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.
HEALINGS & SALVATIONS
so proud of my son Paul who has been leading the
ministry in Mali all by himself since we left earlier this year.
He just gave me an update on what's going on in Mali, and it was
Bible Discovery groups are thriving. New ones are
starting, people are having dreams of Jesus and are getting saved.
I told Paul I'd love to have more detailed specific testimonies,
but I guess I'll have to wait till I'm back in Mali face to face
with him to get those. He did tell me about a little boy we prayed
for before leaving who was completely healed. His family now wants
to know about this Jesus who healed him.
also very excited to hear that Zantigui has accepted
Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Paul started meeting with him quite
a while back. He is a very influential man with
about 80 people under him, so his conversion should have a big impact.
Please pray for him.
is Sanaba. She's about 12 years old.
Her Dad kicked out her mother (who was his second
of 3 wives) and her sister and her and kept her brother. Her younger
sister died because her Mom did not have the means
to have her treated. She and her Mom started coming to our church
and her Mom asked us whether we could take her in
and take care of her, as she was unable to. She has now been with
us for a couple of weeks and is thriving! And Sarata
is happy to have another girl on our base again. Sanaba's Mom keeps
coming to our church services and is close to receiving Jesus as
Lord and Savior. Sanaba is now back in school and in 5th
you'd like to co-sponsor her with $30 or 25€ per month,
please let me know.
took in Bakary many years ago, when he was about
4 years old, and living on the street since he
was 3 as his parents had died and there was nobody to take care
of him. He's always had a special place in my heart. School was
a big challenge for him until he finally had to
drop out. He loved helping when our carpenter came around, and finally
we found a little carpentry school that he started
over a year ago. In the beginning there was a lot of theory, still
reading, writing and math, but now he has just proudly presented
his very first chair. I'm so proud of him! Since
we've lost the carpenter we had, I hope he'll be our resident carpenter
when the workshop opens.
biggest disappointment recently was when our driver Saloum
left us for money. Saloum came to us as one of the very
first teenagers and lived with us on and off. In the end he finished
trade school, but could not find a job. I paid
for him to go to driving school, and he became
our driver, together with Joseph. When Joseph left a few years ago,
he became our only driver. He was a son to me, and to Paul, who
was very close to him spending countless hours in the car with.
Our hearts were broken when he left because he
heard he could make more money as a driver in a neighboring country.
Unfortunately Mammon is a ruling god in Mali, everyone always striving
to get more of it, no matter how.
was astonished when I heard that Paul had already found
a new driver. Moussa is an ex-street kid
who used to sleep on our base and spent a lot of time with us. We
lost sight of him, until he started coming to our services. Someone
paid for him to go to driving school and he became a bus driver.
Even though it's a financial loss for him, he is now our new driver,
and we're thankful to have him (back).
a long time we've known that our water tower needed
cleaning on the inside, as well as a coat
of paint to protect it from rusting and keep it from dirtying
the water. This was not a cheap undertaking, plus it meant no water
on our base for a few days. Now they've finally done this after
putting it off for months.
the quality of materials used for building is not good, and so we
constantly have repairs to make, even though the
buildings are not even that old yet. Another necessary repair has
been the dining hall doors.
all this is expensive, but still needs to be done.
lot has happened since our last newsletter two months ago. Our little
ones ended up staying another 6 weeks in the hospital, making it
a total of 9.5 weeks in hospital. What a joyous
day it was when they finally came home 3.5 weeks
ago! It was exactly a week before their actual due date November
6th, so their adapted age is actually 2.5 weeks, rather than the
nearly 3 months since they were born.
been wonderful having them home. The boys eat about
every 3 hours, while Tamara can wait 4 hours. She is still the biggest
at nearly 4 kilos now, but the boys are already starting to catch
up to her. Our lives now consist of feeding them and changing
diapers pretty much, leaving little time for sleep or anything
else. I'm so thankful for Randy being a full-time Dad
and taking care of them right now so that I can write this much-needed
newsletter. We also have paid help from an organization
a few times a week for a couple of hours each.
been cleared to go to Mali with them for Christmas and New
Year's. We're hoping to go for two weeks, about December
19th to January 2nd, and are looking for a person (or
more) to come with us and help us with the babies. Since we have
to pay a third seat for the third baby anyway, we would pay for
the flight (for one person, if flying out of Vienna), and once you're
in Mali, there are no expenses. Your only expense
would be the visa and shots (for one person). We have a two-bedroom
apartment on our base for visitors. It would be a great help for
us, especially for the flight to Mali. Please contact me if you're
interested or have questions.
LOTS more pictures and daily updates on our cute
triplets, connect with me on Facebook.
day 85 Emmanuel
- We pay for the schooling of over 30 children
which is our biggest expense, from school fees to supplies and
uniforms. We've barely recovered from those, when it's already
time to pay the second installment of school
fees. Thank you for helping us with all these expenses.
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.
Events - Our biggest events of the year take place around
Christmas. Our big Christmas and anniversary celebration
this year will be on December 22nd on our base.
We also do a Christmas party for street children
where we not only feed them physically and spiritually, but give
away hundreds of shoes, toys and clothes. And
then we do this all over again in the village,
giving away a few more hundred gifts. And finally we celebrate
Christmas as a family of all our sponsored kids
and staff, going to the restaurant and then celebrating in our
house together. If you'd like to be a part by
helping us finance these activities, we'd be very thankful.
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. Please pray for
peace, and for protection from
- 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.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.