December 1 -- " 'Why have we fasted and
You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You
do not notice?'" . . . Behold on the day of your
fast you find your desires. . . Behold you fast for
contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist."
(Isa. 58: 3, 4) This past month was the month of Ramadan,
a time of fasting amongst the Muslims. For an entire
month, they do not eat or drink anything (not even their
own saliva) from the time the sun comes up to the time
it falls. In doing this, they are "supposed"
to seek direction and hear a word from God. They desire
vision and dreams, meaning they have found favor with
Allah. Pray this time truly will be filled with visions
and dreams from the One True God, that shows them the
Son of Man that came and died for them to set them free.
This is a HUGE weapon of Satan in the Muslim world,
but Jesus has overcome the world. He can take this and
use it for His glory, destroying the enemy at his own
game. I even encourage you to fast yourselves in prayer
not only for Niger and the Zerma people, but for all
Muslims across the world.
Tuesday, December 2, 2003 -- Rashida
was back in the hospital the week after they lost the
baby. The doctors say that she does not have enough
blood in her system to carry a baby AND keep herself
healthy. Continue to pray for Ibro and Rashida as they
continue to deal with the loss of their child.
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 -- Pray
that God would raise up laborers to work in the harvest
among the Zerma people--the crops are in the storehouses,
yet the spiritual harvest remains. Many of the Zerma
are willing to hear the gospel, yet there's no one to
take it to them. Pray that Christians would come, especially
from other West African countries, to help spread the
Good News of salvation.
Thursday, December 4, 2003 -- Pray for the
sickness that is all around Niger. As the weather changes
and the dust rolls in, the congestion and sickness comes
for both the missionaries and the Africans.
Friday, December 5, 2003 -- Pray for
those considering short or long term missions work.
It is a big decision concerning family, job, money,
seeking God's will in their lives. Ask God to make it
clear, their work for Him.
Saturday, December 6, 2003 -- Please
pray for Tanda and her new baby, Latifatou. Several
years ago Tanda accepted Christ but then married a very
strong Muslim who is not in agreement with her staying
a Christian. Please pray for strength and wisdom for
Sunday, December 7, 2003 -- Moussa
and wife Kadija are doing well. Continue to pray for
strength during persecution. They too still hurt from
the loss of their two children.
Monday, December 8, 2003 -- You prayed
last month that God would reveal himself to Muslims
as they fasted during the month of Ramadan. We trust
that God did indeed do that among the Zerma and continues
to do so. Pray that those who encountered the true and
living God would continue to pursue the One who is the
way, the truth, and the life. Pray that their questions
would be answered and that they would come to realize
that only Christ can meet their deepest need.
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 -- "
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, be men of
courage, stand strong." (1 Cor. 16:13-14) Please
continue to pray for the Churches here in Torodi, that
they remain strong and faithful. They face a lot of
persecution, especially during the Ramadan fast when
they will be questioned constantly about their faith.
Pray that they will go out to the surrounding villages
and be passionate about sharing the gospel.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 -- Deanna's
neighbor and friend Ayssa, is still searching. Continue
to pray for her. Planting and watering is a full-time
job in our area. As our hearts get weary, your prayers
Thursday, December 11, 2003 -- Pray for Salou
and Aissa, Phil and Kimberly's neighbors. They've been
able to observe the Cain family and they've had many
opportunities to hear the gospel. They have a good idea
of what Christians believe. Pray that they would come
to believe themselves and take the step of faith that
would carry them into the Kingdom.
Friday, December 12, 2003 -- There seem to
be few true Zerma believers. Pray that God will encourage,
strengthen and guide in a mighty way each believer that
can be a beacon for what God wants them to be for all
Saturday, December 13, 2003 -- Pray
for Mark's continued health and strength as he finishes
up the last finishing touches on the inside of the house.
The Ledlows should have moved in during the first week
of so of December.
Sunday, December 14, 2003 --"
I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD;
and they will be My people, and I will he their God,
for they will return to me with their whole heart."
(Jer. 24:7) Please pray for Faith's friends and the
others that she has gotten to share the gospel with.
Pray that God would soften their hearts and place the
desire to continue seeking Him until they find Him.
Monday, December 15, 2003 -- The average
age of the population of Niger is 15 yrs. Like young
people everywhere, these kids face pressures and temptations
to sin and yield to peer pressure. Pray that God would
move in a mighty way among these young people, that
they would come to know Christ and that a fulfilling
and abundant life can be had through him. Pray that
missionaries and Christian leaders would find ways to
share Christ that addresses their particular needs.
Pray that out of this generation of young people, God
would raise up men and women who will be the means of
making Christ known throughout Niger.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 -- Many
things continue to plague the advance of the Pepper
Project. Please pray that we know how to best continue
this work that has great potential to create income
for needy people and provide an excellent way of outreach
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 -- This
is Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Month and we would
like to thank each of you that support us and our work.
