As you read this we are still having relative cool nights
and the temperature doesn't get much above 100F. Faith
and Charity have adjusted well to life in Niamey and
language study. The Wildwood volunteers were here and
we were able to have a lot of laughs as well as get
a lot done. We were able to get a lot of work done in
moving the center with inventorying the books/videos/cassettes
and getting most of them in metal boxes for transporting.
Much was moved, the electricity was fixed and many other
jobs were done. We were able to prayer walk in several
villages and did health work in 3 villages. There was
much encouraging done - not just for the Nationals but
for the Zerma team. You can't help but have fun when
ten people are staying in the same house! People slept
in the guestroom, hall, kitchen, dining room and living
room. We couldn't put anyone in the bathroom because
it stayed too busy! Thank you so much for your extra
prayers during this past week: we were able to be flexible
when needed, God gave much wisdom during the village
visits, no one got sick from some of the strange foods
we ate, God gave traveling mercies, and although there
were some accidents, no one got seriously hurt. Most
of all, God gave the Bolls a sense of peace during a
very difficult time being here. Just before the volunteers
came we learned that Don's dad fell and injured his
back. Then when Don went to Niamey to get the volunteers
we learned that Teresa's mom had had heart surgery.
Don's dad was in the hospital for over a week, but had
a good therapist and is now walking and we praise the
Lord for that. Teresa's mom is still in the hospital
but doing much better. We thank you so much for your
prayers and support - It could have been a very difficult
time had you not been praying. You literally stand in
the Gap for us and our work.
Prayer Requests 2003
1 March – During the month of March we
will be making final decisions about Charity and Faith:
where they will live, different strategy methods, getting
their future homes prepared etc. Please pray for wisdom
for things to go as God would have them.
2 March – Pray for the Ledlows as they
start the crating process, which would include purchasing
things they will need for their next term. They may
also be purchasing some needed items for the guesthouse
set-up as well as for the new home that will be built
their next term of service. Pray for wisdom and patience.
3 March - A child playing with fire caused
over 60 mostly straw huts, almost the entire village
of Binga, to burn in late January. One small child died.
Southern Baptists provided initial help of 70 straw
mats as well as some clothes, shoes, kitchen items and
4 March – This is the month that hot
season really begins! Though the days have been hot,
the nights usually cool down some. This will not be
the case for the next few months! Please pray for us
as we try to do the work in oppressive heat.
5 March – Please pray for Rick as he
has many demands on him during this time. He is doing
the "business" work for several different
teams; he has Bible studies, helps with discipleship
classes, literacy classes and is working on a Storying/Volleyball
group. We praise the Lord that he was able to go to
the US and spend time with his friends and family during
Christmas – but the return trip, coming back to
Niger at the end of the month – end of the year
– and flights not connecting in Paris caused him
to stay in Paris several extra days. He has had a hard
time trying to "catch up" since his return.
Pray that he does not burn out!
6 March – World Vision has a satellite
station in Ouallam now and one of the Christian men
commutes to Ouallam on Mondays, staying most of the
week, and then returns to his family in Niamey for the
weekend. He has begun a Bible study with several of
the youth in Ouallam. Pray for wisdom and a revelation
for a new and deeper relationship to be found among
the Zerma as they study with a strong National Zerma
7 March – The first "Movie at Rick’s
house" went well – 10 folks, 6 men, 4 women
watched the10 commandments. There was one man, Mohammed
that came to watch the video; he was very interested
and excited about what he was learning. After he left
the others realized that no one knew him. Pray that
his heart was touched and that he would want to know
more about the God that sent his Son. The second movie
went even better – 6 new/different people attended.
Since Mohammed, 2 other men have returned to ask questions
and discuss the movie more in depth. Plans are in the
works to show another movie about Abraham.
8 March – Today is Mark’s Birthday
- Pray for his family as they are still traveling and
speaking at Churches.
9 March – It is very disheartening that
many of the Nationals do not meet together unless there
is an American person there, whether or not the missionary
even speaks. Please pray for a vision for the Zerma
to want to meet together to worship their Lord –
and not just to impress the missionaries.
10 March - Pray for Charity and Faith as they
will be staying the week in their village. Pray for
them to be able to communicate, to learn to love their
new Zerma neighbors and to have a good experience.
11 March - Muslims are taught that the Bible
is corrupt, that the Koran is the final revelation from
God. Pray that God would create in them a desire to
read or hear the scriptures for themselves. Pray that
they would discover the truth, and that this truth would
set them free. Pray that in Jesus Christ, they would
discover forgiveness and everlasting life.
12 March - Pray for unity and mutual love and
respect among Zerma Christians. Pray that this unity
would be a strong testimony to their friends and neighbors
who don't know Christ.
13 March - James Brown the "pepper man"
will be back in Niger for about a week this month working
closely with Zerma team member Ibro Souna in cooperation
with others to continue set-up of the Niger Pepper project.
