are the Prayer Requests from our Zerma missionaries
for the month of June. Thank you for praying for the
specific items listed each day. One thing you can keep
in mind this entire month...the hot and rainy season
is beginning. Adjusting to the heat and the humidity
is hard for everybody, but the rains are a welcome relief
from the dry that is experienced for 7 months of the
year. Pray that the rains fall at the right times for
the seeds to germinate and to grow strong. The rains
bring blessing but they also signal the start of malaria
season. Pray for our missionaries' health and protection.
you for your continual prayers. So many are dying in
Niger and the task of reaching them cannot be done without
the continual prayers of the 'cloud of witnesses' who
intervene continually on behalf of the Zerma people
and the country of Niger.
June 1 -- June 1 is Teresa Bolls' birthday.
As she wakes up today, after traveling 5000 miles and
24 hours of travel May 31, pray that she and Don will
be able to adjust to the time change, climate change,
culture change as well as a very busy schedule the next
few months. Pray that they have a good time of rest,
medical check-ups and reporting on work with the Zerma
June 2 -- Mark and Deanna Ledlow arrived back
in Niamey just two days ago after a year of stateside
assignment. Deanna requests prayer for their fortitude,
as they are certain to be inundated with visitors for
the first month or more. The Africans are very social
and will want to spend a lot of time with their returning
friends, and there's bound to be a period of adjustment.
June 3 -- Today is Don and Teresa Bolls' anniversary.
married for 32 years (congratulations!). Pray that they
will have many years of serving together and that God
will continue to bless them for their service, the servanthood
they have modeled, and the sacrifices they have made.
June 4 -- Rick Leavitt has spent the past year
being the Interim Business Facilitator for Niger in
Mark Ledlow's absence. He will be staying on for an
indefinite time as Mark prepares to build a house and
work on the guest houses in the missionary compound.
Pray for Rick as he brings Mark "up to date"
on all that has gone on in Mark's absence.
June 5 -- Pray today for Charity Hawk. She
has been in Niger since January of this year and is
currently studying the Zarma language. Pray that she
will continue growing in understanding and speaking
Zarma. She lives in a small village -- Warou -- and
is charged with building relationships with the people
so that she can share Jesus with them. She is sowing
the seeds of the Gospel...pray for a rich harvest.
June 6 -- Stephanie Ledlow, age 14, and her
brother Jeremy, age 16, have left friends behind in
Arizona when they returned to the field last week. Pray
that this time of transition is an easy time for them
and that they will make new friends in Niamey.
June 7 -- Niandou is a Christian from the village
Kanda. His right hand has swelled up with some type
of infection. It is very painful and at this time of
year a great problem as he needs to be preparing his
fields for planting time. Please pray for quick healing
and strength as he works in his fields. Pray that he
will be faithful to Christ as he is one of less than
5 believers in this large village.
June 8 -- The rainy season starts in June in
Niger. Farming will start in full force, and the crops
for the entire year must be grown over the next five
months. Pray that the rains are adequate and that the
crops are bountiful.
June 9 -- Praise the Lord for this - another
answer to your prayers. The gospel of Matthew (Matta
in Zarma) has been recorded onto audio cassette and
is now being field tested for comprehension. Now the
gospel of John (Yohanna - in Zarma) is in the process
of being recorded. Pray these recordings will be used
effectively to share God's word.
June 10 -- Pray for Jeremy Ledlow. Today he
turns 17; pray that Jeremy remains committed to his
calling to Africa and that he will always have a sense
of the purpose and plan that God has for his life. Ephesians
June 11 -- Please pray for Tara "Faith"
Scarbrough, who is serving in Niger and living in a
small village called Torodi. Praise the Lord that she
is willing to follow Him wherever He may lead her, even
"unto the uttermost parts of the earth."
June 12 -- For the next week, the Bolls family
will be spending some time together -- the first time
for all the family to be together (ever!). Pray for
safe travel and good fellowship.
