LATEST ADDITION TO OUR FAMILY
Saturday, and the first time of our Wednesday kids' program having
moved to Saturday. Now the neighbors' kids can join us as well and
mingle with the street children. I notice one boy in particular
because of his dirty, torn clothes, his sad countenance, and timidity.
Abdoulaye - servant of Allah - now named Abdiel - servant of God.
I take off his torn T-shirt, and put a new one on. I take off his
dirty pants, and put new ones on. We all eat together, adults and
kids, neighbors and street children. Abdiel drinks a glass of cold
water from the fridge - possibly for the first time ever. He is
covered with wounds - visible ones on his body, invisible sicknesses
probably in his body, my arm on his shoulder only feels bones, and
on the inside he has more invisible, emotional wounds. Our doctor
is called to take care of the physical ones. As the night approaches,
I put up an extra mattress, a sheet, pillow, a T-shirt to sleep
in, and his first toothbrush and toothpaste. It's time to go to
bed, and as every night, we talk about the day, not going to bed
with any anger, and
I lay hands on every kid blessing them and calling forth their destinies.
I lay my hands on Abdiel, servant of God. He is not alone anymore.
He is not rejected anymore. He's not lost anymore. He's started
his journey out of prison. Abdiel has been found. Our 7th child
has moved in. He is 11 years old, having been given away to a Muslim
teacher at a very early age and having spent several years on the
streets already. Today he has come home.
A day after
I wrote this, he started getting pretty sick, and so he is right
now at our doctor's hospital to be treated. He has malaria, a whole
bunch of other sicknesses, and is pretty weak. In a few days we'll
be able to take him back home, and nourish him back to life, true
life, abundant life in Him.
FIRST SIX KIDS
praying for the kids individually, for the healing of their hearts,
so they can be free and enter into all God has for them. Paul assists
me as I pray for Jesus to come and heal them, and He always does.
I love it! Fousseni saw Jesus come and take his
little baby brother with him who was now joyful, after his aunt
purposefully and cruelly killed him, as well as beating Fousseni
up as was her habit.
showed up, "miraculously" finding him with us, but since
Fousseni wants to stay with us, he gave his permission. Fousseni's
dad used to beat his son up regularly as well as withholding food
back I've made a point in hugging and holding my kids as much as
possible, and I'm amazed at the fruit I'm seeing. Sekouba,
the first child, had always felt awkward and resisted when you hugged
him. Now he comes by himself, demanding his hug, as well as all
the other kids, especially Abdias, who needs a
good dose of being held every day and is not shy to just "take"
moved in entirely a few weeks ago, when his violent father once
again threw him out. This time he is staying with us. He's become
much freer since moving in and being in safety.
the academic year started, I put Hama, our 5-year-old
who can't walk, into a Christian kindergarten, so he can be with
other kids and be educated as well, especially in a society where
handicapped people are outcasts and hardly ever seen. After two
days, they forced me to take him out of the kindergarten because
the other children's parents had complained and threatened to leave,
forbidding their kids contact with Hama. It broke my heart. Now
Hama is with us again.
brothers Etienne (5) and Anatole
(3), both Albinos, still go there, and I drive them there and pick
them up every morning.
Sarata just had malaria, but she's much better
to our wonderful Christian doctor, all our kids have now been tested
for the most major things, and they have taken medication after
medication. There hasn't been a pause yet! They all bring plenty
of stuff with them when they come from the street (picture: Salim's
blood being taken).
I've also started
teaching them again. They start their day at 7:30 with 45 minutes
with the Lord (Bible study & prayer), followed by 30 min. for
breakfast, and at 8:45 we start about 50 min. of corporate worship,
Bible teaching and prayer. Right now I'm teaching them a course
on how to hear the voice of God, which is excellent.
At 9:30 we start
the school subjects like Reading & Writing Bambara, Maths and
French. They've made a lot of progress and now all read fluently.
looking for a Malian teacher for them. Though I love teaching them,
I need to delegate this task to free up my schedule. Marie would
be available starting December to learn how to teach them, a task
that would also take some time. I've also had a Christian teacher
for an interview who is quite qualified, but I do have some reservations.
