November 2006

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

Update: We have been asking for prayers for the farmers in the Quallam area for so many years – they have not had crops in over 3 years due to lack of rainfall, then last year the grasshoppers ate the harvest. This year there has been flooding – the Mayor of Quallam told the Bolls that the floods destroyed over 3000 homes and one life was taken. The villages that were most damaged were Bardouga, Sargan, Ouallam Ville (not the town), Diganasa and Adam Tondi. Teresa will be going to Ouallam October 16-18 to begin work on the latrine project that was put on hold due to rainy season. She will also start work on a project in the village of Kanda. Please pray for wisdom, safe travels and ministry that can be done through these disasters. Pray for the people affected by the recent flooding and for our loving God to be shown and Christ magnified through their lives.

Wednesday, November, 1. 2006 – A volunteer team from Georgia is here this week on a "vision/discovery trip". Pray for their health, safety and for God to use them in significant ways to accomplish His purposes for the Zerma. Pray that they would return home with a vision for how their church can be involved in reaching the Zerma.

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - Pray for safe travel and quality time with family and friends for the Blacks while they are in the states.

Friday, November 3, 2006
– ANSWER: Thank you for praying for James and Ricky, the volunteers from Tennessee who were here last month. They were able to share the gospel with a variety of people both in the city and the bush and brought smiles to the faces of everyone they met. One man made gave his life to Christ and many others came closer to knowing Christ as their Savior.

Saturday, November 4, 2006 – Praise the Lord for volunteers! The Bolls will be hosting 3 volunteers from Clayton Baptist Church, Alabama. Pray that this will be an encouraging time for the Christians in Tiloa, Kanda, and Koura Villages. This team will also be constructing a latrine in the village of Kanda. We pray this will be a time of encouragement and worship for the women of these villages.

Sunday, November 5, 2006 – Pray for the taxi ministry going on in Niamey. Ask God to draw these men to Himself, transform their lives and use them to reach Niamey with the Gospel message.

Monday, November 6, 2006
– It was really disheartening to see a flood of water where beautiful yellow ripened peppers had been. But for people accustomed to dealing with the harsh realities of life including extreme hunger and death, a few dead pepper plants seemed not to deter the spirit to grow them again with the promise of a harvest, money and food. I recently saw several hundred young plants that will soon be set out. Thank God for the determination of Zerma people to overcome extreme adversity. Pray this same determination might lead them to a faith in God that will bring them to Christ.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - Fati lives in Kollo-Zongo. She and Brandy have been studying the Bible together. Fati asks, “Why is it that whenever I want to ask about Christianity or Christ my heart fights?" She has heard the truth and now must count the cost of following Christ. Ask God to reveal Himself to her and draw her into a relationship with Him.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - Kimberly is changing the kid's club times to accommodate the start of school in Niger. Pray for wisdom in knowing the right time to meet so that the most kids can come.

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - Praise God for the work that He is doing in Kollo. This past month, he brought a Muslim man that has taught Arabic for 20 years to the church one Sunday morning. The man said that God told him the night before to come to church, so he began preparing at midnight. Ask God to continue making Himself known to those that we have not even touched, and pray for this man to follow Christ and start preaching the Bible!

Friday - November 10, 2006 – ANSWER: The Browns will be leaving Niger today. Praise the Lord for their coming and working among the Zerma, for being flexible and doing many things that were unplanned. We pray the stories they take back to their church, Clayton Baptist in Alabama, will encourage that congregation and that through them God will lead others to join us here in Niger. This church is planning to partner with the Zerma team – in hopes that there will be thousands of Zerma around the throne of Christ.

Saturday, November 11, 2006 - Today is Susie McFarland's birthday. Susie designed our Website and has maintained it for several years now--if you haven't had a chance to see it, check it out at www.zermateam.org. Join us in praising God for the way He has used Susie and her computer skills to provide information about the Zerma and our ministry. Pray that today will be a special day for her.

Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Pray for Adama, a young teenage girl, coming to kid's club. She wants to ask Jesus into her heart. Pray for her family, her mother is open to Christianity and her father is an active Muslim.

Monday, November 13, 2006 - Please pray for Oumou as she prepares to go to Benin and live with her husband. Ask that Doola, her husband, would have a soft heart and follow Jesus as well. Pray for Oumou to stand strong in the midst of great persecution from all those around her, and especially from her Mom. Pray that she will stand on Christ, the Solid Rock and be a mighty testimony for Christ!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God for "Ay Baaba" (My Father) in Sebeeri, another village outside of Kollo. This older man has been the turning point for work in Sebeeri. He has been the main one to desire studying in this village, and the last time we read the story of Jesus and Nicodemus, "Ay Baaba" held the Bible up to his head and heart, as a sign that he wanted to know and understand all that is in it. Pray that he would begin to follow Christ and in turn lead many others to follow as well.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 – It is harvesting time for the Zerma. Pray that they will see the harvest as a true gift from the Lord.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 – Pray for the Blacks to have renewed vision and direction for their remaining time in Niger.

Friday, November 17, 2006 - Kanesa has begun work in the village of Mali. Ask that the people would be open to listening to the Gospel, accept it, follow it wholeheartedly, and gain a passion for sharing with other Zerma.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 – Ask God to build His church in Goudel and to make it a light to all around. Pray that the church will advance in unity and reach into other areas of Niamey with strength to resist the schemes of the enemy.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - ANSWER: Brandy has been visiting the people of Kollo-Zongo for several months and they are finally beginning to study the Bible on a regular basis. Praise God that He is working in their hearts and causing them to say, "Okay it's time to study" and then using them to help each other understand what we are studying.

Monday, November 20, 2006 – Pray the Bolls will be able to go to Ouallam more frequently and begin classes and construction of the remaining latrines. This project had to be postponed during the rains. Pray that this project would benefit the recipients for years to come – not just the latrine, but the Bible classes and the health classes that are being taught.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - Ask God to continue to unite the evangelical churches in Niamey so they will be a bold witness for Christ, leading with integrity in relationships and passion for reaching those without Christ.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - Pray for wisdom for Melissa Black as she builds relationships with the women in her neighborhood. These women are becoming more aware of their need for salvation. Pray that God would use the kid’s club to draw these women and children to Himself.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - Happy Thanksgiving Day – We are all very thankful for our salvation, our health, our families, our freedom – and our prayer supporters! You are GREAT!

Friday, November 24, 2006 - ANSWER: the Blacks have had very positive feedback on the chronological, Genesis to Revelation cassette tape, and it is now being disturbed to Zerma speakers. Melissa is also making good progress on the discipleship material.

Saturday, November 25, 2006 - Pray for Jollo and Alhasan. They have both heard the gospel. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them through the scriptures.

Sunday, November 26, 2006 - Pray for the Ledlows to have quality time with friends and family while in the states. Pray also for Jeremy and Stephanie as they continue to adjust to life in the states, jobs, school, new friendships and all that comes with major transitions.

Monday, November 27, 2006 - Pray that Kanesa and Brandy would be unified and make the most of every day that they have left in Niger.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
- Pray that God would pour out his Spirit upon the Zerma, convicting them of their lostness and their need for salvation through Christ alone. Pray that God would prepare their hearts to receive His Word.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - ANSWER: Praise God for the volunteers He has been sending and is continuing to send to the Zerma.

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - Today is Caroline Cain's 13th birthday. We praise him for the growth we are seeing in her spiritual walk. We praise Him for her sweet spirit and kind heart. Pray Psalm 144:12-15 for her, "that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace."

The Zerma Team

“Prayer is the greatest privilege of life and
is the greatest source of power on earth.”

Prayer and Kingdom Advance – International Centre for Excellence in Leadership


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