I write this we are nearing the end of the year of 2002.
There have been so many times that you have lifted us
up and made a difference in the lives of many and in
our ministry here. We want to take this time to say
a very special thank you for your dedication for lifting
up the Zerma work.
year I am sure there will be many changes: We will be
joined by two young women in January, Faith Scarbrough
and Charity Hawk. They will be in Niger for 2 years,
we will have at least 4 volunteer teams, the Bolls will
go to the U.S. and the Cains and Ledlows will be returning
to Niger. Rick will be with us for at least 10 more
months. There have been several types of discipleship
classes and trainings and hopefully the Zerma will have
a call to share the Lord with their own people. It's
gonna be busy! and lots of changes. but we know that
one thing never changes, and that is why we celebrate
Christmas. Thank you Lord for sending your precious
Son. - It's because of Christ that we are here and that
you are praying for the Zerma. We would like to wish
you all a very Merry Christmas Love to all...
Wednesday 1 January - As we all begin
this New Year with hope and anticipation, pray that
the Zerma Muslims, who have few hopes and no assurance
of salvation, would come to know Him who fulfills our
hopes and grants eternal life through Christ. Pray for
Pastor Moussa and Kadie in the loss of their son, Issaka
due to Malaria. He died 3 December.
Thursday 2 January - Please pray for Faith
and Charity's family that the Lord will give them a
faith that will bring them to a complete trust in the
Almighty God and put all their fears at ease.
Friday 3 January - Pray for Faith and
Charity as they prepare to leave their families, pack
suitcases, say good-bye for two years. With all the
excitement surrounding Faith and Charity's arrival in
Niger, we remain aware that the need for laborers is
great. Pray that God would continue to send His servants
among the Zerma until all have had the opportunity to
hear and respond to the Gospel.
Saturday 4 January - Please pray for
the Christians in Gutumbou - that they would continue
to study God's word and seek to share with others. Pray
that the Holy Spirit would reveal to their Muslim friends,
family and neighbors that Jesus is real.
Sunday 5 January - Pray that the Zerma
team would have a love for each other and a love for
the Zerma people and a burning desire to share this
with others. Also please pray for the President and
the other government leaders in Niger. Pray that they
would govern with wisdom and discernment and that there
would continue to be a climate of religious freedom
in this country. Pray most of all that they would come
to know Christ personally.
Monday 6 January - Faith Scarbrough
and Charity Hawk, the newest members of our team, will
be arriving in Niamey January 5th. Pray for them as
they confront a culture vastly different that what they've
known in the U.S. Pray for grace, patience, and perseverance
as they make many adjustments in their lifestyle and
experience separation from family and friends. Pray
for them as they begin language study, that the vocabulary
and phrases, the grammar and idioms, would come quickly.
Tuesday 7 January - Pray for Rick as
he continues the Storying Class on compound. Praise
the Lord that the men that take the class are willing
to help translate and help others to understand.
Wednesday 8 January - Please pray for
Harouna and the church he wants to start - Fonda Yeena.
He has been trying for over 2 years. Pray for wisdom
and that it is not just Harouna that wants the church
to begin but that we would do what the Lord wants and
in the Lord's timing.
Thursday 9 January - Pray for the Literacy
Class that is being taught in Rick's yard. As one of
the men shared with us about learning to read: "Now
I can read and study about Jesus and understand. Now
I can read it to others and maybe they will know."
Friday 10 January -
Pray for the Christians in Tilwa, as Alhassan is teaching
Literacy class to basically the whole village. It was
so exciting to see and hear them in class. They all
sat around in darkness after 9pm with 3 lanterns- after
a hard day of work. The next day most come to the chalkboard
to write their lessons from the previous night. Their
desire for knowledge overwhelmed us. Pray for more Zarma/Christian
Saturday 11 January - Pray for the Radio broadcast
on Yilwa 95.1 in Simiri that will be broadcast on Sunday
9am. Pray that the people that hear will want to know
more about the True Lord and Savior. Also, remember
that there are lots of audio cassettes with gospel messages
on them floating around Zerma villages. They are being
listened to and passed around. Pray that as God's word
goes forth in this manner it would penetrate the hearts
of unbelievers and draw them to the Savior.
Sunday 12 January - Pray for Moussa
and Ramatou in Kaoura - the only 2 Christians in the
village, yet they get together and study the Bible and
try to show God's love for them and for others.
