DREAM COME TRUE
become reality, dreams come true, as they are pursued, sought after
and prayed into unrelentlessy, continuously, and with great perseverance.
Many don't ever see their visions fulfilled, their dreams made reality,
because they lack single-mindedness and perseverance. The enemy
tries to deter them from pursuing their goal, and far too often
he succeeds. How many dreams are buried out there on the
side of the road? How many visions dead and discarded? How many
never enter into their destinies?
past four years in Mali I've seen impossibilities become reality.
I've seen dreams come true. And today - after 4 years of prayer
- I'm overjoyed to introduce to you our new car:
Toyota Hilux double-cabin pick-up with 175000km
my last email update just over a week ago, this car was still an
impossibility, still a dream I had pursued
for 4 years. My team and kids in Mali were praying that
I'd come back with the money for the car, but I just wanted to get
the debts due the lack of monthly support taken care of. I was telling
people how we are unable to go to our property or the villages or
do anything without the car, while at the same time, I started accepting
the fact and realizing I'd be less busy that way and could get some
the Lord heard our prayers, and He answered my kids' prayers for
my return with the money for the car. An hour before
I left Austria, I was given a big amount of money dedicated to the
car that completed the amount necessary to purchase a decent car
that will run "forever". I was stunned! And decided not
to tell my kids and team by email but in person.
were all gathered together the evening of my arrival, after a wonderful
reunion with much joy of seeing each other again, and then I told
them. The explosive response was deafening, as
"hallelujahs" and shouts and dancing and jumping made
the house shake!
their faith has made quite a leap
- if God could answer that prayer, He can also provide for the construction!
Amen! And He does!
has been our "car guy" (though he's not around much unfortunately),
and he immediately started research, activating his contacts. He
immediately found our car (used by a government
official), exactly what we were looking for, for
exactly the money we had! The Lord's promise had
promise? A few months ago, when our old car was already "breathing
its last", and we were praying for a new car, the Lord spoke
to me that the new car would come "suddenly",
nearly as if it dropped down from heaven. It has sure been quick,
receiving the money on Monday, and completing the purchase just
a week later! Emmanuel is taking care of the paperwork right now,
which should take a few more days, and then we can go to our property,
go to the villages, and go to the store! Praise God!
far I've only seen pictures of the progress (since you need a car
to go to our property). This picture shows the watertower
before they put the container on the top.
Thursday they started building the wall around
our property, which costs $21,000 (16.000€) and takes 3 weeks.
We still need $15,700 (11.500€) to complete
decided to shift priority from electricity to building, since it's
better to have a house without electricity than electricity without
a house when we move end of September.
pray for the necessary finances to come in to complete our first
building phase. We still need $157,000 (115.000€).
OUR TEACHER HAS LEFT US
first week back home in Mali, it felt like the enemy launched a
counter-attack from all sides because of the advances
we've made. I cannot share all of them with you, especially the
most serious one, but our teacher Issa leaving us has also shocked,
surprised and rattled us all.
year ago I was the one teaching our kids - something I enjoy thoroughly
- but I knew I just can't do everything myself, and so I started
looking for a teacher. I turned down three teachers, feeling God
was saying "not this one", until Issa mysteriously heard
about our search. He was the one we'd been waiting for,
and he started teaching in November. Issa was a young believer looking
not only for a job but a community of believers. As an English major,
he was also looking for an English-speaking environment, as well
as a way to fulfill his call to work with street children. The match
was perfect, the kids respected him, and things were going well.
Issa become a huge blessing, a great addition
to our family.
days he ago he simply informed me he was leaving;
no discussion, no asking for advice, simply the facts I had nothing
more to add to. We were all in shock. We discovered that all year
long Issa had tried to write his Master's thesis (on street childen)
and failed. This coming weekend he was supposed to go to the south
of Mali to complete his Christian teacher training that lasts 6
weeks (he did the first part last summer).
now he's leaving because he's panicking concerning his thesis he
needs to get done. He's moved out and is doing just that right now.
few months ago another teacher with great qualifications
contacted me, and I've invited him for an interview.
the meantime, we have one less team member, and if Firmin goes to
his village for his summer vacation (starting in a month's time),
Paul would be alone in taking care of everything
while I'm in the US. May the Lord guide our steps, and give grace
and answers continually!
in his first own suit somebody in Austria donated.
VISITORS IN JULY/AUGUST
my own first day home in Mali, our first two visitors arrived, two
ladies from France who are believers and who are
staying for a month. On Sunday another French lady is arriving,
and on Friday a university student from Austria
who does not know the Lord is coming to improve her Bambara. Rilla
et Frédérique have already been a blessing, and they
are also enjoying themselves. They are all gonna do the following:
(left) - doing much-needed translation work
(right) - teaching our kids and adult women French
- working with our little kids, teaching them French, playing games,
- improving her Bambara through interaction with our teenagers
also having much fun together, playing games with the kids, watching
movies, and praying together Please pray for their time with us.
Crisis - Another prayer answered. The day before I returned
to Mali, it started raining hard and did so repeatedly over several
days. Since my return to Mali, we've had no significant power
cuts, and even the water is on all day now. Praise God! Please
keep praying for sufficient rains this rainy
season; it hasn't rained in Bamako for several days now.
- 14 years old, abandoned by his mother as a baby, and living
with our village for a while, his mother's new husband suddenly
forced her to get her son, but he then changed his mind and wanted
Souleymane to leave again. Last week Souleymane moved
in with us to spend his summer vacation here. He is a
sweet boy who loves the Lord.
Exams - This week our kids had their final exams that
I prepared, did, and corrected. Two of them had their grades
go down significantly. Only one out of 4 has no F's,
while the others have 2-3 (out of 5 subjects). They now have an
intensive French class daily with Frédérique, then
vacation in August, and they have to redo the failed exams in
the beginning of Sep before school starts again.
- Both villages that have come to the Lord are asking for me to
come back, and now that we have a car, we're planning on going
to Dio as well as the villages the last week of July.
We've started sponsorships for poor families, and will do more
groundwork to make it work, as well as writing down the stories
of three new kids our pastor has taken in, and taking their pictures.
Family sponsorships are 29€
each, and a single kid's sponsorship is 40€.
Email me for more details.
Prayer Ministry - Please pray for the TPM sessions we're
doing with several team members and kids in the weeks to come
to help them be freed of deep pain from their past.
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.
is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)