The guest pastor and speaker at our annual anniversary conference
this year was Gerhard Kisslinger from Vienna, Austria.
It was his first time in Africa, and after sending a team to Mali
5 years ago, we were happy to finally welcome him in person in our
first 3 days were filled with our conference. We
started Friday afternoon with our first session. We had a great
worship time, but suddenly the wind started blowing, then it started
hailing and raining really hard. We had to run
inside and save our electronic equipment. We were soaked and watched
in amazed as the rented tents were ripped and blown away,
and the ground covered in water. It NEVER rains in November, and
certainly not like this! That was our first session.
can watch the amazing video here.
You can read the report here.
continued the conference in the evening, and had a time of exuberant,
joyful worship, followed by Gerhard's first teaching. On
Saturday we continued from 9 am until 3 pm - the weather had returned
to normal, and the tents put back in place. People were
very impacted with the stories Gerhard was telling, with
the culture being very much into story-telling anyway. The stories
drove home powerful points that impacted all listeners, and people
loved Gerhard even more for it. We had a great time together, bringing
heaven to earth (our theme).
the report on Saturday here.
at the pictures here
Gerhard left on Thursday night, we took him downtown
which was quite an experience. In the afternoon we had a great time
at our weekly prayer meeting, and in the evening,
we said our good-byes to him and the children prayed over him. What
a wonderful week we'd had! Like on Sunday....
Sunday we had our big celebration that was broadcast live
on Christian radio. I have to say, our kids behaved great,
doing their jobs for the most part, all weekend, and things went
pretty smoothly. We baptized 5 people, including
our handicapped boy Hama who was so very excited. After the baptism
we prayed and prophesied over them.
kids did a dance that one of my older boys had
taught the others, and they played an evangelistic skit.
Joseph sang a song he had written himself, and
Paul led the kid choir singing songs he had written
as well as others. And Gerhard gave another great message; even
though it was starting to get late people were listening carefully
and responded both to the altar call of salvation
and to be filled with the Spirit.
it was time to serve our banquet - couscous with
onion sauce and the sheep we (the boys) had killed in the morning,
as well as a soda. It had been a great success - and for the first
time we had people calling in response to the radio
program. They were congratulating us, and some wanted to meet Gerhard.
the detailed report with pictures here.
Look only at the pictures here
On Tuesday we
went to the village of Goro, and on Wednesday to
Dara to minister to our village churches there.
Again, we had a great time of praise, teaching, and praying for
the sick. Many people got healed, and people gave
their lives to the Lord as well.
Dara two men who are part of a group running a secular radio
station 4 hours a day as volunteers gave their lives to
the Lord. They have opened their station to us to broadcast Christian
programs, and we're planning to work together with them which is
very exciting. It's amazing how they run their station on a car
battery and using a cellphone to play music from!
a detailed report with pictures on our time in Goro here.
Look at the pictures from Goro here.
Look at a video of our praise time in Goro here.
Look at the pictures from Dara here.
ESTABLISHING H2TNI AUSTRIA
the beginning of the year God renewed my calling to Europe
and told me I'd be spending more time there. We're now in the process
of establishing H2TNI in Austria as well, having
just started the process. If everything works out as planned, the
organization will be operative with the new year, and I will then
be employed by it and have insurance
for the first time in 12 years - just in time for my 40th birthday.
I am also looking for an apartment in Vienna so
I have a place to stay at, and to be used as an office for H2TNI.
Please pray for favor and wisdom to make the right decisions.
BOOK IN GERMAN
Today I picked
up the first copies of my book in German. Praise
God! The German translation is unedited in that it is exactly the
way I wrote it except for the translation as I had written it in
English. You can order a copy by emailing this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Trip - Joseph's visa was denied, so I'm traveling
- We're thankful to the church making our family celebration
possible. If you'd like to help us put on the Christmas party
for street children, we'd be thankful for your contribution.
We are currently a few thousand euros/dollars short as too few
donations have come in.
Among Us - We believe we know who the thief on our base
is who has been stealing for the past year and a half. We'll be
setting him a trap now; please pray we can get proof and catch
- Because of our dire financial situation,
we can neither fix the crumbled walls ($2000) nor continue construction.
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 waiting to hear whether the costs
are covered in Austria. Please pray for favor as this would be
the best option for Florentin's heart valve to
Austrians Coming - We're thankful to have 2 visitors
for a month, and 2 for two weeks during Christmas season. Pray
for a mutually blessed time.
- 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
the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my