from the Zerma Prayer team.
we finished up a 2 day meeting with Crystal Pope.
It was a good meeting, thank you for your prayers.
I have sent a separate letter for the updates/answered
prayers for the year 2000. For the most part,
it has been a good year and we thank you for praying
us through it.
and Deanna have been through a difficult time and have
been needing your prayers. Pray for us as we try
to work out something concerning how to contact you
when we need your prayers quickly. The addresses
come from the Bolls personal computer/address book,
and since they live out of town, when prayers need to
go out, the Bolls have to be contacted, etc. I
hope you are hearing some of what I am trying to tell
you. Please pray for us as you feel led.
first week of January Mark's mom had a heart attack
and stroke. Afterward she had open heart surgery.
Because of the telephone/email situation here in Niger,
communication has been very sporadic. Please pray
for his mother Jean Ledlow and the family in Meridian,
MS, as well for Mark as he is separated from his family
during this time. Many of you know that Mark's
brother passed away suddenly in November. Please
remember this family.
decision has to be made concerning Jeremy Ledlow and
his home schooling situation. He is doing much
better and wants to go back to Sahel Academy. Mark and
Deanna do not want to make a hasty decision, but must
decide before Jan. 25. (beginning of the next semester)
Debbie Rosenstiel, Deanna's sister has been very ill
with Meningitis. She is now home from the hospital
but needs your prayers. Her immune system is very
low due to other health problems.
are anticipating for Tom Ferguson and Bryan to be arriving
in Niger about the 18th of January to begin the research
and work for the Indigenous Music Workshop for the Zerma
people. They will be in the country for about
one month doing research, finding out what kinds of
instruments there are available, and then help to show
the people how to write their own Christian music.
Pray for them as they do questionnaires, research, travel
etc. We will be doing 3 workshops, one in Niamey,
one in Ouallam and one in Say.
will be traveling, along with Ibro and his wife Rachida
to a conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast the last of
January. Pray for safety. Remember this country has
been experiencing much unrest.
Prayer Requests -
1 Feb., Thursday - Pray for travel as we gather in Niamey
for a Zerma team meeting scheduled for Feb. 2.
Pray for safety as we travel, shop, try to get the paperwork
done for Dr. Braswell and his supplies. (due to arrive
Feb. 12) The paperwork will have to be completed
before they arrive with the medical supplies.
Feb., Fri - Pray for the Zerma Team meeting today.
We will be working on budget items for 2002, working
on revising many of the documents we have to do for
the coming year.
Feb, Sat. - Pray for Dr. Ron Braswell, Tracey, Tina
and Pandy, who will be preparing for their medical trip
soon. They will be packing the medical supplies
and finalizing their paperwork. Pray that the
Zerma team will be able to have all the necessary government
paperwork completed by this time. Pray for us
as we try to schedule the patients that will receive
cataract surgery. There are 71 villages we will
be trying to make contact with to notify the patients
that came in 1997 that were not able to receive treatment.
These people will be given first consideration.
Feb., Sun - Pray for the babies in Kwadabio Kwaara,
as well as their mothers. Teresa is very excited
about their participation. The last clinic had
only one baby that was only slightly underweight.
This village had been having 60-75% underweight.
Feb., Mon - The Church in Say seems to be doing good,
with 25-30 people attending services. They have
called a new pastor, Balagabe. Dogo Sagi has another
group going and Soumana Tokieo is starting another group.
is also another group that wants to begin meeting at
Dokimane. Thank you for your prayers and please
continue to lift these young Christians up before the
Feb., Tue - Pray for Ibro and the orphanage in Hamdalye.
A group of people have been working with the government
to see if a possible site for the orphanage could be
obtained. The plans are for no more than 5 orphans
at a time to be housed in the orphanage. This
could open in March or April. Please pray for
the paperwork and possibilities of this help.
Feb. Wed - Pray for Idée, a Muslim shopkeeper
in Ouallam. He asked to borrow a copy of the Jesus
film recently. Pray that the gospel message would
be clear to him and that we would have opportunities
to discuss the film with him.
Feb. Thurs - Over the past couple months we have passed
out many cassettes containing stories from the Bible
sermons and gospel presentations. Pray that God
would use these cassettes to draw people to Himself.
