“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Saturday, October 1, 2011 – As you begin to see and feel the changes that fall weather brings please remember that in Niger the weather also changes somewhat. Now that rainy season (what little rain there was) is mostly over it warms up somewhat and many farmers will be in their fields harvesting their millet and sorghum crops. Pray that they will have sufficient foods for their families. As these "field crops" are finishing up the dry season gardening begins. Mostly women but also some men should begin their little nurseries of lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and potatoes in their grow beds. Pray that these dry season farmers will be able to get needed seeds and that the seeds would produce.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - Join us in praising God along with the Ledlows as their daughter Stephanie gave birth to a baby boy. Landon James Rendel was born on September 12th at 9:07 am in California. He weighed 8 lbs, 15 oz., 21 inches long...and he's just perfect!!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011 – Immediate and extended family is very important in the life of Zerma people. And so it is among most in the US. After so many special events missed with their grandchildren, Don and Teresa are really enjoying going to various sports and watching Rachel and Dillon participate. Pray for Stacy Bolls LeQuieu today as it is her birthday. Ask God to give her wisdom as a parent and wife and to open many opportunities for her to share her faith.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 – A Christian is a definite minority among the Zerma of Niger. Please pray strength for believers to continue in their faith even as they are different from the norm here where cultural demands conformity to the norm.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – Praise God for the faithfulness of the children who attend the kids’ clubs. The children are so eager and excited for the clubs that they are coming by the house. After Kimberly was unable to lead one during the scheduled meeting time due to a scheduling conflict, the children came by the house and insisted on meeting a different day so that they wouldn’t miss a week. Pray that God would continue to draw these precious little one to Himself.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will be traveling to Missouri this month. They will be with several other missionaries speaking in Lebanon at several churches. Pray that each missionary will have the energy and will be able to share about the work that is done in the various countries. Please pray for safe travels and good fellowship.

Friday, October 7, 2011 – Pray for Caroline and her senior class. They work very hard during the school year to raise money for their senior trip. The senior’s parents help out a lot with these events. Pray for good time management skills for all involved.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 – October is harvest time across Niger. Some areas will have a good harvest while many areas, due to a lack of rain, will have a poor harvest. Pray for those who will face a discouraging harvest, that they will seek the Lord as the answer to their needs. Pray for those who are reaping a good harvest that they will recognize God’s blessing on them. Pray for a spiritual harvest among the Zerma, and that God would send laborers into the harvest.

Sunday, October 9, 2011 – Thank you for praying for our children. The school year has gotten off to a good start. Pray for Caleb and Rachel as they adjust to the demands of junior high. There is more homework and the addition of youth Bible study. Pray for them to have positive attitudes and be diligent with their studies.

Monday, October 10, 2011 – On the field short term missions is a good way to be a volunteer and help spread God's love among the Zerma people in Niger. Ask God what He would have you do. Ministry opportunities abound. If you can pray, walk or talk, God may be calling you to be a witness among the Zerma!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 – Pray for the Songhai and Niamey Urban teams to work to complete the production of video segments for use in communicating what is taking place here in Niger. Thank God for this gifted media team with whom we are working.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – Several momentous high profile "happenings" have affected Niger this year. Pray for calm, rest, protection of Zerma people as they go about their daily lives trying as most of us do to have food for the family, a safe secure home and a measure of freedom to be able to work and move about.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 – Today is Cindy Sustar’s birthday. Ask God to renew her strength and passion in reaching the lost of Niamey with His hope. Lord we ask that you give each of us, as your followers, courage to obey each word that you give us and to understand how to influence others in the city to do the same.

Friday, October 14, 2011 – Pray for Matt and Christie Bolls as they are eagerly awaiting the safe arrival of Don & Teresa's #4 grandchild. Pray for a safe delivery (C-section) and speedy recovery for both mother and child. Praise the Lord for new life, precious in any family around the world.

