Timothy 4:5 says,
"But as for you, keep a clear head about everything,
endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill
Monday, March 1 -- The Zerma team has
three requests for short-term missionaries, one request
for a career missionary, and several volunteer requests.
Pray that these would be filled as God sends laborers
into the harvest.
Tuesday, March 2 -- But go and learn what this
means, ‘It is mercy that I desire, not sacrifice’;
for I did not come to appeal to the righteous, but to
sinners.” (Matt 9:13) Tobaski is coming up in
a few days. This is a Muslim holiday in which they kill
sheep in order for their sins from the previous year
to be forgiven. Pray they will learn that animal sacrifice
has no power to save, but only the redeeming sacrifice
of Jesus Christ.
Wed, March 3 -- In February, you prayed
for the Niger pepper project. The day you prayed, Don
Bolls visited a village where it was thought that there
were no seeds, plants or interest to grow them -- for
miles around. To our surprise about 200 plants were
found ready to be transplanted and a new gas engine
powered water pump had just been bought by the chief
for his gardening. The pump and plants are very rare
items in this part of the country. PTL
Thurs, March 4 -- And the prayer of faith will restore
the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up to health..."
(Jms 5:15). Please join us in prayer for Ray Babcock,
who has recently been diagnosed with severe lung cancer.
He is the grandfather of one of the journeymen here.
This is a very hard time for him and his family. Eric,
working with the Taureg here in Niger, will be trying
to deal with this news and the stress of the field all
in one. Please pray for the glory of the Lord to come
and rest upon him and his family. Pray for peace and
guidance as they seek what next steps they need to take.
Fri, March 5 -- Today, many babies
were born across Niger. Today, many Zerma will die,
having lived 50, 60, maybe 80 years and yet never placing
their faith in Christ. Pray that all who are alive today
would have an opportunity to hear and respond to the
gospel before they pass from this world.
Sat, March 6 -- Please pray for Albass,
the 8 year old child that Zongo has been caring for
since his mother died when he was 3 weeks old. Zongo
can no longer see so she can not care for him as she
could - now Albass is trying to learn how to cook, sweep,
carry water etc to care for Zongo. Please pray for them
as Zongo is feeling she should move out - and this leaves
an unsure future for Albass.
Sun, March 7 -- Pray for The Way of Righteousness
radio program as it is being translated and produced
for radio. Pray that the translating of this material
could be finished in the next few months!
Mon, March 8 -- Praise the Lord for a new believer
in the village of Kanda. Two volunteers from Tennessee,
along with Phil and Don were in Kanda to visit and encourage
the believers there. They had been visiting different
villages during the week, doing some mentoring and working
with believers. In the afternoon they asked if anyone
had any questions they'd like to ask and a man who'd
just walked in asked how he could become a Christian!
Phil was glad to begin explaining it but even more pleased
when one of the believers jumped in and ended up leading
him to the Lord. Pray for this man and the other believers
in Kanda, that God would strengthen them and that they
would be bold and courageous in following Him.
Tues, March 9 -- (From Faith) many of you know
of my friend tombokoy. he has challenged my faith and
amazed me in his wisdom since the first day i met him.
this night was no different. i had a group of volunteers
from kentucky come to prayer walk around torodi with
me, but the night before was designated to hear from
a Christian in Torodi, whom you know as Tombokoy. As
we sat there under the stars, listening to the story
of how he gave his life to Christ, I was amazed, as
always, to his humility and strength. He talked of the
persecution he faced with no pride of sacrifice, and
he talked of the hardships of the Christian walk with
confidence in his Lord. but one thing he said struck
out at me... He said, "I do not face true persecution.
Yes, i am cursed and made fun of, and it is hard to
find work, but there are many people in this world who
die for their faith. no, i am not persecuted. nothing
beyond what Christ said we will be if we love the Father.
We are to take up our Cross and follow Him. If we do
that, the world will hate us. In this, my heart rejoices."
How many times have I talked about the hard times i
go through here, the struggles and trials that seems
so grand and "self-sacrificing". Oh, may the
day come when i say, "No, i am not persecuted,
but with this my heart rejoices!!!!" So for the
rest of this month, I have tried to focus on this and
take to heart the lesson God taught me that night. "Rejoice!
And again I say, Rejoice!"
Wed, March 10 -- Thank you so much
for praying for the safe delivery of Salamatou's baby.
She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Thursday, Sept.
19, 2002 8pm. Mother and Baby are doing fine. Please
continue to pray for this family that Salamatou would
soon be able to continue her work in the church and
that some day Bachir would become a Christian.
Thursday, March 11 -- There are approximately
two million Zerma across West Africa. About half the
population is under the age of 15 due to increasing
birthrates and decreasing infant mortality rates. The
Zerma language is called Zarma, and is closely related
to the Songhai dialect. Only about 10% of the Zerma
are literate, most of their communication takes place
orally. The children are educated in schools modeled
after the French system but most communication between
Zerma people, even those who are educated in French,
is done in the Zarma language
Friday, March 12 -- "You know
the persecutions I endured, and how the Lord delivered
me out of them all. 12 And indeed every one who is determined
to live a godly life as a follower of Christ Jesus will
be persecuted. 13 But bad men and impostors will go
on from bad to worse, misleading and being misled. 14
But you must cling to the things which you have learnt
and have been taught to believe, knowing who your teachers
were, 15 and that from infancy you have known the sacred
writings which are able to make you wise to obtain salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. " (2 Tim. 11-15)
Also pray for the Christians during this time. Much
like the time of Ramadan, there will be great persecution
for Christians. Pray that the Lord will keep them strong
and give them perserverence to endure the scorn they
will receive for their faith during this time.