Monday 13 January - Pray for Don and
Rick as they continue Discipleship classes in various
villages. Pray for wisdom and communication skills.
Pray that the men that are studying the classes would
have a real desire to draw closer to the Lord and share
this knowledge and love to others.
Tuesday 14 January - Pray for Mrs. Royce who
is drawing many pictures for the Bible story and health
books. Pray that we would be able to use these books
to the utmost for the glory of the Lord.
Wednesday 15 January - Salamatou is
now teaching the kids Bible stories in Ouallam. Pray
for Salamatou as she shares with the kids, pray that
the kids would continue to come to the classes and continue
to learn about the Lord and how much He loves them.
Pray that all Zerma believers would speak God's word
with courage and conviction. Pray that they would not
be just hearers of the Word, but doers as well.
Thursday 16 January - Pray for the
Storying classes that Teresa has with various women
in various villages. This is garden season and the women
are very busy. Please pray that the women would have
the time to come to the classes.
Friday 17 January - Please
pray for Balaraba in the village of Dokimana as he teaches
the children literacy classes as well as Bible Stories
and pastors the church in Dokimana and Say.
Saturday 18 January - Pray for Charity as we
visit villages and she will be deciding in which village
she will live and minister.
Sunday 19 January - Please pray for
the Cain's as they speak at churches and share with
them about the Zerma.
Monday 20 January - Please pray as
we choose a village for Faith - a place where God would
have her to witness and minister for the next two years.
Tuesday 21 January - Please pray for
the public schools and for the children that attend
them. Expectations, standards and discipline for the
children are different than we are accustomed. A difficult
event compels a request for an unspoken prayer for little
Wednesday 22 January - Pray for Moussa
as he continues translating the "Way of Righteousness"
that could be used for various ministries: Storying,
radio broadcast, various classes of literacy, Bible
etc. Pray for wisdom.
Thursday 23 January - Today is the
market in Mang'ize. Pray for the many that will be traveling
to market and for the Christians there that they would
give a positive testimony to others around them. Pray
that all the Zerma believers would have a vision for
seeing churches started in villages across West Africa;
that they would have a passion for reaching the lost
with the Gospel.
Friday 24 January - Pray that we would
have the Vision that the Lord would want us to have,
the love of the people and to know how best to share
that love with those around us.
Saturday 25 January - Please pray for
the small church in Ouallam as it continues to have
problems. Pray that they would look to the Lord for
their needs, that they would have a desire to share
the Love of Jesus with others around them and that they
would love and forgive each other.
Sunday 26 January - Pray that our faith
will increase and that we will not be overwhelmed with
the HUGE task the Lord has called us to do, but rather
understand His work in it all and His desire to be glorified.
Pray that as God used the apostles to encourage, exhort,
and train new Christians in the first century, A.D.,
so too He would raise up leaders among the Zerma in
the twenty-first century who will serve as examples
and role models of what it means to follow Christ in
Monday 27 January - Volunteers from
Wildwood Baptist Church, Clinton, Mississippi will be
arriving in Ouallam around 10 February, but will probably
still have some last minute things to do. Pray to arrange
their schedules so they will be able to come and be
effective in the work (Prayer walking, moving the Community
Center and construction work)
Tuesday 28 January - Pray for wisdom
as Faith will be choosing a village in which she will
be living and ministering for the next two years. Also
please 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.
Wednesday 29 January - Pray for the
Zerma people that the Lord in all His Sovereignty is
preparing their hearts to receive the gospel and the
scales will be removed from their eyes, so they may
see the mystery of Christ. Pray for the imams (Muslim
priests) living in villages across Niger. Pray that
even as they say their daily prayers and go through
the rituals of Islam, God would reveal Himself to them
in such a way that they would be convinced of their
lostness and turn to Him in humility and repentance.
Pray that God would do a mighty work in the hearts of
these men of influence. Pray that as they find salvation
through Christ, they would lead their followers to know
Him as well.
Thursday 30 January - A volunteer team
from MO. is coming to Niger. Pray that they will be
able to get all the paperwork done and get the necessary
supplies for their work in the Ouallam area 28 Feb -
11 March. Friday January 31 - Please pray for the two
Christians in Kwadabio Kwaara. Pray that they will be
able to remain faithful with so many Muslim temptations
around them and their family. Pray for the children,
all of whom suffer from various illnesses.