will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God;
in him will I trust. Psalms 91:2 KJV
July 1 - Ask God to give the Sustars rest and relaxation on their
vacation in the USA. Also pray for the safe arrival of
Jordan (student missionary) – arrives Niger today.
July 2 - Pray for Welcome Clubs for kids as Kimberly will be away
for the summer. Pray that God’s Word would continue
to work on their hearts and lives of the kids.
July 3 - Pray for Caroline and Caleb as they are adjusting
to much different summer than anticipated. Pray for their adjustment
to a longer time in the states as well as adjustment to changes
that will have occurred in Niger in their absence.
July 4 – Today is USA Independence day – Praise
the Lord for our freedom! Also, please pray for our soldiers in
various countries, like Matt Bolls who is still in Iraq for several
July 5 – Pray for Jordan and Stacey as they begin
a quick and intense language study. Pray that during this week
they will be able to get some basic Zerma so they can communicate
better during their time in Niger.
July 6 - Pray for Jordan and Stacey, two student missionaries who
will be working with the Zerma team this summer. Pray for a
quick adjustment to the climate and culture and language of Niger
and pray for God’s guidance in their ministry over the coming
weeks. Pray that God would use them for His glory, to help lead
the lost to saving faith and to help believers grow in their faith.
July 7 - Pray for Caroline as she undergoes surgery on her back
at Swedish Children’s Hospital in Seattle tomorrow
(the 8th). Pray that God will fill her with His peace, that He
would guide the doctors’ hands, and that she would have a
July 8 - Pray for the small group of men meeting weekly
in K-town to study the Bible. They are learning to walk in the
light in a dark place. Pray that God would strengthen their faith
and increase their knowledge of His word.
July 9 - Pray that the Cains would be a positive witness
for Christ with the medical personnel they come in contact with.
July 10 - Continue to pray for those in K-town who have
seen and heard the truth and yet reject Him out of fear and pride.
May God grant them repentance and deliver them out of bondage that
they might be called sons and daughters of God. Pray for the Christian
clinic to continue to be a source of hope in a hopeless place.
July 11 – June 21 the Ouallam area had still had
no rain. Pray that even though the season may have begun late – that
it will continue to rain so the crops (their main income – as
well as their meals for the next year) would be able to come to
July 12 – Praises for Mark and Deanna as they celebrate
30 years of marriage today. May this be a testimony to many Zerma
as the Ledlows work and minister to many. Also pray for the Bolls,
Jordan & Stacey as they travel to Ouallam to do several “projects” in
that area. Pray that when it rains they will be able to get done
what God has for them to do and that they would be sensitive to
July 13 - Ami and her husband continue to have marital problems. Ami
took the kids and went to her family’s home
in the bush. She has now returned to Niamey, although they still
have problems. Ask God to reunite this couple and give them a deep
love for each other and their children.
July 14 – Believe it or not, the age of 61 years
is not considered “old” by many Zerma people. Of course
like many of us it depends on the age of the person doing the considering,
especially the one having those years, in this case Happy Birthday
- Don Bolls!
July 15 – In May you prayed for the Bolls to be
able to go to Naze so Teresa could teach the women. June 4 they
were able to go, the study was awesome, the 7 ladies there were
so ready to study and hear the word. Later the Bolls wanted to
make another visit, but due to the rain in the roads they only
went 65K, instead of the 90K it takes to get to the village. Please
pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the lives of
July 16 - Pray for good rains for the crops this year.
Last year the rains in many areas were not adequate to produce
a good crop. Most of the Zerma rely on a harvest to be able to
July 17 – Pray for wisdom for all of us. Many
times we are required to do things that are out of our comfort
zone as well as natural knowledge. Pray that God would bless as
we seek to serve Him and point many toward the truth. (Examples:
medical advice, financial aid, marital advice, responsibility issues,
Spiritual questions, etc)
July 18 - Oumou had a baby girl 18 June. Ask that God
would continue to provide everything that she needs to raise her
children. Pray that she would have wisdom in teaching them to love
and fear the Lord.
July 19 - Pray for safe travel for the Sustars as they
travel to Niamey on July 19 and 20. Pray for them as they need
to quickly adjust to the time difference, the weather, and the
July 20 – Praise the Lord that the tube well in
Boye was completed in two days – when the water was the lowest – just
before the rains. Pray that this well will be a testimony to the
Lord’s provision – as they water their gardens & trees
for years to come.
July 21 – In May Mark was to go to South Africa
for a conference… but instead he went with Deanna to be with
her family in the loss of Deanna’s father. Please continue
to pray for the Ledlows and the family during this time.
July 22 – Pray for Teresa and Mamou (Adamou’s
Christian wife) as they study. The first lesson it was only Teresa,
Mamou and 5 children. The next study there was 7 women and even
more children. Pray that even during rainy season Teresa will be
able to continue to go to this village which is not far from the
July 23 – Pray for the Zerma team as they meet,
encourage and plan for the ministry for next few months. Also pray
for Ramadan which is to begin sometime in August. Pray that God
will continue to send rain, that Muslims will have visions and
dreams – and will come to know the truth.
July 24 - Ask God to give the FADA guys in the Francophone
neighborhood visions and dreams of Him so that when Ben meets with
them their hearts will be open to the Gospel.
July 25 – We are excited that Stephanie (Ledlow)
and her husband, Scott, were able to respond to the call and the
demand to the much needed work – arriving in Niger in June.
Pray for the work and the ministry. Praises that they are able
to stay with their folks, Mark & Deanna.
July 26 – As the Bolls traveled to a village in
June, the wind blew the sand back into the roads so fast that when
they had to turn around, they could not see their tracks. Before
they made it back to the main road, they had to use the GPS totally
to even find the road! Thank you for praying for us and our safety,
whether we travel or walk to places to minister.
July 27 – Judy Garner, a member of Sandersville
Baptist that is partnering with the Zerma team and has been to
Niger several times, had surgery a few months ago. Please pray
for Judy and Billy as she is still in the hospital.
July 28 - Ami and her husband are planning to move to Goudel
when she returns from the bush. Pray that the Kid’s
Club in Bobiel can still continue and that many hearts will open
and receptive to the Gospel.
July 29 – Today is Karis’ 7th birthday.
Praise God for her love of life and willingness to tackle any problem
head on. -Pray she will continue to develop self-control and be
quick to obey.
July 30 - We’ve had several “seekers” attending
some of our storying groups—people who are interested in
the teaching of God’s word but are not ready to accept Christ
as Savior. Pray that God would convict them of their sins and help
them see their need for a Savior. Pray that they would come to
know God’s grace in a personal way. For those who have questions—pray
that their questions will be answered.
July 31 - Please pray for Kanesa and Brandy as they
spend their last month in Texas before going separate ways. Ask
that God would use the remainder of their time with their co-workers
to be a light for the Gospel and that many spiritual conversations
would spring forth. Pray that God would bring forth the harvest
at the restaurant where they have been working.
Thank you so
much from the Zerma Team – Phil, Kimberly,
Ben, Cindy, Mark, Deanna, Don & Teresa