the hot season progresses, and the heat increases, the brain and
body slow down more and more, reducing your physical and mental
capacity to work. Yesterday I first saw the thermometer go beyond
40°C (104°F). Still, we joyfully continue on growing
as a family, and showing people the way to a closer relationship
with the Lord. I've been focusing on teaching and preaching on the
Father's heart, and modeling it to the children, spending quality
time with them. I love my children, and love my life in
Mali (transition was hard after my last trip, but it didn't
last for long).
me give you a few updates:
very grateful to the Lord and the congregation of CTC that gave
generously just before my departure from the US without which we
could not have made it until now. However, that money has
now run out, and we're urgently praying for funds to come
in. No donation is too small! The next installment of tuition
for 15 children we have in school is due in a few days,
and is a total of about 1100 EUR or $1,500. Please
help us keep those children in school!
monthly food budget is around 700 EUR or $1000.
Can you help us feed the children, the orphan and the poor?
Because we're nearly out of money.
LEAVE, SOME COME
been some changes in our household recently, and more are to come.
One of the children who had been with us for half a year - Moise
- chose to return to the streets where he had lived for several
years. He left secretly, without a word. What a sad day!
Sekouba - my first street kid - who worked for us as a day guard
had to go, we decided to take in one of the older street children
who we baptized in November and had shown himself very faithful
as our day guard. It's been a great blessing to
have Moussa with us.
have also taken in another street child who we baptized and who's
shown a great hunger for God, wanting to live for him. Joseph
is in my class of street children, learning to read and write, and
will go to night school in the fall, as does Moussa already. We're
hoping he can learn to become our gardener.
also have a new night guard, as things with the
old guard weren't working so well. Dami quit working
as a night guard for someone else to join us. His wife Rosalie has
been doing the cooking for us morning and evening since last fall.
They live in the neighborhood and are a part of our church.
driver Jean is getting married
in April, and so his wife will be moving in with us as well. Please
pray for them, and for her to settle in well (I've never met her),
and find her place in our family. We'll have to find out what tasks
we can entrust to her.
fiancée Rokia gave birth to a baby boy
a few weeks ago - the fruit of a rape by her uncle who's now in
prison. This season has been very hard for Paul as he seeks to know
what the right thing to do is. Also, the baby has been in hospital
these past few days, fighting for his life. If you would like to
help them financially with the hospital costs,
let me know.
have two more free beds to take in new children,
and have some candidates. We're waiting a little, though, because
of finances, and the school year being nearly over.
night I teach the street children to read and write,
for one hour, and they're making a lot of progress. I love teaching
school more than most other things, and it's so rewarding to see
them learn to read and write. I'm amazed at how motivated the children
street children spending the night on our base, sleeping in the
unfinished dining hall, have totally captured a heart.
When a regular kid is not there, I ask the others where he is, and
feel the pain when a child stops coming. I love watching them get
to know the Lord, and having fun with them.
of our "worst" behaved kids - Ali - is
now totally off drugs, and has changed a lot for
the better. It's so exciting!
pray for the kids' protection - we have just learned
some scary news. The city is right now building a third bridge across
the Niger river dividing the city in half. The brick-laying was
a huge event, with the Malian and Chinese president (the Chinese
pay for it). Now the marabouts (Muslim leaders) intend to sacrifice
60 children for the building of this bridge, and street
children are prime targets for human sacrifices. They are
afraid! May Jesus destroy that wicked plan, and keep each child
SERVICES & PRAYER MEETINGS
I've mentioned above, I'm currently focusing on teaching and modeling
the Father's heart which is such a huge need in
this country where fathers don't show physical affection or speak
positive words to their kids, or even spend time with them.
in the process of introducing Theophostic Prayer Ministry
(TPM) to the church and the street children, and offering this ministry
to them, so they can get healed of their issues that they become
aware of as I teach and seek to help them get to know the Father.
have a prayer meeting once a week, and this pictures
shows our time of praise & worship that I lead, with Paul and
the children responding to the presence of God.
the way, I have finally updated the PICTURES
pages on the website (at least for 2009), but the best and fastest
way to see them is via Facebook where I upload them right away.
TRIP - May 2009
spending the month of May in Austria, and am now scheduling
speaking and preaching opportunities. If you would like
me to come preach at your church, or share about the work in Mali
at your church or group, I'd be happy to do so. Please email me
so we can pin down a date.
you'd to know where and when I preach or share, please check my
CALENDAR page regularly, as it will
have all the current information.
forget to look at the new family picture below!
to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
or imagine, according to his power that is at work within
us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ
Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.