people who walk in darkness will see a great Light;
Those who live in a dark land, the Light will shine
on them…For a Child will be born to us; and the
government will rest on His shoulders; And His Name
will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal
Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah
December 1: The four Hands On semester missionaries
are two weeks away from returning to the States. We
are very grateful for the way they have poured out their
lives among the people. Ask that God would give them
focus for the remainder of their time and that they
would love the Zerma without reserve. Ask that God would
give them good goodbyes as they leave their villages.
Pray that God would begin preparing them for the next
December 2: It has been quite a roller coaster
with the marriage of Sina & Ramatou. To date, the
wedding is cancelled. Sina failed to show up for his
wedding, and then after their baby was born, he failed
to show up at the naming ceremony of his child. Ramatou
says it has been very difficult for him as his "parents"
are not in agreement to the fact that she is a Christian
~ nor that they want Sina to be. Pray for much wisdom
in this. May Don and Teresa know best how to help the
church as they learn church discipline and grace.
December 3: Phil returns to Niamey from a three
week church planting conference. Pray for safe travel.
Pray that as he shares with the team what he has learned
that we will learn ways to be even more effective in
sharing our faith and planting churches among the Zerma.
December 4: Demonic oppression is real and
present in Niger. Several weeks ago, Kanesa had an encounter
with a young girl who was possessed, and it has become
all the more real to us how the enemy is alive and working.
Please pray for this land and ask that the chains that
bind them would be broken. Especially pray for K, the
little girl that has been handed over to the enemy.
Ask the King to speak to her parents in undeniable dreams
and visions and give them open hearts to believe!
December 5: During the first of November the
'Orchardman' project was begun. Volunteers from Sandersville
Baptist church taught tree planting methods as well
as Bible lessons. Pray trees grow fast and strong and
that they will be reminders also of the Bible stories
December 6: There is a new sister, Faith, in
M village. As a result, the spiritual warfare has taken
a step up, and Amber and Millie are battling hard against
the enemy. Pray for Faith to grow in the knowledge and
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ask for Amber and Millie
to have wisdom in teaching her in these last days of
their time. Pray that each one would be strong against
the enemy and fight with the power of the Lord.
December 7: Please continue to lift up Lily,
Kanesa and Brandy’s friend in “Bama”.
She has begun classes and has met new people. She has
been struggling with being easily angered and is broken
by her sin. Pray that God would help her to work through
the grief of losing her sister and then moving far from
home, and that she would overcome anger with the joy
of the Lord.
December 8: Christmas is just around the corner
and this is an important time for IMB missionaries.
Not only does this season afford us many opportunities
to share the Prince of Peace with those without peace,
but it gives many an opportunity to give to the Lottie
Moon Christmas Offering. This offering provides 5,000+
missionaries with the necessities of life so that they
can focus 100% on sharing the Gospel. Thank you for
giving. Ask that God would put it in the hearts of many
to give so that the Zerma team and every other team
can stay on the field and that the IMB can send out
many new workers. May there be such an abundance of
joyful giving that it would be as in the days of building
the temple when the King had to say, “Don’t
bring anymore. It is enough.”
December 9: Once one has "made the plunge"
and decided to be a Christian it seems that Satan works
even harder. This seems to be what happened with Moussa.
Pray for him as he has been in prison, not once but
twice since his baptism. Pray that Moussa will repent,
admit that he cannot do it on his own, truly want to
December 10: Please continue lifting up our
anorexic friend and ask that the King would set her
free from the bondage she is in! Ask that He would give
her Scripture each day that speaks truth into her life,
and ask that she would have a willing spirit to believe
December 11: Praise God for safe travels for
the Sustar family as they returned to the states and
traveled throughout the east coast. Pray that He would
continue to protect them as they travel, give them rest,
and allow them to cast the vision to those they come
in contact with about the things God is doing among
December 12: Praise the Lord for the first
Christian baby dedication and naming ceremony. Muslims
have a type of ceremony where the "Priest"
dedicates the baby and names it. There is an animal
that is sacrificed. Ramatou decided to have the Christian
naming ceremony in lieu of the Muslim one. Praise the
Lord for her faithfulness in spite of her "falling"
she has remained faithful. She seems to be truly repentant
and still seeks to follow the Lord with her life as
He sees fit. Ask that this young one would grow up with
a heart to know and follow the Lord, and that many of
his people would come to follow Christ because of his
December 13: Henry, the fridge repairman in
K-town, is hungry for more. He has continued to study
with Brandy and Kanesa, and has come to a turning point.
He has finally admitted that there is a great difference
between Islam and Christianity which is huge confession!
Pray that as he wrestles with truth that he would work
through all of the “stumbling blocks” in
his heart until he comes to the point where he places
his faith in Christ with all of his heart, soul, mind,
December 14: “Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be devoted
to one another in brotherly love; give preference to
one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence,
fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope,
persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing
to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those
who weep.” Pray Romans 12:9-15 for the church
of Goudel. Ask that they would be a unified body that
strengthens, encourages, and admonishes one another
in the love of Christ.
