SHALL I SEND? WHO WILL GO FOR US?
SHALL I SEND? WHO WILL GO FOR US?
A few weeks ago I was worshiping God with hundreds of people when
the theme of the worship time turned towards the nations.
Within minutes I found myself in a heap on the floor, weeping
intensely as my heart was breaking. All I could see in
front of my eyes were the people in the north of Mali who
have gone through intense suffering - sharia law and
a famine - with all indigenous Christians gone
as they fled to save their lives, and no light in their darkness,
no hope, nowhere to turn after having been so disillusioned
with Islam. Their pain and their hopelessness was so tangible that
I cried out as I did in my early days of praying for Mali before
I ever went. "Send me, Lord, send Your people to bring
light into their darkness!" Before my eyes I could
see us going to Timbuktu and starting a center
there, so I started specifically praying that God would send us
there to do just that.
2005 I went to Timbuktu - the only time ever. As soon as we decided
to go, all hell broke loose against the whole team, like I had never
seen before - accident, sickness, financial losses... Timbuktu
is one of the holiest cities of Islam, the city
of 333 saints, the city where Muslim leaders have occult powers
that enable them to make themselves invisible and invincible. It's
a stronghold of Islam and it's been prophesied more than once that
if/when Timbuktu falls, Islam all over West Africa will
fall. Back in 2005 I told God I would have to know that
I know that I know that I was supposed to go to Timbuktu before
going there again.
yet, I found myself on the floor weeping, pleading with
God to let me go and start that church and kids center
that we've been praying for for years and that we've always known
would one day be there.
that as of now it is unsafe for any white person to go to the north
of Mali, I once again prayed Mat 9:38 where Jesus
tells us to ask the Lord of the harvest to send (ekballo) workers
into the harvest field. Oh how often have I prayed this prayer these
past 10 years of being in Mali! And I prayed it once again! If only
we had a few helpers on our base in Bamako, I could
send some Malian team members to Timbuktu to get
started! The fields are white for harvest, but the workers are so
few! Send them, Lord!
I returned to my seat, and then Lou Engle came
up to preach his "ekballo" message that
he is currently taking everywhere. That great word means "forcefully
driving into", as when Jesus was driven into the desert; it
is also used in the Matthew verse I just quoted.
the end of his message he presented his new project where you get
an unreached people group to pray for every day.
He put it up on the screen - and it was a group from the north of
Mali. As soon as he had us all starting to pray for them, I hit
the floor again weeping.
then he called me to the front to pray for my country.
I could barely walk, and was immediately on my knees on the platform,
which is why you cannot see me in the video of what happened next.
here to watch.
Just before Christmas, we had to travel to Dakar,
the capital of Senegal, to apply for Florentin's visa to Austria
for his heart operation. It was our first trip there. We stayed
(for free) in a beautiful seaside ressort. As always when we travel
in West Africa, we prayed for a center to be established
in that country. Then I said to Paul, imagine if we had
a center right on the coast, we'd finally get people to come! He
month later Cindy Jacobs interrupted her sermon and called
me on the stage to prophesy over me. One of the
things she said was, "You're going into Senegal next,
and you'll be on the coast." I had to laugh. Watch
then I've been praying for God to send us people
who can lead those new centers - the one in Dakar, and eventually
the one in Timbuktu. We know HOW to do it, we just don't have the
out there, maybe you as you're reading this, or someone you know,
is the answer to our prayers.
shall I send? Who will go for us?
a few articles have been published about me and the ministry:
article on Austrian state TV website. (German)
Charisma article. (English)
Christian radio print article. (German)
- Florentin's passport with his Austria visa has arrived, and
we're ready for our trip to Austria, leaving Mali on April
3rd. Florentin goes into hospital in Linz on
April 15th. We'd be thankful for donations towards the
Trip - I'll be traveling & ministering in Europe
in April-May. Please look at my itinerary to
the left, and find more details on the CALENDAR
page of our website.
Miracle - What a story! I had favor
with the real estate agent, and favor with the owner. It was an
absolute miracle that I ended up getting the apartment, but I
knew it was the one God had for us. Still, it's quite a step
of faith to make such a commitment, but I'm excited and
anticipating many great things for the ministry in Europe. Now
H2TNI has a base in my hometown to work from.
in Mali - The French are making great progress
in the north of Mali. They are committed to getting
rid of ALL the Al-Qaida militants and not leave before
then. They have lost 4 soldiers so far, and are planning to start
pulling out in April. The UN is preparing a peace-keeping
force to eventually take over from the African soldiers
already in Mali. A few weeks ago, a rebel from the north was arrested
right by our base in Bamako.
Family - We've been helping out the poor, widows and
refugees with rice, sugar and onions. We also paid a refugee family's
rent and debt as they were about to be kicked
out of their little room. Now the Mom and one of the children
have given their lives to the Lord. Praise God!
Challenges - Please pray for wisdom
as I'm dealing with some personnel challenges in a culture that
poses many issues when Africans work with white people.
- Thanks to people's generosity during my US trip in
Jan/Feb, we are now able to have our broken down walls
repaired. Praise God!
US Secretary - Welcome to Judy who is
our new secretary in Evans! Nothing changes on your end.
Things Ahead - There is so much more to share, and I'll
do so over time in the months ahead. Already, you can order the
amazing pure therapeutic grade essential oils
and other products from my Young Living website
clicking here (whether you're in the US or in Europe).
- We need volunteers in Mali who can stay a few months
or more. If you'd like to come help us, please contact me.
he says, “In the time of
my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day
of salvation. (2.Cor
Standing from left: Claudia, Paul, Rokia, Saloum, Tierno, Adama,
Joseph, Florentin, Karim, Fanta
Sitting from left: Jérémie, Tidiane, Yacouba, Amadou,
Youssouf, Hama, Boubacar, Bakary, Aaron, Sarata, Jonathan
- current monthly support, red - support needed