“Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
December 1, 2005 – Answer: Kanesa and
Brandy arrived safely and are settling in well. They
have begun language study and are moving forward, quickly.
December 2, 2005 – Two close friends
of Teresa and Don’s were both pregnant, due to
give birth about the same time. Hadjara’s son
was born healthy- Salamatou’s son was breached
and the doctor could not turn the baby in time, thus
the baby did not live. Life is so precious and sometimes
not long enough. Pray for the Bolls as they minister
to these ladies. Salamatou is a Christian, Hadjara is
December 3, 2005 - Pray 1 Thessalonians 1:2
for the new church start in Goudel.
Sunday, December 4, 2005 – Answer:
You have been praying for laborers for the harvest;
December 4th & 5th, a team from First Baptist Church
in Benton, KY, will be traveling to Niger to work with
Mark and Deanna and putting the missionary library on
December 5, 2005 – In October you prayed
that Teresa would be able to begin to do health clinics
working with Samaritan’s Purse feeding stations.
This did not happen as there were several other non-Christian
groups giving out lots of food and medicine and Samaritan’s
Purse was not able to work in the Ouallam area. Pray
that doors will open to education the people about health
and that it would not just be a feeding program but
a changed way of life that will have a deeper impact.
December 6, 2005 - The worst of the famine
is over for Niger this year, although as usual there
are many who had a poor harvest and have little to eat.
Pray for those who are hungry, that they would find
food; and pray for those who are spiritually hungry,
that they would find the Bread of Life.
December 7, 2005 - Pray for the Francophone
Games being held this month in Niamey, beginning Dec.
7th. Three thousand athletes from 57 French-speaking
countries will compete in soccer, table tennis, boxing,
judo, athletics (track and field), basketball and traditional
wrestling. Alongside these sporting events, there will
also be dance, painting, photography, music, literature
and sculpture. Ten thousand visitors are expected during
this big event. Pray for the churches and believers
who will be involved in evangelistic efforts during
this time and that many would come to know Christ through
their witness and ministry.
December 8, 2005 – Gardening season is
in full swing now. Pray for the seeds that will be planted
that there will be a harvest. Pray as the Bolls go out
to visit and witness that the gospel seeds will also
show forth a great harvest.
December 9, 2005 - Pray for Deanna's friend,
Ayssa and her family. Three of her children now attend
the only school in town that meets on a regular basis.
Biba, Hama and Boubacar, are all being taught not only
the normal school curriculum on a daily basis, but also
the Bible. Pray for them to bring this information home
and that it will impact their family life.
December 10, 2005 - "Doctors without Borders"
has been doing massive food distributions in the Ouallam
area. Praise the Lord that many have been helped in
this endeavor. Pray for follow up - as the relief will
be leaving in December, but the problem is not solved.
December 11, 2005 - Thank you for your generous
support of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering this month.
The funds from this offering are used to support International
Mission Board missionaries around the world by purchasing
the housing, vehicles, and other resources that enable
us to carry out our ministries effectively.
December 12, 2005 - Pray that the Lord will
not only allow us to partner with Glenview Baptist Church
in Texas but also that the people in this church will
see specifically how they can be involved using their
talents to spread the gospel among the Zerma.
December 13, 2005 - Pray for wisdom and guidance
as Shad and Melissa seek to help the Zerma people learn
to worship God in their own language.
December 14, 2005 – Answer: 2 Cor. 1:11
“On Him we have set our hope that He will continue
to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then
many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious
favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
Thank you so much for your prayers on our behalf. In
October Cindy and Teresa worked several hours and a
few days on the address list for our prayer letter.
Just typing the names of our friends and prayer supporters
– and talking about our prayer requests –
we realized how important you are to the ministry to
the Zerma. We thank God for you!
December 15, 2005 – Pray for health as
Melissa is now halfway through her pregnancy.
December 16, 2005 - Kimberly's mother Kaye
will be arriving in Niger today and visiting for about
a month. Pray for safe travel, good health, and time
well-spent with the Cains.
December 17, 2005 - Answer: We praise the Lord
for working out a wonderful opportunity for Teresa to
teach various classes in Ouallam using health, nutrition
and sanitation. If you would like to know more about
how this came about, please contact us and we will give
December 18, 2005 - Pray for the paperwork
that is being done for future volunteers. Pray for the
volunteers that God is calling out to help in the furthering
of the Kingdom in Niger among the Zerma people. Pray
that the missionaries would be able to have "God's
eyes" in seeing the needs and the faith that God
would call the people that He wants to come.
December 19, 2005 - Answer: Praise God Kanesa
has settled in and adjusted to the culture quickly,
God has also given her joy and peace about my new home.
Pray that she will find women to be language and cultural
helpers. Pray that God will continue to heal her physical
body and restore her energy.
December 20, 2005 - As our IMB mission grows,
so does the job of facilitation. Pray for added strength
and wisdom for Mark and Deanna in this job God has placed
them. Also, pray for opportunities for Mark and Deanna
to find time away from the office to share the gospel
with the Zerma people.
December 21, 2005 – Today is Kimberly's
birthday. Pray that it will be a special day for her.
Pray for Kimberly as she balances the demands of teaching
home school, ministry to the Zerma, and being a wife
December 22, 2005 - Please continue to pray
for Kanesa and Brandy's language study, as they have
four weeks left. Our prayers is for them to be able
to grasp it quickly in order to speak the love of Christ
to the Zerma People.
December 23, 2005 - Answer: Praise God for
His provision of good language helpers.
December 24, 2005 - Merry Christmas! Although
the majority of the Zerma don't celebrate Christmas
as we do, many of them recognize it as a day Christians
celebrate the coming of Christ to earth. Pray that the
Zerma people would come to understand the real reason
Christ was born into our world. Pray that they would
hear the gospel this month--that they can have forgiveness
of sin, assurance of salvation, and an abundant life
through the one and only Savior.
December 25, 2005 – Pray for us all on
Christmas day that we may show the TRUE meaning of Christmas
as we celebrate Christ's birth in this lost land.
December 26, 2005 - Pray for the Ledlow family,
as this will be their first year away from Jeremy during
the holidays. Also, pray for direction in Jeremy's life
and that he will seek this direction from the One who
knows him best.
December 27, 2005 – When Kanesa and Brandy
completed language study they will move to Kollo. Pray
that strongholds would be broken and that their home
would shine as a beacon of light and a place of refuge
for the Zerma people.
December 28, 2005 – Pray for the various
volunteers that are preparing to come to Ouallam in
the next few months. December, January and February
are the best times to come due to the heat and the “work”
that can be done during these months.
December 29, 2005 – Pray for Fati and
Hawa – non-Christians but interested. Pray for
the Bolls as they minister to them in the name of Jesus.
December 30, 2005 - Pray for David Weems as
he comes to Ouallam the month of January. He will be
joining the Bolls in their work. Pray for David as he
will be making preparations for the trip. Praise the
Lord for the volunteers He is calling and -that they
are answering the call.
December 31, 2005 – Happy New Year! The
International Mission Board will be placing a special
emphasis on West Africa during 2006. As a result of
this we hope to see an increase in both prayer support
and the number of volunteers assisting us in our ministries.
Pray that many would respond to this effort by becoming
more involved in our efforts to reach the Zerma with
the gospel. For more information see the IMB Web site
at www.imb.org or our team Web site at www.zermateam.org.
around the throne!
The Zerma Team