you know that the Kingdom of God will not grow except
through PRAYER? The unreached will never hear the sweet
name of Jesus without the labor of someone's Spirit-led
prayers. Regardless of how things may appear on the
surface, nothing of eternal value is ever released without
somebody, somewhere PRAYING. Thank you for taking time
each day to pray for the Zerma People.
Wednesday, October 1 -- Please pray
for Adama, a lady at the prison in Niamey. Pray that
she will continue to be open to talking to Charity about
her life, as well as spiritual things. Pray that Charity
would reflect God's love to her and portray how God
is alive and desires a relationship with her!
Thursday, October 2 -- Being in the
U.S. has been a special time for Don and Teresa Bolls,
a time to be with family and friends sharing with churches
and others who support the Zerma work. Part of that
special time involves the ease of communicating with
family and supporters. A recent phone call revealed
son Matt and his wife Christie will be expanding their
family! God has
answered many prayers - Praise the Lord with us for
this news of a child on the way. (as excited as Matt
is - Teresa is surprised it was not announced on CNN!!)
October 3 -- This weekend (October 3-4), Teresa
Bolls will be speaking at a WMU spiritual retreat. Pray
that she will let the Lord guide her as she shares and
draws from her experience in working with the Zerma
people. Pray that the women would hear the Lord's message
and that they would have a deeper relationship with
the Lord as well as a more rounded prayer life.
Saturday, October 4 -- Pray for Aissa,
a Christian lady at the prison. Pray that she would
understand more each day about God's love and that her
faith would be strengthened.
Sunday, October 5 -- Pray for all of
our missionaries to have wisdom, guidance, and strength
as to the use of their time and resources. Pray that
their daily lives would demonstrate complete trust in
God to reveal His will and provide for their daily needs.
Monday, October 6 -- Please pray for
Charity as she seeks ways to build relationships with
women in Niamey. Pray that the Lord would lead her to
women who will enjoy building a new relationship and
who desire to learn about God's Word.
Tuesday, October 7 -- Don Bolls is
in a bit of withdrawal having not gone to jail in almost
5 months! Pray especially for the few Christians at
the prison in Ouallam and others where Don has ministered
Wednesday, October 8 -- Please pray
for the work being done on the Zerma radio program.
Pray that work with translating, typing, correcting
and testing will continue to move forward. Praise the
Lord that there are other Christian groups who want
to help get it on the radio as soon as possible! Pray
that this program geared toward Muslims would go forth
and spread quickly, that many may hear the Good News!
Thursday, October 9 -- Pray for Ali.
After much perseverance he has learned to read Zerma
and has spent much time pouring over the Zerma Bible.
He is struggling between knowing what scripture teaches
about being reconciled to God and yet observing Zerma
Christians who often act in a way contrary to what scripture
teaches. His family are strong Muslims so he knows the
price he would pay for becoming a Christian.
Friday, October 10 -- Pray for Rick
Leavitt today. He has spent the month of September working
out in the desert. Pray that he will continue to find
quality time with the Lord and in the Word.
Saturday, October 11 -- Please continue to
pray for the village of Waru. Pray that as Charity makes
visits that God's love would shine through her and that
others would see God in her life! Pray that during her
visits there that she may continue building relationships
with the women. Pray too that their crops would produce
a great harvest of food for them that will last until
next year's harvest.
Sunday, October 12 -- Phil Cain will
be traveling to Nigeria October 12-19 to participate
in a missions conference sponsored by the Nigerian Baptist
Convention in cooperation with the IMB. (Nigeria, our
neighbor, has thousands of Baptist churches). This will
be a unique opportunity to challenge and invite Nigerian
churches and their members to become in our work with
the Zerma people. They hope to have representatives
from at least 500 churches there--maybe as many as 1000.
Pray for Phil as he shares his vision for the Zerma
and pray that God would raise up many prayer advocates
among these churches as well as individuals who will
come as missionaries, helping us share the gospel with
those who have never heard
Monday, October 13 -- We praise the
Lord for our new prayer supporters. Don and Teresa have
been sharing about the work among the Zerma in many
churches in the United States and there have been several
individuals as well as churches to sign up to join the
Zerma Prayer Team. We thank the Lord for all of our
prayer supporters and thank you for being a part of
the team - with the goal of getting the good news to
the Zerma people, and to the uttermost parts of the
Tuesday, October 14 -- Please pray
for Faith as she continues to build relationships with
the people of Torodi and the adjoining village of Sance.
