“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
Psalms 40:3

Monday, January 1, 2007 – Happy New Year! We pray that your new year is filled with intimacy with God and renewed vision and passion for the year ahead. Thank you for partnering with us to reach the Zerma with hope that Christ alone offers.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - ANSWER: Thank the Lord for the many wells that Southern Baptists have provided through the Hunger Relief projects so these people can have gardens - food to eat as well as to sell.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - Pray for the summer volunteers that will be coming to work with Kanesa and Brandy. Ask that God will hand-pick the perfect four, and that they will be obedient to the calling so that they may be an incredible addition to the ministry in Kollo and the surrounding villages.

Thursday, January 4, 2007 - Please pray for volunteer Adele Bryan as she travels today and tomorrow. She will be working with Don and Teresa Bolls for the next three weeks.

Friday, January 5, 2007 - Pray for the worship and discipleship materials that Melissa Black has been working on as this series goes into the first trial run. Pray for logistics to run smoothly and for God’s hand to be on this project.

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - Pray for Don, Teresa and Adele as they travel to various villages in hopes of doing health classes, Bible Storying and work on village latrines.

Sunday, January 7, 2007 - ANSWER: We praise God for how He has been moving in our work and that our Regional leadership has been very encouraging.

Monday, January 8, 2007 - Pray for the Sharp Family as they arrive in Niamey to train to be business facilitators. Pray for a smooth adjustment to life here and opportunities to minister to the people.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 – Bill Wood will be leaving today. He has served as financial facilitator since August during the Ledlow’s absence. Pray for safe travel home and for a smooth adjustment to life in the states. We praise God for Bill’s enthusiasm and commitment to the job he has done here. What a blessing he has been to everyone!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 – Pray for the Ledlows as they arrive back in Niger today. Pray for a smooth adjustment to life in Niger and a renewed vision and passion to serve God here with their many gifts and talents. Pray for Jeremy and Stephanie as they remain in the states without their parent’s leadership.

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Don and Teresa should be turning the Business and Guest House responsibilities back to Mark and Deanna Ledlow. Pray for a smooth transition and clear communication.

Friday, January 12, 2007 - ANSWER: Praise God for revealing Himself to Nigerian believers and to others He has called to serve here. Thank Him for continually making Himself known and ask that we would stay near the cross always.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 - Today in Niger hundreds, if not thousands, of Zerma people will hear God's word through the radio, audio cassettes, the witness of believers, and other means. Pray that as the Zerma hear His word, they will understand it and know that there is one way that leads to salvation. Pray that His word will enter not just their ears and minds but their hearts as well.

Sunday, January 14, 2007 - Pray that we would be effective communicators of the gospel in a language and culture that is not our own. Pray that our ability to speak Zarma and understand the Zerma culture would continue to increase during 2007.

Monday, January 15, 2007 - Pray for the Bolls as they move back to Ouallam after a 6 month absence due to their stay in Niamey. Pray as they will be "moving" back and getting back into several projects. This is gardening season – which is also cold season because many people will get wet and very cold as they hand water their gardens. Pray for Don as he should be making several visits to villages that will be doing lots of gardening.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 – Pray for safe travel for Alicia Beadle as she will be arriving in Niger today to teach the Sustar girls for the next 10 weeks. Pray for close relationships to be formed quickly and for a smooth adjustment to the Niger. Ask God to replace any anxiety her family may have with peace while she is here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - Pray for Don, Teresa and Adele as they will be working to get the latrine project back into full swing. Bible classes and health and hygiene classes should be taught to over 50 families in the next few weeks. Each family then has 2 weeks to dig the 2m X 2m hole and haul sand, gravel and rocks to their latrine site. Pray that all the work will get done quickly so Southern Baptists will be able to complete 100 latrines – resulting in over 2000 people who will have heard the Good News and have the opportunity to accept Christ.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise God for continued good health for Kanesa and Brandy as well as for incredible opportunities to share the Gospel with the Prefet (local government leader in Kollo) and many other people!

Friday, January 19, 2007 – Thank you for praying for Atta and his friends. Atta continues to be a faithful witness and a growing disciple. His friends are coming closer to making the decision to follow Christ but have stated they're just not ready. Pray that God would continue to draw them to Himself and that they would find the courage and determination to take that step of faith.

Saturday, January 20, 2007 – Pray for the village of Mali as Kanesa and Brandy share with the people there every Saturday. Please lift up the chief’s family especially, as many of them are interested in the Gospel. Ask that they would receive the Living Water and never thirst again!

Sunday, January 21, 2007 – Pray for the new revision of the one story cassette, Creation to Revelation, that the Blacks will be recording soon. Pray that this will be an even more powerful tool for bringing God’s Word to the Zerma.

Monday, January 22, 2007 - Pray that as we minister to others, the Holy Spirit would replenish our spiritual reserves, strengthen our inner spirit, and give us insight and understanding of God's Word.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
– ANSWER: Praise God for His continued work in the villages outside of Kollo. He is revealing Himself to the people and He will draw His sheep into the flock. Ask that He would draw them quickly and mature them quickly as well.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - Pray for Adele Bryan as she leaves Niger. Thank the Lord for her willingness to come and work among the Zerma in the Ouallam area. May her life never be the same.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - Pray for the testimonial cassettes that the Blacks are producing. Pray that they would be a huge step in helping many Zerma personalize the Gospel.

Friday, January 26, 2007 - Continue to pray for Oumou as she struggles in her new faith and feels rejection from family, friends, and her husband that she hasn't seen for almost two years. Ask that Christ be her solid rock and that she will grow in faith and prayer.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 - Ask Jesus to raise up leaders in the church in Goudel and in the group of taxi drivers who would be willing to move to other locations in the city to begin outreach groups.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 – There is a strong need for spiritual leadership among the Zerma believers. Pray that God would raise up leaders who are fully committed to Him, who desire to follow the path of righteousness, and who will lead others to follow in their steps.

Monday, January 29, 2007 - The many physical needs of the Zerma are a reality that we constantly face. Pray that God would give us wisdom to know how and where to minister to people who are hungry, poor, and sometimes suffering from sickness.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - ANSWER: We praise God for the new projects He is bringing to us and the new doors these projects will open for the Zerma to hear and follow the name of Jesus.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - Pray that Jesus would become everything to the new believers and future believers in the Goudel church. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21

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