April 1, 2005 - The Bolls have worked and visited
the village of "M" and have tried to help
in many ways. One day Teresa asked if the village might
want some teaching about Health, Hygiene and God. In
the beginning they were very excited about it. A week
later Teresa was told: "They want you to come and
bring medicine - but NOT GOD!" It is so sad when
there is a definite "NO". Please pray for
those in the village that might have wanted to learn,
but because of someone's decision, will not be able
April 2, 2005 – Pray for “B”
a national believer that he will walk in the light of
God’s presence that he will rejoice in God’s
name all day long. He has recently been pursuing a driving
permit so he can be a taxi driver. When he took his
written test in March he scored the third highest in
his class. Praise God for giving “B” success
in this new endeavor and for “B’s”
determination to see it through to the end.
April 3, 2005 – Pray for Mark and Deanna
Ledlow to have the right words in answering questions
about a relationship with Christ with a local businessman
and his family. This businessman is seeking God and
April 4, 2005 – Thank you for praying
for the Chronological Bible Storying Group that Kimberly
and Cindy are leading. The children remain excited and
they remember the stories from week to week. Pray that
God draws them into a relationship with him and that
their parents will catch their enthusiasm.
April 5, 2005 – Pray that many more believers
will want to participate in the Pepper Project. This
is a good way for them to have an income and all of
the supplies and plants are furnished for them. Pray
that this project will be a model project and that it
would also be a way to open doors and initiate relationships
April 6, 2005 - We have many opportunities
of verbal and non verbal witness with many local workers
as we observe each other in our coming and going of
daily work. Pray that while we interact sometimes for
only moments at a time with these workers that we leave
Christ like impressions.
April 7, 2005 - “Y” a local tailor
has asked Ben for a Zerma Bible. Pray that as he reads
it God will speak to him in a way that “Y”
clearly understands who Jesus is and the gift of salvation.
Pray for Ben to have the right timing and the right
words as he follows up with him.
April 8, 2005 –Thanks for praying for
Kimberly's neighbor Hawa. Pray for Kimberly as she continues
to invest in this relationship, that she would have
opportunities to share Christ with her.
April 9, 2005 – “O” is interested
in restarting the church in KT. He and Ben have begun
to meet weekly to go through the book of Acts. Pray
that God would give him greater passion each day for
seeing the church in KT restarted and that he would
understand his role as a church planter.
April 10, 2005 - As Teresa was explaining about
the classes that would be done in the village of Libo,
and many of the villagers were gathered, it was explained
that there would be teaching about Health, Hygiene,
but most important - about God, where we came from and
things that God wants us to know. Don had been to Libo
several times before and had been talking with some
of the men that indicated that they wanted to follow
Jesus. This day one of the ladies asked: "Can women
learn about God too, because many times it is only for
the men." A true answer to prayer, not only is
there a yearning to learn about God, but the Holy Spirit
is working in the hearts of women as well as the men.
April 11, 2005 - In 2006 the International
Mission Board is emphasizing the peoples of West Africa.
Pray for those that are writing articles and gathering
media resources that they will be able to complete this
task in a timely manner and that the things they produce
will vividly represent the people here and their spiritual
condition so that we can better focus our prayers for
April 12, 2005 – Stephanie Ledlow’s
best friend returns to the states this month and will
not return to Niger. Ask God to comfort Stephanie during
this time of loss and for Him to bring another special
friend into her life.
April 13, 2005 - An old preacher would say
quite often that a person could follow the "Golden
Rule" (of good works) and go straight to hell.
That saying has occurred to me often as we deal with
so many that try so very hard to do good works toward
their friends and neighbors as expressions toward God
seeking forgiveness of their wrongdoings (sin). Pray
for these folks to put those good works together with
an acceptance of a saving knowledge in Christ.
April 14, 2005 – Jason Dunn is a student
at Texas A&M University. He will be coming to Niger
for a month to work with the Sustars. Pray for him as
he finishes up this semester at school, raises funds
for his trip and prepares spiritually. Ask God to give
him perseverance, insight and wisdom.
April 15, 2005
– The Bolls are planning to begin leadership training
classes with the believers in some of the villages they
have been working in. Pray that these believers will
make the time for these classes; that they will invite
other believers from nearby villages and that God’s
Spirit would be felt during this time.