Pray that her eyes would be open to seeing what opportunities
may be there for sharing God's Word and his love. Pray
that people would be open to hearing what she has to
say and that God would speak mightily through her.
Wednesday, October 15 -- Spend some
time today in prayer for the Mark Ledlow family. Mark
is in the middle of building a new home in addition
to his duties as business manager for Niger. Pray that
he will be patient as he deals with attempting to acquire
materials to complete the job.
Thursday, October 16 -- Although less
than 1% of the population of Niger is Christian, many
people even now are seeking the path to God. Pray that
these people would find the true path through access
to God's word--that those who can read would find it
in written form and those who can't would be able to
hear it through audio cassettes, radio programs, or
Friday, October 17 -- Continue to remember
the Niger Pepper Project. Extensive rains have damaged
part of the harvest. Local farmer misunderstanding and
mistrust has damaged even more. Pray for Ibro as he
still tries to make a "go" of the pepper business,
use it so that many others have a better income and
have a chance to show Christ in it all.
Saturday, October 18 -- Please pray
for the deaf Believers of Torodi. Pray that their faith
would continue to grow and that their excitement about
their relationship with Christ will never die! Pray
that they will continue to be bold in sharing about
what God has done in their lives.
Sunday, October 19 -- Pray for those who are
suffering persecution--not that the persecution would
end, but that through the persecution they would remain
faithful to God and come to know Christ in a deeper
and more intimate way. Pray that their faith in the
face of adversity would serve as a testimony to those
who are lost.
Monday, October 20 -- There are many
Zerma people who do not live in the Zerma heartland
or even near it. Pray for those that live away, even
in distant countries including the U.S. that they may
come into contact with others that know Christ and will
share that with them.
October 21 -- Pray for a small group of believers
in the village of Zontondi. Pray that they would become
rooted and grounded in the faith, that they would be
bonded together through Christ, and that they would
have a bold and a clear witness to their families and
Wednesday, October 22 -- Pray for Jeremy
and Stephanie Ledlow and this year in school. The school
is always in need of additional faculty, and that is
hard on all the students. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! Pray for
them as they continue the transition to this much smaller
school and the adjustments to new friendships, again.
Thursday, October 23 -- Pray for Bethany,
one of Stephanie's friends in Niger. She has had many
health problems and some of them seem to be severe.
Pray that her family will have the strength to deal
with them and that Bethany would have relief from the
pain. (Bethany is feeling better but they are still
doing some tests to try and find out what is going on
in her head. As of right now they have not sent her
back to the states but it is still a possibility. Thanks
so much for the prayers.)
October 24 -- Pray that God would send strong
and committed Zerma Christians to Ali who could model
living as a Christian in this Muslim culture. Pray that
Ali would have the courage to take that step of faith
and give his heart to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Saturday, October 25 -- Pray for the
country of Niger. The President is not in good health
and if he were to pass away we could have quite a bit
of problems with people trying to fill his position.
Sunday, October 26 -- Pray for Moussa
and his wife Kadija and their 3 children. Moussa had
2 children die of malaria this past year and it has
been very hard on the family
Monday, October 27 -- Pray for Hasane
as he continues to study God’s word. Hasane received
Christ last summer and continues to grow. He is also
witnessing to his brothers who are interested in following
Tuesday, October 28 -- Ali is Hasane’s
brother. He is interested in becoming a Christian. His
biggest problem is that he has seen how some “Christians”
in the past have acted and says he does not want to
make a decision until he knows he can follow Christ
completely. Pray for Ali.
Wednesday, October 29 -- Pray for Deanna
and Mark Ledlow as they seek what ministries God wants
them to continue in and new ones to start.
Thursday, October 30 -- The rains have
been good this year and it looks like most people should
have a descent harvest “Praise God”. Because
of the good rains the mosquitoes have been bad so they
have had a lot of Malaria this year in Niger.
Friday, October 31 -- Pray for Ibro
and Raschida and their daughter Amy as they continue
to follow Christ.