The time of departure has come – I'm leaving
Mali for three months to travel in Europe and the US, to share about
the work in Mali, to renew friendships and make new ones, to be
refreshed and refocused, to find new partners in the ministry, and
to return end of August with new energy and vision for the coming
Today I'm leaving for Kansas City, where you can
reach me until June 28 at this number (816)
347 9523. Please pray for a safe and uneventful journey,
that there won't be any complications with my luggage or with immigration,
nor any delays with the flights.
The last few weeks have still been quite eventful, and I don't
want to leave without having shared them with you.
On May 20 it was our last Friday night movie night – but
not a movie night like any other. We did a PRAISE PARTY, not only
inviting our street kids, but also all our neighbors, kids and adults
alike. More people than expected showed up (over 100), and even
though we had food for 60 people only, everyone ate and was satisfied.
Before we even started eating, we invited the kids to draw and color,
sitting on the mats we had laid out. They all enjoyed it greatly.
After the meal, and after the sun had gone down (at 7 p.m.), we
turned on the video. We first had a 40-min kids' worship video with
very upbeat songs. I got my flags out and danced together with the
kids. It was so much fun! Most of the adults just looked on! Some
wondered how Hawa (that's me) can jump and dance like that ;-).
After the kids' video we put on a one-hour worship time from a French
conference, that also had slower songs. It was during that time
that many people started leaving. All in all, we had a great time
of celebrating one last time, having a kind of farewell party.
On May 22 we had our last Sunday service. The Lord had given me
some special things to do and say, to bless my little sheep and
put them into His hands for the summer. We also sent out Simeon
to Mozambique. We had a very special time that Sunday afternoon,
even emotional somewhat, as I have to "leave them behind".
We always have newcomers at the service. That day there were two
"unusual" first-time visitors. One came back later, with
many, many questions about the Lord, sharing that he had read parts
of the Bible already, sharing how Jesus appeared to him in a dream.
I encouraged him further, gave him a Bible; he wasn't quite ready
to give his life to the Lord yet.
Another guy came back later saying he loved the sermon and that
this was his church now. He had only just arrived in Mali three
weeks earlier and had heard of us. I encouraged him to find another
church for the summer, and then see what God's will is.
Our three women received their last portions of rice. Since I really
want them to become independent financially, I gave them each a
sack of coals to sell. I pray they will use their one talent wisely,
so they can buy another sack after the first one is sold.
This last Sunday, May 29, I took my sheep to another church in
the morning, encouraging them to go their during my absence. The
services will be in Bambara only, and the pastor is a wonderful
man of God, who we're working with for the big crusade in November
(with Cliff Pash).
On Saturday, the pentecostal & charismatic churches of Bamako
did a joined service that ended up lasting 4 and a half hours. Seybou
was with me, and he loved it! One of the pastors there knows me
and told me three times to go sit in the first row. After refusing
twice, I had no choice at his third request. It was good to meet
the head of the association of pentecostal churches as well.
Seybou has been so excited about the Lord, yet is still not quite
ready to give his life to Him. He now reads without difficulty (after
two and a half months), and in our last service I gave him the gift
of a Bambara Bible. So now he can read God's word all summer long
while I'm gone.
Simeon left for Mozambique last Friday. They nearly didn't let
him go (because he had no stamp of entry in his new passport), but
he made it to Mozambique – but not his suitcase. Unfortunately,
he had put most of the spending money for the 3 months in his suitcase,
so now he neither has money, nor clothes, nor books, nor anything.
Please pray the suitcase still arrives – WITH the money!
Even though we had worked hard on his English the last few months,
he made very little progress. He informed me with joy that he's
found somebody there who speaks French, and who's helping him. Classes
He is still 3000USD short for his plane ticket.
Like last year, I've made a video presentation – like a summary
of what's been going on. I'd like to send the CD to as many as you
as possible. Please send me an email if you want one, with your
I'd better get ready to go to the airport.
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you soon! To GOD be ALL GLORY!
June 1-28 Kansas City
June 29-July 3 Western Austria (Vorarlberg)
July 4-Aug 1 Vienna, Austria
July 8-11 Reading, England (wedding)
Aug 2-Aug 9 Paris, France
Aug 10-Aug 14 Kansas City
Aug 15-Aug 22 Pasadena, CA