BORN IN UNREACHED VILLAGE
out in the bush, where no Christian has cared to go and preach the
gospel so far. However, these people have heard of those who follow
Jesus and heal the sick, and some had been healed in a meeting in
another village. When they heard about the miracles taking place
in villages around them in our meetings, when they heard about those
good news preached, they approached our pastor and pleaded for us
to come to them.
had 6 different villages scheduled in 3
days, and Diago was number five. Usually we do a first
meeting at night, when people are available, but we were told everyone
would leave their work, their fields, to hear the Christians. The
village chief himself told everyone to come, as well as the mayor,
and the meeting was to be held in a large open space in front of
the town hall.
we arrived, hundreds had already gathered, and
they were in great anticipation. Sick people had come from everywhere,
and many more were still on the way. Back in Bamako - the capital
where our base is - both our generators had still been working,
but arriving in the village, both would not work, even after prayer.
So we had to rent two other generators - one for the sound system,
and one for light - so thankfully we could be heard that morning.
mayor had set up a lot of chairs, and some people came with benches
and their own chairs. They sat down in a big circle around us, and
then all the students from the nearby elementary school came over
for some time, before returning to class. Paul and Firmin started
praising God in Bambara, and some older women soon joined in. You
can watch a little clip here.
My boys played the drums, and after three days of playing, their
skin had started to crack.
the village elders and important people had gathered.
The village chief welcomed us publically, and gave us three chickens.
In return, we presented a Bible in their language to them, and blessed
Lord had given me a fresh healing message for those
days in the villages, and every time I gave it, I could feel the
anointing on it. These people already believed in the healing power
when Christians pray. As I shared, I could feel the air nearly tingling
visiting team of 23 Americans split into their
7 groups, each with one of my Malian kids/team
members as interpreters, and started praying for the sick. Each
group was surrounded by a crowd of people. It's hard to estimate
how many had come in total.
this one village alone alone, we counted 611 healings.
Looking back, I don't know any more what healing occurred in what
village. These are some of them:
A deaf-mute girl started hearing again and was
able to say "amen".
A lady had several tumors - they were all gone.
Several people had their eye-sight improve.
Several older people could not stand upright anymore;
after prayer they could.
Some people who had a hard time walking walked
All kinds of pain - stomach, malaria, etc. disappeared.
gathered back together to hear more about the One who had just healed
them. I clearly presented the gospel to them, and
asked who wanted to know this Jesus, give their lives to this Jesus,
and follow Him the rest of their lives. Many hands went up, and
I asked them to come forward. About 200 people came
(see picture) - young and old, men and women - and prayed, dedicating
their lives to the one and only, almighty God of heaven
and earth. Hallelujah!
village chief was among them, and since I told them it was important
to gather to read the Bible, learn and pray, he said they'd gather
in his home every Wednesday morning. On May 22, 2008, the
church of Diago was born. Praise God!
OUT TO THE UNLOVED
the 2 days in the 4 villages, we counted 782 people healed,
and 339 saved. The kingdom of God is advancing
in this Muslim, unreached nation! The challenge now is to disciple
these new baby Christians. We sure need workers to help us with
this great task, as village after village calls for us to
come, but we cannot get village after village saved without
people to teach and disciple them. My heart breaks hearing the
cries of these people who live in the dark, who perish without Jesus...
Lord, send the workers into the harvest!
the American team was with us, we also went to the bus station where
we give out food to street children every week.
They showed them where they are sleeping, so they could film it,
and shared how they stand against the walls when it's raining, so
they don't get wet, which means they cannot sleep. It was then I
made the announcement to them that as soon as our (future) dining
hall has a roof on, we'll let them come sleep in there. They started
cheering for joy when they heard that! Please pray
that the remaining money is given soon, so we can finish
the roof asap. Rainy season has started.
also did our weekly program with the street children
and had much fun. Then the Americans organized a party just for
them. We rented a room, brought the sound system and music in, and
purchased drinks. Fanta & Elisabeth spent all day cooking for
80 people to have a feast. We had an awesome party!
The kids on the street were talking about it for days, making those
that had missed it jealous. And for the first time I heard them
give me a name: "Mother of Street Children".
What an honor!
things our visitors did was taking a tour of town, preaching
in our church and another church, doing a concert
at university, going door-to-door to share Jesus
and pray for the sick, and other stuff. I believe their lives were
changed forever, and I have asked them to write a few lines of testimony
I could pass on to you.
you'd like to read in any more details of some
of the things that happened while they were here - and I've barely
touched on all those things - or see more pictures,
go to my blog for May 19-26.
- After nearly two years with us, Firmin has left our
house and moved in with his uncle who lives closeby.
He was supposed to come daily to work with Hama, but that looks
uncertain right now. Please pray for him, and pray for our kids
and team members who are taking this separation very hard.
(5) - Sama is one of the children who comes to our property
every day to eat after school. Sama lives with her grandmother
(Paul's step-mother) in an Albino family. She recently lost her
sponsor, and now we're looking for a new one
to support her for 40€ a month. Please contact
me if you're interested.
Boy - Fanta's baby boy should be born any day now. Please
pray for a smooth delivery without complications.
Problems - We're running our generator
all day every day, which costs us a lot of money, and the noise
is deafening. We have to wait for the return of Anco, who made
the installation, who is in Europe until August, so he can fix
Incorporated- The incorporation was done on May 22nd,
2008, so that Healing 2 The Nations International now
is an official non-profit organization. We still
have more paperwork to get done before we can receive tax-deductible
donations. Our first board meeting is this summer. The board of
trustees consists of Peter Slavovsky (GA), Tom Richardson (KS),
Dave Ryser (MO), Jill Austin (CA), Christine Hämmerle (Austria),
and Renate Riha (Austria).
- We need people to help us in the ministry in
Mali. I need white people, as well as Malians. I'm still the only
white person here, and my Malian team is small. I'm doing the
work of several people, and don't have enough locals to help out.
I know there are those out there called to work with us. Pray
for them to hear the call and step out in faith.
Of Mali - Over recent weeks the situation in the north
of Mali has declined dramatically. The sahara is a hotbed for
smugglers and terrorists, as well as rebels who
want independance for the Tuareg people. The rebels have recently
had several successes over the Malian army and are advancing
towards Timbuktu where they have nearly arrived. Please pray
for peace for the north of Mali.
Maximilian - After nearly 2 months in hospital, Max
was released and is now home with his relieved
parents. Thank you for praying! I will see Max for the first time
in person end of August during my short stopover in Vienna.
Summer Trip - In three weeks I'm leaving for Canada
& the US. I'll be traveling for 9 weeks, going to
CA, MI, AZ, MO, KS, GA, Montreal and Vienna. You can look at my
itinerary on the left, and read more details on my CALENDAR
page. I'm still looking for a place to stay in Garden
Grove/Orange, CA in July.
he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and
aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What
a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How
few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest