few days ago Daouda (10) moved into our house and
became part of our family, after nearly two years of living
on the street.
parents died while he was a baby, and his aunt didn't really want
him and mistreated him until she one day dropped him off at his
uncle's. The uncle beat him regularly and had nothing
but contempt for this "good for nothing" boy. At school,
Daouda's teacher beat him up because of his stuttering problem.
At the age of 8 Daouda had enough and ran away.
has been sleeping on our base for the past 7 months and has given
his life to serve Jesus. Please pray he settles in well and can
enter into the great future God has for him.
you'd like to become his sponsor, covering food,
clothes, medical expenses, and tuition with $60 or 40€
per month, please email me.
you'd like to read his whole story, click
looking into taking in more children. Please pray we make the right
few days ago we completed the purchase of our new 18-year-old
minibus. FINALLY, we'll be able to transport our children
to school safely, plus we have room for quite a few more kids while
our truck already had a hard time piling all the kids on the back.
We're very excited about this new addition to our "family".
still have some paperwork to get done before we can use it, and
have to have it painted as it was used for public transportation
- those are the only vehicles that are green.
children are very excited, and so are we.
YOU to all those who contributed to making this purchase
possible, and we trust that the outstanding $1,200
will come in as well.
read more about the bus and its purchase, click
three weeks ago Christian (20) arrived from Austria
to help us for one year. I asked him to write about
his first impressions:
different, the challenges are great, and God is good... So far my
time here has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs emotionally.
On one hand, there's the warmth I was received with by children
as well as team members. From the first moment I felt a part of
the family which really made it easier with regards to the preceding
pain of leaving Austria as well as the frightening prospect of a
long year in this world that is still very foreign to me.
biggest battles in this time are the new hard-to-digest West African
climate, the West African food that's as hard-to-digest, the adventurous
car rides and the challenge of getting into the children's rhythm
of life. Since I'm going to spend a lot of time with these children
during this upcoming year, it's been important to me to get along
well with them from the very beginning, and I'd like for that to
happen on a level of mutual respect and appreciation.
during this hard time of transition I realize even more how good
and helpful it is to cling to God, because even with the whole world
around me not being the way it used to be, and finding myself a
long way outside of my comfort zone "walking on water",
my God is still the same. He is faithful and his help is never late.
And amongst other things, it is exactly those deep realizations
of the faithfulness of God that makes this time so precious.l
After four years of working with a village pastor and establishing
5 more churches in that region, and after years
of dealing with problems of integrity and honesty,
we finally have to end our partnership with this
heart-breaking, though, that after the pastor abandoned
the new believers and widows, we now have to follow suit.
We do not have anyone we can send to those villages to pick up the
pray with us; if there is any solution to feed those widows and
feed the believers with the Word anyway, may God show us.
you want to know more details about this situation, click
Needed - I'm looking for a German native speaker who
could translate this newsletter every time one
is mailed out. Please contact me if you're interested.
Activities - So far the long summer holiday of nearly
4 months has not been boring for our children. We've gone to a
little amusement park, and to the zoo,
and will still be going swimming. To read about
all that's happening, please read the blog
Help - In two weeks we have a young man who's in the
construction business coming to Mali to help with the wiring
and plumbing of the current house we're building. Please
pray for his time with us to be productive, and contact me if
you can help with his travel expenses.
Vacation - Instead of going to Dogonland, we'll be spending
three days on camp grounds not too far from us.
The kids will have lots of stuff they can do - biking,
kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, hiking in the hills, visiting
a botanical garden, soccer, badminton,... and to top
it all off, good food. If any of you would like to contribute
to our special time away, it will cost us about $1400.
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 (details of my itinerary on the CALENDAR
page). Please pray for the grace to get the book finished.
Board Members - I'd like to inform you that H2TNI has
two new board members. Pastor Anthony Turner
(picture) from Colorado Springs, CO, and pastor Gerhard
Kisslinger from Vienna, Austria. We're blessed to have
them on board!
He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things