I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and
a future.” Jeremiah
August 1: Phil and Kimberly will be doing orientation for
four new “Hands On” missionaries who will be serving
four-month terms here in West Africa. Pray for them as they adjust
to the climate, culture, and language differences.
August 2: With various volunteers, scheduled activities,
bad road conditions and previously scheduled conferences for some,
pray for a time that the Zerma team can meet together for a time
of planning, fellowship and encouragement.
August 3: The Sustar’s are just returning from their
stateside assignment! We are praising God for this amazing family
and that He is bringing them back to Niger to minister on the Zerma
team. Praise God with us!!!
August 4: Praise God for the wonderful things He is doing
through FBC Sandersville, one of our partnering churches. The impact
of a recent team of volunteers has increased ministry opportunities
in “L” town significantly.
August 5: Pray especially for Rachel, Christin, and Karis
as they re-adjust to life in Niger.
August 6: Ask God to strengthen the Zerma believers in
their walk with Him and to give them a bold spirit to share.
August 7: Once again rains needed for planting crops seem
to be slow in beginning. Pray it will rain and continue in sufficient
amounts to make a good crop.
August 8: Thank you for your prayers for Karis. Her foot
is completely healed. She is back to all her usual physical activity.
August 9: Pray for our spiritual growth. The day-to-day
activities that fill up our schedule can often distract us from
what is most important. Pray for us to be diligent in our personal
quiet times. Pray also that we would get adequate rest.
August 10: Lily returned from Bama last month. Pray that
in the few months that she is here that Brandy and Kanesa would
have time to pour into her spiritually. Pray that she would continue
to grow and become more like Christ and more bold every day.
August 11: Pray for Caleb, Caroline, Rachel, Christin,
and Karis as they begin school. Pray that God would grow them in
wisdom and knowledge and use them as lights among their teachers
and friends. Pray for their faith to continue to increase and for
them to be diligent in their studies.
August 12: The seven summer volunteers in K-town have been
gone for just a couple of weeks. Praise God for the impact they
had in their villages! Ask God to help them as they re-adjust to
life in America that they would not forget all He showed them while
they were here.
August 13: Ask God to give Kanesa and Brandy direction
and discernment as they seek to follow-up in the villages where
the volunteers lived. Pray that as they disciple new and old believers
they would know best how to lead them.
August 14: Our dad in S-village has yet to make a bold
stand as a Christian though he has been a believer for nearly two
years. It is our hearts desire to see him truly count the cost of
following Jesus and be willing to take up whatever cross he might
have to bear. Pray that God would give him the urgency to share
what he knows is truth with his family and friends.
August 15: Praise the Lord for the "Proclaimers"
which have been brought to the Zerma team. We are getting them out
to various groups so that they can listen to them when they want.
The Proclaimers' have the entire New Testament in the Zerma language
and seem to be working well. It is solar powered and seems to be
holding out with the dust and heat.
August 16: H returned to live with her husband and took
an MP3 player that has the New Testament in Zerma. It was meant
to help her continue to grow in her faith, but her husband took
it away from her---so that HE could listen to it!! Praise God that
he is hearing the Word. Ask that is would divide the deepest parts
of his being and bring him to faith in Jesus.
August 17: Ask God to give Ben and Cindy wisdom and discernment
as they reengage in ministry.
August 18: Pray for the Cain family August 18-21, as they
will be in Ouagadougou (eight hours from Niamey) for a week of team
leader meetings. Pray that these meetings would be productive for
Phil and pray for safety as they travel.
August 19: Please pray for missionaries as they travel.
Rainy season is especially a difficult time as dirt roads can become
extremely bad and in places dangerous as roads tend to wash away
August 20: H’s mom has been struggling with really
high blood pressure and has fallen a couple of times while trying
to move around. Please pray that God, in His mercy, would heal her,
but more than anything that He would save her. She knows that her
religion is “lost,” but she refuses to go to the One
who is the Way.
August 21: When Albass has an epileptic episode many people
do not understand what is happening. Please pray for Zongo as she
has cared for him the 13+ years of his life since the death of his
mother. Zongo does not realize what the episodes does to his strength
nor his body and tends to lose patience with him.
August 22: Daga is a diabetic. This can make an already
physically difficult life much more difficult. Praise the Lord that
some Christians saw this need and recently provided a monitor so
he will be able to check his blood. Praises that this monitor will
ease some of his burdens. Pray also that this will be a large step
in Daga accepting Christ as Savior.
August 23: Please remember the Zerma, as rainy season is
quite a change. Most will be walking or living in or near their
crops. Water in puddles is a temptation to drink as the water wells
are far away. Pray for wisdom and good health during this time.
August 24: Z is a new believer in K-town through the testimony
of Cody, one of the summer volunteers. Please ask God to make his
faith strong and genuine. May he bear much fruit for the kingdom
of God even now that Cody is gone.
August 25: Rainy season is great as many plants come to
life. But rainy season also brings sickness because of malaria and
diarrhea as well as amoebas from being near or drinking the water.
August 26: Pray for the many Christians who will be working
hard in their fields and will not have contact with other Christians
for several weeks or months. Pray that the Holy Spirit will encourage
and bless them and their efforts to bring Christ to their friends,
families and neighbors.
August 27: Harry has become a good friend of Kanesa and
Brandy’s. He first came to know them because he repaired their
fridge and called Kanesa a radical. He listened closely as 42 Bible
stories were explained to him in detail. He confessed he saw the
truth. And then he rejected it. Please ask God to give him courage
and to bind the fear that is in his life that keeps him from believing.
There are many others like him who are merely afraid to trust in
August 28: Please pray for Penny as she has struggled to
know how long to stay in Niger working with the orphans. When God
told her to stay, He did not tell her when to leave. Ask that God
would clearly direct her and give her peace in the midst of uncertainties.
Pray that He would bless her obedience.
August 29: There are a handful of children in K-town who
spend much time with Kanesa, Brandy, and the many others that come
to stay in their house. They are precious children who are getting
the privilege of hearing God’s Word from the time they are
young. It is evident that some of them even understand already the
difference between the religion of their parents and Christianity.
Ask God to cause the seeds to spring up in their hearts. Ask that
they would be the new generation of those who truly follow after
God. Ask that God would also protect them from many of the dangers
that surround them.
August 30: Ask God to strengthen our language skills and
help us to continually grow in our understanding of the culture
that we might be better ministers of the Gospel.
August 31: Over the past month we’ve noticed an increased
interest in spiritual things on the part of the Zerma people. All
of us on the team have noticed more and more questions about the
“Jesus road” as well as requests for Bibles, cassette
tapes, and for the ‘Proclaimers’ that play an audio
recording of the New Testament in Zerma. Praise God for what He
is doing among the Zerma! Thank you for your faithful prayers that
help bring all this about.
Thank you for
working with us through your faithful prayers,
The Zerma Team