Give Thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Thank you for
your faithful prayers! This month’s prayer
letter is full of answered prayers! Be encouraged and praise the
Lord for his faithfulness!
1 Praise the Lord that the henna groups have gotten off to a good
start and 4 different groups of ladies (over 25 people!)
have heard the Creation story. Pray for April and Rebekah as they
share these stories with the women in “D” town.
2 Pray for a kids camp that April and Rebekah will be
teaching at September 17-21. They are planning for 100 or more
children to attend. Pray for April and Rebekah as they are planning
and preparing for this camp.
3 Pray for us and our missionary colleagues as we will
be participating in a conference for the next three days in the
capital city. Pray that the training will be beneficial and useful
for our daily lives here.
4 Thank you for praying for Scott and Stephanie, Mark and Deanna’s son-in-law and daughter. Scott is recovered
from his bad case of pneumonia. Stephanie’s pregnancy continues
to progress well. Pray for a safe and healthy delivery. Her due
date is the first week of October.
5 Pray for the Sustar family as they are on “stateside
assignment” this next year. Pray for them as they travel
and connect with churches that they would be able to recruit many
prayer supporters and advocates for their ministry in Niamey. Pray
that God would strengthen them and refresh them and renew their
vision for urban ministry.
6 Pray for pastor “A” and his wife “H” as
they faithfully serve their small church in Niamey. Pray that God
would bless them and use them to accomplish great things for His
7 Thank you for praying for Kimberly as she teaches
the 6th grade Bible class at Sahel Academy. The school year has
gotten off to a great start and has been a very positive experience.
8 Pray for Rebekah, April, Phil and Kimberly to have
wisdom in knowing how to best use their time.
9 Pray for Jeremy Ledlow. He will be having surgery on
his foot in about a week. Pray for the surgery to result in complete
healing. Pray for his recovery time which will take 6-7 months.
Pray for patience and endurance for his time of healing as he
is a husband and father of three.
10 Thank you for your prayers for rain—we had
lots of rain during the month of August and the crops seem to be
growing well. September marks the end of the rainy season. Pray
that there will be sufficient rains this month that will result
in a good harvest.
11 Pray that the connections that were made between
Highway Baptist Church (Mesa, Arizona), the Ledlows, and the Zerma
will continue to grow and strengthen. Pray for the church as they
will be sending another team next summer.
12 Happy Birthday to Landon Rendel, Mark and Deanna’s
grandson! He is two years old today. Pray for him to continue to
grow in knowledge and favor with God and man. Pray for his adjustment
to becoming a big brother in a few weeks.
13 Pray that Zerma team would be disciplined in their
memorization of scripture, that we may hide it in our hearts so
that in times of need, it will come flowing out.
14 Thanks for your prayers for Ledlows as they traveled
to South Africa last month, long meetings and lengthy discussions
led to some productive conversations.
15 Please pray for relationships and connections to be established
with the villages surrounding “D” town
for April and Rebekah.
16 Thank you for all the prayers for Caroline as she traveled back
to the states last month. God answered in a big way!
A guard allowed Phil to accompany her inside the Niamey airport,
which isn’t usually allowed. Two returning volunteers with
another people group were on Caroline’s two flights to Atlanta.
She made all her flights, even when late, and with all her luggage!
17 Today is first day of the kids camp April and Rebekah are leading
in “D” town. Pray for them and for all
of the children who will be attending.
18 The theme of the kids camp is reconciliation. Pray
that the children will understand how they can be reconciled with
God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
19 Pray for the kids camp today. Pray for the children
who attend as they receive a meal, hear a Bible story, play games,
and see Christian videos.
20 Pray for the families of the children who attend the kids camp.
Pray that the children will share the Bible stories
they are hearing at camp with their mothers and fathers. Pray for
entire families to come to know God’s love for them.
21 Pray for the final day of camp today. Pray for April
and Rebekah to communicate the Gospel clearly and effectively.
Pray for the many seeds that were planted to bear much fruit.
22 Thanks for praying for the follow-up of contacts made through
teams this summer—we’ve continued to visit
some of those contacts, pray that we will continue to have opportunities
to share the gospel with them and their families.
23 Caroline and Caleb have both gotten off to a great
start to the school year. Pray for them to continue to grow academically
24 Pray for the groups of people hearing the henna stories
will know that the stories are true and their lives will be changed.
25 Thanks for your prayers for pastor “B”.
He continues to meet with and disciple a group of new believers
who have many questions about living out their Christian faith.
Pray that God would grant him wisdom and discernment as he teaches
them. Pray for his continued spiritual growth.
26 Pray with thanksgiving for the open homes to share
the henna stories with the Zerma.
27 Pray for Kimberly and the kids clubs. Due to the
rains this time of year, meetings have been sporadic or poorly
attended. Pray for encouragement for Kimberly and for faithful
attendance at the end of rainy season.
28 Mark Ledlow is planning to begin a ministry providing
wells for villages that lack good water sources. He is hoping to
use a well drilling rig that is currently in Nigeria. Pray that
the paperwork and logistics would be finalized soon so that this
rig can be delivered to Niger.
29 Thanks for your prayers during Ramadan last month—pray
that the Zerma would continue to seek God and discover the truth
path of righteousness found only in Christ.
30 Pray that the peace of Christ would rule in the hearts of Zerma
believers, that they would be aware today of God’s
Phil, Kimberly, April, Rebekah, Mark and Deanna
The Zerma team