from Niger - where it is getting hotter and hotter!!!
And the team staying busier and busier!!! James Brown
and Sue Sprenkle both arrived in Niger 18 April. James
is here to work on the peppers and Sue is here to write
articles about the work among the Zerma people as well
as the work being done with the deaf in Niger. Thank
you for your prayers for them, they both had a good
trip and both are out today and really busy!
1 May - Please pray for Rick today. It was learned
that he has kidney stones in both kidneys. Pray for
his time in the States. Pray for patience and wisdom.
He went to the urologist on 16 April and
the info/blood work etc. had not been forwarded so he
had to go back to the hospital and have more blood work
and x-rays. Pray that the doctors would be willing to
realize that we need a "Healthy Rick" here
-- soon! Pray that the doctors will be able to deal
with the problem and Rick will be able to return soon.
2 May - On 13 April "Daari" died. Daari
is the sister of Kadija, who is the wife of Pastor Moussa.
Daari had been very interested in Chrisitanity, had
attended church, went to several functions, and was
so nice and a good person to be around. Daari never
formally accepted Christ as her Savior. Pray for her
family in the Ouallam area, pray for the Christians
there as they minister to the family. Pray for Moussa
and Kadija in Niamey as they mourn for the loss of a
beautiful person - that evidently put off a decision
3 May - Pray for the Cains as they should be traveling
back to Niger after their month long study on Strategy
for the Zerma people. Pray that they have a safe trip
and would be able to share soon with the Zerma team
some of the many things they learned during this past
4 May - Many times we send you requests from Niger,
but there are many times that we have friends that need
prayer support as well. We want you to know that we
also pray for you when we know of needs in your lives.
In April a good friend of the Bolls and a Zerma Prayer
Team member went to be with the Lord. His was lovingly
called Swog. He was a wonderful man, father, husband
and friend. He was very involved in missions and with
missionaries. He took care of his dear wife, Mary Ann
who has been down with health problems. We thank the
Lord for our friends - and we would ask you to join
us in praying for Mary Ann and the Wildwood Church family
in the passing of Swog. His life and his love touch
so many, there will be a huge void.
5 May - Pray for the new church start in Goudel.
Many people are coming by to listen to the music and
stay to hear the gospel. Pray for the leader, Zakery.
6 May - Pray for the Zerma team as we meet today.
Pray that we will be able to set priorities, make the
necessary Strategical plans so that many would be able
to hear and respond to the gospel. Pray that we would
be the team that God would have us to be, loving and
sensitive to those around us.
7 May - Pray for the Bolls and the Cains as they
will be traveling back to Ouallam today. The road from
Ouallam to Niamey is being worked on, but is far from
finished. Pray for a safe trip and that they would be
able to get settled back to a busy schedule.
8 May - Pray for Caroline and Kimberly as they might
be able to begin classes again today. Pray for the Cains
as they will have many visitors to come by welcoming
them back "home" and also to ask for their
gifts from Abidjan. Pray for time, patience and understanding.
9 May - Pray for Teresa's English Class that meets
in the Ouallam Outreach Center. There are about 14 young
men, most of them are either Christian or very interested
in Christianity. These young men are wanting to learn
English quickly so they will be able to help with some
translating work this summer. Pray that they would be
able to learn not just English but more about our Savoir.
10 May - Pray for the peppers - as they continue
to grow, be harvested and made into a mash to be sent
to the States. Pray for the farmers, that they would
be able to continue to water and work in their gardens.
Pray that this "project" would be able to
help the local farmers to have a good income and that
they would see Jesus in the lives of Don, Phil, James
and the local Zerma Christians that are helping.
11 May - Please pray for the local farmers that
are trying to prepare their fields for the coming rains.
Pray that the rains would come and would be able to
have a harvest. Pray that the food that they have now
would last until the next harvest.
12 May - Pray for the Christians meeting in Manga'ize.
This group of believers has had very little outside
help due to their location. (They are about 60km North
of Ouallam on very rough roads, very close to the Mali
border) A few years ago there was some unrest in this
area and Americans were unable to travel North of Ouallam.
The gospel was shared with these people, many have accepted
Christ, they continue to study and seek ways to praise
the Lord. The Bolls were able to visit Manga'ize 14
April to see some land they had recently acquired. They
are in the beginning stages of getting bricks etc. for
the building of a church. Pray for these believers,
that they would be able to "build the church"
that God would have them build, not just of bricks -
but in their hearts and lives.
13 May - Praise the Lord that the Jesus video has
been shown in several villages. Pray that the people
would remember some of the scenes that are shown, some
of the remarks that were made, some of the truths that
are taught would remain with the people - that they
would accept the "Jesus" that they learned
about and love him as their Lord and Savior.
14 May - Pray for Ayssa and her husband, Taharou.
Ayssa has been studying with Deanna weekly in the Bible
Study. She and Taharou were able to see the Jesus video.
