home school - Stephanie is doing well in school at Sahel Academy.
The biggest concern is for the school itself, as they will be needing
12-15 teachers for the next school year. At this time there
will only be one teacher that will be returning next year, due to
furlough and short term workers, etc. Please pray for this
would like to attend Sahel Academy maybe even this next semester.
He is doing much better in school now, his attitude seems much improved.
of Jesus Film - The film was shown many times before rainy season.
During Rainy season we were unable to show it due to wind, dust,
rain, etc. We have not continued to show after the rains as
we have no generator.
home school - First grade going good, Phil and Kimberly's moms were
able to bring second grade books. She is enrolled in a special
program called FES in Ouagadougou, where she will be interacting
with other students that are being home schooled for 3 weeks.
in Niger's vision to share the gospel - There has been much talk
in various meetings as well as some "tea" meetings. They have
shown the Jesus film in Niamey and in the bush. Meetings have
been held in Niamey 3x, in Say 2x, Ouallam 1x. There are many
times when they went out to minister or witness to others in various
communities. Other people have been invited to come to these
meetings where there was witnessing, preaching, etc. During
the Muslim fast there were many meetings, praying for their Muslim
brothers. Ibro shared that it seems many of the local Christians
are becoming very involved in sharing the gospel.
of a new team Songhi - This new team was formed in Feb. 00 with
the Wombles and Gullions, former members of the Zerma team.
They have been doing a lot of paperwork, have had several volunteers
coming, and to come to help out. Praise the Lord for the new
in Say -Seems to be going well and there is one Christian that wants
to begin another church happens to be in between mosques.
in Ouallam - The "Old" center in Ouallam continues to minister to
the community. We are now checking out cassettes and booklets.
These seem very popular. At this time we are not having
classes, but hopefully will continue after things calm down with
and Rachida - We are all very thankful that the Lord was able to
provide a wife for Ibro. We all love Rachida, who is a very
fine Christian woman.
- much was done, but several villages did not seem motivated. Lack
of a good grain harvest caused more need for gardening for
this upcoming year of 2001. Pray for these people as gardening
is very difficult. Many walk great distances to the garden
spot, pull water from a deep well 2x per day, suffer with heat,
garden pests, animals entering and destroying, as well as children
juggle between ministry and families - It is very difficult for
the missionary to make time for family as they feel the pressure
of the ministry and needs around him/her. We have been fortunate
in that we have had some Spiritual retreats, meetings, conferences,
etc. that help us to put things in perspective. Continue to
pray for us to be diligent in our time with the Lord, daily.
skills - Most of the Zerma team is "at level" although there will
always be more to learn. Pray that we will be willing to keep
on learning not only the language, but the culture and customs of
the Zerma people.
Association - This is still relatively newly formed, although they
have grown much this past year in their work. They have just
recently made many changes in the leadership and how they function.
We think this will help them to grow more.
wells - Don has looked at many places, but so far none has worked
out. Please continue to pray that we find a place that would
really benefit the area and further the cause of Christ.
- There was some growth in numbers as they continue to study together.
Toward the end of the year they acquired an old project building
and the village has agreed for it to be used as a "church".
at Kwadabio Kwaara - We were able to weigh babies several months
in a row at this village. At first, we were seeing about 60-75%
malnourished babies. At the last weighing, there was only
one baby underweight - and it was not too bad. We praise the
Lord for the way the mothers are becoming more involved and trying
to help their children. They are learning and doing more of what
is being taught.
Clinics at Maourey have not been possible as for many months we
were unable to get there, then when the roads were better, the people
had not returned from their temporary farming homes. Now there
is a time factor - there just hasn't been a time that Phil and the
Bolls have been able to get out there. One reason is that
we each have a day to work in the Center in Ouallam.
Friday would be the day to go, but we have been busy with meetings
and a project in another village.
health - Teresa was in the States for 3 months and after with 5
months of much pain. As many of you know, she had both of
her knees operated on. She still has some problems with her
feet and back, but is learning more of her limits and how to adjust
to demands and rest. Now she is able to ride in the vehicle
sitting up, has been able to go out and
weigh babies, and ride her horse. She is doing much better,
physically as well as mentally and spiritually. Thank you
so very much for your prayers.
goals to begin 11 new churches - Many of the pastors meet together
and some churches have begun as well as preaching points.
Storying points - Kimberly began one group with Aissa and Teresa
began a group with Tanda.
conference - The conference in Ouagadougou was so good, with many
good ideas. We are all excited about the new things we have
learned and hopefully will be able to share it as we continue to
tell the Bible Stories.
and love as we work together - It is very exciting to be working
together as a team. We have continued to grow closer as we
work together for a common cause.
- there was little to no harvest this year in some parts of Niger.
The rains were not sufficient.
outbreak - many people suffered because of the outbreak. There
were many deaths, much opportunity to minister.
- new Christian
- Our main contact for Libo has not returned from the capitol city
of Niamey for over 6 months. We are trying to wait on him
for a commitment and continue to work.
traveling to Tessawa - Mark has traveled many times to Tessawa to
help set up the house, to get the kids for School. Although
it is a very long and difficult trip, God has protected him.
On one occasion he and Phil were driving and they hit a cow - with
very long horns. One of the horns went through the front windshield
and broke the skin on Mark's leg but did not go through is pants.
dealing with constant begging, deception and half-truths - we still
deal with this and are improving as we set priorities on how we
use our time and money and learn more about people and culture.
