can identify with Jesus in this passage - just a tiny little bit
- as I look over the harvest in Mali, and my heart breaks
because there is no one to bring it in. I've now been in Mali for
five years, and yet, I'm still the only white person laboring. The
ministry has been growing and exploding,
while it seems that God is sieving out our local team, reducing
our numbers more and more, so that we are only little handful right
workload on me is huge, as also on Paul, and I've
recently heard from several people I met with in Mali, that I HAVE
TO HAVE western workers to come help me out, because
I cannot carry the load all by myself for long. I've been asked
whether I'm praying for workers. Am I?
been crying out for workers for years, crying out to God for
help, for helpers, shedding tears and agonizing about the crowds
we cannot bring into the sheep pen, or we bring in and cannot nourrish
have prophesied armies of helpers that are coming, but they haven't
arrived yet. Where are they?
time is NOW. We need the workers NOW.
During my next two months on the road, I will let a desperate
Macedonian call be heard from the bottom of my heart. May
those called to Mali be released to step into their destinies!
thanking God for the short termers that have come to Mali, and my
prayer is that some of them might come back long term. These are
a few of their testimonies from their time with us in May:
experience in the villages was a very positive one. The aspect that
had the most impact on me were the prayers of healing. I have never
been involved in healing prayers and always assumed only certain
people could do pray these types of prayers. But when I found out
that I would be involved in these prayers I was nervous that I wouldn't
have the right words to say or that my words were not powerful enough.
However, as I reflect on our time spent in the villages I feel much
more confident in Christ and know that He used this opportunity
to show me that He uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary.
being in Mali for my second trip, I can see even more how the impact
of this newly constructed orphanage will bring life back to the
street orphans of Mali. When I see the contrast of the street children
and the children in the orphanage, I am amazed. The children in
Claudia's home have developed a strong work ethic, a unique personality,
and thirst for God. I hope for many others to experience the same
new life that I have.
has transformed my life on my trip to Mali Africa. It was great
honor to work with Claudia and the Malian children. What impacted
me the most was visiting the villages, the Gospel was preached,
and the sick people were healed! I know God has built my faith in
Jesus Christ through experience. May God bless Claudia and Mali
with greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
entire experience in Mali was incredible; however one experience
sticks out a little more than the rest. One of the last nights in
Mali, we reserved a room and brought several street kids to the
room. We played games, fed them, had a dance party for them, and
just loved on them. It was a really great time. It was awesome to
create an environment where these street kids could be free of worries
and begin to have their own personality. I loved being able to see
these kids get fed a good meal and see their smiles as we danced
and played games.
my experience at Mali God has changed the way I want to live my
life. From volunteering to raise money for an orphanage to actually
seeing what the money went to was unbelievable. Seeing all the childrens
faces light up when they were given food and having dance parties
with people in the villages is an experience that I will never forget!
in Mali, I was able to experience the many great things that God
did in the many tribes. I was able to witness many healings and
life touching experiences.Although many people saw people get touched
by God, there were many new things that I was able to see on my
own. Also when I was spending time with the children in the orphanage,
God showed me many great things that He was doing in the lives of
the few that were there. God touched my heart so that I would be
able to touch other peoples lives in America.
Baby Boy - A week ago we dedicated Fanta's little baby
boy to the Lord - on the eighth day of his life. His grandfather
chose his first name - Oumar (eloquent, speaker) - and I had the
honor of choosing his Christian name - Jonathan (gift of God).
So let me present to you Oumar Jonathan Ongoïba.
and CAMAEI papers - Over this past week, I've been going
to our attorney Daniel's house nearly every day
to work with him. He is helping us writing all the legal papers
necessary, and we've been printing and signing, and he's gonna
deposit the papers and follow up on them. By the time I return
to Mali, both associations will be registered, and then we have
to do more steps for the children's center. CAM is our church,
and CAMAEI our children's center. I thank God for Daniel, and
the work accomplished.
as accountant - Emma is taking on more responsibility
next year, praise God! He's finished his university studies, and
is revamping our accounting, helping us set up
fair salaries and a good financial system. Right now he's doing
a 2-day accounting seminar with YWAM that is helping him big time.
Please pray for Seybou who is already unhappy
because he'll receive less cash.
Revival - I was just notified that the conference I was
going to attend July 17-21 was canceled. So I'm now prayerfully
considering going to Lakeland for those days. If any of you have
been there and have some helpful advice logistically, I'd greatly
your knees and pray for harvest hands!
(Mt 9:38, MESS)