December 15: Today Amber, Heather, Jessica,
and Millie, the four Hands On semester missionaries,
return to the States after living in villages for four
months. Pray that God would give them an easy transition
and that they would have sweet reunions with the ones
they love. Pray that they would be able to share the
things that God taught them and that they would continue
to grow as they have here.
December 16: Praise God for the new prayer
warriors from First Baptist Church in Rock Hill, South
Carolina that have just committed to praying for the
Zerma people. Ask God to raise up many more prayer warriors
for the Zerma.
December 17: Praise God for First Baptist Church
Arlington, TX for the home they are providing for the
Sustars and for the warm hospitality in welcoming them
to the states. Pray that God would bless the Sustars
with fellowship and the love and support of family while
they are there.
Thursday, December 18: Kimberly’s
mom arrives from the states for a 2 week visit. Pray
for safe travel and praise for a good time with family.
December 19: As Christmas draws near, it can
be a time where many missionaries miss family in the
States more than normal, especially single missionaries.
Pray that God would place each of His laborers among
family this Christmas, whether it be their Zerma family
or their team family. Pray that the joy of His presence
would fill each one.
December 20: Please pray for the Blusters:
Meredith, Denise & Don as they will be traveling
to Niger December 27-28. They will be coming to help
Don Bolls with the "Orchard" project in villages
surrounding Ouallam. Please pray for villages that will
benefit from this work in an on going effort to establish
fruit trees as a means of food and income.
December 21: Today is Kimberly Cain’s
birthday. Praise God for the faithful work that she
has done in Niger. Ask that God would bless the times
she spends with the women and children of different
neighborhoods. Pray for wisdom and insight as she shares
Jesus’ love with others. Ask that she would be
given new opportunities to share the Gospel boldly and
that she would take advantage of every one.
December 22: Last month, R, a young girl, on
Kanesa and Brandy’s street died. She was the daughter
of a very wealthy family who has never had a “need”
or even tiny desire for the Gospel. Since then, Kanesa
and Brandy have been able to share the Truth very openly
on two different occasions with two different family
members. Pray that the God of all comfort would come
to R’s family and draw them into Himself. May
they finally see the need for the Savior Jesus who alone
can redeem them. Pray that this influential family would
lead K-town to Christ! All things are possible for him
December 23: Kanesa’s parents arrive
from the U.S. today! Praise God that they are able to
come and to be a vital part of the ministry in K-town.
Pray that God would use them greatly to influence the
older people. Also, pray that God would protect them
from illness while they are here and after they leave.
December 24: Pray for “Anne”, a
teenage girl who desires to follow Jesus. She comes
to Kimberly’s Kids’ Clubs. She is sharing
the stories with her friends and is bringing them by
the Cain’s house. Pray for her as she seeks to
grow in her relationship with Christ.
December 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Praise God
for His incredible gift of Emmanuel, His very presence
with us. May the people of Niger become aware of God’s
intentional pursuit of mankind in sending the Savior.
May many Zerma come to proclaim that Jesus is God with
December 26: Since 1990 when Teresa began teaching
health, hygiene, nutrition it is always a blessing when
we can go to many villages - even ones we have never
been to - and share about ways we can care for ourselves,
our families, and learn through direct and indirect
ways that there is a God that loves each of us - and
that He entrusted His children to us for a time. Pray
that we all would be diligent in teaching our children,
caring for them ~ both physically and spiritually.
December 27: Please pray for Debi & Butch
Howey as they are doing the "paperwork" so
they will be able to come to Ouallam to help the Bolls
with various projects: Trees, AIDS awareness, prayer
walking, school latrines as well as a time of encouragement
December 28: Please continue lifting up H.
Her business is not working out since it’s getting
cooler, and she’s looking for a new way to support
her family during this time. Ask that the King would
prepare her husband’s heart for the Gospel as
he comes to visit in the next couple months and ask
that the King would give us uninterrupted time to study
December 29: Today is Phil and Kimberly’s
18th wedding anniversary. Praise God for the Cain’s
and their ministry among the Zerma. Ask God to continue
to bless their marriage and that God would use them
as a couple to minister and model what a Christ-filled
marriage looks like.
December 30: Please continue lifting up Kanesa’s
millet allergy. Ask that the King would continue to
protect me and drive away the things that would cause
me harm. Please continue asking for all of us on the
Zerma team to be healthy as we press on.
December 31: “The old is gone, the new
has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Pray for new believers
throughout Niger to have a desire to start their own
businesses in order to support their families and that
their courage and faith leads them to see that God honors
the work of their hands. Ask that God would bless the
work of their hands and that all who see them would
know that “they are the offspring whom the LORD
has blessed” (Isaiah 61:9).
Kneeling with you before the throne!
The Zerma Team