the angel said to them, “Do
not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be
for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
1 Thank you for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering,
it is what put us on the field and enables us to live and work
among the Zerma people. This offering provides us with housing,
a vehicle to drive, schooling expenses for our children, resources
in sharing the Gospel with the Zerma, training for lay leaders
and the list goes on and on. Thank you for making it possible for
us to share the hope of Christ daily with the Zerma people. 100%
of this offering directly supports us and nearly 5000 other personnel
around the world. Thank you for your faithful giving, we appreciate
2 Pray for a garden that was planted with seeds Rebekah
provided for a family that she and April have good relationships
with. Pray that these seeds would grow and produce a good harvest.
Pray for the family who has taken ownership of this project and
built a grass mat fence and covered the plants with netting to
prevent lizards from eating the tender shoots before they reach
3 April and Rebekah are so thankful for the opportunity
this past month to enter their first village. Please pray that
we will have an open door to share the good news in this village
and to have wisdom and the language that we need to boldly proclaim
the truth amongst people who have never heard the truth.
December 4 Pray for opportunities to share during the Christmas
season. Pray that we would be quick to share of Christ's birth,
life, death and resurrection.
5 Pray for Mark and Deanna, as they return to Niger from
vacation time in the U.S. Praise God for their wonderful time with
their children and grandchildren. Pray that they return refreshed
and ready to resume their work and ministry in Niger.
6 Thanks for praying for our volunteer team from FBC,
Sandersville, GA last month. We stayed very busy and were able
to visit many villages and individuals over the course of the week.
They were a great encouragement to us and the people we encountered.
Continue to pray that their words and conversations will have a
lasting impact on those we encountered.
7 In November there was a conference to encourage and
train local people to share the good news and plant new fellowships
in villages. Please pray that the Africans will respond to this
challenge with boldness.
December 8 We did have many good rains this past rainy season,
unfortunately the rains ended before many of the crops were able
to mature. Many are facing another year of struggling to find
food—pray that God would provide what is needed, when it
is needed. Pray for all of us to have wisdom in knowing how we
9 Many of the Zerma here know that Christmas (or “Noel” in
French) is a Christian holiday that has something to do with Jesus.
Pray that this season would yield many opportunities for the Zerma
to hear the truth of what this “holiday” is all about.
Pray that the Zerma would receive Christ not simply as another
in a line of prophets, but as the one true Savior, “God with
us”, the hope of glory. Pray that we would be ready always
to give an answer to those who ask about this hope.
10 Please pray for “Z” and his circle of
influence in K town and beyond. Pray that he would remain grounded
in the scriptures and develop a love for the word of God. Pray
that God will strengthen his faith as encounters resistance from
friends and family. Pray for his brother, “B” who has
asked for an audio portion of the New Testament and is interested
in hearing more from God’s word.
11 Pray for Caroline and Caleb as they have exams and
finish their semesters. Pray that they finish strong and the semesters
12 Thank you for praying for Phil’s leadership
class. We’ve finished the first course and will look at starting
another course after the new year. Pray that we will be able to
use this leadership training as an effective tool to reach Nigeriens
with the gospel and make an impact on the future leaders of this
13 Pray for our health and the health of the Zerma. Now
that cold season is here many are sick with colds, fever and malaria.
Ask God to place His healing hand on Niger and to show the Zerma
that He alone is the Great Physician.
14 Thank you for praying for the gardening season in Niger. Please
continue to pray that these gardens will do well
and that these gardens would yield plentiful produce to supplement
the Zerma people’s diet and income.
15 The ladies in “D” town sell food outside
the school. April likes to call them the lunch ladies. Pray for
April and Rebekah as they build relationships with them. Pray that
The Lord would open their hearts.
December 16 Praise God for the continued relationship with the
three children who moved to a new neighborhood that is far from
the Cain’s neighborhood. The children miss kids club and
would like to have one in their neighborhood. Pray for their
mother who has returned to visit Kimberly. Pray that Kimberly
will have time to visit them in their new home this month.
17 Pray for the children who attend the kids club at the church
in “G” neighborhood. They were recently
harassed while Kimberly was there at the end of November by other
children calling down curses on them for coming to the club. Pray
for them to remain strong and faithful. Pray for them to know that
God’s truth is more powerful than any lies of Satan.
18 Thank you for your overwhelming support and encouragement
to Caroline, as she celebrated her birthday in the states. She
had a great day. She appreciates all the cards very much. Thank
you for helping to make her day so special!
Please continue to pray for the 6th grade Bible class that Kimberly
teaches at Sahel. Pray for two girls in the class
who are not believers but that are earnestly seeking the truth
and it is evident that God is drawing them to himself. Pray for
Kimberly as she prepares lesson and teaches the Bible that she
accurately handles God’s Word.
20 Pray for the relationships that April and Rebekah have established
among the children, women, and families in “D” town
would strengthen and deepen. Pray for them to have many divine
appointments as the meet people in town and for many opportunities
for spiritual conversations.
21 Happy Birthday, Kimberly Cain. Pray for Kimberly as
she ministers to Zerma women and children; pray that God would
give her strength and endurance, wisdom and insight as she shares
the Good News with others.
22 Pray for the children who come to the kids clubs. Mary Ann, the
volunteer who came last month, did a great job sharing
the Bible story and doing crafts with the children. Pray that those
who heard the message of Jesus’ love and salvation plan would
accept Jesus as their savior.
23 Perhaps God is calling you to come and volunteer among the Zerma?
You can share God’s love with the people here
and make an impact in whatever amount of time you have to come.
We would love to see you for a week, two weeks, or more!
December 24 Pray for Phil as he carries out his many responsibilities.
He serves as husband, father, evangelist and discipleship teacher,
team leader, Associate Cluster Leader, chairman of our Niamey
English Worship Service, and as Chairman of the Sahel School
Board. Pray for his health and that God would multiply his time
25 Merry Christmas! As you celebrate Jesus’ birth,
pray for the Zerma who have yet to hear of the Good News that is
for all people.
26 Amina’s baby boy, Gabriel, is doing well. After
being underweight at birth, he is growing well and has a beautiful
smile. Pray for Gabriel to grow and thrive. Pray for Amina as she
mothers him and her other four children.
27 Pray for the Zerma church in the “G” neighborhood.
Pray for the church to grow in number and in the power of its witness.
28 April’s sister Nicole arrives in Niger today.
Pray for safe travels and a refreshing time with family.
29 Today marks two special anniversaries for the Zerma team! The
29th marks one year of Rebekah and April being in country.
Praise the Lord for His provision and grace. Today is also Phil
and Kimberly’s 23rd wedding anniversary. Praise God for His
faithfulness, love, and encouragement.
30 Pray for Phil and Kimberly, April, and Rebekah as
they live and minister among the Zerma people. Pray for their health,
rest, and for time alone with God and in His Word. Pray for them
as they deal with the pressing physical and spiritual needs that
they are confronted with daily.
31 As we reflect over the past year, we have so much to be thankful
for. We’ve been so blessed with the arrival
of Rebekah and April to assist us with reaching the Zerma in a
part of Niger where we’ve not been previously. We have had
several volunteers that have come to help share the work, we have
more that are planning to come the next year. In spite of some
tense security situations at times we remain safe and are able
to continue our work. We thank God for you. We look forward to “working
with you” again next year! We also give thanks to God for
His abundant provision, for His grace, and for enabling us to partake
in His plan for planting the gospel among the Zerma.
Thank you for your prayers! They are making a difference in the
lives of the Zerma people!
Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah
The Zerma Team