you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I
will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you
seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah
October 1, 2008 – ANSWER: Thank you for
praying for the kids’ clubs in Kimberly’s
neighborhood. They have begun and around 30 children
attended the first one! Continue to pray that God’s
word would take root in their hearts and lives and bear
October 2, 2008 – Pray for the health
of the Zerma. This time of year there is a lot of malaria
and sickness due to the rains and participation in the
fasting for Ramadan. Pray that the Zerma would come
to know the Great Physician and Healer. Pray that they
would come to understand that obedience is better than
October 3, 2008 – Pray for “H”,
Brandy and Kanesa’s Zerma dad, who is a new believer
and struggling with the issue of baptism. He knows he
needs to be obedient to Christ in this, but he fears
it will cause many problems with his family, such as
fights between his children and other children in the
village. He’s told us that if his two friends,
also believers, will be baptized with him he will do
it. Pray for him and his friends to be bold and courageous
in taking this next step of obedience. Pray for his
family and everyone in his village, that they would
follow Christ as well.
October 4, 2008 – Pray for “I”
and “O”, two men Phil has been sharing the
Gospel with. They have said they would like to hear
more, and would like their friends to hear as well.
Pray that God would give Phil wisdom and discernment
in what to share and how to share it. Ask God to open
the hearts and minds of these men to understand and
receive His saving grace through Christ.
October 5, 2008 – ANSWER: Praise God
for the 12 volunteers from Tar River Baptist Association
in North Carolina. They came for a week in September
and worked in Ouallam, Niamey, and two villages near
K-town. They were an encouragement to us and touched
many lives among the Zerma. There were many opportunities
to share the Gospel. Pray that God would continue to
use those contacts to bring the Zerma to a saving knowledge
October 6, 2008 – Please lift up “A”,
who is the brother of “H”. We just found
out he had accepted Christ. He is very excited about
knowing more and has been
listening to the ‘Proclaimer’ every day,
which is the digital New Testament. He has just moved
to Niamey to look for a job, and is asking us to pray
that he would get a chauffeur job very quickly!!
October 7, 2008 – Pray for Teresa and
Adamou (Director of Plan – Ouallam) as they will
be in the first stages of going to at least 280 villages
to teach health/hygiene as well as AIDS awareness. Teresa
will be teaching the classes but the “man of peace”
in this case and his “power” will open these
many villages – People will come because of his
office/power. Pray that they will learn and put into
practice these lessons.
October 8, 2008 – In the Ouallam area
there are over 1200 villages. Pray that many of these
villages will be reached with the health/AIDS classes.
October 9, 2008 – ANSWER: Thank you so
much for praying for Dean, Teresa’s mom. She is
doing really great and thanks everyone for their prayers.
God has shown Himself to many who are caring for her.
October 10, 2008 – Pray for Brandy and
Kanesa’s friend “L” and her family.
“L” is in Niamey now and her sister Aicha
who has been sick and in the hospital with kidney and
heart trouble died September 15. “L” is
a believer, but the rest of her family is not. Please
ask God to use Brandy and Kanesa in powerful ways to
comfort them with the Gospel and ask God to open their
hearts to his word.
October 11, 2008 – ANSWER: In September
3 women from North Carolina were able to come as volunteers
to help Teresa. While they were in Ouallam they were
able to finish the 29 “pages” for the village
size AIDS chart. Teresa will be using this to take to
various villages in an AIDS awareness project.
October 12, 2008 – Please lift up a friend
of Brandy and Kanesa’s who is struggling with
anorexia. This is a very strange thing for a Niger lady
to struggle with, and she is already really tiny. Kanesa
has had a lot of opportunities to share with her who
she is in Christ and several Scriptures. Kanesa has
been talking to her about some ways she and Brandy can
hold her accountable, but she hasn't agreed to any of
it yet. She's really struggling, so please ask God to
pull her out of this. Ask that she would be able to
tell herself the truth, and if any of you have dealt
with it, feel free to send her words of encouragement
and they will translated and pass them on. Send them
October 13, 2008 – Pray for Cindy Sustar.
