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5-11 Charles Stock & Team in Mali
8 5th Church Anniversary
23-30 French Team in Mali
is a non-profit organization incorporated in Augusta, GA.
Claudia R. Wintoch is
part of the apostolic network Harvest International Ministries (HIM - founder Che Ahn).
Welcome to all our new subscribers! I'm thankful for your support and
interest in what God is doing in this formerly forgotten nation of Mali.
Help us spread the word, so workers and finances would come to bring in
the harvest in Mali!
still need $9,600
to finish the dining hall, where street kids are already
spending the nights and where our activities are held.
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SUSPENSE THRILLER OF PAUL'S VISA
hours before we left for the airport, Paul was handed his
visa - by the consul himself who stayed after everyone else had
gone home to do Paul's visa himself. All the Malian embassy personnel
was blown away by that. What a miracle! It was
obvious that God wanted Paul in the US; I had heard God speak to
me in May to take him with me, had purchased the tickets by faith,
and now the last obstacle was also removed. The excitement was great!
primary purpose for Paul's trip was his deteriorating health
that concerned me a lot. It soon became obvious that that was only
one of God's purposes. Paul had been vomiting for months, and alternating
between diarrhea and constipation, and hardly been eating at all,
and it was getting worse. I knew that the stress and challenges
he had gone through had probably a lot to do with it, and I also
knew that he would be healed at the clinic in Wichita where my own
health was restored in January.
Paul got to spend two weeks there, and God provided in an amazing
way for part of the costs there. I interviewed him to let him speak
with his own words:
were on our way to the clinic, and this wonderful man Andrew told
Claudia that he wants to find a way to pay for the clinic. So he
found a way to pay for the treatments. That was really, it really
went beyond all my imagination, my expectations that he would do
that for us, and I thank him very much, with all my heart."
Paul's first treatment, the constipation was gone, and by the end
of the second week, all the symptoms were gone (except
for his forgetfulness ;-)), and his appetite had very obviously
the weekend between the two weeks of treatments, we were in Kansas
City. On the first night of being at World Revival Church, God
touched Paul powerfully.
was deeply touched by the presence of God. It was also there that
I was healed. I had a vision of being taken up to heaven [by three
angels] and God Himself, with His own hand, did something to my
body and healed me."
three angels took him back to earth. That night he emailed the doctor
in Wichita, telling him he was healed, and to check for the viruses
and parasites again - a result that had really upset Paul. When
he did the following week, he couldn't find the upsetting viruses
he had seen the previous week. What a miracle!
item high on our list was to get Paul to an eye doctor.
He had been refused a driver's license in Mali, because of his bad
eye sight, and was told about an operation that could be done in
the West. God ordered our steps in an amazing way and opened the
door for Paul to see a very good, Christian, eye doctor who ended
up doing everything for free, and even paying the best possible
glasses for Paul. We were both blown away! With those bifocal transition
glasses, Paul is able to read much better and see a little better
in the distance.
disappointing news was that nothing can be done to improve Paul's
eye-sight, as a certain part of the eye does not
develop in Albinos. I saw how bad Paul's vision is, and it saddens
me that he's never going to see more (unless God does a creative
was also determined that Paul has a pterygium on
his eye - a growth caused by sunlight - that should be removed as
it will eventually affect his vision. That will have to wait for
we didn't make it to a dermatologist either. Paul's
carelessness when it comes to wearing a hat and sunscreen has caused
him the development of many spots on his face and neck - dead skin
cells that could develop into cancer. They should also be looked
at at some point.
life was very impacted during his three weeks in the US, truly changing
him forever. I asked him whether his expectations for this
trip were met.
than met. I did not expect all this... I expected maybe a fourth
of it, so my expectations were exceeded by far."
trip started with a pastors' conference in Albany, OR.
was amazed about the conference, to be touched by God, with Bobby
Conner. I really enjoyed listening to Bobby Conner, Kris [Vallotton],
and the pastor of the church [Denny Cline]. It was really amazing
to me. God touched me deeply; He gave me more love for Him. It was
really good. I felt a change in my spiritual life. People prophesied
over me, it was wonderful. And those prophetic words encouraged
me a lot, touched me a lot."
