for Church & Orphanage
starts in October.
Current Estimate: $1,000,000
Building Fund: $3,700
- PRODIGAL COME HOME & RESTORED
was still avoiding me today, unable to look into my eyes or smile.
He had done his job, guarding the house at night, and was sleeping
in the morning. When I caught him in the afternoon, I sent him on
an errand downtown, just like I always used to. In the evening,
I sat down to talk with him.
I told him that
the Bible says to confess your sins, ask for forgiveness, from me
and from God, and he will be forgiven, his sin as far away as the
east is from the west. He did just that. I was also exposing the
enemy's lies he was hearing in his mind, and he confirmed that I
was right. I told him that there was no condemnation in Jesus, but
it is Satan who condems. It is the enemy who causes the shame, because
God had already forgiven and cleansed him. I told him how to resist
the lies and conter them with truth. Then we prayed for Seybou and
broke off that shame. When we were done, he looked a lot better,
a lot lighter, and he even smiled for the first time. Hallelujah!
He said he knows that it was our prayers and all the prayers around
the world that brought him back home. He said he had been unable
to reach his relative in Abijan, Ivory Coast, having nearly arrived
there. Had he reached him, he wouldn't have returned as easily.
I then told
him that he hadn't lost my money but God's money.
So, there was no difference whether he'd lose it or I'd
lose it - it was God's money lost. And the Lord had already spoken
to someone to send money before Seybou had lost it (which was the
first considerable donation in quite some time); I got that note
yesterday morning. I also urged him to start giving his tithe again.
Then we talked
about stealing, which is something Seybou would have never done
in his right mind. I know few Malians with his integrity. I told
him that losing the money hadn't been the problem, but that he had
stolen money had really hurt me. And I was gonna take the stolen
money of $40 off his salary. Even though sin is forgiven, it always
has consequences when other people are involved.
KIDS - IN PROCESS
Today I caught
all three of our kids having taken rotten food out of my garbage
and eaten it!!! I was so shocked! I told them that they were no
longer on the street, having to take food out of the garbage to
survive. They now had a home and plenty to eat. They were now little
princes, sons of the Highest King.
is instant, the renewal of the mind takes time. It takes patience,
love, and correction, to be transformed into the image of Christ.
I love my kids dearly, and I rejoice over every little victory I
see, and grieve when they fall. But they are moving forward, and
that's all that counts. In a few years, they will be awesome men
- MORE HEALING & DELIVERANCE
all our kids, Abdias's experience of school has been the most traumatic
in the past. For years, he was regularly beaten at (primary) school
until his health did not allow him to go to school any longer. In
the end, he found himself all alone on the street, a 13-year old
who is much too small for his age.
Because of his
past, he struggles a lot at school now (I'm teaching them). He cannot
handle mistakes or being corrected and sometimes freezes, unable
to concentrate any longer. Our little bundle of joy is the exact
opposite at school, though he does rejoice when he succeeds. In
fact, though he is younger than the other two, he's the one with
the best grades (except in Bible).
At the end of
the last lesson today, I looked at their writing homework and told
Abdias for the 20th time yet calmly to leave a space between his
words or write a comma. As soon as I did, he started getting angry
and whiny, saying words in Bambara I did not understand, moving
around. It was so irrational, his reaction so unexpected, I grabbed
him by the arms and told him to look at me. He wouldn't. He started
kicking around to get rid of me, trying to run away, screaming to
leave him alone. I just held him more tightly and forced him into
their room. Once out of view of the other kids, I simply hugged
him tightly, against all his kicking and screaming, and wouldn't
let him go. Instead I was praying quietly. Finally he calmed down,
giving up trying to get away. I started singing to him, and that
immediately silenced him. As I was singing and praying, I could
tell God was doing a deep work. I was still holding him tightly,
allowing the Father's love to flow into him. After I don't know
how much time I gently laid him on the bed, and prayed some more
until leaving him to rest in Him.
An hour or two
later, he awoke. I asked him what had happened, and he said that
Jesus had come and healed his heart. And in fact, he seemed more
joyful than usual the rest of the day.
- SAFE FOR NOW
(16) is no stranger to me. He's a neighbors' kid and has been around
a lot. He's good friends with our kids, and often joins us for movies
and games. I first took more notice of him in April, when he was
in our French class, because he was very intelligent and had obviously
been to school several years.
Tonight I was
surprised when Salim stayed on having played games with our kids,
instead of going home. Our kids asked whether he could stay for
the night, but I didn't know yet why.
After our time
of sharing and prayer with the kids, they went to bed, and it was
time to talk to Salim and find out what was going on.
an angry man, is in the habit of beating his oldest son.This morning
he took a stick and told Salim to leave their house forever. If
he'd ever come back, he'd kill him. Salim went to his Mom who told
him if his Father had said to leave, he'd have to leave.
the day away from his home. Paul's family lives close to Salim's,
and Paul's father went to talk to Salim's father (not for the first
time), but to no avail. So Paul's family suggested to Salim to come
to us for help.
was telling us all that had happened, tears were running down his
cheeks. I took him into my arms and told him he was safe now. Jesus
was with him, and he'd protect him, and we wouldn't allow him to
be hurt. It was no conincidence he was here with us right then.
Even if his family abandoned and rejected him, Jesus would never
leave him nor forsake him. Then we prayed for him.
I took our last
mattress, and put it on the floor in the kids room, for Salim to
sleep on. I guess it's time for another bunkbed to be made. I added
food money for tomorrow, and gave some instructions to Paul how
to handle an additional kid. I had intended to wait till my return
from the US in August to take in more kids, but the Lord has never
really asked him for permission to do anything ;-)
gonna talk to Salim's parents. If they don't want to take him back,
we will ask their (written) permission to keep Salim with us.
for Salim. He's a fine young man, very serious and reponsible -
maybe even too much for his age. He's also very intelligent, and
I'm glad he'll be able to continue his studies. His father had taken
him out of school a year ago.
of you would like to sponsor Salim with $50 or €40 a month,
please contact me.
of this occurred in how many days? Yes, correct, just TODAY, one
day. It feels like this day has been going on forever, and another
long and busy day is ahead. Our kids have their exams in the morning,
then I'm going with Hama (5) downtown to the headquarters of the
center where he's doing his walking therapy, so the doctor can examine
him. I hope to be back in time for Bible School, which will last
all night. It's the last evening before their final exam. And then
I will have to prepare the remaining exams for Friday morning, and
the room for our Austrian visitor arriving in the evening, or rather
the middle of night.
So, as you can
tell, I'm not getting bored :-)
But I AM getting tired, even though I love what I do. That's why
your prayers are so crucial.