Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever
happens. I Thessalonians 5:16-18a
1 Sunday – Thank you for praying for Caroline
Cain’s surgery last month. The surgery went well and her back
is healing nicely. Please continue to pray for her as she continues
to recover. She has been discharged from the hospital and is doing
well. She is walking several times a day, trying to work up to about
one mile a day.
2 Monday – Please continue to pray for the
Cains during this month. According to Caroline’s neurosurgeon
she will need more surgery. One result of the neurofibromatosis,
in addition to the scoliosis is that she has some bone loss in the
back of her head and a small area on top that has left her brain
exposed and vulnerable. The doctor says this is rare, with only
20 known cases.
3 Tuesday – Pray for Kanesa Snow as she moves
to Raleigh, NC in August to begin seminary at Southeastern. Ask
God to give her a compatible roommate and for a smooth transition
to life in North Carolina. Continue to pray for the many Zerma lives
she touched while in Niger.
4 Wednesday – Pray for the Cains as they
will be meeting with the neurosurgeon today to schedule surgery
for Caroline. This should not be as major as her back surgery, but
will involve inserting a titanium mesh over the exposed areas of
her head and then some kind of cover. She should only have to spend
one night in the hospital. Please pray for Caroline to have the
strength and courage – and for a quick recovery. Also, please
pray for Phil, Kimberly, Caleb and Kaye (Grandmother where they
are staying) as this has been physically and emotionally draining.
5 Thursday – Pray for volunteers Jordan and
Stacey as they continue to learn the Zerma language. Pray that they
would be able to communicate with others and show the Love of Christ
through words as well as actions. Pray for both of these girls as
they discover various means in which they can minister to others.
6 Friday – Pray for Brandy Nelson as she
moves to Baltimore to begin studying at the C.S. Lewis Institute.
Ask God to help her and Danny with their wedding plans. They will
get married October 16 in Alabama. Pray also for her Zerma friends
as they learn of her marriage. Much as for us all, marriage is an
exciting event in Zerma people lives.
7 Saturday – Pray for the Zarma language
to become easier and more natural for Stacey and Jordan. Pray that
they not be discouraged and that they will be able to communicate
the Love of the Lord through their words and actions.
8 Sunday – Pray for Cindy and other teachers
as they will be doing lots of preparation, including room preparation,
for the classes to come in the next few weeks. Pray God’s
guidance and endurance as Cindy and Ben are also supervising volunteers
Stacey and Jordan in the Cain’s absence. Pray for the many
changes that will be taking place in the Sustar home!
9 Monday – Ramadan will begin around 10 August.
Ask God to give many visions and dreams of Him as well as a deep
desire to truly seek Him.
10 Tuesday – The rains finally began. The
seeds were planted and the plants came up. Then the wind came and
destroyed many plants as well as covered up many plants with sand.
Pray for Zerma farmers and families as they continually battle with
wind, rain, worms, grasshoppers, animals and other things that could
destroy the crops as well as their spirits.
11 Wednesday – Praises and thanks to Saundra
O’Neal and Martha LeQuieu, members at Third Baptist Church
that have been copying, addressing labels, stuffing envelopes and
mailing this prayer letter to many of our Prayer supporters for
the past few years. Thank you also Third Baptist who has paid for
this to happen for these past few years. This has been a ministry
that many do not realize for the people behind the scenes that makes
known specific prayer that results in changed lives among the Zerma
12 Thursday – The Bolls were able to meet
with the new Chief of a village that has been a special village
to them for several years. The Chief is excited that the Bolls will
be sharing about AIDS/Health July 29. Pray that this presentation
will remain fresh in their minds for years to come.
13 Friday – We have requested prayers for
Aminu who was hurt in a motorcycle accident with brain trauma. Teresa
& Don have been visiting him many times, and one day one of
his children mentioned about a book that Teresa had given her dad.
The children mentioned that they would like to study, which lead
to a storying group with Aminu & his kids. Pray for Teresa as
they meet to study more than once per week.
14 Saturday – Ask God to draw Ami and her
husband together and to give them a strong love for each other.
They are still having marital problems; please pray for the pastor
and the church members as they counsel them.
