“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts
October 1, 2011 – As you begin to see and feel
the changes that fall weather brings please remember that in Niger
the weather also changes somewhat. Now that rainy season (what
little rain there was) is mostly over it warms up somewhat and
many farmers will be in their fields harvesting their millet and
sorghum crops. Pray that they will have sufficient foods for their
families. As these "field crops" are finishing up the
dry season gardening begins. Mostly women but also some men should
begin their little nurseries of lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and
potatoes in their grow beds. Pray that these dry season farmers
will be able to get needed seeds and that the seeds would produce.
October 2, 2011 - Join us in praising God along with the
Ledlows as their daughter Stephanie gave birth to a baby boy. Landon
James Rendel was born on September 12th at 9:07 am in California.
He weighed 8 lbs, 15 oz., 21 inches long...and he's just perfect!!!!
October 3, 2011 – Immediate and extended family
is very important in the life of Zerma people. And so it is among
most in the US. After so many special events missed with their
grandchildren, Don and Teresa are really enjoying going to various
sports and watching Rachel and Dillon participate. Pray for Stacy
Bolls LeQuieu today as it is her birthday. Ask God to give her
wisdom as a parent and wife and to open many opportunities for
her to share her faith.
October 4, 2011 – A Christian is a definite minority
among the Zerma of Niger. Please pray strength for believers to
continue in their faith even as they are different from the norm
here where cultural demands conformity to the norm.
October 5, 2011 – Praise God for the faithfulness
of the children who attend the kids’ clubs. The children
are so eager and excited for the clubs that they are coming by
the house. After Kimberly was unable to lead one during the scheduled
meeting time due to a scheduling conflict, the children came by
the house and insisted on meeting a different day so that they
wouldn’t miss a week. Pray that God would continue to draw
these precious little one to Himself.
October 6, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will
be traveling to Missouri this month. They will be with several
other missionaries speaking in Lebanon at several churches. Pray
that each missionary will have the energy and will be able to share
about the work that is done in the various countries. Please pray
for safe travels and good fellowship.
October 7, 2011 – Pray for Caroline and her senior
class. They work very hard during the school year to raise money
for their senior trip. The senior’s parents help out a lot
with these events. Pray for good time management skills for all
October 8, 2011 – October is harvest time across
Niger. Some areas will have a good harvest while many areas, due
to a lack of rain, will have a poor harvest. Pray for those who
will face a discouraging harvest, that they will seek the Lord
as the answer to their needs. Pray for those who are reaping a
good harvest that they will recognize God’s blessing on them.
Pray for a spiritual harvest among the Zerma, and that God would
send laborers into the harvest.
October 9, 2011 – Thank you for praying for our
children. The school year has gotten off to a good start. Pray
for Caleb and Rachel as they adjust to the demands of junior high.
There is more homework and the addition of youth Bible study. Pray
for them to have positive attitudes and be diligent with their
October 10, 2011 – On the field short term missions
is a good way to be a volunteer and help spread God's love among
the Zerma people in Niger. Ask God what He would have you do. Ministry
opportunities abound. If you can pray, walk or talk, God may be
calling you to be a witness among the Zerma!
October 11, 2011 – Pray for the Songhai and Niamey
Urban teams to work to complete the production of video segments
for use in communicating what is taking place here in Niger. Thank
God for this gifted media team with whom we are working.
October 12, 2011 – Several momentous high profile "happenings" have
affected Niger this year. Pray for calm, rest, protection of Zerma
people as they go about their daily lives trying as most of us
do to have food for the family, a safe secure home and a measure
of freedom to be able to work and move about.
October 13, 2011 – Today is Cindy Sustar’s
birthday. Ask God to renew her strength and passion in reaching
the lost of Niamey with His hope. Lord we ask that you give each
of us, as your followers, courage to obey each word that you give
us and to understand how to influence others in the city to do
October 14, 2011 – Pray for Matt and Christie Bolls
as they are eagerly awaiting the safe arrival of Don & Teresa's
#4 grandchild. Pray for a safe delivery (C-section) and speedy
recovery for both mother and child. Praise the Lord for new life,
precious in any family around the world.