Today is her birthday. Today the Sustar family is closing
out their time at the International Learning Center
in Virginia. Ask God to give them safe travel and quality
time with friends and family. Pray also for Amber, today
is her birthday. She is one of the Hands On Missionary,
living in a village outside of K-town. Ask God to give
her the words in Zerma to speak as she shares the Gospel
with those around her.
October 14, 2008 – Pray for “U”,
a friend of Brandy and Kanesa’s. Ask God to help
her sell ice so she can support her family.
October 15, 2008 – Pray a hedge of protection
around the Zerma team as they struggle with health issues.
October 16, 2008 – Pray for team unity
among the Zerma team and especially for the Hands On
Girls that are living in pairs in two different villages.
October 17, 2008 – Pray for Rachel Sustar.
Today is her 10th birthday. Ask God to continue to give
her a desire to learn his Word. Ask God to protect her
heart from the materialism that is present in the states
and help her focus on the things that are important.
October 18, 2008 – Pray for the four
Hands On Missionary to have wisdom and discern in knowing
who to build relationships with in each of their villages.
October 19, 2008 – Pray for the two Hands
On Missionary girls living in “M” Village.
Pray they adjust to the living conditions in the village
and that God gives them extra grace to deal with the
numerous insects, frogs, lizards and other animals that
invade their house.
October 20, 2008 – Pray for “L”,
Brandy and Kanesa’s friend from K-town as she
moves to Bamako, Mali, to study in a university there.
Ask God to give her Godly friends and for her to continue
to grow in her faith.
October 21, 2008 – Pray for the church
in Goudel. Ask God to continue to grow each of the believers
and to give them a burning desire to share His word.
Ask God to increase their faith and add to their numbers
October 22, 2008 – The Niger Pepper 'project'
has come to an end after many years of opportunity and
struggle. Moussa's unethical use of 'Niger Pepper' funds
following years of other leaders poor decisions brought
the heart breaking close to this wonderful opportunity.
Moussa feels his shame keenly as the only Christian
in his large village. Pray for Christian forgiveness
and witness in his interaction with other Christians
and non believers alike.
October 23, 2008 – The 'Orchardman' tree
project will begin in early November. Please pray as
final plans are being made with Zerma partnering church-First
Baptist Church, Sandersville, Georgia. The volunteers
will arrive in the Ouallam area to carry out this help
and outreach in several Zerma villages.
October 24, 2008 – Please continue prayer
for Sena and Ramatou, both Christians whose marriage
was planned a few weeks ago but did not take place.
It is a complicated situation to explain so we just
ask you to pray for understanding and for them to do
what is right in their lives.
October 25, 2008 – Public schools will
be starting up this month. Pray for students as they
prepare to go back to school. Many students and teachers
will travel far from home to go back to school.
October 26, 2008 – The recently finished
Muslim fast was a time for reflection and contemplation
on life and beliefs in God. Pray that the many words
and actions shared by the Zerma team and volunteers
as well as printed material during this time be brought
to the mind to those who seek truth found only by faith
October 27, 2008 – Pray for Fati, a friend
of Cindy’s. She has begun a two year teacher training
program. Pray that she will stick with the program and
that God will open up a wonderful teaching job for her
at the conclusion of the program. Ask God to grow Fati
in her faith and in her desire to study the Bible.
October 28, 2008 – Praise God for “Ami.”,
a friend of Cindy’s. She is so faithful in studying
the Bible each week and teaching the kids each Sunday.
She has begun to sell fish to help support her family
and tells Bible stories to everyone who buys fish from
October 29, 2008 –Pray for the significant
relationships Ben has built with key people in leadership
here. Ask God to deepen these relationships and show
them Christ love through Ben.
October 30, 2008 – Pray for an outpouring
of God’s Spirit on Niger. Ask God to give people
vision and dreams of Him, causing them to seek Him with
their heart, soul and mind.
October 31, 2008 – Pray for the new clinic
that is being built in K-town. Currently they are looking
for Christian doctors and medical personnel to staff
it. Ask God to meet all their financial and personnel
needs as they seek to care for the sick and share the
love of Christ in Word and deed.
before the Almighty with you!