as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
August 1, 2007 – ANSWER: The Sustars
hosted a team of 4 ladies from Mosaic Church in Los
Angeles the end of June and into July. They were a tremendous
blessing as they filmed Zerma life and held interviews
with Zerma People in order to create a short video segment
of the Zerma story. They also shared their testimonies
and started Kid’s Clubs in two new areas of Niamey.
They strengthened our team by leading sessions on Myers-Briggs,
Strength-Finders and Character Matrix.
August 2, 2007 - Thank you for praying for
Teresa's mother, Dean Cameron. She did have 75% of her
stomach removed She was doing really good but lately
has been having some problems and had to return to the
hospital for several days due to dehydration. Pray for
wisdom in the change of diet and medication.
August 3, 2007
- The Bolls will be traveling again this month! They
are now living in Donaldson, AR and are very thankful
for Riverside Baptist Church for providing a home for
them to stay in. Some of the states to be visited this
month are New Mexico, Texas, Georgia and Mississippi.
It has been exciting to be able to share what God is
doing in Niger among the Zerma people. Thank you for
praying for safe travels.
August 4, 2007
– ANSWER: Thank you for praying for the Blacks
as they returned to Niamey on July 4 from vacation in
the states. After 31 hours in the air and many cancelled
or missed flights they made it here safely. We praise
God for His provision for them on each leg of the trip.
August 5, 2007
- Pray for encouragement for the Christians and leaders
in remote villages that go many months with little contact
with other Christians or missionaries. Pray that the
Holy Spirit would be their leader and that they would
be able to find wisdom in His teachings. Many of these
new Christians are non-readers.
August 6, 2007
– Pray for safe travels for the Sustars as they
leave today for Indonesia where they will vacation and
attend a conference. Pray that all connector flights
to go smoothly and for them to have a relaxing and refreshing
August 7, 2007
– Hassan will be starting a small group meeting
at his house in August. People will come during the
night, the time they have to socialize after the day’s
work is done, to hear about God’s revelation of
Himself climaxing in the life, death, and resurrection
of His son, Jesus Christ. Pray for Hassan as he leads
August 8, 2007 - Pray for the spiritual growth
of all of us on the Zerma team. Pray that we would have
a daily awareness of God’s presence and a constant
attitude of praise to God.
August 9, 2007
- Please pray for the rains to continue. Also remember
that many of the villagers will be moving to their temporary
country homes to be near their crops. There is no medical
help, food is scarce, much more work for the women in
food preparation, and very poor water supply. Pray for
protection during these times. Also their temporary
homes (Ziggy) are "well ventilated" and when
the rains come they will get wet and very cold.
August 10, 2007
– Ask God to draw the children to Himself in two
new Kid’s Clubs that began in July. The first
one meets on Friday mornings and there were 80 kids
and moms at the first gathering to hear the story of
creation. The second week we told how sin entered the
world to 40 kids and moms. The second one meets on Friday
afternoon and there have been 60 children each week.
Pray that they remember the stories and that God’s
Word will transform their lives.
August 11, 2007
- ANSWER: We continue to praise the Lord for the way
He worked through the lives and hearts of many of the
government leaders. Before the Bolls left Ouallam some
plans were proposed by the government - pray that when
the Bolls return in a few months that these will be
August 12, 2007 - Pray for the Zerma people
who have made decisions to follow Christ. Pray that
they would grow in their faith and knowledge of the
Lord. Pray that they would be bold in sharing their
faith with others.
August 13, 2007
- Many people have heard the Gospel - pray that God
will continue to touch their lives and hearts. Pray
that the Lord will be known, loved and followed.
August 14, 2007 - Praise the Lord for the IMB
and the time and place that we have to come to for encouragement,
information, renewal, meeting new friends and renewing
acquaintances. Pray for our leadership and the many
responsibilities and demands they face every day.
