“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
December 24, 2011 Teresa has really enjoyed being able to attend
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 29, 2011 – Today is Phil and Kimberly’s
anniversary. We give thanks to God for twenty-one years of marriage.
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.
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