Naugle - She was able to come and work for several weeks in
Ouallam. We were able to do several ministries: weighing babies,
Vacation Bible School, working in the Center. Danielle is
interested in continuing in the area of Public Health Ministry after
she finishes school.
ministry - We continue in this and saw several accept the Lord as
Savior last year.
baptized 3 people who continue to meet and study together.
well in Tolkobeye - we had sand filling problems in both wells that
have not been totally solved, but they provide water.
sharing gospel in Ouallam, with parents - We have not seen his parents
yet. Jean has showed little to no outward signs of his faith
in Christ and > has never been to church in Ouallam to our knowledge.
requests - Dr. Braswell answered a volunteer request and will be
coming with 3 others in Feb. 2001 Also Rick may be coming to Niamey
to help Mark with his various responsibilities: building, business
and various ministries. Rick has already had 4 years
of French study. He could be here a year and one half early
to be well trained to take Mark's place during the Ledlow's Stateside
Assignment.. Please pray for Rick and the decision he needs
- continues to meet as a small church. It has been difficult
to check on them because of distance and a poor road.
video in Mali Haussa - The Jesus film was shown in this area and
after the film there were many questions. There were 45 men
to accept Christ.
Cimberro women believers - There are several women meeting
together, and I think Ibro's wife is one of the leaders.
being persecuted - through the persecution there was much growth.
The church is having 25- 30 in attendance now. They called
a new pastor,
Dogo Sagi has another group going and Soumana Tokieo is starting
another group. There is another group that wants to begin
meeting at Dokimane.
taking over leadership roles - Harouna does not seem to be faithful
in some areas of his life and has not shown some of the qualities
necessary for effective leadership, especially in the area of new
- this church continues to suffer greatly in past mistakes. Many
are self-inflicted and some were unwittingly aided by missionaries.
Roukailla and Mariamma, new Christians in Ouallam - these 3 girls
indicated that they would like to be Christians and would like to
study. They came to church one time, but never attended a
New Believer's class.
Conference in bush - this has not taken place yet, but is hopefully
to happen soon.
travel - eroding roads - The road from Niamey to Ouallam is very
rough, but there is talk that they will be working on it in the
near future. Now that the rains have stopped, the Bolls have
been traveling on a road from Ouallam to Tillabery to Niamey, which
is 70km farther, but much smoother.
is able to travel on this road with hardly any problems.
the right towns for new personnel - we continue to seek them out.
Braswell and team - paper work, etc - Dr. Braswell and 3 women,
Tina, 'Tracy and Pandy will be arriving Feb. 12 - 27. The
paper work has been sent in to the government and it seems all the
government personnel is very excited about their coming. There
are plans to do over 100 cataract operations and Tracy will be able
to evaluate the eyes of many. The Ouallam hospital has agreed
for Dr. B. to use one of the 2 existing operating rooms, they have
agreed for us to be able to do eye exams in an adjoining area (formerly
where the Mid-wives do exams). This will be a good place and
will have more help and area for the clinic. We are all very
excited about the upcoming project.
Pope to teach us how to work together, strategy, problem solving,
working with international team members, etc.
- We will be needing many volunteers - to come and pray, to come
and help with the guesthouse project. Please prayerfully consider
coming to help!
partners - our list of prayer partners has not grown much this past
year, in fact we are loosing some of our support due to the email
system. We are getting many of our prayer letters back due
to changes of addresses. If your address changes, please let
us know. It would be better, even if we had your mailing address
should the email not work, we could send you a copy through the
mail. BUT, we have felt the prayer support. Thank you
for praying, thank you for sending out our letters, for sharing
them with your classes, your church, your families, etc.
- death of new baby, buried in Christian cemetery - she seems
upbeat. Last time Deanna saw her she seemed ok.
at KT with milk, goats - 22 of the 30 women that were involved in
this project were in church last Sunday. They will continue
to get powdered milk for 5 months. The goat project of this
project will not be over for a while, as they are to return one
goat when one is born. The milk part of the project - they
have to go to the church to get the milk every morning where they
hear a different story. They are now being involved in and
around the church. It would be better if we could have more
IMB personnel time involved, but it seems that the church is doing
a good job.
at Say - Grain was taken 2x, as well as some grain given to Mali
Hausa church. It has been distributed by church members in
an orderly fashion and they are very thankful. There is another
baby in the village, the mother died. Mark gave personal money
for a goat for milk for the new baby. When the goat has a
baby, it is to be given to the Project.
baby clinics - There has been more participation at the clinics.
Many of the mothers are now answering and participating with the
questions and classes in general. More of the children are
looking (and weighing) much better.
Guesthouse situation - We have "traded" our place for another place!
Where we now have a guesthouse with 3 rooms, we will be getting
another place that has presently 3 buildings, with the possibility
of housing several more!
in Ouallam - Ouallam is in the process of building a new building.
Hopefully more will become more involved in the ministry there.
The church still has several problems, but there is much potential.
center in Ouallam - we had actually moved tables, benches, etc to
the new center to be opened the next day. Don noticed that
the electricity that he had cut off the day before was back on,
so he asked Teresa about it. Come to find out, someone else
had turned it back on, and we learned that 6-8 people share the
electricity. We moved out and have decided to wait till we
speak with the owner of the property. We don't mind everyone
sharing the electricity - we just don't want to pay all the bill!
One of the people that may use it is a welder. We only plan
to use the electricity about 8 hours per week.
Ferguson and Bryan - Research for Indigenous Music - instruments
and writing of materials. Pray for Tom and Bryan as they will
be coming about 19 Jan for about one month.
and Deanna's family - Mark's mom had a heart attack and then open
heart surgery. Deanna's sister has suffered from Meningitis
and her dad has been ill as well.