October 15, 2011 – Remind us as a team, Lord,
that our prayers break down strongholds in our lives and others
lives here in the city because the weapons you give us have divine
power to do this. This month, pray for those who are seeking Jesus
to overcome the fear of what others will say or think and choose
to follow Him without reservation and communicate that decision
to us and to others around them.
October 16, 2011 – Pray for us to have wisdom and
discernment during this time of year before the millet harvest.
The rains were not good this year and people are running low on
food. We are faced with an overwhelming number of needs for food,
medicine, etc. Pray that we will know when, where, and how much
October 17, 2011 –Today is Rachel Sustar’s
birthday. Ask God to give her boldness in sharing the gospel with
her friends that do not know him. Pray that she will manage her
October 18, 2011 – Half the population of Niger
is age 15 or younger. Pray for these children and youth that they
would be a generation that knows Jesus as their Savior.
October 19, 2011– Pray for Emily as she begins
teaching English this semester at the University and that her example
in the classroom will result in students asking her what compels
her to live life with the passion she does and discover that Jesus
is the reason.
October 20, 2011 – Pray for the believers in Kollo,
that they remain steadfast in the faith and not grow weary. Pray
for their spiritual growth and that their confidence and contentment
in Christ would be evident for all to see.
October 21, 2011 – Several believers are learning
to read and write in Zarma. Pray that they would learn quickly
and encourage each other as they go along. Ask God to give them
a desire to read His word for themselves.
October 22, 2011 – Thank God for the gifts of
each part of His church that includes us. Ask Him to help each
of us embrace and use the different gifts that He has given us
and be intentional in learning how to work together as a body with
one purpose (1 Corinthians 12:18-20).
October 23, 2011 – Ask God to give Emily, Cindy
and Ben an improved ability to speak French in the city and for
the perseverance to press forward and immerse ourselves in settings
where only French is spoken to keep adding to their vocabulary.
It is important that we speak it well as we work in Niamey.
October 24, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will
be traveling to Kansas City, MO to share with a church that was
very involved in the Latrine "outhouse" ministry to schools
before the Bolls left. Pray for a special time with the WMU group
that will meet earlier in the day, then for the entire church that
will meet that night.
October 25, 2011 – Continuing praying for the university
students that Emily is in relationship with so that they discover
where their true significance and identity are rooted - in relationship
with Jesus. Recently, two of them have gotten married so ask the
Lord to reveal to Emily how she can best serve them as new couples
October 26, 2011 – Praise God Ami delivered a
healthy baby girl on September 16. Ask God to strengthen Ami and
her husband, who are both followers of Jesus to stand firm in their
faith and to have boldness beyond themselves to stand against persecution
and family pressures.
October 27, 2011 – We hope the well in Doutchimana
will be completed this month. Pray for the workers to be healthy
and safe as they dig down 50 to 60 feet. This well will be used
for irrigation so pray that there will be abundant water for the
adjacent garden area.
October 28, 2011 – Ask the Lord for clear ideas
for Emily of how best to work through the book “Soul Cravings” with
a group of her students that will invite them to see God at work
not only in the world but in each of their individual lives. Lord,
help Emily see how to begin discussions using specific entries
from the book that will make a heart connection with each of these
students creating a hunger for finding their purpose for living.
October 29, 2011 – Five young men in FADA’s
in the city have heard the gospel this last month during two visits
with them. They continue searching for ways to make a living and
to have lives that make a difference. Lord, help us know how to
equip these men with the truth and specific skills that are needed
to live the lives you have intended for them.
October 30, 2011 – A critical part of the urban
team strategy is 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 in the city. Our vision is
for Niamey to become an Oasis of Hope – a place where people
discover true hope in their lives in the person of Jesus.
October 31, 2011 – Pray for the Bolls as they will
be traveling to Washington, MO to share with a church that came
to Niger several years ago. Praise the Lord for special friendships
that many missionaries share with volunteers and churches in the
Bowing before the throne of God together!
The Zerma Team