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FROM A PASTOR FRIEND
THE TWO MONTHS AHEAD
FROM A PASTOR FRIEND
Claudia is a pioneer. She has achieved an amazing work over
the past eleven years. She is leading a big work, is an international
speaker, fund raiser for the home, food and education of the children
that are cared for in her ministry. She is a missionary, far away
from home and a single woman.
the last years she has travelled and ministered internationally,
all to support the ministry. Most men doing such a ministry would
be tired by now and would need a break. Let's face it: most men
who have a ministry like Claudia's are married and have wives and
a family that are there to support them.
has no such support. Claudia has learned to trust God with everything.
But being a pioneer is also costly - it takes a lot of strength
and emotional energy. Every person in a ministry like hers needs
to have breaks to refocus and recharge and off course also to get
new vision from God.
Now is the time for Claudia to recharge her batteries. She needs
daily prayer support but also financial support to enable her to
take a much needed break.
I myself have been a single leader of a church and a regional/country
overseer within a church movement - I only got married this year.
I can tell you from experience that doing this as a single woman
can be a hard and lonely place, no matter how strong the calling
is. Yes, God gets us through every situation, but God also uses
people to encourage us and to support us. What Claudia needs now
is not just words, she needs real commitment of others to her as
a person, as someone who has given her all and now needs a rest.
I am asking you to stand together with Claudia in this time and
show her your support, both through prayer and through financial
Hannelore Storm (formerly Rus), pastor in Vienna
TWO MONTHS AHEAD
been advised and have had a prophetic word to confirm that I need
to take a short time out to rest - something that
is not easy for me to do after 11 years of continually running at
full steam, and most of the time through many storms and valleys
with challenges most people cannot imagine. I need some time to
heal, refocus, seek God, be with friends and have
fun, get strengthened, refilled, and reenvisioned
for what God has in store for me and the ministry, looking forward
and leaving the past behind me.
that end I'm going to the US for two months to hopefully achieve
that purpose, though as the only leader of a ministry it is not
possible to really get away, with administrative work and
demands on you being a daily reality, having organizations on three
continents. It was not an easy decision to make as the money is
actually not there to do that, but I choose to obey God and trust
that He'll provide. I choose to trust that all the recent
trauma and challenges will be turned around by our God and formed
into something beautiful to become an instrument in His
hand. I choose to believe that I will come out stronger
and more like Him and with more determination and fire to move forward
to take the kingdom into the nations of the world
and into Mali. I aim to return to Mali in September
with new excitement and passion, ready for our 10-year church anniversary
conference with Charles Stock and Wesley Campbell
that will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the ministry in
not underestimate the power of prayer. Every time
I post a prayer request on Facebook, it doesn't take long before
I see the effect of all those people praying. Without your
prayers, I cannot do it.
Without your financial support, I cannot do it either.
know there are people who will not understand or agree and will
criticize me; the One I'm above all accountable to is my Father
in heaven and I always seek to do HIS will.
for New US Secretary - Our amazing US secretary needs
to step down for personal reasons. So we're looking for someone
who'd like to serve in this voluntary position - preferably in
the Dallas/Fort Worth area so the PO box doesn't
have to move. The primary job is to deposit and enter
checks and send out thank you letters.
Repairs - It seems like we constantly spend money on
repairs around the house (plus the vehicles),
draining our already low finances. We need a
- This year there is no YWAM summer outreach our kids
can participate in. Someone is lending us some farm land so we
can plant millet these next few months of rainy
season. With 4 months off school during the summer, that will
keep the kids occupied and hopefully provide a years' worth of
millet for us and save us money. Please consider helping us buy
for Ministry - I have a free weekend Sep 5-7
to accept a ministry invitation within Europe.
Vehicle - We desperately need a new vehicle with our
two old ones having run the course of their lives and devouring
much-needed money for repairs. We're believing for $40,000
to purchase this Toyota Hilux.
Building - We still need $2000 to repay
what has already been spent (without our knowledge at the time)
to get the building to the point of being able to use it.
- Our young pastor-in-training is finally back which
is reason for great excitement. Paul has a helper again, and we
can't wait to see all that has been deposited in him during the
YWAM discipleship school in Dakar.
Challenge - Our 24-year-old grown up kid Saloum who has
been our driver during the day and gone to school at night has
finished his 9 years of school and would like to do a 2-year-course
at a professional school. That would leave Joseph
as the only one who could be our driver in his place. Please pray
for a solution.
- 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 Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and
I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your