“Then 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 29:11-12

Wednesday, 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 much fruit.

Thursday, 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 sacrifice.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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 of Christ.

Monday, 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!!

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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 to nesasnow2@yahoo.com.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – Pray a hedge of protection around the Zerma team as they struggle with health issues.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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 weekly.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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 in Christ.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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 her.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

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