. . always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because
you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians
1 Monday – Thinking of the above verse and the Zerma Team’s
commitment to prayer and your commitment to pray for us, we are
reminded that much of the work we do is done covered greatly through
prayer. We thank you so much for lifting us and the work to the
Lord – Daily.
2 Tuesday – Garden seed selling and most garden produce
is coming to an end. Peas and a few other plants may bear but for
the most part garden season is over. Grain field preparation has
begun and from now until rainy season, when grain starts to mature
about October, most Zerma people will be living on last season’s
harvest. Pray that present food will last long enough.
3 Wednesday – Being
sick or injured is no fun no matter where one lives, but added
complications makes things more serious.
Many times we ask you to pray for us and for our health, and we
thank you that you are praying and will continue to pray for our
health and ministries.
4 Thursday – In December Kimberly had an infection that “got
worse”. When antibiotics did not help it became more serious.
With the work that Kimberly does sharing at the Welcome Clubs,
being a mother, wife and all that goes on with living, then having
to stay off her foot taking injections regularly, then having the
infection travel from the bottom of her foot to her shin we really
prayed! Thank you for praying for our health!
5 Friday – In
January Teresa caught a cold but continued teaching AIDS/Health
classes a little longer – until her
then bronchial/pneumonia cancelled the classes. After 20 days of
antibiotics the lungs were clear, but the cartilage around the
lungs was inflamed – called Tietze syndrome, which could
last 6-12 weeks. Please continue to pray for all of the Zerma team
as we battle not just health issues but Satan who does not want
us sharing the Good News of Christ.
6 Saturday – Please
continue to pray for all of the Zerma team as we continue to
work on our communication skills which is
not only the language but the culture and interacting with the
Zerma people as well.
7 Sunday – There
are many needs in Niger, Pray that God would give us wisdom and
discernment in knowing how to help people,
especially those that request financial assistance.
8 Monday – Today is Mark Ledlow’s birthday. Pray for
him as he and Deanna are in the US now welcoming and “spoiling” their
newly arrived very small granddaughters – twins Abbey & Haley!
Pray for ALL. Praise the Lord for their safe arrival and for the
special family time. Pray for continued health for the babies.
9 Tuesday – Pray for the five kids’ clubs meeting
each week with Kimberly. Pray Luke 9:48 over the clubs. Jesus said, “Whoever
welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever
welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Based on this
verse the Kids’ Clubs have a new name – Fo nda kaya?
Fada (Welcome Club).
10 Wednesday – Please continue to pray for the 3 new baptized
believers who attended a “storying conference” January.
Ask God to encourage them and bring to mind clearly the stories
that were studied.
11 Thursday – Pray
for the Bible studies that Cindy is helping to facilitate. Ask
God to open eyes, ears and hearts to receive
and understand His Word.
12 Friday – Pray
for the newest Welcome Club meeting on Friday evenings. Pray
for Kimberly and clarity in communicating
the story of Ruth with the tween and teen Zerma girls. Pray for
them to know their kinsman-redeemer in Christ.
13 Saturday – Pray Acts 3:6 for the Zerma team. “Then
Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have
I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’” Daily
we are faced with the many physical needs of people. Pray for us
to always be ready to share the love of Jesus with others, to have
a story from God’s Word ready to share at the right time
and to boldly declare what we have – a hope, peace, and future
in Jesus Christ, with the Zerma people we have contact with.
14 Sunday – Pray
for Pastor Ama and his family to be strengthened and encouraged
daily as they lead the church in Goudel.
15 Monday – Pray
for the neighborhood of Bobel. Ask God to pour out His Spirit
on that neighborhood and give many visions
and dreams of Him.
16 Tuesday – Today is Phil Cain’s
birthday. Pray that he would be renewed by the Spirit today,
that God would strengthen
and equip him to accomplish His purposes for the Zerma people.
17 Wednesday – Praise the Lord that Ramatou has grown in
her faith and boldness to share at the Ouallam Church. During Teresa’s
absence she has really taken ownership of presenting the stories
and sharing the gospel. Pray that she continues.