Taharou is becoming more and more interested in knowing
about Jesus. Ayssa seems so close to make a decision
for Christ. Pray for Ayssa, Taharou, Deanna and Mark
as they study and talk. Ayssa and Taharou are next-door
neighbors of the
15 May - Please pray for the Ouallam church. Phil
taught several men about Christianity in a weekly class.
These guys seem to have begun to put some of their learnings
in to practice. They have been faithful in coming to
church to study on Sundays and to pray on Wednesdays.
Their prayers have deepened and their actions have seemed
to begun to show a real concern for the lost around
them. Pray that they would continue to grow in Christ
and have a true desire for their friends, family and
neighbors to come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.
16 May - Today is Caleb Cain's birthday. Pray for
him to have a special #3 birthday. Pray for his time
in the States beginning in July. He was born in Africa
and has never been to the States. Pray for his time
with his new family - grandparents, cousins, American
17 May - The Prayer Walking/Construction team from
North Phoenix Baptist Church was able to touch many
lives during their short time here. Pray that the prayers
that were prayed would come to fruitation and that the
Zerma people would come to know a true and loving God.
18 May - Please pray for Salamatou. She is pregnant
but having some difficulties with the pregnancy. She
has had 2 miscarriages so the Cains took her to Niamey
to get blood work and another exam. She was to have
an operation 19 April 2002, a circulage. (Not sure of
the translation in English, but it is where they stitch
the cervix closed. Apparently she dilates much too early
and this may be why she miscarriages) Please continue
to pray for her during this time, for rest and for wisdom.
19 May - Please pray for Ibro and Rachida. Their
baby, Aimée Joy seems to be doing fine, growing
up fast. Pray for Ibro as he seems to be having some
difficulties. Pray that he would once again have the
desire to share the gospel with the excitement that
he once had. Pray for the new church start close to
his home. The land has been purchased but they are not
yet meeting there yet.
20 May - Please pray for our newest team member,
BSU Summer Missionary Jessica Landry. She will be coming
June 6th to work for the summer with the Bolls in Ouallam.
Pray for her time in the States as she finishes her
freshman year of college, finalizes her paperwork to
come to Niger, and prepares her heart and mind for the
time away from her friends and family in LA. Pray for
her to love the Zerma people and have a desire for them
to know Christ.
21 May - Pray for the Ledlows as they continue to
make and finalize their plans for their Stateside Assignment
in one month. There are many plans to work out with
the speaking at several churches, conferences that they
will be attending, school for Jeremy and Stephanie,
travel arrangements, etc. Pray that they would be able
to make the plans, do and go where God would have them.
22 May - Please pray for Tanda and Teresa as they
continue to study the Bible Stories. Pray that Tanda
would continue to show an interest in Jesus, but that
she would see the need to have Jesus in her heart.
23 May - Please pray for Gail Hill as she has the
burden to learn Zarma and work with the Zerma peoples.
Pray that she would be able to hear and understand the
language and love the people.
24 May - Pray for the Cains, the Bolls and Rick
as they travel to Abidjan for a Church Planter Movement
Conference (CPM Conference). They will be flying on
a small, private plane.
25 May - Pray for Mark as he will be traveling to
Abidjan for the CPM conference. Pray for Deanna as she
will not be able to attend this conference as Jeremy
and Stephanie will have to remain in school for their
final exams. Pray for this time of separation for the
26 May - Pray for Aissa and Kimberly as they continue
to study the Bible Stories. Pray that Kimberly would
be able to finish the stories and be able to present
the gospel to Aissa in a way that she would understand
and accept Jesus. Kimberly and Phil will be leaving
for Stateside Assignment the end of July and it would
be so good if Aissa hears all the stories and is able
to make a decision before the Cains leave.
27 May - Please pray this week for the CPM Conference
that will be held in Abidjan. Pray that we would learn
ways to be more useful in getting a Church Planting
Movement started among the Zerma peoples. Pray that
we would be sensitive to the teachings and that the
leaders of the conference would be able to share some
of their information in a way that we would understand
and be excited about using.
28 May - Please continue to pray for the 5 women
that accepted Christ in Ouallam. Some of them have already
gone back to various villages. Most all of these women
will be gone shortly after the rains begin. Pray that
they will be able to do some discipleship with Teresa
before they leave.
29 May - Please pray for rains. Although it complicates
our plans sometimes, these people need a crop. The millet
that is planted will be their source of nourishment
for the following year. Pray that the rains come, that
the crops will be planted and will grow to harvest.
Pray that the work that has been done will be able to
continue even though we are not there, but that the
Holy Spirit will continue to teach and help.
30 May - Please pray for the Zerma pastors. Pray
that they would have a heart and desire for the Zerma
people to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Pray for the message that will be shared in many churches
31 May - Pray for Deanna, Stephanie and Jeremy as
they will be traveling on a small, private airplane
to Abidjan today. They will be able to join the rest
of the team for a time of Spiritual Retreat. Please
pray for all the Zerma time, for us to have a time of
fellowship, spiritual refreshing and rest during the
next few days.