Feb 1, 2004 --
Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of the Bolls -
and the way that the Lord affirmed their return to Niger
in a special way, with the cancelled flight to Atlanta
redirected to Cincinnati providing a fellow missionary
with the IMB to minister to them, encourage them by
talking and through the talking both felt that "call"
to return to Niger working with the Zerma. It was special
to have many Zerma friends come by welcoming them home
- again affirming their "call". Thanks to
the many of you that prayed for safe travels and a peace
about returning. God waited till they got to Cincinnati,
but He called them back!
Monday, Feb 2, 2004 -- This will be
another month of transitions for the Zerma team; Rick
(Leavitt) will be leaving our team and the Bolls are
back. Pray for decisions that need to be made concerning
the strategy of reaching the Zerma people - that they
would hear the Good News, that Jesus loves each one
of them and died for them, and that it would be real
and personal to each one.
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2004 -- Please pray
for Charity's friend in Goudel, named Ramatou. She has
shown interest in hearing Bible stories...Praise God!
Pray that she will understand them well and Charity
will be effective in communicating them to her.
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2004 -- Pray for
Zorkaleeri, a child in Waru. His legs have many small
sores on them from an undetermined illness.
Thursday, Feb 5, 2004 -- One of the
privileges we have as Christians is to know Jesus as
a friend. Abraham was called the "friend of God."
Yet many Muslims view their relationship with God as
that of a slave to a master. Pray that the Zerma would
come to know Jesus as their true friend--one who is
always there, always available, always listening, never
rejecting those who follow him.
Friday, Feb 6, 2004 -- Please pray
for Tombokoy (Faith's night guard and a Fulani Christian)
as he goes and shares the gospel with more than 7 villages.
Pray he will know the words to say when the time comes.
Saturday, Feb 7, 2004 -- In human terms,
the hope of seeing hundreds of churches established
among the Zerma seems pretty impossible. Yet God's desire
is for the Zerma, and every other people group, to worship
and bring glory to Him. Pray that as God accomplishes
his purposes, we would be faithful to the task he's
given us in evangelism, discipling, planting churches,
Sunday, Feb 8, 2004 --pray for the
Zarma people around the Torodi area. there is currently
only 2 Zarma Christians there. The harvest is plenty
but the workers are few.
Monday, Feb 9, 2004 -- Please pray
for the pepper project. Don, James and Ibro are trying
to schedule calendars so that James can come to Niger
to continue to work on the logistics of the peppers.
Pray for a safe flight and productive meetings.
Tuesday, Feb 10, 2004 -- Charity and
her family were able to distribute around 140 blankets
that her church sent in the village of Waru during her
family's visit! People were so excited and constantly
letting us know how grateful they were! Pray that people's
hearts were touched and that in upcoming visits, people
would ask the reason for this kindness. This would allow
a chance to share the basis for our love!
Wednesday,Feb 11, 2004 -- We are called
to be persistent in our prayers, so persist with us
as we pray that those who have heard the gospel through
witness, radio, audio cassettes, the Jesus film, etc
will invite Jesus into their hearts as Savior and Lord.
Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 -- Pray for Moussa who
is doing all the translating for the radio lessons.
He stays busy helping with office work and translates
during free moments. Pray that he will have time to
continue at a steady pace so that the lessons can be
put on cassettes quickly for many to hear!
Friday, Feb 13, 2004 -- Please pray
for the many decisions that Don and Teresa will have
make concerning what villages God wants them to minister
to this next term. Pray that the Bolls will be sensitive
to the leading of the Holy Spirit and go where He wants
them to go.
Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 -- We don't
have to remind you that there are many in Niger who
will go to bed hungry tonight. Pray that God would provide
for the physical needs of the Zerma--especially the
nutritional needs of the children.
Feb 15, 2004 -- Pray for all of those involved
in getting the radio lessons called "The Way of
Righteousness" translated, typed, corrected, tested
and produced. Several people are working together, including
other missionary organizations.
Monday, Feb 16, 2004 -- Pray for volunteer
teams that will be coming:one in June and one in
August. Pray that all goes well as they prepare to come
here and serve the Lord.
