hope many of you were involved in the PRAY 2001.
It was exciting for us. I haven't heard all that went
on in Niger Aug. 3, but for some it was an awesome day.
In Ouallam we put a huge map on the floor of the church,
sat around it and prayed for each country, then using
the prayer guide we prayed for all requests.
Then using the Zerma August Prayer Letter, we prayed
for each of those requests. Then we went prayer walking.
It was so inspirational to see some of the local people
begin to pray, then how their prayers grew deeper during
the day. Then, the coolness of the day was good, but
the slow, cooling rain of over one inch that we received
that night was more than awesome. Thank you so much
for your prayers.
grandmother passed away Monday, Aug 13. At present they
are not sure if Mark will be going or not. Her name
was Jane Berry. She resided in Texas but the funeral
and burial will be in Arizona. Please pray for Mark
and his family during this time. Please pray for Mark
as he makes the decision whether he will be leaving
for the funeral.
started for Jeremy and tephanie Aug. 13. It was a good
day for them, Jeremy was excited and eager to continue
this year. This is a great praise for the Ledlows, as
well as all of the team.
have been good in Ouallam (10+ inches) but in Niamey
and West Niger, there has not been sufficient rain.
Where the millet in Ouallam is almost waist high, it
is about ankle high in most areas Southwest of Ouallam.
Sept, Sat - Pray for the Cains as they will be traveling
to Ouagadougou for FES (Schooling for Caroline) This
will be for 3 weeks. The road has been worked on and
is much better.
Sept, Sun - Please pray for Rachida, the wife of
Ibro. She is about 7 months pregnant and still having
Sept, Mon - Pray for Phil as he returns from Ouagadougou
to Niamey, then on to Ouallam. Pray for them as they
will be separated for 3 weeks. Pray for Caroline as
she is now in the second grade. Pray for the teachers
during this time. Pray for Kimberly and Caleb as they
will be in Ouagadougou (guesthouse) without a vehicle.
Sept. Tues - Pray for Sahel Academy as they teach
the several missionary kids this year. Pray that the
kids will continue to be excited to go to school and
learn. Jeremy is 15 years old now.
Sept. Wed - Pray for the volunteer team that will
be coming in October. At present there are 18 coming.
Pray for Charlie Holt as he is doing much of the arrangements.
Sept. Thurs - There will be much preparation to
do before the volunteer team comes. Pray for Deanna
and Ibro who will be doing much of the paperwork, finding
the villages that God would have us work in, checking
with local medical people, getting lists of necessary
Sept. Fri - Praise God for reports of a group of
about 40 Christians from various villages meeting together
weekly in an area where Phil finished storying last
year. Pray for their spiritual growth.
Sept. Sat - Pray for Caleb as he continues, grows
and learns to talk more and more. Pray that even now
seeds would be planted in his heart that would enable
him to become a godly man.
Sept. Sun - Pray for our Zerma friends who have
received a Bible. Some have a Zarma version, some have
a French version, still others have an Arabic version.
Pray that they would be compelled to read the scriptures
and would come to see that it truly is the word of God.
Pray that God would unveil the meaning of
His word and that they would place their faith in Christ.
Sept. Mon - Pray that in addition to adequate rain,
the crops would be protected against pests and insects
and that the Zarma people would have an abundant harvest.
Sept. Tues - Pray for the missionaries as we attempt
through words and actions to share the gospel. Pray
that where we are weak, God would strengthen us and
when we err, that God would correct us. Pray that we
would continue to learn the Zerma language and use it
effectively. Pray that we would learn how to make bridges
where barriers now exist. Pray that the Zerma people
would see us, not so much as wealthy Americans,
but foremost as followers of Christ.
Sept. Wed - Pray for the government leaders of Niger,
that they would govern with wisdom and discernment.
Pray that they would be the means, both directly and
indirectly, by which many people come to know Christ
Sept. Thurs - Pray that God would raise up pastors
and other leaders from among Zerma believers. Pray that
these leaders would find support, both financially and
spiritually. Pray that God would mold them into men
and women of integrity and vision.