18 Thursday – One
of the ways we can demonstrate our faith in Christ is by our
love for God, for one another, and for the
lost. As Paul prayed for the Philippians in Phil. 1:9-11, we ask
that you pray the same for us: that our love will keep on growing
in knowledge and every kind of discernment and that we will be
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus
19 Friday – It is difficult to see Christian leaders leave
their villages and the “work” that they have done for
the Lord – but it is exciting to see others take the lead
and be even bolder! Thank you for praying that the gospel to be
shared. PTL that the wife of a “new leader” has accepted
Christ and wants baptism as well as more studies. Pray for the
Bolls as they go to encourage and disciple them.
20 Saturday – Please pray for the many folks that are leaving
their villages in search of money and food. It is a very difficult
situation for both the ones leaving and the ones staying. Many
years it is the men that leave – this year it seems to be
21 Sunday – Please
pray for volunteers considering or planning a trip to Niger to
help in making Christ known to the Zerma people.
Pray for good decisions and the application process to go smoothly
with the many things needed done before, during and after leaving
22 Monday – Communicating the truths of Scripture in a different
language and culture can be challenging. Pray that we would be
effective communicators of the gospel; sharing God’s Word
in such a way that those who hear it understand it and know how
23 Tuesday – We
continue to do follow-up work on the Latrine Project in Ouallam
finished about 2 years ago. Pray for these contacts
we have at almost 100 homes. Some of the Latrines already need
repair which gives us more opportunity to provide a Christian presence
24 Wednesday – Thank you for your prayers for the villages
of “S” and “C”. The response has been good,
the groups are learning God’s Word, and others have expressed
an interest in joining us. Pray that these men and women would
give their hearts to Christ, growing in their faith, and share
that faith with others. Pray that God would grant them courage
and steadfastness as they face rejection and persecution among
25 Thursday – Pray that Teresa & Don will be able to
present the AIDS/Health classes, and that they will be able to
return to many of the villages because of the villager’s
interest in knowing more about the Love of the Lord.
26 Friday - Please
pray for Mark and Deanna as they prepare to return to Niger.
Pray for the “byes” they will go through
to their kids and the new granddaughters. Also pray for the new
parents, Jeremy and Heidie as they will be caring more for their
new “bundles of joy” now that Grandparents are leaving.
27 Saturday – Well,
we are really entering HOT season now! Many of you have experienced
some cold weather while we were experiencing
our cold season of 100F/70F. Now that we are in hot season it will
be more difficult to work in the heat. Pray for those that are
already working in their fields in preparation for the rains in
a few months.
28 Sunday – Many times it is with a hurting heart as we
listen to the Islam call to prayer, the sing-song type Arabic.
Don had taken an Arabic Bible for a Muslim leader to the village
of “K” but there was a death in another village. The
Bible was there, and another Muslim leader was there. Don handed
him the Bible and he began to read it in the sing-song type Arabic – but
this time it was more like music to the ears. He wanted to keep
the Word. Pray that as he reads it that he will understand the
29 Monday - Over the past couple months we have passed out many
cassettes containing stories from the Bible sermons and gospel
presentations. Pray that God would use these cassettes to draw
people to Himself. Pray that they would also be used to help believers
grow in their faith.
30 Tuesday – Several years ago Phil taught some Bible stories
in a village East of Ouallam. A few months ago a religious leader,
Boubacar was in a bad motorcycle accident and Teresa went to pray
for him & suggested hot & cold compresses for pain along
with other suggestions. He has been asking that Teresa come to
teach the AIDS/Health and other studies in his village – Pray
for the Bolls, this may open doors to many other villages in the
East. (Bolls have been working mostly in the southern villages)
31 Wednesday – Pray that Zerma Christians would catch a
vision for reaching their people with the Good News. Pray for boldness
and confidence for them and that they would be ready always to "give
an answer for the hope that is within them."
Thank you so much for your continued prayers. We love and appreciate
you! The Zerma Team