you do not read my blog, you don't know the wonderful news yet that
Abdias has returned home. I knew he would eventually come
back, but was surprised that it only took about 3 weeks on the street
for him to realize he does not want that old life any more. I was
overjoyed when he repented and returned, and things have been going
well with him since.
only is Abdias back, but a family of 6 will be
moving in with us soon. It is Dami (our night guard), his wife Rosalie
(our cooking helper) and their four children that will move into
one room. The reason is that a widow and her 5 children
will move into their simple house that is just around the corner
from our base. We have no room whatsoever for any other people now,
as we're maxed out.
been helping this poor widow out with rice, and now she's being
evicted from her house. The Lord laid it on my
heart to help her, and Dami had already considered moving in with
us. Aramata was overjoyed when she heard that we
had a solution to her problem. She does not know yet when she'll
be thrown out.
is a tailor and not a believer yet, and we're praying about how
we can work together, as well as for her to meet Jesus.
next Sunday night 22-year-old Eva is arriving from
Austria to stay with us for half a year and help us out. We are
all very excited that I won't be able to say any more that I'm the
only white person here. We're believing for her to be the first
of many, and in fact, others are interested in coming.
has some medical experience, as well as experience working with
handicapped children. She does not speak French or Bambara, but
I'm sure she'll learn quickly. I'm so excited to finally have somebody
to help out with the kids! Pray for Eva that she'll settle in well,
and that she'll encounter Jesus on our base.
I have finished doing the accounting for 2009, and have numbers
for 2008 to compare it to, I thought you might be interested in
hearing some numbers, especially to the faithful supporters among
you. Feel free to skip this section :-).
General donations 2009 - up
Expenses - up 15%
Construction donations - down
to a greater increase in donations than increase in expenses, the
ministry has been able to reduce its debt in 2009
by 81%. Let's pray
this trend continues and we can get out of debt in 2010!
monthly average amount we spend is 6.300€,
Our faithful monthly donors give a total of 2.350€,
That means we are 63%
of our expenses short every month.
In the best case, that difference comes in through one-time donations.
In the worst case, the ministry goes more into debt. It is my travels
that help bring in those one-time donations.
ask me where most of our donations come from - 40%
of last year donations came from the USA,
while 60% came from
Europe & Africa and mostly from Austria.
ministry seeks to give away 10% of incoming money
(unless dedicated to something specific) to other ministries, as
we believe in tithing and giving, and the blessings that result
thereof. In 2009, we unfortunately fell short of that goal, but
are aiming to do so in 2010.
numbers of expenses so you have an idea where our greatest needs
are; these are averages per month for 2009.
- 1000€, i.e.
$1,370 (excluding Claudia's food)
- 375€, i.e.
repairs/maintenance - 480€,
for cars - 305€,
hope these numbers are beneficial to you. Feel free to ask me if
you have any questions, as this ministry has nothing to hide.
looking forward to my shorter time than usual in Austria, though
I have a very busy schedule this time. If you'd like to come hear
me preach or share, these are some of the opportunities. Please
check the CALENDAR page for all the
details and the most current information.
14 (Sun) ~ 10 am ~ Preaching ~ FCG Großrust
16 (Tue) ~7 pm ~ Sharing ~ FCG Pucking
17 (Wed) ~ 7 pm ~ Sharing & Ministry ~ FCG Steyr
20 (Sat) ~ 5 pm ~ Preaching ~ Vienna,
VCC Jesuszentrum (German)
21 (Sun) ~ 5 pm ~ Preaching ~ Vienna,
Four Corners CF (English)
I don't know where to stay in Vienna at this point;
I'm going to be in Vienna March 19th until 31st. I'd like to be
somewhere close to public transportation where I can have use of
a kitchen to cook for myself.
Driver - We had some problems with our driver, and I
thank God that the situation escalated before we brought up his
family from Togo. We had a few candidates to fill his place, and
I'm VERY happy with our new driver Philippe.
He's a seasoned Christian who loves God and wants to grow in his
for One Child Needed - At this time we're looking for
someone who'd like to become a half-sponsor for Marie-Madeleine
(10). That means she has a sponsor who provides half
a sponsorship per month, but she lost the other person. Half a
sponsorship is 20€ or $30
Building - We stopped building last September because
we ran out of money, and nothing has changed since. Our current
two houses are maxed out, and in light of several visitors wanting
to come later this year, we REALLY need this third building
to come up. Please pray with us to that end!
Power - We're very blessed to have a great solar power
system to provide electricity for us. However, we need $5000
to add some more machines, as the system is currently
unstable and crashes when it gets really hot.
The hottest time of year is March through May, so things will
be difficult without those additions. If you would like to help
with this, please mark your donation with "solar power".
cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me
and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me
from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted
his request.(1.Chr 4:10)