in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord.”
December 1, 2006 – ANSWER: Thank you
for your prayers for the volunteer team from First Baptist
Church Sandersville, Georgia. We had a great week as
they were able to meet team members and experience some
of our ministries firsthand. Pray for this church as
they seek God's guidance in partnering with us to reach
the Zerma people.
Saturday, December 2, 2006 - Pray for
the government leaders of Niger; that God would grant
them wisdom and courage to make wise decisions for the
benefit of this struggling country and for their salvation.
December 3, 2006 - Pray for the Ledlows as
they are nearing the end of their stateside assignment.
Pray for them as they travel and speak in churches,
and especially as they leave Jeremy and Stephanie behind
in the U.S. to continue work and attend college. Pray
also for Deanna’s father who entered the hospital
in November with pneumonia and mild heart attacks. Pray
for his complete recovery before they return to Niger.
December 4, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God for the
unity He has placed between Brandy and Kanesa, and the
sweet fellowship they have had together this past month.
Please ask that they would continue to be aware of the
enemy's schemes to divide them.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 – Last
month, you prayed for "Ay Baaba" in Sebeeri.
Praise God for the work He has done in revealing that
Jesus is God's Son. Pray that God would give “Ay
Babba” the courage to follow, as well as for the
others in Sebeeri who are hearing the Truth.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 –
Pray for Oumou as she waits to hear from her husband
who lives and works in a neighboring country. She is
feeling rejected, and struggles through the persecution
of her new faith. Ask that she would really grow in
the Holy Spirit and continue to have wisdom in following
Thursday, December 7, 2006 - ANSWER:
Praise the Lord for a team of volunteers that came from
Texas to work among the Zerma in Niamey. They played
soccer with the young men and showed the Jesus Film
in Goudel. After the film 3 people accepted Christ as
December 8, 2006 – Praise God that the
village of Mali is open to the Gospel. Ask God to provide
somebody to come and dig a well for them, currently
they only have one well for the entire village. Pray
also that they would long for "Living Water".
December 9, 2006 – Pray for Pastor Hassan
as he travels to Niamey to do the initial recordings
for the Zerma, indigenous hymn cassette.
December 10, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God for
giving Kanesa good health. She has been well for three
months! Ask the Lord to continue to keep her well so
that she may be more effective!
December 11, 2006 - Pray for Garba, a shopkeeper
Phil has been witnessing to. Because of his Muslim background
he has many objections to Christianity but he seems
open to talking about the differences. Pray that the
truth of scripture would penetrate his heart and mind
and that God would reveal Himself to him through Jesus
December 12, 2006 - Pray for Melissa’s
family in the loss of her grandmother. Pray for Melissa’s
grandfather as he struggles with accepting Christ as
December 13, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise God
that the Blacks travel went well, time with family was
good, and they are safely back in Niger. Praise God
that they were able to get back into their work here.
Praise God for the many helpers He has sent to help
with the editing of the Zerma Audio Bible project.
December 14, 2006 - Ask God to provide a great
new pastor and his wife to come and pastor the church
in Kollo as the current one moves to another area.
December 15, 2006 - Pray for Director Hassan
as he and the Blacks make the necessary changes to the
Audio Bible chronology tape.
December 16, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise God
for cooler weather that makes it easier to have energy
and be out and about more!
Sunday, December 17, 2006 – Ask
Jesus to raise up leaders in the church in Goudel and
in the group of taxi drivers who would be willing to
move to other locations in the city to begin outreach
December 18, 2006 – Pray that Jesus would
become everything to the new believers and future believers
in the Goudel church. “For to me, to live is Christ
and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21
December 19, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise God
for His faithfulness to complete the good work He has
begun and will finish in His people! The Lord He is
December 20, 2006 – Classes have begun
again in Ouallam for the Sanitation and Hygiene Hunger
Relief Project. Classes were well attended and work
has once again begun on this project. Pray for speed
as we still have to actually teach the 65 classes and
the latrines have to be finished before the Bolls leave
for Stateside Assignment April 1, 2007.
December 21, 2006 - Today is Kimberly Cain's
birthday. Pray that this will be a special day for her.
Pray for her as she ministers among the Zerma and seeks
to draw them closer to the Savior.
December 22, 2006 – ANSWER: Thank you
for your sacrificial giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas
offering. It is your giving that allows us to be here
in Niger, sharing the hope of Christ with the Zerma
people. We are grateful to you for partnering with us
to see Zerma believers worshiping God.
December 23, 2006 – Alidou is a young
man who recently accepted Christ in one of the villages
we've been working in. Pray that his faith would be
strengthened, even as it is tested. Pray that he would
have a hunger and desire to know and do the will of
God. Pray that other believers in this village would
be an encouragement to him.
December 24, 2006 - ANSWER: Thanks for praying
for the kid's clubs Kimberly is leading. It is evident
that God is working in the hearts of the children as
they hear the Bible stories and as volunteers have shared
their love with them. Continue to pray that these seeds
that are being planted will flourish, that even these
children's parents and family members will be influenced
by the gospel.
December 25, 2006 - Pray for different “get-togethers”
and parties that will take place during the month of
December. Pray that we would all remember the true reason
for Christmas – and that we can share that with
our friends, here and there… Merry Christmas.
December 26, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise the
Lord for vision trips! Clayton Baptist Church sent a
team to help do a latrine in the village of Kanda (which
was completed before they left) and the team wants to
recommend that their church partner with the work being
done in this village. Many lives were touched by the
help of the latrine, and hopefully many more will be
affected as the village sees more Christians come to
work alongside them.
December 27, 2006 – Idrissa is a young
man who came for medical help during a medical clinic
the Bolls were facilitating in the village of Zone Tondi.
Idrissa has something wrong with his spine or muscles
around his spine which causes his body to “fold”
when he gets out of balance. Prayer was given, but only
God can heal him.
December 28, 2006 – ANSWER: I couldn’t
believe my eyes as I looked at hundreds of newly sprouted
pepper plants. After being flooded out twice and many
other adversities the people of Kaoura have kept alive
the ‘Niger Pepper” project. The best news
was people in another large village want to grow the
peppers and have been given seed. Pray that along with
the shared seed will be shared the Gospel.
December 29, 2006 – A few Sundays ago
I was walking to a church in an area we have worked
for many years. My path crossed with a stream of people
on their way to prayer as it was the big Muslim “holiday”.
Arriving at church it was with great sadness I saw the
door locked. On my walk home I heard laughter and the
words “there is no church”. Ask God to give
the few Zerma believers that are here, new boldness
to share His love, and strength to stand extreme adversity
to their faith.
December 30, 2006 – Pray for Adele Bryan
who will be joining the Bolls in Ouallam the month of
January. Much paperwork, packing, buying supplies, getting
physically as well as mentally ready for the work. Pray
also for David, who is very supportive of her coming,
although he is having some problems with his health.
December 31, 2006 – ANSWER: Smiling as
I continued my drive down the dirt road I reflected
on what I had just heard. It’s one of those things
you wonder if you heard right but after two times I
didn’t want to ask again. I heard a baptized believer
had baptized another believer (without missionary help).
It was a ‘first’ in an area we have worked
in for about 15 years and done much discipleship. Pray
that believers will take courage and advance in their
knowledge of Christ.
The Zerma Team