In this newsletter:
On Wednesday, November 13th, our guest speaker pastor Ian
Campbell from Pennsylvania arrived in Bamako. His week
started low-key with a visit to the village of Dara
that afternoon, and our weekly prayer meeting Thursday
afternoon. He also got to take a tour of Bamako
conference with the theme "More Than Conquerors"
officially started with the Friday afternoon session, and continued
with the second session in the evening. While the afternoon saw
mainly our own people, a lot of people showed up in the evening.
Ian gave a great message, and a demonized woman
started manifesting and was delivered.
continued with 3 more sessions on Saturday, where people were encouraged
man in the picture below came for the very first time, gave his
life to the Lord, and his eye-sight improved after prayer.
was the big day for our annual anniversary celebration -
this year celebrating 9 years of God's faithfulness.
In the morning we slaughtered the sheep that would be our protein
for the special dinner after the celebration, and
we did a little teaching and instruction for the baptism
candidates; only 3 of the 5 showed up.
after 3 pm we got started, being broadcast live on Christian
radio to the city of Bamako and beyond. Paul and the kids
led us in a time of praise, I introduced who we
are and what our history is, and Ian prayed an anniversary
blessing over us. Our kids did two sketches masterfully
- Karim and Joseph are so talented - and Joseph also sang a song
he wrote. Jérémie had taught a danse
to a group of younger and older kids, and they did a great job.
had the joy of baptizing two of our boys - André
(15) and Adou (12) - as well as a new believer from the village
of Dara. What a joyful occasion!
Ian did a great job of preaching a basic but powerful salvation
message. A few people decided to start following
Jesus, and many others came up for healing prayer.
There's nothing like seeing God's kingdom come from heaven to earth!
finished our celebration with a wonderful meal of couscous and fresh
mutton, and a soda which is a special treat for people.
a much needed day of rest on Monday since one village church had
to cancel our meeting, we went to the village of Goro on
Tuesday, which is a 2-hour drive one way. We were disappointed to
see few people, but more people arrived once we started playing
the djembé. After a time of praise and dancing,
Ian gave a great message, just what they needed
to hear. Everyone wanted to receive prayer, mainly for healing,
and many testified that the pain was gone. When
we left, them as well as us were blessed to have been God's ambassadors
or recipients of His blessings.
for the village chief.
- School expenses, accident and anniversary conference have led
to us being $9,000 or 6.600€ short which
is the biggest deficit we've ever had. So far we've spent $7,500
or 5.500€ just for tuition, uniforms, school supplies etc.
still praying for a financial miracle!
Trouble - We're still waiting for the mechanic's
assessment of our bus that was probably totaled. At the
same time, our remaining two vehicles (22 years
and 13 years old) alternate getting repaired at the mechanic's,
costing us much money.
at YWAM - Joseph has been accepted at the YWAM discipleship
school in Dakar which starts January
13th and lasts 6 months. We've purchased the tickets,
but still have to pay 700$ in fees for the school. Mark your donation
with "Joseph" if you want to sow into this young leader.
- Every year at Christmas we take all our 40
sponsored children as well as workers out to go swimming,
followed by a Christmas dinner of chicken at
a local restaurant, before we go home to lift up Jesus on His
birthday and exchange presents. It's always a beautiful day, especially
for those of our non-resident kids we rarely see. However, with
our financial situation, and the cost per child
being about $20, it is a challenge this year.
Would you like to sponsor Christmas for one of our children this
year? If yes, let me know.
- We haven't heard from the TV crew wanting
to do a documentary on us.
in France - Three weeks after I ministered at the church
in France I wrote you a glowing report about last week, somebody
laid fire to the house where the pastors lived upstairs and the
church facilities were downstairs. The house burned down,
and they've lost everything. Please lift them up in prayer.
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a few
months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please contact
is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord. (1.Cor
the Faithful One,
Standing from left: Adama, Suma, Saloum, Joseph, Abdias, Florentin,
Middle: Claudia, Paul, Rokia with Christian, Jérémie,
André, Yacouba, Amadou, Fanta
Sitting from left: Adou, Hama, Boubacar, Bakary, Aaron, Sarata,
- current monthly support, red - support needed