Sept. Fri - Pray for our team meeting today. There
will be traveling on some rough roads, there are many
decisions that will have to be made concerning strategy,
Projects and the Volunteer Medical team/Prayer team
Sept. Sat - Pray for Todd Laferty who will be coming
to talk to, interview, etc the first term missionaries
as well as short term personnel. Pray that this time
together will be profitable for all concerned.
Sept. Sun - Pray for James Brown who will be arriving
in Niger possibly today or very soon. Pray that the
"pepper project" that is planned will be very
profitable for the Nigeriennes. Pray that they will
be able to have income for their families through this
Sept. Mon - Pray for those many Zerma who have heard
and understood the message of salvation but have yet
to make a decision to give their hearts to Christ. Pray
that they would understand fully the consequences of
rejecting Christ. Pray that they would trust in Christ
alone for salvation.
Sept. Tues - Pray for Rick as he is at Missionary
Learning Center making final preparations before his
trip to Niger in October. Pray as he will be leaving
friends and family for at least two years.+
Sept. Wed - Pray for Don and James Brown as they
will be working with the Nigeriennes. Pray that they
will be able to identify the people and the locations
for the peppers to be grown. Pray that they will be
able to work through the necessary logistics of getting
the peppers grown and sent back to the U.S.
Sept. Thurs - Pray for Caroline as she begins 2nd
grade and for Kimberly as she teaches her. Pray that
Caroline would be well-prepared to enter 3rd grade in
the U.S. next year.
Sept. Fri - Pray for Phil as he will be traveling
again to get his family from Ouagadougou. Pray for safety
on the roads.
Sept. Sat - Pray for the volunteers that will be
coming to Niger to pray walk and do the medical work.
Pray that they will be able to get the necessary funding
and the necessary paperwork done. Pray that God would
prepare their hearts as they come to minister to others.
Sept. Sun - Pray for the town of Ouallam, that it
would become a beacon for this part of Niger.
Pray for the Christians who live in Ouallam, that they
would collectively have a vision for seeing a strong
church established in their town. A church where love,
encouragement, edification, forgiveness and acceptance
Sept. Mon - Pray for the church "Cimbeero Bonjara",
that is in Niamey, which is lead by Ibro. They will
be moving to another location soon as the land they
are meeting on will hopefully soon be sold. Pray that
they will be able to locate "THE PLACE" that
God wants them. Pray that they will have the funds to
move and re-establish.
Sept. Tues - Please pray for the church leaders.
Many are struggling to teach others. For some there
is an education factor, for some it is not clearly understanding
what God means, for some there is other pressures, from
family, friends, neighbors. For some it is the wrong
Sept. Wed - Pray for a leader at Ouallam. Phil is
presently preaching but we would like to see one of
the national people take this over.
Sept. Thurs - Health - This is one small word, and
a huge request. While on vacation all the Ledlow family
were sick, either with malaria or dysentery. Aug 2 one
of our strongest leaders in Ouallam had a miscarriage,
Sat., Aug 4 Caroline got very sick and by Sunday was
dehydrated. A trip to the hospital in Niamey was necessary
with two drips given. They could not get her stomach
settled to keep anything down. They were back home on
Tues and then Kimberly fell ill for 3 days. Getting
sick here is no fun!
There are so many "things" it could be - malaria,
intestinal infection, amoebas. Then there is the trip
to town which takes 2 1/2 hours. The stay in the hospital
for the day, lack of air conditioning and it is already
hot. (Ithink you are getting the picture.) Please pray
for our health.
Sept. Fri - Ibro brings some of his neighbors to
church. They seem very interested in the gospel. Please
pray for them as they hear the word of God and will
accept Jesus as their Savior and God as their Lord.
Sept. Sat - Please continue to pray for Deanna and
Ibro as they work on finalizing the paperwork and logistics
of the Prayer team and Medical team that will be arriving
in about one week.
Sept. Sun - As soon as the Prayer Team and Medical
team leave Deanna is hoping to begin a woman's ministry
in Niamey now that she is no longer teaching Jeremy.
Please pray that God would help Deanna as she seeks
to do what the Lord would have her do.
for our spiritual growth. Much of what we do can be
spiritually draining. Pray that we would be reminded
of the importance of refilling our spiritual tanks
and that we would find opportunities and resources to
do just that.