Last time I wrote to you how I felt like the widow at Zarephath
who had only a little flour and oil left to eat before
dying. I was blown away when only a few hours later Paul preached
on that very same passage! What a confirmation!
we have not seen the hoped-for breakthrough yet.
We're in the same situation today, having food for one more
day left and nowhere to get money from. We also have two
unpaid bills from the mechanic as our car broke
down two days in a row. We have no money for electricity
so power will probably go out tonight. In a few days the next installment
of school tuition is due, and we haven't even paid
all of the first yet. We also have to pay internet
for the year as well as car insurance in January.
The situation seems impossible.
want to thank those who have given recently, and
ask those who have not to please still do so. Many lives - widows,
children and adults - depend on money coming in for food,
medical help and education. And spiritually
many lives also depend on your donations as they allow us to visit
our village churches and keep preaching the gospel
and seeing people saved and healed. Just this past Sunday we had
a lot of people in our village church in Goro who don't usually
come and many gave their lives to the Lord.
the US, send a check to
PO box (on the left).
Europe, make a transfer to
our bank account (details on the left).
Thanks to a special donation we were able to take everyone out for
our traditional Christmas chicken dinner. We had
a wonderful time of fun, fellowship and great food - for most kids
and adults the only time per year they get to eat a restaurant.
we all returned home and 43 people crammed into
my living room to celebrate Jesus's birth together.
We talked about Christmas and its meaning, Jesus the light of the
world, and lit sparklers as a symbol. Then we handed out the gifts
- little bags full of goodies for all sponsored children, and additional
gifts for those in our household as we had each drawn a name to
give a gift to. We also ate the Christmas cookies
our children had baked in three groups. It was late at night before
everyone left full and happy. Thank You, Jesus, for your coming
to earth and for having given us such a wonderful evening together!
Christmas pictures here.
More December pictures here.
is with great joy I'm inviting you to my wedding on February
28th near Randy's hometown in Eupora, MS. I would love
to see some of my special friends share that day with me. A month
later, on March 28th, will be our wedding in Vienna,
where I hope to see my European friends.
Family Member - Former street child Abdiel
moved in with us on Christmas Eve. He is going to be our new night
guard and has already been faithfully serving the last few weeks.
As soon as Adama has his driver's license and starts as the driver,
Abdiel will be our full-time night guard.
- Please pray for Karim's healing and deliverance
from a very persistent parasite he's been battling
for the past 6+ weeks. So far everything we've tried has helped
but not gotten rid of the parasite.
- Ex-street child Suma (21) had been our night
guard for over a year when he started school this last October.
As soon as Adama has his license, he'll become our day guard instead
of our night guard. Now that he attends school, we still need
someone to become his half-sponsor for $30 or 20€
& Corn Field - We have harvested our millet and corn,
but we still have to take it to the mill to be ground. Unfortunately
the rainy season was not very good and
so we only have about a half-year supply.
Truck Needed - We desperately need a new Toyota
pick-up truck, which unfortunately costs as much as $40,000
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech
but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
out to HIM ,