June 13 -- Story-telling. Since most of the
Zerma people are illiterate in ANY language, most of
the evangelism is done through telling stories from
the Bible. Pray for Phil and Kimberly Cain as they tell
stories every day to those with whom they come in contact
June 14 -- Pray for Charity, that she would
become proficient at Story-ing so that she might share
the Gospel with her village.
June 15 -- Father's Day. Praise the Lord for
our fathers and that we all might seek to have a very
special relationship with our Heavenly Father. Pray
especially that the Zerma men will feel the need in
their own lives to accept the gift that our Heavenly
June 16 -- Mohammadou, 16 months old, burned
his hand really bad when he put it into a pot of boiling
mash. Pray for him and that his sick (with malaria)
pregnant mother, Mariamma, will have the energy needed
to keep his hand clean and exercise his fingers. Pray
also for Mariamma's spiritual growth as she accepted
Christ over a year ago. They live in a village several
miles from Ouallam.
June 17 -- Pray for the Zerma team as there
are many transitions of missionaries coming and leaving
the field right now.
June 18 -- The prison ministry in Ouallam has
been encouraged now for over 8 years by Southern Baptist
missionaries. Many Ouallam Christians have been involved
over the years but at present none have committed even
part time to this ministry. The one or two Christian
prisoners have taken on more responsibility. Pray for
June 19 -- Please pray for Fati and Hauwa,
two ladies who live in the same village where Charity
lives. Charity is building relationships with them.
Pray that they might all become good friends and that
they will have a desire to learn about Jesus. Pray that
the Lord is working in their hearts, even now!
June 20 -- Pray for the Ledlows' crates and
belongings as they are being shipped from the US to
Niger. Pray that the crates will arrive quickly and
without problems clearing customs.
June 21 -- Pray for Faith's literacy class.
She has a small group of women who come each day to
learn to read and write in their own language. Pray
that this may be effective so that can learn to read
the Bible for themselves.
June 22 -- Pray for Pastors, Ibro and Rashida,
Moussa and Kadija, and the lay leaders as they study
and continue to grown in HIM and share their newfound
June 23 -- Pray for Don and Teresa Bolls as
they travel to Virginia for IMB debriefing. Pray for
safe travels and good meetings.
June 24 -- Pray for Warize today. He is the
pastor/leader of the village called Gathawan. Pray that
the Holy Spirit would direct his decision-making and
June 25 -- Please pray for more workers to
come to work among the Zerma people. Pray specifically
that the Lord would prepare and direct another Journeyman
to come work in Zarma land. (Check it out: http://going.imb.org/Journeyman.asp)
June 26 -- Pray for Bouba, a deaf believer
who has very little Christian fellowship. Pray that
Faith will be able to find others who will encourage
and build him up.
June 27 -- Pray for continued grace in language
study for Faith. She reports, "I have begun to
pick it up fairly well, but pray I will communicate
June 28 -- Pray for Jeremy and Stephanie Ledlow
and their school situation. They will be returning to
the Christian school, Sahel Academy, in Niamey this
fall. Pray that there will be enough teachers and staff
for the Sahel Academy as it seems that they always struggle
to have enough qualified teachers.
June 29 -- Please pray for Al-Zouma, the only
Christian in the village where Charity lives. He is
an elder, so he has a leadership role in the village.
Pray that he will be strong in the Lord and will not
give in to pressure from others in the village that
would take him back to his old muslim ways. Pray that
the Holy Spirit would counsel and teach Al-Zouma.
June 30 -- Pray for the Zarma people of Torodi
and their willingness to accept the truth.
16:33 -- "These things I have spoken
to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world
you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome
A note of clarification: the Jesus video has been widely
available to the Zerma people for several years now.
Last month, there was an "oops!" request that
the Jesus video would be made available. It is and it
has been, with much gratitude from all the missionaries
who are able to show it.