In the last month I overcame a 10-day bout with malaria, and other
health issues, the latest a cold my nose is just recovering from,
shedding its skin. One issue remains, and friends told me it's potentially
serious. Serious enough that I have a doctor's
appointment in Paris on Friday. Please pray for
my complete healing, and that I won't get distracted by worry or
The last month has not only been full of health challenges, but
it has also been the Muslim month of fasting, meaning that the whole
country is bowing down to Satan in unity, empowering him and his
hordes of demons. It's also been an extremely busy month, preparing
Cliff's visit and the crusade in Bamako, while continuing our daily
activities. At times I felt like it's all too much, but then I would
just praise God for all the opposition and trials, because the enemy
is simply scared of all God will do in November, trying to keep
it from happening.
And while all this was going on, I would also go to town once or
more a week concerning our church recognition with
the government, going from place to place, talking with all kinds
of officials, and having interesting experiences (see blog). The
good news is that we should have our papers before the end of November.
Yes, I'm tired, yes I feel "beat up", taking punches
from all side. Yet I choose to say with Paul, I'm "hard pressed
on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted,
but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." (2 Cor
God is in control, and He is getting ready to do some huge things
in this country of Mali.
BAMAKO CRUSADE NOV 9-12
CAM is partnering with another church (that has crusade experience)
to organize the crusade with Dr. Cliff Pash, and all in all we're
five local churches in the area working together. Preparing a crusade
is a huge task, and an interesting one in a Muslim country. Ads
for the crusade will pass on national television as well as local
radio stations, posters will be put up everywhere and invitations
handed out. The theme is "Encounter with the Living God",
and it will be broadcast on the local Christian radio station. Events
like this are rare in Mali, and we will certainly see many people
come – to meet the living God and be changed forever.
After the crusade and conference, Cliff and the team (they are
4), me and Emmanuel will take our rental car and drive to Timbuktu
– a two-day trip into more and more remote territory, approaching
the Sahara desert. In Timbuktu there are three small local churches
that struggle with survival. Timbuktu is a Muslim stronghold in
all of West Africa, and the Christians have not been able to break
through. When the pastor heard of Cliff's coming, he sent a "Macedonian
Call" to come minister, since few ministers ever go there.
It's a place where you have to cautious, and yet the pastor even
proposed for Cliff to preach outdoors. Please pray for wisdom as
plans are being finalized as to what exactly the team will do.
From Timbuktu we're going to Koutiala, where Cliff will teach at
the local YWAM discipleship school.
BACK TO BAMAKO
We arrive back in Bamako on Nov 27, just in time for our one-year
anniversary service. We're honored to have Cliff with us for that
special occasion that we will celebrate with a baptism and banquet.
BUT NOW ON TO PARIS...
Tomorrow night (Thursday) I'm leaving for Paris, right after Bible
School. I'm arriving in Paris early morning on Friday, and Cliff
& his wife a few hours later. Cliff has the honor and joy of
preaching at our sister-church in Paris on Sunday and Monday night.
I'm looking forward to seeing my friends there again, and I'm praying
that I will get some rest, physically and spiritually, refueling
for the busy month ahead. I need it desperately.
On Nov 2 (Wed) Cliff and I will board the plane
to return to Bamako, while his wife Julie returns to the US.
I'm somewhat excited to see CAM continue operating even though
I'm leaving for 6 days – there will still be a movie night,
still be a service, and still be children's ministry. I feel like
a proud Mom looking to see how her kids are doing on their own.
* Paul got his glasses – praise God! He
also witnessed to fanatical Muslims the other day. They had heard
he interpreted for us, and they wanted to hire him, offering him
a lot of money. I'm proud of Paul that he turned it down, while
he doesn't even have money to take a bus or pay for his school uniform.
* Marie, our new church member, who came from
another church, is moving into the house tomorrow. She will keep
my cat company while I'm traveling. Please pray she will find a
job (she's a university graduate) as well as a place to live.
* Continue praying for Simeon's inner healing.
It's been challenging, but there is hope.
* Pray that Seybou's son Hama will be healed from
partial paralysis from birth while Cliff's with us. The cute little
boy who now smiles when he sees me (instead of crying for fear),
cannot walk but drags himself across the ground with his good hand.
* Brahima, the street kid, had a serious wound
but we prayed for him and treated him medically. When I asked today
who of the kids had a testimony of what God had done last week,
I was grieved when he said he didn't.
* I visited my old High School and was nostalgic
meeting my ex-students and ex-colleagues. It was a great opportunity
to invite them to the crusade that is taking place not too far from
the school. Please pray many students and teachers will come and
So, LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!
I'm going to try to keep you as much updated on all that's happening
as I can, especially through my blog.
I covet your prayers that make "all the difference in the
All for my KING,