“…as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah
the prophet, the
voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the
Lord, Make his paths straight. Every
valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be
low; And the crooked shall become straight, And the
rough ways smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:4-6
January 1, 2011 –Happy New Year! Pray that this
will be the year that a multitude of Zerma people put their faith
in Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly.
January 2, 2011 – Praise God the Goudel church continues
to grow spiritually and in number. Ask God to mature the believers
in their faith and give them a bold spirit to share the hope of
January 3, 2011 – Pray for Brandy, Kanesa and
their friend Julie as they continue to visit and encourage believers
in Niamey and K-town. Ask God to protect their health and open
many doors for them to share the hope of the Gospel.
January 4, 2011 – The harvest in the Quallam area
has been good, but with folks still in the fields the animals have
to be carefully cared for as to not destroy the rest of the crops.
There has been an order that everyone should be finished in the
fields by December 31st, so the animals can be released. Pray that
as January begins that the Bolls will be able to get out to villages
and offer training, teaching and mentoring.
January 5, 2011 – God is moving among the hearts
of Zerma children. The children eagerly greeted Kimberly and the
two Wednesday afternoon groups have resumed meeting. The children
retained their knowledge of the Bible stories and attendance has
been good. Please pray for wisdom for Kimberly as she seeks out
new areas in which to begin kids’ clubs.
January 6, 2011 – Pray for Kanesa, Brandy and
Julie to have a safe trip as they leave Niger and return to the
states today. We praise God for His provision in allowing them
to return to Niger for a few weeks. We also praise Him for their
incarnational lifestyle and zeal for the Gospel.
January 7, 2011 – Praise God that Michael Frank,
Stacey’s husband, was able to come to Niger to visit her
and spend Christmas with her. We praise God for his safe travel
and the arrival of all of his luggage.
January 8, 2011 – Praise God that Stacey Frank
has completely recovered from malaria and is back to work at Sahel
as the school nurse and computer lab coordinator. Praise God for
Stacey’s dedication and perseverance in the face of much
illness and discouragement.
January 9, 2011 – Thank you for praying for Caroline
as she was homeschooled this semester. It is going very well and
her school has been great at working out a plan to keep her on
track for graduation in 2012 when she rejoins her class in January.
Pray for her to continue to gain weight, strength and stamina.
January 10, 2011 – Pray that God would continue
to bring volunteers and missionaries to Niger to help us reach
the Zerma with the Gospel.
January 11, 2011 – Elections will be held this
month for positions of leadership in the government. Pray for calmness
and peace to prevail, that the voting will be orderly, and that
whoever God allows to be elected would be wise and discerning and
carry out their responsibilities with integrity.
January 12, 2011 – Pray for Cindy Sustar as
she returns to teaching the 5/6 class at Sahel for the Spring Semester.
School resumes today. Ask God to guide her as she helps her students
grow spiritually and intellectually.
January 13, 2011 – Maintaining a balance of ministry,
taking care of necessary business, trying to do some major packing
while taking some vacation at home all around Christmas are proving
a very difficult balancing act. Pray for the Bolls as they end
their "working vacation" January 13th.
January 14, 2011 – Ask God to call teachers to
Sahel Academy who love the Lord and have a desire to invest in
the lives of the students. Sahel Academy has need of teachers in
both the elementary and secondary levels for the 2011-2012 school
year. For more information visit the school’s website: www.sahelacademy.com
January 15, 2011 – Pray Psalm 65 over the Zerma: “O
God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you: my soul thirsts for
you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there
is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power
and your glory, because your love is better than life.”
January 16, 2011 –Pray for Ben as he continues to
engage the men in the different FADA groups he meets with in the
city. Ask God to make him aware of relevant ways to relate to them
that leads to a life change for each member of the group and their
choosing to follow Jesus.
January 17, 2011 – Ramatou is progressing in her
knowledge and wisdom in Christ. Ask God to continue to bless her
and make His love real to her. Pray that Ramatou would recognize
this love, seize it and take the path of wisdom that only God can
January 18, 2011 – Halidou continues to make visits
with Teresa by telephone from another country he has been in for
several years. Ask the Holy Spirit to encourage Halidou in his
new life as he is an active witness among other Zerma who are far
January 19, 2011 –Praise God today as you think
on this Zerma saying, "Praise God you have made grand children!” Pray
for Don and Teresa's grandson, Dillon, as he reflects on his Christmas
visit with them and what God showed him.
January 20, 2011 – What a welcome it was as kids
ran out of the classroom to see the Bolls because of a latrine
we are building for them. That was what we thought was the reason
for their running. Actually a snake had been seen in the small
classroom built out of straw! Pray for our witness at this school
and the children's safety.
January 21, 2011 – Teresa's AIDS/Health village
presentations restarted at a slow pace. Part of the reason is an
abundant harvest that is just ending. Praise God for the harvest.
Pray also that the village chiefs will remember the help their
village can receive from Teresa's presentation and make contact
January 22, 2011 – Please pray for the Bolls as
they are trying to finish several projects, pack and say goodbyes
to so many villages and very special people that have been such
a large part of their lives for the past 25+ years. The Bolls will
be leaving Quallam in February and the tears along with emotions
are almost overwhelming.
January 23, 2011 – Year after year of missed holidays
and special occasions with immediate family and friends can take
a mental toll on missionaries serving God in faraway places. Pray
God's comfort and encouragement as only He can provide to those
who love the Lord and try to remain faithful to Him.
January 24, 2011 – Pray for our relationship with
God and that we would have a close, daily walk with Him. Pray that
we would know the power of the Holy Spirit, that we would have
victory over sin, and that we would have a hunger for God's Word.
Pray that we would make personal prayer time a priority in our
January 25, 2011 – 65 degrees F may not seem cold,
but to the Zerma as well as many missionaries it is COLD! Days
may reach near 100F, but nights can be difficult. Pray for many
that are already experiencing colds and various allergy problems
due to the dust. Pray for our ministry and the education that can
be shared during this time. Pray that we would be faithful to teach
as God leads.
January 26, 2011 – Pray that all believers would
have a hunger for the Word of God, whether through hearing it or
reading it. Pray for those who are hungry and ask the Lord to fulfill
their need. Pray that the Christians who are anxious about the
future would learn to depend fully upon God.
January 27, 2011 – Zongo has had cataract surgery
and is blind in the other eye. Albass lived with Zongo for the
first 15 years of his life after his mother died. Pray for Albass
as he is now in the village with his siblings and Zongo remains
in Quallam. Pray for Albass as he continues to battle with epilepsy
which has made it difficult for Zongo to help him.
January 28, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will
be going to many villages for the last time. Thank the Lord for
the many friends made, for the ministry that was shared, and pray
that truths taught and learned will continue to be shared with
many more people.
January 29, 2011 –We are so thankful for all your
prayers on behalf of the Cain family. With great joy, we returned
to our life and ministry among the Zerma in November. Please continue
to pray for wisdom and guidance in all that we do.
January 30, 2011 – Thank God for Zerma believers
who have felt the call of God to be disciples who know and understand
His Word. Pray that God would continue to add to their number.
January 31, 2011 – Pray for Ben and Pastor Yacouba
as they teach the Men’s Bible Study on Monday nights. They
will be focusing on ‘What the Bible says about doing business
and personal integrity.’ Ask God to speak to each man present
and direct or redirect his thinking so that it lines up with scripture.
Thank you for kneeling before the throne with us on behalf of
the Zerma people. www.zermateam.org