to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from
me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
July 1, 2006 – ANSWER: Praise! Thanks
for praying for Eddie, a summer missionary, who helped
us with research during May and June. He was able to
interview almost all the pastors or church leaders in
Niamey and we now have some good information which will
help us better plan how and where to start churches.
Pray for Eddie as he begins studies at Princeton Seminary
July 2, 2006 - Brandy and the volunteers from
the University of Mobile were able to go into several
villages and meet with the elders. Ask God to give Brandy
direction and continued favor with the leadership of
these villages as she does follow-up and more in-depth
sharing of the Gospel.
July 3, 2006 - Please continue to pray for
Meghan and Kimberly, two of our summer missionaries,
as they complete their assignment to prayer walk around
Niamey and develop prayer resources for use with our
prayer supporters. We hope to make these materials available
soon. Pray for their health and safety and for their
travels as they return to the U.S. this month.
July 4, 2006 – Happy Independence Day.
We rejoice and celebrate with you the freedoms that
America has. We are asking God to show each of us what
our role should be in maintaining those freedoms and
sharing the gospel with those he brings into our lives.
God is always faithful. May we be as faithful to walk
through the doors He opens.
July 5, 2006 – ANSWER: May 13 was "Day
of the women of Niger". Teresa was invited to several
of the planning sessions before the big day. It was
to be a really big day; several villages were to walk
up to the top of a "central" plateau where
all could meet together. All the Leaders were invited
to speak; the Préfet; a government official,
the Mayor, the Judge and 2 of the Religious leaders.
It would be televised and in the newspapers. It was
a three day celebration. Teresa did not realize until
a few days before the event that she was one of the
Religious leaders! During the Muslim leader's talk,
the sound system went out. It came back on when Teresa
was speaking. God opened another way for the word to
go out - National TV - and doors continue to be opened.
July 6, 2006 – After the "Day of
the Woman," the Préfet in Ouallam made a
surprise visit to the Bolls' home. He asked Teresa to
pray for him - and he has called her to please come
to his office and pray again. When we had volunteers
in Ouallam, the Préfet was so pleased to meet
them. He asked if we could pray for him. OH - that our
prayers would be answered!! Join us in praying for this
government official to accept Christ.
July 7, 2006 - ANSWER: As the "drama"
volunteer group went to Tiloa with the Bolls, Teresa
was explaining better how to clean a wound and care
for it. One man from Waru who had come to Tiloa speaks
up: "Listen to Madame - she told me how to care
for my leg and I did what she said. You all know how
bad my leg was -- for two years my leg hurt. You all
know I spent over $100 on doctors and medicine, but
Madame showed me how to wash it and soak it with salt
water. She prayed to God - and I was healed! See my
leg!!!" Thank you for praying for the health lessons.
You are more involved in our ministry than you will
ever realize because of your prayers.
July 8, 2006 - This is the farming season in
Niger and farmers are dependent on the rain to grow
their crops. Pray that adequate rain would fall this
summer so that they might have a good harvest. Pray
also for a good harvest of souls.
July 9, 2006 – Pray for Atta as he shares
the gospel with his friends and brothers. Pray that
God would give him understanding about what to say to
them and how to say it. Pray for Atta that he would
grow and be strengthened in his faith.
July 10, 2006 - Team arrives from First Baptist
Church Canyon, Texas. They will be leading discipleship
classes in Goudel and Kollo, prayer walking, and working
on illustrations of Old Testament Stories. Pray for
safe travel, good health and effective ministry time
July 11, 2006 – ANSWER: June brought
more people to the Ouallam church than we have seen
in a long time. This was probably due to the presence
of several volunteers and your prayers. Pray that many
will continue to come and accept God's love for them.
July 12, 2006 - Please pray for the many volunteers
who will be joining us over the next few months--for
most of them this will be their first time in Africa.
Pray for their physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation
and for all the details that go into getting ready for
an overseas trip. Pray that God would prepare the Zerma
here to receive them and their testimonies. We also
ask that as you pray for these things, you would open
yourself to the possibility of coming as a volunteer
July 13, 2006 - July means rain and a temporary
halt to latrine construction on the Ouallam Hygiene
and Sanitation Project. Pray this would be a good time
of reflection and regrouping to restart construction
July 14, 2006 - 56 years ago today, Don Bolls
was born. By statistics he is about 10 years past the
average life span of a Zerma person. Please pray that
his age will be a positive witness to those older but
also to so many that will never reach Don's age.
July 15, 2006 – ANSWER: While 3 volunteers
from Illinois and 2 from Mississippi were in Ouallam,
we wanted to go to the bush or rainy season home of
some national friends to minister. They had already
moved their camp twice. We were in two vehicles, driving
around trying to either find the friends or the way
home. Bonnie, from Illinois prayed "Lord, please
send us help!" and less than one minute later a
woman walked up, got in the truck with us - and showed
us the way - driving right up to the people. It wasn't
a random help-- thank you for your prayers.
July 16, 2006 - June volunteers Debbie, Connie
and Bonnie from Winchester, Illinois helped with a medical
clinic in the village of Gathwan. Pray that the few
Christians in the village were encouraged and that the
others that were treated will reflect on Christ's love
that was demonstrated.
