“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – Praises God for the Children's Camp the Bolls helped with this past summer. There were about 10 who accepted Christ as Savior. Three of the participating churches in that area have invited Don and Teresa to return to Crossett to speak at their churches. Ask God to call forth some from these congregations to pray for and come to Niger to minister to the Zerma People. Pray for the Bolls as they share about where God is at work in Niger.

Friday, December 2, 2011 – Don and Teresa will be attending a Pastor's Appreciation Banquet in Benton, Arkansas. The Bolls are so thankful for the home that the Association has provided for them these past 9 months. It has been good for them to be here and be able to reconnect with their daughter, Stacy, and her family. We continually praise God for the churches in this area and the way they have ministered to the Bolls.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 – Thank you for your sacrificial giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. It is your giving that allows us to be here in Niger, sharing the hope of Christ with the Zerma people. We are grateful to you for partnering with us to see Zerma believers worshiping God.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 – The Bolls will be sharing at a church where former missionaries now serve. As the Bolls share at Central Baptist Church, pray that they will be able to show the work that many Southern Baptist's participate in through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Thank you for praying, giving and supporting us through these offerings.

Monday, December 5, 2011 – Teresa has been able to take some sewing classes during her stay in Benton. She has made many contacts and has reconnected with a hobby that she enjoys. She has been able to share a great deal about the work in Niger and will be attending a Christmas party today. Pray that God opens the door for her to share the gospel with those at the party.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 – Pray for our storying groups. As we sow the seeds of the gospel through these small gatherings, it is our desire to see them one day grow into a thriving church. Pray that God would open their hearts to the gospel and that these groups would become the foundation of a strong church among the Zerma people.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 – Pray for Emily as she shares the truth of the Gospel with University students. Ask God to open their hearts and eyes to see him and understand and accept the truth of His word.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 – Pray for rest and refreshment during this holiday season for the missionaries in Niger. Pray for us to balance our schedules and manage our time well.

Friday, December 9, 2011 – The Niamey Urban teams continue to work with the media team to complete the production of video segments for use in communicating what’s taking place here in Niger. This was not completed by the end of November as planned. Please continue to pray that this will be completed by the end of December.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Saturday’s Kids’ Club now meets at the church in “G” neighborhood. Praise God for the increase in attendance. We now have over 30 kids coming to hear Bible stories. Pray that God will speak to their hearts as we go through the Christmas story and that they will welcome Jesus into their hearts and lives.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 – Ask God to give Emily many opportunities to share the Christmas Story with her university students. As Emily plants seeds of the gospel in their hearts ask God to grow them and draw these students to himself.

Monday, December 12, 2011 – Pray for Cindy and Emily as they seek to build relationships with female students at the university who feel their only means of income is to enter prostitution. Ask God to draw these girls to himself and save them from a destructive lifestyle.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – Today Dillon LeQuieu will be 16 years old. Dillon is the Bolls' oldest grandchild. They are so thankful to have been in Arkansas close to their older grandchildren and have been able to participate in various events. Dillon was able to go to Niger last year and made many contacts. Pray for the boys he played soccer with. Pray that they will remember Dillon and the work that he helped to do in the schools and neighborhood.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – As our urban team works to discover what different organizations, churches, and businesses are currently doing in the city, ask God’s Spirit to reveal His wisdom in how to build healthy relationships with each of these groups of people. Our vision is for Niamey to become an Oasis of Hope – a place where people discover true hope for their lives in Jesus.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 – – Emily continues to study “Soul Cravings” with a group of her students at her house. Pray with us for God to show them where he is at work not only in this world but in each of their individual lives. Lord, help Emily see how to lead discussions and even which specific entries from the book to use that will make a heart connection with each of these students who are eagerly seeking purpose for their lives.