All of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes overseas
to help support the many missionaries and the work.
We praise the Lord for you - those who "give"
so we can" go".
Thursday, December 18, 2003 -- "How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring news of good
tidings." (Romans 10:15) We had a volunteer team
come out to work with the Zerma Nov. 10-17. Our theme
for this time was "Passion for His Glory".
During that time, we were praying that we would not
get caught up in seeing fruits of our labor, but simply
be passionate about sharing His glory to all the world.
Pray for the group and that their time would be blessed;
that they may see God in a new light, and become passionate
about mission work. Pray for the Zerma team, as we capitalize
on the work done by this group in furthering the gospel.
May we truly be passionate about the glory of God.
Friday, December 19, 2003 -- Pray for
the new Zerma Christian, Sali, who is doing great! He
has been studying the Word and trying very hard to learn
about his new life. It can be a real struggle for the
Christians here in Niger; pray that they all can stand
Saturday, December 20, 2003 --"
Not to us, not to us, O Lord, but to your name be the
glory." ( Ps. 115:1) (From Faith) My heart truly
is that I take no glory for anything that I am witnessing,
that I am being able to be a part of. It all belongs
to the Lord. Pray that others do not praise me in this
work, but are simply turned to look upon the One who
alone is worthy of praise and glory. May He alone get
the glory. II Cor. 6:3-10,
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003 -- Today is Kimberly's
(Cain) birthday. Pray that today would be a special
day for her. Pray for Kimberly as she home schools Caroline
and maintains a household, while carrying out a ministry
to Zerma women. Pray that the seeds she's planted in
their hearts would grow and lead to salvation and spiritual
Monday, December 22, 2003 -- Pray for Sali's
wife, Hadisha, who is VERY close to excepting Christ
as her Savior. This is an incredible step. Out of all
the Muslim Background Christians, only 5% are women.
This is due mostly to the barriers that women face in
this society. Because her husband is now a Christian,
one of the major barriers no longer exist. He constantly
encourages her to follow the "true road",
and she will sit for hours and listen to the Word of
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 -- Join Faith today
as she continues to pray for revival in the village
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 -- Pray
for those Zarma Christians who are being persecuted
and ridiculed for their faith in Christ. Pray that God
would grant them perseverance and courage to stand firm
in their belief.
Thursday, December 25, 2003 CHRISTMAS DAY --
Christmas is a significant time for Christians as we
reflect on our Savior's birth. Pray that as we observe
this special time, we'd have many opportunities to share
with the Zerma about why it's so special. Muslims recognize
Jesus as a great prophet but have difficulty seeing
him as the incarnation of God. Pray that God would open
their hearts to understand all the implications of God
becoming a human and dwelling among us, ultimately becoming
the means of atonement for all our sins.
Friday, December 26, 2003 -- Boube, the leader
of the deaf Church has begun going to surrounding villages,
walking many miles, to share his faith and passion with
other deaf Africans. This is a huge step. Even some
of the older, more established Christians have not got
this vision for the others who have NEVER heard. He
has already faced much persecution for this act, but
continues to go and share. Pray for Boube's strength
Saturday, December 27, 2003-- Pray that today,
as Zerma Muslims kneel on their prayer mats and say
their ritual prayers, that God would speak to their
hearts in a personal way, revealing Himself as Creator,
Sustainer, and Savior in the person of Jesus Christ.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict them of their
lostness and draw them to the One who forgives sin and
gives eternal life.
Sunday, December 28, 2003 -- Pray today for
Faith's friend, Bebe. She and her husband live near
Faith, and Faith has spent a lot of her time learning
culture and language from her. Bebe and her husband
recently asked Faith to explain Jesus to them. So for
days, Faith spent time preparing the "perfect"
rendition of the Gospel suited for Muslims, and bathing
it in prayer. Finally the day came for her to share
her whole passion and the Truth of the Word with her
friends. Faith explained to the best of her ability,
and they listened intently. After all was said and done,
Bebe's husband began to question Faith, testing her
in all extremes, forcing her to dig down deep in for
Scriptures that proved her point. After a long discussion,
they finally reached an impasse: you can't believe in
both religions, you must choose one. Pray that the seeds
planted by Faith will fall on fertile ground and that
Bebe and her husband will choose The One.
Monday, December 29, 2003-- Pray for
the church in Goudel. This is a fairly new church that
Mark Ledlow helped to build. Pray that they would remain
strong in their faith and be witnesses to their village.
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 -- Pray
that both Zarma believers and missionaries would seek
to be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds,
that we would prove God's purposes--that which is good
and acceptable and perfect. Pray that this would be
a shining testimony to those around us.
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 --- The Bolls
will be packing, saying good-bye to friends and family
today. Saying good-bye is never easy, but it is especially
hard to say to young grandchildren who really don't
understand why you need to leave. Pray that the Bolls
will have a safe trip - they leave Little Rock, AR for
Niamey, Niger tomorrow.