we repaired our car, today it broke down again and is worse off
than yesterday. It was only an hour before we were supposed to leave
for the village, that Seybou let me know it wasn't running any more.
I talked to
the mechanic who said the motor has to be taken out and apart and
something replaced (I don't know all the technical French words).
It will cost a minimum of $100 and last 4
days to do. Plus it won't be easy to find those parts for
an old and unusual car like ours, which might delay it even more.
So we will be
without vehicle for several days, which poses its own kind of problems.
Not only can we not go to the village today, but we will have to
send Etienne and Anatole to kindergarten by taxi, and pick them
up by taxi, which is costly to do for several days. We will also
be unable to go to our property for our weekly ministry.
with me in faith for a new vehicle - a Toyota double-cabin
pick-up. A new one costs $40,000 in Bamako, and a 6-year-old one
would be about half that.
Enoch had to take public transportation to return to his village,
after having called someone there to let them know everything's
canceled - no baptism service, no communion, no Jesus film. Preparations
had already started.
He was disappointed,
as we all were, but I know my God is in control! Who knows, maybe
we would have infected them as well with scabies, which is highly
contagious. Or the car could have broken down in the middle of nowhere.
And who knows what else he kept us from. I believe when we go to
the village next week, we'll see the Lord do even greater things!.
doctor told us today what medication and powder
to get. The powder needs to be put on all clothes and beds, since
the parasite can survive two days without a host. The medication
is a lotion that all thirteen of us will have to apply to all of
our body, from the neck down, every night for 3 days, and wash off
in the morning. If we do this well, the problem will be taken care
now is that we are lacking finances - not only the car costs a minimum
of $100 we don't have, but all the medication and powder costs at
least $100 as well.
The second problem
is that Seybou just called me to say that he can't find the powder
anywhere (he went where the doctor said to go buy it), nor the medication
in any pharmacy.
for the Lord to send money - maybe He is even speaking
to one of you right now - and to lead us to a place
where we can find those products.
I've been battling
a cold or virus for these past few days. Please pray for my body
to be strengthened and whole.
Psalm 91 over us in all these situations!