Oregon we went to Harrisburg, PA, to visit Charles
Stock's church; Charles is coming to Mali in November for our 5th
church anniversary. Paul had never been in a big church like that
and was very impacted. He was amazed at the joy and freedom, and
danced in front of the Lord, as you can see in this video clip:
was so amazing, with Charles who is an extraordinary man. I also
met this amazing preacher man [Georgian Banov] and his wife who
has such an incredible joy anointing. Worship was so wonderful that
the people even came forward to worship, so it was really amazing.
The presence of God was strong."
same day we went to Rockville, MD, where we shared
in a new church, and then in a youth meeting.
did an amazing meeting there with the young people. The presence
of God, the Spirit of God was poured out there."
Paul received prophetic prayer ministry that really impacted him.
2 and 3 were spent traveling back and forth between Kansas
City, Wichita and Topeka. We had the opportunity
to participate in 4 services at World Revival Church where
I went to school for two years. On the first night there, Paul was
deeply impacted. Pastor Steve shared about his hope being restored
before revival hit, and those words penetrated Paul and restored
his hope; he spent the whole service with the Lord on the floor.
I think of Kansas City, I have to first speak about World Revival
Church. It was there that I was deeply touched by the presence of
God. Our last night there, pastor Steve gave us mic to share our
testimony from the front, and it was powerful. He prayed for me
again, and I really want to take this revival to my country. I'm
really excited to return to Mali and to see the same revival there."
asked Paul how he has changed over the past three
seen the sides of me that are not good, where I have to change by
necessity. God touched me deeply with His presence, and strengthened
me spiritually. Thirdly, I'm more excited about revival, I want
to see it. Fourthly, I really want to even see our children change
more and more. I want to help, invest myself into that; I'm more
motivated, and my heart is softer now to do it. I really want to
do it with more love than before.
spiritually, I believe that I've really been strengthened a lot
and blessed with prophetic words that will also encourage me in
the future. I'm really excited about Mali. I have a whole list of
things to do in my head; what to do, how to do it, how to tell others
about the US on a spiritual level, how to help people to have that
hunger to honor Jesus in our church, etc."
time I had the opportunity to hand the mic to Paul, I was blown
away by the anointing on him to share and preach.
During this trip, I've seen more of who Paul is in the Lord than
ever before, and I'm so very proud of him. I told him, I'd be traveling
with HIM as HIS assistant :-)
first opportunity to share was in Harrisburg, where
we had the privilege to share in two services.
You can watch us sharing in the second service by clicking on THIS
LINK. It was powerful!
was so incredible for me to have the mic for the first time, to
speak in front of such a big number of people. That really touched
my heart. God poured out His anointing on me, it was strong. After
the service, people were really interested. So many people came
to talk to me, it was awesome."
the youth meeting in Rockville,
I first shared, and then Paul told his life story, and everyone
was glued to his words.
were so happy, so excited to listen to me; it was really special
for me as well. It was really wonderful for me to share with those
young people that were about my age. God touched them and gave me
prophetic words for them. It was great. "
Topeka, we were invited to do a home group
meeting. I gave all the available time to Paul, and were
all blown away. You can listen to him by clicking on THIS
was very touching... that I was given the word to share with the
people there. I felt somewhat unworthy of that. But when I started
talking, I felt such a great unity among the people of this church,
really a wonderful family. I felt the anointing of God, the presence
of God came down, and He gave me prophetic words for the people.
And I really loved the pastor. You can sense in his eyes the love
of a real pastor, and that also touched me."
