August 1 -- Boubacar
is one of the most well mannered people that you would
ever want to meet. There is, however, one outstanding,
apparent and rather negative thing in his life.........he
is in prison. Last year while the Bolls were in the
US Boubacar took over the prison fellowship and leads
in its Bible study. Pray for Boubacar. It is encouraging
to have someone willing to take a stand for Christ in
a leadership position in such circumstances.
Monday, August 2 -- Charity's sister
Emily is volunteering in Niger this summer for 6 weeks.
Please pray as Charity and Emily work together in Niamey
and in the village of Waru ministering to women and
Tuesday, August 3 -- This next month,
Faith will be finishing up the Chronological Bible Storying
with the villages by ending with the Jesus film. Pray
for their hearts to be softened, that when they see
the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness, they will
believe and accept it as their Salvation. Pray that
they will choose life and not death, blessings and not
curses. Pray also that they will have the boldness to
go against the persecution they know they will face
to follow Jesus.
Wednesday, August 4 -- Please pray
for the Leaders at the various groups that meet together
to study God's word. Many times they are depending on
the Holy Spirit, many of the leaders can speak more
than one language, but they cannot read. Pray for their
memories to remember the truths that were taught, either
by another Christian or by the Spirit.
Thursday, August 5-- Pray for Ben and
Cindy Sustar, and their children Rachel, Christin, and
Karis as they prepare to join the Zerma team in August.
Pray for their health and well-being and for the difficult
process of packing bags and saying goodbye to family
and friends. Ben and Cindy will be serving as church
planters in Niamey.
Friday, August 6 -- Seyni may be the
only Christian in his village. We have planned to take
the Mobile Center there for about a month of study and
learning culminating in showing of the Jesus film. Pray
for Seyni to be encouraged and his village to come to
know Christ as Savior.
Saturday, August 7 -- Just as one seed
planted in the ground can yield a stalk of millet with
hundreds more seeds, pray that the seeds of the gospel
planted in the lives of the Zerma would multiply itself
a hundredfold. Pray for churches that would reproduce,
and believers who have a passion and vision for reaching
Sunday, August 8 -- Pray for the churches
in the US who are planning trips to Niger to minister
with our career missionaries. Pray that God would provide
funding, that supervisors would be generous with those
who need time off, and that the paths would be made
very clear for those who are called to go.
Monday, August 9 -- Please pray for
the women of Goudel who are interested in hearing about
Jesus. Pray that they will be willing to set some time
aside to hear stories from God's Word.
Tuesday, August 10 -- Rains have been
late in coming to the Ouallam area. Some areas near
Ouallam have received rain but very little has come
to near and around town farms. Sometimes I wonder if
sin and a general refusal of Christ hold back God's
blessings. Please pray for some very poor hungry suffering
people lost without Christ.
Wednesday, August 11 -- "If you
will not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand
at all." (Isa. 7:9) Continue to pray for the believers
in and around Torodi. Pray for them to stand strong
in their faith, bearing witness to the love of God,
and also to encourage one another in their faith.
Thursday, August 12 -- The Mobile Center
continues to be going well. Pray that the Bolls would
let it develop into the work that the Lord wants - that
we would minister to the villages where God is calling
us. Pray that as rains come we will still be able to
have the classes, especially the Bible classes. Thank
you for your prayers, it has been amazing as doors have
opened in various villages. Pray for strength and wisdom
as the Bolls teach and travel.
Friday, August 13 -- Please continue to pray
for Salifou, a Muslim friend, as he reads the Bible
and compares it with the Quran. Pray that God would
open the eyes of his heart and lead him to conviction
and understanding of the truth of scripture and the
claims of Christianity. Pray for his salvation and that
of his family.
Saturday, August 14 -- Pray for the
projects that Charity and Emily will do in Waru. Pray
that even though it is farming time, that God would
prepare women and children to have the desire and the
time to listen to the stories and participate in the
activities that will tell them about the way, the truth
and the life.
Sunday, August 15 -- Pray for Mark and Deanna
Ledlow. They have seen their work change very much since
their arrival 6 years ago: they spend much more time
doing administrative work now and less time in touch
with the people themselves; pray that they will be encouraged
for the task. Isaiah 58:11 says "The Lord will
guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched
land and will strengthen your frame."
Monday, August 16 -- "Whatever you have
commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we
will go." (Jos. 1:16) The next few months, we have
non-stop volunteers coming for the Zarma team. Pray
for these people as they prepare to come here, physically
and spiritually, to serve their Lord. Pray that they
will be faithful in the task that God has called them
to do. Please pray for the seeds they will plant, that
they will grow and produce a HUGE harvest by the Spirit
of the Lord.
Tuesday, August 17 -- Faith has a married
couple, Matt and Brooke Holtzman, coming to visit her.
They met in college and have been very close friends
since. They will be coming to do what is called a "Vision
Trip", to see what kind of needs are here for any
future mission trips. Pray for them as they prepare
to come, and also for their time here.
