LEADER TURNING TO CHRIST
Mali is a predominantly Muslim nation, and so you
find mosques at every corner. We also have a little mosque not far
from our base (picture). When a group of our children would pass
by to talk to the muezzin of the mosque (the one who calls the believers
to prayer 5 times a day) or invite them to an event, he would chase
them away. One day he was gone, but his children were home, and
very sick. So they let our kids in to pray for the children - and
God healed them. That was the beginning of Mounkoro's
journey to God.
few months later he came to our service saying he wanted to become
a follower of Jesus Christ. Paul prayed with him right
there and then in front of everyone (picture). Mounkoro quit
his job at the mosque, and Paul is discipling him now.
Pray for both Paul and Mounkoro. May he become a leader
in the kingdom of God!
FROM MAY INCIDENT
the end of May I sent out an emergency prayer email
to everyone, briefly sharing with you what happened in Mali just
after Paul and I had left for the US. As expected, your prayers
immediately made a difference. Here's what's happened since then:
teenager who had sex in Paul's room also stole
a lot of money from a street kid that had found it on the
street. After he realized we know about his sexual activities,
and just after my email went out, he decided to leave our
house. He left to live with his father and uncle, and bought
himself a motorbike with the stolen money.
16-year-old had lived with me for three
years. I've seen him change, seen him grow in his faith,
and become pretty responsible. He has a great calling on his life,
and is very gifted musically. For the past few months things were
difficult with him, and I could see that his relationship with God
wasn't right, and that wasn't changing. It breaks my heart to see
him so far from God, leaving the right path. I hope he continues
his schooling, and we'll continue to provide everything he needs
to finish his education and continue with God. Please pray
for his relationship with God to be restored.
January we found another driver to work for us.
This time we thought we had found the right one. After a few months
some problems started to come up, and then he cruelly whipped two
of our street children. As soon as school was out, he had
to leave us. Once again we are without a driver, but at
least it's summer holiday now.
the past few months we've lost four people because they either left
or were kicked out.
& CONSTRUCTION HELP
felt that I was supposed to add one more week to my time in the
US, and so Paul returned without me while I went to Colorado
Springs. I thought I went to get some much-needed rest
- but that's not what God had in mind.
been totally amazed at how God cares about the hidden deep
desires of our hearts, that don't seem that important on
the big scale. We're currently building the house that I'll be living
in. I'd been dreaming about having a nice kitchen, but that didn't
seem in any way possible. In Austria I lived for 5 years in a little
apartment that didn't even any water faucet (or heating), and the
past 7 years I've been dealing with Malian kitchens.
the past few days God has been putting things into place in an amazing
container is leaving for Mali, and they're taking
my kitchen (and bathroom sink and bathtub) with them.
one Lowe's store still had the kitchen I liked
in stock - and they even had each one of the cabinets I needed.
One of the cabinets was the very last one they had. This kitchen
is not manufacted any more.
store gave me 10% off because it's for missions.
didn't have to pay sales tax thanks to the local
church I came to visit.
sent us a young man who is in the building industry.
Two weeks earlier God told him he would go to Charlotte, NC, and
he had no clue why. The container is leaving from Charlotte, and
he's transporting everything to it with a trailer
this coming week - leaving from Denver! If any of you could help
with the costs for gas, we'd be grateful.
young man is also coming to Mali in August to do
all the wiring and plumbing on the house, so it's done well for
the first time! We now need to get the money together
for his plane ticket. He'll also come a second
time once the container arrives to install everything.
pray that everything works out with the container,
since there are still a few things that could go wrong.
Helper Arriving - On July 5th we're welcoming our new
helper from Austria who is staying with us for a year. We're all
very excited about Christian's arrival. He's
20 years old, speaks French, and is a strong Christian. Please
pray for his and our preparations.
Children - Now is the time for us to start looking into
which street children we're going to take in
before the next academic year starts. Quite a few of the street
children who are with us every night are eligible. Please pray
we make the right choices.
Bus - We're still looking for a little bus that can carry
sufficiently many people so that we can transport our
children to school in a safe way. Recently one of our
children fell off our pick-up truck on the way to school.
Vacation - We'd like to take a family vacation for a
few days with our children, going north into Dogon country.
It will be an opportunity to spend quality time with our children,
but also for Eva (before she leaves) and Christian (after his
arrival) to see a beautiful part of the country. The logistics
are quite challenging (transportation, lodging), so we're praying
it's going to work out.
Break - God miracously provided the money for my book
to be published. Since I also need a break for spiritual and physical
renewal, I'm taking September and October off
for both these purposes. I'm going to spend most of that time
in Kansas City. I'm praying for the grace to get the book finished.
Members - Healing 2 The Nations International
needs to find two new board members over the
course of the next month. Please pray God picks the people to
serve in this capacity and makes them known to us.
us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will
reap a harvest if we do not give up.