August 15, 2007
- All of us struggle from time to time with expressing
ourselves in the Zarma language. Pray that each of us
on the Zerma team would not grow weary in learning and
understanding the language and culture of the Zerma
people. Pray that we would become fluent in speaking
and hearing Zerma and able to communicate clearly in
a variety of situations.
August 16, 2007 -
Picture Bibles, like the ones used for children, are
revolutionizing Christian teaching in the villages around
Kollo. Pray for God to provide more of these Bibles
and pray for the men who are using them to ‘show’
God and His salvation to the lost in these areas.
August 17, 2007
- August will find the Bolls speaking at an On Missions
Conference in Georgia. This is a time when several different
missionaries will gather in various churches - pray
for safe travel and for us to speak the things God lays
on our hearts.
August 18, 2007
- Stateside Assignment is a time of balancing traveling,
speaking, resting, family time, medical visits, etc...
Pray for those on Stateside Assignment - that we would
be able to draw close to the Lord, get our "batteries
charged", meet many new friends, renew acquaintances,
get passed the physical exams - and get that renewed
call to return to the field. Pray that we would use
our time wisely.
August 19, 2007
- – ANSWER: Thank you for praying laborers! The
last group of summer volunteers leaves for the states
today. They made a tremendous impact on the people they
came and shared their lives with. They’ve shared
their testimonies, told Bible Stories, discipled believers
and took a group of pastors through a study on Genesis.
They provided medical care for many who were sick or
injured, they designed a pump for some of the pump wells
that have broken, they covered the area with prayer,
led Kid’s Clubs, filmed the life story of the
Zerma and loved the people. They saw Zerma give their
lives to Christ and they saw God heal many, physically
and spiritually. What a powerful cloud of witnesses
that have been among us.
August 20, 2007 – Pray for the church
in Goudel to continue to grow strong in common vision
and purpose. Ask God to draw those that are seeking
Him into a life changing relationship with Christ.
August 21, 2007 - Pray for Musa as he will
not see any other believers for the next 3 months. The
rains have made the roads impassable and he is the only
believer in his area. Pray that his witness would bring
many others to salvation and that he would be encouraged
during this time.
August 22, 2007 -
Pray for Abdoulaye as he seeks to gain more knowledge
about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. He
is trying to be a light to his community and his 10
August 23, 2007
- Pray for Melissa as she enters her third trimester
of this pregnancy. Pray that God would grant her and
the baby health.
August 24, 2007 - Pray for the government and
local leaders of Niger. Pray for their salvation and
that their lives would be characterized by wisdom, integrity
and a desire to know God.
August 25, 2007
- As you read this, the Zerma people are busy with their
farms, spending long days in the fields cultivating
millet, peas, peanuts, etc. This is also the time of
year when last year’s harvest is running out and
many people are hungry. Pray that their nutritional
needs will be met and for physical strength to do the
difficult work. Pray for adequate rains and for an abundant
harvest this year.
August 26, 2007
- Pray for Caroline and Caleb Cain as they begin attending
public school in the U.S. this year (Caroline will be
in 8th grade, Caleb in 3rd). Pray that they will make
friends and adjust quickly to much bigger schools and
a different culture than what they are used to.
August 27, 2007
– Pray for the new believers, in Kollo and the
surrounding villages, to stand firm against persecution.
Ask God to teach them through His Holy Spirit.
August 28, 2007
- Pray for the volunteer team arriving today to work
with the Blacks. Pray for safe travel as they come to
teach the Zerma people about worshiping God through
hymns written in their own language.
August 29, 2007
– Pray for the taxi ministry that is ongoing throughout
Niamey. Ask God to reveal Himself to each person, drawing
them into a relationship with Him.
August 30, 2007
– ANSWER: Thank God for men like Mamadou who own
their compounds and houses and can host Bible teaching
there whenever they want. Pray that God would provide
more locations of stability like this one and for His
Word to be proclaimed boldly.
August 31, 2007 –
Brandy and Kanesa leave today to spend 2 months in the
states. Pray for safe travel and a relaxing time with
family and friends.
a treasure to us! Thank
you for holding the ropes!