BABY - CHRISTIAN
FLORENTIN'S BROTHER - ANDRE
RETURNING SON - ABDIAS
OFF TO TRAINING - JOSEPH
ELECTIONS IN MALI
BABY - CHRISTIAN
July 5th at 2 am Rokia finally delivered her baby
a few weeks late. Christian saw the light of this world weighing
4.3 kilos (9.5 lbs), and was 51 cm (20.1
inches) long. This picture was taken when he was a few hours old.
His Mom was slightly injured during delivery but
has recovered well. Christian had some digestive issues right away,
relieved by medication temporarily, but healed by applying some
essential oil from Young Living (that I am a distributor
for). It's wonderful to have a baby under our roof again - and such
a special one. Call me Grandma!
BROTHER - ANDRE
in Austria with Florentin I discovered André's sad story.
After his Dad's death his Mom remarried but her new husband didn't
want any of the kids from her earlier marriage. So she arranged
for a family to take in André and paid them
to take care of him. However, he was mistreated
and in a bad situation. So we agreed to take him in and a few weeks
ago, he finally moved in with us. He is 14
years old though he looks and acts much younger.
SON - ABDIAS
2006 Abdias was among the first 2 street
children ever that I took in. He was quite a mess, not
knowing what love was, and became our biggest sponge for physical
affection. A few years ago he left, and he's been staying at his
grand-mother's house, going to school there. However, the situation
wasn't easy, and we agreed to take him back in as a not-quite-yet-adult,
i.e. he's going to evening school and working
for us during the day. It's great to have him back. May
all God has in store for him come to fruition!
TO TRAINING - JOSEPH
of our most promising young men who has a calling as a pastor
and leader is Joseph. I was disappointed when he didn't
get a visa for the US to accompany me on a trip, but am excited
that he has the opportunity to do a 6-month YWAM Discipleship
school in the south-east of Mali. He will pause his education
for a year (he would have started 5th grade) and leave us for 6
months (which will be tough for us) to be trained and equipped to
fulfill God's call on his life. The school starts end of
September and lasts until early March.
The fees are $600 plus transportation and spending
money. If any of you would like to contribute to this great opportunity
for Joseph, just mention his name with your donation.
is the first round of presidential elections, 16
months after the military coup and half a year after the French
moved in and saved us from radical Islam. Many thought it was way
too early as the infrustructure was not in place yet, especially
in the liberated north and with nearly half a million displaced
Malians. However especially France pushed for this early date, and
today many observers are amazed that the elections are going as
well as they are. There have been a few problems - especially with
Malian voters in France unable to vote - but all in all it's been
a quiet, peaceful day with record numbers of people voting.
On our base Paul & Rokia are the only ones able to vote, as
the system is complicated. Less than 7 million people
of a population of 15 million is allowed to vote.
are 27 candidates with 4 of them frontrunners.
A second round of voting is expected for August 11th
as the winner needs to have at least 51% of votes.
few online articles:
Mali holds first vote since coup, French intervention
key questions about Mali's election
flock to vote in bid to rebuild broke nation
and hope ahead of Mali's polls
to flee war, many Malian refugees to miss vote
au Mali : ambiance électorale à Bamako
de vote fermés et pagaille pour les élections maliennes
- It's been 3 months since his heart operation, and he's doing
Guard - We're about to finally let our old night guard
go who we've had constant problems with. Please pray we find the
right new guard - whether it's the one we have
in mind or not.
to School - Looking at last year's expenses, we calculated
that it costs us about $150 per child at the
beginning of the school year to purchase school supplies
and uniforms and to pay the first installment of tuition.
We will enable 35 children to go to school this
coming school year. We'd be thankful for any help with these expenses.
Repairs - We are currently repairing our old, little
bus as our pickup truck has become too small to transport all
the kids to school, and it's never been the safest. Now that our
driver has the right driver's license nothing stands in the way
of using it any more. As it's very old, we can only pray it will
continue to run. The repairs already cost $150 above
what was projected and donated, so we're thankful for any additional
for Street Kids - Thanks to a few of you who were so
kind to send money, we were able to buy 10 mattresses
for the street children that spend the night on our base.
Children - Summer is the time we take in new children,
before the beginning of the new school year. We have one
more free bed in our house; please pray we pick the right
child if any.
Time - Ironically, the kids got out of school even earlier
this year, making an already long summer even longer. So I'm teaching
them French again to help them improve their so important
French skills and keep them occupied.
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a few
months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please contact
I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.