“You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will
listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Thanks so much for your prayers for Caroline
Cain. Both her back surgery and her brain surgery went very well.
The Cains received medical clearance from the IMB and were able
to travel back to Niger on November 8th. Caroline has still not
gotten her full strength back but she’s doing remarkably
well for having two major surgeries within four months. Please
pray for her continued recovery as she gains her strength back
and finishes this semester of school. (We are homeschooling her
this semester with a lighter course load.)
Dec. 2 - Thanks for praying for the volunteer team from
North Carolina. From Nov. 4th to the 12th they ministered in many
different settings and villages and saw God at work each day. They
were able to do some follow-up in a couple villages from a previous
trip which was a great blessing to the people there. Many people
heard the gospel through this team and many believers learned more
about what it means to follow Jesus.
Dec. 3 - Thanks for your continued prayers for each of our ministries—as
you know from many of our past prayer guides the work is often
slow with few visible results. Thank you for
standing by us with your prayers as we persevere and continue to
share the message of the gospel which brings hope and peace to
the lost. Pray that during this Christmas season God would open
the minds and hearts of the Zerma to understand why Jesus came
to earth and why he died on a cross, why we believe in the resurrection
and why we say Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and that
no one can come to God except through Him.
Dec. 4 - Determining which schools to provide a latrine for was
a challenge for the Bolls. The first choice already
had a latrine. The second choice looked closed for the year. The
third village choice had no school! Praise God the Bolls were able
to locate three sites – though not their first choice – but
Dec. 5 - Pray for the villages that the Bolls visited that don’t
have a school in their village. Many young 1-4th graders that
do attend classes have to walk great distances to
attend classes. Pray for those that travel, for safety and for
the strength to study during the day and again during the night
to do their homework.
Dec. 6 - Continue to pray for the government leaders of
Niger, that the number of Christians would increase on each level
and that they would have a strong and positive influence on the
whole country. Pray that God would raise up men and women of integrity
who love Him and who are committed to maintaining religious freedom
for the people of Niger.
Dec. 7 - The second village the Bolls went to, looked like it
not be having school this year. The yard was full
of weeds and grass; the steps were in bad shape, the doors closed.
Praise the Lord that the Bolls returned a few days later and were
able to meet not only the Director, but the teacher, parents and
several students that were busy cleaning up the school – both
outside and in. It was a good meeting and they are excited about
a latrine to be constructed there at the school. Praises and thanks
to H.O.P.E. providing this project.
Dec. 8 - Thank you so much for your prayers for the
Bolls as they seek possible schools for Latrine sites. The Lord
has provided 3 schools and the work has already begun. The students
in one school have already studied health classes with Teresa.
It has been a special time for both the Bolls and for the schools
/ teachers /students and parents.
Dec. 9 -Teresa was able to begin an English Class at
the home of Aminu during the rainy season and the time when so
many were in the fields. Praise God for the many opportunities
that Teresa had to witness to so many. Praises to God for the way
He opens doors for the gospel to be shared.
Dec. 10 - Please pray for Zenabou. Several months ago Teresa
to help her learn some English, and then they were
able to continue studying and talking. This did lead to the English
class… but she had to go to another city for this year’s
classes. Pray for her as she will be gone 9 months away from her
family and friends. Pray for the special relationship that Z & T
have, and for the very difficult good-bye they share.
Dec. 11 - Praises for the school at Samtigue that had
their hole dug for the latrine just days after the Bolls contacted
them. Many thanks for your prayers as the Bolls feel that God led
them to the schools and students.
Dec. 12 – Health/AIDS awareness classes officially
began November 10. The Bolls were able to go with the traditional
King to meet with 22 Chiefs of that many villages. The Chiefs were
very receptive of the Bolls bringing the classes to their villages.
Pray for strength, time and wisdom as the Bolls will be traveling
many miles. (These are the villages that are the greatest distance
from the Bolls)
Dec. 13 - During November the Bolls were able to make several
visits. The blessings they received were so special.
God has sent a VERY ABUNDANT harvest to this land. It is the largest
and best harvest that the Bolls have ever seen. There is word that
this is one of the best rainy seasons in over 40 years. The Bolls
have prayed very publically asking God to Bless the people this
year with a good harvest – and have had the opportunity to
Thank God for and with the people as we see the blessings. Thank
you for your faithful prayers. Many have asked us about the harvest – Yes!
