July 1 -- We requested
prayer for Zongo who has been blind for about a year.
Finally in May she was able to have the operation and
have plenty of recovery time. Pray that she will be
able to do the work she wants and needs to do and that
she will "see" the work of the Lord through
what she has been through this past year.
Friday, July 2 -- "You have done
all the evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but
serve the Lord with all your heart." (1Sam. 12:20).
Pray for the Zerma people that although they are wicked
and evil (as we all are), they will still receive the
mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, turn from their ways,
and serve the Lord with all their heart.
Saturday, July 3 -- Please hang with
us on prayer for the Pepper project. It still has great
potential to help increase an average income of less
than $300 a year as well as open new doors of ministry.
Sunday, July 4 -- (July 4th) Happy
Independence Day! As you celebrate the freedoms enjoyed
in America, remember those who are not so fortunate.
We are grateful that Niger is a country that has religious
freedom; pray that the Zerma would exercise that freedom
and not be afraid what of what others think.
Monday, July 5 -- The demands of ministry
and daily living can often be spiritually draining.
Pray that each of us would be committed to walking with
the Lord on a daily basis, spending time in the Word
and in prayer. Pray that God would fill us with His
Holy Spirit enabling us to do more than we can think,
ask or even desire. Ephesians 3:20
Tuesday, July 6 -- From the Ledlows.."let
us fill you in on our lives a little since our return
to the field: It began last May as we exited the plane
on the hot dry ground of Niger. Not sure of what our
expectations were, just that we were "home".
We hit the pavement...OK, DIRT... running! We began
the process of completing the construction of our new
home which was finished last December. We moved in,
and are now settled...and now the house is showing settling
signs as well. Anywhere a seam is, there "seems"
to be a crack! (Just the way the building is done here)
Wednesday, July 7 -- "So then,
just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue
to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened
in the faith as you were taught, and over flowing with
thankfulness." (Col. 2:6) Pray for the existing
Christians in the villages. Out of 2.8 million Zerma
people, only 180 are recorded to be Christians. It is
VERY difficult to remain strong in the faith without
much teaching or encouragement from other believers.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would teach them and give
them perseverance, that they may continue on in the
faith. Pray also that they would be zealous in sharing
their faith with others so that the number of believers
may increase, to the glory of God.
Thursday, July 8 -- Please pray for
rain. Niamey has been "blessed" with several
rains since April (early!) But Ouallam and Torodi have
not received enough rain to plant as of June. Please
pray that the rains come and the people will be able
to plant, cultivate and harvest. Pray also for the gospel
seeds that are being planted, that the words they have
heard would grow to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Friday, July 9 -- Mark Ledlow is involved
in his office work and all the construction projects
we have going on. He reports, "Our mission property
is a nine acre parcel, which slopes at a drop of about
80 feet from top to bottom. You now realize the extent
of which drainage is a major problem during our rain
season." And Deanna continues, "Mark truly
is in his element here with his construction background.
We certainly don't question God as to our calling here.
In addition to all the construction projects, Mark also
runs the office for all the missionaries. You all need
to know how excited we are that the Niger field is growing.
We now have three new families that will be working
here in Niger, which means Mark has three houses to
construct or get ready. Full plate, but doing well."
Saturday, July 10 -- "This is
my command: Love one another." Faith has just finished
with a conference that opened her eyes to just how much
Satan attacks the saints by causing dissension among
the brothers/sisters. Pray that they will be FILLED
with the love of the Lord, for not only the lost, but
more so for one another. He said, "As I have loved
you, you must love one another. By this all men will
know that you are my disciples." (Jn 13:34,35).
May we begin to truly love one another, showing the
world the love of the Father and Son. May we be united
one in Spirit, as we are One Body.
Sunday, July 11 -- Pray for a Muslim
friend, as he reads the Bible and compares it with the
Quran. Pray that God would open the eyes of his heart
and lead him to conviction and understanding of the
truth of scripture and the claims of Christianity. Pray
for his salvation and that of his family.
