the time you read this most of our Zerma Team will be
in the U.S. on Stateside Assignment. In July the Ledlow's
left for Arizona and the Cain's for Tennessee. Mark
left Niger ill - after arriving in America and doing
some rest and traveling he was hospitalized in Florida.
He is much better and at this writing they are at Missionary
debriefing in Virginia. Pray that Mark will get the
necessary rest he needs as well as good health.
Jessica has been sick but now recovered from amoebas
and Malaria. With her being in Ouallam, Jessica and
Teresa (mostly Jessica) were able to complete 4 books,
three have been taken to the printers. We have been
able to use a copy of each of them. Praise the Lord
for Mrs. Royce, a fellow church member from Jessica's
home church. She is going to help us with the many drawings
for the work, both for telling a Bible story as well
as to use for health work. Pray that we can get the
information to her and that it can be sent to Niger
and used for the glory of the Lord as well as to help
the folks with health and hygiene. Much thanks also
to Norris Landry (Jessica's dad) for sending the pictures
to us via email. Much thanks for Becca Cooper and Jessica
Johnston for helping out in Ouallam for one week. The
"team" was able to do VBS in 4 places, once
using Drama. The props were good, the water turned to
blood and the rock spewed water when hit by Moses (Played
by Gary, Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouallam area). Please
continue to pray for the various places Teresa and Jessica
would like to go to teach the Moses story. As of today
they have done in 12 places to over 570 people - both
young and older... and it doesn't matter how old you
are, if you have never held a crayon in your hand, all
have enjoyed coloring the pictures. Much thanks to Jessica
who did most of this newsletter this month. I
(Teresa) think she did a good job! Thanks for your prayers
Thursday 1 August - Please continue
to pray for team member Ibro, his wife Rachida and baby
Aimee Joy. Suffering through some severe adversity and
difficulties in his Christian walk, Ibro is almost back
to normal after a few months of rest, reflection and
encouragement from mature Christians. Ibro is taking
over much of the administrative work for the Pepper
Project. This helps Don a great deal. During one of
Ibro and Don's trips to check on the peppers, Rachida
and Teresa were also able to go. Rachida helped Teresa
with the VBS in Dokimana. Please pray that they will
catch a vision and do some of these teachings in their
area and in the new church start.
2 August - Pray that God would reveal His love
to the Zerma people. Pray that they would see that God
is a loving and caring God - and that they would not
have to work or improve to deserve His love.
3 August - Summer Missionary Jessica Landry
continues in that youthful energy that brings encouragement
to the Bolls. Pray for Jessica as she continues to honor
God in her work and commitment to God here in Niger.
4 August - Today at 3AM EST or 9 AM Niger time
God's word will be broadcast for 30 minutes from the
low power radio station at Simiri. Pray that God would
touch the hearts of the listeners in this Zerma heartland.
We understand that they use many of the Christian cassettes
that are left at the Station. Pray that all that hear
the good news will be attentive to the leading of the
Holy Spirit and come to know Jesus as personal savior.
5 August - Pray for the many kids in Ouallam
that attended a camp put on by a sister mission from
Niamey just last week. Pray that the lessons they heard
would sink deep into their hearts and cause them to
grow to love Christ. Thank the Lord for the 20 Christians
that came to Ouallam from Niamey. Pray that they would
continue to have a vision for their brothers and sisters
to hear the gospel. Pray that the Ouallam Christians
would catch a vision to share the good news in their
6 August - Pray for Rick as he will be in charge
of the financial business this next year. Pray that
he would have patience and understanding as he continues
to "catch on" to the language and culture.
Rick's job has him ministering to about 20 Southern
Baptist personnel, many of whom are traveling in and
out of the country, or are gone on Stateside Assignment.
He deals with 6 different people groups. He also has
a burden for the many Muslim men that work on the Southern
Baptist Campus/Guesthouse/Office. Pray for Rick as he
ministers to these Muslim men.
7 August - As of this writing, over 575 people
have been able to hear the story of Moses. Pray that
the many kids and adults who have heard the story of
Moses this summer would come to know and accept the
one true Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
8 August - Pray that God would send rains for
the crops that have been planted. Pray that the people
would have a good crop to feed them for this next year.
Ask God to reveal to them that He desires to provide
for every single need in their lives if they but turn
to Him, the giver of all good gifts.
9 August - We praise the Lord for the many
places that have asked Teresa and Jessica to come out
and tell the story of Moses. As they just have a few
days left together and at least 10 more places they
would like to go (as of this writing), pray that God
would give them clear direction and energy to go where
the message needs to be heard.
10 August - Pray for Kimberly's neighbor, Aissa,
who has heard the stories but has not completely surrendered
to the gospel. Pray that as Kimberly is away this next
year, the Holy Spirit would continue to speak the truth
to Aissa and that the truth would set her free. Aissa's
kids have attended more than a few of the various VBS
groups that were taught in Ouallam. The children would
like to attend the church meeting but have been discouraged
by their father. This is also one of the obstacles that
keep Aissa back - pray that his true Islam heart would
be softened and he will at least let the family choose
whom they would like to serve.
11 August - Pray for the new church that has
been started in Goudel. Pray for the leader, Zakery,
to grow and lead in a way that would honor Christ.