Please pray for a resolution soon.
ON OUR PROPERTY
Friday night we go on our property-to-be to minister to our future
neighbors. On the first night, we had a party. It took us several
trips back and forth with our car to bring all the food and equipment
to feed a hundred people and to show the Matthew Jesus-movie without
electricity on site. Sekouba was dishing out the couscous and said
he could see the food multiply as he did. At least 120 ate.
Paul climbed up one of the unfinished houses on our property (that
someone had put up in the past) to put up our sheet that would serve
as screen. Half-way through the film the battery gave up, so that
we came back a week later to finish the movie. After that, I explained
the gospel, and that night, 8 people gave their lives to the Lord.
Most of the time we also pray for healing, and several have been
healed already. Like one little boy who could hardly hear in one
ear, and every time we pray he hears better. Every Friday night
we now go there to teach the kids (a few adults come too) and several
of them give their lives to the Lord every week. Praise be to our
summer the Lord spoke about EXPANSION (once again), and to get ready
for it. For a long time I've had it on my heart to go into the villages
where they have never heard the good news, but I knew a car was
the first prerequisite. Even with the car, I was waiting for the
I was amazed at how the Lord had already put things in place. At
a city-wide event I was approached by a Malian pastor who shared
his challenges with me. Usually I'm rather defensive because I'm
constantly approached by people who want money or just profit off
of you. But in this case, I felt the Holy Spirit's tugging.
make a long story short, we went to pastor Enoch's village DIO which
is just over an hour's drive north-east of us. Pastor Enoch is a
wonderful man of God, humble, compassionate, giving his all for
Him. He is the only one in his network in Mali, and feels abandoned
by that organization. He has two kids himself, but many more come
every day to his simple house and church (see picture). He told
me that there are 10 orphans nobody wants, and he doesn't have the
means to take care of them. I told him that once our building project
is done, we'll have room, but not now. It breaks my heart to hear
of those kids nobody wants. It later turned out that nearly all
those children still have one parent, but a parent who is unable
to feed them and ready to give them away. I told him I wouldn't
want to tear a child away from his remaining parent, but I'd like
to help as much as I can. I told him if ever there is a child without
either father or mother, to just come to us. We are now 13 people
on our little rented property, but there is a little more room left
for those nobody wants.
time, Enoch told me about a 12-year-old girl who is mentally retarded
and cannot walk, and his only parent left wants to give her into
our care. With sadness I told him that we're unable to take her
at this time. We're also unable to provide the schooling of several
of those orphans. But last time we visited him, we brought a 50kg
sack of rice to help him out somewhat. And we just bought a wonderful
bike that will enable Enoch to visit people in his village as well
as the surrounding villages. Until now Enoch has walked miles and
miles every day, so I'm overjoyed to be able to bless him that way.
We prayed for a bike for him, and the Lord provided.
already been strategizing together about evangelizing the villages
surrounding Enoch's village, showing the Jesus film, preaching the
gospel, healing the sick, and making disciples. Some of these villages
have never heard the gospel. Now that Enoch has a bike, he will
be able to follow up the new believers, identify those called to
leadership, and send them to our Bible School to be trained as pastors.
Praise God, I'm so excited! This is a big step towards the fulfillment
of vision and prophetic declarations, and the first (tiny) step
to take Mali for the Lord!
The picture shows 3-year old Mamadou who neither
walks nor talks. His parents are Muslims and animists and have done
all kinds of rituals on him. I went to pray for the child, and am
eager to hear a report next time.
Even our kids
are now praying for a new car - a Toyota double-cabin pickup - since
our car is too little (for 5 people, but we've already had as much
as 9 in there), so that I always have to do the journey at least
twice to move people and equipment. And also because of the constant
problems due to its age; it's 19 years old, and every week something's
wrong with it. More than once I've had to leave the car and take
the taxi home, or call Emma to come and try to repair it, as parts
simply disintegrate in their old age.
your faith to ours! A decent car costs a lot of money in Mali.
