& ROKIA'S WEDDING
January 7th a historic wedding took place on our
base in the southeast of Bamako. Paul (23), my
spiritual son and right-hand man, married his fiancée Rokia
(19). He was the first of my "boys" to get married, and
it was the first wedding in Mali (I was told) performed by a woman.
first went to the government office for the legal wedding,
and then had the church ceremony on our base. Many
people showed up, including a good number of pastors, to share this
special day with groom & bride. It was a beautiful celebration.
an afternoon of celebrating, Paul & Rokia took a plane to go
to Senegal on their honeymoon; Rokia's first plane
ride, and first time to see the ocean. They said it was paradise
and would have loved to stay longer. Thanks to those of you who
made that honeymoon possible!
read the detailed report of the wedding, click here.
look at the pictures from the wedding, click here.
have finished closing accounting for 2011, and have compared the
numbers for 2011 with 2010. As our supporters you
have the right to see
where your money goes. These next few paragraphs give you some information
- feel free to skip them if you're not interested.
General donations 2011 - down
Expenses - up 1.6%
Construction donations - up
we started 2011 with a surplus, we finished it with a negative balance
of 770€ or $975.
monthly average amount we spent is 7.390€,
i.e. $9,360. While the € amount is slightly up, the $ amount
is actually down because of the different exchange rate.
Our faithful monthly donors currently give a total
of about 3.000€,
i.e. $3,800; that number hasn't changed since last year. Taking
the book sales into consideration, that means we are 60%
of our expenses short every month. In the best
case scenario, that difference comes in through one-time donations.
In the worst case scenario, the ministry goes into debt. It is my
travels that help bring in those one-time donations.
ask me where most of our donations come from - 41%
of last year's donations (building fund excluded)
came from the USA, while 59%
came from Europe & Africa and mostly from Austria.
That's fascinating for several reasons, one being that I travel
two thirds of my time in the US, and one third in Europe.
donors - your tax statements are on the way to you.
ministry seeks to give away 10% of incoming money
(unless dedicated to something specific) to other ministries, as
we believe in tithing and giving, and the blessings that result
thereof. In 2011 we came very close to that goal, and hope to reach
it this year.
numbers of expenses so you have an idea where our greatest needs
are; these are averages per month for 2011.
- 1.060€, i.e.
$1,340 (excluding Claudia's food)
- 585€, i.e.
$740 (tuition & supplies)
repairs/maintenance - 400€,
for cars - 260€,
hope these numbers are beneficial to you. Feel free to ask me if
you have any questions.
Trip - Please look to the left for details on my upcoming
US trip, as well as on the CALENDAR
page of the website.
Volunteer - Tomorrow we have a young lady from
GA coming to help us for 2 months. Please pray for her
Construction & Finances - While we still need a lot
of money to finish the house I already live in, we need to first
pay the oustanding $6,000 bill that came out
of the blue. Any help is greatly appreciated. We also have to
pay the next installment of tuition now, which
is quite a lot of money.
Among Us - The thefts continue; please keep praying for
the thief to be caught.
Trip - I'm about to start scheduling appointments for
my Europe trip middle of April to middle of May.
Contact me if you'd like to invite me.
- 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.
are better than one... Also, if two lie down together, they will
keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly
HIM alone be the glory,