“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. I Thessalonians 5:16-22

Sunday, May 1, 2011 – Pray for RoEna and Billy Sustar, Patrick, Lauren and Harrison Sustar as they leave Niger today and fly back to the states. Praise God for their visit here. Ask God to give them a smooth trip home and opportunity to share with others what they experienced in Niger.

Monday, May 2, 2011 - The Bolls met no Zerma people during their short stay in France. They did leave some Zerma reading material and audio cassettes with missionaries if any Zerma are located. Ask God to bring any Zerma people living in France into the path of these missionaries.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – During the month of May the Bolls will be sharing in several churches about ministry among the Zerma people. Pray they share what is needed, help bring prayer support along with concern and understanding for Zerma people.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – As we minister among Zerma people, we see children who lose their mothers at birth which is an all too common experience. Ask God to comfort each child. Pray for wisdom as we try to help show God's love in these situations.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 – Please continue to pray for the Ouallam church. Pray for the faithful few who come on Sundays to worship—pray that their numbers will increase as they learn to depend on the Lord for their needs and their spiritual growth.

Friday, May 6, 2011 – Pray for the children who have trusted in Christ, sometimes in secret. Pray that like the mustard seed, their faith would grow and become strong.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 – Several years ago First Baptist Church Clayton helped provide latrines for the Christian group and a school in the town of Kanda. More recently a trunk full of literature was left with believers. Pray the material and latrines continue to be a witness of God's love in this area.

Sunday, May 8, 2011 – Pray for unity among the Zerma Christians, that their hearts would be united in love and oneness of purpose

Monday, May 9, 2011 – Thank you for all the prayers for Caroline. Please continue to lift her in prayer as she continues to gain strength.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – Niger's physical location in the world brings many happenings to its "doorsteps.” Pray God's protections over the Zerma people and the missionaries that witness and minister to them.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – Praise God Don and Teresa arrived safely in the U.S. to begin their stateside assignment. Pray for them as they settle into a new way of life and begin to share with others about life in Niger and how others can pray for Zerma people

Thursday, May 12, 2011 – Happy Birthday Stephanie Ledlow Rendell. Pray for Stephanie as she and Scott are expecting their first baby. Pray the pregnancy goes well and a healthy baby arrives.

Friday, May 13, 2011 – Pray for Pastor Amadou’s mom who is receiving medical treatment for cancer. Ask God to heal her and draw her into a relationship with him.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Being insulted, persecuted with all kinds of evil accusations being brought against you is not fun in any society. It is also true among Zerma people. Jesus said, “We are blessed when this happens…” in Matthew 10:11 NIV. Pray for strength and courage in our faith in Christ.

Sunday, May 15, 2011 – Pray for Ruth, a summer volunteer, coming to work with Kimberly and help with the Kids’ Clubs. Pray for her adjustment to the culture and learning the Zerma language

Monday, May 16, 2011 – Happy Birthday Caleb Cain. We thank God for Caleb and the blessings he brings to our lives. Pray that he would continue to grow in wisdom and stature and in the knowledge of God. Pray that his faith would be strengthened and his mind renewed as he grows into a young man.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – As Cindy finishes her last quarter of teaching the grade 5/6 class at Sahel Academy, ask the Lord to give her clear understanding of how to influence her students to grow into leaders who will continue to shape a new future in Niger.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – Thank God for the passion and gifts of Emily Elliott who works with university students in Niamey as she teams with Ben and Cindy and their girls on the new Urban Team in Niamey. Ask God to give Emily clear vision as she influences these students through teaching English at the university.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 – Happy Birthday Christin Sustar. We praise God for Christin and the beautiful young woman she is becoming. Pray for Christin to finish school well this year and to be a strong witness for Christ, to her friends.

Friday, May 20, 2011 – Thanks for your prayers for the village of “S” where Phil has been leading a small group. The Lord has added to their number this past month and we praise Him that two men prayed to receive Christ a couple weeks ago. Please continue to pray for the spiritual growth of these new believers, and that God would give them boldness and courage to share the news of their conversion with others.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 – Pray for the women who live in the “G” neighborhood of Niamey. There are several moms attending the kids’ clubs on Saturday afternoon. Pray for their hearts and minds to be open to God’s word and that they would choose to follow Christ.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 – Thank God for a group of four men who are taking a look at what the scriptures say about work, integrity, and finances for both business and family. These men seem grateful for this time to study and dialogue. Ask God to put into their minds how to use these lessons as they lead their families and initiate business efforts to support their families financially.

Monday, May 23, 2011 – Believe with us that God will shape a team of intercessors among believers in the city of Niamey who will choose to gather each week to pray for specific people they know who are not yet followers of Jesus.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – Thank God for the existing churches in Niamey and pray for courage in leadership for each of the churches pastors and for those who serve in these churches to see that each of their gifts are to be used to serve the church and the community in which they live.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – Thanks for your prayers for the village of “C”. Many men have left the village to look for work but a small group continues to meet with Phil each Wednesday. Pray that they would hear and understand the gospel as we spend time in the Word. Pray that God would give them a desire to hear His word, that they would be convicted of their sin and need to repent. Pray that they would leave the wide road that leads to destruction and follow the narrow path that leads to life.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 – Thanks for your prayers for the village of “Z”. Phil has been able to return twice and the men there have continued to be receptive to hearing God’s word. Pray that God would open the eyes of their heart to His truth as we visit and discuss Bible stories.

Friday, May 27, 2011 – Pray for Ami who is beginning her second trimester of pregnancy. Ask God to give her a smooth pregnancy and to keep her other 3 children well.

Saturday, May 28, 2011 – Take a moment to thank God for the team of people today who pray for the Zerma people and ask God to give them courage, insight and protection as they continue to faithfully pray for the Zerma in this world. Remember that each of us need the prayers of others because our battle in this world is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenly realms and our Zerma peoples’ eternal destiny is at stake.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 – Pray for Pastor Amadou to make decisions that are best in the “G” community in Niamey because his time is taken up by many good things at the present time and he needs wisdom in each decision.

Monday, May 30, 2011 – Believe together with us that God will reveal to us those things in Niger that are hindrances to people choosing to follow Jesus and that each one of us who pray would focus part of our prayer time each day on these strongholds being broken down.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – Thank God today for the believers in Niger and ask the Lord to fill each of us with a desire to live lives of sharing all things with each other so that this nation can see what the church is intended to be and become hungry to join this community of believers called the church.

Thank you for joining us in lifting the Zerma People before the throne!