is a land the LORD your God cares for. He is always watching
over it from the beginning to the end of the year”. Deut
1, Happy New Year. As we begin another year of ministering to
we are in awe of the prayers and dedication we have
from you – our faithful prayer warriors. Words can never
express how much you mean to us – the many hours you spend
praying for the work and the salvation of many. God Bless you all – We
thank you and are looking forward to another year of service with
2, we would like to thank you for giving to the Lottie
Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). It is a support which allows
our presence here so the kingdom of God can be shared in
way. Your sacrificial gift is greatly appreciated and admired.
Sunday 3, pray for the new believers and those seeking to have
the courage to follow Jesus whole heartedly. Ask God to give
them boldness and courage to face each day as a strong testimony
Monday 4, Praise the Lord for our new “sister in Christ”.
Please lift up Rachel as she begins her new walk with Jesus,
and ask that the Holy Spirit would teach her and grow her.
she would get involved with other believers and grow together
5, pray for Ami who is pregnant. There have been several dates
were told her that she was due… beginning in October.
The end of December she was still pregnant. Pray for a safe delivery,
a healthy baby and that Ami would be able to continue sharing Christ.
Wednesday 6, Niger is fortunate to have radio stations that allow
Christian programs to be aired. Pray today that these programs
would reach the ears of the lost, and that those ears would hear
the gospel, understand it, and receive it.
Thursday 7, pray for believers in K town, that they would stand
firm in their faith and that they grow in grace and knowledge.
Pray that they would hide the Word in their hearts.
Friday 8, – Pray for safe travel for Kimberly’s mom,
Kaye as she returns to the U.S. today. We praise God that she was
able to spend the Christmas holidays with the Cains here in Niger.
Saturday 9, pray for L town. Spiritual oppression and opposition
has developed. Many weeks there are no kids showing up for kids’ clubs
and the number of ladies coming to Fran’s for Bible study
has dwindled. Pray for God’s power and love to break through
and remove the spiritual blindness the Zerma people are living
Sunday 10, pray for the H and his family as Ben continues to minister
to them. Their baby is due to have his second surgery on his head
to relieve fluid buildup. The baby has Spin bifida.
Monday 11, pray for Rachel, Christin and Karis as they begin the
spring semester at Sahel Academy. Ask God to give them good attitudes
and continue to give them an eagerness to learn.
Tuesday 12, please pray that God would give Lilly at least one
Godly friend that would challenge and encourage her. Please lift
up her in prayer as she lives alone in Mali. Pray that she would
cling to the Lord and allow Him to replace her loneliness with
13, Now that Krista Shirley has finished her term and returned
to the U.S. Kimberly will be leading the kids clubs and
Bible studies on her own again. This will be a difficult transition
as Krista was such a big help and encouragement in these areas
Thursday. 14, From January through October the Bolls were able
to go to 14 villages sharing about AIDS awareness and Health. The
response and participation of the villagers was not very good – then
you prayed… The King got more involved and Teresa began presenting
the class to the Chiefs of the villages with the King participating… November
and December the Bolls were able to go to 26 villages with GREAT
participation. Thank you for your prayers. Pray that the excitement
would continue to spread to other villages and that the Bolls would
have the energy to continue the many trips/miles they are traveling.
Friday 15, pray for “Ba”, a believer who has been teaching
Zarma literacy class and formed a small house church. This group
has also started a garden project and hopes to sell vegetables
to supplement their income. Pray that God would bless their efforts
and give them abundant produce that they can sell at good prices.
Saturday 16, please ask that Brandy and Kanesa will have some good
deep time with the Lord and be able to deal with all the different
emotions of transition. Pray for the many decisions that will need
to be made concerning school, work, living conditions etc.
17, pray for Pastor Ama and his family as he pastors the church
Goudel. Ask for wisdom and discernment as well as God’s
plan for reaching others with his message.
Monday 18, Mango, guava, lemon and “apple of the Sahel” trees
were provided to 3 new believers in December. Please pray these
believers’ faith as well as trees both grow quickly to maturity
and bear much fruit.
Tuesday 19, please pray for H as she's pregnant with her second
child. Ask God to give her a healthy pregnancy and wisdom to raise
her children up in the ways of the LORD.
Wednesday 20, Thousands of garden seed, mostly lettuce, cabbage
and carrot have been made available to several villages during
this best time of the year to grow garden produce. Please pray
that the seeds that were shared will grow… not just the seeds
that were bought and planted, but that the gospel seeds would continue
to grow in the people’s hearts.
Thursday 21, please lift up the believers still living in K-town
and ask the Lord to strengthen them and encourage them, especially
as Brandy & Kanesa are not there to encourage them. Please
lift up all those that have heard the Gospel over the last four
years. Pray that the King will draw them to Himself and use the
planted seeds to grow into a great harvest.
22, pray for the newly baptized Christians who may face many
and questions as they are non-readers. Pray for
ways to hear and understand the Word, either through friends reading
to them or listening to the Word electronically. Pray also for
those that are almost ready to follow Christ. December many churches
and groups had special services in which God’s love was clearly
presented. Pray for decisions to be made to love, serve and follow
the God that loves us all so much.
23, as a new year begins please pray the Zerma Team keeps “new” in
their mind their goal that every Zerma person have the opportunity
to understand and accept the gospel. Pray for renewed strength
and determination to follow God’s will in doing so.
Sunday 24, pray for Spiritual leadership among the Zerma. Pray
that God will call forth leaders who know His Word, who are burdened
for the lost and who are bold in sharing the Gospel. Pray for the
men and women of influence among the Zerma, that they would commit
their lives to Christ.
Monday 25, Praise God that Kanesa's adjustment to the States is
going well. Please pray that she will hear clearly from the LORD
about where she should live and work, and ask that she would find
a place to be involved in Godly community.
Tuesday 26, please pray for Kimberly as she continues the Kid’s
Clubs and Bible Studies without the aid of Krista. Pray for all
of these groups, that God would draw out women and children who
want to know Him.
Wednesday 27, Pray for “B” and “A”, two
new believers that Phil has begun meeting with to disciple and
study the Bible together. Pray that God would give them understanding
and insight into His Word as we study together and that it would
transform their lives.
Thursday 28, Education is one of the obstacles that keep the people
oppressed. As the Bolls go about trying to educate the Zerma ~
be it AIDS, Health, planting trees or garden seeds or the gospel,
pray for understanding an open minds to hear and to be willing
Friday 29, pray for the volunteers from the Bolls home church,
Wildwood, as they prepare to come to Ouallam to help the Bolls
with various ministries. Pray that the funds, the paperwork and
the trip would be all that God wants it to be.
Saturday 30, pray for the Christians in various villages in which
they are the only Christian. Pray that God would give them strength
to serve Him among their friends and families.
Sunday 31, As over 170 Junior High Students gathered in a straw
classroom and intently listened to Teresa as she shared about AIDS
and health issues, as well as the love and forgiveness of the Lord,
pray that the students would be willing to take the learning even
farther – and share with others.
you for your continued prayers. You’re making a difference.
The Zerma Team