it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust
in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm 73:28
Monday - Praise the Lord that Ami finally delivered a healthy
boy. Both Ibrahim and Ami are doing great.
2 Tuesday - Ami has 4 friends who are ready to join our family.
Pray they make the decision and it would be made to the glory
of Him. Pray for Ami as Cindy continues to disciple her. Ask
continue to give Ami a burning desire to share Him with others.
3 Wednesday – Praise the Lord for the many children that
still attend the worship time at the Ouallam “church”.
We are now studying the New Testament. Pray that the stories
they hear will become a part of their lives.
4 Thursday – The past few months have been an emotionally
taxing time for all of us because of all the demands for food,
medical assistance, and other basic necessities of life. Pray
that we will have wisdom in knowing how to respond to these daily
5 Friday - Ask God to give us discernment in knowing how to help
those in need and how best to help them without creating dependence
on us rather than God.
6 Saturday - So many times people tend to turn to us for help
instead of turning to God or the church. We do not want to become
to them, but instead teach them how to hear from God and allow
God to meet their needs. He can meet needs far better than we
7 Sunday - January the Bolls were able to lead a Storying Conference
in one of the farthest villages with the newest Christians. Pray
that these men would be faithful to share the Good News with
their friends and families.
8 Monday - Phil has been meeting with a group of men in the village
of “S.” These men are believers who want to learn
more about what the Bible teaches. Pray that God would give them
ability to retain what they are learning as many of them cannot
read. Pray that God would open up His word to them, giving them
knowledge and understanding and wisdom about spiritual matters
9 Tuesday – Soon the Bolls should be having another meeting
with an area traditional “King” and the Village Chiefs
from another area. Pray that the Village Chiefs in the new area
will continue to be as accommodating as others have been.
10 Wednesday – Pray for Deanna and Mark Ledlow today. Although
they are not officially on our Zerma Team they still work and
minister to many Zerma people as well as work in the office and
11 Thursday - Pray for the village of “C” where Phil
has started a new storying group. At the first meeting there
were over 40 men and 20 women. Pray that they would receive the
with joy, that they would have a clear understanding of the gospel,
and that God would draw them to Himself.
12 Friday - Praise God for the way He encourages us when there
are difficult days and hardened hearts. He always gives us those
wonderful moments when we get the privilege of seeing Him at
13 Saturday - The AIDS/Health classes have been going great in
the villages. The Bolls have been to several villages and thank
you for your faithfulness in support and encouragement through
14 Sunday – “There’s far more here than meets
the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But
the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians
4:18 (MSG) Pray that our eyes are fixed on Him who is eternal.
It seems poverty and suffering will never go away but we are assured
it is “here today, gone tomorrow.”
15 Monday - Thank you for your prayers for Fati although she
is not doing very well. She has found a cousin that wants to
her. The Sustars’ counseled her on what the Bible says
about marrying someone of a different faith. Ask God to give
and dreams of Him and to reveal His love for her. Ask God to
give her a burning desire to follow hard after Him and for Him
His plan for her life to her.
16 Tuesday - Pray for Caroline and Caleb Cain as they are busy
with school and school activities.
17 Wednesday – Matt Bolls leaves for Iraq today. Please
pray for his safety as well as the safety of many soldiers. Pray
his family during his time away.
18 Thursday – Thank you for praying for Al who was very
sick and near death. He passed away the week before Christmas.
of his relatives are ready to join our family. Pray for them
to be able to make that step and follow through.
19 Friday – The Lord has placed it on Ben’s heart
to begin the Taxi ministry again. Pray for Ben to have the time,
energy and the wisdom as he meets with the taxi drivers and finds
ways to witness to them.
20 Saturday – Gardening time in the Ouallam area continues
to meet some of the needs of a local poor grain harvest. Pray
that as this time is rapidly ending that local produce will continue
to help alleviate hunger.
21 Sunday - Pray for the talibey (boys that are sent to Muslim
priests to teach them the Koran and provide for their needs much
of which is through begging) who hang around a market not far
from the Cain’s house. A couple of the boys have come to a kids’ club
and Kimberly is searching for ways to reach them with the Good
22 Monday – Please pray for Brandy and Kanesa as they are
making plans to move to Texas, rent a house and live together
again! Pray for them as they continue to make adjustments to
life in the
US and the new ministries that the Lord is giving them.
23 Tuesday – Thank the Lord for those who provided garden
seed which will help greatly with local food and income. Ask
God to grow those seed as a reward and witness as He brings others
24 Wednesday – Matt Bolls arrives in Iraq today. Please
pray for wisdom, safety and for his family in the US. Pray for
and Sydney as they adjust to a new home, new town and Matt being
25 Thursday - Thanks for your prayers for Phil as he meets with
seekers and disciples new believers. We praise God that the seekers
continue to be interested in hearing the Word and that new believers
are growing in their faith.
26 Friday – Today is Matt Bolls 34th birthday. Pray that
he have a special day as he is apart from many friends and family.
Praise the Lord that he was able to move his family from CA to
VA safely. They were also able to make stops to see Grandparents,
Aunts, and Uncles etc. Praises also that Matt was able to “fix
up” their rental house some in the few days he was in VA.
27 Saturday – The “Latrine Project” is over
but we continue to repair the occasional ones with problems.
be a good continuing witness and opportunity where needs are
met and that Christ may be made known.
28 Sunday – The end of this short month seems to have launched
us all well down the road of the year 2010. Let it be an occasion
to ponder what is really important to us all in our lives as
we also reflect on these same important things for the Zerma
Once again, thank you for praying for the Zerma and the work
here. We appreciate you and your work. The Zerma Team.