want to thank all of you for your prayers for the Zerma
Team, we have needed them, and have felt the presence
of the power of the Holy Spirit working for our Almighty
God and Savior. As I write this we are still getting
ready for the Medical team that will are leaving the
United States even as I am writing this. They
don't know it, but as of yesterday (Saturday) we learned
that the Ouallam doctors do not have the necessary paperwork.
Don has been working on the paperwork for several weeks
and almost daily for the weeks of Jan. 28-Feb. 8 almost
daily. As you receive this I hope you will pray
that all works out. There are some that do not
want the doctor to do implants after the cataract surgery.
The doctor that works here in Ouallam is on our side
in this case. Without the implant, the patients
will not be able to see unless they wear very thick
(and expensive) glasses. To my knowledge, Dr.
Braswell will not be bringing these thick, strong glasses
with him. Please pray for us as we continue to
try to get all this worked out. Pray for communication,
for wisdom, and for patience as we continue to work
with the government in this area.
are very thankful to Brian Taylor and Tom Ferguson for
coming to Niger to help train our local Christians and
to help them to learn how to write their own religious
songs. They were able to go out several days and
do the necessary research (whether certain instruments
could be used to praise God, if certain types of singing
would be good to praise the Lord, etc.). After
the research, they did 3 separate workshops in Tilwa
(Ouallam area), Say and Kwaara Taji. The finished
product was a cassette with all the workshops combined.
We hope to have this available to the local Christians
soon. I watched a non-Christian listen to the
cassette, and she listened very intently. She
was going around selling cooked chickens, it was getting
darker, but she asked if she could stay and listen to
the music. It was so good. At all three
locations the participants were enthusiastic and
really enjoyed composing Christian songs using traditional
music. There are several Psalms, one with
the 10 commandments, one about Jesus telling us that
if 2 or more are gathered together, he will be with
us. Hopefully one day we will be able to put it
on our web site for you to hear.
have been very busy doing the music workshops, getting
ready for the medical team, and working in the office
and guesthouse. Soon the change of property will
be taking place. Please pray for Mark and Deanna
as they organize and orchestrate the move.
about 26 Feb. Phil will be taking Kimberly, Caroline
and Caleb to Ouagadougou. There Caroline will
be participating in FES (for students that are home
schooled). Pray for Phil as he travels back to
Niger alone. Pray for Kimberly as they will be
in Ouagadougou for 3 weeks with out a vehicle and with
- 22 Feb. - Mark and Deanna will be attending a Marriage
Enrichment Workshop in Abidjan. Pray for this
time for them. They have been under much stress
with the various demands on their time, with Mark having
to travel so much and with the new demands with the
guesthouse/office situation. Pray for a good workshop
for all the participants.
has been much sickness this past month. January/February
is cold, windy and very dusty. Pray for the various
illnesses for both the nationals as well as the Zerma
team and families. Stephanie has had the flu,
Jeremy has had a high fever as well as an ear infection,
Caroline has been ill with stomach as well as ear infection,
Kimberly has been sick, Don, Teresa and Phil have had
bad cold/cough/respiratory problems. Deanna had
Salmonella, as did Sandy that stayed with them the month
of January. Most of us are well now, thank you
for your prayers for our health.
or 28 Feb. will be the big Muslim holiday. On
this date they will all go say their prayers, have new
clothes and those that can afford it, will kill a sheep
for their sacrifice. Pray that they would see
that the sacrifice for their sins has been paid with
the blood of Jesus. (See March 4 and pray for this today
and on the 4th.)
pray for the Storying Conference that will be held in
March. We have 6 participants that will be attending.
Pray that they will be motivated to come back and share
the Stories, the ideas and the Love of their Lord with
the Zerma people.
1 March - Pray for Caroline as she attends FES in Ouagadougou
with other home schooled students. This
is one of the only times that these students have classroom
teaching with other students. Pray for their time
together. Friday 2 March - Pray for Don and Teresa
as they travel to Kwadabio Kwaara to weigh babies and
work with the mothers. Pray for communication
skills as Teresa explains to the mothers and others
about health, hygiene, nutrition and safety. Pray
that the mothers will continue to see the importance
of coming to the "well baby clinics".
3 March - The first week of February Gail Hill and Deanna
went to Rachida's house. Rachida is Ibro's wife,
who just attended a conference with her husband and
Mark. (Deanna was unable to attend this conference
at that time). Rachida had invited several other
wives over as well. Gail led in a Bible Study
and one of the wives, Maimounna (non-Christian) showed
much interest. During the study Maimounna asked
"What began sin anyway?" Rachida got up, went
and got her "storying" book and with Gail speaking in
French and Rachida translating to Zarma for Maimounna,
they were able to explain how sin began. This
has really spoken to Deanna as she had been praying
for a way that she could begin something with the women
in that area. Pray for Deanna as she is hoping
to be able to attend the Storying Workshop to be held
later this month. Pray for communication skills,
and thank the Lord for the way He showed Deanna that
He wanted her to share the Bible Stories to these women.
4 March - Pray for Boubacar Abdou. His mother
forced him to either participate in the month long fast
or leave their home. This is a very difficult
time for the Christians as 98% of this country is Muslim.
