our new children! Three new children of God that have switched
allegiance, who all three no longer carry the name of Mohamed, and
who haven't just come into the kingdom of light, but who have joined
our family. Daouda spent 3 years on the street; he has never known
his parents, but now he has a Mom and many brothers and sisters.
Solomani and Eli both spent only 1 month on the street. Eli was
forced to leave school and work for his father, when he decided
to run away. Solomani was a factual slave in his uncle's household,
working all hours, being beaten and with food withheld from him.
Today all three
are part of our family; they are treated for the sicknesses caught
on the street, they receive meals three times a day, they have all
received clothes, a place to put their stuff, and a place to sleep.
And all three pray that somebody in the western world would become
his sponsor, so that all these expenses can be covered. Who'd like
to adopt one of them for $50 or €40 a month?
Of all the people
in our family, they're definitely the ones who got the best Christmas
We're now 14
people living on our property, plus 2 Austrians that are staying
in the guest room for a few weeks to learn playing Malian drums.
We've also started feeding poor neighbors' kids at noon every day,
with most of those children still needing sponsors (see OUR KIDS
on my website). Elisabeth - Paul's stepmother - is now helping Fanta
week our kids did their final exams. Unfortunately they're not very
motivated, and failed quite a few of them. In January our new kids
are gonna start school as well. Solomani has gone to school for
several years, and so he can easily join our current kids. The other
two will together with some neighbors' kids start a new first year
of primary school, also in our house. Issa is right now the only
teacher, with me helping out.
to see the family grow, to see the Lord do many things, changing
them, and uniting us with His love. We've done several inner healing
sessions since our return from Ghana, and it's so beautiful to see
them healed, little by little, one after the other.
continue going on our property to minister to our neighbors' kids
and the parents who show up. We teach them basics about the Lord,
memorize verses, do games, and pray together. Last week we prayed
for two sick kids, and both were healed on the spot. The picture
shows a little boy with a broken arm and the classical "plaster
cast" made of wood. We prayed, and the pain left. A week later
we saw him again, without the cast, and he testified that he was
healed right then and there. Another boy had a bandaged foot and
a cane, and was limping around. We prayed, then we started walking
together, faster and faster, until we ran together. He threw his
confirmed to us that their work will be done by March, and then
they will give us the title deed for the property, and we can finally
start to build. The first building phase will take 3 months, therefore
we're planning to move by the end of July. So far, only the well
is financed. We're still in need of about $150,000 for the first
phase, which includes the wall, the well, electricity installation,
and two houses. The Lord will certainly build His house, I have
STEPS TO TAKE
Because of the
problems with Fousseni's father, I've taken steps to establish relationships
on the government level. I've also met with a Christian legal advisor,
and finally received some clear information. I learned that we have
quite a few steps to take, and two more organizations to register
for everything to be conform with the law. Please pray for wisdom,
God's grace and protection these next few months as we take care
of this. Legally, our children are not protected right now; i.e.
if Fousseni's father wants to come get his son, there's nothing
I can legally do. And yet, I promised Fousseni to protect him, and
that his father would first have to pass by me before getting to
23, we have many special guests with us to celebrate Christmas
with. It's our annual Christmas Party for Street Children (and neighbors'
kids). There will be games, food, gifts of clothes, healing prayer,
and teaching about Christmas. Please pray for miracles of salvation
we're having a normal service, but followed by handing out gifts
to 20 poor children in our neighborhood, who all either have a sponsor
or are looking for one. The German NGO managing the sponsorships
made it possible for each kid to receive candy, shoes and a toy.
includes also the kids in the village Dio. On Tuesday
we're driving there, and 19 children will receive those giftbags.
Then we're gonna set up our video screen and show the Jesus-movie,
before giving an opportunity to start a life with Jesus. We're gonna
spend the night there (an adventure) before returning to Bamako
the following morning.
With our family,
we're celebrating Sunday night. The gifts are heaping up on their
special table in the living room, and everybody has counted how
many gifts have their name on it. The excitement is rising with
each day. On Monday, we're gonna go swimming - on top of the kids'
list of things to do!
really been struggling health-wise these past few months and weeks,
because of too little sleep due to too much work. Recently I've
been getting worse, but I've noticed the warning signs, and know
I can't go on indefinitely on 4-5 hours of sleep per night.
Two months after
Seybou took his driving test, he finally got his licence. He's started
driving the kids to kindergarten and back three days ago - and I
gained an additional hour per night. The kids are also on vacation
now, so I'm hoping to get more sleep.
for my health. I do want to be a good steward, so my kids will have
their Mom for a long time. They also need to learn to give me some
rest in the afternoon, and not to knock every few minutes.
My next trip
is already in January (but then I'll stay in Mali for 4 months before
traveling again). I'll be in Paris, Dayton, Kansas City, and Pasadena
(see details on the left or the CALENDAR
page), during just over two weeks.
It's time for
me to get a few hours of sleep, before our big Christmas Party tomorrow.
Your prayers make a big difference - don't make Christmas the time
Christians pray the least (as statistics have shown)!
become a little child again this Christmas season, to have childlike
wonder at the great miracle of God becoming man, and run to your
heavenly Father, jumping on his lap with gratitude and awe, hiding
yourself in His big arms, and listening to His voice!
In love with