Greetings from the cold, dusty,
windy country! Once again we would like to thank you
for your faithful prayer support. We see the Lord working
in so many ways and attribute it to the faithful pray-ers
that we have. God is so big, and we are encouraged by
you and your prayers. We are praying that the walls
would come tumbling down and that the Zerma would come
to know and love Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
a personal note, as I write this I am also preparing
to leave for the States. We have had some changes come
about that necessitate my leaving early. Our granddaughter,
Rachel Dawn, has decided to try to make her presence
before her due date, which is 28 Feb. This is causing
Stacy to have some problems as the Dr. wants her in
total bed rest to slow down the process. I am hoping
that I will arrive in time to help out some with a very
active and excited 6 year old brother, Dillon. Please
remember to pray for Stacy to have patience during this
time. I can be reached at Stacy's number and will have
a separate email address while I am in the States. TeresaBolls@yahoo.com
should you want to send a note.
2002 ZERMA PRAYER REQUESTS/PRAISES
1 March - Please continue to pray for Caroline,
Caleb and Kimberly as they are in Ouagadougou, Burkina
Faso for another schooling session for Caroline. Please
pray for the entire family as they are separated for
these 3 weeks.
2 March - Please pray for the entire team to be
able to have a time of rest. Many times the demands
around us are overwhelming and non-stop. Just the fact
that in many cases we have so many visitors or so many
demands in one day sometimes is very overwhelming. Pray
that we would know how best to minister to these different
3 March - Please pray for the North Phoenix Baptist
Church Volunteer team that will be working on finalizing
the necessaries for their trip to Niger in one week!
Pray that last minute details will be able to be worked
out. There are 10 volunteers coming and they will do
some construction work on the new compound as well as
Prayer Walking in the Niamey/Goudel area.
4 March - Please pray for Rick as he will be facilitating
the volunteers and the construction/Prayer Walking project.
The volunteers are scheduled to arrive next week. Pray
that Rick will be able to get the necessary plans/schedules
done. Pray for his Zarma language and relationships
with the Zerma people. Please pray for Rick as he is
trying to learn all the nuances of being the new Business
facilitator for Niger - which includes several different
5 March - In January the Bolls were privileged to
have Harold and Jan McMichael to come to visit them.
They were able to see a great deal of the work done
in Ouallam as well as various villages surrounding Ouallam.
Jan went with Teresa and met several of her friends
and ministered with them. Harold went with Don and Phil
to several different village/garden sites. The McMichaels
were in Niger working with the Songhi team doing well
work. On January 20 Harold died in the Niamey hospital.
As Teresa was sharing the news with some of the people
that met the McMichaels, the Lord provided the perfect
opportunity to Share Jesus and the plan of salvation.
During this time there were 5 women that accepted Christ
as their personal Lord and Savior. Please pray for Halima,
Ramatou, Medina, Zenaba, and Ay Nya as they follow Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach and explain. Pray
that they would be leaders in their villages. Also,
during this time Tanda asked more pointed questions.
Having lost her parents and brother, Djibo, not long
ago, she was really touched. She has been having much
pressure from her husband to follow the Muslim way -
and to not follow Christ as she had before their marriage.
She was very impressed to continue to Follow Christ
in a real way. Please pray for the many lives that Jan
and Harold touched. Please pray for Jan as she adjusts
to a different life in the US. Pray for her family as
6 March - Pray for the Zerma team as we plan strategies
for 2003--strategies that will make creative and wise
use of resources to enable us to reach the Zerma people
with the Gospel, and plant churches that will in turn
plant other churches.
7 March - We are in the process of planning and
drawing up requests for short-term missionaries (two
years) to live in villages in the bush where there is
at least one Christian. This would be an opportunity
for intensive discipleship and a way to encourage the
Christians and develop churches in these areas. Pray
for us as we plan for this, pray for the villages where
people will be placed, pray that God would even now
be calling forth men and women to come and live in these
Friday 8 March - Happy Birthday Mark!
