you all for your prayers for our Zerma team and the
Zerma people. The Bible has already been translated
into the Zarma language. Yet, they remain less than
1% Christian. Prayer alone has the power to break the
strongholds that are keeping the Zerma in spiritual
bondage. Here are some requests for your prayer time
May 1 -- "I'm not sleeping or eating well.
My heart hurts with all the war and killing in the world"
commented Idé. Alhadji Idé is a well respected
successful businessman. Ide is also a devoted Muslim
having made the pilgrimage to Mecca. Pray for this man
as he searches for true relief that can only be found
in Christ. Don and Phil have shared with him several
2 -- Warize reports that a church building
is being constructed in his village of Gathwan. Phil
Cain began Bible storying several years ago here and
the believers are few in number. Pray for Warize the
"wise old leader" of this small group and
that God would grow his wisdom and bless this effort
to make Christ known.
3 -- "I will be a Christian no matter
what anyone has to say and there are many more of us,"
said Amadou in a meeting at the village of Simiri. Don
says this comment took him by surprise as it is rare
that a comment such as this is made and with such force
and determination. Alhassan is a local leader who brought
the good news to Amadou and the village of Simiri. Pray
for these two men and their ministry.
May 4 -- Rick Leavitt writes "I
have no idea what I am going to do or what is going
to happen to me (after the Ledlows return to Africa).
Since Mark Ledlow is the Business Facilitator - when
he returns my job will be completed. The IMB wants me
to go career and serve as a mobile business facilitator
in the West Africa region, which means I would travel
all over West African filling in for BF's who are absent,on
vacation, taking a leave of absence or whatever."
Pray for Rick as he seeks God's will for his career
path and his life.
May 5 -- Please pray for Mark and Deanna Ledlow.
They are busy packing crates for their return to Niamey,
and the job looks overwhelming right now. Pray that
they will be able to take everything that they need.
May 6 -- Pray for Soumana, an African Christian.
His wife, Maimouna, is not a Christian but he is trying
to live his life in a manner pleasing to the Lord. Pray
that his wife would come under the conviction of the
May 7 -- Please pray for Salamatou
as she continues to work with the Kid's club in Ouallam.
Participants vary from 13 - 75. Pray that she will continue
to be dedicated and excited about sharing with the kids
and that they would understand and someday respond.
May 8 -- The estimates are that 66% of the
Zerma people have not had the opportunity to hear the
Gospel. The Zerma people are agriculturists; pray that
the Lord of the Harvest will send workers, who will
"lift up (their) eyes, and look on the fields,
that they are white for harvest."
May 9 -- Pray that God would give the
Zerma team wisdom and direction as they seek ways to
evangelize the lost and disciple new believers. There
are many things they can be involved in, many things
to keep the team busy, but they want to be doing that
which will best accomplish God's purposes among the
May 10 -- Pray for the church in Goudel. This
is a brand new church that Mark Ledlow helped to build.
Pray that they would remain strong in their faith and
be witnesses to their village.
May 11 -- 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
May 12 --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
May 13 --Knobby knees crossed, tucked into
a ramshackle shelter away from a brutal sun with only
a few goats for company, Taweye sings quietly to her
wooden doll. But lullabies for dolls may soon give way
to the real burdens of motherhood. Taweye's father,
a healer in a village north of the capital, Niamey,
has arranged to marry her to her cousin Abdou, an emigre
living in Libya.
11-year-old will soon join a husband, whom she has never
met, in a land she has never known.
can one ask a little girl to run a household?"
whispered her mother Zonoh.
marriages, once a thing of the past, are back. These
young girls are victims of financial, moral and traditional
pressures that wield fierce power in Niger. Pray that
this practice will be stopped and that the light of
Jesus might come into these darkened lives.
May 14 -- Pray for the many that are
preparing their fields. Rains should start in Niger
in the next few weeks. Pray that the seeds that will
be planted will produce fruit. Also pray that the "seeds
of the gospel" that have been planted will continue
to grow and that someday soon there will be a harvest
of believers among the Zerma.
May 15 -- Pray for Hassan, a new Christian,
who is struggling whether or not to make his belief
in Christ known to his family and friends.
May 16 -- Pray for Aissa and her husband,
Tyrou, and their children. Aissa has been very close
to Deanna Ledlow but has yet to make a profession of
faith. She loves her Bible and comes to Bible study
May 17 -- Halima accepted Christ over a year
ago in Ouallam. While she lived in Ouallam it was much
easier for Bible studies and question/answer times.
