We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when
we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love you have for all the saints.” Col 1:3-5
Tuesday, December 1- Gardening time is a very hard, “back-breaking” job
for most Zerma people. Plots are dug by hand, water is pulled
up from wells and carried to garden plots. Pray for strength at
as well as all the other normal work for everyday life. Pray
that the seeds would grow to maturiy.
December 2 - Praise God for the out pouring of love
by the believers in Niamey in November when twelve Woodabe
huts burned down. A volunteer team from Ireland that was here
(a sister mission) and the Hosanna Church and the Goudel church
along with several believers helped by providing clothing,
food, mats to sleep on, mosquito nets and lanterns.
compound of huts burned as well when the fire spread and the
Hausa and Zerma
people asked, “Why did the Christians help so much?” Praise
the Lord that this has opened up the way to share Christ.
December 3 - As the ground starts to dry and the wind
begins to blow dust;
cold, pneumonia and bronchitis season comes
Also because of watering the gardens, many get wet! Pray
for the health of the workers and the people alike.
December 4 - Pray for O and I, as they’ve agreed to meet
with Phil for Bible study. Pray that they would be home each
week when Phil arrives and that God would open their hearts and
December 5 - Pray for Amina as her baby is due any day now.
Pray for a
health delivery and good health for the
December 6 – Kanesa
will be sharing with many churches now that she is in the US.
Pray that those that hear about the Zerma
would be willing to join our team in prayer and perhaps
to join the Zerma team through volunteer work. Today she will
be in GA
sharing with a church and some volunteers (Butch & Debi
Howey) that have been to Niger and have been praying
for over 10 years.
December 7 - Praise God for keeping Krista in good health.
She has only had a couple minor illnesses and no
major problems of any
sort. Pray that it continues.
December 8 – Probably
about 50 years ago the King of Simiri (Ouallam) had a vision
for someone to take health, nutrition, hygiene
classes to the village. His dream is being realized
through the classes that Teresa teaches. The Bolls have his
in this area. The King also studied Agriculture
work in the US and supports the work that Don does as well.
Praise the Lord for
December 9 – November
was a very busy month for the Bolls. Support of the AIDS/Health
project as well as opportunities for
Don to sell many garden seeds kept them really
busy. The King has been inviting the Bolls to his meetings
with the Chiefs of many
of his 86 villages for Teresa to present the
AIDS/Health lessons as she would do in a village. This has
helped the Bolls to go to
many more villages than “normally” possible.
December 10 - K-town is lonely without Kanesa and Brandy, as
are they without
Pray for God
to reveal Himself in ways that the people understand
light that shone in Kanesa and Brandy when they
December 11 - Ask God to speak to Fati in visions and
dreams and draw her into a relationship with him. She thinks she
of Jesus but she has not surrendered her heart totally to Christ
and has no desire to read her Bible, pray or go to church.
December 12 - Ask God to give us wisdom in knowing
how to help Nigeriens to see what they are uniquely gifted to do
them with those who can train them in those fields.
December 13 - Baptism is usually a big step out in faith
of a Zerma person to follow Christ. Hama and Hamani have taken
in their request for baptism. Please pray they remain faithful
follow through with this big decision and that God would give
them wisdom and strength to do so.
December 14 - Ask God to continue to lead and direct Kanesa and Brandy
as they try to discern where and what God would have
them to do.
Ask that as they begin this new part of life that God would
show them where they can minister in the United States.
December 15 - Pray for Cindy Sustar’s parents.
Both of them are struggling with numerous health issues.
December 16 – Tomorrow Kimberly’s mom,
Kaye, leaves the states for a 3 week visit to Niger. Pray for her
safety as she travels. Praise God for this precious family time
, December 17 - Today Krista, a semester missionary,
along with several other students with the Hands On group are leaving
the USA. Please pray for safe travel and health as they return
home. Also pray that they would continue to learn from their time
here and for them to have opportunities to share about the life
and work being done in Niger.
December 18 - Please lift up Brandy and her fiancé,
Daniel, as they plan their wedding and spend time together as a
Pray that their relationship would point others to Christ and bring
December 19 - Pray for Amina’s husband who is
very close to following Jesus. Pray that he will make that step
Ask God to provide him with work. He has been looking for work
for several months.
December 20 - Pray for the teen girls group meeting with Kimberly
Krista. Pray that they will be there and be open to
God’s Word. Pray that Kimberly and Krista are able to minister
to them in meaningful and relevant ways.
, December 21 - Today is Kimberly’s birthday. Pray
for her endurance, stamina, and time management in the coming year.
when ministry is challenging. Pray that she would be ready with
a word to share at all times and in all places.
December 22 – Today many newly elected offices
will take their place in many decisions to be made the next few
for wisdom, safety and God’s guidance.
December 23 – Please pray for the Literacy class
that Teresa teaches at the Ouallam Church. Thank the Lord for the
of the students as there are some evenings that Teresa is unable
to attend because of AIDS/Health classes. Pray that the students
continue to learn to read and write. They are so excited!
December 24 - Pray that the Lord would send more workers
to live and work among the Zerma.
December 25- Merry Christmas! We thank God for His gift to us,
Son. We are so thankful we have a Story to tell
that we have your prayer support in doing so. Merry Christmas!
We love you!
December 26 - It normally takes the seed grain of 6-7 “bokos” (Millet
heads tied in a bundle about 2 foot circumference) for a 110 pound
sack of millet. This year it takes 10-12 “bokos” for
one sack of millet in some areas because of a bad harvest. Some
farmers received 6-8 “bokos” from their whole crop – and
there were some that only got one “boko” from their
entire crop! Please join us in prayer for the needs around us every
day. One sack, if a family of 10 eats two times a day, will last
about 20 days.
December 27 – As Teresa was doing a “Presentation” for
the Chiefs of villages at the King’s concession two directors
from the nearby school came to ask if she could talk at their meeting.
This meeting consisted of teachers &/or parents representing
some 116 village schools in the area. During her presentation God
opened doors to work with the teachers/parents and the Chiefs of
these villages as many followed Teresa to the truck asking her
to go to their village. Praise the Lord that He is still performing
December 28 - Ask God to show us the best way to guide
the Nigeriens to start businesses on their own in a culturally
December 29 – The Zerma team has changed many ways
this past year. We were joined by many during the year, but now
3 units, the Cains, Bolls and Sustars. Please pray that we would
have the strength, God’s wisdom, and the faithfulness to
do the work that He has called us to do.
December 30 - Number wise there are not many Zerma Christians.
Many places there are only one to just a few. Fellowship and practicing
their faith can be difficult. Pray for great peace, understanding,
faith and patience for these precious few that remain faithful
among a sea of lostness.
December 31 – As we reflect over the past year
we have so much to be thankful for. We have had several volunteers
come to help share the work, we have several already that are planning
to come the next year. We have had some of the volunteer missionaries
that have returned to continue to work in Niger. We have also had
Summer missionaries, semester missionaries, Hands-On missionaries,
and we have had you… our faithful prayer supporters. We thank
God for you. We look forward to “working with you” again
Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for standing with us this
The Zerma Team