Today we all
went on the property to see the progress, and to pray and dedicate
our house to the Lord. We walked around the walls of the
house, pleading the blood of Jesus and the oil of Holy Spirit over
them. At every corner of the house I poured oil inside as we prayed.
We declared the house off-limits to the enemy, and invited Holy
Spirit to inhabit it, and His glory to come and live in it We prayed
for open heavens over our house, that it would be a place where
angels go in and out, a place of meeting with the Lord. We also
walked into every room of the house, proclaiming these things. There
was such an excitement in all of us as we actually stood in our
We also prayed
for a release of finances to finish the house!
We declared our faith in our heavenly Father that He would take
care of it all. He has started it, and He will finish it. It's not
us building His house - whether in the natural or the spiritual
- but it's HIM. It literally is, as we do nothing but love on God,
serve Him, worship and adore Him, and watch Him take care of the
rest. As His Word says - seek first His kingdom, and He will take
care of all your needs (see Mt 6:33). There is nothing we can do
anyway, but to trust in Him.
OF HIS GLORY
had a powerful prayer meeting on Saturday night - the first since
my return from my short trip to England. While in England, I had
cried out for more of His presence and glory in Mali intensely,
shedding tears because of my great hunger for Him. That's why I
have been looking forward to our church's corporate three-week
fast that started a few days ago. What a wonderful opportunity
to seek Him and draw close to Him more than ever before!
The Lord had
heard my cry, and we saw more of His glory in our
prayer meeting than we have ever before. If you
want to know more, go to my BLOG
archive and look up Nov 3. (The picture is from another
powerful meeting in September.)
was good to get an opportunity to talk with Kossi,
our head of construction, right there at the construction site.
He's such a gift from God to us, such an awesome man of integrity
who loves God. We couldn't have found any better person. He's also
an optimist and has believed from the beginning that God would do
this impossible project. He is the one who always says, this is
God's work, so He'll take care of it.
& Firmin, and 6 of my kids, as well as Kossi squatting on the
talked things over with Kossi and he said that tomorrow the walls
of the house are starting to go up. He also told me that
the little money that is left is going to run out soon. It's not
sufficient to put the roof on the house. We need money
to come in quickly, if we want to have a house to move into in 4
weeks. He said that time-wise it's not a problem. He and his team
are working hard and doing a great job.
So as we are
fasting and praying, we are also
crying out to God to release the remaining finances
so we won't have to set up our mattresses in the garden, as well
as all our other belongings and furniture. It's starting to get
colder now, and by December we'd freeze during the night (though
it's still not cold for most of us Westerners).
we are trusting our heavenly Father, and we are
also making our urgent need known to you. God uses
His people, rather than raining money down from heaven, so we're
praying that those He has chosen to sow into our house of
glory will listen and act without hesitation.
I have broken
down the money we still need according to rooms. Maybe you
could be the one to finance one of our rooms? (Or half
a room, or a fourth, etc.) Due to the low dollar exchange rate,
the dollar amounts have unfortunately risen.
We will be 13
people to live there to start with. Once the next building
is built, we will be able to have other people waiting to join us
come and move in with us. For example, Paul's family. His stepmom
does the cooking together with Fanta, and the whole family eats
with us, plus we send their kids to a good Christian school.
first gate from the outside (left) and inside (right).
You can clearly see that the ground is not level. There is a ditch
right outside the wall for the rainwater to flow off, and we will
have a ramp to go over the ditch and onto the property. There is
a second gate on the other side of the property, where the city
is planning to build a main road one day.
Hama and Sarata
came to the property with us today. They loved it. When we went
up the hill to take pictures of the property, Sarata got to ride
on my shoulders. We had so much fun!
December 2nd we are celebrating our third church
anniversary. It will also be the first service on our property (and
we are moving the following day). It will be a big party, and we
are expecting a lot of people. Since we've been ministering on our
property weekly for over a year now, our neighbors already know
us well, and many will come. They are so excited we're finally moving
all the way. On that first Sunday, we will baptize
those who have come to know the Lord over this past year, and after
the service, we will have a banquet for everyone.
Lord has promised us that the glory of this latter house will be
greater than the former. Why not see an open heaven on this first
day on our property? May His glory inhabit us!
our finances are depleted right now, we're welcoming any financial
gifts for the expenses of this celebration. We are also still very
much in need of monthly supporters to meet our budget.
Teacher - I'm still teaching my kids, which I do enjoy
a lot, but it takes up much of my time and energy. Please pray
for a good Malian teacher to take over.
- Our car broke down once again, costing us $500 to repair it.
For that reason we were unable to go to the village last week.
Because of our 3-week-fast we have decided not to go to the villages
before the arrival of the Austrian team.
from Austria - Vroni arrives in Bamako on Wednesday morning.
She comes to help us out for 2 months. She has sure chosen a crucial
and adventureous time to visit us. Please pray for her to adjust
quickly, and to be blessed as well as a blessing.
from Austria - We have a team of 6 Austrians
coming Nov 24 until Dec 3. Together we are going
into new villages to preach the gospel, as well as reaching out
to the street children in Bamako. They will also help prepare
for the celebration, and participate, as well as help us move
on Dec 3 before they leave.
& Canada - My next trip to the US is in January,
as every year. I'm going to Ann Arbor, MI, Abbotsford, B.C., Augusta,
GA, and Pasadena, CA. Details on the left and on my CALENDAR
will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,' says the
LORD Almighty. 'The silver is mine and the gold is mine,' declares
the LORD Almighty. 'The glory of this present house
will be greater than the glory of the former house,'
says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,'
declares the LORD Almighty." (Hag 2:7-9)
GLORY to our AMAZING AWESOME GOD!