days ago I showed you the picture of our house with no walls at
all yet. Today all the walls are up, praise God! Construction
has stopped as of now because our current funds are not
sufficient to put up the roof. Two donations have come in - praise
God - and we are praying for a Christmas miracle, for God to release
the remaining finances for our house to be built. I have talked
to our construction manager Kossi who told us he could finish the
house by December 20 if the money is there. Wouldn't
it be wonderful if we could celebrate Christmas in our new home!
moving date was set for December 3rd, and we were all ready to move,
whatever the conditions on the property. In my mind I started setting
up our furniture in the garden, and going through all the details
what life outside would be like, how to do things.
Everybody else was getting ready too. We wanted to move as soon
as possible since we pay hundreds of dollars every month for rent
and utilities and would rather put those into building the house,
or helping us with daily expenses. While we thank God for money
being given towards the building, our funds for daily expenses are
depleted, since we have to believe God to provide two thirds of
budget "supernaturally" every month. So the 14
of us are praying for the Lord to send money for our daily bread,
and for the church's Anniversary Celebration as
well as our Christmas Party for Street Children.
the agency we rent our current house from told us they don't have
new renters for our house yet, and we could stay longer, after much
prayer and consideration, I decided for us to stay in this
house a little longer, rather than living in the garden
on our property. That will allow us to continue school, and spend
a few wonderful weeks of advent leading up to Christmas. Hopefully
we will spend Christmas in our new home, but in any case, we will
move in God's time. Right now we still need $28,500 or 19.500€
to finish our first house.
The front side
of our house. Three of my children in their room-to-be.
any case, we still have our 3rd Anniversary Celebration
on our property, and will have our Sunday services there from then
on. On the 2nd of December we invite all our friends
and neighbors to celebrate 3 years of God's faithfulness with us.
We will baptize all those who've come to the Lord
over the past year, worship our Lord, listen to Him, and have a
big banquet to have communion and fellowship. Please
pray for all preparations, and for people to come into the kingdom
of God that day.
CHANCE FOR DAOUDA?
Nearly a year
ago we took in three street children at once. The only one still
with us is Solomani. One of the other boys was Daouda
(then 14). He seemed the most serious in following God, and was
a quiet and good kid. Except for his stealing problem.
After having been caught several times, and receiving another chance
each time, we finally had to send him away. A few weeks later he
came back and broke into our car, stealing the car radio. When he
tried to sell it, he was arrested and put into the boys' prison.
My heart was grieving for him, and I desired to visit him there,
but it never worked out.
Saturday he showed up to our weekly street kid program. He asked
forgiveness for having stolen the radio and said he wanted
to move in with us again. He said he's given up stealing.
I do not doubt his good intentions, but cannot believe his latter
statement. I told him to come back to the service the following
day, and he did. Since then he's been coming every night, eating
dinner with us and then sleeping on our porch, having breakfast,
and leaving for the day. He'd really rather stay with us full-time.
All my other
kids love Daouda and want him to have another chance. Some of the
adults are more cautious. Practically, we don't have the capacity
to teach him academically, being the only student on his level.
What would Jesus do?
He's the God
of many chances; He's the God of repeated forgiveness, over and
over again; He's the One we're taking in by taking in Daouda. What
seen more younger children come to our street kid
program, and it breaks my heart to see them on the street fighting
to survive. That's another reason I want to move as soon as possible,
so we have more room to take in more children. (Doesn't it break
your heart to see those little ones in the picture and think of
what their lives are like?)
been growing again - we had a young lady from Austria
join us for 2 months, then Daouda, and recently we found out we're
growing biologically as well.
- Mom to Hama (6, handicapped) and Sarata (2) - is pregnant
again. For the first time she's receiving medical care during her
pregnancy, and things are going well. She's 10 weeks along, and
we've already seen an ultrasound picture of the baby. Counting this
latest addition, we are now 15 people living together as a living
example of what church is like.
other day I took Hama to a medical center to finally
have him circumcised - something that needed to
be done for medical reasons. His father didn't want to be there,
and so I stayed at the side of my beloved little boy, holding his
hand and comforting him throughout the half-hour procedure. They
don't use anaesthesia in Mali, and so he was screaming in pain,
while I prayed for him and stayed close to him. When it was done,
he held on to me tight, and couldn't wait to get out of there. He's
now recovering well, and staying in the house around the clock to
protect him from an infection (since he's robbing on the ground
outside and can't wear pants right now). He's doing great sleeping
inside the house, in the room with the other boys. Just half a year
ago that didn't work at all.
pastor Enoch has also taken in another child -
2 year old Hawa who had nobody who wanted her.
We have yet to go to the village and take her picture, and tell
you her story. We just paid for medication to treat her since she
was sick, and we're looking for a sponsor for her for $50 or 40€
TEAM FROM AUSTRIA
One week from
now we have a team of 6 people coming from Austria
to be with us for 10 days. We are going into two villages
- Magnambougou and Bamabougou - where they have never heard
the gospel, but they have been calling on us to come. Pray
for these villages to dedicate their lives to the Lord, and to serve
Him. We expect to see many healings and salvations.
In fact, more
and more villages approach our pastor for us to come and bring them
the gospel. Every week we could go and save another village,
advancing God's kingdom in the region. For several reasons that
is difficult for us to do right now.
We found out
that our old 20-year-old car could have another
engine installed and be up and running again for just $600. That
would be a huge blessing, because it would liberate us to go to
the villages. The old car could stay in Bamako and take the school
kids back and forth to school, while we'd be free to go to the villages
with our pick-up.
team will also evangelize the neighborhood around
our property, invite people to our celebration, and they will participate
actively helping us out during our big celebration.
They are also with us for two street kid programs, and will do some
practical stuff on our property.
for health for them and us, and God's protection
and favor, as well as His anointing flowing into
us and through us. May His kingdom be advanced powerfully!
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.
Malian Churches - We have started blessing other Malian
churches financially, therefore acting in the
opposite spirit in this country. My heart is to see the divisions
in the body of Christ fall, and for all churches to come into
the fullness of Christ. We want to honor other leaders in the
body that way. It has already opened the door for me to preach
in one of the churches we have blessed; the only other church
in Mali with a woman pastor.
Needed - I strongly feel the need for more intercessors
for myself and the ministry. At times things can be overwhelming
when you are a single leader, far from friends and others who
could be there for you. Having lost my spiritual Dad, I miss the
precious input I used to have. Please pray for intercessors to
be raised up - prayer makes all the difference!
Pray that I would have wisdom from God to lead
His sheep, and strength to do what needs to be
& Canada - My next trip to the US is January
4-28. I'm going to Ann Arbor, MI, Abbotsford, B.C., Augusta,
GA, and Pasadena, CA. Details on the left and on my CALENDAR
the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains
wide, do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,strengthen
your stakes. For you will spread out to the right
and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle
in their desolate cities. (Isa 54:2-3)