Sat, March 13-- Pray for us, that we
would walk in a manner worthy of our calling--being
salt and light to the world around us. Pray that our
light would so shine that people see Jesus clearly in
Sun, March 14 --Today, claim with us
the promise that God's word shall not return to Him
empty without accomplishing what He desires, and without
succeeding in the manner for which He sent it. (Is.
55:11) Pray that as His word goes forth among the Zerma,
that they would hear, understand, and obey it.
Mon, March 15 -- Have you ever checked
out the website? Learn more about our entire mission
team, the Zerma people, and the country of Niger, by
going to the Zerma Team Web Site: www.byhisgrace.com/zerma
Pray for those in the United States who assist the Zerma
team by volunteering to maintain the website and handle
Tuesday, March 16 -- Please pray for
Charity as she spends this week in Waru. She will continue
building relationships with the women there. Pray during
the next few days that there will be lots of opportunities
for her to share about God with the women through stories.
Pray for open hearts and attentive ears and for understanding
among those who hear. Pray that many stories can be
told just during this one week
Wed, March 17 -- Pray for Stephanie Ledlow
today. She has been sick and her family is still settling
in to the new house.
Thurs, March 18 -- *Please pray for
Ramatou. Charity has started doing Bible stories with
her and it seems that she is open to hearing more about
God. Pray that God would continue to open her heart
and that there would be many opportunities to share
with her with little distractions.
Fri, March 19 -- Pray for Jeremy Ledlow.
He is a junior in high school and praying to find God's
will for his future: college, where, what kind? -- all
those things. He, too, has been ill and lost a lot of
weight. Pray that all of our missionaries will be strengthened
for the task and their health protected.
Sat, March 20 -- We serve a faithful
God with whom all things are possible, and who will
not allow His word to return to him void. Pray that
our missionaries will be led to people today who have
hearts and spirits which have been prepared to hear
the Good News today.
Sun, March 21 -- *Pray for Al-Hasanne,
a Zerma Christian in the heart of Zerma land. He is
a wonderful and strong Christian guy, but is alone in
his beliefs. He often travels to other villages though
by foot to share the Good News with others. Pray for
encouragement from the Lord to stay strong, growing
and joyful and that the Lord would bless him with fruit
from his labor--that other people will become his brothers
and sisters in Christ
Mon, March 22 -- Pray that we would
recognize opportunities to share our faith daily, and
that we would be bold in doing so.
Tues, March 23 -- Then He said to His
disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the reapers
are few; therefore entreat the Owner of the Harvest
to send out reapers into His fields.” (Matt. 9:37)
I recently asked for prayer for more people to come
and work in Niger. Please pray for Mandy, the newest
addition to the Zarma team. she has just arrived here,
and will be doing work here for 3 months. pray her time
here with be effective, but more importantly, that she
will grow in the Lord throught this experience. Pray
for her transition into the African culture.
Wed, March 24 -- Mark and Deanna Ledlow
continue to have computer problems. They have lost their
email addresses, so if you don't hear from them, they
say don't worry. They are settling in to the new house
and are doing well, trying to get ready for the hot
part of the year which is coming soon.
Thurs, March 25 -- Continue to pray
that God would raise up leaders among the Zerma. Pray
that even now He would prepare the hearts of men and
women to serve Him as shepherds among the believers.
Fri, March 26 -- *Pray for Ali and
his family. Though not Christians, his family is being
persecuted for having "white, Christian friends."
Pray that through this, God would turn their strong
Muslim beliefs into strong Christian beliefs and that
one day they will find their strength in Christ alone.
Sat, March 27 -- Pray for the village
of Sisan Tondi--believers in Zontondi have felt led
to share Christ there and have asked Phil to go with
them to begin storying and sharing the gospel. Pray
that God would open their hearts and minds to receive
the truth and pray that the believers from Zontondi
and other villages would be bold in sharing their faith.
Sun, March 28 -- Behold, how good and
how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in
unity! (Ps. 133:1) Pray for unity among the missionaries.
One of Satan's key attacks is to cause dissension among
the body of Christ.
Mon, March 29 -- Not to us, O Lord,
not to us, but to your name be the glory." (Ps.
115:1). Like always, I pray that the Lord gets glory
in the work I do here in Niger. He alone deserves all
praise, and He alone will take the glory. May we see
his glory revealed to us today and everyday until he
Tues, March 30 -- *Please pray for
volunteers to come to Niger to help minister to the
Zerma people. Pray that even as early as this summer,
God would raise up people to come help, pray, and love
the Zerma people in their very own country!
Wed, March 31 -- "Pray with
unceasing prayer and entreaty on every fitting occasion
in the Spirit, and be always on the alert to seize opportunities
for doing so, with unwearied persistence and entreaty
on behalf of all God's people, 19 and ask
on my behalf that words may be given to me so that,
outspoken and fearless, I may make known the truths
(hitherto kept secret) of the Good News."
(Eph. 6 :18-20) Pray for Tombokoy and
me as we continue to share the gospel to the surrounding
villages. pray their hearts and ears would be open to
the great news of freedom.