ADVANCES IN THE VILLAGES
2006 we started proclaiming the gospel in unreached
villages and saw a regional revival as news of
the miracles spread and people came from everywhere asking us to
come to their village. We ended up with 6 village churches,
and stopped there as we did not have the capacity to follow up on
any more churches. We left one pastor in charge in the region -
and he ended up stealing and lying to us, and those churches were
did continue ministering to one village church
- a two-hour drive from our base in the capital - as they were so
very hungry for God and had seen God miraculously protect their
fields when all the other fields around them had been devastated.
Every other Sunday our old truck makes its way
to Goro and back, and we've seen the blind see and a paralytic girl
being able to move again.
Wednesday we head to Dara, a village 45
minutes from us in the opposite direction. Those two village churches
are the only ones we have left right now. Healings
have been a regular part of ministry in Mali, and
these past few weeks we have seen them abound as Randy has joined
our teams going to the villages.
a challenge with one truck out of commission for this past half-year,
and the other old truck in really bad shape. It's
been a blessing to have Randy here who can maintain and repair it
somewhat, but it's simply old and keeps breaking down.
They thank God every time they make it back from the village - and
sometimes they don't make it back without a breakdown. Other times
our kids need to take a taxi home from school when
the truck breaks down at the side of the road again. We are just
in desperate need of a new vehicle, costing an unfathomable
$35,000 or 20.000€ though half that
would buy us a decent 10-year-old one.
need gets even greater if we want to expand again in ministry, as
we've been praying and looking into reviving some of those
churches lost a few years ago. Two are on the way to Goro,
and we could do ministry in all three villages simultaneously. Also
we're praying about starting house churches in
our area of influence in the city of Bamako.
April pictures here.
are some healing reports written by Randy:
held my hand on the tumor and spoke in Jesus name
for it to leave! As I was praying and holding the tumor it disappeared
- I felt the skin go back down flat!
baby I prayed for that the chief had asked me to pray for was standing
now and just about to walk - praise God!!
brother of the man with the sick group said his broken leg
was better and the man with a tumor that shrunk away in
my hands was now a believer and doing well.
woman I prayed for who had epilepsy and fell in
fires just like in the Bible was still well. I got to pray for another
tumor by a lady who asked me, and she said she
felt better. Other pains from headaches to backaches
were made better or removed in Jesus name!
and I lay hands on her and prayed for her; she sweat the fever off
and was up in the morning. A young man here was
feverish and I got to pray for him. I felt his hot feverish head
turn cool against my fingers. He told us tonight that he was well
a few hours later.
got in from the village. God healed every person
we got to pray for. Several who could only see close up, God opened
their eyes, and they were saying that they could now see
in the distance. A lady could only whisper; Jesus opened
her throat and she began to talk normal. Pain
went away in many.
found out that another man from our first prayer day had been healed
enough that he was going home well.
older lady I prayed for with Joseph was healed. Her heart hurt,
and she was not breathing well. God gave me a word for her to take
some deep breaths as we prayed to Jesus. Her expression changed,
and she began to breath better. I looked around
and everyone almost had left for a walk to a house. When I got there,
I got to pray for a little girl with a swelled hurting jaw.
Jesus healed her, and I told her he did because
he loved her so. I told her she was his princess. And I finally
saw her smile real big with no more pain.
have also seen an increase in healings in our prayer meeting and
This is the first spring when I'm not traveling
in Europe to minister, and we can feel it financially. It also seems
like checks simply don't arrive or are not sent, and I'm just puzzled
why there is so little money coming in. It seems the greater the
need, the less comes in.
never had more than 50% of what we need come in
from monthly donors, and Randy joining the ministry has only added
one single donor to the list. However, the needs
have grown, and vehicles are worn out, as are generators and sound
system, all in need of replacement. And we can't even keep up with
taking care of daily needs and repairs.
you consider supporting us on a monthly basis? No amount
is too little, so whether it's 10 Dollars or Euros or 100 Dollars
or Euros, we'll be very grateful!
Wedding Celebration - Paul organized a wedding celebration
on our base for us, and it was beautiful! I was very moved when
the children sang a "thank you" song
for me; you can watch it on YouTube here.
And Joseph sang a blessing song over us that you can watch here.
Look at the pictures here.
- After three years of working non-stop since he got married,
my Malian leader Paul was very much in need of a vacation,
and I'm glad he got to spend a week in a hotel to have time off
to rest. Any help with those expenses would be very much appreciated.
Party - We put on a party for the street children
at Easter, playing games, sharing the gospel, children getting
saved, getting shoes and food and praising God together. Look
at the pictures here.
Marriage - We have now been in Mali for 5 weeks,
and being newly-wed couple, we are dealing with a lot of things,
plus Randy being new to the culture and ministry. Please do not
forget to include praying for our marriage.
King - A month from now Patricia King is coming for
48 hours, and Bruce & Cheryl Lindley for a week. Please pray
for much fruit from their visit.
Video - Professional producers have made a new promotional
video for us that you can watch on our YouTube channel here.
Truck Needed - We're currently spending hundreds of dollars
to get our truck repaired that hs been sitting broken down for
months. Our only working truck also keeps breaking down. We desperately
need a new Toyota pick-up truck, which unfortunately
costs as much as $40,000 or 30.000€.
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John
what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame
walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead
are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.