if I say, ‘I will not mention Him or speak anymore in His
Name,’ His Word is in my heart like a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot.” Jeremiah
September 1: Pray for Krista Shirley as she arrives this
month to work with the Zerma team as a semester missionary. Pray
for her as she adjusts to the climate and culture of Niger and learns
a new language. Pray that God would use her in significant ways
to minister to the Zerma people.
Wednesday, September 2: Praise God that His Spirit
lives within us. Pray for the Zerma team: Phil, Kimberly, Caroline,
Caleb, Don, Teresa, Ben, Cindy, Rachel, Christin, Karis, Kanesa,
and Brandy. May God put His Word in their hearts like a fire that
cannot be quenched. May they be bold with those who are seeking
as well as those who are already believers!
Thursday, September 3: Our friend, L, who has been
struggling with an eating disorder, is still struggling. There is
a lot of trauma that she has not dealt with. Also her mom has been
involved with witchcraft and we wonder if maybe there are some satanic
strongholds in her life as well. Please pray for God to break any
bondage, emotional and spiritual, so that L might walk in the freedom
and glory of Christ!
Friday, September 4: K-town has eight new men believers!!
Praise God for His mercy. This week is the third of four weeks that
a strong believer from the capital is living in K-town to disciple
these men. Thank God for Ham’s obedience to leave the comfort
of home to move to the bush to see his new brothers grow. Ask God
to use this time for incredible grow in the believers, both new
Saturday, September 5: You may remember Musa who
went to jail in Ouallam shortly after his baptism. He has been out
now for several months and has what appears to be a changed life.
He gave testimony to that changed life at a recent Bible study.
Pray for Musa to remain faithful in his new life with Christ.
Sunday, September 6: Sid has been a believer since
January, passionate and bold. But he received a letter from his
family saying that he must begin following his Muslim prayers again
or else he should forget them. He was honest and said he has begun
going to the mosque again but he is still praying to Jesus and reading
His Bible. Sid knows he cannot serve two masters and is heartbroken
as he struggles through this. Ask God to uplift Sid with His mighty
arm and give him wisdom in helping his family to understand his
faith in Christ.
Monday, September 7: Muslims throughout Niger are
observing Ramadan until September 21st. This is a time when many
Muslims are much more focused on God and His commands as they fast
during the daylight hours. Pray that this will be a time when people
truly seek the Lord and find Him.
Tuesday, September 8: Lord, give Ben and Cindy
wisdom in reconnecting with the Goudel church and carefully considering
the best way to continue mentoring Pastor A. and his wife to advance
the church to maturity.
Wednesday, September 9: Rainy season in Ouallam
usually begins early June. This year we did not receive adequate
rainfall until August 2nd. With the sporadic & insufficient
rain, many have planted for the fifth time and some are planting
for the first time. Please pray that the rains continue and there
will be a harvest.
Thursday, September 10: Kanesa and Brandy are planning
a trip this month to see H and her husband and son in another country.
They are going to take Lily with them in hopes to have some intense
time of discipleship with them. Pray for their safety as they travel.
Ask God to give them wisdom in what to teach H and Lily and for
opportunities to share with H’s husband and other Zerma people
who do not yet believe!
Friday, September 11: Pray the Zerma believers
in Niamey to be bold and take advantage of opportunities to share
Christ and the Biblical form of fasting with their neighbors during
Saturday, September 12: After five weeks of teaching the
Zerma alphabet the “light finally came on” and students
are seeing the difference in sounds and how they can make words.
It was exciting to see students able to use what they knew to either
spell or sound out the words. Pray they can continue to learn and
Teresa will remain patient and loving – showing Christ to
believers and non-believers.
Sunday, September 13: There are several Christian people
that have moved to K-town to work at the new clinic. They are coming
to the local church and it has been a great encouragement to Pastor
J. Please ask for this little fellowship to grow in depth and strength.
Ask that God would use these believers to shine the light brightly.
Monday, September 14: Pray for Caroline, who has a very
big year ahead of her in 10th grade. In addition to the academic
work, she will have 20 hours of community service and responsibilities
as student council secretary. Pray that she will be diligent and
manage her time wisely. Pray for Caleb as he progresses through
5th grade, that he would continue to develop a godly character and
be a good example to others.