Please pray for Mark as he has many things to do and
a short time to do them! Pray for Mark and Deanna (and
Rick) as the Ledlows are trying to train Rick to be
able to do many of their duties (Guesthouse, business
facilitator, only Zerma missionary in Niamey, etc...)
Pray for the Ledlows as they are trying to get several
things done before their furlough (June). Pray for the
kids, Stephanie and Jeremy as they continue school here
in Niamey and pray also for the family as they continue
to make plans/schedules for their stateside assignment.
Even a month ago they were trying to get the paperwork
done for their schooling. Also the Zerma team will be
meeting today. Pray for a good and productive meeting.
9 March - We are assuming that the Volunteer team
from Arizona will be traveling today. Pray that they
would have a safe and uneventful trip. Pray that they
will be able to have all their necessary paperwork done
and that their luggage arrives safely. Pray for them
to have rest as they will only be in Niger one week
and they have a lot of things we hope to get done during
this short time.
10 March - Please pray for Ed Kohl and Joy Tait
(AZ Volunteers). Pray for their time in Niger to be
a very special time, that they would come to love the
Zerma people and to have a burden for their salvation.
Please pray for the entire team as they travel, go through
customs, police checks, etc, in a strange place and
with a "strange" language. Pray that they
would be able to understand as they pass through the
check points and get their luggage. Missionaries are
not usually permitted to help them through these checks/baggage
11 March - Please pray for Lisa Williams and Joe
Williams (AZ Volunteers) Pray for them to have a safe
and healthy trip in Niger. Pray for them as well as
the rest of the team as they will be having a time of
orientation today, see the neighborhood, see the projected
work, learn some of the Zerma "do's and don'ts".
Pray for Rick as he facilitates this.
12 March - Please pray for Carla Casciola and Suzanne
Pettit (AZ Volunteers) as they will be beginning their
work today. Plans are for the team to do construction
in the mornings and Prayer Walk in the afternoons. Pray
that the entire team will be able to get the necessary
work done on the construction, that the Lord would open
their eyes to the many supplications that could be made
for the Zerma people. Pray they would see the Zerma
people as Jesus sees them - and that they would come
to love them as He does.
13 March - Pray for Zig Fang and Tim Young (AZ Volunteers)
as they will be working on construction and Pray Walking
today. Pray that the Lord would keep all safe, and that
we would allow Jesus light to shine through all that
is said and done.
14 March - Please pray for LaDonna Benner and Shawn
Benner as they work on the construction site. Pray for
all of the volunteers as they walk through the various
neighborhoods. Pray that they would have a love and
compassion for the people in Niger. Pray that the Lord
would speak through all of us as we try to minister
to the different people during the volunteer's stay
15 March - Please pray for our continuing ministries
- as we will be busy in Niamey working on the construction
and chauffeuring people around the various neighborhoods.
Praise the Lord for Ayssa as she is so
interested in the Bible Study that Deanna is sharing.
Pray for Ayssa, Maymouna, Zelika, Saley, Hamsatu and
Fati. Many of these women have not yet accepted Christ
- but they seem very interested. Please pray for Fanta
who is no longer leading this group as she was moved
to another town, Tillaberry. Pray for Fanta to have
a burden to begin another group in Tillaberry. Pray
for Deanna to have the necessary communication skills
to share Jesus - either verbally or through her actions.
16 March - Happy Birthday Phil! Pray for
Phil today, he will be celebrating his birthday! Pray
for him and his family as they have many things to do
before leaving for Stateside Assignment. They will be
attending a conference for the month of April, and a
conference in May, one in June, and plan to leave for
the States in July. Pray that Caroline's schooling will
continue to go well during all these breaks! Pray that
they will be able to get some of the many things done
that will need done during these last few months. Pray
for the many places they will be speaking while they
are on Stateside Assignment - that the Lord would speak
to people to have a burden for the Zerma people - that
they might pray, care, come...
