“so 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.” Isaiah 55:11

Sunday, 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.”

Monday, 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 states.

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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 prayers.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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 harvest.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Monday, July 16, 2007 – Pray Matthew 28 - for the church in Goudel to make disciples as the scriptures command.

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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 fully developed.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, 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...”

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 – Pray Acts 8 for the church in Goudel to understand that persecution scatters the Gospel.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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 it out.

Sunday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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 are done.

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