who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow
of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NIV
1 – Tuesday – Pray
for the Cain family as they will be in the states for vacation
for most of the month of June. Pray
that they will receive some rest and refreshment---both physical
and spiritual during their time of visiting family and friends.
Also today is Teresa Bolls birthday. Pray she is doing well after
dealing with health issues for several months.
2 – Wednesday – Pray
for the Sustar girls as they finish up the school year. Ask God
to help develop good habits
over the summer that includes exercise and quiet time.
3 – Thursday – Don is often advised by Zerma people
to take him another wife, to have 2 wives. Many times he replies
one problem is enough! Many “candid” discussions have
followed. Pray God use these discussions to open minds and hearts
to God’s true love. Also Praise God as Don and Teresa were
married today 1971 in Portales, New Mexico.
4 – Friday – The Jesus video was shown in 2 small “hamlets” last
month in the Ouallam area. Pray for the near 40 in attendance who
heard all or parts of it. Pray God’s spirit work in their
lives to convict them of the truth.
5 – Saturday – Pray
that God would give us wisdom and discernment in knowing how
to help meet the many physical needs
that come before us each week. Pray that believers would learn
to depend on God to meet their needs, and find joy in the midst
of difficult circumstances.
6 – Sunday – Pray for the many that will be in their
fields preparing, planting, and hoping for a crop. Many will be
moving to their “ziggy” ~~ their home in the fields.
Pray for their safety and health – clean water, mosquitoes,
getting wet etc all contribute to various health issues.
7 – Monday – Have you discovered the “power” found
in Psalm 91? Pray it today for yourself, a loved one and Zerma
8 – Tuesday – Pray
that God would soften the hearts of the Zerma people so that
they might seek the One who is the
way, the truth, and the life. Pray that every Zerma person would
have an opportunity to hear the gospel this year.
9 – Wednesday – It
is exciting to see the Spiritual growth of leaders. One of the
goals of the IMB is to MAWL (Model,
Assist, Watch and Leave). In the past months the Bolls have seen
leaders begin to lead. Praise the Lord!
10 – Thursday – Pray
for the growth of the church in Niger, that believers would have
a vision for establishing churches
across Niger that will serve as a catalyst for transforming lives
characterized by integrity and joy and confidence in the risen
11 – Friday – Pray for the many that will be “praying” for
rain, and maybe even paying someone to pray for them and their
fields. Pray that they will know the real Source of prayer and
that they will know HIM.
12 – Saturday – Most people ride motorcycles in Niger
without helmets. Please pray for Don and Teresa’s neighbor
who did just that and has now been suffering from an evident traumatic
brain injury from a fall six months ago.
13 – Sunday – Pray
for Ami and her husband. He recently became a believer and was
baptized. Ben and Pastor Amadou have
been discipling him and one week in May they met with them every
day because they both want a divorce. Pray that God will bind their
hearts together and open their eyes to the schemes of the devil.
14 – Monday – Seemingly there is an ongoing degradation
of safety and security for us living in a foreign land. Please
claim Psalm 91:2b for the Zerma, us and our children, “He
is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
15 – Tuesday – Several
sacks of fast maturing millet seed were distributed in the Ouallam
area in May. With the expected
rain, now is about the time most of it will be planted. Pray that
those rains come and the millet will be a testimony to what God
16 – Wednesday – Praise
God for the way the Goudel church has come together to make some
necessary repairs on the
structure. Ask God to continue to grow this small church and to
add to their numbers.
17 – Thursday – Praise God for Hassi, Pastor Amadou’s
wife. She has written seven original praise songs and is teaching
them to the church. She is currently looking for a way to record
them. Ask God to show her how to acquire the $120.00 for the studio
recording time or to show her other avenues if that is His will.
18 – Friday – Recent
sickness of some team mates reminds us of the precarious position
we put ourselves and children in
medical wise. Thank God for the wonderful caring support we receive
from all that help in medical care for missionaries and the prayer
from people like you that support it.
19 – Saturday – Praise God for a young man that chose
to follow Christ. Ben and Pastor Amadou went to disciple Ami’s
husband, but he was not home so Ami invited people she had been
sharing with to come to the study. This young man asked several
questions and then chose to give his heart to God. PTL
20 – Sunday – Praise the Lord and Thank Him for our
Fathers – and let’s be thankful for the special relationship
we can have with Our Heavenly Father. Happy Father’s Day!
21 – Monday – Thank God for shade trees! Reported temperatures
in our area of work with the Zerma reached 122F. It was probably
higher in places. Many people have suffered and we’ve heard
there have been many heat related deaths. Pray for the families.
This month the intense heat should lessen as rainy season approaches.
22 – Tuesday – Pray for a team leader’s
conference in Kenya that Phil will be attending at the end of
June. He will
be returning to Niger from vacation 5 days earlier than the rest
of the family.
23 – Wednesday – Pray
for the Sustars to have safe and smooth travel as they travel
to the US on June 24-July19. They
will be flying Air France so pray that the volcano in Iceland will
not disrupt the flight. Pray for a good time with family and friends
and for refreshment.
24 – Thursday – Pray
for Ramatou, a baptized Christian single mother who is active
in ministry and has taken a bold step
in following Christ for several years now. Pray God to strengthen
her in the recent loss of her mother and family illness.
25 – Friday – Please
continue to pray for leaders here and around the world that they
would be mighty men of God.
Pray for calm until Niger presidential elections, scheduled for
26 – Saturday – Praise
God that several believers from three villages were able to come
to Niamey for about four
weeks of Bible study/discipleship before the farming season starts.
They met with one of our pastor friends in Niamey. Pray that the
things they learned would remain in their minds and hearts as they
return to their homes and share the Good News with others. Pray
that God would bless their farms as they begin planting soon.
27 – Sunday – Pray for Zerma believers, some of them
baptized that have evidently “turned their back” to
the Gospel and returned to their former beliefs. There is a tremendous
amount of peer pressure but God is good and can overcome all. Pray
strength and endurance that they can not resist God’s spirit
to follow Him at all costs.
28 – Monday –Pray
for Kimberly, Caroline, and Caleb as they fly back to Niger today.
Pray for travel safety and smooth
29 – Tuesday – Ask
God to open the hearts of the men that Ben is sharing with in
the Francophone neighborhood. They
have good discussion each week, but fear seems have such a strong
grip on their lives that it renders them paralyzed to make a decision
to follow Christ. Ask God to silence the voice of demons so they
can hear his voice only.
30 – Wednesday - Pray for Kimberly as she prepares to orient
two new volunteers at the beginning of July. Pray for wisdom, insight,
and clear communication. Pray for the Stacey and Jordan’s
adjustment to life in Niger.
Thank you for joining us through your prayers,
The Zerma Team