Pray that they would also be used to help believers
grow in their faith.
Feb. Fri - Pray for the team as we make plans for 2002
and beyond to reach the Zerma people with the Gospel,
that we would use our time and resources wisely and
for the Glory of God. Pray for us this year as
well as we implement strategies and plans. Pray
that God would call forth laborers to assist us in the
Feb. Sat - Pray for Mark as he will be very busy with
the guesthouse situation! We were given permission
to trade properties with another mission organization.
The swap consists of the present guesthouse, office,
land and storage building in town to move to a 9 1/2
acres, with 5 existing buildings. This should
give us plenty of guesthouse room, office space, a place
for temporary housing and if the need arises, boarding
space for students. Pray for Mark and Deanna as
they will have to move the guesthouse furniture, office
furniture and all the paperwork, the telephone system,
etc. It will not be an easy move, so please, please
Feb. Sun - Pray for Dr. Braswell, Pandy, Tracey, and
Tina as they will be traveling today. Pray that
all their luggage arrives (it will be difficult if the
medical supplies does not arrive on time!) Pray
for safety and health/rest.
Feb. Mon - Pray for the safe arrival of the medical
team, pray for the safe arrival of all the luggage.
Pray that the government paperwork will be completed
and all the luggage will be released to head to Ouallam
shortly after the arrival of the Team.
Feb. Tues - pray for the medical team and Zerma team
as we will be working to set up the operating room,
setting up the examining rooms and getting prepared
to begin surgery on Wed.
Feb. Wed - Pray for the patients that will be coming
to the Eye Clinic in Ouallam, pray for wisdom for the
ones that will be screening, giving glasses, and pray
for Dr. Braswell as he will be operating. He is
hoping to operate on at least 10 patients per day.
Feb. Thurs - Pray for those patients that were operated
on yesterday as they return for follow up visits.
Pray for the exams. Pray for wisdom. Pray
for rest, communication skills and safety. Also,
there is a possibility that Rick will be coming to Niger
to help Mark with his various responsibilities, building/construction
and the business aspect of Mark's job. Rick already
has studied French for 4 years. His house contract
runs out in Feb. If he could come, he would be
here for two to two and one-half years. Pray for
Rick as he seeks God's will in his life.
Feb. Fri - Pray for the missionaries spiritual growth.
the demands of the day have a way of squeezing out time
in prayer and Bible Study.
Feb. Sat - During this time Tom and Brian will also
be in Niger doing the Music research. Pray for
them as they continue to work apart from help from the
Feb. Sun - Pray for rest.
Feb. Mon - Pray for the Eye Clinic as we will hopefully
be seeing 100 patients per day and operating on 10+
Feb. Tues - Pray for the communication of the gospel
as we will want to pray for each patient as they come
to the eye clinic. Pray that we will be able to
know how to best help these people.
Feb. Wed - Today will be market day in Ouallam.
Villages from miles around will be coming to buy and
sell goods. Many will most likely come to the
eye clinic to receive help.
Feb. Thurs - Pray for Kimberly and Caroline as they
will be trying to continue with home schooling during
this eye clinic.
Feb. Fri - During the eye clinic Kimberly will also
be preparing to leave Ouallam for the next 3 weeks to
attend a home schooling program in Ouagadougou, Burkina
Faso for a special program for students that are home
schooled. Pray for wisdom, patience and
grace during this time of what could be confusion.
Feb. Sat. - Pray for Dr. Braswell as he will be trying
to wrap up this medical project. Pray for a time
of closure for both the patients and the doctor!
Feb. Sun - Pray for rest. Pray for the Cains as
they will probably be traveling today so Caroline will
be able to attend the 3 weeks worth of classes in Ouagadougou.
Pray for a safe trip.
Feb. Mon - Pray for safety in travel as the medical
team and Bolls will be traveling to Niamey.
The volunteers will be leaving at midnight.
Feb. Tues. - Pray for safe travel for Dr. Braswell,
Tina, Tracey and Pandy. Praise the Lord for all
the things He was able to accomplish during their stay.
Feb. Wed - Pray for the existing work - that we would
be able to get back into our regular ministries.
Pray for us as we will be doing follow - up for the