by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says
the Lord Almighty,”
October 1, 2007 – Pray for Shad Black
as he travels to Dakar, Senegal today to join Melissa
and the children. Shad will be studying French. Ask
God to help him understand and be able to speak French
quickly and fluently.
October 2, 2007- Pray for those who are searching
for God during this season of Ramadan. Pray that they
will seek Him with all their heart and find Him. Ask
God to woo them with His love and pursue them in His
mercy. Pray for Christians to love them into the family
October 3, 2007 – Pray for Brandy and
Kanesa's Zerma dad and the religious leader in Sebeeri.
They have not been about to talk and share the Good
News with them in a long time. It seems the seed that
was previously planted has been stolen away, but maybe
it has only been buried deep in the soil. May the rains
come and the Lord causes it to burst out of the ground
into praise before Him!
October 4, 2007 – Pray for the hundreds
of Zerma who are going through the ritual of fasting
during daylight hours, but have no idea why they are
doing this. Ask God to reveal Himself to them-drawing
them into a relationship with Him.
October 5, 2007 – Pray for Ben Sustar
and key relationships he has with leaders in this country.
Ask God to continue to give him favor in their sight
and for opportunities for him to serve them and speak
truth into their lives.
October 6, 2007 – Pray for believers
who are continually seeking new avenues to sell various
food products to help support their families. Ask God
to use them as a witness in among their neighbors.
October 7, 2007 - Ask God to strengthen the
new believers like Hula and Goodness and Zebulon who
are out in places alone. May God give them a desire
for His Word and to know Him more and more.
October 8, 2007 – Pray for the youth
of Niger. They are the future generation without hope,
without the prospects of employment and have very little
education. Ask God to give us His vision for reaching
them with the hope of Christ and to help them develop
their talents to become the future leaders of Niger
that will lead this nation to become devoted followers
October 9, 2007 - Pray for the believers in
Kollo to remain strong in their faith and to continue
to be a bold witness even in the midst of extreme persecution.
During the month of Ramadan, believers face a more intense
persecution than at other times. These believers will
be on their own as the Blacks, Kanesa and Brandy are
all out of the country until the end of the month.
October 10, 2007 – Pray for the church
in Goudel as it seems to be struggling right now. Out
of the three believers only one is truly committed and
shares her faith regularly and is faithful in joining
us in fellowship. The other two are very marginal. Ask
God to ignite their hearts with a love for Him that
transcends all worldly worries. Pray Philippians 4:6-7
& 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13 for them. Ask God to show
us ways to help believers find work that will support
their families to advance their witness in the community.
Ask God to honor the work of their hands.
October 11, 2007 - Pray for the government
and traditional leaders of Niger. Pray that God would
open the eyes of their hearts, that He would reveal
Himself to them in the person of Christ that they would
repent and place their faith in Christ alone. For those
few leaders, who are believers, pray that they would
remain steadfast in their faith.
October 12, 2007 - Ramadan ends tomorrow. Pray
that the Zerma will not stop searching for God but will
be compelled to seek Him until they find Him.
October 13, 2007 –Today is Cindy Sustar’s
birthday. Ask God to give her good health as she has
been plagued with illness this year. Ask God to give
her discernment and vision as she ministers to Zerma
October 14, 2007 - As the Cains are on stateside
assignment, pray that God would use them to further
His kingdom and to increase awareness among churches
and believers of the Zerma people. Pray that God would
continue to rise up laborers who will go to the Zerma
(even for a week or two) and pray-ers who will lift
up the Zerma on a regular basis.
October 15, 2007 – ANSWER: We praise
God that First Baptist Church, Sandersville, GA has
committed to partner with us to reach the Zerma for
the next 10 years. Please lift them up in prayer as
they make plans to send volunteers—two trips are
already planned over the next six months! Pray that
God would give them and us direction and discernment
for how they can best invest their lives and resources
in reaching the Zerma with the gospel. Pray that God
would prepare and soften the hearts of the Zerma to
receive them. Pray also that God would prepare the members
of FBC Sandersville for the challenging task of crossing
cultures and comfort zones.
October 16, 2007 – Many Zerma believers
are relatively 'alone' and isolated as they live out
their Christian faith far from like-minded believers.
