See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams
in the wasteland. Isaiah 43: 19
1 - Pray for Pastor “A” in the “G” neighborhood.
Praise God for his faithful and persevering spirit amid challenging
circumstances. (Note that we are not using real names for security
2 - Pray for Pastor “A’s” wife “H” as
she ministers to the women and children in the “G” neighborhood.
Pray for her to be a good example of a Christian wife and mother.
3 - Pray for Pastor “A” and “H’s” eldest
child, “L,” a daughter. Pray for her to do well in
school and to be a positive witness to those around her.
4 - Pray for Pastor “A” and “H’s” second
child, “E,” a son. Praise God for his sweet spirit.
Pray that he may continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of
5 - Pray for Pastor “A” and “H’s” third
child, “J,” a daughter. Pray for her to grow in wisdom
and grace in the Lord.
6 - Pray for Pastor “A” and “H’s” fourth
child, “R,” a daughter. Pray for her to continue to
grow in her obedience to God and her parents.
7 - Pray for Pastor “A” and his family to
receive encouragement in their ministry by people coming to church,
making decisions for Christ, and faithfully walking boldly and
strongly with God.
8 - Pray for Don and Teresa Bolls as they are moving to a new
this month. They will be living in Clinton, Mississippi—finishing
up their last 6 months with the IMB serving in the church where
their journey began in 1975! Thank the Lord for a faithful, loving,
and supporting church all these years!
9 - Praise God for the time Kimberly’s mother had
with her family. It was great to have special time together.
10 -Michael and Stacey Frank arrive in Niger today to
assist the Zerma team in ministry for the next couple weeks. Pray
for their health and safety and that God would bless the Zerma
11 - Pray for Tanda. Pray that she has had a safe delivery and
her and her baby’s health. Pray that she is growing
in her walk with the Lord.
12 - Pray for the Kids’ Clubs that meet on Wednesday
afternoons. Pray for the children to listen well and that there
would be no distractions to interrupt our time together.
13 - Pray for the many that will have a garden in the
Ouallam area. Pray for good seeds to be available so there will
be a bountiful harvest.
14 - Pray for the seeds of the gospel that were planted
in the hearts of many this past year. Pray that they would continue
to grow and be nurtured by the Holy Spirit and many will put their
belief and trust in the Lord.
15 - On Thanksgiving Day, Don Bolls’ mother went
home to be with the Lord. Pray for Don and his family. Please pray
especially for Don’s father who is dealing with the loss
of his wife after 62 plus years of marriage.
16 - Pray Isaiah 43:19 over the Zerma this month. Pray
that we would have the privilege of seeing Zerma people choosing
to follow Christ.
17 - January for the Zerma in Niger is like most Januarys,
even for those in the US, and that is cold! Being hot most of the
year in Niger, most people are accustomed to and dress for very
warm weather. So when it's cold many are sick with little warm
clothing. Pray they have the wisdom and means to dress warm, especially
18 - The Bolls have been encouraged by many churches as they
several times in December. Many SBC churches have set
impressive goals, even sacrificial to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas
Offering. Learning more about Southern Baptists, how the money
is spent, various projects and help that the LMCO offering has
provided seems to have "opened the hearts" to even more
giving. Thank you so much for your loyal support.
19 - Pray for Pastor “B” who has been teaching
and discipling men in several villages over the past few months.
Pray for wisdom and knowledge as he studies and shares the scriptures
with others. Pray for the spiritual growth of the believers he
is ministering to.
20 - Pray for Don on stateside assignment as he has set
of goal of encouraging ministry outreach points mostly around Ouallam,
even though he is physically not there. Pray for appropriate communication
with these individuals and groups that God would led in this effort.
21 - Pray for new personnel to join the Zerma team here
in Niger. Thanks to all of you who are part of our team through
your prayers and support of the IMB.
22 - Pray for spiritual leadership among the Zerma believers.
Pray that God would call forth leaders who know His word, have
a burden for the lost, and are bold in sharing the Gospel.
23 - Recently one of our ministry partners here in Niger was
to obtain a broadcasting license and equipment for a radio
station. They are now broadcasting Christian programming in Niamey,
the capital city. Pray for God’s blessing on this station,
that it would be one that many people tune in to every day to hear
the gospel and to be encouraged. Pray that many Nigeriens would
come to know the Lord through this ministry.
24 - Pray for Caroline as she will be busy this semester
with the outreach team, class work, Bible study, volunteering at
the Cure Hospital and senior class activities. Pray for energy,
diligence, and perseverance in all she does.
25 - Pray for Caleb as he is busy with school work, Bible
study, and video club. Pray for him to manage his time well and
to put first things first.
26 - Pray for the women in the “G” neighborhood
to be open to hearing the Good News and the courage to make a decision
to follow Christ.
27 - Pray for Kimberly to invest her time wisely with
the Zerma. Pray that God would strengthen and deepen her friendships
with Zerma women. Pray that through her relationships with these
women that Christ would be glorified.
28 - Pray for Phil and Kimberly as they will be continuing
to fill in for Mark and Deanna in the office. Pray for Mark and
Deanna as they are on stateside assignment, traveling and sharing
at churches and mission conferences about their ministry here in
29 - Pray for the people in the village of “T” as
Phil continues to share stories from the Bible there. Pray that
they would hear and understand the scriptures and receive it as
truth. Pray that they would repent and receive Christ as their
30 - Pray for the Saturday kids’ clubs to be free
from distractions and that the children would listen well. The
afternoon kids’ club meets at a Zerma church. Pray that this
will lead to many children and their families attending church.
31 - Welcome to the new Zerma prayer warriors as we begin
this new year together. May God richly bless you as you join this
team and take a small part of your life to glorify God and lift
up the Zerma people that this year they may have the opportunity
to hear, understand and accept Christ as their Savior.
Thanks for you prayers! Phil and Kimberly Cain, Don and Teresa