15 Sunday – On July 17 you prayed for wisdom
as we are required to do things out of our comfort zone… the
Bolls were the main speakers at a baby dedication ceremony –
with many friends and Muslims all around – but dedicating
the newborn baby for Pastor Emerik and his wife Alice and telling
various Bible Stories throughout the dedication. Christian prayers
and music were one addition, plus the fact that the parents and
baby were in attendance in the dedication!
16 Monday - Praises for the classes that Teresa
and Mamou have been having. The kids are very interested and when
Jordan and Stacey were with the Bolls they were able to have a Kid’s
Klub studying about Moses. Although some of the men told the kids
they could not use their prayer mats, the men moved the mats closer
to listen. Everyone enjoyed coloring the pictures – young
and old alike. Pray that there will be more opportunities for study
in this village as well as others.
17 Tuesday – Praise - on July 11 –
The prayer request read: “June 21 the Ouallam area still had
no rain… pray that rain would continue…” July
11 Ouallam received 2” rain early morning, and .8” later
during the day.
18 Wednesday – Pray for Cindy Sustar as she
begins teaching the 5th and 6th grade class at Sahel today. Pray
for the students to have a smooth transition to the beginning of
school. Pray for Cindy and Ben as they will have many adjustments
in their family life as well as their ministry to the Zerma.
19 Thursday – Pray for God to continue to
guide Stacey in the place that He has called her to work and that
He lead, prepare and show her opportunities for ministry.
20 Friday – Praises and pray for the Sunday
School Class Arlington B.C. in Charlotte, N. Carolina that will
be joining the Zerma Prayer support team as they will soon be sending
out the Prayer letter via the Post Office. This is a very expensive
and time consuming job and is a real blessing to the Zerma team
as well as the people that pray for us that do not have access to
21 Saturday – Pray for Jordan and Stacey
to have a close walk with God during their time in Niger. Pray for
God to bless their ministries and the different activities they
will be involved with during the month.
22 Sunday – We praise the Lord for Caroline
and for her positive attitude during her medical time in the US.
She has been a blessing to many as she has kept a good attitude
throughout the surgery and recovery. Pray that she continues to
bless others as she ministers to them and encourages others during
her difficult time. Pray for the positive influence to the many
Zerma people that know her and have been praying for her.
23 Monday – Pray that Stacey and Jordan will
be able to see God more fully during their time in Niger. Many days
they will be out of their comfort zone, they may not understand
much of what is being said, they may be homesick, they may be tired.
Pray that God encourage them in a special way and they will look
to Him for rest.
24 Tuesday – The last week of July the Ouallam
Church and “Temple of Victory” combined efforts, with
Teresa teaching the leaders how to “Story the Bible”.
Pray that all those that attended will continue to use the concept
of sharing the Bible through stories.
25 Wednesday – Pray for the FADA groups that
Ben meets with and shares the Gospel. Ask God to give them a burning
desire to learn about His Word and the Good News of salvation.
26 Thursday – Ask God to continue to grow
the church in Goudel in number and in strength. Ask God to give
Pastor Amadou wisdom and discernment as he leads this congregation.
27 Friday – Pray for Jordan as she prepares
to physically leave the work and ministry in Niger. Pray for her
to be able to finish strong and have a sense of accomplishment for
her two months in Zerma land. Pray she is able to continue work
among the Zerma spiritually and share God’s love for them
28 Saturday – Please continue to pray for
the Cains as they make decisions and plans for returning to Niger
and the work among the Zerma. Pray for Caroline and Caleb as things
work out concerning their schooling.
29 Sunday – “I’ve been watching
you and how you interact with others. Your heart is different. When
you told the Story to my children I could see that you have a special
relationship with your God. I can see that you love the Lord and
you believe that He loves you. Because of you and the way you act,
I am interested in Christianity” Although I did not think
I would ever hear that from this evident devout Muslim, I know that
our actions speak much louder than our words. Pray that we will
all be faithful in showing Love to others.
30 Monday – Pray for guidance and our witness
as we seek where to place several latrines. We are looking in the
Ouallam area for villages with schools, and a place to help the
school with a latrine and hopefully with other supplies.
31 Tuesday - Today Jordan will be leaving Niger.
Pray that she has safe travels and is able to have a relatively
eventless trip. We praise the Lord for Jordan coming to Niger and
spending her summer helping the Zerma team. Pray for those Zerma
she has shared God’s love with and for her as she adjusts
to life back in the USA.Thank
you for your prayers and for standing with us.
The Zerma Team