Friday we celebrated Christmas as a family. First
we went to go swimming at a hotel, where we had
lots of fun. However, it's colder this year than it's been the past
few years, so the kids were freezing when they got out of the water.
there we went to the restaurant, where most of
them had chicken. It's also where we met up with the rest of our
sponsored kids as well as more team members. Everyone was included
in the festive meal!
all returned to our center where 40+ children and adults
crowded into my living room for cookies, prayer,
and gifts. It took hours and got late, but it was
very precious to watch some of these kids that had never
celebrated Christmas before.
you'd still like to help us with all the expenses for our special
Christmas, your donation would be very welcome.
details of our Christmas day in my blog here.
at pictures from our day here.
KID CHRISTMAS PARTY
Sunday we invited all street children to come celebrate
Christmas with us. We had exactly 40 children show up. We played
games with them until we had one winner, and did
a gift drawing, as well as giving a pair of shoes
to each child.
also sang praise songs in Bambara, they saw the
Christmas story played out on flannelgraph, and
got to see the MATTHEW film in their language.
I also explained the gospel from beginning to end
to them, and most wanted to follow Jesus. Hallelujah!
filled their stomachs with a good meal and drink,
and having filled their hands with gifts, they
finally left content in the late afternoon - some to return only
little time later to spend the night at our base.
details of the street kid party in my blog here.
at pictures from the party here.
January 7th, in just a few days, Paul - my right-hand
man and spiritual son - is marrying his fiancée Rokia.
It's going to be a huge celebration on our base,
and not only that, but a history-making one for
is the first one of our boys to get married (though
he never was a street kid) - so it's historic for us. And it's historic
for Mali, as it's the first time in Malian history
(I'm told) that a woman is performing a marriage ceremony (no pressure,
& Rokia have been getting their living quarters
ready on our base, and Rokia is already moving in these days (while
Paul is still in his old room). They're creating a beautiful living
the evening of their wedding day, Paul & Rokia will be boarding
a plane to Senegal. It will be Rokia's first flight
ever. Late at night they'll be arriving in Dakar where they're being
picked up by a shuttle from their hotel. They'll be spending a week-long
dream in the number 1 rated hotel in the area, staying
in a bungalow right by the sea (that Rokia has never seen before),
and eating 3 included meals a day.
you'd like to contribute to the expense of their
dream honeymoon, please mark your donation with "wedding".
If you click on this picture, you'll be taken to the hotel's website
pray for all the preparations, and for everything to work out perfectly.
of Moving - In the evening of December 16th I slept in
the new house for the first time. After I had
moved out of my previous quarters, the kids took possession of
my former living room to make it the boys' dorm.
Then the "adult boys" (already having jobs on our base,
but still going to school) moved into their new room, and then
Paul & Rokia started getting their quarters ready. I then
got our visitors' rooms ready - two of the three
had been occupied before. And voilà, suddenly there was
room for everybody! Elisabeth and her 7 kids
will be moving in in about 2 months.
Visitors - We're excited that 3 people (why only Austrians?!?)
are coming to be here for Paul's wedding. All of them have lived
with us in Mali before. Eva and Matthias
already arrived before Christmas, and Christian
is coming this week. Also, a young lady from the US is
joining us for nearly 2 months starting the middle of January.
We need more helpers after that!
Among Us - Over these past few weeks (or months) we've
had money being stolen regularly,
as well as other valuable items (like our broken motorbike). We're
at the point where we have to intensify our prayer efforts
for the thief to be exposed and caught, and I'm asking you to
join us in that effort.
Itinerary Change - Instead of before Easter, I will be
in Europe after Easter, i.e. end of April/beginning
of May. Check my US schedule in Jan/Feb on the left, and in more
detail on the website.
- We need helpers! If you could come to Mali for a couple
of months or years to be a blessing to our children, please contact
Book - My book can now be ordered from
all over the world. Just click on the link on the left side.
Travel Assistant - Email me if you're young, female and
single and are interested in this great learning experience of
traveling with me.
here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody,
worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior
who is Messiah and Master.