nutrition,
clothing, and shelter. Pray for those who are experiencing
illness and pain, that they would find healing and relief.
27 February - We hope and trust that God is
working in the hearts of Christians outside of Niger,
calling them to service among the Zerma through long
or short-term missions or perhaps through gathering
greater prayer support. Pray that this calling would
be confirmed in their lives and that they would boldly
take that step of faith--trusting in the Lord's leading--by
joining us in our ministry to reach the Zerma with the
28 February - The Niger pepper project continues.
Pray for all involved in the growing, grinding, storing
as well as the business end. It is a wonderful opportunity
for Zerma people to seize on a way to better provide
for their families.
defended the cause of the poor and needy...' Jeremiah