I'm proud of my team because they were able to "hold the
fort" during my 5-week absence - preaching, praying and ministering
to children and adults. But they're also glad that I'm back, and
so am I.
is hurting the most, having come back, is that "my son"
Sekouba has distanced himself, coming to few meetings
and being hardly ever around. I miss sitting down together with
him at night to teach him reading and writing, to see him play computer
games, or to just have fun together. I saw him when I arrived, and
he didn't even look into my eyes and hardly said a word. Since then
I've only seen him twice and not had a chance to talk to him. Please
pray for him to come around again.
By the way, the second kid, Brouhama, who moved
in in February, is gone. I normally don't take in kids I don't know
(though that was the second time), but I still believe it made some
difference in their lives.
please remember Simeon in prayer. He got a final
notice from his landlord, having to pay $130 by Thursday, or he'll
be evicted. He says he's trusting God to come through for him. I'm
glad, because I feel God's restraint for me to help him out this
time. He's also struggling a lot and desperately needs inner healing
and deliverance. Together with two other women, we'll be doing a
few sessions with him in a few weeks.
Well, tonight is Bible School, and I also have to boil 100 eggs
that we'll color tomorrow for the KIDS' EASTER PARTY on
On Friday, we're showing THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
for our movie night, followed by an invitation to consecrate one's
life to Jesus.
We're working on getting our minivan registered
(a BIG thank you to all of you who've given generously in March),
and have run into new difficulties. We're still hopefull that we'll
have it done by the time....
Pascale & Corinne come to Mali on April
19th. They will be staying for nearly two weeks, participating,
and serving us, helping where they can. They'll be teaching a seminar
on marriage and how to raise kids (much needed) and a French class.
We're all very excited to have them with us.
Having the vehicle will open new doors for us. We'll have everything
needed to go into villages with the gospel of the
kingdom and the confirmation with power, and to go help those that
are starving physically for lack of food. Reports like the one below
always break my heart.....
In HIS service,
took that picture in Mali in 1999.
risk once again in hungry Sahel
DAKAR, 28 March - Hundreds of thousands of children could go hungry
yet again this year across the arid Sahel, one of the world's poorest
regions, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
"The situation is serious, the coming weeks will be critical,"
said the West Africa director of the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, Herve Ludovic de Lys.
The UN is appealing for US $91.9 million to help some five million
people at risk of going hungry in Burkina Faso, Mali,
Mauritania and Niger.
Media images of emaciated children in Niger last year shocked the
world, bringing a surge of support for a country hit by poor harvests,
a rare but devastating locust invasion and soaring food prices -
all amid chronic poverty.
But despite a good harvest late in 2005, people in Niger and across
the Sahel face more months of empty stomachs from now until October/November
2006, the lean months ahead of the harvests when granaries tend
to run empty, UN officials said.
Last year's food crisis forced farming families into heavy debt
they are still struggling to repay, while prices of basic foodstuffs
remain high. In Niger a sack of millet borrowed in late spring of
2005 for seed or for food required up to three sacks as repayment
by October of the same year.
And children are the most at risk, with malnutrition partly to
blame for the deaths of over 300,000 children - just over half of
the child deaths in the region, said Theophane Nikyema, deputy director
of the regional office of the UN children's agency UNICEF.
In recent months UNICEF has been conducting nutrition assessments
across the Sahel to help forecast the 2006 picture. Tuesday's new
appeal to international donors comes on top of a request for $152
million in the original UN Consolidated Appeal for West Africa,
bringing the total to $244 million.
The deputy director of the World Food Programme's regional office,
Christine Van Nieuwenhuyse, said the funds would be used not only
to help feed an estimated five million people who could go hungry,
but also to bolster nutritional centres, local cereal banks and
help provide long-term solutions to chronic hunger.
"We must have long-term solutions," she told a media
conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar. "Children who are
malnourished carry the consequence for years and malnutrition feeds
poverty, which in turn feeds malnutrition."
In a separate statement, Oxfam said that currently one in three
people in Niger do not have enough to eat and that this figure could
double in six months failing an international response.
"While the emergency response is imperative, there must be
a true and sustained commitment to long-term engagement," said
Natasha Quist, Oxfam GB's West Africa director. "Without it,
the people of the Sahel will remain among the world's most vulnerable,
marginalised and perpetually at risk of food crises."