Monday, July 12 -- Through the mobile
center ministry the Bolls have been able to minister
in 3 villages and about 300 people have heard the gospel
during the span of about 2 months. Pray for these people.
It is amazing to see how God is answering prayers -
the way He is molding and changing the presentations.
Thank you for the prayers.
Tuesday, July 13 -- We are giving thanks and
praise that God has led a new family to join our
team. Pray for Ben and Cindy Sustar, and their children
Rachel, Christin, and Karis as they prepare to join
us in August. Pray for their health and well-being and
for the difficult process of packing bags and saying
goodbye to family and friends. Ben and Cindy will be
serving as church planters in Niamey.
Wednesday, July 14 -- BIRTHDAYS...Jeremy
Ledlow just turned 18 on June 10th and Stephanie turned
16 in May. Jeremy will be a senior next year and Stephanie
will be a Junior. They could both use your prayers.
Both are struggling with friendships, or lack of, and
just the fact that Niger has nothing to offer teens.
Both have had moments of wanting to leave and go to
school in the states. Please make this a matter of top
prayer priority. Missionary kids don't have of variety
of friends to choose from, so they get put with kids
that they normally would not be chummy with in normal
circumstances. This is hard to explain, but put yourself
in a position of maybe your place of employment...if
those were the only people you could choose from for
friends, would you choose them?
Thursday, July 15 -- Deanna Ledlow has been
busy with running the guesthouse and the household.
She says have an never-ending revolving door with groups
of teens. But, "We love it though! Soon, OH TOO
SOON, they will be out of the house and we will be EMPTY
NESTERS! OK, I'm teary eyed!"
Friday, July 16 -- The Ledlows will
be traveling beginning on June 18th for a Spiritual
Retreat and ending with a few weeks of Vacation. They
will be traveling by car on June 18, June 23 & 24
and then again on July 16 & 17. They could use prayer
on those specific dates due to bad roads, banditry and
other West African specialties. They are going to So.
Africa to have an MRI done, for a chronic knee problem
Jeremy has been suffering with for several months. It
should be a nice break for all of them. Deanna says,
"We hear they have normal malls, which Steph and
I will enjoy and they even have movie theatres!"
Saturday, July 17 -- As the mobile
center changes villages every month or so, so does the
manner of presentation. Please pray for the village
of Guesse, this village already had 50 young girls that
have not been able to attend school, (there is only
one school in the village and they need more) so the
chief of the village is making sure that the young girls
are learning how to read, write and some technical skills.
The Bolls were able to join them the day they were making
insecticide (to sell) and will be helping them to learn
how to make soap. This will also evolve into the "classes";
health, hygiene and Bible! Please pray for the changes,
as well as the "changes" that hopefully will
take place in the lives of these young ladies.
Sunday, July 18 -- HEALTH...Deanna
Ledlow writes, "For some reason I feel that this
term has been full of sickness because of my lack of
interaction with all of our prayer warriors. We have
all struggled with one thing or another. Currently,
Mark and I are trying to identify some bug we both have
had for about two weeks. I have also had some pain in
my back that just won't let up. I am having non-stop
nausea and just getting discouraged. Stephanie was sick
for a few months straight with this-or-that. Jeremy
for the most part it healthy as a horse, of course he
eats as much as one, so he should be a strong as one.
Just kidding! As most of you know, having teenagers
in the house requires lot's of food. They are like vacuums"
Monday, July 19 -- We are well into
the main growing season, (June, July, Aug.) when most
food is grown to last until the next year. Pray for
the farmers as they are now cultivating their fields,
hoping for adequate rain and a good harvest. Pray that
they would strength and endurance to get them through
the long, hot, days and that God would provide for their
physical needs as last year's crops are beginning to
Tuesday, July 20 -- And will not God
bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out
to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly."
(Luke 18:6-8. referring to the persistent widow/judge)
Last month, I asked you to pray for the young girl,
Hawa, in relation to her abusive husband and family.
As of now, her father has been raising the money to
pay back the bride price and they have stopped beating
her. Also, her husband has ceased to demand her back.