Friday, December 16, 2011 – Kimberly’s mom arrives today from the States for a three-week visit. We give thanks that she is able to spend time with us so far from her home. Please pray for safe travel and good health during her time here.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 – Thank you for praying for our children as they attended Sahel Academy. They have had a busy and fulfilling semester. Ask for safety for the dorm students as they travel to spend Christmas with their families. Pray for staff for the 2011-2012 school year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011 – Pray for Ben and two local believers as they continue to build relationship with young men in FADA’s in the city so that they can discover how their influence can bring change in this city. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to each of them as we have weekly conversations. God has faithfully brought men each week to hear the Gospel.

Monday, December 19, 2011 – Pray for Phil and Kimberly as they continue to fill in for Mark and Deanna at the business office and guesthouse. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf! They do make a difference.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 –– The Urban team prayer walks together every Tuesday morning. Ask God to open doors for us to share the Christmas story this month with those we meet on the street.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 –Today is Kimberly’s birthday. Praise God for her faithfulness in balancing the many responsibilities between caring for a family and carrying out ministry. Pray for God’s blessing upon her as she shares the gospel with kids and their parents through the Kid’s Clubs.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 – Pray for Ami and her husband. Ask God to give them the daily desire to seek him and his word. Ask God to give them courage to share with those in their oikos.

Friday, December 23, 2011 - Ask God to give Emily, Cindy and Ben an improved ability to speak in French in the city and for the perseverance to press forward and immerse ourselves in settings where only French is spoken in order to continue to make progress. We continue to see how important it is that we speak French well as we work in Niamey.

Saturday, December 24, 2011 Teresa has really enjoyed being able to attend Bible Study when she was in Arkansas. Pray for missionaries on the field as they may be the only ones in their area to study and worship in English. Pray as they pour out teaching to others that they also will find a way to get their "Cups filled".

Sunday, December 25, 2011 – Merry Christmas! What a special occasion for Christians. The Bolls were so blessed to participate with the small Ouallam church as they performed the Christmas Story through drama. Pray that these young people will continue to remember the various stories they acted out about the birth of Jesus, with all the many participants. Pray they remember the love God has for us as He sent His one and only Son, Jesus.

Monday, December 26, 2011 – The Bolls have noticed an evident decline in Women On Mission, Women’s Missionary Union, Girl’s in Action and Royal Ambassador’s activities. These organizations have pretty much been the "backbone" of Missions. Pray that churches would see a need to include missions’ activities - so that the children as well as the adults would know more about missions and learn how to become involved in sharing the word of the Lord in other areas.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – We’ve heard reports that up to 50% of the population of Niger have been affected by famine conditions this year—many areas had little to no grain harvest. Pray that resources will be found to deal with this serious situation. Continue to pray that we would have discernment and wisdom in knowing how to respond to requests for assistance.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – The pastor’s wife at a church in “G” neighborhood has invited seven other local churches to join her church and work together to teach the Christmas Story to the children. In addition to the story children are to memorize certain verses and create a skit about the Christmas story. There will be a completion today where all of the groups will come together. Pray that this will be a fun; encouraging time and the children will be diligent in memorizing their verses.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 – Today is Phil and Kimberly’s anniversary. We give thanks to God for twenty-one years of marriage.

Friday, December 30, 2011 – Pray for the folks in the Ouallam area as they work in gardens. It is cold season and even though it is not as cold as it is in the US, it is cold when you are hand watering the garden. They get wet and many will have colds. Pray for the health of the Zerma. Pray that as they plant new seeds that they will remember some of the words that Don was able to share with them throughout the years and that they will continue to ponder on them and some day accept Jesus as their Savior.

Saturday, December 31, 2011 - The end of this month Don and Teresa will be moving to the Barnabas House, a missionary home provided to them by their home church, Wildwood Baptist, Clinton, Mississippi. Although the Bolls will greatly miss their daughter and her family in Arkansas, they are looking forward to being involved in a church where they are charter members. They will be close to Don's family and will be able to help his parents as their health is declining.

Being strengthened together by the power of His might!

The Zerma Team