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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Please pray that opportunities will open to go to share
in the villages surrounding D Town where the gospel has never been
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 Pray for Kimberly as she continues to teach 6th grade Bible
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 Please pray that opportunities will open to go to share
in the villages surrounding D Town where the gospel has never been
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.
20 Pray that the “henna stories” will be fruitful.
Praise Him for the many doors this has opened in “D” town.
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.
22 Pray for Caleb and his studies at school. Sahel offers an
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.”
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.
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
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.
26 Phil is leading a study on the book of James with a group
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.
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.
28 Thank you for your prayers for Amina. She had her baby, a
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.
29 Lift up three neighbor children of Phil and Kimberly. They
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
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.
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.
Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah
The Zerma team