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 -- Pray for Mark
and Deanna Ledlow as they continue settling into the
new house. Pray that Deanna will be encouraged by friends
and neighbors, and that the Bible study times will be
blessed by God. "Still other seed fell on good
soil. It came up, grew, and produced a crop, multiplying
thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times." Mark
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 -- Faith has
begun to go to surrounding villages. Pray that the Lord
has already started to soften the hearts of the people
as they hear the gospel for the first time.
Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 -- This is the time
of year when many young Zerma men travel to other countries
looking for work. Pray that even far from home, they
will encounter true believers who could point them toward
Friday, Feb 20, 2004 -- This is harmatan season
- this means the dust blocks the sun. Therefore, it
is cooler, but it is very dusty. Many people get sick
during this season - either from the dust or the cooler
weather. Pray for those that are sick, that the Lord
will bring healing and show Himself to them in a very
Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 -- Continue
to pray for Ibro and Rachida. Among his peers, Ibro
is often the sole Christian and the pressure to conform
is always lurking about. Picture Ibro at a meeting with
30 other men. The Muslim call to prayer begins and all
30 men file out, leaving Ibro sitting alone. Nobody
says anything out loud, but the disapproval or disdain
is obvious. Pray for Ibro and Rachida's faith to be
strengthened daily, pray for Christian friends and peers
who could be an encouragement and support for them.
Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 -- Pray that the Zerma
would come to know Jesus as one who is real and one
who can meet their deepest needs--the one who heals,
the one who provides, the one who gives hope, the one
Monday, Feb 23, 2004 -- "Yet the news
about (Jesus Christ) spread all the more, so that crowds
of people came to hear him and to be healed of their
sickness." Luke 5:15 Pray the people of Niger will
be so overwhelmed with the awesomeness of God that they
tell their friends and neighbors about what He has done.
Pray for Him to reveal Himself in supernatural ways.
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 -- Pray for the
Christians in Torodi. More and more people are coming
to the Lord. Pray that they will stand strong in the
face of persecution. Pray that they will understand
the scripture in Matthew. 6:25.."Therefore I tell
you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat
or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is
not life more important than food, and the body more
important than clothes?"
Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 Please pray
for the many that are in the midst of dry garden season
-- which is cold season here. Many are hand watering
their gardens then have to walk many miles to bring
their produce to the market. It is cold here (60-85F.)
and they get wet pulling the water out of the wells
and walking with it in a bucket, either on their heads
or two buckets looped over a long stick. Many get colds
or worse. Please pray for their health and praise the
Lord that they have some income during this time of
Thursday, Feb 26, 2004 -- Pray today
for all our missionaries in Niger. They struggle to
fulfill many duties and have things in their way we
can only imagine: government red tape, visiting mission
teams, planting churches, hungry neighbors, training
the Zerma Christians, attempting to feed their own families
with unfamiliar ingredients, hygiene concerns.
Friday, Feb 27, 2004 -- Pray that new
believers would learn to depend on God for their needs--the
physical as well as the spiritual. Pray they would come
to know that our God "can supply all our needs
through His riches in Christ Jesus."
Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 -- Pray for the Zerma
team and Zerma people while cooking, serving, and eating!
Invite someone over tonight to share in your Nigerian
meal. Your family will receive a blessing.
1 diced onion
1/2 tsp. curry
1/2 tsp. thyme
2-3 bouillon cubes
Meat: chicken, goat, sheep, beef, or turkey depending
Boil in water until meat is tender (it's quite tough
in Niger). While the meat is boiling, prepare the sauce:
Sauté one diced onion in 1/2 cup oil.
Add diced tomatoes and more onions
Small can of tomato paste
and stock from the meat
Add some more curry, thyme, and bouillon cubes.
In frying pan, fry the meat which has been boiled and
then add meat to the sauce; cook for a few minutes.
Serve over rice, noodles, macaroni, or couscous.
Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004 -- "Let the morning
bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put
my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to
you I lift up my soul." Psalm 143:8 Pray the Ledlows
will be encouraged every sunrise, and that the Lord
will direct their paths as they trust Him every day.