Pray for this relation that is resulting in more food
generating income for the many involved as well as a
Christian witness among the business community.
14 March - Pray for Charity and Faith as they
will have so many changes in their lives for the next
couple years. Pray as they learn how to communicate
and depend on their Lord. Pray for the right decisions
to be made concerning their stay in Niger.
15 March – Today is Phil’s birthday.
Pray for Phil to have a good day, for the classes he
teaches and for his wisdom and patience as a husband
16 March – Jana from SIM (Society of
International Missions) is now living and working in
Kwaara Taji neighborhood and works with the church.
Pray for her to have the wisdom and the vision that
the Lord would want her to have. Pray for a rest as
she is the only American in the neighborhood. Pray for
the many demands that she is faced with and for wisdom
to know how to deal with them.
17 March – In Kaoura when we did a well
baby clinic, weighed babies and gave vitamins to babies,
children and pregnant mothers there was a little girl
that had sores all over. We were able to put some topical
antibiotic on it but the problem is much deeper. Pray
for healing and that she would have experienced Jesus
at work through the hands of those that ministered to
18 March - Praise the Lord that we can find
rest in Him and that the International Mission Board
allows us some time off! Teresa and Don will be taking
some time off for the next three or so weeks. Pray for
a refreshing and restful time.
19 March – Salamatou continues to meet
with the Kids on Wednesdays. Some days there is a really
large group. Pray for wisdom and patience as she teaches
these young and impressionable minds.
20 March – Please continue to pray for
the many people that we were able to minister to during
the time that Wildwood volunteers were here. While we
were in Kwadabio Kwaara there was a young man that had
broken his arm a few months ago. Pray for the continued
healing of his bones and that he will begin to use his
arm again. He has not used it since it was hurt
21 March - Today, as every day, Zerma Muslims
will meet for public prayers at least five times. For
some, these ritual prayers are relatively meaningless,
for others the prayers reflect a spiritual hunger to
know and please God. Pray that for all, this ritual
of Islamic prayer would be replaced with meaningful
conversations with God. Pray that God would reveal Himself
to them, even as they pray, and that they would discover
the true and living God through the person of Jesus
22 March – Rick is looking for someone
to work with him on a Saturday afternoon youth ministry.
Rick met a Christian man in his late 20's, named Nassirou
Djibo who attends the Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Kirkisey
II. He wants to work with youth and put together a youth
volleyball program. He wants to meet on Saturday afternoons
to practice volleyball. Rick saw an immediate ministry/storying
opportunity. Nassiru was very excited about the idea
of combining the ministry with the volleyball. The problem
- Rick has absolutely no communication skills in French.
They are currently seeking someone that would be interested
in working with them on this project. Please pray that
they would continue to seek the will of the Lord and
that the Lord would provide communication skills.
23 March - Pray that believers among the Zerma
would be loving and clear communicators of the gospel,
of the hope that is within them. Pray that they would
have boldness and courage in the face of resistance
24 March – Pray for Jeremy and Stephanie
as they continue their studies in an American school.
Pray for their friendships and their witness. Pray for
them as the Lord works in their lives as they return
back to Niger.
25 March - Pray for the Zerma team, that we
would understand the Lord's vision and direction for
our work and follow His leading in faith. Pray that
we would acknowledge Him in all our ways as He directs
26 March - There are still many thousands of
Zerma who know nothing of Christ. Pray that God would
rise up laborers to live and work among the Zerma, sharing
the Good News.
27 March - Pray for the families of Zerma believers.
Many of them have wives, husbands, children, etc. who
have resisted or refused to follow Christ. Pray that
believers would grow in their faith, that they would
live a transformed life, and that their Christian lifestyle
would be lived out in such a way that others, especially
their families, would be compelled to seek and follow
the Savior themselves.
28 March - James Brown will be bringing another
man, John, with him to Niger this trip. Pray for them
to have a safe trip and will be able to accomplish the
things that the Lord would have them to do in Niger
and among the Zerma people.
29 March - Pray that 2003 would be a year of
significant change in the lives of the Zerma--a year
in which we see thousands of Zerma people placing their
faith in Christ and establishing churches in their towns
and villages. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in
a powerful way across Niger, pointing people to the
Savior and revealing the glory of God.
30 March - The seed of the Word continues to
be planted in the hearts of the Zerma through messages
on cassette tapes, the Jesus film, gospel tracts, and
the witness of believers. Pray that the Holy Spirit
would guard this gospel seed and that it would take
root, grow, and bear abundant fruit. Claim God's promise
that His word will not return to Him void, but will
accomplish what He desires.
31 March - Pray for God's leading in starting
a youth ministry in Niamey after the Ledlow’s
return from their stateside assignment.
defended the cause of the poor and needy...' Jeremiah