July 17, 2006 - Please pray for Meyhaw, a 21
year old widowed mother of a young daughter. Brandy
has been spending time with her since moving to Kollo,
but due to the strong Islamic hold on her family, the
ground is very hard. Meyhaw has gone to Togo for the
next month to be with her husband’s family. Ask
that God would send a Christian Zerma speaker to her,
even there, that could minister to her in ways that
she will understand, and that it would result in her
salvation and a changed life.
July 18, 2006 – ANSWER: During the first
week of June the Bolls were able to complete classes
for 50 of the 100 latrines that Hunger Relief and the
IMB are helping to put in the Ouallam area. Many prayers
were prayed the first week when 5 volunteers were in
Ouallam. The second week of June - when there were 6
volunteers (2 from MS, 4 from GA) 10 latrines were completed
in one day! It was a great day! The volunteers that
were doing the prayer walking prayed over the work of
the latrines and the different blessings and requests
that God can use through a latrine. God can and will
use various means to minister - even a latrine!
July 19, 2006 – This month rains will
make bush travel(no paved roads) by 4 wheel drive difficult.
And the peppers in the Niger Pepper Project are in the
'bush'. Pray that we can travel in between rains and
that logistics will work so the peppers can be processed
with minimal to no loss.
July 20, 2006 – Pray that Zerma believers
would understand the importance of forming churches
and reaching others with the gospel. Pray that God would
instill in them (and us) a burden for the lost and a
vision for seeing that all the Zerma have an opportunity
to know Christ -- that He is the Way, the Truth, and
July 21, 2006 - Pray that God would reveal
Himself to the Zerma--especially those who are truly
seeking Him. Pray that they would have opportunities
to hear His word and respond to it.
July 22, 2006 - ANSWER: I (Teresa) really appreciate
your praying for us - but a specific answer came on
my birthday. My foot had been hurt for 13 weeks, 2 doctors
had been consulted with differing ideas on how to help.
The first one recommended surgery and the second one
said to wrap it up - and keep it from being moved. As
long as I stay off it, it was better... but trying to
teach the health and Bible classes for the Ouallam Health
and Hygiene project prohibited much rest. On June 1,
the end of the day, my foot was burning and was not
in agreement to be wrapped again! I still have to rest
it, but it seems God's work and your prayers are the
best all around healing. Thank you so much.
July 23, 2006 – Pray for Brandy and Kanesa
and the church in Kollo, asking God to penetrate the
hearts and minds of the people who are currently counting
the cost of becoming a disciple of Christ.
July 24, 2006 – ANSWER: Thank you for
praying for the volunteer team from Steep Hollow Baptist
Church in Bryan, Texas. They opened new doors for follow-up
by sharing their testimonies with people they encountered
and showing the Jesus Film to over 150 people. The peoples’
response was – “just teach us-we do not
know this Jesus.” Thank you for your prayers.
The team was healthy and their time here was incredible
due to you covering them in prayer.
July 25, 2006 – Pray for the Ledlows
as they adjust to an empty nest and for Stephanie as
she adjusts to college life in the states. Ask God to
give all of the Ledlows His peace, comfort and strength
as they boldly follow Him.
July 26, 2006 ANSWER: The Ouallam Sanitation
and Hygiene (Latrine) project has opened so many doors.
Teresa was invited to a 3 day Health Conference with
many government officials and all the Health Clinic's
workers in the Ouallam area as well as several other
areas. The last day, just after one of the meetings,
the King of the area introduced Teresa to the Mayor
of Simiri and to the Deputé of the Simiri area.
Later that night the Mayor and depute paid a visit to
the Bolls' home. They have seen some of the gardening,
wells, and the pepper project in the village of Kaoura
and asked Don if he could come and help them to fix
some of their wells, and to teach others in these areas.
"Doors" keep opening for so many opportunities.
Pray that the Bolls would be obedient and go and do
what God wants -- knowing that God will provide the
wisdom and energy!
July 27, 2006 – Ben and some of the seniors
from Sahel Academy have been riding in taxis throughout
Niamey and sharing their testimonies with the taxis
drivers. They have ridden in 6 taxis in the past two
weeks and 5 of them have arranged times and meeting
places with Ben so they can learn and study the Bible
more in depth. Pray that God draws these men to himself
and empowers them to share their new faith boldly.
July 28, 2006 - Banibangize and his main helper,
Djibrilla, along with several other workers have been
working long and hard trying to get the 50 latrines
finished before the rains. Djibrilla was sent in a taxi
to Niamey and was in a car accident. His hand was hurt
badly and he has not been able to work. Please pray
for Banibangize and Djibrilla as they finish up the
50 latrines that are in various stages and for healing
for Djibrilla’s hand.
July 29, 2006 – Today Karis Sustar turns
3 years old. Pray that she will seek to obey her parents
and that God will direct her strong will in ways that
will glorify him. She opens many doors for us to share
the gospel as she sings praise songs in Zerma and is
just a joy to be around. Everyone that meets her remembers
July 30, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God for the
amazing time with the volunteers from the University
of Mobile and West Texas A&M University. God worked
in them and through them in ways that we cannot even
fully know yet. Thank Him for His mercies upon the teams
as they faithfully shared the gospel each day.
July 31, 2006 –ANSWER: The Blacks have
met a Zerma believer that is a musician and he has agreed
to work with them to develop praise and worship songs
in Zerma. Thank you for praying that would bring just
the right people across their paths.
Zerma Team - Zerma Team Website: www.zermateam.org