A lot of details
have emerged these past few weeks, as we move forward towards the
beginning of construction on our property. The drawings for the
first building phase are being done, our construction manager has
given the estimate for the first phase, and now all we're waiting
for is the title deed for the property so we can start. And of course
for the Lord to send the finances, since we don't have a single
dollar yet. The first building phase can be completed in 3 months
and needs to be done by the end of April. Projected costs: 130,000
USD or 100.000 EUR.
We've had several
prophetic words about the wonderful things God is going to do once
we've moved. Recently the Lord showed me His glory cloud over the
main building, which has three stories, one for the church, one
for the school and one for the dormitories (see the CONSTRUCTION
page for details), and He said: The glory of the latter house
will be greater than the glory of the former. Then He showed
me that the kids on the last floor would be closest to the glory.
for the papers to come through, and the provision to be released!
A HERO has informed me that they are not taking on any
new projects at this time, since they have already overextended
themselves. The disappointment was very great, especially since
Wesley Campbell sounded like it was a done deal.
incorporation of HEALING 2 THE NATIONS is currently
on hold for lack of finances or expertise.
October I'm traveling to Austria with my free
ticket to take care of a few things (like a new passport), and
to start writing my book. Dates and details are on the CALENDAR
considering traveling to Ghana at the end of
November, to attend an inner healing seminar with the founder
of that approach, that is used around the world, and whose principles
I apply when praying for the kids (though I've never really learned
it). I'd also like to meet with a pastor there who has sent a
Macedonian call, and would like me to come to minister and help
with the street kids there. I would like to take Paul with me,
but expenses are very high. One flight Bamako-Accra-Bamako is
$800, so that I'm praying for a miracle to make this happen. The
Lord spoke about new nations opening up, and I believe this to
be a fulfillment.
seen dramatic improvement in Simeon after only
one inner healing session, which gives me hope that in the future,
he will be able to carry reponsibilty again and help us out with
his gifts. Thankfully, he is working back in his old job now,
though without a contract.
started last Saturday, and the kids seem to have "gone crazy"
since then in their bevavior. I'm especially worried about Sekouba
right now. Please pray for us during this month, when Mali unites
in prayer and fasting to Allah, unleashing the hordes of hell
week Johanna from Austria left us after one month
with us. Though she had never seen Christians like us before,
she was a great blessing to us all, and has made a difference.
She herself did not leave the same, and wants to come back in
the future. Thank you, Johanna! The kids and all of us miss you.
one of the English students in my class, and one of three people
we pray for regularly this year to be saved, has come to the Lord.
He was asking more and more questions, coming to our movie nights,
and borrowing several books. He testified at a big conference,
but I haven't seen him in person yet, since he left town until
university starts again.
moved in with us to help me out, and it's also helping him out,
since his family was unable to provide food for him any longer.
He is 20 years old, just finished High School, and is starting
his university studies now.
Bible School is starting a first trimester again
next week. I'm excited that we have 4 students already enrolled.
Simon-Pierre, who just finished High School, will be back. Marie
and Firmin are two more students, and then we have Firmin's cousin
who I hardly know yet. May the Lord meet them, change them, and
prepare them for His call on their lives. I hope they become some
of those workers I'm praying for.
pray for my physical and overall well-being.
I don't sleep more than 4-5 hours each night because I'm doing
the work of several people. I'm delegating everything I can, but
it's not enough. I've been crying out for WORKERS to come help
for months. Right now I'm very tired and suffering the effects
of the lack of sleep. This lack of time is also the reason it's
taken more than a month to send out an update again.
expenses have shot up dramatically, and the weight
of not having the means to care for the 12 people living with
me, can be heavy at times. Please review this list of the most
urgent needs and consider helping us out:
school for Paul and Seybou: $340
Pre-school for Anatole & Etienne: $400
High School for Paul: $200
Loan for Salim's father: $200
Monthly salary for our doctor: $100
tests, treatments and vaccinations: over $300
Electricity & water: $200
etc. etc. etc.
Thank you for
your partnership in the gospel! Remember to check my website for
my daily updates, including pictures, that will give you insight
this monthly update cannot give.
and living for HIS GLORY,