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months ago we started using the unfinished third
building that was under construction, just in time before
Paul & Rokia's wedding so they could have the space they needed.
Our guy who is responsible for construction never told us that he
was actually making debts to get it ready. Half
a year later we found out, and we still have $3000
oustanding with different vendors where he got building materials.
Right now those people are giving him a hard time,
and I believe it's time for us to pay off that old debt. With our
finances actually being below zero right now, that's
a challenge, to say the least.
only that, but it has come to the point that we desperately
need a new car. One car is over 20 years old, the about
13, and it's becoming way too expensive to keep repairing
them every week. The cars are in use all day, taking kids
back and forth to school, running errands, and going to our villages.
Paul has done some research, and we could get the new Toyota
Hilux in this picture for $40,000. Obviously,
it would take a big miracle, but then, we serve the God of miracles!
In Mali many Muslim families give away a 5-year-old son
to a Muslim teacher - called marabout - in the cities to get points
with their god to possibly make it into paradise. These children
are mistreated and exploited, and many run away
and find refuge with us every night.
UN just released this report about the street children in our neighboring
country Senegal, where the situation is pretty much the same - except
for the legal things mentioned in the report. Here are few excerpts:
as talibés, the children take to the streets each day in
Dakar and other urban centres to beg for small change and food.
The boys, some as young as four years old, are often under-weight
or malnourished, barefoot and in old, tattered clothes. They spend
hours in the sun, weaving in and out of traffic, hoping to receive
enough alms to reach the daily quota set by their teacher - usually
around 500 CFA (US$1), plus sugar and uncooked rice. If they do
not reach their quota, they risk being beaten.
of the exploited talibé live in half-constructed buildings,
with no water or electricity. They sleep crammed together on dirt
floors in small, mosquito-infested rooms. HRW says the boys are
subject to physical and emotional abuse. There have been reports
of boys being chained up for hours or days at a time.
2010 HRW report found that only about half the talibé in
Senegal are Senegalese. The rest are trafficked from neighbouring
countries, including Guinea Bissau and Mali, where poor families
are promised their sons will receive a proper Islamic education
under the care of a ‘marabout’ or Koranic teacher, at
schools known as ‘daaras’.
boys often have no contact with their families once they leave home,
and because most do not know anyone in Senegal, they become entirely
reliant on their Koranic teachers for food, health care and shelter.
read the full article click here.
going to be in Europe in May and the beginning
of June and still have openings
to come minister at your church or just share about Mali. Please
contact me if you're interested.
at YWAM - Joseph is half-way through his time at the
YWAM discipleship school in Dakar, and about
to start going on outreaches. It's been a challenging but rewarding
time for him. Please keep him in your prayers.
Trip - It was great to see many friends and make new
ones, as well as having a part in God moving among His
children. Currently God is having me preach a message
of hope everywhere I go. There is nothing like being an instrument
for God's presence and power!
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a few
months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please contact
to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory
in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
ever and ever! Amen. (Eph
blessings to you,