November 1 --
Please pray for Charity as she is back in the States
after spending 2 years working with the Zerma people.
Pray for her as she goes through readjusting to American
life and culture. Pray that God would be very real and
near to her today, and that she would constantly trust
and rely on Him. Pray for her family as she moves back
home with them and for direction for her future.
Tuesday, November 2 -- Mark and Deanna will
be traveling from October 20 through November 8th. Their
children, Jeremy and Stephanie, are staying in Niamey
so that they can remain in school. Pray for travel mercies
for Mark and Deanna and for protection for the kids.
Wednesday, November 3 --Please continue to
pray for the Mobile Center. We have been able to re-do
the cloth charts to be used for the village presentations.
We have also been able to prepare several of the books,
and have been trying them out! Pray that the Words will
Thursday, November 4 -- Muslims around the
world are observing the month of Ramadan by fasting
each day during the daylight hours. Pray that God would
reveal himself to the Zerma during this time, even while
they say their prayers at the Mosque. Pray that as they
experience hunger and thirst, they would recognize that
Jesus is the bread of life and the living water. Pray
that they would come to know the true path to salvation
through Jesus Christ.
Friday, November 5 -- Pray for a family who
is trying to deal with solar panels, a generator that
is too small, and get moved into their home. Nothing
has worked smoothly on the move, and Mark Ledlow is
unavailable this week to help fix things.
Saturday, November 6 -- I (Don Bolls)
met Mohammed during our work with the Mobile Center.
One day while planting in his field he paused as we
visited and I prayed for him and his crop. Grasshoppers
had recently ravaged one of his fields. Pray for Mohammed
to come to know Christ as Savior. He leaves home every
year for an extended time to work in another country.
Sunday, November 7 -- From Faith:
PRAYER REQUESTS: "O you who hear prayer, to you
all men will come." Ps. 65:2
I have begun to close up my ministry here by showing
the "Jesus Film" to three villages. There
has been a great response, and there is no doubt that
the Lord will bring a mighty harvest from this. For
example, a once resistant Muslim teacher, after watching
the film, stated, "This is the truth. I want to
read the Bible." Another man biked several miles
to come and see it in another village after seeing it
for the first time in his own village the night before.
In one village, a group of men agreed that this was
the truth and wanted to follow the Jesus path after
seeing the Jesus film the week before.
Monday, November 8 -- Just as in olden America
and still today in rural America, November is a happy
time. So it is also in Niger, as fields of millet, okra,
peanuts, peas and other crops will be on the way to
harvest. Families and neighbors gather together in bringing
in and storing food for the coming year. It will also
be a sad time as many face a bad harvest and prospects
of a difficult coming year in search of food. Pray for
these families and neighbors and especially the few
Christians as they live out their lives in difficult
Tuesday, November 9 -- Pray for the
Cains as they visit with and get to know their neighbors.
Pray for them to have opportunities to share Christ.
Pray also for the spiritual growth of Phil and Kimberly,
that they would maintain daily time with the Lord in
prayer and reading His word, and that they would walk
in a manner worthy of their calling in humility, gentleness,
patience and showing forbearance for one another. (Eph.
Wednesday, November 10 -- "The
Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will
yield its harvest." Ps. 86:12 Please pray that
the Spirit will continue to work on the hearts of the
people of these villages and bring a mighty harvest,
for we know his Word does not go out in vain.
Thursday, November 11 -- Only God knows
the true heart. Please pray for the many Zerma people
who have heard the gospel. For the most part there seems
to be no outward action or expression of acceptance
of Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray that hearts will
be softened to His Love and Grace.
Friday, November 12 -- Please pray for Aissa
and Hawa in Waru. During a last visit there, Charity
(who is now in America) was able to share about Jesus
with these two women! Praise God for these opportunities!
Pray that their interest in spiritual things will not
fade, but that God would reveal Himself to them in dreams,
visions, and through any Christians they may encounter.
Do not grow weary in praying for the women of Waru just
because Charity is no longer in Niger! God responds
to our prayers and does not need us to do His work!
He alone draws people to Himself!
Saturday, November 13 -- The Zerma
people are a very proud people (as are many of us).
Their pride often stands as a barrier between them and
Christ. Pray that God would bring to the Zerma a spirit
of humility which results in repentance and trust in
Christ alone for salvation.
Sunday, November 14 -- "So shall my Word
be, which goes forth from my mouth. It will not return
to me empty without accomplishing what I desire and
without succeeding in the manner for which I sent it."
(Isaiah 55:11) As the Word continues to spread among
the Zerma through radio, audio cassettes, the Jesus
film, and personal evangelism, pray that the way would
be opened up for every Zerma person to hear a clear
presentation of the Gospel. Pray that as they hear it,
it would take root in their hearts and compel them to
seek the truth and further understanding. Pray that
Christians would understand the importance of being
doers of the Word and not merely hearers only.
