love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry
for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call
on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
September 1, 2006 - Please pray for the many
that will be working in their fields. September is the
beginning of the end of the rain for the year in the
Ouallam area. It rains little to none the month of October.
Please pray that sufficient rainfall comes that will
finish the harvest of the main grain crop millet.
September 2, 2006 – ANSWER: We praise
God for safe travel to and from our regional meetings
in Togo. We praise Him for His unifying spirit that
permeated those meetings, our renewed vision to reach
the Zerma people and provide them with God’s Word
in a form that they can understand. Thank you for making
this conference possible through your giving to the
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
September 3, 2006 - Pray for Kimberly as she
begins a kids club in her neighborhood on Wednesday
afternoons. She and Melissa Black will also be starting
one in Melissa's neighborhood. Pray for these kids as
they hear stories from the Bible. Pray that God would
open their hearts and minds to the truth and that in
simple faith they would accept Jesus as their Savior.
Pray that their parents would allow them to attend these
kids clubs and that we might have opportunities to share
our faith with them.
September 4, 2006 - Pray for Director Hassan
as he records the books of 1&2 Peter, Galatians,
and Luke in the Zarma language. Ask God to give him
good health, focus, and guidance. He will also be recording
our one-cassette chronology of the Bible. This will
be an amazing tool for giving scripture and a knowledge
of God’s Word to the Zerma.
September 5, 2006 - Pray for Pastor Hassan
– not the same person as Director Hassan, as he
composes original Zerma hymns. He needs God’s
guidance as he takes the first steps in developing a
Zerma method of worship.
September 6, 2006 - ANSWER: Thank you for praying
for the Arkansas volunteer team last month. We had a
full week of children's ministry, prayer walking, witnessing,
and fellowship. Praise God that many children heard
the gospel and we have opportunities to continue ministering
to them through kids clubs. Two of the team members
spent several afternoons witnessing to people on the
street and saw three men make professions of faith.
Many seeds were planted! We ask that you continue to
pray that these seeds will take root in the hearts of
the Zerma and that God will compel them to investigate
the claims of Christianity. Pray for those who made
professions of faith that we'd be able to do some follow-up
and that they will grow in their faith.
September 7, 2006 – Pray for the new
believers that Brandy and Kanesa will be discipling
and teaching about baptism. Pray they will understand
the significance of baptism and be willing to follow
Jesus in obedience and be baptized. This is a difficult
step for new believers as they can no longer live out
their faith in secret.
September 8, 2006 - Ask God to give the Sustars
His vision as they seek Him in developing a strategy
for urban evangelism.
September 9. 2006 – ANSWER: Praise God
for the healthy delivery of Josiann, born to Amadou
and Hassi on July 18. She was 5 lbs. She and Hassi are
September 10, 2006 - Pray for the Zerma as
they spend long days in the field cultivating their
crops. Pray for their health, stamina, strength and
as they also deal with dwindling food supplies. Pray
that God would speak to them during their solitary hours
in the field.
September 11, 2006 - Pray for the government
leaders of Niger. Pray that they would seek God and
come to know Him through Jesus Christ. Pray that they
would govern with integrity and in the best interests
of the people of Niger.
September 12, 2006 – ANSWER: Brandy had
a great time visiting with family and friends when she
went to the States for vacation. She was able to share
with her church family and was greatly encouraged. She
is now ready to continue on in the work God has given
her among the Zerma.
September 13, 2006 – Pray Acts 2:42-47.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’
teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread
and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many
wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
All the believers were together and had everything in
common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave
to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to
meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread
in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere
hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the
people. And the Lord added to their number daily those
who were being saved. Pray for an apostolic ethos to
be awakened in Niger.
September 14, 2006 – Pray for Don and
Teresa as they are still trying to adjust to living
in Niamey and filling in for Mark and Deanna Ledlow.
September 15, 2006 – Pray for new communities
of Followers of Jesus to emerge who live by faith, are
known by love, and are voices of hope. I Thessalonians
September 16, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise the
Lord for Zongo who is continuing to go to the Ouallam
church, cleaning it even after the rains which make
quite a mess. She is such an encouragement to always
be there with her broom handy.
September 17, 2006 - Pray for new believers
living in Kollo to become mature in their faith. Pray
they would hunger for God’s Word and be bold as
they share with family and friends.
September 18, 2006 - Pray for the Zerma Team,
that we may effectively carry the Word of God to the
Zerma people. The Zerma team is the Cains, the Ledlows,
the Bolls, the Sustars, the Blacks, Brandy Nelson, and
September 19, 2006 - Please pray for Mark and
Deanna as they are getting Stephanie settled in college
in California. Pray for Stephanie as she adjusts to
September 20, 2006 – Ask God to give
Kanesa Snow good health, to restore her body and spirit
after many months of illness. Ask God to place a hedge
around her that cannot be penetrated by the evil one.
We praise God for Kanesa and her witness to so many
in Kollo, in the midst of not feeling well.
September 21, 2006 - ANSWER: The Niger Pepper
project is doing well at the moment. Moussa has taken
on more responsibility of paying farmers for the peppers,
grinding and temporarily storing them. Pray that Moussa
remains faithful and that God will encourage him as
he takes on these responsibilities as well as continuing
his normal work with his farm.
September 22, 2006 – Pray for the Zerma
people, that they may hear God’s Word, place their
faith in Jesus Christ alone, and begin winning others
September 23, 2006 – Pray that Jesus
would awaken His followers in Niger to passionately
live out their faith and draw others into His movement.
September 24, 2006 – Pray for Cindy Sustar
and Hassi as they begin a women’s and children’s
ministry in Goudel. Ask God to bring women and children
who are seeking a relationship with Christ. Ask God
to give Cindy and Hassi wisdom in addressing the many
issues that women face in this culture.
September 25, 2006 – ANSWER: We thank
you for praying for the flannel graph training that
took place early last month. 118 Sunday School teachers
and leaders from churches across Niamey participated
with much enthusiasm. It was so exciting to be included
with those that are so excited to learn how to “teach
a Bible Truth” to kids. Each church was presented
with a flannel graph that has the same pictures that
are in the “Jesus” video. We all look forward
to using this as a tool to reach children.
September 26, 2006 – Pray that the church
in Goudel would become a community of believers who
live by faith, are known by love and are a voice of
September 27, 2006 - Pray for James and Ricky,
two volunteers from Tennessee who will arrive in Niamey
today. They will be with the Zerma team for a week helping
to mentor and disciple Zerma believers.
September 28, 2006 – Pray for men and
women who will pray without ceasing for Niamey to become
a city known as “THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel
September 29, 2006 – Pray that Jesus
would ignite the hearts of His chosen leaders in Niger
so they can effectively multiply themselves as leaders.
September 30, 2006 - ANSWER: Rainy season finds
many people far from their homes as they work in their
fields. Farm land close to villages and homes is a privilege
enjoyed by only a few. Others walk far distances and
for some it is so far they just make temporary homes
to live in until harvest time is over. It seems another
burden to an already difficult life. But as it seems
in so many situations, good comes out of seemingly bad.
One good thing we have seen from this is that the Gospel
is spread to far places. Boubacar, a believer spreads
the gospel everywhere he goes!
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