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – Remind us as a team, Lord, that our prayers break down strongholds in our lives and others lives here in the city because the weapons you give us have divine power to do this. This month, pray for those who are seeking Jesus to overcome the fear of what others will say or think and choose to follow Him without reservation and communicate that decision to us and to others around them.

Sunday, October 16, 2011 – Pray for us to have wisdom and discernment during this time of year before the millet harvest. The rains were not good this year and people are running low on food. We are faced with an overwhelming number of needs for food, medicine, etc. Pray that we will know when, where, and how much to help.

Monday, October 17, 2011 –Today is Rachel Sustar’s birthday. Ask God to give her boldness in sharing the gospel with her friends that do not know him. Pray that she will manage her time wisely.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – Half the population of Niger is age 15 or younger. Pray for these children and youth that they would be a generation that knows Jesus as their Savior.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011– Pray for Emily as she begins teaching English this semester at the University and that her example in the classroom will result in students asking her what compels her to live life with the passion she does and discover that Jesus is the reason.

Thursday, October 20, 2011 – Pray for the believers in Kollo, that they remain steadfast in the faith and not grow weary. Pray for their spiritual growth and that their confidence and contentment in Christ would be evident for all to see.

Friday, October 21, 2011 – Several believers are learning to read and write in Zarma. Pray that they would learn quickly and encourage each other as they go along. Ask God to give them a desire to read His word for themselves.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 – Thank God for the gifts of each part of His church that includes us. Ask Him to help each of us embrace and use the different gifts that He has given us and be intentional in learning how to work together as a body with one purpose (1 Corinthians 12:18-20).

Sunday, October 23, 2011 – Ask God to give Emily, Cindy and Ben an improved ability to speak French in the city and for the perseverance to press forward and immerse ourselves in settings where only French is spoken to keep adding to their vocabulary. It is important that we speak it well as we work in Niamey.

Monday, October 24, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will be traveling to Kansas City, MO to share with a church that was very involved in the Latrine "outhouse" ministry to schools before the Bolls left. Pray for a special time with the WMU group that will meet earlier in the day, then for the entire church that will meet that night.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Continuing praying for the university students that Emily is in relationship with so that they discover where their true significance and identity are rooted - in relationship with Jesus. Recently, two of them have gotten married so ask the Lord to reveal to Emily how she can best serve them as new couples now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Praise God Ami delivered a healthy baby girl on September 16. Ask God to strengthen Ami and her husband, who are both followers of Jesus to stand firm in their faith and to have boldness beyond themselves to stand against persecution and family pressures.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – We hope the well in Doutchimana will be completed this month. Pray for the workers to be healthy and safe as they dig down 50 to 60 feet. This well will be used for irrigation so pray that there will be abundant water for the adjacent garden area.

Friday, October 28, 2011 – Ask the Lord for clear ideas for Emily of how best to work through the book “Soul Cravings” with a group of her students that will invite them to see God at work not only in the world but in each of their individual lives. Lord, help Emily see how to begin discussions using specific entries from the book that will make a heart connection with each of these students creating a hunger for finding their purpose for living.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 – Five young men in FADA’s in the city have heard the gospel this last month during two visits with them. They continue searching for ways to make a living and to have lives that make a difference. Lord, help us know how to equip these men with the truth and specific skills that are needed to live the lives you have intended for them.

Sunday, October 30, 2011 – A critical part of the urban team strategy is to discover what different organizations, churches, and businesses are currently doing in the city, ask God’s Spirit to reveal His wisdom in how to build healthy relationships with each of these groups of people in the city. Our vision is for Niamey to become an Oasis of Hope – a place where people discover true hope in their lives in the person of Jesus.

Monday, October 31, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will be traveling to Washington, MO to share with a church that came to Niger several years ago. Praise the Lord for special friendships that many missionaries share with volunteers and churches in the USA.

Bowing before the throne of God together!

The Zerma Team