CHILDREN'S CENTER IN MOPTI/SEVARE
and I have just come back from our first scouting trip to
Mopti and Sévaré, twin cities nearly 700
kilometers north (and east) of Bamako. We're right now looking for
a house to rent in Sévaré to use as our new
children's center there. Unfortunately we did not find
it this first trip. It was good to connect with the street children
there, but our bus ride home turned out to be 17 hours with a broken
down bus and the next bus smuggling drugs and being busted.
you'd like to see pictures from this trip and read about our adventure
on the way home, click
time we'll be driving ourselves, as we continue looking for a house
to rent in Sévaré so we can start the children's center
still looking for a Westerner to come be the leader of
this new center.
It's now been nearly two months since a family of three
from Pennsylvania arrived in Mali to reinforce our team. They're
settling in amazing well and are using their gifts to be a great
(Yakou) oversees construction and is amazing when it comes
to repairing anything that's broken.
is gifted in sewing and has a passion for gardening, investing her
energy into planting vegetables and trees.
their 16-year-old daughter Julie has just finished
up her academic year online, and can now spend even more time being
a blessing to our children.
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few weeks ago Fanta's husband Seybou returned out
of the blue. Three years ago he moved out together with his family,
and two years ago he abandoned them to make money in Algeria, and
that's when we took them back in. Fanta and the children have flourished
in our household, and handicapped Hama now actually has a future.
few weeks before his return I had a dream that
he was coming back and would be working for us again.
I was amazed when it actually happened! However, after 3 days of
half-hearted work he quit. Please pray for a resolution
that ensures the safety and future of Fanta and her children.
(20) - a former street kid - once was our day guard but had to leave
because of an incident. A few weeks ago we reemployed him as our
night guard, and he's been doing a wonderful job.
He loves Jesus, and is great with the street children.
previous night guard Dami now works as our day
guard, and our previous day guard Adama is one
of the two 18-year-olds to go up to the new children's center.
11 months and a few days, we had to say good-bye
to our 21-year-old helper Christian from Austria.
This picture shows all of us praying for him and sending him back
home. He was a great blessing, and we pray for his future. We're
also praying for others to come and serve for a year for the sake
of the children in Mali.
Christian left, Eva (23) from Austria is back!
She meant to come for longer, but just found out she already has
to head back in a few weeks as she was accepted into nursing school
in Austria. So our joy is mixed with sadness, but we know she'll
be back - and to apply her knew medical knowledge.
a few days we have a student from Austria coming for 3 months to
help us out.
you like to do a few months serving God in Mali like Eva and Christian
and others did? We're looking for young people who can come starting
me if you're interested.
Invitation - Paul and Rokia are getting married on January
7, 2012, and would like to invite everyone to come join
them in the celebration. Contact me if you'd like to come. Contact
me if you'd like to contribute financially to pay for his wedding
- In June we finally received the papers from the government
that I told many of you about. Praise God!
Needs - We depend on one-time donations to
cover more than 50% of our monthly expenses. We've hardly seen
any this past month which is a problem. If you've wanted to give
to the work in Mali, this is the time. Thank
Progress - We have been working on our third
house, and thanks to Yakou the quality of work has improved.
We've now run out of money to continue work, and are praying for
more to come in so it can be finished within the next few weeks.
Returns - Our 11-year-old Daouda ran away in February
and returned after 4 months. Thank God.
Shortage - The power goes out every night
now. Thankfully our additional solar equipment will be installed
in two weeks. Also we have finally figured out why we
have less electricity than we should; two of our panels are damaged
which took out 8 of our 24 panels, making us operate on 16. We're
looking into the costs of connecting to city electricity.
Activities - I started teaching a marriage class
for our church (and our aspiring couple) twice a week, as well
as meeting with Paul & Rokia twice a week. I also enjoy teaching
Bambara to the Americans and Eva who are making
great progress. Finally we started the literacy class
for street children again, though it's hard to get a commitment
from them to stick it out. Now that's school is out, I also teach
our resident kids English every day - they're
motivated with that much English around.
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 looking for a young lady to accompany
me on my September/October US trip as an assistant. Email me for
your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will
quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and
the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.