1: Today is Teresa Boll’s birthday. Please ask the
Lord to continue to heal her back. Praise the Lord for Teresa’s
servant’s heart and diligence in serving Him and the Zerma
2: Praise God for bringing summer volunteers to work in
K-town. Today five of the seven volunteers arrive. Pray for them
as they go through five days of orientation and a crash language
class. After that they will live in the bush on their own, boldly
sharing from God’s Word. Pray for them to adjust well culturally
as well as physically to all the changes.
This is generally the month that the rainy season begins and planting
crops takes place all over Niger. Pray that God would bless their
hard work with a good harvest this year. Pray for seeds of the Gospel
to be planted in their hearts as well.
4: Today the last two K-town volunteers will arrive. They
will be living with Kanesa and Brandy as they will be doing basic
first aid along with sharing the Gospel. Pray for them as they will
only get four days of language. Also pray that God would give them
many opportunities to share the Gospel as they use nursing skills
to minister to the people of K-town.
5: Praise the Lord that Harouna was able to get a job digging
wells. Please pray for his family. In the past, prayer was requested
for his son, Seyni. While gone on well work, Harouna’s wife
also got very ill. The well work takes him over 100 miles away from
home. Please pray for this family as they are the only Christian
family in their village who seem to be suffering greatly.
6: Penny and Nan have been gone from M-village for a few
weeks now. Praise God for the way they labored in the harvest field.
Please lift them up as they transition back to life in the States,
get jobs, go to school, and re-connect with family and friends.
Ask that God would continue using them to labor in the harvest field
that is America.
7: Pray for the Sustars as they speak to girls during a
week-long camp in South Carolina. The camp is June 8-12. Ask that
God would lay on their hearts what to share and that God would use
the time to call many young girls to serve Him overseas one day.
8: Kids are amazing at their learning abilities. The Bolls
rejoice as the “Roman Road” is shared by many of all
ages…. All have sinned, and Jesus died for us all. To hear
a child tell it in the Zarma language is awesome. Praise the Lord
that as children come to know and love Him that they[ realize that
He loves and died for them too.
9: Lily wrote us last month from Bama and said, “I
feel as strong as an elephant today in Jesus. I have joy in Him.”
This is such a huge encouragement as she has been struggling physically,
spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Please continue to lift
up Lily that she will continue to grow in her faith and be set free
from the bondage Satan has bound her up in..
10: The believers in K-town are struggling and Kanesa and
Brandy are seeking wisdom on how to help them come back to their
first love. Pray that God would draw them back with a passion for
Him. Ask that they would be emboldened with Christ’s mighty
power that would make them stand as one united front to see K-town
come to Jesus!
11: Pray for the Sustars as their girls continue to adjust
to the states and share with their friends. Ask that as Rachel,
Christin, and Karis miss Niger and their life here that God would
show them the may good things about America.
12: Please continue to pray for “Fran” to grow
in her knowledge and understanding of her faith in Jesus. Praise
God for her hunger for the word. Recently, when Kimberly was sharing
the Biblical account of Joseph with her, she stated that the story
of Joseph was pleasing to her. Pray that she would understand and
know God’s plan for her life.
13: There are several believers in M-village who need discipleship.
Please lift up “Mary,” “Pinto,” and “Smiles”
as they try to continue follow without a constant presence of a
missionary. Ask that God would grow them through His Holy Spirit
and that they would become women who boldly share. May the Word
be planted on good soil where the sun does not scorch it nor the
thorns choke it out.
14: Pray that the rains will come and continue to come
until the planted seeds mature and there will be food to eat as
well as hopefully enough to sell.
15: As farmers prepare their fields by hand for the rains,
keep praying that God would bless their efforts. Many walk several
miles to their field carrying their equipment, the wives will later
prepare a meal and walk out to make sure their “men folk”
get a meal.
16: Ask God to strengthen Zerma believers and give them
boldness to share and live out their faith. Pray that they would
not “play” with the Gospel but that they would accept
it wholeheartedly and love the Lord their God with all their heart,
soul, mind, and strength.
17: Pray for our health. It is very hot here now, indoors
and out, and it is very fatiguing. Pray for our endurance to keep
sharing the Gospel under trying conditions.
