will praise the LORD according to His righteousness: and will
sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. Psalms
1 Thank you for praying for Sahel Academy. Due to the
river flooding the campus, the school had to find new buildings
in which to meet for this school year. God has answered and provided
two large buildings for the elementary and secondary classes to
meet. School resumed September 17, the day after our return from
the states. Praise God for his provision ask that the administration,
staff, students, and parents would be given grace an patience as
all the details are being worked out for the smooth operation of
2 Please continue to pray for the many Nigeriens who lost
their homes and possessions when the Niger River flooded part of
Niamey this summer. Pray that they would be able to find affordable
places to live. The river is expected to rise again before the
end of the year so pray that repairs to the dikes and levees can
be made in time to control the flooding.
give thanks for answered prayer for additions to our team. April
Cox will be joining us for two years beginning
in December. For the next couple months she’ll be in orientation
at the IMB training facility in Virginia. Pray for April as she
prepares to leave family and friends behind for the sake of taking
the gospel to the Zerma people.
4 Public schools will be starting back up this month.
Pray for the students to be diligent in their studies and to develop
a desire to learn and further their education. Pray for the teachers,
who have to deal with inadequate facilities and resources. Pray
that they would persevere and be faithful in their teaching responsibilities.
for “Y”, a young man who requested
an audio version of the Zerma New Testament recently. This version
is in mp3 format so he can listen to it on his cell phone. Pray
that the Word of God would penetrate his heart and that God would
give him understanding in all that he hears.
6 Thank you for your prayers for our family as we returned
to field, leaving Caroline in the U.S. at university. God has indeed
blessed us with a good adjustment for Caroline and peace and joy
for us as we returned to Niger.
for us as we make many decisions about who, when, and how to
help. There are many physical needs that we’re
confronted with daily. Pray that we will be faithful to use every
opportunity to share the Good News and that the Zerma’s spiritual
needs will be met.
8 Thank you for your prayers for the Nigerien people whose
homes have been flooded or collapsed due to the rains and flood.
There are still thousands without homes. Baptist missionaries were
able to help many thanks to the Baptist Global Relief Fund. 310
daily life kits were given to two villages in which our missionaries
work. These kits included two blankets, two plastic mats, sugar,
soap, tea, small water kettle, a small bucket, and two mosquito
9 Pray for the teachers and administration of Sahel Academy
today. Pray for endurance, encouragement, humor, strength, and
health as they adjust to teaching in a different setting and a
different year than expected as a result of the flood.
10 Thanks for your prayers for rain this summer—many
areas of Niger have received a good amount of rain. Pray for a
good harvest this month.
11 Pray for Kimberly, as she may be travelling to Johannesburg,
South Africa this month or next, for some follow up exams to ones
she had in the U.S. Pray that all the details for this would fall
into place and that she would have a speedy return to Niger.
12 A typical day can bring any number of distractions.
Pray that we would stay focused on God and His plans above all
else. (Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and
all these things shall be added to you. Matt. 6:33)
13 We praise God for the maturity we are seeing develop
in Caleb. He is happy to be back in school and with his friends.
Pray that he continues in making good decisions and for His walk
with the Lord.
14 Pray for Caroline to use her time wisely and to use
good study habits. Pray that she would make good decisions on where
to focus her time and energy.
15 April begins an eight-week orientation program today,
along with many other missionaries preparing for service around
the world. This will be a time of learning and training in preparation
for coming to the field. Pray for April as she absorbs a lot of
new information. Pray for her spiritual growth during this very
16 Thank you for praying for the children who attend kids’ clubs.
The children ran to greet our family as we arrived back home. Nineteen
children attended the one on our street as the groups resumed meeting
regularly. Pray that God would use their joy in studying God’s
Word to lead many to personal relationships with Him.
17 Pray for Aissa’s family. Pray that she and her
husband would choose to follow Christ. Thank God for their willingness
to host a kids’ club at their house.
18 Pray that missionaries and Zerma believers would be “strengthened
with power through His Spirit in the inner man . . .” Eph.
19 We rejoice in the encouragement and sweetness of fellowship
that we enjoyed in the U.S. We had three wonderful visits with
Don and Teresa, a great visit with a former short term missionary,
Lauren, and connected with the Sutleys, who are faithful prayer
warriors for our team. We also spent our last day in the states
with Stacey and Michael, who have travelled twice to Niger as volunteers.
What a blessing and encouragement all of them were to us!
20 Pray for Pastor Amadou and his wife Hassi as they serve and minister
in the “G” neighborhood. Pray that God
would encourage them by seeing more men and women attend church
faithfully and seeing people be courageous enough to leave Islam
and choose Christ.
21 Pray for Phil and Kimberly as they prepare for April’s
arrival. Pray as we look at placing April into ministry settings
that are the most strategic and where God is leading us.
22 Thank you for praying for the village of Sarando, where
Phil has a weekly storying group. This village was one of the two
villages to receive the daily life kits distributed by our fellow
missionaries. Phil has resumed his weekly trips to this village
to continue discipleship lessons.
23 Pray for the children that meet at the kids’ club
at the Zerma church. Praise God that they are eager to meet again
and that many came to church on the Cain’s first Sunday back
after returning from the states.
24 Thank you for praying on behalf of the Cain family,
Phil and Kimberly have been continuing ministry and filling in
for Mark and Deanna they were in the states. Praise God that Mark
and Deanna are returning this month and that Phil and Kimberly
can resume their normal ministry schedule.
25 Pray that as we communicate God’s Word in a different
language and in the context of a different culture, that we would
be clear and communicate well.
26 Pray that God would pour out his Spirit upon the Zerma,
convicting them of their lostness and their need for salvation
through Christ alone. Pray that God would prepare their hearts
to receive His Word.
27 We give thanks for the generosity of donors in the
U.S. which enabled our missionary colleagues, through Baptist Global
Response to provide assistance to villages that were hardest hit
by the floods. Other evangelical organizations and churches in
Niger have done likewise. Pray that all these efforts would have
an impact in helping people get back on their feet and in helping
them see Christ in our actions. Pray that those who need help the
most would receive it.
28 Praise God for giving Caroline good relationships among
her peers. Pray that God would continue to build and strengthen
29 Pray for our relationships with the Zerma people to
strengthen and deepen as we settle back into our lives and ministry
30 Rejoice that the flood waters are receding at a faster
rate than expected. Pray for the rebuilding and repairs that will
need to be accomplished in the coming weeks and months ahead.
31 Celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness and goodness
in all of our lives today! Did you notice how many praises there
were this month for answered prayer? God is at work among the Zerma!
Thank you for your prayers! They are making a difference in the
lives of the Zerma people and in the lives of our family!