RESIDENT & NON-RESIDENT CHILDREN
OUTREACH & FLORENTIN'S HEART
RESIDENT & NON-RESIDENT CHILDEN
Tidiane I told you about last time, we took in another child recently
- Yacouba (estimated 13 years old). This is his
guesses he was born in 1999 near Sikasso (south of Mali) where he
spent his early years. His father only had one wife, and Yacouba
had 3 older sisters and 3 older brothers. When he was 10 years old,
he decided to leave home because he couldn't stand his father's
beatings any more. He first goes to a Muslim teacher (Marabout)
in Sikasso, but leaves already after 10 days because he doesn't
like it. He goes to Bamako where he ends up sleeping at the bus
station and begging for money during the day. After about a month
he hears about us and first comes for sleep and food in May of 2010.
After about two years of coming now and then, he starts coming daily
and gives his life to the Lord. We notice him quickly because of
his keen interest in God, and now he's part of our family, eager
to start school for the first time in his life.
already has a sponsor.
recently added Rokia to our non-resident sponsorship
program when I heard her heart-breaking story. I was asking our
faithful Christian carpenter Caleb how his family was doing when
I discovered that his and his kids' hearts were broken because of
their separation. Since the parents could not afford
the schools in their neighborhood, they sent their daughter and
son away to relatives to live and go to school there. The sponsorship
for Rokia and her brother enables them to return home
and receive a quality education. I wished you could
have seen the gratefulness in their parents' eyes! How rewarding
to be able to unite a family this way!
still needs a sponsor for $60 or 40€
per month. Please contact me if you'd like to become her
"parent abroad" and be in touch with her by email and
is Paul's half-sister, and our cook Elisabeth's
daughter. Her sponsorship is what allowed her to start school, and
she's grown into a fine young lady now starting 8th grade. Marie-Madeleine
used to have 2 half-sponsors but recently lost one.
you'd like to cover a half-sponsorship for her
for $30 or 20€ per month, please contact me.
& FLORENTIN'S HEART
July four of our older boys left on a 3-week YWAM outreach
to a town in western Mali - what a great opportunity for
them to learn, be a light and grow. After two weeks, they sent Florentin
home for health reasons.
looked pretty bad, and we immediately took him to a good clinic
to be checked out. We have already spent a few
hundred dollars just on tests, and it was discovered that
he has a heart condition that needs an operation to be corrected.
Thanks to medication he is now taking, he's feeling fine for now.
That gives us time to find a way to organize this needed operation.
you know of any organizations who pay for travel and all
expenses for children from third world countries that need life-saving
operations, please let me know.
our other three boys returned. They say that their lives
have been changed, and time will show.
week ago it rained especially hard during the night (it's the height
of rainy season right now), and we got up to two crumbled
property walls in the morning. Many neighbors' houses had
completely collapsed. This picture was taking from the street OUTSIDE,
and you can see our dining hall inside and our gate.
paid $600 to use metal sheets
to temporarily close the two huge gaps in the wall, but will have
to wait until end of rainy season end of September
before building a new wall, which will be costly. In addition, September
is the month where we have to spend huge amounts of money on tuition
for our 33 children in school.
help with those expenses is greatly appreciated!
second picture is taken from our property looking outside.
Holiday - Our kids are doing really great,
which is wonderful to see. They've grown so much. This summer
their French has improved, and several work out with me every
Outages - Things are still not sorted out with city
electricity. We figured out that though they installed
the lines necessary, they restricted our access
only giving us a third of the electricity possible (why?!?) which
is insufficient. Now we have to wait for WEEKS again before they
come to lift that restriction.
Situation - No changes since last time. Things are moving
forward slowly towards a military intervention
in Mali - that could be either good or bad at this point.
Translations - My book is being translated into German
and French right now. The German translation will be
released before Christmas; as for the French we have to pay $2,000
for the translation, and then have a publisher accept
it. Any help with that expense would be very welcome.
to School - I've started my 6-week course that
will add another healing dimension to this ministry, and am excited
about what God has in store in the future.
- We don't have any volunteers in Mali right now, even
though we really need a few; if you'd like to come help us, contact
wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of
understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so
that he may be able to steer his course rightly].
(Prov 1:5, AMP)