the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the LORD
on its behalf,
for when it has prosperity, you will prosper." Jeremiah
November 1: Please pray for Brandy and Kanesa as they leave Niger today.
Ask that God would give them peace and joy as
they say bye to a place and people that they love dearly. Pray
for good travel mercies as they travel through Asia and make their
November 2: Please pray for the Sustars and for Cindy’s
family. Cindy’s parents continue to struggle with the health
and her father was diagnosed with cancer on October 8.
November 3: As Kanesa and Brandy return home, they will
be seeing doctors just to get check-ups and make sure they are
healthy. Ask that all these visits would go well and that the doctors
would see anything they need to see. Please pray that they would
be completely healthy and that they would get the rest they need
before starting life all over again in the States.
November 4: Pray for Krista, our semester missionary. Pray for
continued good health and for her language skills in speaking
Zerma. Pray for her as she helps in various Kids’ Clubs as
well as other ministries.
November 5: In October Don and Teresa were able to have a “conference” in
Kanda. There were 14 people there from 7 villages. We are thankful
to be able to help equip Christians
as well as help them with hard life questions. The Bolls are planning
another conference in November which is further - in villages that
have newly baptized believers though some have been Christians
some time. Pray the Bolls will be able to effectively present ways
these Christians can worship, study, pray and evangelize with others.
November 6 Pray for the Zerma team missionaries who are confronted with
many needs of the people here on a daily basis.
There are school needs for children beginning school in October
and a need for food before the harvest is in. Pray that God would
give us wisdom and discernment as we try to meet the needs of people
and not lose focus on their greatest need—salvation.
November 7: Pray for Fati, a struggling believer who
has many family problems and is praying about being baptized. Pray
for Cindy as she helps Fati through a very difficult time.
November 8: Pray that the whole Zerma team would make
it our goal to hear each day what the Lord is saying to us and
for the courage to act on it.
November 9: Haddie lost her young daughter this time last
year. Now she has just lost her husband also. Haddie's older daughter,
Jasmine, just left to return to school and had to come back because
of her father's death. Ask that as she returns again to school
that God would comfort her in her loneliness. Please pray for this
strong Muslim family that God would continue to break down the
walls to their hearts and draw them to Himself.
November 10: During Ramadan very few to no children came
to the Bible Studies in Ouallam. We are so thankful that they have
begun to come again. Pray for Teresa as she is trying to help Ramatou
with sharing the stories.
November 11: Today is Veteran’s day. Let’s
be thankful for the Veterans that sacrificed so much for all our
freedom. Please pray for missionary kids like Matt Bolls, US Navy,
who is preparing to go to Iraq next month. Pray for Matt, wife
Christie and 5 year old daughter Sydney to be situated in a new
home before Matt’s deployment in December.
November 12: Pray for those that we share the Gospel
with on a daily basis asking God to reveal to them that His word
is the truth.
November 13: Pray for the Sustars – both in Niger
and in the United States. Ben’s cousin died October 8 - leaving
a wife and two young sons.
November 14: Praise the Lord that Ramatou has been coming
to get help from Teresa so she can be better prepared to teach
the next class. Pray that Ramatou will be able to have the vision
to continue to study and teach others.
November 15: Pray for small groups of believers in the
villages of D and B. Many have kept their faith secret and they
struggle to meet together regularly because they fear the village
leaders. Pray that God would give them boldness and confidence
to live out their faith.
November 16: Pray for spiritual leadership among the Zerma.
Pray that God will call forth leaders who know His word, who are
burdened for the lost, and who are bold in sharing the Gospel.
Pray for the men and women of influence among the Zerma, that they
would commit their lives to Christ.
November 17: Djibo and Isaka were recently baptized. They are from a very
remote village where there are no other known
Christians. They cannot read but were given a solar powered audio
player of the New Testament in the Zerma language. Pray God’s
protection and encouragement for these two new, very excited and
November 18: Please pray for the children at “L-town.” For
several weeks in a row no children have come to the kids’ clubs
that meets there. God has been moving and acting in the hearts
of people but now spiritual opposition has arisen. Pray for the
people there to not be fearful of Christianity and for them to
come out of the spiritual darkness and into the light.
November 19: When weeds don’t grow for lack of
rain you know it’s not good. The rain for the main growing
season in the immediate Ouallam area was lacking, leading to a
poor to non existent harvest. Other areas had more rain but many
will have a poor harvest. Pray for those who have to make difficult
decisions how to survive until next years harvest.
November 20: After four years working in Niger Kanesa
and Brandy return to the States today. Ask that they would have
smooth transition and find God's wisdom in where to live, where
to work, and how to adjust back to the busy life of the States.
Pray that God would continue working in K-town as they will no
longer be there.
November 21: Pray for the start of a new group meeting at Phil and Kimberly’s house on Saturday evenings. The group
consists of Zerma teenage girls. Krista, our semester missionary,
is leading this group. Pray for the young ladies to be open to
God’s word and that they would believe and step out in faith
because of their belief.
November 22: Pray for the men in various villages that
are currently the only Christian. Some are persecuted, some are
ostracized, and some are tired of the fight with Satan and are
beginning to go to the mosques and say their prayers with their
Muslim friends and family. Please pray for strength for these Christians.
November 23: Please pray for Mark and Deanna Ledlow. Their
ministry has drastically changed through the IMB transition. Pray
November 24: On Nov. 26th or 27th Muslims around the world will be celebrating
the feast of Tabaski soon, commemorating
Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (who they believe
was Ishmael) by God’s command. As Abraham sacrificed the
ram that God provided, so too will Muslims across Niger and around
the world spill the blood of rams and then roast them over open
fires. . . .
November 25: Pray that God would open the eyes
of our Muslim friends during Tabaski time to understand that Jesus
was the final and perfect sacrifice whose shed blood for our sins
ends the need for any other sacrifice.
November 26: Please pray for Kanesa as it's her birthday today. Pray that
she would have sweet time of fellowship and thanksgiving
with her family as she spends her first birthday & Thanksgiving
in four years with her family in the States.
November 27: Yesterday was Thanksgiving. We are very thankful to the many
blessings that God has sent our way. We are especially
thankful for a strong and faithful prayer support group that prays
for the Zerma team as well as the Zerma – their health, their
welfare, and their walk with the Lord. Thank you for your prayers
November 28: Pray for A, I, and Z, new believers who
are under pressure from their families to revert back to Islam.
Pray that they would stand firm in their faith. Pray that God would
protect them from the schemes of Satan and others who seek to cause
them harm. Pray that they would find other believers to worship
with who will encourage them and help them to grow in Christ.
November 29: There are quite a few Zerma believers in
K-town and surrounding villages. They have believed in Christ,
but they have not come to truly love Him. Ask that their affection
for Christ would consume them and that it would pour over into
everyone they meet.
November 30: Caroline Cain is celebrating her sweet 16th
birthday today. She thanks you for all the prayer support over
the years. Pray that she would continue to grow in her walk with
God and for wisdom in the choices she makes. Pray that she continues
to manage her time well. We are so proud of the young woman she
Thank you for standing with us through prayer. We pray you have
a blessed Thanksgiving,
The Zerma Team