April 16, 2005 – Pray Ephesians 6:10-18
for the Zerma believers. Pray they will be strong in
the Lord and put on the full armor of God each day…
April 17, 2005 - A recent encounter with a
village chief on the subject of Christ and the Koran
ended in a seemly defeat for the struggling missionary
to represent Christ. Sometimes it cuts to the heart
when you wonder if you have said all the "correct"
words and limp away in apparent defeat. Pray for this
chief’s eyes will be opened and for God to soften
his heart to hear the Gospel. Pray for the missionaries
to be able to give share Christ boldly and for their
words will be seasoned with love.
April 18, 2005 – A local pastor “Y”
is working in Niamey and in a few surrounding villages.
He is witnessing to the lost, teaching discipleship
training classes and mentoring young men that want to
be pastors. Pray for him and his family that God will
protect him from evil schemes of those that plot against
him and for those he is witnessing to see that God’s
blessing is on Him. God is working in and through him
in powerful ways.
April 19, 2005 -Pray for Kimberly as she makes
decisions related to homeschool next year such as books
to order, etc. Pray for Caroline (5th grade) and Caleb
(kindergarten) as they are homeschooled, that they would
be attentive and cooperate with Mom.
April 20, 2005 - Many of the kids of Ouallam
continue to come to Kid's Klub on Wednesdays, they can
recite the Bible stories with such clarity. Pray that
they truly understand that God loves each one of them
and that Jesus would be real to them - as a personal
Savior. Pray that what they learn at a young age would
not be rooted out when they become older.
April 21, 2005 - We know that as God's Word
goes forth, it will not return empty without accomplishing
what He desires. Pray that as the Zerma hear His Word
on the radio, in church, at a friend’s house,
or wherever, that the truth would be planted in their
hearts. Pray that God would speak to them and that they
would hear not just with their ears, but with their
April 22, 2005 - Pray for Phil as he gathers
and prepares material in Zerma for radio broadcast.
Pray that he would find the people and resources to
be able to present quality and interesting programming
that the Zerma People will listen to. Pray that all
this could be done in a timely manner.
April 23, 2005 -Pray for the church at Goudel.
They've not been meeting for some time but there is
a good possibility for a fresh start with new leadership.
Pray that as we move towards this goal God would prepare
this leader for His work. Pray that the believers in
the area would be supportive of him and each other.
Pray for this church to be a light to the community.
April 24, 2005 - It is 2 or 3 months before
rains begin and fields are planted. It has been a hard
and hungry time for many people and the situation will
only get worse because of low food reserves due to insufficient
rain and plagues of locust last season. Pray for those
that have been preparing their fields for planting season
that God will give them an abundant harvest this year
and that they will acknowledge that everything comes
April 25, 2005 - Keep praying for the physical
needs of the Zerma. They are many, especially because
of last-year's drought. Pray for those who are hungry,
that food would be provided. Pray for those who are
sick, that they would be healed. Pray for those who
are unemployed, that they would find work. Pray for
missionaries and believers to have wisdom and discernment
in knowing how to minister help to meet these needs.
April 26, 2005 - Pray for the storying group
that Phil has started in Sisan Tondi, that it would
continue and that the men would keep coming. Pray for
Waruize, the Christian man from Zontondi, as he accompanies
Phil and helps tell the stories that he would have a
vision for starting future groups on his own.
April 27, 2005 - Pray that God would reveal
to the Bolls the next village that He wants them to
enter using the mobile classes. We have recently been
ready to go through some apparent "open doors"
only to have them shut.
April 28, 2005 – Pray for the Zerma Team
to realize II Corinthians 10:3-5 “…The weapons
we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the
contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds…”
April 29, 2005 – Pray that Zerma believers
would act on James 1:22 “Do not merely listen
to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
April 30, 2005 - The second "Yes, we want
you to come to the village to teach health and safety.
We want your medicine but you can't share anything religious"
in as many months really got our attention. We have
been told no before but these two in a row put our heads
"reeling". Please pray for these two unique
situations, that we will have wisdom in knowing if we
should pursue these two villages or move on to others.
We feel at least one of these villages will open up
and allow us to work there at a later date.