doctor left us a few hours ago with his diagnosis, that was confirmed
by the information we found on the internet - scabies (French: gale,
German: Krätze). It's a parasitical illness all soldiers in
World War I were infected with, but I haven't heard of it in Europe
since (which doesn't mean it doesn't exist any more).
time is several weeks, and the parasite is extremely resistant,
surviving up to two days outside a human body, therefore waiting
in clothes and on sheets before entering a human again, where it
lives off the blood of its host.
children have this parasite, and it was Solomani - who moved in
two months ago - who brought us this gift and has generously passed
it on. They are 8 people sleeping in the same room - 5 boys and
3 adults - and all boys are infected now, plus Paul who is maybe
the most vulnerable because it's the most advanced. Why nobody has
said anything earlier, is a mystery to me. When I read all the info
on Wikipedia to them, Paul said that's exactly what he's experiencing,
and then he showed us the affected areas that look just like in
the pictures. Paul is discouraged, though we all encouraged him
to keep praising God and thanking him in all circumstances.
The doctor had
to go look up what medication to prescribe, and we're waiting for
the information. Also, we well have to wash all clothes and sheets
at the same time with hot water, and bathe every person in our household
(all 13 of us) at the same time, then covering our whole body with
a certain lotion, and maybe also taking medication. This is not
gonna be a little or easy thing - we don't even have hot water,
and will have to boil it; and who knows whether the clothes will
survive that. But we don't have a choice. I also don't know yet
what that medication is gonna cost for 13 people, and we're out
of money right now.
What an interesting
situation - there I am, preaching hugging and physical affection,
and now we're all infected! I know it will make a great testimony
in the future. If the enemy thinks he can stop this cultural revolution
of showing affection, he will be disappointed.
As we go through
a physical cleansing, I believe it will also be an outward picture
of what God is doing in the inside of us. Hallelujah!
or not, tomorrow (Wednesday) four of us are going to the village
of Dio together with Enoch, who came today for Bible School, and
always stays overnight on Tuesdays.
Enoch just officially
came under my covering, and is the first pastor to join our baby
network of apostolic centers in Mali. This is huge in a culture
where women have no value or rights, and where hierarchy, age and
gender plays a vital role in the Christian community, that an older
pastor would submit to a woman, and a younger woman, and a single
younger woman. I now have a son that is older than me :-)
One of the upcoming
Sundays I'm going to Dio to preach in his church and to anoint him
with oil and officially set him in place, which I believe is gonna
will also be a powerful day. We are baptizing two of the people
that came to the Lord during our visit at Christmas, followed by
communion. In the evening we are showing the MATTHEW film (the best
Jesus-film there is) in Bambara (I myself added a Bambara audio
track to the English movie, which was a lot of work), and we are
believing for more people to come to the Lord, as well as God to
confirm His word with signs and wonders.
This time I'm
better equipped for the night in the village, thanks to purchases
I made in the US (last time it was really bad), and on Thursday
morning we're returning to Bamako.
We've had a
lot of repairs recently.
printer gave up its life (hopefully the scanner still works).
The hot season
has already started (early this year), and my air condition wasn't
working. It's been fixed, praise God, so that I can sleep at night.
All our voltage
regulators broke down, and we have yet to see whether they are repairable.
Then the DC/DC
converter that allows us to use our sound system with a battery
stopped working - we got it back repaired today, praise God, so
that we can show the movie in the village.
In the past
few weeks we've had to have our car repaired five times already,
last time today because I wouldn't have dared to drive to the village
the way it was running. The mechanic told us that we will have to
do this same repair every other week now, unless we wanted to repair
the cause of the problem, which would be very expensive.
we'll make it to the village with our 20-year-old vehicle, and especially
that we'll make it back to Bamako. Breaking down somewhere in the
middle of nowhere would be quite disastrous....
Pray also that
the Lord would give us a new vehicle.
Since my return
a week ago, we've done quite a few theophostic sessions both with
adults as well as with our kids. It's been wonderful to see them
find truth and freedom from horrific childhood experiences (testimonies
are often included in my blog). I have also started to teach TPM
in seminar form to train more people and introduce it to a wider
circle of believers.