thank God for all your prayers that have made a tangible
difference. Every time I send out prayer requests to EVERYBODY,
tangible results are visible within little time.
time of discouragement is over - thank God! These past few weeks
our excitement has been rising more and more, and
our busy-ness increasing as well, as we prepare for the arrival
of our American visitors in two weeks, followed by a group of French
visitors. We are now in the middle of a 3-week time of prayer
and fasting to prepare for the biggest event we've ever
done, our GLORY INVASION conference that will end
with a huge celebration of the 5th anniversary
of our church in Mali.
are honored to have one of the HIM leaders - pastor
Charles Stock from Harrisburg, PA - come to Mali
for the first time, bringing a team of 3 with him. Charles carries
an anointing for the glorry, and we're believing that we'll see
the conference title become a reality. We're believing that this
weekend will be the end of a chapter, and beginning of a new.
anniversary celebration on November 8th will be
big. We're busy preparing the grounds of our future sanctuary to
hold as many people as possible. We are expecting representatives
from the major denominations and churches, as well as government
officials, and Christian radio will broadcast the celebration live.
The one Malian TV channel is sending a team to
film, and will do a half-hour report to be shown during the 2-hour
segment for Christians on national TV each week.
getting the grounds ready, we are also finally finishing
the dining hall. Tiles are laid, it's painted inside and
out, and now they are painting the windows and doors. Then it will
be done! The number of street kids sleeping in the dining hall has
increased these past weeks, especially since our new driver has
started picking them up at the bus station again. We're now restricted
by the size of the pick-up truck... we simply can't get
any more kids up there!
of our new kids:
FOR TWO KIDS NEEDED
September Paul Junior (17) moved in with us. He
had been spending the nights on our property for about a year already,
was baptized last November, and had shown himself faithful. It was
time to give him a chance. He now attends first grade
at an evening school. Paul is originally from Guinea, where he spent
his early childhood. At the age of 14 he ran away when he got in
trouble, came to Mali, and lived on the street for 3 years before
moving in with us. More details on the RESIDENT
(17) is our village pastor's daughter. She's grown up there, and
has gone to school there. Now that she has completed 9th grade,
she had no choice but to come to the capital Bamako to go to High
School, doing her last 3 years of schooling. She's staying
with a Christian family near the school, but we're providing for
her schooling, food and medical expenses. We cannot do that without
a sponsor helping us with those expenses. Who would like
to sponsor this sweet young Christian lady for $60 or €40 a
- Thanks to your prayers, we have found a driver. Augustin
is from Togo, and is doing a decent job so far. Pray he integrates
well into our family.
- School has started for 23 of our 24 kids. Hama
has an appointment at a school for handicapped children
next week. Please pray it works out for him. Tuition, school books
and supplies, school uniforms, have all been more financially
than we could handle.
- I've started teaching Fanta to read and write
Bambara, which is hard for someone who's never stepped into a
school in her life. She's motivated, but needs prayer.
Picture - Make sure to look at our new family picture
below. There are also quite a few pictures in the blog, and little
video clips on our You Tube page (links on the left).
Preparation Course - Paul and his fiancée Rokia
are planning to get married, but the course I though I had is
for married couples. Can anyone recommend good course materials
I could use with them?
Vienna Visit - I'm going to be in Vienna for 10 days
Nov 26 until Dec 7. I'm preaching on Dec 5. Details
on my CALENDAR page.
[from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have
kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory
of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord
has risen upon you! For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon
you, and His glory shall be seen on you. (Isa
Standing from left: Claudia, Paul, Augustin, Souleymane, Joseph,
Paul Jr, Abdias
Sitting from left: Florentin, Boubacar, Bakary, Sarata, Hama,
Amadou, Jérémie, Fanta, Jonathan
- current monthly support, red - support needed