17 March - Pray for the Arizona volunteers as they
will be packing, last minute purchasing, last minute
photos, checking their luggage. Praise the Lord for
them coming to Niger, and pray that they would have
a safe trip back to AZ. Pray that their hearts would
continue to feel burdened for the Zerma people. Pray
for a safe and quick readjustment to the time difference,
for their bodies to adjust well so that many of them
able to go back to work in a day or so.
18 March - Please pray for the Zerma pastors and
lay leaders. Pray that they would have a real burden
for sharing Jesus with their families and friends. Pray
for the many trials they experience because of their
and the tests they go through because of their faith.
Pray especially for Pastor Moussa and his wife Kadija,
Pray for Ibro and his wife Rachida. Pray for the various
lay leaders, Soumeyla, Zakary, Tokeyo, Balarbre, Gado,
Harouna, Alhassane, Moussa, Alzuma, Moumouni, and the
many others that are trying to share, that they would
be able to truly share a loving God, through the way
they communicate love to others.
19 March - Pray for our relationship with God, that
we would have a close, daily walk with Him. Pray that
we would know the power of the Holy Spirit, that we
would have victory over sin, and that we would have
a hunger for God's Word. Pray that we would make personal
prayer time a priority in our daily lives.
20 March - Pray for young men who have completed
the new-members class Phil has been teaching at the
Ouallam church. Pray they would be humble and teachable
as they continue on in their walk with the Lord. Pray
that they would live and model the principles they've
learned and that they would teach others what they know.
21 March - Pray for Kimberly as she homeschools
Caroline. Pray for Caroline as she continues on in second
grade. Pray that she would be well-prepared for third
grade in the United States. Pray for Caleb as he grows
up here, that he would be strong and healthy and have
good relationships as he plays with kids in the neighborhood.
22 March - Pray for the missionaries ability to
speak and understand Zerma. Pray that we would discover
bridges that would help us build better relationships
and better communicate the truths of scripture.
23 March - Pray for us as we show the Jesus film
in various villages. Pray that it would have a lasting
impact, even after we leave. Pray that through viewing
this film, people would truly understand who Jesus is.
24 March - Pray for Moussa as he is teaching Literacy
and Bible Study. Pray for good communication skills,
learning skills, and openness to Jesus as their true
Lord and Savior.
25 March - Many Zerma have heard the gospel, yet
have hardened their hearts against it by refusing to
act on what they hear. Pray that God would break down
the barriers of resistance that keep them from accepting
Christ as their Savior.
26 March - Pray for our relationships with each
other on the Zerma team, that we would remain united
in purpose and spirit. Pray that we would continue to
maintain open and honest communication with each other.
Pray that God would give us wisdom as we plan and evaluate
our ministries and ways we can reach the Zerma people
with the Gospel.
27 March - Pray that God would raise up pastors
and other leaders from among Zerma believers. Pray that
God would mold them into men and women of integrity
28 March - Pray that God would give Zerma Christians
a burden for reaching the lost and a vision for seeing
a church in every village.
29 March - Please pray for Gail and Baker Hill.
They are the coordinators for our Affinity group, which
includes several different people group teams. Gail
has felt burdened to learn the Zarma language and would
like to learn it quickly so she could share and minister
to the Zerma people. Pray for Gail to learn the language,
not to get too frustrated and overwhelmed. Pray for
Baker as he learns Haussa. Baker and Gail moved to Niger
in August 2001 after living in Burkina Faso for almost
19 years. They are learning more of the difficulties
working in a predominately Muslim area. Pray for all
of the different teams as we seek to minister to the
people in Niger, that they would come to know Jesus.
Your Prayer is our strength. Pray that the walls of
Islam and Animism would come tumbling down and that
Jesus would be known in this dry and thirsty land.
30 March - The peppers are nearing harvest time.
Please continue to pray for the farmers and everyone
involved in the Niger Pepper Project that it would provide
a source of food and income as well as a good witness
in the community.
31 March - March is the beginning of hot season
and less agriculture activity. Pray for people and hunger
as food becomes more scarce as well as expensive in
the next few months.