was a busy month and we appreciate your prayers.
We have had some rain, but would appreciate for you
to continue to pray for the rains. Most have planted
and the seeds will need rain - this is likened to the
seeds that have been planted in the hearts of some.
They also need your prayers.
At the time of this writing the Guest House is not ready
for 50+/- people! The Spiritual Retreat for the
Cluster is scheduled for 26-29 June. Deanna said it
was not just the finishing touches -- it is the plumbing,
the electrical and the tile in two of the houses (8
bedrooms). This is definitely an item of prayer!
1 July - Please pray for the village of Fonda
Kayna (Which means The little Way or little road).
Don has been storying the Bible there for several months.
They have heard many Bible stories between creation
and Jesus ascension. They were also shown the "Jesus"
video. After a couple more visits, the "Roman"
road was explained and some other Christians from another
village went to make sure they understood. There
was some talk of following both "paths" - Jesus and
Mohammed. Alhassan, a Christian from Tilwa, clearly
explained that one can only follow one way, and that
they had to make the choice. They chose not to
follow Jesus. Please pray that some of what they
heard will continue to become clear and that they would
make the choice that God would have them to chose.
2 July - Rachida went home to visit her family.
While there they tried to "force" her to return to the
Islamic faith. Please pray that Rachida will be
able to claim the victory in her life with Jesus.
Pray that her family will be able to see that Jesus
is real and alive and a true Savior.
3 July - Please continue to pray for the school/teacher
situation at Sahel Academy. They are in desperate
need of several teachers. There is a man that
has taught and has experience in the administration
aspects and is willing to come to Niger and work at
Sahel. Please pray that he will be able to recruit
the necessary teachers that are needed so the school
will be able to teach the kids. Jeremy and Stephanie
are hoping to attend this school this fall, providing
there are the teachers available.
4 July - Thank the Lord for the freedom we have
to choose a God for whom we serve. Many do not
have that choice. Pray for the government leaders
of Niger, that they will govern with wisdom and discernment
and that they will continue to uphold religious freedoms.
Pray for the Muslim leaders, that they would come to
know the true God through Jesus Christ.
5 July - Pray that Caroline and Kimberly will be
finished with their classes and that they will be able
to have a good break from schooling.
6 July - Mark has been working with 50 men as they
work on the Guesthouse changes. Mark felt led
to begin a Bible Study with the ones that wanted to
come and study. Pray that they will continue to
study and that they would have gleaned the truth during
7 July - The Cains are planning to take some vacation.
Pray for them as they travel and as they have some time
to rest and refresh.
8 July - One of the pastors in Say has yielded to
temptation and is no longer pastor of the church.
Pray for him and his family. Pray that they would
seek the forgiveness and make the necessary retribution
and be reunited back into the flock.
9 July - Teresa and Tanda are unable to meet together
to study the Bible Stories as Tanda, along with many
hundreds of others, are out in their "ziggy's" or their
temporary house in their fields during planting to harvest
10 July - Please continue to pray for Maimouna,
Soumana's wife, that she would continue to be interested
in the Bible stories and studies she has been studying
with Rachida and some other wives.
11 July - There have been several changes in our
leadership team for West Africa. Please pray for
Bill Bullington and his wife, Evelyn, as they come to
Abidjan to help during this time of transition.
12 July - Today Deanna and Mark will be celebrating
their anniversary of 21 years.
13 July - As the many are away from their "city
homes" and are now living in their "Country homes" or
Ziggys, pray for them as they will be living on minimal
comforts. Many will have to walk several miles
to obtain water for which to drink and cook. In
their "City homes" they are able to walk a matter of
blocks to get city water in which to drink and cook
with. Also, remember that the water in the country will
more than likely be very unclean.
14 July - Today Don turns 52 - We may need your
prayers to get through this one!
15 July - Pray for Don and Phil as they continue
to teach at the Prison. There were 4 that have
16 July - Many expatriate families will be leaving
Niger for the summer. Some for vacation, some
for Stateside Assignment (furlough) and some because
their time here has ended. Pray for them as they
travel and get re-adjusted in their new surroundings.
17 July - The Ledlows are planning to take about
3 weeks of needed vacation. Pray that they will
be able to travel safely and have some restful time
away from the pressures they have been under for the
past few months.
18 July - Please continue to pray for rain.
19 July - Charlie Holt, an IMB Trustee, is planning
to bring a group of volunteers to Niger. They will be
doing medical work. Pray that the necessary
arrangements will be able to be made before their arrival.
They are planning to come in October. There are
plans for 4 Medical Doctors, 3 nurses and one dentist.
20 July - Pray that Don and Teresa would be able
to go to Kwadabio Kwaara to weigh the babies and check
on the pregnant mothers. Pray that even with the
rain that they would be able to get through on the roads
which are nearly impassable during rainy season.
21 July - We've passed out many audio cassettes
of sermons and Bible stories. Pray that these
cassettes would result in many people hearing God's
plan of salvation and that they would repent and give
their hearts to Christ as a result.
22 July - Pray for the group at Say as they study
the Bible together. Pray that they would continue
to grow in the knowledge and truth. Because they have
lost their pastor they may be loosing their "church".
Pray that they would see that they can meet together
as "cell" churches - in their homes or various places.
23 July - We praise God that He is sending Rick
Leavitt to assist us in reaching the Zerma. Rick
will be coming through the ISC program for two to three
years and will be based on Niamey. He will be
working with various ministries in evangelizing and
discipling the Zerma people and will also be helping
Mark in the office. This will free Mark up to
devote more time for evangelism and helping the new
churches around Niamey. Pray for Rick as he continues
to make arrangements to come to serve in Niger. He will
be attending the IMB Orientation soon and has plans
to arrive in Niger in October.
24 July - Pray for the pastor's of the churches.
During rainy season it could be very frustrating as
virtually no one comes to church if it rains and they
need to be planting. Pray that the pastor's would
not become discouraged, but to have the wisdom necessary
to lead the church.
25 July - Pray that the Zerma Christians would have
a desire to know and understand God's word. Pray
that their lives, both public and private would be characterized
by righteousness. Pray that He who began a good
work in them would continue to perfect it.
26 July - Pray that as the Zerma people plant millet,
sorghum, peas, and peanuts they would have an abundant
harvest. Pray that as spiritual seeds are sown
through storying, church services, informal visits,
baby weighing, and other ministries, that there would
be an abundant spiritual harvest, with many Zerma coming
to know the One who gives everlasting life.
27 July - Kimberly continues to meet with her neighbor
Aissa each week to tell stories from the Bible.
Although Aissa remains adamant that she cannot follow
Jesus, she told Kimberly that she tells the stories
to her husband Salou. Pray that Aissa would see
the way she can open her heart and follow Jesus.
28 July - We are well into the main growing season,
(June, July, Aug.) when most food is grown to last until
next season. Pray for the farmers as they are now cultivating
their fields, eager for rain.
29 July - Pray that God would send workers into
the harvest. There are two million Zerma, less
than one percent of those are Christian.
30 July - Phil has given one of his neighbors, a
Koranic teacher, a copy of the Bible in Arabic.
Pray that Hassimi would feel compelled to read the scriptures
and that the Word of God would penetrate his heart.
31 July - Phil has begun an English class through
the outreach center in Ouallam. Pray that those
who come would learn better English and that as a result
of the class, they would come away knowing who Jesus
really is and what Christians really believe.