is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not
return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
July 1, 2007 - We’ve encountered several
Zerma who have indicated that they want to follow Christ
but something is holding them back from making that
decision. Pray that God would draw these people to Himself
and give them the courage to take that step of faith.
Pray that the Zerma believers would encourage these
seekers, and be ready to give an answer for “the
hope that is within them.”
July 2, 2007 – Pray for the Blacks to
have a safe trip back to Niger. Praise God for the time
of rest and renewal they had with their family in the
July 3, 2007 - Pray for the kids that Kimberly
has been ministering to through her weekly Kid’s
Clubs. Many seeds have been planted in their hearts—and
in some of the parent’s hearts who have come to
watch. Pray that these seeds of truth would take root
and grow and that God would continue to draw these kids
to Himself. Ask God to raise up a believer that will
lead the Kid’s Club while the Cain’s are
in the states.
July 4, 2007 – Happy 4th of July. As
we celebrate our Independence and Freedom let us remember
to pray for those that do not have this luxury. Pray
for those who are not free to worship as they feel led.
Let us remember that our freedom is not free –
many gave their lives for our freedom.
July 5, 2007 – ANSWER: Thank you for
praying for the four volunteers from Georgia who came
last month to help Phil with mentoring believers. Our
time was well-spent and the groups of believers we met
with in various villages were greatly encouraged by
their sharing, teaching, and exhortation. The body of
Christ is slowly being built up in these places in the
midst of many challenges.
July 6, 2007 – ANSWER: From time to time
over the past several years we have asked you to pray
that God would “send workers into the harvest”
here in Niger. One of the ways God has answered this
prayer is through volunteers—in 2006 alone our
team had over 60 volunteers from Baptist churches in
the U.S. It looks like we may have at least that number
this year. Many of you reading this have come to Niger
yourselves; walking alongside us, praying with us, and
ministering to the Zerma people. Thanks for your faithful
July 7, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise God for
amazing volunteers who have come to labor among the
Zerma people. May God continue to rise up short-term
and long-term laborers! Pray for strength and endurance
for Natalie, Betsy and Heidi as they stay on in Kollo
until July 17. They arrived in mid June.
July 8, 2007 – Pray for Oumou and Doola,
Kanesa and Brandy’s friends, that are living in
Benin. Pray for Oumou to be strong and for Doola to
come to Christ.
July 9, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise God for
Zalika who prayed to receive Christ in Kollo. Ask God
to grow Zalika in boldness and knowledge. Also ask God
to bring her husband and his other wives to Himself.
July 10, 2007 – Pray for a good rainy
season that will produce a plentiful harvest. Pray for
the village of Mali to receive a well, obtaining enough
water to meet daily needs continues to be a challenge
for this village. Pray for rain—as you read this
the millet, sorghum, peanuts, and peas are growing in
the fields and the amount of rain they get will be a
big factor in whether or not the Zerma have a good harvest.
Pray that this year’s rains would lead to an abundant
July 11, 2007 – Pray Eph. 5 for the church
in Goudel - that husbands will love their wives and
that the wives would respect their husbands.
July 12, 2007 - ANSWER: Praise God for the
incredible open doors and open hearts in Kollo and surrounding
villages. May God raise up more who have hungry hearts.
July 13, 2007 – Pray for Melissa, Hezekiah,
and Miriam as they stay in Kollo, while Shad goes to
Dakar, Senegal to participate in a seminary class. Pray
for good health for each of them.
July 14, 2007 – Happy Birthday - Don
Bolls. At 58 as my hair turns grayer I gain immediate
respect among the Zerma people. Several Zerma Christian
leaders are also in the gray hair age. They are much
respected for their age and gray hair. Moumouni, Alhassan,
and Warize come to mind. Pray that I and these Zerma
leaders use that respect to further the cause of Christ.
Sunday, July 15, 2007 – Pray
for guidance and God’s grace as Shad Black leads
Scripture Song Workshops to encourage Zerma believers
to compose indigenous Zarma hymns.
July 16, 2007 – Pray Matthew 28 - for
the church in Goudel to make disciples as the scriptures
July 17, 2008 – ANSWER: Praise God for
a new sister in Niamey. Pray for Hediza to grow up strong
in the Lord and to share with others.
