February 2006

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 - February 1-10 Teresa will be teaching the ladies of Niamsal. Please pray that Christ will be very evident and that all can understand the health lessons.

Thursday, February 2, 2006 – February 1- 10 Ben’s brother and 12 year old niece will be coming to Niamey for the first time to work with us. Pray for an opportunity for Lauren to work with orphans or babies in Niamey. Pray that Patrick will have favor as he works with a fellow veterinarian in Niamey and also for opportunities for him to share his testimony with people in Goudel and other areas of Niamey.

Friday, February 3, 2006 - ANSWER: Christmas season showed that many people are listening to radio station Yilwa, a local public low power FM station. Some of the several cassette tapes of Bible stories, preaching and gospel music provided by Southern Baptists are played every Sunday morning about 9:30am. Praise God these are allowed to be played and pray for the listeners to hear and understand the 'Good News'.

Saturday, February 4, 2006 - Phil has begun to meet with a neighbor, Atta, a new believer who wants to learn more about the Bible. Atta is trying to get a group of his unbelieving friends together for an evangelistic Bible study. Pray for him as he witnesses to his friends and brothers and for Phil as he helps Atta grow in his faith.

Sunday, February 5, 2006 - The Ouallam church continues to struggle after many set backs over as many years. Pray that the hand full of believers will be added to. Praise God for these faithful few and that God would bless them in a mighty way. Praise God also for the many children that go there and are so eager to learn about Christ.

Monday, February 6, 2006 - ANSWER: The January 1, 2006 Zerma prayer request included 3 believers at Wura-tondi who wanted us to visit another village. We went to that village called Sinsan. 24 names were written down who were very interested and wanted to study further. Thank you for praying and please pray for these 24 and others who are witnessing to them that they would understand and hold on to their new found faith.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - February 7 - 22 Martha and Pete LeQuieu are volunteering their time and energy to help work with the Zerma in Ouallam and surrounding villages. Pray for their safety and health as they will be experiencing many different sights, smells, tastes and just experiences! Pray for safe arrival, for luggage to arrive, and for a good experience. Pray for the people's lives that will be touched, that Jesus will become real to them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - Pray for Kimberly as she continues home schooling this year and begins to make decisions about what to do for the next school year. Although she really enjoys teaching, she would like to spend more time in ministry. There is a private Christian school here, attended mostly by children of missionaries, so that is one option. There are several pros and cons for both options, so pray that God would give us wisdom about the best course to take.

Thursday, February 9, 2006 – More 'pepper project' seed has been distributed and planted in the village of Kaoura. Pray these plants grow as Moussa and villagers water them and God gives the increase! For several years now, Moussa is the only Christian in this large village. Pray the pepper project will raise his influence in the village as he leads in bringing more food and income to his village...and that God will give the increase in new believers!

Friday, February 10, 2006 – Pray for Mark and Deanna Ledlow as they facilitate our mission personnel and volunteers. Pray for wisdom and courage for them as they work with numerous nationals daily in solving problems, supervising and living out an incarnational witness.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise God that Kollo is feeling like home for Brandy and Kanesa and that God has provided a few women of peace that have great patience with them and their language.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 - Please pray for Moumouni and a Muslim priest that Moumouni has been witnessing to that lives in another village. Moumouni is an older man and can't see well but he has Jesus in his heart which all those around him CAN see very well.

Monday, February 13, 2006 - Pray for the classes that Teresa teaches to the ladies of Daikoira during February 13 - 24. Pray for communication skills and for the witness of Christ to be very evident.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 – Happy Valentine’s Day. If Jesus lives in your heart then you have peace. Pray for the eyes, ears and hearts of the Zerma people to be open to learning about Jesus and that God will reveal himself to them so that they can have the peace they long for.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - During all of 2006, the International Mission Board will be emphasizing the needs and ministry opportunities in West Africa. We've organized a number of volunteer requests in anticipation of this, and in the coming months will continue to submit additional requests. Pray that God would lead volunteers to fill these requests and join us in sharing the gospel and planting churches among the Zerma people. For more information visit the IMB Website at: http://going.imb.org/volunteer.asp

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God that there have been many opportunities for the Jesus film to be shown in Kollo this past month and for Kanesa and Brandy to share with their Zerma neighbors.

Friday, February, 17, 2006 – Pray for Amadou and Hassi as they share Christ with the people of Goudel. Pray that God would build his church there and that it will be a light drawing many into relationship with God and that it would multiply itself rapidly as they set specific times for teaching and discipleship. Wednesday nights is a teaching time with the teenagers and Friday night the focus is prayer and worship.

Saturday, February, 18, 2006 - Can you pray and walk, hand sew or repair a sewing machine? Or, do you know anyone that can? How about plant a fruit tree orchard?...teach a drama/play? These are a few volunteer possibilities for a week or two of ministry here among the Zerma people. Would you pray that someone answers these requests? More information can be found by writing us and looking at the web site www.imb.org/going

Sunday, February, 19, 2006 - Pray for boldness and urgency as we share the Gospel. Ask that we would be sensitive to the Spirit's leadership and do all He has called us to do.

Monday, February 20, 2006 - Pray for the men that are still going out sharing the stories of the Bible. It is so good to see that God is growing some wonderful men. Pray for these men as they continue sharing ‘The Story’ in the Ouallam area.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - Please pray for Kanesa and Brandy as they begin traveling to villages and ask God to direct them to the villages He wants them to work in.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - Recently, a survey was conducted in Niamey regarding the use of media materials. One of the questions asked dealt with personal needs. Many of the responses dealt with health and material needs, but it was interesting to see that many indicated a need or desire for "peace." Although many of these probably meant an absence of war or open conflict, it also seems to reflect an absence of peace in their hearts regarding their eternal destiny and their relationship with God. Pray that the Zerma would find true peace--the kind that comes from knowing Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - Please pray for Kanesa's friend ‘H’ that her heart will be softened and that she will see the truth as she begins to listen to stories and really be a good friend for Kanesa.

Friday, February 24, 2006 - Pray for us, that we would walk in a manner worthy of our calling--being salt and light to the world around us. Pray that our light would so shine that people see Jesus clearly in us.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 – ANSWER: The Sustar’s had a great vacation in the states during December. Praise God for forming a new partnership between Glenview Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and the Zerma People.

Sunday, February 26, 2006 - Pray that the Zerma will hear the gospel today. Pray that we who have and know the gospel would be bold in sharing with those who don't yet believe. Pray that the churches that have been established among the Zerma would multiply greatly this year.

Monday, February 27, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise the Lord for the childrens’ enthusiasm in presenting a drama. During the month of December the kids in Ouallam studied and presented the Christmas story for about 150 people. It was an awesome experience for them-and all of them remembered the true story. Now we are making requests for someone that knows what they are doing to come and teach the story of Easter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - Please pray for Kanesa and Brandy to have wisdom, mercy, and love for the people of Kollo as they ask them for many physical needs and have little interest in the Gospel at times. Pray for Melissa Black - that the final stages of her pregnancy goes well and the baby is born healthy.

Joining you around the throne!

The Zerma Team

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