Pray God gives them strength to honor and glorify Him
and that God would send them a 'friend' in the faith.
October 17, 2007 – Today Rachel Sustar
turns 9 years old. We praise God for Rachel and her
sweet spirit. Ask God to continue to give her Godly
character and make her into a leader that leads others
October 18, 2007 – ANSWER: Last month,
the government called a meeting for all the evangelical
pastors in Niger. They government thanked them for their
work in the country and asked them to pray for peace
in Niger as conflict is beginning to intensify in the
northern region. They prayed for the country that day
and the pastors held a special prayer meeting the following
Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00. A key government official
attended a portion of this prayer meeting. Praise God
for giving us favor with government officials. Ask Him
to draw these leaders into a life transforming relationship
October 19, 2007 - During this month, seed
for the 'Niger Pepper Project' should be planted in
anticipation of the best gardening time in Niger. Pray
for Moussa as he leads in this effort. Ask God to give
Moussa extra strength and wisdom as he takes opportunities
to share his faith in Christ through this work.
October 20, 2007 – ANSWER: Thank you
for praying for Rachelle in Kollo last month as she
was expecting the birth of her baby. She delivered a
healthy 8 pound baby boy which is huge for African babies.
Usually they weigh about 5 pounds at the most. Mother
and baby are doing great. Thank you for covering them
with your prayers.
October 21, 2007 – The Bolls seem to
be slowly getting medical issues resolved before returning
to Niger. Pray for many Zerma people who often have
to travel long distances to see doctors at hospitals
and clinics. Pray for Don Bolls as he returns to Niger
today. Ask God to give him safe travel without plane
delays and missed flights. Pray for Teresa as she remains
in the states until December to help care for her Mom.
October 22, 2007 - Pray for Phil as he travels
to Idaho to represent the IMB at the Utah-Idaho Baptist
Convention October 22-23. Our Baptist churches in the
Northwest generally have little interaction with IMB
missionaries so this will be a good opportunity to meet
pastors from the region and share about our work.
October 23, 2007 – ANSWER: Thank for
praying for the Sustars in August as they traveled to
Indonesia. We had a tremendous time with friends of
kindred spirits that we had not seen in 10 years. Our
church in Los Angeles hosted a retreat in Bali for 4
days which was truly life changing as cutting edge evangelism
was shared that is taking place around the world. We
also talked about how we could each share with people
in our host countries in a more relevant manner.
October 24, 2007 – Thank you for praying
for Caroline and Caleb Cain as they begin this new year
of school in the U.S. It’s been quite an adjustment
from Sahel Academy but they are both doing well.
October 25, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise God
for opening doors for Shad Black to show the Jesus film
to 3 officials in Kollo last month. Ask God to reveal
Himself to these men and to bring scenes from the movie
back to their minds.
October 26, 2007 - The best time for gardening
is approaching, October - February, many Zerma will
begin purchasing seed and preparing planting sites.
Pray that Sandy will be able to provide seed to large
areas around Ouallam. Pray that he comes to know Christ
as his Savior.
October 27, 2007 – ANSWER: Thank you
for praying for Rachel and Christin last month as they
began Sahel Academy. Rachel is in the 3rd grade and
Christin is in the 2nd grade. They love it and are doing
October 28, 2007 - Please pray for Issa today,
the young man that Phil led to the Lord a few months
ago. He left the city soon after so Phil lost contact
with him, but pray that he would hold on to his commitment
to Christ and that he would seek out other Christians
who could encourage him and help him grow in his faith.
October 29, 2007
– Today is the due date for Melissa Black’s
baby. Pray for a safe healthy deliver of the baby and
good health for Melissa. Pray also for safe travel for
Melissa’s Mom who will be traveling from the states
to Dakar to be with Melissa.
October 30, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise God
for two men that were baptized in Kollo last month.
These two men have been a tremendous witness as many
have asked them why they chose to follow Jesus.
October 31, 2007 – Pray for Brandy and
Kanesa as they return to Niger today. Ask God to give
them renewed vision for reaching the Zerma in their
area and good health during these next two days. We
praise God that He has led them to return to Niger for
another 2 years.
hearts and hands before the throne!