Tuesday, September 15: Our neighbor had a dream
then she awoke and could not get back to sleep until she sang the
songs that she had learned from her Christian friends. Then God
gave her a song that she had never heard before. After that she
got sick and went to her Christian friend who prayed for her. She
got well and accepted Christ as her Savior! Praise God for this
new sister. Ask God to make her sweet spirit a witness of Christ’s
work in her life. May she grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, September 16: Pray for the Sustars as
they reengage in ministry. Ask God to give them wisdom and discernment
in daily decisions.
Thursday, September 17: Fourera’s husband
brought her to her parent’s family in Ouallam for care. With
back problems she is basically seen as “useless” (she
has a broken back). She cannot haul water, pound grain or gather
firewood, and she has yet to have a baby. Please pray for the situation
and for ways Teresa can continue to minister to her. The family
has taken her to a village north of Ouallam and for security reasons
we are unable to travel there to minister to her – and to
Friday, September 18: Amy married Kanesa and Brandy’s
brother, Allan, who is a Christian although she is not. Kanesa and
Brandy have been able to share with her a few times in the past
month. Pray for Amy’s heart to be truly opened to the words
of Christ. Pray that Adam would step pit of his complacency and
indifference and lead his family in the ways of Christ.
Saturday, September 19: We have not seen Henry
in several months and think that it is because of sin in his life.
He recently went to a neighboring country to try to find work for
money. Ask that while he is there God would place a man in his life
that would help spur him on to obedience in Christ. Ask for God
to provide for every need he and his family have.
Sunday, September 20: Pray for baby “A”
who is in need of surgery. Pray for healing and for the surgery
to take place very soon
Monday, September 21: Pray for Rachel, Christin
and Karis as they adjust to life in Niger and to the school schedule
of Sahel. Pray for stamina and patience. Ask God to help them make
Tuesday, September 22: Pray that Teresa & Don will
soon be able to take the AIDS/Health classes to various villages.
Rain, planting, health, funds for more literature, vacation, paperwork
etc. has detained them going for several months. As the Bolls will
begin with a new strategy working with the king of that area, pray
that things work out quickly (or for more patience for the Bolls)!
Wednesday, September 23: “Superman”
is a good friend who knows the truth of the Gospel but is still
too afraid to follow. Ask God to reveal Himself in such a way that
“Superman” cannot deny it any longer. Pray that he would
lead his wife and son in the truth. Ask that God would bless them
with more children and that He would protect them and keep them
Thursday, September 24: A bathroom, latrine or
‘outhouse’ is a fairly unthought-of item…..until
you don’t have one. For some reason a latrine we put in about
a year ago has caved in and is basically useless for the large living
compound of many people with several older ones who can hardly see.
Thanks to friends in Arkansas we have money to repair that latrine.
Pray for our time of witness as we repair this latrine in Ouallam.
Friday, September 25: Pray for “A”
who has been asking many questions about following Christ. Pray
that he will accept the truth as God reveals it to him. Pray that
he will have courage to step out in faith and commit his life to
Saturday, September 26: Sometimes I wonder if it wasn’t
a mango that Eve ate in the garden. Mangoes grow easily in Niger,
are prolific if there is water, and are heat tolerate. Please pray
for the many fruit trees distributed over the last few months. Many
trees have died for various reasons but some have lived. One large
mango tree can provide an average yearly income, with two comes
the feeling of “having it made”. Pray for the witness
and impact those trees could make in people’s lives for many
Sunday, September 27: It should not be too long
before the people begin harvesting their crops. Pray for the crops
to be great and provide plenty of food for everyone, especially
since the rainy season was not as good as it could have been.
Monday, September 28: Please pray for those awaiting
baptism or considering it, that the evil one would not be allowed
to steal their joy and assurance in their new found faith. Many
of these that are awaiting baptism are in villages far from Ouallam
and are the only ones in their village that follow Christ.
Tuesday, September 29: Kanesa and Brandy have little
more than one month left before they will complete their term and
return to the States. Ask for God to pour out incredible grace as
this will be a difficult transition for them. Pray that they would
re-adjust well to American culture. Ask for them to be encouraged
by their family and friends and not be overwhelmed by the incredible
Wednesday, September 30: A knock on the door, a
simple prayer request… she traveled many miles for this…
“Would you pray that we can find our donkeys, they are lost
again and last time you prayed we found them.” Praise the
Lord for the two women Christians that made this request. They live
in a village we cannot visit due to security reasons. Teresa &
Don make many prayer requests like this one and praise the Lord
that many of them are answered. Thank you for your prayers for us.