You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit
that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16
Dear wonderful and faithful prayer warriors,
The above verse is our Zerma team verse for the year. Please pray that the
ministries we are involved in will bear fruit, fruit that will last. Our
ministries have an eternal focus. Pray that we are obedient and faithful
to Him as we’ve been appointed to go and bear fruit. Thank you so much
for you faithful prayers for us and for the Zerma!
1 Praise God for a good visit from April’s dad during
the last week of April.
2 Pray for April’s and Rebekah’s continued language
learning. Pray that they may be able to communicate the Gospel
clearly and effectively.
3 Thank you for praying for the repairs and construction at Sahel
God is answering your prayers! We’ve had more
teams come. One team recently completed the roof on the school’s
dining hall. Check out the progress at niameyflood.blogspot.com
for pictures and updates.
4 There is still a lot to be done on the Sahel Academy campus
before school begins in August. Please continue to pray for more
teams to come and help with the repairs to the campus. Perhaps
God is calling you or a team from your church to come and help!
Find out how you can help at niameyflood.blogspot.com for more
5 Pray for the new kids clubs and programs that April and
Rebekah are starting. God is opening many doors for them to share
6 Exam week (May 6-10) begins for Caroline. Please pray for
her to recall all that she has studied and for her to have peace
and calmness as she finishes her last week of her freshman year.
7 Pray for pastor “B” as travels to several different
villages this month, discipling believers and sharing the Gospel.
Pray for safety as he travels and for God to open the hearts of
those he meets with.
8 Pray for the Kids’ Club children who meet today with
Kimberly. Pray for them to follow Christ and to faithfully share
the Bible stories with their families.
9 As many of you know, this is a difficult time of year for the
the heat continues day after day, food supplies from
last year’s harvest dwindle, and people struggle to make
ends meet. Pray for the hungry, that they would find food, for
the sick, that they would be healed, for the discouraged, that
they would find hope in the Savior.
10 Pray for the Zerma as they prepare their fields for planting
month. Most of this involves hand-labor, clearing and working
the debris from last year’s crops into the soil. Pray for
their health and strength as they work long days in the hot sun.
11 Please continue to pray for the Christian radio/television
Niamey. They were off the air for part of April due
to a damaged cable and many people were asking why they aren’t
broadcasting so we know it is reaching a wide audience. Pray that
this would continue to be a tool that God uses to plant His word
in the hearts of people across the city.
12 Pray for the guard and his family as they move on to April’s
and Rebekah’s compound. Pray that it would be the start to
a great and healthy relationship.
13 April and Rebekah are leading classes at a church in “D” town.
They are teaching preschool children and teenage girls. Pray for
them as they teach Bible stories and what God’s Word says
about how we are to live. Pray for good relationship with those
they teach as well as their families.
14 Please continue to pray for Deanna. Pray for there to be
no or minimal side effects from the medication and that she will
be restored to feeling her usual self.
15 Pray for Caroline as she begins her trip home to Niger,
for the summer, tomorrow. This will be her first time to fly internationally
alone. Pray for great flights, smooth connections, and safety as
16 Happy 14th Birthday, Caleb Cain! Pray for Caleb as he navigates
his way as he becomes a young man. Pray that Caleb would have hears
to ear and eyes to see all that God is doing in his life.
17 Caroline arrives in Niger today! Pray that all her baggage
arrives with her and for our family time this summer! It will be
wonderful to be all together again.
18 Caleb is a narrator for the musical Sahel Academy is performing
today. Pray for all the students (4th-8th grade) to do their best.
Pray for them to recall their lines and to have fun as they perform.
19 Pray for wisdom for April and Rebekah as they settle into “D” town.
Pray for them as they develop lessons, visit with friends and neighbors,
and set boundaries to handle the steady flow of visitors to their
20 Thank you for praying for Amina, who helps Kimberly with one
kids’ clubs. Pray for her health as she pregnant.
Pray for Kimberly and Amina to have some good discipleship time
together as Kimberly mentors her.
21 Thank you for prayers for Kimberly’s mom. We’ve
shared how God has answered your prayers and provided her with
a wonderful job. Praise Him with also providing a better place
for her to live. She moved in on the first of this month. Pray
for her to have good relationships with the people who live around
22 Pray for words and wisdom as Rebekah and April share with
the people in their town.
23 Pray for Zerma believers as they live out their faith day-to-day.
Pray that they would know and experience Christ and His power—to
transform their minds and hearts, provide for their needs, and
help them be salt and light in a dark world.
24 Pray that “I” and “D” in the village
of “T” would persevere in following Christ and in witnessing
to their friends and neighbors who so far have rejected Christ.
In this same village, several men in the past have requested and
received micro-SD cards with the audio New Testament in Zarma as
well as a variety of songs and messages. They can listen to these
through their cell phone. So pray that even as they seem to reject
Christ outwardly, that God’s word would penetrate their thoughts
and hearts as they listen to it in private.
25 Lord, keep Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah close to
You. Cause them to love You with all their hearts, souls, and minds.
Draw them into Your Word each day, and fill them with thankfulness.
(Mt. 22:37; Col. 3:16)
26 Pray for opportunities to share with people in surrounding
of “D” town where Rebekah and April are living.
27 Pray that God would speak to the Zerma through dreams and
them to seek the Truth.
28 As Rebekah and April establish their lessons, schedules, and
pray Psalms 16:6 over them. The passage reads, “The
boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places: surely I
have a delightful inheritance.” Pray that the boundary lines
will indeed fall in pleasant places for them.
29 Lord, I praise You that You do not slumber as You watch
over the Zerma team. Grant them good health, and protect them from
physical danger. Shield them with Your armor so that they can stand
firm against evil. Remind them that You have not given them a spirit
of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (Ps. 121; Eph.
6:13; II Tim. 1:7)
30 Pray for the men Phil meets with each week in the village
of “S.” We’ve been memorizing scripture together
and discussing/reviewing what a life of discipleship looks like.
Pray that God would strengthen them in their walk with Him and
that they would be vessels of God’s grace and mercy to all
those they come in contact with.
31 Lord of the harvest, please send out more workers to help
Phil, Kimberly, Rebekah, and April serve in the place to which
you have called them. (Matthew 9:38)
you for your prayer support! You’re holding the ropes
and standing in the gap for us!