AROUND FOR HIS PURPOSES
don't know if you caught the good news embedded in my last email
concerning a place to stay in Montreal (which I still haven't found).
This is the blog for Monday, June 9th:
took us - Paul and me - about 50 minutes to get to the police station,
and then we couldn't find a parking spot; cars were already parked
everywhere. We were 10 minutes late, and the police chief already
called Paul where we were. How remarkable in a country where punctuality
is usually unknown.
the guy representing the Malian association of churches, wasn't
there. I called Baba who works right there, and he came some time
later. So we walked in by ourselves, and the commissaire welcomed
us warmly. He then took us to the police chief.
had a very simple office, and asked us to sit down in the chairs
in front of his desk. I gave him the copy of our registration papers,
and he started asking us questions.
to my BLOG to read the rest
of the story; look for June 9.
all construction work stopped - the third time since we started
- because the remaining finances are not sufficient to put up the
roof. It takes twenty tons of cement to pour the flat roof, plus
steal beams that are also very costly. According to our builder's
estimate, we need another $7000 just to finish
the meantime, rainy season is well under way. While
in past years, I've always welcomed the much needed rain, this year
my heart breaks every time as I think of the children living on
the streets, nowhere to go to be protected from the rain. As soon
as the roof is up, we'll open the house up to them to spend the
night in a dry place, and have breakfast, before returning to the
only do we need $28,800 more dollars to finish
the (future) dining hall (picture in the back), and $8,000
to expand our solar power system, but we urgently need
more money for daily expenses. Right now, we spend
$16 a day to run our generator and have sufficient power. And within
one week, the rice price has gone up by $2.5 (one bag is $43 now),
and is expected to keep rising. We've never seen such high prices,
from food to building materials.
lean on our heavenly Father who's promised to take care of His beloved
children - that would be us :-).
Baby Boy - Last Sunday Fanta's baby boy was born. Thank
you for praying. Everything went smoothly, and the little boy
is healthy. Fanta is our cook, and mother of (handicapped) Hama
(7) and Sarata (3). Our baby is not named yet, as it is his grandfather
(in the village) who is required to choose his name.
Help - We're very blessed that one of the top
Christian laywers in Mali is helping us with our paperwork
for two more organizations that we need to register in Mali -
one for the children's center, and one for the church. He's doing
that for a minimal fee of about $300. He's taking
two days off - Mon and Tue - to work only on our papers, so they
can be deposited before my departure. He has a lot of experience
with Christian organizations, and is gonna help us big time in
getting our foundation right. Praise God!
School - Both Hama and Sarata spent a day at the international
school. Sarata - who's gonna start kindergarten
in fall - loved it. And Hama was there so the teachers could see
whether they'd be able to work with him inspite of his physical
and mental handicapped. Hama LOVED it, and the school gave green
light. It's a great school with a Christian director, where they're
gonna receive a great education. However, that great education
has a high price, even though they only pay half price. It is
$1500 each for the first year, and we need to
pay the first installment now.
Program - I'm excited how the Lord has worked out everything
in Mali while I'm on the road. Three children will do a one-week
summer program organized by the international
school. Two of my teenagers will do a three-week outreach
with YWAM in the south of Mali. And in August, all teenagers will
go to stay with our village pastor for three
weeks, which will give Paul some time off. They return just before
Car - Our American visitors had a huge surprise gift
for us: a car. It's a gift from ORPHAN'S PROMISE, that will make
a big difference for us. Now we are free to go into the villages,
without worrying how to get the children to school, plus other
advantages. Praise God!
do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?'
or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first
his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well. (Mt