September 1 --
Praise God for the safe arrival of Ben and Cindy Sustar
and their children Rachel, Christin, and Karis on Aug.
13th. Pray for them as they get settled in Niamey, that
they would quickly adjust to a new climate, culture,
Thursday, September 2 -- Charity asks for prayer
as the end of her term draws near. Her time in Niger
will conclude at the end of October. Please pray for
her last months in Niger and that God will show her
how to use her time wisely. Pray for the plans that
need to be made for returning home and that God will
direct and lead.
Friday, September 3 -- On or about
September 2 the Bolls will return to Bougar to set up
regular times for the Mobile center to come with the
classes. Pray that a time can be set up and that the
people will be able to come and understand the health,
hygiene, safety classes as well as the Bible classes
that are taught. In July during the meeting with this
village the people asked if we would be able to do classes
at night. Pray that this will be possible; we will be
using lanterns and don't know how well they will be
able to see the pictures on the charts. This is also
the first time we will be teaching the entire village
- all the men as well as the women were at the first
village wide meeting.
Saturday, September 4 -- Several important
meetings were held August in Niger concerning the Niger
Pepper Project. Pray for positive results of these meetings
and that the project would surge ahead in meeting objectives.
Primary is that more food will be put on tables and
spread of the Gospel will take place as a results of
this local income generating project.
Sunday, September 5 -- Pray for Kara, a volunteer
who will be arriving Sept. 5th and spending 10 weeks
with the Zerma team. Pray also for Troy, who will be
arriving Sept. 13th for two weeks. Both Kara and Troy
are answering a request for a journalist to write about
the Zerma. They will be writing stories and articles
about who the Zerma are, their spiritual needs, our
various ministries, etc. The end result will be increased
awareness and prayer support for the Zerma people and
hopefully a number of churches and groups who will feel
led to "adopt" the Zerma people and thus be
more involved in helping them come to know the Savior.
Pray for Kara and Troy as they prepare to come and for
their health and well-being while they are here. Pray
that God would give them direction and discernment about
what to write and how to say it.
Monday, September 6 -- During July,
Charity and her sister Emily were able to share many
Bible stories with the women and children in Waru. The
children learned many Christian songs and now go around
the village singing songs like "I have decided
to follow Jesus" in Zarma. Pray that these seeds
would continue to grow and that the Lord would cause
their hearts to begin to understand the words they are
singing and that others would hear the words too and
wonder the meaning.
Tuesday, September 7 -- The first week
after the Ledlows return from their vacation, their
friend Ayssa's house burned down. Her oldest daughter
had fallen asleep alone in the hut while the others
were asleep outside. Ayssa awoke to her blanket burning
her leg and ran to the door calling her daughter to
wake-up. The daughter narrowly escaped just before the
house collapsed, loosing everything. You know the first
thing she asked the Ledlows to replace was her Bible!!
She is doing fine and everyone is giving God the credit
for keeping people from getting hurt or killed.
Wednesday, September 8 -- Pray for
the three Sustar girls 3 girls to embrace the Zerma
culture and people and make smooth adjustments.
Thursday, September 9 --Pray for Caroline
and Caleb Cain as they begin a new homeschool year.
Caroline is in 5th grade and Caleb is starting kindergarten.
Pray for Kimberly as she teaches and prepares lesson
Friday, September 10 -- Please pray
for the women in Goudel. There are 4 women (all named
Ramatou!) that have either heard or are interested in
hearing Bible stories. Pray that their hearts would
continue to soften and be open to God's Word. Pray that
they will desire to hear and that the words will pierce
their hearts and give them hope.
Saturday, September 11 -- Boubacar, a prison
Bible study leader, has been sick. Pray for his recovery.
It was exciting to see another Christian, Maurice, step
in at a recent meeting and take some leadership.
Sunday, September 12 -- Don Bolls gave out
several pounds of improved fast maturing pea and millet
seed just before planting season to several different
farmers. By the time you read this most all the seeds
will have been planted and growing. There may very well
be needed more than anticipated as some areas are in
a deficit rainfall situation. Pray that good things
will come from this small effort to help some very poor
people have more to eat.
Monday, September 13 -- Pray for the Sustars
as they settle in to their new home in Niger.
Tuesday, September 14 -- Recently, Mark Ledlow
called Deanna to the office to take care of a sick child's
prescription and when Deanna arrived, she found this
young mother with a four month old baby. The baby seemed
to be very sick and lethargic. The medicine was treatment
for Malaria and an antibiotic. When Deanna dropped them
off at their home, she saw the condition of their hut
and knew that more help was called for. Deanna returned
to her home and picked-up a bag of millet and also some
formula and a bottle for easier feeding. The next day
the baby died. Please pray for this young mother and
her mother as they are both hurting.
Wednesday, September 15 -- Pray for all the
Zerma that will hear the gospel today: whether by radio,
audio cassette, the Jesus film, personal witness, tracts,
etc. Pray that they would understand it and that God
would draw them to Himself.
Thursday, September 16 -- Pray that
God will bring Zerma persons of peace who are ready
to accept Christ as their personal savior into the lives
of the new missionaries, Ben and Cindy Sustar.
Friday, September 17 -- If you remember a few
months ago Zongo received her eyesight again, after
being blind for over one year. She had a successful
cataract operation, had to stay in Niamey for 5 weeks
for the healing process, but is now back in Ouallam.
She has been a regular at church lately, and has even
given offering when the "basket" was passed!
Zongo and Albass have been sweeping the church before
every meeting, both on Sundays and Wednesdays. Zongo
gives God -- and Jesus the praises! Please praise the
Lord with us and her.
Saturday, September 18 -- Kimberly, Caroline
and Caleb will be traveling back from Ouagadougou, Burkina
Faso, today after spending three weeks with other homeschoolers
in a classroom setting. Pray for their safety on the
road; the trip usually takes about 7 hours.
Sunday, September 19 -- Pray for Mark Ledlow.
He has been feeling some shooting pains and numbness
down his right arm. The Ledlows had contact with a neurologist
that was in Niger for a few weeks as a volunteer and
he indicated that Mark does not have any neurological
problems, (no comment) but that he thought it was an
inflamed C-5 disc which directs the functions of that
right thumb and index finger. For the past few days
Mark has had non-stop numbness in his thumb. The Ledlows
could sure use prayer for this situation as his next
step would be to return to So. Africa for an MRI. Mark
would go for a good Chiropractor. Deanna says, "I
think these roads have taken its toll on both of our
Monday, September 20 -- Because they are few
in number, many Zerma believers feel isolated--they
may be the only Christian in their village or neighborhood.
Pray that God would raise up other believers or send
fellow Christians to encourage and support their brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Tuesday, September 21 -- The "Camel Method"
is a unique way of using a particular passage from the
Koran to open the door with a Muslim so that the good
news of salvation in Jesus can be shared. It is designed
to find that "man of peace" (Luke 10:6) that
we continually search out. Pray as we attempt to use
this method. Our purpose is to find those who want to
know more about Jesus (Isa) so that we can take them
to the Bible and show them the full truth about Him.
Wednesday, September 22 -- Pray that as people
leave, others would come to continue the work. As some
have planted, pray that others will come to continue
planting and to water the seeds. May God continue His
work and may others be willing to be a part of what
He is doing among the Zerma people and in Niger. So
many have yet to hear of His Good News.
Thursday, September 23 -- As the millet harvest
nears, pray that God would provide adequate rain for
a good crop. Pray also that God would send forth laborers
into the spiritual harvest--He is in the process of
preparing hearts to receive the Gospel, now we need
believers to go among the lost and share the Good News.
Friday, September 24 -- During rainy
season the Mobile Center is taking on a new role. Rains
have been slight in the Ouallam area, but enough to
change the lives of the villagers. With the beginning
rains the entire family goes out to plant. The second
rain the women go out to prepare the plots for their
beans, okra and peanuts. This takes several weeks, so
during the times that Teresa has been unable to teach
in the villages she is preparing several books. We now
have books on Tuberculosis, Malaria, AIDS, Care for
sores, Diarrhea, Noah and Joseph and Elijah, and have
plans for more. Pray that Teresa would be able to complete
the necessary booklets - and that they would be usable
and understood well by the villagers.
Saturday, September 25 -- Mark and Deanna would
both like to begin regular Bible study times. Pray for
the time and energy to be found so they can fulfill
their hearts' desire to share the gospel on a more regular
basis with the lost in Niger. Deanna writes, "Facilitating
is necessary but planting is much more.....hard work
yes, but worth every breath!! Kay Arthur writes..Our
time is short - shorter then we think. And we can't
take anything with us when this life is over - EXCEPT
the souls we have invested in.
Sunday, September 26 -- "So the churches
were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers."
Acts 16:5 Pray for the struggling churches in Niger
and those local leaders who need their faith strengthened
each day. Pray that Jesus will be real to them in everything
Monday, September 27 -- Pray for our
Zerma team as they plan and strategize while realizing
"we do well to stop often and ask ourselves 'how
many Zerma have heard the gospel today?' Visitation,
personal evangelism, and developing relationships with
the Zerma are a key part of leading them to have a personal
relationship with Christ. The great majority of Zerma
are truly lost, and confronting them with the Good News
has proven to be a great challenge. Yet we serve a faithful
God with whom all things are possible, and who will
not allow His word to return to him void."
Tuesday, September 28 -- Praise the
Lord for the way he continues to work out the scheduling
for the Mobile center. Rains did not allow the Bolls
to complete the classes at Guessé, but God provided
a way for the Bolls to go to Bougar for the first meeting
about the possibility of the Center bringing classes
to the villagers of Bougar. The first meeting was very
interesting. We had only the first name of a man who
is a Christian from this village. We did not think it
wise to bring attention on him so were not going to
just go to the village and ask for the Christian whose
name is Seyni. When we arrived at the village there
was a woman and another man who were there and they
took us to the village chief's compound. We had a really
good meeting with the Chief, he asked us to return the
next week to meet with the villagers to see if they
would be interested in classes. As we were leaving the
man, whose name is Seyni, was able to talk a few minutes
with Don. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness - He
has the Perfect Plan, pray that we will all be willing
to be in His will.
Wednesday, September 29 -- Jeremy and
Stephanie Ledlow: Both doing great. Jeremy has tentative
plans (for next year) to attend York Technical school
in So. Carolina with some Christian friends from here.
Stephanie's boyfriend graduated and is now attending
college in Texas and staying in touch by phone. She
is doing well and has asked that we pray with her about
a decision to attend Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in
Tucson for her senior year next year. Jeremy, the outgoing
one, is the social butterfly and Stephanie is playing
it safe in all areas of her life. Both are growing spiritually
and are trying to focus this year on being leaders in
this manner. Please pray as friendships, new and old,
are accomplished and they both seek Christ's guidance.
Thursday, September 30 -- Pray that Don and
Teresa will be able to return to some of the first villages
that the Mobile Center had classes and do a type of
follow-up. Pray that some of the "Seeds" that
were planted about a wonderful Savior will have grown
and will be ready to accept the truth.
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