Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

January 1 Pray as this new year begins that the Zerma team would bring more glory to the Father than ever before.

January 2 Rebekah and April have now been able to visit three villages, what an answer to prayer! Pray on Thursdays as they visit village GK. Pray for continued openness and good relationships in this village.

January 3 Pray for April’s sister Nicole as she shares “henna stories” in Zarma. Pray that The Lord will bring the words to her mind. Pray for Nicole’s health as she spends two weeks in Niger.

January 4 The Goudel church had many visitors for the Christmas day service. Pray that these men, women and children who heard the gospel message will yield their hearts to the Lord. Pray that they will come to know the love of Christ, who gave His life for them on the cross that they might be free from the power of sin.

January 5 Pray for boldness for our national partners and us to share the good news all the time and to everyone.

January 6 Pray for Phil as he leads the Zerma team and seeks to make Christ known among the Zerma people. Pray that he would have wisdom and discernment in knowing how best to spend his time and for direction that is Spirit-led as he considers various strategies for spreading the gospel and teaching and discipling believers.

January 7 Pray that God would give us renewed vision for this coming year and it would stay with us throughout this coming year.

January 8 Pray for the government leaders of Niger, that God would grant them wisdom and discernment and that they would govern with integrity and compassion. Thank God that Niger is a country that respects religious freedom.

January 9 Pray for Mike and Stacey Frank and their twin daughters (under 1 year old) who are coming for a three week mission trip to work with the Zerma people. Stacey served as a 9 month volunteer a few years ago and Mike has made several trips to Niger, including a trip last year. Pray for their travel safety and health for their family during their time in Niger.

January 10 Pray for the Frank family as they arrive in Niamey today. Pray for their young twin daughters’ health and adjustment to a seven hour difference in the time.

January 11 April’s sister leaves today to return to the U.S. after a two week visit to Niger. Pray for safety as she travels.

January 12 Pray for the Zerma team’s health during cool season. It is very dry and dusty this time of year. Cold, coughs, and bronchitis are very common this time of year. Pray for us to stay healthy so we can do all that we need and want to do.

January 13 Tomorrow is the first day of school for Sahel Academy. Pray for the students and staff as they study and teach this last half of the school year. Pray for Caleb to do his best and make good choices. Ouachita Baptist University starts their spring semester tomorrow too. Pray for Caroline to do her best there and manage her time wisely.

January 14 Happy Birthday, Deanna Ledlow! Pray for Deanna as she serves as guesthouse coordinator and ministers to her fellow missionaries through her gift of hospitality.

January 15 April and Rebekah are thankful to have received equipment to share the Jesus film in D town and the villages surrounding. Pray that the Lord blesses each showing and that many opportunities arise as a result. Pray for safety in travel.

January 16 Rebekah and April are so thankful that the door has opened for us to share the truth in “GK” a village. Continue to lift up this village and especially a young lady from this village who is terminally ill that she will come to know the truth.

January 17 Pray for Rebekah to have patience with the garden project. Pray that the lizards will not eat it all up and that it will provide opportunities to share the truth with the family.

January 18 Pray for Phil as he continues to disciple pastor “B” and work with him in reaching new villages. Pray for the growth of these outreach groups that they will become thriving churches. Pray for pastor “B” as he travels from village to village, for his safety and for the ability to share and teach God’s word—“rightly handling the word of truth.”

January 19 Pray for Kimberly as she continues to teach the 6th grade Bible class at Sahel. Pray for those students who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus to understand God’s love for them.

January 20 Pray that we would be effective communicators of the gospel in a language and culture that is not our own. Pray that our ability to speak the language and understand the Zerma culture would continue to increase during 2014.

January 21 Pray for April and Rebekah to continue to have wisdom in working cross-culturally with the Zerma.

January 22 Pray for Mike and Stacey’s time with the Zerma people. Praise God for the sweet reunions and joy there will be among the people they have built relationships with at their return.

January 23 Pray for April and Rebekah as they travel to the GK village today. Pray for them to communicate clearly and effectively as they share a story from God’s Word with the people they meet in the village today.

January 24 Pray for Hassi, Pastor Amadou’s wife as she due with the birth of their fifth child any day now. Pray for safety and the health of Hassi and the baby and for good medical care for them during the birth.

January 25 Pray for wisdom and a sensitivity to Holy Spirit’s leading for Kimberly as she prepares lessons and maps out what lessons to teach to the Kids Clubs in 2014. Pray for her to communicate the stories effectively and for the children to hide God’s Word in their hearts.

January 26 Pray for Phil as he seeks ways to further develop the disciple class at the village of “S” in the area of theological education. Pray for these young leaders, that their faith would be rooted and grounded in scripture, that they will be equipped with the understanding and ability to recognize false teaching and a false gospel and know how to counter it.

January 27 Thank you for praying for April and Rebekah as they meet with the lunch ladies in D town. They have been invited to two of the ladies’ homes to visit. Pray that God would continue to give them favor and many more opportunities to share God’s love with these ladies.

January 28 Pray for Stacey and Kimberly as they visit ladies in the G neighborhood of Niamey. Pray for them to have many opportunities to share and for divine appointments among the visits they make to the women in that neighborhood.

January 29 Pray for the new believers among the Zerma as they grow in their faith and at the same time face persecution from others. Pray that God would strengthen their faith and that they will be bold in sharing their faith with others. Pray that they will hear God’s word and apply it to their lives as they learn what it means to be a follower of Christ.

January 30 Pray for Amina to grow in her faith and understanding this year. Pray for Kimberly as she ministers along side of her and as she teaches her more about what the Bible says about who God is and for her to grasp the depth of His love for her. Pray for her to know His peace in a real and meaningful way.

January 31 Praise God for His faithfulness! God has answered so many of your prayers for our team! From our January prayer letter last year, God answered your prayers for: April and Rebekah as they studied and learned Zerma, Kimberly’s mom to find a job in Arkadelphia, April and Rebekah’s relationships with the Zerma people, Phil as he serves on the school board and NEWS committee, for the Kids Clubs, Caroline and Caleb and their schools, teams to come and repair flood damage at Sahel Academy, and for our safety as we travel in Niger. That is just from January last year alone! We’re humbled and grateful for all that God has done and the effectiveness of your prayers! We love you and are grateful for you!

Blessings,

Phil, Kimberly, April, and Rebekah
The Zerma Team

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