were hauling some stuff onto the roof, when suddenly the cables
of the electric pole (the one on the right on the picture above)
caught fire, and lights went out in the whole neighborhood. The
cables were making noise and burning brightly. I was amazed to be
witnessing this, and wondering why it had happened, while Firmin
next to me was screaming, totally frightened.
my surprise, the electricity came back on in our house little time
later, while it was still burning, while the neighbors remained
in the dark.
GOOD-BYE, OLD CAR
was already late, but Seybou took the car to go to a missionary's
house to pick up an item. Since he works at night, and the night
guard there could give it to him, there was no reason to delay it.
0:45, as I was getting ready to go to bed, my phone rang. I don't
pick up in the middle of the night, but as it rang a second time,
I looked to see who it was, and saw that it was Seybou. He told
me that the car had broken down a 30 min walk from our house, right
at the bus station. It simply died. He wanted some of our guys to
come help him push the car all the way to our house.
was sleeping inside with the kids, while Paul and Firmin were on
the roof. I woke up Issa, but the other two had locked the door
from the outside, and wouldn't wake up from our shouts. So finally
Saloum left with Issa to walk to the bus station and find Seybou.
I was praying for them. The bus station is no place to be in the
middle of the night, plus Saloum doesn't have an ID card. You're
required to have an ID when you're on the street at night, so I
was praying no policemen would cross their path.
all got home at 2:15 am, with the dead car, but without having had
amazed once again to realize the miracle of our car working like
it did while the Americans were with us. Truly, it was running on
April 2006, after two and a half years of praying for a car, the
Lord gave us a 19-year old Subaru. It was a bumpy road, with government
papers, and repair after repair, but it served us faithfully these
13 months. I thank the Lord for all it enabled us to do. Thanks
to the car, we were able to go to the bush and make a difference
there. Thanks to the car, two of our little kids can go to kindergarten.
Thanks to our car, we could go to our property to do ministry. And
the list goes on.
the American team arrived three weeks ago, I already thought it
wouldn't make it. But when they came, it suddenly worked without
problems at all. You should have seen the way it worked in the bush,
on the horrible roads, filled to the brim.
now it has breathed its last; there is nothing more to do. The engine
tomorrow, Seybou will have to take the taxi to take the kids to
school in the morning, and then to pick them up. That will add up
quickly to be a substantial sum of money. Thankfully, it's only
one more month until the end of the school-year.
charged Paul to teach the ALPHA course on our property, discipling
all the new believers there. Now he doesn't have a way of going
there, since it's too far to walk. We're looking for a solution.
thoughest is probably not being able to visit our pastor Enoch in
the village, who is overwhelmed with discipling all the new believers,
and who needs our help. But without a fourwheel-drive it would have
been hard anyway.
any case, we need a new car. I've been in Mali for nearly 4 years,
and for all these years I've prayed for a Toyota double-cabin
pick-up. Those who've known me all this time can confirm
Toyota pick-up has the advantage of a fourwheel-drive, and the open
space in the back would allow us to fill it up with kids who want
to come for our street kid program, or fill it up with equipment
when we go to the village, of bags of rice to hand out to widows
and the poor.
know that the Lord has that car somewhere for us, and we can only
pray that He will release it into our hands quickly. In the natural,
the situation seems impossible as the debts from the lack of monthly
support already way on us (and me especially), as well as the lack
of money for construction. The last few days have also been crazy,
as the enemy seems to have released his retaliation, attacking each
one at his weakest point.
our God is faithful, and He takes care of His children! We trust
in You, my Lord!
off to the airport to go to Austria!