weeks ago I arrived in Kansas City being tired and physically in
bad shape, my body on the verge of breakdown. I
was spiritually tired and empty, and my emotions worn out from the
accusations, betrayals, losses, and other challenges. In short,
I needed a break.
came for 4 weeks, but God spoke to me to add 3 more weeks. That
was not what I wanted. I asked God to confirm that I had indeed
heard from Him, and sent a text message to Paul in Mali (who leads
everything when I'm gone) that I needed to talk to him. A day later
I sent him a message telling him I felt I had to stay longer in
the US. While I was writing that message in the evening, Paul was
fast asleep in Mali and had a dream where God told him that I was
going to stay in the US longer. What a confirmation!
did not do much ministry during my seven weeks in the US, and took
more time to rest (at least, rest for an active
person like me) than I ever have since going to Mali 5+ years ago.
While I strongly believe we should not constantly focus on the separation
of our being, since we are really one, and one part influences the
other, this is what I did:
Restoration - God wonderfully directed my steps to an
alternative clinic in Wichita, KS, that practices biological
medicine (click on the logo for more information). The
founder and head doctor there is a brilliant Christian man who
blessed me greatly. Comparing the initial test results with the
ones from the test on my last day there, there was consideral
improvement, and I'm still on the road to complete health.
Please pray to that end.
- I thank God for my wonderful friends Tom & Luanne in Kansas
City. They do Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM) which I do in
Mali as well, and they took time for as many sessions with me
as possible during my stay. I found more freedom and healing from
the issues of my past, and have found greater intimacy with my
Restoration - Already a fruit from the TPM sessions,
I also went to services and meetings where God's power was present
and where I received prayer ministry so that my vision was refocused
on Him and spiritual batteries recharged.
I realize how
much I needed those three additional weeks. I feel so much better,
and am ready to go back home, even in light of the immense challenges
waiting for me. This is what they are:
& PRAYER REQUESTS
& Police - These past several weeks government and
police officials have really been after us again, having launched
several inquiries into our activities due to
the allegations by the nurse who once worked with us and who is
now determined to get us shut down. They have questioned Paul
and the kids and neighbors, and even some top officials have come.
Every time, they realize that we are NOT trafficking children
or doing any other bad stuff, but find the allegations not to
be true. But somehow different officials keep coming back, not
laying this to rest. Please pray.
Rejected - We have one registered organization (the
mission) and need to register two more - local - organizations,
one for the church and one for the children's center. As for the
children's center, that is only the very first step in a long
process. Our attorney has informed us that our papers
were rejected by the government. Please pray.
- My first street kid who came back after two years and who's
been our day guard, had to leave us yesterday. It was discovered
that he's stolen from us, tried to incite street
kids to sell stolen stuff for him, lied to us,
and that he was secretly practicing Islam and witchcraft.
Please pray for a new day guard.
- Paul had a motorcycle accident last
night. It's a miracle he didn't break any bones, but he lost a
lot of blood. They took him to a hospital, and he says he's fine.
Please pray for his speedy recovery. He's the only team member
I have left.
of Money -
My Austrian bank account has never been as overdrawn as
now, and we cannot touch it any more. I THANK
GOD for the money given yesterday at CTC (read the report on my
blog here), and we're
waiting impatiently for that money to be on my American bank account
for us to withdraw it and help us make it through the next few
days. Our financial situation is very desperate right now. Not
only is the support insufficient, but we have lost three monthly
supporters over the past two months. Doing little ministry
on this trip, and having medical expenses to restore my health,
hasn't helped either.
- I have lost two friends and board members
these past few weeks, one of them being Jill Austin who died January
9th. Please pray as I'm seeking to fill those positions with the
- I'm still crying out to God to send workers to help us in Mali!
We've already cut down our activities to the minimum, but it's
still too much for Paul and me. Who would come and serve
God for a few weeks or months?
Beds to Fill
- The two teenagers - Saloum and Fousseni - that moved back in
with their families in January are doing well. We now have two
beds to fill. Please pray we take in the right children
that God wants to be with us.
- Construction has stopped for lack of money. About 40 street
children sleep in the unfinished dining hall every
night - since September - and we still don't even have a light
in there. However, food and gas is our primary need right now.
- Sweet 12-year-old Jérémie still hasn't got a sponsor.
You can read his life story on the RESIDENT
KIDS page. Sponsorship is €40 or $60 per month.
prayers are VERY IMPORTANT to me and us! Please remember us, carrying
us in prayer, and helping us through this difficult season. Pray
also for my time of transition as I return to lots of work and things
to deal with.
I am convinced and sure of this
very thing, that He Who began a good work in us will continue
until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return],
developing [that good work] and perfecting
and bringing it to full completion in us.
(Phil 1:6, AMP)
Hanging on to