I heard a pastor preaching on this passage, and the Spirit of God
was moving in the church. Most everyone went to the altar to seek
God, and while I did, I saw this vision:
was standing in the boat, with the boat being FULL of fish we had
just caught, and the boat was sinking (see passage). I was standing
in there alone, and all I could do was cry for help.
to the shore, I could see a crowd of people who had been listening
to Jesus who preached from the boat before telling His disciples
to throw out their nets. As I looked at them, I could see name badges
on each one of them. They simply read FISHERMAN, FISHERMAN,
FISHERMAN... I shouted for them to help me, but they wouldn't
move. One put his toes into the water and said, "I'd
get wet." Another said, he'd get dirty. Another that
he couldn't swim, another that he had responsibilities and couldn't
leave. And so on. All the while my boat was sinking.
had tears running down my face, because it describes so much where
I find myself right now. We have an awakening in the villages
and could already have 50 villages or more saved, churches
established, but there are no laborers. The boat
is sinking. Once the boat is under water, the fish will be, and
just swim away.
I find it hard to travel in the US, seeing churches full of people,
seeing money spent for petty things, and all the while all I can
see are "my" children - the street children in Bamako
- who sleep in the rain, wounds on their legs that
get infected from the dirty water everywhere. And for weeks my heart
would break because just $7,000 kept us from putting the
roof up, to give them shelter and food.
don't misunderstand me - I always work on keeping my heart pure,
and not judging any person or church. That's not up to me. But I
see so much potential as I go from church to church!
few days after that vision, I had the honor to do a ministry school
session in that same church. The anointing was so strong, and I
simply shared my heart, and God's heart. I could not help but break
as I shared about the kids sleeping in the rain. And I had no idea
what God was actually doing. To my greatest amazement, this little
group of about 50 people gave a sacrificial offering, and the amount
was even prophetic: $14,000 - a double portion! Now
we can also put the doors and windows in, and maybe a light. PRAISE
you want to read the details of that amazing night, read my blog
for July 16 here.
& AUSTRIA TRIP
been an awesome trip already, and there is more ahead. I encourage
you to read the blog to see what's going on. Tomorrow I'm going
to Pasadena, then on to Augusta,
then Phoenix, and then a short stopover in my hometown
Vienna, Austria, to see my newborn nephew. Dates
are to the left, and details on my CALENDAR
AND I IN MOZAMBIQUE - Oct 17-29
first saw Heidi Baker on a preaching video in 2001, and I was amazed
to see a woman already doing what God had put into my heart to do
in Mali. I felt an immediate connection with her, and spoke to her
on several occasions over the years. I've been feeling the need
to connect with her, and draw from her experience,
and now the Lord has opened up the opportunity to go to Mozambique
while she is there, to see how they are running things, and to ask
her the many questions I have. I except to get a lot of inspiration
to help us run our base in Mali better and implement things in the
my right-hand guy, I want Paul to come along with me, and be changed
forever. Emmanuel has agreed to move in for the two weeks and run
our center in Mali.
you have it on your heart to help us pay for our airfaire, we'd
really appreciate it. it's $2,200 per person. And
I know it's a gonna be an investment that will pay off big time
in the future.
frequently talk to Paul via Skype, and things are going well. I
sent five of them to do a one-week English class at
the International School, which they all enjoyed. Ten days ago,
my two oldest sons Saloum and Fousseni left for a 3-week YWAM
outreach in the south of Mali. They are loving it!
week, three of my younger kids are going to do a week full
of activities surrounding animals, also at the International
School. They are looking forward to that. And in the middle of August,
Sarata and Hama are starting school at the International
School. Tuition is $1,500 each for the year, and
we are still praying for that money to come in.
Toyota pick-up's battery just died, and it needs
new tires, so I told Paul for them to use the other car until the
engine gives up entirely.
raining hard in Bamako, and everyone is excited
that construction has been picked up again. The weekly street kid
program is not taking place right now because of the rains and us
not having an inside place to do it, but Paul still goes to the
bus station every week bringing them food. Everyone
is excited that soon they will have a dry place to spend the nights
pray for an increase in our finances. Starting
the middle of August, we will be picking up the street kids at the
bus station every night, and then take them back there in the morning.
We will also give them breakfast before they leave in the morning,
so there will be additional expenses.
"I was born
into slavery because my mother was a slave. My owner's family had
bought her grandmother, so that made our whole family inheritable
"It is not a
real life, the work is very hard. I had to do everything in my master's
house. I looked after the large flock of sheep alone, collected
the water and did all the heavy domestic work. I worked
day and night and I never received any money.
went to school. As I got older I got used to the
beating. In particular I remember one horrible day when
the sons of my masters, who were younger than me, hit me three times
with a stick, on the pretext that I had lost one of the flock. I
was scared that if I reacted I might kill someone.
we were listed on the religious tax inventory like
other goods that the master owned.
inheritance means my children are also slaves.
My son Ahmed was barely three years old when a niece of the master
got married. They took Ahmed away from me to work in her service.
They thought he could do little jobs like make the fires. They like
to enslave the children early so that they grow up understanding
To read the whole article,
SITUATION IN MALI
Mali has been more
protected than some of its neighbours by global food price rises
because it is self-sufficient in millet and sorghum, the staple
food of 80 percent of its population, and it exports these grains
to its West African neighbours, including Mauritania, Senegal and
But the country has
not been entirely insulated from global food price rises, particularly
when it comes to rice. Mali produces on average half of its total
annual rice consumption, importing the rest mostly from Asia. "We
have seen some rises in the price of local rice," said Christian
Bren from the non-governmental organisation Action contre la Faim
in Gao, "but Mali has better managed the high prices than the
has to get over its addiction to rice and start growing other crops
in higher quantities - sesame seeds, dates, potatoes, bananas, and
mangoes," the official told IRIN. "Mali could
become a major bread-basket in West Africa if it plays its cards
To read the whole article,
sheep are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When
did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty
and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you
sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King
will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these
things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you
did it to me.'
(Mt 25:37-40, MESS)