FEW WEEKS IN AUSTRIA
had four wonderful weeks in my country of origin,
the country I left 6 years ago to go to Bible School, and then on
to Mali. I enjoyed my brother's wedding (picture), seeing family
and friends, eating the food I grew up with, going to stores, using
trams and subways, being in western worship services, receiving
words of encouragement, seeing people embrace the vision for Mali,
the cold weather, going to the gym, being the same as everyone else
(and not the only white person around), and many more things.
came from Mali with a heaviness because of our desperate
financial situation, but after three weeks of discouragement,
the Lord met me in worship. It was so beautiful! I repented of carrying
that burden, of taking His place. HE is the one to take care of
everything, not me. HE is our provider, not me. My worrying doesn't
make any difference at all. I felt so much lighter, and that lightness
increased with each service that weekend.
had the joy and honor of visiting three new churches
where I was received so warmly it totally amazed and blessed me.
As I simply shared what God is doing in Mali, the Lord touched people's
hearts and encouraged them as well - and I saw that happening everywhere
I went. Once I had the joy of preaching in an international
church, and the Lord spoke so much in advance already and
chose to use me for His purposes there, blessing many. In another
church I prayed for the sick, and one lady had a tumor disappear.
Praise God! He uses the most unlikely people!
want to thank all the people in Austria who have given generously
as the Lord touched their hearts for Mali. Their giving has allowed
me to pay off the debts accumulated due to the lack of monthly support.
Praise God! I'm still in need of monthly supporters, as only a third
of our budget is covered, i.e. $950 of $2700.
the meantime, the well and watertower have been
built on our property (not actual picture), and are completed. Hallelujah!
Our construction manager has asked for money to continue building
but so far we do not have sufficient funds to continue.
need to pay half the price for the electricity installation
now so that the electricity department can start building,
and they want the other half when they are done (it takes at least
1 month). The total cost is $44,000, and we currently
electricity, we cannot draw water from our well, and without water,
we cannot build. We could rent a generator so we have water and
start building the wall, which costs $21,000,
but no funds are available for that. After the wall that fences
in our property we can finally start building the two buildings
of the first phase which has to be completed by the end of September.
an act of "crazy faith" I have given notice that we're
moving out of our current house end of September. So we're
moving onto our property end of September, whatever the
progress of construction may be. We're all praying and believing
for the necessary money to come in any time, since there are 3 months
left and that's how long it would take to get everything done.
right now, I can't even go to the property since it's on the edge
of town with no way to get there and back, since we do not have
a vehicle right now. The purchase of a Toyota pick-up truck
is highest priority, and we're praying and fasting for that vehicle
to be released from heaven. It costs about $20,000,
and we currently have $2,000 towards that.
are two bigger amounts of money for us tied up that only prayer
will release. One is the sale of a valuable instrument (send a buyer!),
and the other needs a hardened heart touched to return money owed.
Please join me, my kids and my team in prayer for this miracle!
NEWS: I've just received word that the Austrian Development
Agency where we deposited our building project has rejected
our proposal. The reason they gave us was "discrimination"
because we only employ Christians in our church and orphanage. They
would have sent a 5-digit amount of money towards our construction
CRISIS IN MALI
these past several months we have not had running water
during the day (with exceptions), but had to wait until 1 am to
fill up all containers and bottles to be used the following day.
We've been hoping for that to be resolved with the arrival of the
rainy season end of May, but one month later, it's barely raining
and the government has asked the Christians to pray for rain. One
month into the rainy season, the streets are still dry (instead
of covered in water), and the heat has not lessened. The rivers
keep getting lower and lower, and the hydroelectric plants in countries
neighboring on Mali cannot produce the electricity needed any more.
result is power cuts all over West Africa, and the situation has
also affected us in Bamako. It's already been two weeks that the
electricity is gone for 6-8 hours a day; that means
no more freezer, unbearable heat at the absence of fans, no computer
work and no light. It's a very difficult situation, and there is
no end in sight. Mali doesn't have hydroelectric plants, but it
imports its electricity from those countries.
took this picture in Mali in 1999.
only don't we have power, but if it doesn't start raining soon,
it will have serious effects on agriculture which is what most people
live on. No rain, no harvest, no food; the results could be disastrous,
especially in the already poor and struggling north. I'm
praying that the rains would pick up soon, and that the
Lord would enable us to reach out to those starving with food as
well as the word of the Lord.
are saying that floods and dry periods alternating will be the norm
in the future.
- Upon my return to Mali we were going to take in 14-year-old
Daouda who's come to the Lord and whose family then locked him
up. Daouda was on fire for God, saying he's ready to die for Him.
He wanted to finish the academic year at school and then find
refuge with us. However, we just received word that the family
has already sent him to another part of the country where they
put him into Quranic school. Pray for Daouda,
for protection and for Jesus' presence to surround him, and for
him to come back and be safe.
- Abandoned by his mother as a baby, he first grew up with an
aunt until she passed him on to our pastor in the village. After
14 years, her new husband has pushed her to demand her
son back, and so Souleymane has been with those strangers
(not believers of course) for the past week or so. However, there
are problems as suddenly his Mom's husband doesn't want him any
more, and neither does Souleymane want to stay. Please pray that
he can return to the village soon.
- His Dad has caused us problems before, coming
to our house and demanding his son back or back for a while. During
my absence he has shown up again and demanded his son for the
summer months. Please pray against the spirit of anger in him,
and that he won't come back to cause any more trouble. Pray for
peace for Fousseni who was beat up all his life by his Dad, before
he left him to live on the streets.
Children - Pastor Enoch in the village has taken in two
new children, brothers who were recently orphaned, 6 and 12 years
old. They still need sponsors for $50 or 40€ a month.
We're also starting sponsorships for poor widows or divorced women
who have several children to raise.
and Goro - Both villages where we ministered in May and
where hundreds were healed and saved have closed their
mosque and want to build a church. Hallelujah! The neighboring
villages are also asking us to come - which we will do once we
have a car again.
- This summer we're having four visitors with
us in Bamako, each for a month. Three of them are French Christian
girls who are gonna help in various ways, and one is an Austrian
student who is not a believer and who wants to simply improve
her Bambara. Please pray for a fruitful time for us as well as
Trip - I'm going on a 6-city-tour to the USA on Aug
9, returning to Mali Sep 18. My path
will lead me to California, Georgia, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas
and Ohio, visiting friends, sharing and preaching, and attending
one of my best friend's wedding. Details on the left and always
up-to-date on my CALENDAR
page on the website.
my God shall supply all your need according to His riches
in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be
glory forever and ever. Amen. (Phil 4:19-20)