SUSPENSE THRILLER OF PAUL'S VISA
three weeks ago Paul had his interview at the US embassy in Bamako;
a lot of prayer accompanied him, and we were looking forward to
finding out whether he would travel to the US with me or not. However,
no decision was made. Instead he was told they'd need to do some
investigation and would let him know of their decision
within the week.
we still don't know, and we're traveling tomorrow night.
Tomorrow (Monday) early in the morning, Paul needs to go to the
embassy and finally find out whether our moving forward in faith
was a God-thing or a huge blunder. We're both confident that he'll
get it, and have made our plans accordingly. I'm hoping that some
of you will get to meet Paul in the US, as he'll be with me the
first three weeks of my trip.
pray between now and tomorrow morning (local time). You
can then check my homepage where I'll post the outcome right away.
always, my detailed itineray is on the CALENDAR
page on the website, and the basics are in the column to the left.
At this point, I haven't set up any ministry in some places yet,
so please contact me if you would like me to come.
7-11 ~ Albany, OR
July 11-13 ~ Harrisburg, PA
July 13-17, 20-24 ~ Wichita, KS
July 17-19, 24-26 ~ Kansas City, MO
26-27 ~ Paul returns to Mali
26-30 ~ Lompoc, CA
July 31-Aug 7 ~ Los Angeles, CA
Aug 7-11 ~ Pasadena, CA
Aug 11-19 ~ Augusta, GA
Aug 19-24 ~ Orlando & Jacksonville,
Aug 25-29 ~ Houston, TX
Aug 29-31 ~ Truckee, CA
Aug 31-Sep 7 ~ Kansas City, MO
Saturday, July 25, at noon we're planning a get-together
in Kansas City for all those who want to meet
Paul. We're still looking for a place to do this.
of us will be gone for three weeks, and our kids
are home all day since it's summer break. We now have 12
children living with us, and about 20 street children
who spend the night every night.
asked Emmanuel to come over once a day to take
care of the accounting and make sure everything is alright. However,
he had an accident two days ago and a broken heel
and a cast, and cannot move or drive right now. He said there is
a good chance they'll let him walk in a few days, and that he'll
be able to drive.
- our 18-year-old day guard - will be in charge at our compound.
That's a big responsability for this young man who hasn't been with
us that long. Fanta is another resident adult, and we have Dami
who comes at night to be our guard.
are of the firm conviction that our compound, ministry and children
are under the wings of the Most High while we are gone. We do need
your prayers for them, though!
Ministry Presentation (June 2009) ~ click
with Claudia in Mali (March 2009) ~ Part
1 ~ Part
2 ~ Part
new video clips on our YOUTUBE
page and on the VIDEO
page of the website.
School - On July 10th my kids need
to do an exam at the Christian school so they
see what their level is (this school has a higher level of education
than most schools in Mali). Unfortunately, we were told they only
have 1-2 spots per grade for our kids. Please pray all my kids
get into that school.
- Our driver Jean is finally gone for
the summer, and we're praying to find someone else before school
starts again in fall. We're sending our day guard - former street
kid Moussa - to driving school this summer.
- Unfortunately it's still totally unclear where handicapped Hama
will go to school next year. Please pray for
a good solution so he can progress in his development.
- Fousseni (18) has lived with his father the past half year,
and his faith has severely been tested. The situation has become
unbearable, and he's moving back in with us.
However, his family has threatened him, and threatened to hurt
me, and asked for money. Please pray for courage for him, and
protection for us.
donations - The IRS is currently processing our papers,
and we can already receive tax-deductible donations
directly. Please do not send them to CTC anymore, but to the address
in the column on the left. A big thank you to pastor Alan of CTC
for having helped us out that way these past few years!
and guard me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of
Your wings. (Ps 17:8)