Monday, November 15 -- Praise God that
during several last visits with Ramatou, Charity was
able to share Jesus with her! Praise God for giving
Charity the words to say and for the time Ramatou just
sat and listened. Please pray for her understanding
and openness to Jesus. Although Charity is now gone,
pray that God would reveal Himself to her in many ways.
Pray that Cindy, another Zerma team member, would be
able to do follow-up with her and that she could build
a good relationship with her to continue planting seeds.
Pray that Ramatou would not forget the stories from
God's Word that she has heard and that she will realize
her need for Jesus.
Tuesday, November 16 -- "When
you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew
the face of the earth." Ps 104:30 Pray that the
Lord will send His Spirit to bring new life, create
new beings, and renew the face of Niger.
Wednesday, November 17 -- Pray today
for Mark and Deanna Ledlow, that they would be encouraged
in their work and find fulfillment in the mundane tasks
that God sometimes sets before all of us.
Thursday, November 18 -- Model - Assist
- Watch - and Leave. These are some goals we would like
to reach. As there is so much to do and no way possible
for us to share the gospel with the 2.5 million Zerma,
pray for us to MAWL! That we would "work ourselves
out of here!" Pray that we would be good models,
that we would help (and not always do everything for
them), then watch others as they share, and then leave
them to carry on the gospel. Pray that we would be faithful.
Friday, November 19 -- I was recently
asked by one of my friends to sum up my time here in
one sentence. There was no question in my mind as I
responded, "I am nothing, and God is everything."
May ALL glory go to Him. "Not to us, O Lord, not
to us, but to your name be the glory." Ps 115:1.
II Cor. 6:3-10, faith
Saturday, November 20 -- The average
age of the population of Niger is 15 yrs. Like young
people everywhere, these kids face pressures and temptations
to sin and yield to peer pressure. Pray that God would
move in a mighty way among these young people, that
they would come to know Christ and that a fulfilling
and abundant life can be had through him. Pray that
missionaries and Christian leaders would find ways to
share Christ that addresses their particular needs.
Pray that out of this generation of young people, God
would raise up men and women who will be the means of
making Christ known throughout Niger.
Sunday, November 21 -- Pray for the
women's prison and the Christians who are there.
Monday, November 22 --Last month, I asked each
of you to pray for a Spirit of peace to wash over me
concerning going back to the States. Well, he answered
those prayers. I am no longer anxious or fearful of
the change to come. I have come to the understanding
that I should never value a place or a life except my
place in heaven and my life in Christ. I am just a foreigner
in this world- whether that be in Niger or America.
"Since you call on a Father who judges each man's
work impartially, live your lives as strangers here
in reverent fear." (1Pt 1:17) Please continue to
pray for my transition as I prepare to close my ministry
here and start my life anew in America. Pray for a mighty
portion of God's grace, for His grace IS sufficient!
Tuesday, November 23 -- Some of us live in
the very warm parts of the United States; it is not
too late to plant a chili pepper plant. If you live
in the cool parts of the US, plant one in a pot and
keep it indoors for the winter. When you see the plant
every day, it will remind you to pray for the Pepper
Project in Niger and our missionaries.
Wednesday, November 24 -- Thanksgiving
is tomorrow: We all have so much to be thankful for,
our families, our friends, our Prayer support - and
Our Lord, to whom we are thankful to have a story to
share - and someone who wants to love us even more than
we want to love Him. Thank you Jesus, for loving us
Thursday, Nov. 25--As you thank God
today for your many blessings, pray for the Zerma who
are lacking in food, clothing, and adequate shelter.
Pray that God would meet their physical needs.
Friday, November 26 -- Pray for the
Muslim spiritual leaders, that as the apostle Paul was
converted on the road to Damascus, they, too, would
have a Damascus road experience in which their lives
are completely turned around as they give their hearts
Saturday, November 27 -- Do you have a computer?
If not, try going to the library and then check out
www.byhisgrace.com/zerma to see the past to present
monthly prayer letters as well as many pictures and
how you can better pray for the Zerma people. And while
you're at it, please say a prayer for this type of media
and the people who work to get it out for the salvation
of the Zerma people.
Sunday, November 28 -- December is
the month when all Southern Baptists will be asked to
give a special offering for International Missions.
Pray about your part in giving a special, even sacrificial,
gift, so that our missionaries can have every resource
that they need on the field, that many will be able
to "go and teach all nations."
Monday, November 29 -- Pray for all
the missionaries and their attitudes, as so many times
they get frustrated with the culture or foreign ways
of doing things. Pray that they will all have patience
in dealing with the Africans, loving them with a love
that comes only from God, so that the gospel will not
Tuesday, November 30 --Today is Caroline
Cain's 11th birthday. Pray that today will be a special
blessing for her. Pray for her and Caleb as they continue
homeschool and learn to live in a culture much different
than the average American kid experiences.