Now that she is living in Tondibia it is much more difficult
for study time. In some ways she has started to mélange
animistic practices with her newfound faith. Pray that
the Holy Spirit would be able to minister to her and
help her with some of these struggles.
May 17 -- Pray for Pastor Moussa and
his wife, Khadija. They lost their 3-year old son in
December of malaria.
May 18 -- Although 80% of the Zerma profess
to be Muslim, their Islamic beliefs have been somewhat
intermingled with animism (belief that non-human objects
have spirits). The Zerma follow the usual Islamic practices
of prayer and fasting. Religious ceremonies and the
rituals are led by marabouts (Islamic leaders who are
knowledgeable in the Koran). However, the Zerma also
take part in various cults, which involve spirit-possession,
spirit worship, and magic. The cults are headed by priests
who have been possessed by evil spirits and are said
to have healing powers. Spirit-cult ceremonies include
the yenendi ("cooling off"), which is held
near the end of the long hot season. It is a time of
music and dancing. During this festival, the spirits
are asked to bring heavy rains and plentiful harvests
for the people.
Pray that through dreams and visions, our Lord Jesus
would reveal Himself to the Zerma people.
19 -- This is finals week for the Jeremy and
Stephanie Ledlow at their high school in Tucson, Arizona.
Pray that they will do well in their studies. Pray also
for them as they make preparation to leave their high
school friends behind.
May 20 -- Pray that Christian broadcasts and
the Jesus film will soon be made available in the Zarma
May 21 -- As Zerma believers place their faith
in Christ, pray that they would have opportunities to
grow in their faith, in their knowledge of God, and
in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.
Pray that older and wiser Christians would be compelled
to disciple younger Christians.
May 22 -- Pray for Rick Leavitt, who
has filled the position of Interim Business Facilitator
in Niamey, Niger. He has to make decisions, including
"If I want to go career, I have to go to seminary.
If I go to seminary, I will probably go to Golden Gate.
But I have no idea how I am going to find a job, a place
to live, a mode of transportation and pay for school.
It is all very overwhelming. But I trust the Father
and know He has a plan and will meet the needs. The
hard part is letting go and allowing Him to do His job."
Pray that God's will for his life will be made clear,
and that all his needs
will be supplied.
May 23 -- Pray for the Zerma who are
sick and lack adequate food, that God would provide
the means for them to get well and have good nutrition.
May 24 -- Visitation, personal evangelism,
and developing relationships with the Zerma are a key
part of leading them to have a personal relationship
with Christ. Pray that our missionaries in Niger will
not grow weary, that they will have a burning passion
every day for the Zerma people. Pray for encouraging
May 25 -- Spend today praying for Faith
and Charity. They spend a great deal of their time in
the "bush" and have little contact with other
Americans. Pray that they will learn to depend on the
Lord in everything they do.
26 -- Please pray for the Bolls as they will
be trying to get some last minute/last day things done
in Ouallam and various other villages in preparation
to leave for a few months stateside assignment. This
will mean that there will be no missionaries in the
Ouallam area until the Cains return hopefully sometime
May 27 -- Many of the Zerma Christians
are ridiculed and mocked, some are denied service from
vendors and sometimes they are kicked out of their homes
or told by their landlords they must leave a house they've
been renting. The Zerma tend to be conformers, and to
stand out, as a Christian most certainly does in a Muslim
society, is more than many Zerma can bear to think about.
Pray that those who are Christians will stand firm.
May 28 -- Although most of the Zerma
are non-literate, there are many Zerma believers learning
to read the Zarma language through literacy classes.
Praise God that they have this desire to read God's
Word for themselves. Pray that they would learn quickly
and that their understanding of Scripture would grow
on a daily basis. Pray that out of these people, God
would raise up gifted teachers and leaders.
May 29 -- The Ledlow family leaves Tucson,
Arizona, today, to begin their journey back to Niger.
Pray for travel mercies and strength for the family.
May 30 -- The Ledlow family arrives
in Niamey, Niger, today. Pray that all paperwork is
in order and that there are no obstacles in their path.
Pray that their home in Niamey is a restful place to
arrive and that the air conditioning works.
31 --Pray for Don and Teresa as they will be
traveling to the US today. Pray for an uneventful trip
and times that the Bolls can share the gospel with others
traveling. Please pray for a good experience in the
States, for safe travels, good visits with friends and
families, for sharing experiences with various churches/groups.
Pray for rest and a time of renewing and refilling as
they fellowship with other Christians.