The big crusade and conference in Bamako, and the
ministry trips to Timbuktu and Koutiala in November are approaching,
and the warefare is intensifying. I sollicit your prayers for the
upcoming weeks! Let me update you on all that has happened:
* BREAKING NEWS - I just got the phone call that
we won't get the big open field the crusade was supposed to take
place on. This is Africa, and everything gets done in the last second
(like requesting the use of the field). Now we're trying to get
another field a little further away, that will also be smaller than
the first. PLEASE PRAY that we will get the perfect location and
quickly! Posters and invitations also still need to be printed.
* Yesterday I was informed that the team that's
coming is reduced from 6 to 4 - for very good reasons, of course.
* We still don't have a car to use for the month
of Nov. We've been working on this for weeks. Some things are in
the making - PLEASE PRAY for favor and that they make their decision
* MY VISA - I went in on Monday, and was supposed
to pick up my visa today. Last night I found out that there were
complications. So I went in today, bringing another paper. I should
now get my visa in a few days. My old visa runs out on Tuesday.
PLEASE PRAY it comes through without further complications!
* I've just come through a 10-day fight against malaria.
Praise God I'm healed!
* We were not accepted at the Malian Association of Churches
because they want us to have the government recognition first. That
means, it won't be until September 2006 that we'll become a member.
* Our papers were deposited with the government
a few weeks ago, and I'm in the process of going there every week
or so to follow up, give money, go from place to place....
* There are other challenges, good and bad, with people - Simeon
who's "acting up" again and has chosen to stay away from
all of us for the time being; Sekouba who was gone
two nights, but is back and sleeping on the property every night,
learning to read and write, and Sekouba's friend Brahima
has given his life to the Lord (both are street kids). We have a
new faithful team member, Marie, and Paul,
the Albino, is growing rapidly in his faith. He went through his
own trial when through a government mistake he was rejected by the
public High School. I paid his tuition to go to a private High School,
and it meant a lot to him. I also paid for him to go to an eye doctor
to get a prescription for glasses, but we don't have the money right
now to get him the glasses.
* That finally leads me to the point of finances.
We've had a lot of expenses, partly to prepare for the coming team
and ministry trips, partly for needed one-time purchases, and I'm
praying for God to send the promised provisions so we can take of
all that has to be taken care of.
* If you want to stay updated more frequently, and learn the details
of everything, I invite you to go read my BLOG
and post your comments on them. Click here to read it: www.healing2thenations.blogspot.com
In HIS service,