The God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though
they were. (Rom 4:17)
That's the kind of God we serve! He calls the nothings, those that are not,
the meek to carry out His purposes. It is not just a favorable thing for us
to be used by Him but it is a requirement - knowing who we are and knowing
who He is.
That's what God has been doing in me in the last few weeks. It is not a one
time-thing, but He takes us through this again and again, and every time it
gets deeper. Thanks to His grace, to Him transforming us into the image of
Christ, gradually, step by step. Over the last few weeks He's made me aware
of who I am, has shown me who I am, and has broken me. I was disgusted by
what I say, heart-broken by what I say, so much that I didn't want to come
close to people so they'd see who I really am, not even wanting to be around
myself. I realized that there's nothing good in me, that I cannot do
anything, that I'm utterly helpless and useless. And it broke me totally. Thank
And when everything was gone, all that was left was Mali (for those who don't
know: the West African country where my heart is) and His purposes for that
made Christianity all about us, yet it is all about HIM. His kingdom being
established in this world, His honor being restored in the nations! I knew
that there was nothing I could do, yet I was irrelevant. Relevant was His
plan for Mali and that all He wanted was someone to work through and I had
I guess I have a more realistic picture than ever what it is gonna look like,
especially of the less glorious side. I'm so thankful that all I am is His
vessel. Because I can be that.
About 2 months ago the Lord spoke to me to make sure I was ready any time
when He'd say 'GO', whether it would be before the two years are over or
afterwards. I must not waste any time! After all, the reason I am in Kansas
City is to be equipped for His purposes in Mali. And sometimes the longing to
be there becomes so consuming, it seems to tear me apart. I've been memorizing
Scripture verses in Mali's most important language, reading the Bible in that
language, making contacts with Malians online, praying and fasting, getting
ready any way I can. Sometimes I even wear my Malian clothes to school or
Last week we had finals and they all went well. I still have 5 papers to
write which will probably take up all of my 5-week school break until May 28,
especially since I also have translation work to do. This week we are having
a two-day training seminar with the World Revival Network (under whose
umbrella I will probably be going to Mali) which is going great, meeting
pastors from all over and building relationships. This Saturday Jill Austin's
class (Bridegroom Prophets) is starting and I'm really looking forward to it.
It will be intensive and over within 10 days. After that I have the last of
the inner healing seminar weekends before getting a certificate. After that
we have a great women's conference at our church. And then school basically
starts again. As you see, it's gonna be a busy time, not really a holiday.
For the last few weeks I've been praying to the Lord to make a way for me to
get out of town for a few days. I do need a holiday!! I long to get away,
even if it's only for 2 days.
Another thing I have to do is get an Amerian driver's license. My
international license is running out in two weeks. However, no car in sight
Finally, if you believe in God's purposes being fulfilled through me, I'd
like you to consider supporting me with $/€ 10 a month (or more if you want).
The new term is starting in a few weeks, with the tuition due right then.
Even though I long to be in Mali already, I know my time here is not complete
yet and I'm anticipating an awesome summer term.
Why don't you come visit? Our guestroom is ready for you...
May you be consumed by His honor and glory!
Would you consider supporting me with $/€10 a month?
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
Linguist ~ Teacher ~ Translator/Interpreter (also via e-mail)
8488 Lane Drive
Kansas City, MO 64138
Talk to me online - I'm "healing2thenations":
msn messenger/netmeeting (including webcam)
Your support - whether by prayer or giving - is greatly appreciated:
Europe: Bank Austria - bank number: 12000
account number: 509.101.468.00