1 Wednesday - Pray for Caroline and Caleb as plans
are worked out for their schooling. They will be late getting back
to Sahel Academy in Niger but are hoping they can begin much of
the course work while in the U.S.
Thursday - Pray Psalm 103:2-3 for the Zerma. Pray they
will praise the Lord with all their soul, and not forget all His
benefits- pray that they will understand that He alone forgives
all their sins and heals all their diseases.
Friday - Pray for the kids who came to Kimberly’s
Welcome Clubs. They have not met this summer due to the Cains being
in the US. Pray that God’s Word will grow and flourish in
their hearts from the stories they’ve already learned. Pray
the kids will be eager to hear more of His Word when the Cains return.
Saturday - Matt Bolls safely left Iraq in August. Pray
for a smooth transition as he reenters a different lifestyle and
much different job in the US. Pray for many other soldiers that
faithfully serve and protect our nation.
Sunday - Pray for boldness and wisdom for the young church
in Goudel. Pray for the Pastor and the members as they minister,
witness and serve many people. Also please pray for Ben as he has
worked for many months with the little boy, Albachir, during his
birth, surgery and then his death. Pray that his family will remember
the God that Ben serves and the love He has for them.
Monday - Pray for health. Now that rainy season is here
there are many mosquitoes and so many Zerma people, missionaries,
families and friends that are sick with malaria with several being
hospitalized. Ask God to touch them with His healing hand and put
a hedge of protection around them. We do thank the Lord for the
rain – but the stagnant water is proving not healthy.
Tuesday – Thank you for your prayers for Caroline
Cain as she recovers from back surgery and now faces surgery on
her head to cover two areas where there’s been bone loss.
The surgery should be sometime this month and should require only
an overnight stay in the hospital. We are grateful for excellent
doctors and care given in Seattle. Pray for wisdom for the doctors
in dealing with this rare condition (only about 20 known cases)
and that God would give all of the Cains a sense of peace throughout
this whole ordeal.
Wednesday - Pray for Zika and his friends in the town of
“K”. Phil had hoped to spend some time with them this
summer in discipleship but that has not worked out. Pray for their
new faith, that it would remain rooted in Christ, and that they
would grow in their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.
Pray that God would give them strength in the midst of whatever
persecution comes their way.
Thursday – Pray for understanding, insight and a
compelling desire to share what is learned in the Bible Storying
Group in Sarando. Pray for Ben and other believers as they travel
there each Monday to teach the Bible and praise songs.
Friday – The Jesus DVD was shown at Karafaley last
month with about 18 present. Pray the Holy Spirit works in their
lives to make understood and acceptable the truth that Jesus can
be their Savior. Praise the Lord that Don has been able to go to
various villages even with the rain & road situation during
Saturday – Ramadan, the month of fasting for the
Muslims, will be ending. During the fast Muslims are not supposed
to eat or drink anything during daylight hours. Today and tomorrow
they will be celebrating, dressed in their best clothes, visiting
with family and friends, and of course eating a big meal together.
It is a relief for many that it is over. This is always a difficult
time as people are more “religious” and sometimes seem
less tolerant of others. It is also a time of increased spiritual
warfare as well as more crime. Please pray for a clear understanding
of the truth and a fearless desire to share with their friends what
God has revealed to each of them during this month of fasting, even
through dreams and visions.
Sunday - As shared last month, we continue to 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 surgery and recovery. Pray that she continues
to bless others as she ministers to them and encourages others during
a difficult time. Pray for the positive influence to the many Zerma
people that know her and have been praying for her.
Monday – In a recent meeting, some Christian leaders
were informed of several security issues as well as a need for better
communication. Pray that the Christian organizations will be able
to effectively communicate the work being done in order to remain
in the country and that authorities in this nation will see clearly
the value of having believers present here.
Tuesday – In July, Teresa went to visit several friends
and neighbors. She saw a lady she really didn’t know who wanted
Teresa to see her new baby. The lady said she had no milk, so Teresa
took the opportunity to pray for her to have enough milk for the
baby & taught her about giving only breast milk. A few weeks
later she came bringing the baby and asked Teresa to thank God for
giving her milk. When she began to nurse the baby exclusively without
adding any extras the baby was more satisfied and is quite healthy.
Pray that all of us would be aware of various situations around
us so we can pray, witness and teach as God leads.
Wednesday - Pray that the Zerma will cry out, “Holy,
holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to
come.” Revelations 4:8
Thursday - Pray that all the believers would have a hunger
for the Word of God, whether through hearing it or reading it. Pray
for those who are hungry, that their need would be fulfilled. Pray
that the Christians who are anxious about the future would learn
to depend fully on God.
Friday - Pray specifically for village chiefs and other
traditional leaders of the Zerma. Pray that Jesus would reveal Himself
to them and that they would come to know Him not just as a prophet,
but as the living Word of God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Pray that they would come to understand that atonement for sins
can be only found through Christ and not through our works, however
good and many they may be.
Saturday – Halidou is a special friend of the Bolls
that has been having problems with his back. Although he had much
trouble walking, he then fell and has not been able to walk and
is in much pain. The Bolls have ministered to him and his wife a
great deal and they are very receptive to the truth. Pray for God’s
will to be done during this time.
Sunday - Pray Psalm 139:23-24 for the Zerma. Pray that
they will surrender their heart to Him and allow Him to search them
and know their heart, to test them and give every anxious thought
and worry to Him. Pray that they will put off any thing they do
that is offensive to God and follow God wholeheartedly.
Monday – As the Bolls are working on their “exit
strategy”, they have been seeking and praying for someone
that will go to various villages and share the good news. God is
reaffirming to us that “looks” and “education”
is not what God is seeking. Pray for Musa, a non-reader, as he walks
to villages sharing the good news. He has been to several villages
and several hundred have heard the good news!
Tuesday – It rained again the same day you were praising
God about sending rain in last months prayer guide! In July, Ouallam
received 7.6” rain & in August about 6”. Many farmers
are praising the Lord for the crops in the field. Many thanks for
your prayers. Yes, we need the rain to continue through this month!
Wednesday – Please continue to pray for the Aminu
who has brain trauma. Adjusting the medicine he was taking has been
a challenge but he seems better. The best medicine he is taking
may be the Bible study that he encourages Teresa to teach at his
house with his two wives and many neighborhood children present.
Thursday - Pray the Zerma will not merely listen to the
word of God, but also do what it says. James 1:22
Friday – When Teresa began teaching some of the children
in her neighborhood, she never envisioned what would happen. Now
the 3 “very religious” families are all attending, and
learning a great deal. Pray for Teresa as she must answer tough
questions… Does God fast? Does God pray? (Remember this was
during Ramadan). Also, praise the Lord that Teresa’s health
is almost back to normal and she is back at work!
Saturday - Praise God for the opportunities that the Cains
have had while in the US to speak in churches and at a Vacation
Bible School about the Zerma people and the Zerma team’s ministry.
Sunday – Please pray for the location of several
possible latrine sites. Three possible sites have been located.
Pray they may be the correct locations where they will meet real
needs and that through this God’s true love will be made known.
Thank you for Greenwood Forest Baptist Church through their Project
HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Eternity), Cary, North Carolina, who
is funding this project.
Monday – Many area field crops were beginning to
look very good in August with regular and sufficient rain. Pray
for the rain to continue at least through the end of this month.
Pray especially for many who received the improved fast maturing
Tuesday - Pray the Zerma will love God, will walk in His
ways, will obey His commandments and hold fast to Him. Pray they
will desire to serve Him with all their heart and soul. Joshua 22:5.
Wednesday – The Bolls are sorting through many items
used in the Mobile Center. Many of the books, Bibles, audio cassette
tapes, sewing items, discipleship material and more will be distributed
before the Bolls go to the US next year. Pray these items find the
hands where God can best use them.
30 Thursday - Pray for the students that will be
attending Sahel Academy this fall. School started August 18. Pray
for diligence in studies and for Christ-like attitudes. Also pray
for the National schools that should begin next month.
you very much for your prayers. The Zerma Team