“Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles so that in
the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account
of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day
of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12
May 1: Preparations for “Busting K-town with the
Gospel” will be busily under way this month as Kanesa and
Brandy get ready for 16 summer volunteers. Ask that God would open
every door and every heart to make houses and supplies available
for each volunteer! Pray that Kanesa and Brandy would also think
of every detail that needs to be addressed and will have the strength
to do it all!
May 2: Pray for Fran who has been listening to stories
from Kimberly and retelling them to the children. Ask that she would
trust God to meet all of her needs according to His riches and His
May 3: Penny and Nan are in their last weeks. Pray that
God would strengthen them to finish the race well and that they
will not be distracted by many thoughts of returning home.
May 4: Thank you for praying for Teresa while she was gone
to South Africa the entire month of March for medical reasons. As
she returns she will need to make many changes in her lifestyle
mainly because of back problems. Choices of what villages in which
to minister with her health and AIDS classes will need to be made.
As Teresa and Don determine in consultation with the local traditional
king which villages to go to, pray that God would show them His
May 5: Zerma traditional rituals and celebrations such
as marriage, birth, death, and others that are influenced by Muslim
beliefs are not easily changed. Pray that God would show clearly
to new believers how to make these ‘celebrations’ ones
that truly honor God in their new found faith in Christ and the
courage to practice them.
May 6: Praise God for the “Busting K-town with the
Gospel” volunteers. Ask God to begin to prepare them even
now for their time here. They arrive next month. Ask God to give
them wisdom beyond their years and endurance for all they will face.
Ask God to give them and their families peace as this is not the
typical summer for most college students!
May 7: Many children come to kids clubs in several locations.
Ask that God’s Word would penetrate their hearts and minds
each time they come. May it transform their lives.
May 8: Tonight Penny and Nan will show the Jesus film their
last time in M. Pray that as the Word goes forth once again the
people’s hearts would be penetrated. Ask that people who have
never seen it will be drawn to watch it. Ask that as the girls follow-up
after the film they would have many opportunities to further share
May 9: Complacency and disobedience seems to mark the lives
of many of the believers in K-town. The thorns have grown up around
the Word that sprouted and have seemingly choked out their passion.
Ask God to uproot the thorns so that only the living and active
Word of God would grow in them
May 10: Thank God for believers who are seeking to reach
their communities. Pray for B, a Zerma believer who has started
a literary class and garden project as an outreach to his community.
Pray that it would be an effective way of reaching others with the
May 11: Pray for the Sustars as we move from Texas to North
Carolina. Ask God to help the girls adjust to a new environment
and to give them friends.
May 12: Happy Birthday to Stephanie Ledlow. Thank God for
the many blessings He has given Stephanie this past year. Pray that
He would continue to bless her and her husband, Scott. Ask that
He would give Stephanie wisdom for every decision she makes in the
year to come.
May 13: Ask God to call people to partner with the Zerma
May 14: Many farmers will be working this month toward
the completion of preparing their fields to plant in June/July,
the beginning of rainy season. Pray for their strength and health
as this is a mostly hand labor and intensely hard work.
May 15: Food supplies are beginning to run out and people
are feeling the effects of that. Pray for those who are hungry and
in need. Ask that God would give us wisdom in knowing how to deal
with many legitimate physical needs.
May 16: Today is Caleb Cain’s 10th birthday!!! We
praise God for his enthusiasm and joy. Pray that his faith would
continue to grow and strengthen everyday.
May 17: The believer’s conferences in K-town have
been different than our expectations but God is nonetheless faithful.
Kanesa and Brandy plan to do another one at the end of the month.
Ask God to give them wisdom to know when to have the conference
as well as all that they should study. Pray that God would use these
times of study in the lives of those who participate.
May 18: Ask God to call people to partner with the Zerma
May 19: Christin Sustar is 9 years old today. Thank God
for His grace in her life. Ask that this year would hold many wonderful
things for Christin as God continues to mold her into a young woman
who loves and serves Him as well as others.
May 20: Three men in the Ouallam area have indicated their
desire to follow Christ. Pray the Holy Spirit will help them remain
faithful, to strengthen and encourage them where they live
because there are few Christians there for fellowship.
Pray for the Zerma believers to stand firm and trust totally in
May 22; Please continue to pray for Christian leader, Alhassan,
and his family, whose daughter died shortly after giving birth to
her first child. The baby is doing well but there are major health
concerns when a baby has no mother, mainly concerning nourishment.
May 23: There are many believers who are being persecuted
for their faith. Pray for God to fill them with His Spirit and give
them peace and perseverance. Pray that their testimony would draw
many into the Kingdom!
May 24: Teresa’s AIDS prevention and hygiene classes
came to a halt the entire month of March while taking care of medical
concerns. Pray this work will be back on schedule this month and
for Teresa to have strength to do the classes.
May 25: Penny and Nan return back to the States today.
Pray that God would give them a smooth transition and that they
would not have too much trouble re-adjusting to American life. Ask
also that they would not forget the things that God did in them
while they were in Niger and that He would use them to challenge
others to come.
May 26: April is the hottest month of the year in Niger.
May is not much better but it comes with the realization that rainy
season is nearing. Begin to pray for rain and for farmers as they
make more preparations fro planting.
May 27: Don and Teresa are so very thankful to be able
to work with various amicable leaders in the community and government.
Pray that the Bolls would be bold in sharing the Good News with
them and their villages. Pray that strong Christians would be called
out to help finish the task.
May 28: The 16 summer volunteers will be here in less than
a week. Pray that they will be completely ready for everything that
is coming this summer, both the good and difficult things.
May 29: Family life in Niger does not always model the
Biblical example and there are many hurting husbands and wives.
It is difficult enough for those who do follow Christ much less
those who do not. Ask God to bring many to Himself and restore broken
May 30: Many women do not have ways to support themselves
if they do not have husbands. Some turn to prostitution as a means
to make a living or for other reasons. One young woman who has professed
Christ in S village is counted among them. Pray for Kanesa and Brandy
to have wisdom in discipling her and how they might help her find
another means of supporting herself and her family. Ask God to set
her free from this bondage and to provide her a way of escape.
May 31: Salamatou, the only married baptized Baptist woman
believer in Ouallam, should have had her baby by this month. Please
pray for her and her baby’s health and her witness in the
Thank you for working with us through your prayers,
The Zerma Team