So she has been living safely in her village and simply
waiting for all the money to be raised. I have not seen
her since the day they came and took her away, but I
have heard news that she is well and happy. Praise God
for His mercy on her life! Although He has heard our
prayers and answered them greatly, please continue to
pray for the situation until it is completely reconciled,
giving God no rest until we get justice.
Wednesday, July 21 -- The Bolls would
like to share the news of their newest granddaughter
- Sydney Annabelle Noeleni Bolls, daughter of their
son, Matthew and wife Christie. Thank you so much for
your prayers. Mom, Dad and Baby are all doing great!
She was born 17 May following a C-section.
Thursday, July 22 -- "There will
always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command
you to be openhanded towards your brothers and towards
the poor and needy in your land." Deut. 15:11 Pray
for the Zerma people, who are struggling to grow enough
food at this time of year to be able to put some away
for the non-growing season. It is a problem every year,
and many people end up going hungry for a portion of
Friday, July 23 -- Since the day we
heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you
and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his
will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy
of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing
fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of
God, being strengthened with all power according to
his glorious might so that you may have great endurance
and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father."
(Col. 1:9-12) Many of you have followed Faith's journey
since day one, and some even before that. She writes,
"I thank each of you for your faithfulness to pray
for me, and it has made all the difference. I have 6
more months until I am finished with my job here in
Africa. Please continue to lift me up, that I might
be faithful to my Savior and continue on in the work
that He has given me. Pray that I will be found worthy
of His calling, and that I might continue to grow in
the knowledge of Him who is my treasure. Thank you all
so much for your prayers."
Saturday, July 24 -- Again, from the
Ledlows: Matter of prayer..."We are just going
through a bit of discouragement. That is why you don't
hear from us more often. Our ministry here is so different
than that of others who interact daily with the local
people. Our jobs are different because they are jobs
of facilitation and we work mostly with missionaries.
Even though we know our jobs free up others to spread
the gospel, we still find it hard." This has been
a struggle for Mark and Deanna this past year. She continues,
"After our move, I lost my neighbor, Ayssa. I still
see her, I just don't see her everyday. We always want
to write but feel our newsletter is not one of "Missionary
newsy-news". We still need prayer though!!"
Sunday, July 25 -- From the Ledlows:
Please pray for our whole family in the various things
mentioned above and I know God will heal our bodies
and our hearts. Thank you all for your continued prayer
support and financial support through the Cooperative
program and Lottie Moon.
Monday, July 26 -- Just as one seed
planted in the ground can yield a stalk of millet with
hundreds more seeds, pray that the seeds of the gospel
planted in the lives of the Zerma would multiply itself
a hundredfold. Pray for churches that would reproduce,
and believers who have a passion and vision for reaching
Tuesday, July 27 -- Not to us, O Lord,
not to us, but to your name be the glory." Many
people want to put "missionaries" on a pedestal,
thinking that they must be mighty, strong warriors for
the kingdom. This is a MYTH!!! We are weakest of all
people. We struggle some days just to walk out the door,
and some just to get out of bed (not because we are
sleepy- we just hate the world!!! :) ) But whatever
are struggles are, however weak we are, one thing is
true: God is faithful; God is strong; God is good, and
He gives us the grace to keep on. All glory goes to
Him. He is our life, our strength, our joy, and our
SALVATION!!! Glory to him forever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday, July 28 -- 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
Thursday, July 29 -- Please pray for
the village of Bugar - possibly one of the next villages
that the mobile center will minister. Pray that their
hearts would become prepared to hear the news of Jesus
and would respond positively - accepting Christ in their
lives. This village will be different as there is one
Christian there and some Seekers.
Friday, July 30 -- Pray for the new
members of the Zerma team, Ben and Cindy Sustar. They
have three young children and will be on the field next
Saturday, July 31 -- We firmly believe that
God is working in the hearts of Zerma across Niger.
Pray that God would continue to draw Zerma men, women,
and children draw to himself and that he would lead
believers to those who are responsive.
" I will praise you, O Lord, with all my
heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad
and rejoice in you: I will sing praise to your name,
O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2