OPEN-AIR MEETINGS ON OUR PROPERTY IN BAMAKO
started ministering on a weekly basis on our property last summer,
and stopped doing that several weeks ago. But now we would do something
we had never done before - three open-air meetings of preaching
the gospel and praying for the sick. We had much practice from the
week before, when we were in the bush, and I was curious to see
how it would work in the capital city. In general, the smaller the
village, the easier it is; the bigger the town the more difficult.
meetings were at sundownd, Wednesday through Friday, and in the
morning we split into teams to go house to house in our neighborhood
and invite people, share the good news with them and pray for the
sick right there and then. In the mornings we saw 17 people healed,
and 7 saved.
night was the first open-air meeting. Both generators had been repaired,
and we set up all our equipment before the sun went down. The Americans
were having fun with the neighbors' kids and singing songs with
the sun disappeared, we turned on the generators and had to discover
that one was still not working. Then the other one broke again.
So Paul was leading Bambara worship without sound system, and in
the beginning he still had some light, but soon it was only the
moon that gave a little light.
the Bambara songs, it was time to hand out our 13 bags of rice.
The German NGO managing our kids' sponsorships had given us a donation
to buy that rice for widows and single mothers with many children,
and we had identified those women in advance and invited them to
come and pick up their bag of rice. Many came and happily took their
rice - like the Mom on the left who brought only two of her many
children along. Some showed up the following day to take their rice,
and by the third day, word had spread, and many more woman came
hoping for some rice. We told them we're here to bless them, and
will certainly do something of this kind again in the future.
without a sound system or light, we weren't able to keep people
from leaving but staying to hear the gospel. I was able to speak
a little and told them about a loving heavenly Father, who cares
for them, including their physical well-being. I told them we're
available to pray for them for healing and start a life with Jesus,
and 5 were healed, and 4 saved that night.
frustration was great because of the equipment, but on Thursday
the generators were repaired again. Tonight we'd preach! As always
we did three trips back and forth to get everyone and everything
to the property, and set everything up.
sun went down, and we started singing and dancing in Bambara, which
I greatly enjoyed. Paul did a great job leading praise, and our
kids were all dancing along, myself included. I was excited, and
looking forward to preaching the gospel.
it started to rain, slightly at first. I asked all team members
to pray against the rain, but it got worse. We covered the generators,
but as it continued I was getting worried about the electrical equipment
that was getting wetter and wetter. I didn't want them to break
took the mic and told them we'd pray for the rain to stop - nothing
is impossible for Jesus. I prayed, and we started packing the equipment
and saving it into the car. At the same time we were giving out
the rest of the bags of rice to the waiting women. By the time they
had received their rice, everything was stowed in the car, but the
rain had stopped too! Unfortunately, many people had already left,
and setting up the equipment again in the dark would have been difficult.
the teams prayed with people, and 6 were healed, and 6 saved. Even
though I could have been frustrated about not preaching again, I
was still upbeat. A short time after we got home, it started raining
really hard. The rainy season has started!
night was our last night, and I was really hoping we could at least
preach once! Many kids gathered as we arrived, and shouted for joy
as they saw the Americans coming. At sundown we started praising
the Lord in Bambara, and had great fun together. There is truly
a new anointing on Paul now!
was very tired from all the activities, but as soon as I took the
mic, all the tiredness was gone, as if the Lord's hand just reached
down, and His Spirit simply took over. I had Saloum give his testimony,
and then one of the Americans shared a few minutes. After that I
did a clear and simply gospel presentation, and many listened carefully.
The teams went out to pray again, and 5 were healed, and 4 saved.
the three days on our property, we saw a total of 33 healed,
and 21 saved. I'm hoping many of those converts
will come regularly to our Friday afternoon discipleship sessions
we are starting today.
ACTIVITIES IN BAMAKO
Americans were with us for two Sunday services. The first Sunday
we had to do the service inside - the first inside service of the
rainy season. The American team sang two songs for us, and their
team leader Ryan preached. We also shared all the great things the
Lord had done in the bush, and prayed for people at the end of the
service. Several people were healed. Praise God!
were also with us for two Saturday programs with the street children.
They did the games with them, prayed for them, and interviewed them
for the DVD.
the visit to the hospital to pray for the sick did not work out.
We were turned down at every hospital, and even the contacts we
had could not open the doors to us.
had two prayer meetings with our friends, with both meetings being
very different, but wonderful.
also went to the GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER, with 3500 Malian Christians
gathered at the conference center, to pray for Mali, Africa, and
the world. It was extremely hot, but a good experience.
of ministry, we took the team sightseeing into downtown Bamako,
which was quite an overwhelming experience for them, with the masses
of people. We also went on campus, on top of a hill, with a great
view of Bamako.
we went swimming to the great delight of the kids (young and old).
And then the American team invited all of us to eat out at (my favorite)
restaurant - one that has good food for great prices, and is even
an American-style restaurant. All the Malians could hardly believe
that meat could be so tender and good, and the chicken to juicy,
and now they all know what pizza is. They also had good ice-cream,
which they loved greatly. It was a memorable night out for everyone.
on the right: Krista with Abdias (left) and Solomani (right).