Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make
known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8
1 Thank you for your prayers for us as we make many decisions
about who, when, and how to help with the many physical needs
that we’re confronted with daily. I (Kimberly) was able
to help our neighbor’s child that comes to kids’ club
when he was very sick with malaria. I was able to drop what I
was doing and take him to the clinic where I spent half the day
with him. Your prayers enable us to respond with grace and compassion
when the unexpected occurs. Please continue to cover this area
2 Please pray for Sahel Academy. We’ve had two
members of the staff return to the states unexpectedly. Pray that
God will call other people to come and work at the school. Pray
for obedience among those who hear this call.
3 Pray for Amina, who helps Kimberly tell the Bible stories
at the Zerma church. Pray that Amina will continue to grow in her
faith and that Kimberly will find new and creative ways to mentor
4 As you pray for leaders in your country and around
the world, pray for the leaders of Niger that God would give them
the wisdom and knowledge to govern this country effectively.
5 Please continue to pray for the youth of Niger. According
to recent statistics, half of the population of Niger are fifteen
years or younger. Pray that there will be many opportunities for
these children and young people to hear and respond to the gospel.
Pray that their parents would give them the freedom to choose the
path of faith they want to follow.
6 We appreciate your prayers for Caleb. He is enjoying riding
bike and/or walking to school this year. Pray that God
would continue to shape him into the young man He wants him to
be. Praise God for the maturity we’re seeing grow in him
7 With the end of the rainy season, it won’t be
long before many people start their dry-season gardens. As we help
with seed distribution and encourage people to get involved in
gardening pray that there will be many opportunities to share Christ
and teach the Word.
8 Thank you for praying for April and her time at the eight week
orientation program. April says your “prayers
are much appreciated and please continue to pray for me.”
9 Recently a donor provided funds which were used to purchase
sewing machines for a group of women largely made
up of single mothers and widows. Pray for God’s blessing
as they learn to sew and work together to run a small business
which will help provide an income to support themselves. As one
of our local churches takes responsibility for the machines and
teaching the sewing classes, pray that all of these women who are
not yet believers would be drawn to Christ. Pray for pastor “B” as
he evangelizes and teaches through these classes.
10 Thank you for you prayers for the kids’ clubs.
God moved mightily in the kids’ club on our street the last
week of October. The kids were attentive to the story of Adam and
Eve. When it came time to stop, they asked me to keep going and
tell one more story. This led to a great time of sharing about
God providing animal skins for their clothes and the need for a
sacrifice for sin. The time was perfect as Tabaski (the Muslim
feast when sheep are slaughtered as a sacrifice) was taking place
just two days after they heard this Bible story. God is moving
among the children here! Please continue to pray that there would
be many other moments such as this one!
11 Happy Birthday Susie McFarland! Susie maintains and updates
Zerma team website! We’re so grateful for all
her work on this through the years.
12 Please pray that April will have a better understanding
of the Zerma people, culture, and religion as she is preparing
for her arrival on the field.
13 Pray for new believers among the Zerma, that they
would grow in their faith and learn to pray with conviction and
14 Thanks for your prayers for Amadou and Hassi, their
youngest daughter was quite ill earlier this month but she has
completely recovered. Pray for them as they continue to bear witness
to Christ in their neighborhood. Pray that God would provide for
their needs as they seek to earn a living and provide for their
15 We praise God for His blessings and for answered prayers.
you for your prayers for rain and for a good harvest. It’s
been encouraging to see a good harvest in many of the villages
we work in, the best in several years.
16 Pray for April to build relationships quickly after
her arrival in Niger. Pray for her continual growing relationship
17 Please pray for Sahel Academy. The school is planning
to move back to campus for the fall 2013 school year. The damage
to all the buildings from the flood is extensive. Pray that the
funds will be raised for the repairs and that teams will come and
help with the work that must be completed. Visit www.sahelacademy.com
for more information on how you can help.
18 Pray for the Cain’s neighbors on their street.
Pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth and pray for our
relationships with them. Pray that we would be salt and light in
19 Pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit upon
Niger. Pray that people would be convicted of their sin and their
need for a Savior. Pray that eyes would be opened to the truth
and hardened hearts would be softened in light of the love of Christ.
Pray that people would repent and yield their hearts to the Savior.
20 Caroline Cain’s birthday is November 30th. Would
you help make her first birthday away from her family a special
one? We would love for her to receive a note, postcard, or card
to let her know that she is being prayed for and thought of on
her special day. Her address is :
410 Ouachita St.
OBU Box 3075
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
21 Please continue to pray for the health of the Zerma people
of our family. We’ve dealt with many medical needs
of our friends and neighbors since we returned last month.
22 Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for you,
our wonderful prayer partners, who are faithful to pray for our
family and for the Zerma people! Take a moment to thank God for
what He is doing among the Zerma.
23 Pray for peace in Niger and neighboring countries. The enemy
is active and is doing his best to create conflict—pray
that the peace of God would prevail and these conflicts would be
resolved. Pray that our response to these reports of conflict and
uncertainty would be an attitude of peace and confidence in God.
24 Ask God to give the Zerma the opportunity to hear the Gospel
in their heart language. Many Zerma are not able to
read the written Scripture. Pray for the development of an oral
Bible in their languages. Pray the stories from God’s Word
would spread quickly among villages and communities. Pray that
these stories will be etched into their hearts and minds, so that
teach God's truths to their children and grandchildren.
25 Praise the Lord for His promise that one day every
people, tribe, and nation will worship before Him.
26 Pray that new churches would emerge from among the
Zerma and that these churches would multiply. Pray that the Word
of God would spread through families, communities, and neighboring
27 Please pray for April’s mom. April will be serving
in Niger for two years and her mom is really going to miss her.
Pray for peace, comfort, and encouragement while April is away.
28 Pray that the Zerma will bow and acknowledge Jesus as Lord
Savior. Pray that new believers will be obedient to
God’s mission to share the Good News of salvation with their
families, neighbors, and even with their enemies. Pray that new
believers would have the courage to share their faith despite persecution.
29 Thank you for your persistent prayers for us and the Zerma,
you’ve prayed often that God’s Word would spread
among the Zerma and we ask you again to do so. Pray that as God’s
Word goes forth, that every Zerma person, young and old, would
hear it and have an opportunity to respond to it.
30 Happy 19th Birthday Caroline Cain! Pray that today
would be a very special day for Caroline. This will be the first
birthday away from her mom and dad, and brother. Praise God for
her great adjustment to college and her good relationships with