& KIDS HAVE MOVED IN
the same time I came back from my trip to Europe, Fanta and her
three children moved back in with us. Praise God! It's so wonderful
to have my little ones back, and they are so happy as well. We were
able to find room for them, and still have to figure out what tasks
Fanta will have.
THE MALIAN PRESIDENT
greatly pained me when I found out what an amazing opportunity I
missed to spend time with the Austrian and Malian president
in Vienna. I had a speaking engagement that night, and had to honor
my commitment, hence had to leave Vienna and miss the reception
with the presidents. I heard later that it would have been the opportunity
of a lifetime.
can only trust that my steps are ordered by God, and that He knows
what He does; I had a great time at the church that night. Still,
people in Mali saw me on Malian TV together with the president,
so that's good! I pray that this was just a first step that will
bear fruit in the future!
IN THE USA
few weeks back I really felt that Paul should come to the US with
me this summer, for the first three weeks of my
trip. Everything has been coming together since then. The major
issue is his visa of course. Paul has his interview at the embassy
on June 17. Please pray
wanted to use my frequent flyer miles for Paul to get a free plane
ticket, but that's only possible for the overseas part of the flights,
plus airport taxes are high and have to be paid anyway. So, his
ticket costs $2,000. If anyone could help with
those expenses, we'd be very thankful. We have to purchase it in
faith now, even before he has his visa, as he'd lose his reservation
main reason for Paul to come along at this time is so that he can
go to the clinic in Wichita where I was much helped
in January. Paul's health has been reason to worry, and I know that
much is stress-related, with all he's gone through recently. I believe
this trip will bring him back up to speed in every way.
also hoping to take him to an eye-doctor to have
him checked out and find out what kind of operation he needs to
see better. He's nearly blind on one eye, so that he was refused
a driver's license. He was also told that there is an operation
in the Western world that would help him. Finally, I'd like to take
him to a dentist.
help with expenses are greatly appreciated. We'll be heading to
Albany, OR, first for a pastors' conference, then
to Harrisburg, PA, to be at Charles Stock's church
who's coming to Mali in November, and finally to Kansas
City and Wichita for the last two weeks.
See my itinerary on the left for the remaining weeks of my trip,
and more details on the CALENDAR page
on the website.
main concern is who'll be leading the operations in Mali while Paul
is gone, so please pray for wisdom there, as we're getting things
ready for that.
School - Paul and I have gone to the Christian school
where we'd like to place our children next year. They have limited
spaces, so please pray it works out for them to go there.
My kids are pretty fed up with being beaten at their current school.
They'll inform us very soon how many spaces they'll have.
Jean - Our driver got married last weekend, but he has
no intentions to bring her here to live with him in our household.
Together with some other issues, we're really looking for a new
driver. We intend to let Jean go when the kids are done with school,
and hopefully find a new driver by the time school
starts again. Please pray for our protection that Jean won't cause
any (more) harm before he leaves.
School - A marabout (Muslim teacher) has moved into
our neighborhood and started a Quranic school. He and his family
hate us, and insult our kids
and adults every time we pass by. Paul has a friend who's a policeman
who's gonna talk with them. Please pray for this situation.
Papers - In the US papers have been deposited at the
IRS, so we hope to be able to receive donations directly soon.
Please pray for them to be accepted. Pray also for the papers
in Mali, that are still being processed.
Family Picture - Don't miss out looking at our new family
the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish
the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our
hands. (Ps 90:17)
Standing from left: Claudia, Paul, Moussa, Joseph, Dramane, Souleymane,
Fanta with Jonathan
Sitting from left: Jérémie with Bakary, Boubacar,
Florentin, Amadou with Sarata, Abdias, Hama
- current monthly support, red - support needed