Wednesday, August 18 -- Praise the
Lord for the way He continues to work in the life of
Zongo; she can not only see with physical eyes but has
been coming to church, she gives the praise and glory
to Jesus Christ and knows it is He that gives sight
to the blind. I (Teresa Bolls) wish words could express
the feelings and excitement as I sat on the mat when
she returned from a 6 week stay in Niamey, with the
operation then the recovery time. To hear her and watch
her as she saw again things -- her grandson she had
never seen, her home that was burned then rebuilt, her
grandchildren that had grown so much in the past year.
Pray that she will continually give the praise and glory
to the source of sight - and that she would truly "see"
and experience the sight that only Jesus can give.
Thursday, August 19 -- We are nearing
the end of our main growing season, (June, July, Aug.)
when most food is grown to last until the next year.
Pray for the farmers as they are now preparing to harvest.
Pray that they would have strength and endurance to
get them through the long, hot, days and that God would
provide for their physical needs as they gather and
store enough to last through the non-growing times.
Friday, August 20 -- We firmly believe
that God is working in the hearts of Zerma across Niger.
Pray that God would continue to draw Zerma men, women,
and chldren draw to himself and that he would lead believers
to those who are responsive.
Saturday, August 21 --- "If the
world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before
it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would
love its own; but because you are not of the world,
but I chose you out of the world, because of this, the
world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you,
'A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted
Me, they will also persecute you' " (John 15:18-20).
Pray that those in Niger who suffer because of their
faith will be strengthened by the knowledge that they
suffer for Jesus.
Sunday, August 22 -- Many people of
Niger are getting sick with malaria this time of year.
Pray for our missionaries to have patience and discernment
in dealing with those coming for help.
Monday, August 23 -- Pray for the children
of our missionaries who are just starting back to school.
Jeremy Ledlow will be a senior in high school this fall
and so must make choices that will affect his future.
Pray that he will be obedient to God's leading.
Tuesday, August 24 -- Do something
different in your prayer time today. Try a snack...invite
some friends over and pray for the Zerma people while
you enjoy fellowship over a typical food from Niger.
In Niger, cecena is usually eaten in the late afternoon
as a snack or as an early evening meal. It can be eaten
alone with a dip made of tomatoes, onions, green peppers,
and spicy peppers. It can also be eaten as a sandwich
made of a baguette, split open, a few cecena stuffed
inside and the dip poured over top.
cups black-eyed beans
1 small onion
2 cups cooking oil salt hot pepper
beans and soak for about 2 hours. Remove skins by rubbing
a few of them together at a time in your hands. Use
a blender to grind the beans into a smooth paste. Chop
onion and pepper finely. Blend into the bean mixture
and beat for about 5 minutes. Add salt. Beat thoroughly
for 5 minutes. Add beaten egg to improve food value
and to make the mixture light. Heat cooking oil. Deep
fry mixture a tablespoon at a time until golden brown.
Wednesday, August 25 -- Praise the
Lord as he continues to provide the talent, the wisdom,
the strength. It is amazing to see how He will put someone
in our path that has the talent that has been needed.
As Teresa is putting health booklets together to be
distributed in the hands of the village students, God
is providing the artist that will be drawing, correcting
and perfecting the pictures so that the villagers can
read the pictures. Praise the Lord for His perfect timing.
Thursday, August 26 -- Pray for our
Christian walk and witness. Being the only American,
the only white person -- the only Christian, the only
Jesus -- that many will ever see, is humbling. Pray
that we would truly be the witness that we should be.
Pray that we would have the patience and love that we
should for the Zerma people so that they might come
to know the Lord as a loving and forgiving Savior.
Friday, August 27 -- Pray for all those
leaders and pastors who prepare sermons and minister
without the many resources that we take for granted
in the US. Pray that their needs will be met, and that
training and reference materials would be made available.
Saturday, August 28 -- The demands
of ministry and daily living can often be spiritually
draining. Pray that each member of our team would be
committed to walking with the Lord on a daily basis,
spending time in the Word and in prayer. Pray that God
would fill us with His Holy Spirit enabling us to do
more than we can think, ask or even desire.
Sunday, August 29 -- Pray that the Zerma people
would see Jesus for who He is: "Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the father." Pray that
the day would be hastened when every knee in Niger will
bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Monday, August 30 -- "He upholds
the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free." Psalm 146:7 Pray
for the Zerma people, many of whom are in bondage to
mixtures of Islam and animism, that they would be set
free from their spiritual prisons and fed with the Bread
of Life. Ninety-eight percent of all people in the Niger
Republic are Muslim, however the largest majority do
not actively practice this belief. Also, 0.7% are Animistic.
Only 0.4% are Christians. This is why there is so much
work to do. There are 2,805,823 Zerma in the country,
and of us there are only 0.1% who are Christian. Also,
10.2% of Zerma are able to read, which is more than
the other ethnic groups.
Tuesday, August 31 -- "I know,
O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not
for man to direct his steps." (Jer. 10:23) Faith
has four more months here before her term is up, and
the big question hangs in the air, "What are you
going to do next?" Pray for her as she continues
to seek God's leading in her life. Pray for her as she
trusts in Him and that she will be sensitive to His
voice. Pray that she will not grow anxious as the time
get shorter and shorter, and that she will simply rest
and let HIM lead!
" I will praise you, O Lord, with all my
heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad
and rejoice in you: I will sing praise to your name,
O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2