5 March - We praise the Lord that Mark's mother seems
to be recovering and seems to be much better.
6 March - We are in desperate need of volunteers.
Please carefully pray about this. We need someone
to help in the office, someone that can help us to move
the office/guesthouse, some that can help with remodeling,
some that can come to pray. Please let us know
if you could come.
7 March - Bible Storying has recently been finished
in Boleyziedo and another nearby village. Pray
for understanding and acceptance of the Gospel as we
attempt to show the Jesus film.
8 March - Today is Mark Ledlow's birthday. Pray
for him to have a very special day, a day of encouragement,
a day with lots of patience and love shown to him.
Thank the Lord for Mark and for all he does with the
many different areas of ministry he is involved with.
9 March - Please pray for Brian Taylor and Tom Ferguson
as they do a church music composition workshop where
there may be some civil unrest.
10 March -Pray for Yacouba Saley, an apprentice in a
garage. His boss has demanded that he either quit
going to the church or lose his job.
11 March - Pray for Yahaya Maiguizo, one of the
members of the church at Kwaara Taji. He is in
the 6eme class, going to a high school (French/Arabic)
in Niamey. He faces much persecution by parents
and students both day and night as there is a one hour
prayer at the school he is supposed to participate in.
12 March - Pray for Phil as he travels to Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso. He will be getting his family to
bring them back home. He will also be attending
a team leader conference while there (March 13).
13 March - Pray for the continued follow up on the eye
14 March - Pray for the team members as we plan strategies
for 2002. Pray that we would make effective plans
for reaching the Zerma that bring glory to God.
15 March - Pray for Moussa Boubacar, the pastor at Kwaara
Taji. Pray that God would help him in his work as pastor.
He says the work in that neighborhood is very difficult.
16 March - Today is Phil Cain's birthday.
Thank the Lord for Phil, for his work in many areas
working as a Pastor/teacher, as he helps in the Center,
as he tells Bible Stories in many villages, and as he
is our Team Leader. Please pray for wisdom and
17 March - A proven, locally fabricated hand-operated
irrigation pump will be displayed in the village of
Guesse. Pray that it meets the needs in alleviating
the "back-breaking" work of hand watering and help raise
income with more food for some very impoverished people.
18 March - Pray that Zerma Christians would catch a
vision for reaching their people with the Good News.
Pray for boldness and confidence for them and that they
would be ready always to "give an answer for the hope
that is within them."
19 March - Through the music workshops we held
in Feb, we were able to produce a 60 minute cassette
tape of Zerma music using scripture for the lyrics
accompanied by traditional music and instruments.
Pray that this tape would create a hunger in the hearts
of those who hear it to know more of Christ. Pray
that the Christians would be motivated to create more
songs on their own.
20 March - Pray for Teresa and Tanda as they meet and
study the Bible Stories. These meetings were set
back as Tanda's brother, Djibo, passed away. He
left 2 wives and several children. He was the
chief of Tchalla, a small village where we have studied
the Bible some. Just after his death, one of his
children, Bilali, fell very sick and was hospitalized.
His mother, Hawa, was not able to come to stay with
him as their custom is for the wife to stay in their
house and mourn for 40 days. Please pray for Tanda,
Hawa, and MeHaw her co-wife, as well as their children
and the village that now has no chief. Pray for
the village as they seek another chief.
21 March - The "Niger Pepper Project" has been slowly
taking form over the last few months. It is a
commercial venture between a Christian businessman and
local farmers. Hoped to be gained is an excellent
platform in sharing the gospel and more income than
the approximate $300. average per year.
22 March - Pray for believers who are facing persecution.
Often this takes more subtle forms such as being mocked
at or laughed at or local merchants refusing to sell
23 March - Pray for safety as we travel.
24 March - Pray for our relationships with our African
brothers and sisters. Pray that we would develop
deep friendships based on mutual trust and encouragement.
Pray that through these relationships we would help
our friends develop a deeper walk with Christ.
25 March - Pray for Kimberly as she continues to meet
with Aissa. Pray that Aissa's heart and eyes would
be opened to receive the truth of God's love through
26 March - Pray for Teresa and Don as they will be traveling
to Niamey. Pray for Teresa as she will be finishing
up packing and all that entails to be leaving for the
U.S. for one month. During the next month she
will be having her medical check-ups, spoiling that
grandson, and hopefully visiting with their families.
Pray that she will have prepared enough meals
27 March - Please pray for Teresa as she travels for
apx. 22 hours; Leaving Niger at midnight Monday, arriving
in Little Rock at 16h34pm.
28 March - Pray for Caroline to grow in her faith.
29 March - An answer to prayer with much work, thought,
and many failures in between, seems to be taking place
in the person named Djibo. He is a small businessman
that has taken on the job of providing garden seed to
a large area of gardeners around Ouallam. Djibo
is a Muslim, very humble and open in attitude.
Pray that he comes to know the real Jesus, continues
to provide a much needed access to garden seed in remote
areas as well as provide his family with extra income.
30 March - Pray for the women who received milk and
goats in Kwaara Taji. Pray they would keep coming
to church and give their hearts to Christ.
31 March - Pray for our church leaders to have a hunger
for God's Word, hearts that thirst for righteousness
and lives that consistently reflect personal integrity.