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!
love advent, as we look forward to celebrating
the birth of Christ, and always do my best to make it a special
season for our children. We put up an advent calendar,
and every morning our children find goodies in there, whether candy
or other things. We also bake Christmas cookies
in several groups of kids that we then eat later on Christmas Eve.
Last night we played games together which was much
we're taking our children swimming, and then we
all go to a restaurant for a special chicken dinner.
From there we return home where we are going to celebrate
Jesus's birth and exchange presents. Every
one of our 40 sponsored children will receive a
bag full of goodies, including those who are still looking for a
Saturday we will have our Christmas service, and
on Sunday we will put on a party for all the street children
with games, movies, the gospel and giving them each a pair of shoes,
meal and drink.
appreciate any size gift to help us with the expenses
involved. It is our prayer that we can end this year with no deficit,
and that's a little thing for God! He is so good!
week different Malian jihadist groups gathered
which was followed by the government receiving a series of credible
threats. For that reason they have declared a 10-day state
of emergency. A few days ago the French raided
a terrorist camp killing terrorists and seizing big quantities
of explosives and weapons.
with me on Facebook to receive regular updates
on what's going on in Mali.
continue to pray for us.
& US TRIP
still in the process of planning our US and Europe trip January
to March. We feel very strongly that we need to focus more
on the French-speaking world, given that Mali is French-speaking
and God speaking about my calling there. For that reason we are
going to Quebec in February, and are planning to
go to France/Switzerland in September. We're looking for contacts
- especially in Quebec at this point - and would appreciate it if
you could put us in touch.
also looking for someone we could stay with in Las Vegas
January 30 to February 4th.
planning on going to Mississippi, Denver, Kansas City, Wichita,
Las Vegas, Augusta, Harrisburg and Quebec.
We hope to see many of you, and would love to make new connections.
be in Vienna January 4th to 13th,
and in Europe March 4th to 21st. We'll be home
in Mali in time for Easter.
School - Our 8 older boys have now done two intensive
weekends and have one more weekend coming up to finish
the first trimester. A few of them are in danger of failing
and not going on to the next trimester.
- Thank God I'm nearly completely restored after having
been sick for 3 weeks. Thanks so much for praying.
Randy is also doing fine, except for his toe still giving
him trouble when he's up and about too much.
- We haven't had the money to paint the outside of the buildings,
but we've decided to tackle a few small rooms in our house
that have never been painted before. After 4 years of living in
this unfinished house, it's a dream come true to see my
prayer room finished and with the world map on the wall.
Donors - Please pray for new monthly donors,
and for those who committed to support us last summer to follow
through with their commitment.
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
- We always need volunteers in Mali who can stay a
few months or more. If you'd like to come help us, please
you say, "The Lord is my refuge," and you make the Most
High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will
come near your tent. (Psalm
a blessed Christmas,