July 18, 2007 - ANSWER: Praise the Lord that
the Blacks will be able to tour the clinic on June 20
where Melissa will deliver their third child. They are
also hoping to find out the gender of the baby. Pray
for Melissa to stay healthy through the remainder of
the pregnancy and for the little one to be healthy and
July 19, 2007 – The Cains will be leaving
tomorrow for stateside assignment, and will not return
to Niger until June, 2008. They will be living near
Seattle, WA. Pray for them as they adjust to American
culture, undergo medical examinations, and prepare for
speaking engagements around the country. Pray for Caroline
and Caleb as they leave friends behind and transition
to new schools this fall.
July 20, 2007 – Pray for safe travel
as all IMB personnel in West Africa travel to Senegal
today for our annual meetings. Pray for good meetings,
safety and fun for our children and unified spirit and
vision. We are so grateful to the many volunteers who
will be coming to facilitate the meetings.
July 21, 2007 - Our work with the Zerma people
would be ineffective to impossible without our West
Africa office team in the US. Pray for Roger, Holly,
and Judy who work 'behind' the scenes to help us win
Zerma people to Christ. There are many others that work
with our travel, medical, pay etc. but our West Africa
office is a front line of contact.
July 22, 2007 – ANSWER: The Bolls write,
“It has been so good to be able to share with
the several churches and various organizations during
our Stateside Assignment. Many people are very interested
in the work among the Zerma and many are being "called"
to be more specific in praying for the missionaries,
the work, the Zerma Believers and those strongly seeking
God. We praise the Lord for the dedication of the many
Prayer Warriors that are praying for work among Zerma
DAILY. We love you all...”
July 23, 2007 – The big trips planned
for the Bolls are Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas,
Texas and New Mexico. Please continue to pray for safe
travels and pray that we would be able to give God the
Glory for what is happening among the Zerma people.
July 24, 2007 – Pray Acts 8 for the church
in Goudel to understand that persecution scatters the
July 25, 2007 – ANSWER: We (Bolls) praise
the Lord for such an awesome Zerma team. We have been
encouraged by everyone on the team. We hear of work
being done in the Ouallam area and this has helped our
time here as we share of the work that continues. Thanks
team! We are excited that all 93 latrines were totally
finished in Ouallam! Please pray for Amadou as he continues
to work in one of the nearby villages, Mondolo Garbey
Fondu is also building a latrine for the school. Pray
for the Bible classes once again, that they will remember
the Love of Southern Baptists and the desire of so many
to offer help and shown love in Jesus' name.
July 26, 2007 – Pray for Hassi and Cindy
as they lead women in Bible study each Thursday afternoon.
The believers have been scattered throughout the city
due to persecution and now are too far apart to meet
together regularly. In response to this Cindy and Hassi
are beginning 3 studies; one in Goudel in the home of
a believer, one Dar Salam at a believer’s house
and one in Yantala with wife and neighbors of a believer.
Pray for God’s Word to go forth with power and
not return void.
July 27, 2007 – ANSWER: Praise the Lord
for our families - we (Bolls) have been able to spend
time with families, but especially the grandkids as
their parents work. We will be taking Dillon and Rachel
with us to the Downey Reunion in Texas, at the end of
this month. As I think of our heritage, our ancestors,
I am so thankful for the many influences in my life
- and pray for those Zerma that are now beginning to
hear of the love of Jesus. Help us to be more faithful
as we share of our Christian Heritage.
July 28, 2007 – A volunteer asked an
elder who has been following Jesus for five months and
who is illiterate, “What specifically have you
learned from the Bible?” The elder replied, “Everything
you see me do and hear me say is what I’ve learned.”
Praise God for believers who hear His Word and live
July 29, 2007 – Today Karis Sustar turns
4. We praise God for her extroverted personality and
her eagerness to sing Christian songs to all who will
listen. We pray that her love of God’s Word will
continue to grow and mature.
July 30, 2007 - As you know, modern ways of
communication seem to have 'shrunk' the world we live
in. This has been brought to our attention while on
Stateside Assignment as we have received several cell
phone calls from a Zerma man living in Africa. Pray
for Halidou, a Christian, and many other Zerma people
living far from their homeland, some of which have shared
their faith with their new friends.
July 31, 2007 - It sounds too early but since
we have been requested to plan and budget work for 2008,
we request your prayer in this early work that has been
done and waiting approval. Pray good decisions and preplanning
together before the Most High God.
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