"Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days that you
would not believe, even if you were told." Habakkuk
January 1, - Happy New Year! ANSWER: November
15th we asked you to pray about 5 possible believers
in the village of Wiratondi. Upon our first visit there,
we found the village name is Wura-tondi and three men
that have accepted Christ as Savior. This was exciting.
Thank you for praying and PTL! As we finished our visit
they ask, "When can you come back so we can visit
another village where there are others who want to follow
Christ?" This was more exciting. Pray for God's
protect for these new believers.
January 2, - (Jan. 2 - Jan 11) Teresa will
be teaching health/hygiene classes to the ladies in
the neighborhood of Tchemwindi in Ouallam. Pray for
these ladies as they learn about how women can take
better care of their families. Pray for Teresa as she
tries to communicate to the ladies, remember all classes
are taught in Zerma.
January 3, - Learning many things while writing
up a project proposal yielded the following for the
town of Ouallam: July-September the Ouallam health clinic
saw 10,772 cases of malaria, 3041 diarrhea, 1053 dysentery,
967 parasites, 17 snake bites. That is a great deal
in a town of just under 10,000 people! Please pray!
January 4, - As volunteers consider requests
from the Zerma Team, many challenges are faced before
they can answer and fulfill where they feel God is leading.
Many tasks can and do become major like passports, vaccinations,
insurance, church support, planning, money and simply
the time to take off from a regular job to go. Pray
that no obstacles dim their resolve to answer God's
January 5, - Our best gardening season is upon
us "with a vengeance". Demand for garden seed
has outstripped demands of any previous year remembered.
Behind this demand is a previous poor harvest season
in many areas and simply more demand of garden produce.
Pray that people will have an abundant harvest and through
this, Christ's love is seen through us, a love they
also can embrace.
January 6, - January 6 David Weems was to be
in Ouallam working with the Bolls. He became ill and
will not be able to come at this time. Please pray for
David and Mary as he regains his health. Pray for another
time that perhaps David can work it into his schedule
to come and help minister to the Zerma.
January 7, - ANSWER: Many give so that we will
have transportation to travel for ministry in "getting
the gospel out". With fuel prices nearing $4 per
gallon, it can get expensive. Praise God for those that
give so that others can go. If you haven't done so already,
think what God would have you do about the Lottie Moon
Christmas Offering...it's not too late.
January 8, - Please pray for 'S', a Zerma woman
whose house is known as a house of prayer in her community.
Pray that as she and her husband, 'F' boldly share the
Gospel that the message of Jesus Christ would be gladly
January 9, - Thank you for praying for the
evangelistic efforts that took place during the Francophone
Games during December. Please continue to pray that
this work would bear much fruit over the next weeks
and months as so many have heard the gospel. Pray that
God's Word would take root in the hearts of those who
heard it and hear it today and that as a result they
would give their lives to Christ.
January 10, - Pray for Phil and Kimberly as
they lead the Zerma team and plan strategies for reaching
the Zerma people. Pray that they would lead effectively
and make wise use of their time.
January 11, - Pray that the Zerma believers
would live holy lives that are altogether different,
in order that others would see the change Christ has
made in their lives and desire to follow Him as well.
January 12, - Pray for Mark and Deanna Ledlow
as they locate and prepare housing for new personnel
and maintain the guesthouse in Niamey. This year there
will be an increase in the number of volunteers coming
to Niger, pray that Deanna will be able to handle this
additional load as she as also serves as financial facilitator.
January 13, - Thank you for praying for Caroline
as she's adjusted to wearing a back brace. Although
it's not very comfortable she is getting used to it
and it doesn't bother her too much. Pray that the brace
would be effective in keeping her back from getting
January 14, - Today is Deanna Ledlow's Birthday.
Pray for her today to have insight, wisdom and perseverance
in making daily decisions and as she shares Christ with
those she encounters.
Sunday, January 15, - ANSWER: Praise
God for giving Kanesa and Brandy a great month of language
study and allowing them to share with numerous people
even though they have a small new vocabulary.
January 16, - January 16 through 25 Teresa
will be teaching ladies from the neighborhood of Gastduiré
in Ouallam. Again, please pray for communication and
the love of Christ to be very apparent.
January 17, - Please pray for 'H', one of the
guards that Kanesa has been sharing with. He is of the
dominate faith here, but has heard the Gospel several
times and is considering the idea of Jesus being God.
Please pray that God will reveal Himself to 'H' in a
dream or vision.
January 18, - Please begin to pray now for
the many volunteers who will be joining us in Niger
this year. Pray all the logistics and planning that
will need to take place in preparation for their coming
and for the financial resources they will need to get
here. Pray that the various requests we have submitted
will be filled.
January 19, - Changes are being made with the
'Niger Pepper Project'. Basically it is a complete change
in administration, back to the basics in a very simple
way that can be easily built on as production increases.
Please pray that we learn and build on past mistakes.
Pray for wisdom for the Christians involved and those
that are not, to be convinced of the deity of Christ.
January 20, - Most all of the Zerma Team prayer
requests have a much larger story behind them than you
actually read in the daily prayer request. If interested,
please don't hesitate to ask for more information. We
would be glad to share more with you. Please pray for
us as we try to write clear concise requests that will
honor the item as needed for prayer.
January 21, - Pray for the Blacks as they continue
to learn language and share the gospel with their friends.
Pray also for Melissa as the new baby is due in March.
They are currently looking at their options of clinics
that can safely delivery the baby.
January 22, - 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.
January 23, - Please pray for God to soften
the hearts of the people who live in Kollo and the surrounding
villages that Kanesa and Brandy will be working with.
Pray that they will adjust to their new home quickly
and be a bright light in a dark place.
January 24, - Praise God for Yacouba and Renata.
God is opening tremendous doors for them to share Christ
with key people in leadership. Pray these seeds take
root and that the evil one is not able to keep them
January 25, - Please pray for Ibro, Brandy
and Kanesa's language teacher. Ibro is a Christian,
so would you ask that God would strengthen him according
to the glorious riches that are in Christ Jesus. Would
you also ask that God would speak to Ibro in a way that
he would be reminded of God's great love and favor that
has been granted to him?
January 26, - Pray for the Pastors of the evangelical
churches in Niamey. Pray that unity will be maintained
and that they will have a deep, God given vision to
reach the city of Niamey with the gospel. Pray for those
being persecuted - that they will feel God's comfort
penetrate every area of their lives.
January 27, - Pray for love and unity among
the Zerma team for "by this all will know that
you are My disciples, if you love one another."
Pray that our love for one another will be so evident
that the Zerma will know we are Christ's disciples.
January 28, - Pray for Jeremy Ledlow as he
searches for his place in the states now. Ask God to
give him direction as he makes decisions about college,
career and where God wants him now.
January 29, - ANSWER: You've prayed for some
time about our project to translate a series of 100
radio programs into Zarma. The rough translation has
been completed for all of them and we've actually recorded
the first 10 lessons. Thanks for your faithful prayers
that have helped see us through on this--please continue
to pray that all the recordings would be completed soon.
January 30, - January 30-31 Teresa will start
another class teaching the ladies from the neighborhood
of Niamsal in Ouallam. Pray that all will understand
and be able to take the ideas home and put them to use.
January 31, - Praise God that Niger, although
a Muslim nation, maintains religious freedom. Pray that
believers here would be bold in bearing witness to Christ
and seek opportunities to plant churches while the fields
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