are believing and contending for the money needed to purchase a
new pickup truck, for our deficit to be erased and to be able to
complete the third building we've built.
declare the time of lack is OVER!
this year we saw more miracles in such a short
period of time than ever before. About three months ago the health
attacks against my husband and me, Paul, our staff and
our children started. Sarata returned from a visit
to her home village with parasites, malaria, and typhoid fever.
I started having intense pain in my jaw and ended up having a wisdom
tooth pulled, followed by another full week of excruciating
pain and pain killers. Paul had typhoid fever,
and malaria several times. One child after another had malaria
(not unusual), as well as colds, and so did our
adults, and several of them had to get medical care. I had a persistent
cold for over two weeks, and Randy had a deep cough
affecting his lungs for three weeks. Some of our kids were in such
bad shape, we had to take them to a clinic.
the past 11 days my husband has been lying in bed
because of excruciating pain in the joint/bone of his foot.
He simply woke up with it one morning (he once had an injury there
in the past). He's now putting ice on it and resting
it - the only thing he can do - but it's hard on him to not be able
to do any physical work. Randy had been painting
our dining hall, where we also have all our meetings and the street
kids sleep, and just another day and the inside would have been
DECLARE ALL SICKNESS MUST GO AND RELEASE HEALTH AND HEALING ON OUR
internet stopped working, and it took 9 days for
a technician to come and fixed it. We've also had a few severe computer
issues arrise out of the blue; we were able to fix them at the expense
happened to our intricate electrical system (solar
panels, batteries and city electricity). Every evening the power
would go out and only come back on in the morning, leaving us in
a hot bedroom without even so much as a fan. That
went on for a full three weeks! If any of you have ever not been
able to sleep, you can imagine what weeks of not sleeping
does to you.
Malian electricians we were refered to kept saying
they're coming, yet not showing up. And when they did come, they
said it was fixed, but it wasn't. After three weeks the missionary
who installed the whole system "happened" to be in town
(a God-sent!) and fixed it - by simply pushing
in a button!
COMMAND THE THIEF TO RETURN SEVEN TIMES WHAT HAS BEEN STOLEN AND
DECLARE ALL THAT WE HAVE OFF LIMITS TO THE ENEMY!
all the medical expenses we had for hospital visits
and medications, the internet service provider technicians stole
quite a bit of money out of our cash box. And we discovered
the theft of a motorcycle that had been stored
here. It was one of the street kids we baptized last year and who
was a regular. He threatened the kid that saw him with killing him
if he told us.
just found out that we're losing our biggest regular monthly
supporter by the end of this year. We're thankful for our
new supporters after our summer trip, yet half of our new friends
who committed to supporting us haven't started yet.
is the toughest time of year for us financially
because of the beginning of the school year where we need thousands
of dollars in addition, and we already only have 43% of
our budget met by our monthly supporters. We are close
to finishing paying all the schools and school uniforms etc and
have already spent 7724€ which is $8467.
three weeks we're having our yearly anniversary conference,
this year with pastor Alan Koch and the theme "Holy
Spirit", which also requires money to put on. We're
making radio announcements daily and will be broadcasting the Sunday
afternoon live on Christian radio. We need to rent
tents that cost a few hundred dollars, and rent
buses to bring our village people in. We're also serving
a banquet feast at the big Sunday celebration.
DECLARE WE HAVE ABUNDANT PROVISION FOR ALL OUR NEEDS IN CHRIST JESUS!
ALL SCHOOLS PAID, VEHICLE PURCHASED, DEBTS ERASED, MORE THAN ENOUGH
SUPPORTERS AND PROVISION FOR OUR HOLY SPIRIT CONFERENCE!
having a vehicle has had quite a few repercussions.
Our children have to go to school and back twice a day,
which is a long walk to the main road and then
three public transportation buses. We spend 27€
which is $30 per day on that, and it's hard on
the children plus eats up the little free time they have.
step-mother Elisabeth - a widow with 7 children
- used to work for us, but now she can't. They can't attend our
services either, as our pickup used to pick them up and bring them
has been able to visit our village church that
is a 45-minute drive away by other means. However, there is no way
to get to the village church that is 2 hours away.
is running errands in town every day, which is
much harder transportation-less, especially when items need to be
carried, which sometimes requires a taxi. Other
times we need to pay for people to bring items to us,
like the many bags of rice we need to feed dozens of people every
day, and to give away to needy widows.
are considering buying a "moto-taxi",
a motorbike with a small pickup bed, as that would allow us to take
the children back and forth to school, and it's more affordable.
has spent much time researching vehicles. They
are much cheaper in Europe, and so we're considering
buying one there and driving it back to Mali. After talking to people
who have made that drive, we believe it is doable.
right now a mission agency is selling a
pickup truck for $22,800. Are you the
one God's calling to write us a check so we can purchase it? Or
to make a transfer so we can pay the 20.600€?
We could have a vehicle by TOMORROW! May God's
will be done!
LOOSE PROVISION FOR JUST THE RIGHT VEHICLE GOD HAS IN STORE FOR
US TO COME INTO OUR POSSESSION!
School - God spoke to us that we need to have our older
boys that are becoming adults do our Bible school. It's
been years since our Bible school has been in session, but this
coming weekend we'll be doing an intensive and are expecting
about 10 students. Please pray for it the organisation,
logistics and the students.
Painting - We hope to complete the painting of the dining
hall before our conference in three weeks, as we'll be
doing meetings in there. We're looking to see if someone else
can paint the outside of the building as Randy's foot is still
Church Plant- Paul recently moved off our base
and into a house outside of town, closer to our village church.
He has it on his heart to start a church there. Prayers appreciated.
Sponsorship - Seven of our children
are currently praying to find a (new) sponsor to support them
with $60 or 40€ per month. Please go to
page to see which ones and let me know whose sponsor you'd like
Donors - If you have committed to supporting
us on a monthly basis, please either sign up online for an automatic
monthly donation or in Europe set it up through your bank or in
the US send a check every month. Thank you!
& Europe Trip - Randy and I will be in Europe early
January and the first half of March,
and in the US in between. If you'd like us to come to
your church to preach or share, please let us know.
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
without ceasing. (1.Thess