As many of you have been aware, Advancing The
Kingdom has been planning a special month beginning this November
to bring the Gospel to the nation of Mali, located
in West Africa. We will be ministering in outdoor crusades in the
capital city of Bamako and in the ancient city of Timbuktu. We have
planned an additional trip to Koutiala where we will be conducting
a DTS class for the local YWAM base. We will be gone for the entire
month of November.
The projected cost for the entire trip is estimated to
be $15,000, with half of that for the expenses of our city wide
crusade in Bamako. A breakdown of these projected expenses
have been given to me by the local coordinator (Abel), the pastor
of the Assemblies of God church and is available upon request.
My local contact in Bamako is a full time missionary to Mali, Dr.
Claudia Wintoch, who has invited me to this Islamic land.
Claudia and I went to school together in Kansas City and have attended
conferences together. She is a missionary sent from Christ Triumphant
Church in Lees Summit as well as being a part of the HIM network
of churches organized by Che Ahn. You may remember Pastor Ahn, as
he organzied The Call - Kansas City, held at Bartle Hall a couple
of years ago, as well as the The Call-New York and in several other
cities throughout our country.
For this current trip, I have raised $10,000. That leaves
me with $5,000 to raise before the 27th of October, the
date which Julie and I depart the United States to speak in a church
in Paris, France before continuing on to Mali. (Julie will return
to our home in Lawrence).
Mali is considered to be 90% Islamic, which is mixed with many
of the ancestral African religions of the tribal peoples. Islam
was spread through much of the region by the tribes living near
Timbuktu. My belief is that this trip is God's timing to bring the
power and the Glorious Presence of our God into this land.
Much of the existing church is defeated, seeing virtually no converts
after years of work there. The existing church is often divided
along doctrinal lines. The church is having very little effect on
the day to day lives of the people. Mali is one of the 5 poorest
nations on the planet and the earth seems to be dying under their
feet. Even the rain is not absorbed by the land, creating desert
conditions out of a land that was once the breadbasket of West Africa.
I am of the firm belief that God has been calling those
touched the deepest by the current Revival to go to the Muslims.
I have seen God answer virtually every prayer that I have
prayed relating to Muslims while in East Africa. The possiblity
must be discussed that God loves the Muslim and the current
world tensions can only be lessened by the people of God carrying
His Glorious Presence into these lands where tensions are
arising. (just today I was invited to Pakistan to do a conference
and to Turkey).
I am inviting you to partner with Advancing The Kingdom
and myself for this Crusade and Conference to be held in Bamako
and Timbuktu, Mali. For those of you who know, this price
for a trip such as this is very low. We are believing God that the
people will see mighty miracles of physical healing, deliverance
and salvation. We are believing for 1000's of initial salvations
and a revival of the peoples of the Church - the bride of Christ
in that land.
Team members include Brad Mayhew (Lawrence, KS), Randy Krueger
(Appleton, WI) and Alex Achuti (Bungoma, Kenya).
Considering the urgency of the moment, would you consider
sending Advancing The Kingdom a donation this week to help cover
the costs of this mission trip -- for the expenses of the Crusade
and Conference? We need to cover the $5,000 shortfall, preferably
before we depart for Mali.
As you may know, Advancing The Kingdom Ministries, Inc.
Is a Kansas not-for-profit which receives donations under the deductibility
provisons of the US Internal Revnue Service Code sec 501(c)(3).
We would ask to send monies to the address listed below.
May God richly bless you and keep you, cause his face to shine
upon you and be gracious towards you. May He lift up His countenance
upon you and put deep within you His perfect Shalom - peace.
Advancing The Kingdom
P.O. Box 3321
Lawrence, KS 66046