My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:13
who’ve been receiving this prayer letter for
many years may remember that today is Teresa Bolls’ birthday.
Though retired from the field now, she and Don continue to have
an impact on the Zerma people through a foundation laid through
their many years of ministry here. Pray that today would be a special
day of blessing for Teresa.
2 Pray for Scott and Scott, two volunteers from our partnering
church, FBC Sandersville, GA as they leave the U.S. today to assist
us in ministry in Niger for the next couple weeks. Pray for safety
as they travel and for a fruitful ministry here as they share the
gospel and encourage, teach, and disciple Zerma believers.
pray for Rebekah and April as they live in minister in “D” town.
They have had no water at their house for over a week. The electricity
has been off a lot too. Please
pray that their water will be restored and that they will have
dependable electricity. Pray for their perseverance and health
as they live and work with little respite from the heat. We praise
God for their persevering spirits!
for the Sandersville team and Phil as they show the Jesus film
in the village of “T” where Phil meets with
a small group of believers each week. This will be an opportunity
to reach a large number of people from the community with the gospel.
Pray that many would attend and understand the message of the film.
5 Praise God for all that He has done this past school year
for Sahel Academy. Teams are continuing to come and help restore
and repair the campus for the 2013-2014 school year. We will be
holding the final assembly and at the restored dining hall of the
campus today. Thank you for all your prayers for the campus restoration!
6 Please pray for a language helper for April that understands
her and would help her to share the gospel more effectively.
you for your prayers for Mark and Deanna as they were in South
Africa for past couple of months to deal with Deanna’s
medical needs. We rejoice in their return and in the way the medication
adjustments have alleviated her symptoms. Yours prayers have made
pray for the Sustars and Caleb who will be traveling to another
West African country for a retreat just for children
of missionaries. Pray for a week that impacts Caleb, Rachel, and
Christin’s lives for God and that there would be lots of
spiritual growth and fun.
9 Phil and Ben Sustar have been participating in and helping
teach a course on leadership with a few Nigerien men. Pray that
this time would yield opportunities to impart biblical principles
and to build relationships with young people who will be future
leaders in Niger.
10 Pray for the kids who come to the kids clubs. Pray for
Kimberly as she prepares lessons and activities for the kids. Pray
for her as she resumes a regular schedule now that she is no longer
filling in for Deanna at the guesthouse.
11 Thank you for your prayers for Caroline as she traveled
back to Niger last month. She made it safely and with all of her
baggage. She said it was one of the smoothest trips she has ever
had. We deeply appreciate all your prayers on her behalf.
12 As the rainy season gets underway, pray for abundant rains
and a good harvest. Pray that God would supply strength and stamina
to the Zerma people as they spend long, hot days in the fields
cultivating their crops.
13 Scott and Scott will be leaving Niger today, heading back
home. Pray again for safety as they travel and pray with us that
God would bless them for giving up time away from family and responsibilities
at home. Pray that the seeds they planted here in Niger, along
with the teaching and discipling, would yield much fruit in the
14 Thank you for your prayers for Amina and her pregnancy.
She continues to help Kimberly with the Kids Club that meets on
Saturdays. Her tests show that everything is going well with this
15 Pray for the Goudel church and for pastor Amadou and his
wife Haasi as they labor faithfully even though the congregation
remains small. Pray that as Amadou and Haasi visit and pray for
people in their community that the Spirit of God would move, convicting
people of their need for the Savior. Pray for the growth of their
church, that it would be known as a place of hope and comfort to
those who are hurting.
16 Pray that God would continue to reveal Himself to April,
Rebekah, Phil, and Kimberly each day and that we would fall more
in love with Him and shine for Him.
17 Pray for Rebekah as she continues to study and learn the
Zerma language. Pray for her to be encouraged as she continues
to add to her vocabulary and as she shares with the Zerma people.
June 18 Please continue to pray for pastor “B” as Phil
spends time with him discussing the qualities of a pastor and as “B” seeks
to put those qualities into practice during the week.
19 Please pray for God to provide teachers and staff for
Sahel for the coming school year. Perhaps God is calling you to
come and teach for a year or two and work with a wonderful bunch
20 Pray for renewed energy and stamina for Kimberly as she
leads the kids clubs.
21 Pray for our cluster retreat in Kenya. We will be traveling
there for a time of worship and rest. Please pray for our safety
as we travel. Pray that we will have a great time of worship, fellowship,
22 Pray that the words from our mouths and the meditations
of our hearts would be pleasing to the Lord.
that the villages around “D” town that
are open to the gospel and ready to receive the Good News would
be made known to April and Rebekah and that God would place people
in their lives who are from those villages.
24 Pray for the speaker at our retreat. Pray that God will
speak mightily and clearly through him. Pray that we would be attentive
and responsive to His voice.
for the Zerma
team’s walks with the Lord. Pray
for us to be consistent in our individual prayer times and our
devotional times with the Lord.
26 Pray for “Roukayla,” one of the young girls
who comes to Kids Clubs. She has been leaving early and seems troubled.
Pray for wisdom and insight for Kimberly and that this girl would
confide in Kimberly what is weighing on her heart and mind.
27 Pray for Phil as he serves others on our team and other
IMB personnel in Niamey. Pray that God would multiply his time
and provide times of rest.
28 Pray that the Zerma team’s ministry will be exceedingly
fruitful and that God would be glorified through their ministry.
( 1 Thessalonians 3:1)
29 As our retreat will be drawing to a close, pray for Cains
who will be staying on in for a few days of vacation. Pray for
great family time and for a wonderful time of refreshment physically
30 Pray that the Zerma team would set their minds on things
above and continue to live in Him and for Him.