future workshops & businesses will serve as dorms and classrooms
for our elementary school until the main building is built.
With another $64,000 or 56.000€
we can finish it. If you'd like to contribute, please mark your
donation with "building fund". Ways
to donate on the left.
will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on
the earth distress of nations, with perplexity,
the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing
them from fear and the expectation of those things which
are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and
great glory. (Luke 21:25-27)
these days of an unprecedented global crisis, "distress
of nations" and "men's hearts are failing them
from fear", I receive a lot of message of people thinking
this is the beginning of the end. Do I believe
that? I believe we've been approaching the end ever since Jesus
returned to heaven and that every generation has believed they were
the one Jesus would return to.
do believe that we're closer to Jesus's return than ever (evidently!),
and that this global crisis is a great opportunity for
God's people to rise up and show the world the One who is Love and
who expels all fear when His love comes into their
lives. We could be on the brink of the greatest spiritual
awakening ever seen on this earth! And all this in the
significant year of 2020!
not join in with the world, but stand apart with
faith and love. Let's rise up and be beacons of
hope to a world overcome by fear. Let's not let this great opportunity
pass us by!
now we were supposed to be in the US and start
doing itinerant ministry again, with our little treasures. Instead
we have to stay in our apartment in Vienna and
are only allowed to leave to buy groceries. A few weeks have already
passed, and it looks like quite a few more are ahead of us.
not much has changed for us when it comes to our
daily schedule, besides not going
to church or doctor's appointments. We keep busy all day long with
feeding babies, changing diapers, playing with babies and doing
housework. We still don't sleep much, and the day is over before
we know it, before another identical one starts.
little ones are doing great, growing, learning, and bringing so
much joy to our hearts. Unfortunately Samuel cannot
go to physiotherapy right now, which he really needs, and there
is no telling when he'll be able to go again.
Samuel day 212 Tamara
day 212 Emmanuel
they are in bed for the night around 6 pm (though they all still
eat during the night), is when we have a little time to do other
things. Office work never ends for me, and currently
I'm working hard on creating a new website for
for Randy, he has put all his energy into trying to find
a bigger apartment for us (online). As we are 5
people in a 55 sq.m. apartment, we're eligible for a subsidy
from the city for a bigger apartment. However, demand is much higher
than what's available, and there are only few big apartments built,
and even fewer with two bathrooms. Imagine once they're teenagers...
Vienna is where our European headquarters are located,
and we're trusting God to provide us with the perfect apartment,
like he did with the apartment we're in right now (that I moved
into as a single person). Thank you for believing and praying with
Africa the coronavirus is only just getting
started. With its huge population of over 1 billion
people, its poverty and everything related to that, the
outcome of this pandemic could be absolutely disastrous.
The only upside is that most of the population is young and therefore
not as vulnerable, though malnutrition increases the risk factor
2018 Mali ranked in 8th place when it comes to
the poorest (least developed) nations in the world.
On March 25th the first two Coronavirus cases were
confirmed. Today there are 39 confirmed cases,
but the number of people unknowingly carrying the virus is undoubtedly
high. Now the country is slowly starting to react.
curfew was imposed from 9 pm until 5 am every
day. Businesses close at 2 pm, and they are talking
about closing the markets which freaks people out.
In a country where most people live without electricity, people
have no choice than to go to the market every day
to buy the food they need. They are talking about people having
to shelter in place, but how is that possible when
you need to go buy food and even your drinking water. In a country
like Mali, a shelter-in-place order seems absolutely impossible.
already closed a while back - after a strike - so our own kids have
already been home for a few weeks. There is no such thing as e-learning
like we have here in Austria. There is a good chance that this will
be a lost school year for the children in Mali
(the 46% that do go to school).
street children are the ones most at risk. With
the curfew in place, it is difficult for them to find a
place to sleep, and with the businesses closing so early,
and people afraid to give them food or money when they beg, they
suddenly find themselves more in need than ever.
gates still open for them every night. Every person
entering our gates has to use hand sanitizer (which is harder and
harder to get), and we still need to talk about what additional
measures we can take to keep everyone safe. Paul has just purchased
40 bags of rice, half to give away to widows in
need, and the rest for us (we need one bag of 50 kilos every 3 days).
Food prices are rising, adding more strain to the
population, where two thirds already live under the poverty
have heard that malaria medication helps against
the virus, and so suddenly a few pills to treat malaria that used
to be 100 CFA (17 cents) now cost 6000 CFA ($10) - a price unaffordable
to most, which will now cause the death rate of malaria to go up
have stopped, and so Paul now only has a service with those
living on our base. I'm relieved that he and his family are moving
onto our base this Sunday. He's also working on bringing
his five nieces and nephews (his late sister's children) to our
base to become part of our family in the next few days.
pray for Paul. It is never good when a ministry depends
on one single person, especially in times of a crisis like this
one. Pray for his health and protection.
FOR THE VILLAGE KIDS
were so blessed by the donation of many stuffed animals
for the children in Mali that we meant to distribute for
Christmas. However, as it did not work out to travel to Mali for
Christmas, we brought them with us in January. Because of several
other challenges, it took until March before they
were finally distributed in the village of Dara.
had planned to distribute them at the village elementary school,
but the school was on strike, and so we distributed them to the
children in the village directly instead. Hundreds
of children came and received a stuffed animal or toy. Many of them
had never owned a toy in their life, and they were
so very thankful. Paul was amazed at how happy they were with even
just a toy car. Even parents thanked us from the bottom of their
hearts. News spread, and more and more children showed up, even
after the 500 stuffed animals and toys were all
you for making this possible. Let's do it again next Christmas!
- We have already lost donors because
of the economic effect of the pandemic, and our hearts go out
to them and we pray for them. However, this is the time when we
need MORE funds as prices are rising and access to food
might become difficult. Thank you for your support!
Missions Trip - Assuming international
travel will be restored by then, we're still planning on traveling
to Mali in the middle of July until
the middle of August. Why don't you join us!
Trip - Our trip to the US was canceled, but we hope to
be able to come in fall instead.
Permit - Paul is still working on getting a building
permit so we can continue construction, but to
this date we have not received it. Please pray we get it soon.
Teacher - We are still looking for a French-speaking
first grade teacher to join our team. There is such a
need for a good, Christian school where the children are treated
with dignity and learn something.
Many of our Muslim neighbors would send their children to our
school. Please pray we'll find a teacher!
Director Paul - Paul has been leading the ministry in
Mali by himself for quite some time now and he's tired.
Please pray for him!
Situation - Mali is becoming more and more radicalized
by jihadists. Also, the population is rising up against the government,
still not accepting the president's election. The opposition leader
was just kidnapped, days before an important election. Please
pray for peace, and for protection
- Do you want to come change an orphan's
life? Do you want to heal the sick? Preach
the gospel to those who've never heard? Come to Mali
for a season and let God change your life. No language skills
needed, but French skills are helpful.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you
pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames
will not set you ablaze. (Isa 43:2)