18: Today is Brandy’s birthday. Thank God for His
care in her life and the many blessings He has given to her. Pray
that she would continue to invest all she has into the ministry
God has given her and Kanesa in K-town. Pray that God would lead
her as she will make many decisions and changes in the next year.
19: A team from our partnering church, FBC Sandersville,
GA will be arriving today and assisting us in ministry for the next
two weeks. One of their main projects this time will be teaching
various groups of women to sew, knit, crochet, etc. Pray for Billy,
Judy, Marilyn and Ruthie, that God would protect them as they travel
and that their efforts here would bear much fruit for His kingdom
20: Pray for the health of the Zerma as we mention almost
every rainy season, there will be many that become ill. Many will
be in malaria infested areas to be near their crops, they will be
drinking water that may not be clean, they will be rained on and
cooled, all of which in their weakened state with unfamiliar surroundings
and the work load could cause major medical issues.
21: When the rains begin, as they should in June, Teresa
and Don will not be able to get to many villages for AIDS/Health
classes. Plans are to try to prepare another booklet that could
be printed much less expensive in order that many would be able
to have one of the booklets. Pray for Teresa as she will be revising
and improving the booklet for mass distribution.
22: Pray for the women of “L” town. Many have
stopped their children from coming to the Kids’ Clubs because
it is “Christian.” Pray for them to know the freedom
they can have in Christ Jesus and their hearts would be open to
the truth. Praise God for the 12 -15 children who still come each
week to hear the Bible stories. There are many children that Don
and Teresa are trying to minister to in the Ouallam area. Many have
serious illnesses and the treatment can be difficult. Please pray
for wisdom to know how best to help in these sufferings.
23: Pray for Don traveling to several villages to encourage,
fellowship and disciple with local Christians. Pray especially for
2 new groups where several have decided to not only follow Jesus
but meet and study together. At one meeting Don was fearful of “overloading”
them with too much information at one time asking if they wanted
to stop. They said “No, we have need of this.” Pray
that many will see the “Need” to know and grow in the
Lord and be hungry for His Word.
Please lift up “H” as she is now living in Cotenou with
her husband while her elderly mom is in Niger. Ask that God would
use this time of isolation from other believers to grow her in her
faith. Pray that she would be able to win her husband “without
a word” by the respectful life that she lives before him.
Pray also that God would care for her mom and provide for all of
June 25: As Don continues to work on the “Orchardman”
project, it has been disheartening to see so many of the trees that
did not live for various reasons. Pray for Don to be able to deliver
more trees and share suggestions, with the prayer that during rainy
season the trees might put down a good root system and not be the
only “green” for so many leafy eating varmints. It will
also be quite a challenge to get the trees to the villages during
the rainy season.
26: Pray for Owl, Seed, and KZ. These are all places where
the summer volunteers are sharing the Gospel boldly. Pray that God
would give them incredible favor and open the hearts of many people
who are hearing the whole Gospel for the first time.
27: Being a diabetic would be difficult in any situation,
but “problems” seem compounded by the heat, the price
of the medicine, the lack of knowledge, no glucose reader and being
on a special diet which seems very difficult as well as very expensive.
Sometimes family and friends do not really understand why it is
necessary to eat differently etc. As the Bolls tried to minister
to one, they have learned that others would encounter problems as
help is far away, expensive and time consuming which could bring
more hazards to their health. Please pray for those that suffer
so and pray for wisdom for the Bolls as they try to help in some
28: Please pray for “B” a Zerma believer who
has been teaching Zerma literacy classes to a group of young people
and leading a Bible study group on Sunday mornings. Pray that he
would seek to bring glory to God in all that he does. Ask that he
would continue to grow in his faith, and that these young people,
as they learn to read, would comprehend the Gospel and let it change
29: God is bringing conviction into the hearts of many
who hear the Gospel. To see the realization that Christ is the true
way come on their faces is both thrilling and frustrating because
so many understand and yet so few are willing to accept Christ personally.
Pray that as God’s Spirit convicts the Zerma people that they
would not be able to turn away from His incomprehensible love!
30: Half-way! The summer volunteers in K-town are at the
half-way point. Pray that God would give them a renewed sense of
purpose and calling as the long days can become wearisome. Pray
that they would pour all they have into their village while they
can. Ask that God would raise up more laborers to work in the harvest
field of Niger.
Thank you for working with us through your prayers,
The Zerma Team