Your prayers have made it possible!
Dec. 14 - Pray for the Zerma team as changes are necessary
next year concerning the Zerma Prayer Letter. Pray that the Lord
will show us how to get the prayer letter to the many that receive
it via email. We are thankful to Jeanie who has sent our prayer
letter to you for over 6 years. Pray for her as she enters another
ministry and work in her church.
Dec. 15 -Jeanie served as a volunteer in November.
Pray as she reflects on her trip and work among the Zerma people
that she will be able to share and pray on experiences God let
her witness during her short time in Niger.
Dec. 16 - Delivering school books to a school that has none was
a blessing and ministry for the Bolls. The money
was provided by a former Peace Corps worker that lived and worked
in the village many years ago, but the Bolls were the “messenger/deliver” and
all praises went to God.
Dec. 17 - Pray that God will send a computer administrator
and/or nurse to Sahel Academy before Stacey Frank leaves.
Dec. 18 - Pray for Michael Frank as he gets ready to
come to Niger on December 18-Jan 4 to visit his wife. Pray for
him to have a safe trip.
Dec. 19 – Thank God for one new family that is interested
in coming to the Goudel church and asks God to give Pastor Amadou
courage and clear vision to lead this young church.
Dec. 20 - During this month the Bolls will be hosting some very
volunteers – their son and grandson. Much
is planned as Matt Bolls and Dillon LeQuieu will be helping Don & Teresa
with some final trips to many of the villages with some special
projects: encouraging, discipleship workshops, delivering literature
to schools and outreach points, and hopefully taking various medical
supplies to some villages. It will be a bitter-sweet time as it
will bless those that have known Matt and Stacy for many years – to
see Stacy’s son, to visit with Matt – and to say good-bye
to Don and Teresa after 25 years in this area.
Dec. 21 - Kimberly Cain’s birthday is today. Praise
God for the faithful work she’s done in Niger. Ask that God
would strengthen and encourage her and bless her ministry with
the various groups of women and children she works with each week.
Dec. 22 - It is more official now that the Bolls have a departure
date. Time is going so quickly and there is still so
much to do. Pray for the Bolls as they are trying to pack and sort
through so many supplies, books, as well as personal affairs after
so many years living in the “bush”. The Bolls still
have one month vacation and will most likely take some time off
to do necessary packing & sorting. Pray for the time and the
many daily demands the Bolls have – even during vacation.
Dec. 23 – Thank God for one man who is the friend
of a faithful man who comes to the Goudel church and ask God to
clarify for the man’s friend that following Jesus is the
way of truth.
Dec. 24 - Pray for Kanesa’s and Brandy’s time
with H. Ask that they would be able to encourage her after a difficult
year and have opportunity to disciple her more. Pray that they
would be bold and take advantage of any opportunities to share
with her mom and others in the compound.
Dec. 25 – “While they were there, the time
came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn,
a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7 Merry
Christmas. We pray that Christ will fill your heart and home with
His love, hope and joy.
Dec. 26-Ask God to send Christian teachers to Sahel Academy.
Sahel is in need of teachers for both elementary and secondary
levels. Their website and available positions can be accessed at:
Dec. 27 – Followers of Jesus are to be examples
of excellence in every avenue of life-God, help us as believers
to lead others in Niger to make choices that lead to new inventions,
startup of new business and visionary leaders in every domain of
Dec. 28 – Pray for Brandy and Kanesa as they arrive
in Niger today. They will be here until January 6th. Ask that as
we return to K-town that the darkness would not overwhelm us but
that we would feel God's presence in the village.
Dec. 29 - Phil and Kimberly Cain have been married
for 20 years today. Pray that they would continue to grow in their
love for each other and their love for God.
Dec. 30 - Pray that Kanesa’s and Brandy’s
time in S. village with their dad and others would be profitable
in showing them the love of Christ and encouraging their dad to
fight the good fight.
Dec. 31 - Pray for Brandy’s and Kanesa’s time
with Lily's family as they seek to minister to them in the face
of so much sickness and suffering.