World Revival Church in Kansas City,
we had the opportunity to testify in the last service. I shared
about how God sent me to Kansas City to equip me for Mali, and what
God is doing to Mali today. Then I gave the mic to Paul. This video
clip only shows a fraction of what we were saying:
being Paul's first trip to the Western world, you can imagine how
everything was new and strange, and I had the joy of coaching him
so he'd know how to navigate through this new world. It was fun
to watch him, and if you'd like to have part in his adventures,
I invite you to read my daily blogs starting July 6th.
has a very good friend in Topeka - Matt, who spent
one month with us in Mali last year. Both of them were very much
looking forward to spending as much time together as possible. I
even put Paul on a Greyhound bus to go to Topeka and stay over night
with Matt there.
think I'll never forget this wonderful man Matt who hardly has any
money at all, and God provided for him. He wanted to do all kinds
of things with me, go eat, bowling - which was so amazing for me
- and watch a movie in a theater, go to the rose gardens, see the
beautiful nature. Then we went to a store. All he wanted to buy
me really touched my heart, the coffee, etc. I really don't know
how to expresse my gratefulness to him, because he really has hardly
money at all, but he wanted to spend all his money on me, to bring
joy to me, and always wanted to be with me. That really touched
Kansas City, I took Matt and Paul to a water park
to have fun together.
was watching our stuff, she set herself aside so we could have fun.
We had an amazing time. That's the place I loved the most, the water
slides, it was so amazing, so wonderful."
his last day, Steve took Paul on a boat ride.
was my very first time on a boat, and then to steer a boat. It was
so wonderful, I can't even tell you how happy I was to be on this
boat on the lake."
met a lot of people - some he only had little time with, others
he had more time with. He totally adored our hosts in Wichita.
amazing woman Karen and her husband Tom who cooked us very good
corn with those amazing steaks every night and who is very, very
nice. She always wants to help, always wants to do things for me,
really, my heart was very deeply touched. When we left there, it
was hard. I didn't know how to thank her for her good heart."
asked Paul what it was like to travel with me,
and what he would like to tell others about me.
was really blessed by her. Most of all, this trip has allowed me
to see who she is in the Lord especially. I've seen what she left
behind here, this good Western life, to go to Mali. She left her
friends behind, beautiful restaurants where she could have spend
time with them. She left all that to go to Mali, to do the Lord's
work, alone, no friends even - that also touched my heart. So I
would like people to know that she's one of the amazing hidden women
who has such a big heart to help people, especially spiritually,
to reach their spiritual destinies in the Lord. She wants to do
everything in a hidden way. She gives her heart for people's sake,
especially the really rejected ones who have no other means. That
also really touched my heart. So, she's one of the hidden heros."
conclusion I asked him what he would like to say to Americans.
would like to tell them that they are really blessed to live here
in America. They should be very happy to live in the US, very content.
It's a blessing for them to live here. They have to hold on to it.
They need to always stay attached to God because it's God who has
blessed them. Do not abandon the Lord so that the blessings continue
to flow and prosper."
you would like to read the whole interview with Paul, a link will
be posted on the homepage of my website in the days to come.
School - My children failed the exam
to be accepted into the Christian school. So at this point we
have no choice but to leave them at the Malian school where the
teachers beat them - there just isn't an alternative until we
have our own school up and running. As inconvenient as it is to
have our kids in different schools, our three little ones are
accepted into the kindergarten at the Christian school which is
great. As for handicapped Hama, it's totally unclear at this point
if and where he'll go to school next year.
- We need a new day guard, and a new driver.
Please pray for the right people to join us. Pray also for Western
workers to come help us out.
Camps - Three of our kids were supposed to go to Ivory
Coast for a two-week outreach with YWAM. However,
we could not overcome the bureaucratic hurdle to get the necessary
papers for them to travel outside Mali. There is also a 3-week
tour of the YWAM kids dance group through Mali; I had three kids
in that. Only one of those children are now still with me.
Vehicles - The two cars can be repaired for about $1000
- thank God. As for the motorcycle, we don't know yet whether
it's repairable. Also, it is unclear what all is missing or broken
in my house; I will only find out when I return myself.
- Our day-guard Moussa and one of my children
have left together after what they've done, but I cannot stop
thinking of them and wondering how they are doing. Please pray
for them. Pray also for Firmin who damaged the
cars. Pray for wisdom for us to know the right
balance between justice and mercy. Pray for deep repentance
on everyone on our base. Pray also for the first service
Paul is doing since his return this coming Saturday.
He's inviting everyone, expecting God to come down in power.
you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go
before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. (Isa
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
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