12 August - Pray for the Zerma people that
profess Christ. Pray that they would live so that people
would see their good deeds and glorify their Father
13 August - Pray for Jeremy and Stephanie Ledlow
as they prepare to start a new school in the states.
Pray that God would provide friends for each of them
and that they would be able to catch on quickly with
the school system and way of teaching. Pray that they
would continue to grow in Christ and be leaders amongst
14 August - Pray for the Bolls and Jessica
as they travel to Niamey today and make the final arrangements
for Jessica's trip home. Pray for safety as the road
from Ouallam to Niamey is not paved.
15 August - Rick has been meeting with a group
of men each morning for prayer and Bible study before
work. Many of these men are not yet believers. Pray
that the Word of God would penetrate their hearts and
that the prayers they hear would become their own. Pray
for Rick as he shares the gospel, that God would give
him a discerning heart and the ability to communicate
effectively in the Zerma language.
16 August - Pray for Jessica as she travels
back to the U.S. after spending a summer ministering
to the Zerma in Niger. Pray for her and Becca Cooper
(summer missionary to the deaf) as they leave Niger
and travel, spending the night in Paris, and then back
to the U.S. on Saturday. Pray that God would give them
favor and safety as they go through the many airports;
ask God to give them wisdom and many opportunities to
show the love of Christ.
17 August - Pray for the Cains and the Ledlows
to be able to remember the Zarma language as they are
away from Niger for the next year. Pray that God would
give them the memory needed to retain what they have
learned and to even learn more in the months ahead.
Pray that they would be able to share some of the needs,
prayer and personnel requests. Pray that as many people
hear about the work in Niger, they would be touched
to become more involved in ministering to the Zerma.
18 August - Pray for Don as he ministers at
the prison on Sunday afternoons in Ouallam. Pray that
the prisoners would respond to the Gospel and accept
the truth of Christ. Pray that Don would have joy in
sharing Christ and that he would have many more opportunities
to share at the prison. Praise the Lord for those that
have been released to return to their homes/families
that they are remembering some of what had been taught.
One Sunday as Teresa was telling the Moses story in
Manga'ize, one of the former prisoners helped - not
just a little. He really knew the story and had an awesome
way of sharing it. Pray that he would continue to share.
After the VBS session he heard the new cassette on "Life
everlasting". He was then given the booklet (hot
off the press!) and a cassette. Pray that he will continue
to hear and learn - share and accept.
19 August -Pray for Caroline and Caleb Cain
as they adjust to life in the U.S. Pray that as they
start a new school (Caroline - third grade; Caleb -
preschool), they would be able to make friends and do
20 August - Pray for Don and Teresa as they
get back into their regular schedule after a busy summer.
Pray that they would continue to have patience and joy
as they are the only missionaries in Ouallam for the
next year. Ask God to give them direction and wisdom
as they minister to the many needs around them.
21 August - Pray for Jessica as she starts
another semester of college. Pray for the quick adjustment
that she will need to make from living in Africa all
summer to a college dorm room the next week! Pray that
she will have peace of mind amongst her busy schedule
22 August - Pray that Rick would be able to
continue the strict diet that doctors have put him on
concerning his health. Pray that God would keep him
healthy so that he could be an effective minister in
23 August - Pray for future volunteers as they
seek a clear word from the Lord to come to Niger. Pray
that the needed paperwork would get completed and plans
that would glorify Christ would be made.
24 August - During rainy season, many things
change. Because of the lack of good road systems, several
villages cannot be reached. Pray for the few Christians
in these villages to be encouraged during a time
when they might be isolated from all other believers.
25 August - Pray for the Cains and the Ledlows
as they will have many opportunities to speak at churches
in the states. Pray that God would open the hearts of
those who hear them speak; ask God to open their hearts
to see and pray for the many needs of the Zarma people,
especially the need for them to come to Christ.
26 August - The Zarma Team has put in several
personnel requests. Ask the God of the harvest to send
workers to come out and work with the Zarma people.
Pray that the many seeds that have been planted throughout
the years would soon produce a harvest of discipled
Christians. Pray that these Christians would have a
vision for reaching all the Zerma with the gospel.
27 August - Pray for Teresa as she ministers
to the sick around her. Pray that she would have wisdom
to know what medicines to give the many people that
come to her door. Pray that God would open many doors
to reveal Himself as the Great Physician.
28 August - We praise the Lord for a busy,
yet productive summer! However, because of such a busy
summer the Kid's Club that Teresa has on Wednesday evenings
stopped for the last month and a half. Pray for Teresa
as she starts this ministry up again and shares the
hope of the gospel with this group of kids each week.
29 August - During their stateside assignment,
Phil and Kimberly will be ministering to students on
the campus of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Pray
that God will help them to be effective communicators
of all that He desires to accomplish in the world through
missions. Pray that God would use them to encourage
those who are being called to go as missionaries and
to help prepare those who have already answered the
call to take the gospel to a world in need of a Savior.
30 August - Pray that God would continue to
burden Jessica's heart for the Zerma people and that
she would remember all that she learned throughout the
summer. Pray that God would open the doors for her to
share what He has done in her life through working with
the Zerma people to many churches and people in the
31 August - Please pray that the Zarma pastors
would have a vision to reach their people with the truth
and love of Christ. Pray that they would be leaders
who share the truth in love.