Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:7-8

Dear Prayer Warriors,

Thank you so much for persevering prayers on behalf of the Zerma and the Zerma team. You will notice several answers to prayers again this month. Thank you for the vital role you play in reaching the Zerma!

October 1 The harvest will begin soon. As we write this, there are still some areas that need one more good rain soon in order for the crops to finish maturing. Pray for a good harvest this year.

October 2 Thanks for your prayers for Sahel Academy this past month. Once again parts of Niamey were flooded as the Niger river rose past the flood stage, yet none of the flood waters reached the campus. We thank God for his protection and for all the hard work and resources that have gone into reinforcing walls and dikes that kept the campus safe this time.

October 3 Pray for Stephanie Ledlow and her husband Scott, as her due date is today. Pray for a healthy and safe delivery of their second child.

October 4 Kimberly has been substitute teaching for the second grade teacher at Sahel this week. After teaching sixth grade Bible first thing in the morning, she spends the rest of the day with the second grade class. Pray for energy, patience, and grace as Kimberly teaches these wonderful children.

October 5 Please pray for the son of a believer living in “K” town. He was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his leg amputated. Pray that his family would sense God’s peace in the midst of this ordeal, pray for a quick recovery as he makes major adjustments to his lifestyle.

October 6 Thank you all so much for faithfully praying for the Children's Camp in D Town. The Camp went really well and about 50 children heard the gospel. Pray that the seeds planted in these young hearts will spring up and bear much fruit.

October 7 There is still no word on the well rig, currently in Nigeria, we are hoping to obtain. Please continue to pray for the paperwork and logistics to be processed so it can be delivered soon and Mark can begin to train workers in how to use it.

October 8 Please pray that opportunities will open to go to share in the villages surrounding D Town where the gospel has never been heard.

October 9 Please be lifting up the people in Niger as the rainy season is ending and many people are suffering with malaria. Pray that through their suffering people will come to know Jesus the one and only true healer.

October 10 Public schools in Niger will be starting back up this month. Pray for the students and teachers, some of whom travel far from home to attend school. Pray that the students would have a desire to learn and that they would see God’s hand at work in all of creation through their studies. Pray that the teachers would be encouragers and help their students to excel.

October 11 Thank you for your prayers for Jeremy, Mark and Deanna’s son, last month. His surgery went well. He must remain completely off his feet for six weeks and spend some time in physical therapy to completely heal his ankle. Pray for complete healing and for patience as he waits to me mobile again.

October 12 Pray for Deanna as she travels to the states this month to be of assistance to Scott and Stephanie as they adjust to having two little ones. Pray for her time with both of her children, Stephanie and Jeremy, and her five grandchildren.

October 13 Pray for Kimberly as she continues to teach 6th grade Bible at Sahel Academy. Pray for the students in the class who don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. Pray that they would come to know and understand His love for them. One student has written Kimberly a note requesting more information on Christ and scriptures to read on their own at home.

October 14 Pray for Mark, as he continues to work in Niger for a few more weeks before joining Deanna in the states for some vacation and family time. Pray that he will accomplish what needs to be done before leaving. Pray for both Deanna and Mark as they are apart for a few weeks.

October 15 Starting today, Muslims around the world will be celebrating the feast of Tabaski, commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (who they believe was Ishmael) by God’s command. Pray that God would open the eyes of our Muslim friends during Tabaski time to understand that Jesus was the final and perfect sacrifice whose shed blood for our sins ends the need for any other sacrifice.

October 16 Thanks for your prayers for Yacouba’s radio/TV station. Plans are moving forward as the new tower is being installed which will enable them to broadcast a much farther distance. Pray for God’s blessing on this station, that it will be an instrument that brings God’s word to many thousands of people. Pray for music and other programming that will honor God and draw people to His saving grace.

October 17 Pray for Caroline to continue to do well in her studies. September was a very busy month for her as she has 18 credit hours in addition to work study, worked with the light crew for the fall children’s theater performances, and kept up with homework and studies. She appreciates your prayers.

October 18 Please pray that opportunities will open to go to share in the villages surrounding D Town where the gospel has never been heard.

October 19 Give thanks for Susie, who designs and maintains our Zerma team website. Pray for her as she serves the Zerma and our team in this very important way. Pray for us to be timely in our communications and updates with her.

October 20 Pray that the “henna stories” will be fruitful. Praise Him for the many doors this has opened in “D” town.

October 21 Pray for energy and stamina for Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah. October is a mini hot season for them after the rains have stopped. Pray for their health and strength.

October 22 Pray for Caleb and his studies at school. Sahel offers an honors curriculum. Caleb is doing well. Please pray that he would always due his best even on subjects that he doesn’t enjoy as much as others. Pray that he would work like he is “working for the Lord and not for man.”

October 23 Thanks for your prayers for Pastor “B”. Recently, he and several other believers spent four days traveling through villages sharing the gospel, gathering groups and discussing the scriptures. There were many good discussions and many opportunities for follow-up. Many of the people they encountered have a problem with Jesus being called the “Son of God.” To them, as to so many others across the centuries, this is simply blasphemy—they cannot comprehend it. Pray that God would open their eyes to the truth and enable them to understand the true nature of Jesus, that no one can come to the Father except through Him.

October 24 Please pray for Caroline as she will be traveling, beginning today through the 27th for fall break. She will be joining the International Club as they take a trip over the break. Pray for safety in travel and a wonderful time with her friends and professors.

October 25 Pray a small group Bible study that Kimberly is participating in with some other missionary women in Niger. Pray for us to glean new understanding and grow closer in our walk with the Lord during our study of Galatians.

October 26 Phil is leading a study on the book of James with a group of believers in the village of “S.” Pray that these believers would learn to apply the practical teachings of James and grow in their walk with God.

October 27 Pray for the relationships April and Rebekah are forming in the town of D. Pray that through these relationships they will have connections to villages around D town.

October 28 Thank you for your prayers for Amina. She had her baby, a boy named Gabriel. He is small and underweight and has had some health issues. Pray that God would give the doctors wisdom here in Gabriel’s treatment. Pray that he will become a strong man of God, which is why Amina gave him that name.

October 29 Lift up three neighbor children of Phil and Kimberly. They have come to one of the kids’ club for years. They came by at the end of September to say that they were moving to a different neighborhood because they will now live in their own home. Pray that the three children will not forget all the Bible stories they know. Pray for time for Phil and Kimberly to visit them in their new neighborhood.

October 30 Pray for “H”, Pastor “A’s” wife. She is doing well with her pregnancy. Pray for God’s protection over her so that she will not get malaria, dysentery, typhoid, or any other illnesses during her pregnancy.

October 31 Praise God for his continued faithfulness and mercy to the Zerma people and our participation in His ministry to reach them with the Gospel.

Blessings,
Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah
The Zerma team