KID EASTER PARTY
again our yearly time of celebrating Jesus's death and resurrection
has come around, and we've opened our gates to let the abandoned
and rejected in to experience the love and salvation of
the One who gave His life for them. We had a wonderful time
of playing games, praising & worshipping
God, explaining the gospel to them and
praying a prayer of dedication, watching the MATTHEW
movie in Bambara, doing a Q & A time with candy,
handing out drinks, having a good meal,
and giving a pair of shoes to each street kid.
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CHILDREN'S CENTER - LEADER NEEDED
these next few weeks Paul and I will be heading to Mopti,
a 6-hour-drive north, to look for a house
to rent for a new children's center in this little but
important town. We have two of our grown-up children in mind to
send there as leaders, but still need a Westerner
to head up the center and oversee administration and finances.
we're believing that God has just the right person in mind for this
position. Do you love children? Do you love Africa?
Have you been looking for a place to make a difference?
Do you speak French or could learn it? Then pray
about this opportunity.
planning to start the center in these next few weeks, while our
kids are on summer vacation and can help us out getting it started,
plus we have visitors this summer who can help. Once September
comes around, we need that permanent Western person.
(23) is getting married to Rokia (18) on January 7, 2012.
He'd like to invite all his friends in the US and
in Europe to come and honor him with their presence at his wedding.
Please contact me if you can come to Mali at that time.
- Please keep praying for our papers. Several things
are in motion, but the wheels turn slowly in Mali.
Fiancée - Rokia is in first grade in school and
need someone who can sponsor her schooling. We
still need 220 EUR or 330 USD
for the current academic year.
Shortage - It's hot season, and it's a tough hot season
once again because we don't have enough electricity even for our
basic needs. Every night the power goes out,
and when it's close to 100 F (37 C) it's already hard to sleep
with fans, but impossible without. Thankfully, more solar panels
will be installed in June; we'll just have to
hold out until then.
Progress - We have finished our add-on apartment
and can now continue work on our third house
again (see above). Unfortunately the dollar is gaining value,
and so the amount still needed to finish the building has been
rising. We need to finish this building by September at the latest.
Activities - We're starting up again a few of our activities
we used to do, as well as starting new ones. We are doing a
weekly movie night with Christian movies again, projecting
onto a screen in our courtyard, and our neighbors love it. I've
also started to teach the street children to read and
write their mother tongue again. And finally, I'm not
only doing a marriage preparation course with
Paul & Rokia in private, but we're also doing a class for
the whole church.
Family Members - Tomorrow our new family members from
America arrive - Mim, Ray & Julie (or Mimi,
Yakou and Julie in Mali). Please pray for them and us to adjust
to the new situation.
Book - My book can now be ordered from all over the world.
Just click on the link on the left side.
Assistant Needed - I'm still looking for a female on-fire
Christian with a heart to serve who travels
with me as my PA. Preferred are those who have done the
IRIS, Bethel school, Fire & Fragrance, or the like. Reply
to this email for more information.
prayed to the God of Israel: "Bless me, O bless me! Give me
land, large tracts of land. And provide your personal protection—don't
let evil hurt me." God gave him what he asked.
(1.Chr 4:10, MESS)
Standing from left: Claudia, Paul, Christian, Saloum, Adama, Joseph,
Florentin, Fanta, Jonathan
Sitting from left: Karim, Jérémie, Amadou, Hama,
Boubacar, Bakary, Sarata
- current monthly support, red - support needed