In the beginning of the year, God spoke to me clearly about ministry
priorities changing this year and renewed my calling
to Europe, telling me I’d be spending more time there
in the future. It came as a complete surprise just as I’m
feeling more at home in Mali than ever. It’s just like our
God to always push us out of our comfort zones…
After a 40-day
fast to get more clarity and understanding of God’s
direction, He clearly pointed me to the aspect that needed to be
added to the ministry...
2 The Nations International is all about bringing healing
to the people of the nations (surprise!) in every area
of life. We as individuals are not just a number of different and
separate pieces, but healing needs to be in a WHOLESOME
way - the entirety of body, soul and spirit together, rather than
separately which is really Greek thinking rather than Hebrew thinking.
H2TNI has been
strong in the four healing areas mentioned on our
website (adding "national"), seeing hundreds of
people dedicating their lives to Jesus over the years,
being healed of all kinds of sicknesses and finding healing from
pain that had kept them bound. However, there was still an aspect
that was missing...
Those who have
read my book (and the German translation is coming out in November)
know the details of how God has taken this broken vessel I was and
started working on making me into a beautiful container
for His glory. Today I'm a living testament to what God
is able to do and a living hope to all those who think they're a
Because of all
the trauma of my childhood, my weight kept climbing
over the years, in spite of or because of constant dieting trying
to become "acceptable". When I came to know the Lord at
the age of 20, the dieting stopped as I knew for the first time
that I was loved the way I was. For years, I didn't
care about my weight or what I ate, even though the Bible admonishes
us to treat our bodies in a way that honors God.
weight climbed to over 97 kilos (close to 220 lbs),
and it was only after going deeper in my inner healing process that
I started to really care in 2007. Since then I've been on a journey
to fitness and health, with all the ups and downs,
but loving it. I'm eating healthy, work out, love reading about
health and nutrition, and my weight has dropped to 72 kilos
(i.e. 159 lbs) - not quite my goal yet but getting closer.
In April I clearly
felt God leading me to add the practical fitness component
to the healing ministry of H2TNI. It's important to be healed emotionally
from the reasons that make us overeat, but even then, how do you
drop the weight? I felt that this aspect had to be added to be able
to help people in a complete way to become all
that God has planned for them to be.
August I started a 6-week intensive course (that
usually takes one year) in Austria, and after 227 hours of work
put in, I received my diploma and graduated with
the title “personal fitness trainer & health coach”
(I'm the third from the left), having put in much blood, sweat and
tears and passed a written as well as practical exam. I'm excited
to see how God is going to use this new dimension of the ministry
in the months and years to come.
have specialized in helping overweight
Christians to lose weight by exercising, eating right and
being healed from the painful stuff rooted in childhood. What I
love is that I can do a session or more while I am in town and then
leave you with a workout program to follow (whether
at home or at the gym) until I come back to check on you and adapt
your program as necessary, and do more inner healing sessions if
Because we are
a not-for-profit organization, at this point I am asking for donations
to the ministry for rendered services. It is my hope that
not only will Christians be transformed into Jesus's image more,
but that the ministry will be helped financially.
my itinerary to the left or on our website to know
when I'm where. I will be in Austria the second half of November,
and in the US in Jan/Feb. Please contact me if you're interested
in any sessions. If I could conquer obesity, so can you!
have created a separate Facebook page for this aspect of the ministry
that you can find here. Please click on LIKE when you get there.
US Trip - On Thursday Joseph (who has
a pastoral calling) will have his visa interview
at the US consulate. If everything works out, he'll be traveling
with me to CA, NV, MO, KS, VA, PA and GA Jan 16-March
5 (more details on the left); it's a life-changing itinerary,
so join us in prayer that he'll be issued the visa. Also, if you
have 100,000 Air France or Delta miles to donate
for his flights, that would help greatly.
Walls - It costs $2000 to rebuild our
wall that crumbled in two different locations. With our current
dire financial situation, it's impossible to have it fixed, and
our temporary fix keeps getting blown away.
On The Way - Paul & Rokia have just found out that
there is a baby on the way! Praise God!
Conference - On Nov 8th Austrian pastor Gerhard Kisslinger
is arriving for a week to be the speaker at our annual anniversary
conference, this year the 8th. The big celebration with baptism
and radio broadcast is on November 11th. Please
pray for him, us and much fruit.
Needed - Repairs plus the costly beginning of the school
year has meant spending more money than we have. Please help us
financially if you can or pray as we are a few thousand euros/dollars
for New Child - A few days ago we took in Aaron
(7). You can read his story here.
Please contact me, if you'd like to sponsor him for $60
or 40€ per month.
of Augusta - We are looking for a new US secretary
to take over stateside administrative work; it's not much and
not hard, but ask me for more details. With our PO box in Evans,
it needs to be someone who can access it on a weekly basis.
Heart Operation - We're still pursuing two avenues in
Europe to make his operation happen, so that he gets the heart
valve he needs. Prayers are welcome.
Translations - The German translation
of my book is being released this November, praise
God! As for the French translation, I'm still looking for a publisher.
- 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, please
didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place
of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live
however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price
(1.Cor 6:19, MESS)
and more like HIM,
Standing from left: Claudia, Paul, Rokia, Saloum, Tierno, Adama,
Moïse, Joseph, Fanta
Sitting from left: Florentin, Karim, Jérémie, Amadou,
Youssouf, Hama, Boubacar, Bakary, Sarata, Jonathan
- current monthly support, red - support needed