days of each other we were hit again and again. During my last US
visit someone secretly made a copy of my credit card
and went shopping with it in August. The card was canceled, and
the bank returned the money stolen.
the construction guy whose ticket we paid so he
could come to Mali and help with our current house decided not to
get on the plane the date of the departure. The ticket was lost
(as far as we know so far), the suitcases for us stayed in the US,
and construction has come to a halt.
our ministry's secretary informed me that she's
stepping down. That came very much out of the blue and was a big
shock, as she's so amazing at what she does. Please pray for a
new secretary, and if any of you in the US who have a heart
for Healing 2 The Nations International would like to volunteer
in this capacity, please let me know, and I'll send you
last blow was the hardest. You already know from past emails that
there is a woman in Mali who's tried everything to get us shut down
by the government. Due to an unwise act on my part, I've stirred
up that hornest's nest again, and now she's out to get us
again, and this time the whole missionary community in
Mali was effected. Please pray for our protection, and for truth
few days ago we took in Karim (14). Karim was the
street kid that spent the most nights on our base, as he's been
sleeping here most nights since we first opened our doors over night
in September 2008. During the past two years he's come to know the
Lord, has been baptized and has grown in his faith. He's excited
to start first grade in the fall, and knows he's
very fortunate to be part of our family.
is still praying for a sponsor to support him with
$60 or 40€ per month.
This is to help cover his basic needs, but it's also a two-way relationship
with exchange of emails and pictures. If you're interested in becoming
his sponsor, please contact me. To read Karim's story,
(20) is one of our former children who lived back in his
father's household these past 1.5+ years. He has now returned to
our family - as a day guard. He'll be attending
6th grade at an evening school this next year. Saloum is very excited
to be back with us. We just finished building a little guard house
by the gate so he has shade, a fan and a radio.
is our new driver. We've had a lot of drivers over
these past few years, and I believe it's an advantage that Benjamin
does not live on our base but in the neighborhood. He has already
driven everyone to the village in our new bus that he will be driving
back and forth to school all day long once the academic year starts
RETURNS TO AUSTRIA AFTER 6 MONTHS
last words to everyone before she left:
the signs and said good-bye to my family and my friends for half
a year so I could make my "Africa dream" come
true. Experiences, struggles, shock, patience, sickness,
adventure, fights, joy, tears, impressions, culture differences,
fun, love of life, freedom... it was an indescribable time
that I'll never forget.
here breaks my heart. To leave my second family, my new
friends, without knowing when I'll be back. I cannot put into words
how much I'm going to miss everyone. Even though I could not speak
their language and I did not know their culture, they received me
into their family, and I felt a part of the family.
I didn't speak a word of French or Bambara I developed my own language
with the children - a mixture of the Bambara words I learned, my
bad English, a little German and a lot of sign language and facial
months - in Africa, Mali, Bamako, Yirimadio, behind the
market, on the foot of the hill (our official address).
weeks - every Saturday service in Bambara.
days - rice with sauce
hours - exposed to heat and mosquitoes
heart belongs to AFRICA!
MONTHS OF BOOK-WRITING
This is the first time I really don't want to leave Mali at all
- leave my kids, my cat, miss the beginning of the school year,
and who knows what else. Originally, I meant to take a 3-month BREAK
- a true break without ministry to recuperate - but it wasn't meant
to be. I've been in a spiritual desert to some
degree for quite a while, and desperately need spiritual refreshing
- which I'm looking forward to.
now the two month break will be two months of intensive
writing - 180 pages on how to become a world-changer. I
have signed a contract with Destiny Image Europe, and need
to hand the manuscript in by the last day of October. Then I'm finally
heading back home.
pray for God's inspiration during the next two
months, that the words simply flow from heaven onto the pages. Pray
also for physical and spiritual refreshing - I
DO have a little bit of traveling going on during that time but
kept it to a minimum. You can find my itinerary on the CALENDAR
Bus - Thanks to your generous donations we've been able
to pay off the bus and paint it
white. We now have our temporary papers to drive it, praise God!
- Christian has already been with us for 7 weeks, and
he's a great blessing. He's had some health issues
(and had the joy of experiencing a Malian dentist), and is asking
for your prayers. Pray also for grace as he'll be the only white
person around for two months.
- It's rainy season and water was pouring into the houses
where we have metal sheets as a roof, and so they're now doing
a concrete roof on the current house we're building.
In the next few weeks they'll be doing the wiring
and plumbing, and do the space
between the first two houses so the kitchen can move there and
not be inundated again.
Summer - Abdias (17) came back from his unforgettable
3 weeks in Senegal with the YWAM kids dance team.
Our 13-year-old is on the 3-week tour through Mali
right now. We've kept the rest of them busy too; I taught an English
class every day and they've progressed nicely. We've
also done a lot of sports (and games) with the
Nintendo Wii, and of course they play soccer constantly.
Vacation - We had an amazing time away as a family for
3 days. We went to campgrounds where they offered lots of activities,
and the 16 of us had so much fun together. It
was unforgettable. If you want to read more about it and see more
this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome
(Jesus in John 16:33b)
attached to HIM,