month of June was a month of transitions for our missionaries
in Niger. The Cains and the Ledlows both returned to
the field and are settling in "back home."
As you settle into your quiet time each day during the
month of July, here are some specific requests for you
to pray over each day. They're arranged (in no particular
order) for daily prayer.
Tuesday, July 1 -- Pray for the Cains as they
settle back into Ouallam after being in the U.S. for
a year. Pray that they would adjust quickly back to
the climate and culture of
Wednesday, July 2 -- Fonda (his nickname)
and his family are reportedly the only Christians who
live in a rather large village. Fonda's grandchild was
recently sick. Please pray for this family who has taken
a stand for Christ.
Thursday, July 3 -- Aissa is doing
well as is her whole family. Deanna Ledlow is still
seeing her every day and took her to the national hospital
today to take food to her fathers, brother. He has a
gaping hole in his heel and has been in the hospital
for 10 days.
July 4 -- This is the growing season in Niger,
pray that God would send adequate rains and that the
harvest would be abundant. Pray for those who are experiencing
hunger today, that their needs would be met.
Saturday, July 5 -- Hamani, one of
only two Christian men in his village, went to be with
the Lord about two months ago. Pray for the other Christian
man Alamu and his family that God would give him grace,
comfort and courage to carry on despite his seemingly
now isolation in a large village
July 6 -- Pray that the Word of God would be
sown widely among the Zerma and that those who are hearing
it or perhaps reading it would understand it. Pray that
God would work in the hearts of the Zerma to draw them
to Himself. Pray for courage and boldness on the part
of believers as they share the truth of the
Monday, July 7 -- Pray Mark Ledlow
as he continues to work on the Ledlow house which is
being planned and constructed.
Tuesday, July 8 -- Harouna is a night
guard at the Bolls house during their Stateside Assignment.
Pray for him, a Christian, his wife, Medina, and children
as they are separated at this time. Medina is pregnant,
has a job and will stay in their village which is a
long distance away.
Wednesday, July 9 -- Pray that God
would raise up strong leaders among the Zerma--men and
women of absolute integrity who know the truth and are
not afraid to stand up for it, men and women whose lives
characterize the renewing and transforming power of
the Holy Spirit.
Thursday, July 10 -- Pray for Charity
Hawk and her direction and cultural adjustments to living
in the bush village of Waru. Pray for her to obtain
a love for the people of Waru.
Friday, July 11 -- Sahel Academy (Jeremy
and Stephanie Ledlow's school) is still in desperate
need of a science/physics teacher for the next school
year. Please pray that someone will be called to this
position and ministry to the missionary students.
July 12 -- Pray for the Zerma team as they
plan strategies and work together to see that all the
Zerma people have an opportunity to hear and respond
to the Gospel. Pray that they would be creative.
July 13 -- Rainy season has evidently begun
early this year. Sufficient rain has allowed planting
to be done in several areas in May and enough rain continues
to fall to avoid replanting.... so far. Pray that a
steady amount of rain will continue for a "bumper"
harvest this year.
Monday, July 14 -- Christians in Niger are
under constant attack. They are hard to keep focused
and they need discipleship desperately. Many of the
newer Christians are strong now but watch the old ones
and are very confused. Please pray for strength and
direction of the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday, July 15 -- Teresa (Bolls)
began teaching a English literacy class in early May
and stopped the end of May when she left for Stateside
assignment. Some of the students are Christians and
others are very open to the Gospel. Pray that God would
work in their heart and even be more open when Teresa
restarts the classes.
July 16 -- Pray for the Ledlows as they adjust
to the heat and pace of Niger. Deanna writes, "God
has been good in our transition back. We are all doing
well. The kids are a bit bored at this point from the
pace of the states..."
Thursday, July 17 -- Zongo suffers from cataracts
but has been able to see some. She came by the other
day and could not see. She had been leaning over her
cooking pot and upon raising her head, discovered she
could see nothing. It was a very emotional time for
her and her daughter we took her to see.
Friday, July 18 -- Pray also for Albass,
a 7 year old boy that has been living with Zongo since
his mother died.
Saturday, July 19 -- Moussa Boubacar,
the pastor of Kwaara Tagi, lost another child a few
weeks back to a lung infection of some sort.
Sunday, July 20 -- Moussa has also
resigned as pastor due to pressure from the congregation
because of some improprieties. Pray for our pastors
world-wide, as it seems that they are being targeted
by the enemy.
Monday, July 21 -- Djibo, wife Sophi
and child Nuurey live in the village of Kaabu-fo Bangu
Jinde. That is a hard-to-write and even harder-to-say
big village name! It is also a big village full of people,
most of whom do not know Christ as Savior. Please pray
for Dijbo, a Christian, his family and this village.
Tuesday, July 22 -- Pray for Deanna
Ledlow as she is tries to regain her fluency and facility
Wednesday, July 23 -- It is not unusual
to hear of a Zerma Christian giving in to temptation.
Pray for these believers, that they would stand firm
in their faith and resist the temptation to sin.
Thursday, July 24 -- Pray for Zerma
believers who are undergoing trials and tribulations,
that they would know the “peace that passes understanding.”
Friday, July 25 -- Pray for the Christians
who had been in the class that Teresa Bolls was teaching,
that they would be bold in sharing their witness and
remain faithful while the class is on hiatus during
Saturday, July 26 -- Pray for the neighbors
of all of our missionaries in Niger, who watch the actions
of our missionaries to see if the missionaries "walk
the talk." Pray that all the neighbors would see
Jesus in the actions of our missionaries.
Sunday, July 27 -- Many Zerma have heard gospel
messages on the radio and by listening to audio cassettes.
Pray that God's word will continue to go forth, pray
that every village would have opportunity to hear His
Monday, July 28 -- Pray for Zongo's
daughter, Amina, who has 3 small children but is trying
to walk to her mother's house daily to prepare meals
for her mother and father.
Tuesday, July 29 -- Pray for the churches
in the United States who are thinking about and praying
about the decision to send mission teams to Niger. Pray
that they would be convicted of the need to prayer walk,
to send construction teams, to send VBS teams, and to
send others with skills so needed in Niger.
Wednesday, July 30 -- Pray for Rick
Leavitt as he has committed to staying on and helping
Mark Ledlow for at least the time while the new house
is being constructed. Pray that God will reveal His
will for Rick's life to him, and that Rick will see
the path that God chooses for him.
Thursday, July 31 -- Pray for Charity
and Faith. They are far from their homes and their support
systems...pray that they will learn to depend on God
in a new way each day.
Thank you for your prayers for those who are serving
'to the uttermost parts of the earth.'