are believing and contending for $35,000 to purchase a new Toyota
pickup truck so we have a vehicle again!
In this newsletter:
STREET KID CHRISTMAS PARTY
NEW YEAR'S EVE
2015 FINANCIAL STATISTICS
have been wanting to tell you for weeks about our Christmas and
New Year's celebrations in Bamako. On Christmas
we took all of our children swimming which is their
favorite activity. We had so much fun. Then we all went to a restaurant
not far from us where everyone received a big plate of chicken
and fries and a drink. Most of our kids only ever get to
eat out - and get to eat chicken - this one time per year, so it
meant a lot to them.
then returned home using public transportation and taxis for our
actual celebration. We found three policemen on
sight that the police had sent for our protection. Dozens of adults
and mainly kids squeezed into our living room to celebrate Jesus's
birth. We talked about the significance of His birth and His death,
sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Him, ate the cookies the kids had baked,
lit sparklers, prayed, and then it was time to exchange
gifts. We put together bags full of goodies for all our
40 children in our sponsorship program, and those
of us living together, we each drew the name of a person to give
a gift to. We had a wonderful time as each kid came up to receive
his gift and pick a chocolate off the Christmas tree.
was moving among our kids, and so was the enemy. Two of our teenagers
felt dark forces clouding their minds and pushing
them to leave our center. Two other teenagers decided to go with
them. Another teenager felt the Holy Spirit holding him back. They
had barely left when they realized what they had done
and wanted to come back. After some talking and praying and several
days, they returned to our family with contrite hearts.
here to look at all the pictures from our Christmas
KID CHRISTMAS PARTY
days later we put on a Christmas party for the street children
and neighbors' children. 80 children played games
with us, then we had a time of Bambara praise before Paul explained
the gospel from beginning to end and invited them to give their
lives to Jesus which many of them did. Then they
watched the MATTHEW movie in their language before getting a big
plate of great food and a drink, as well as a pair of shoes and
chocolate off the tree.
there anything more rewarding than being a channel of God's
love to these abandoned, hurting and lonely little ones?
here to look at all the pictures from the Street
Kid Christmas Party.
finished the year strong with a wonderful family time on New
Year's Eve that a number of street children joined us for.
We looked at all the pictures of the past year, and thanked God
for so many things that happened. Suddenly God's Spirit
inhabited our thanksgiving, and we spontaneously started
singing a simple "Thank You, Daddy" song that Joseph had
written, and God's thick presence filled the place. You can watch
a short video clip of it here.
We also looked forward to what we'd like to see
happen this coming year. We spent time thanking and praising Him,
praying, eating cake and playing games, and started the new year
the best way I could imagine how.
is so good!
our next email newsletter we will tell you about the exciting things
ahead for us this year.
here to look at our December pictures.
following paragraphs give you some insight into our finances.
It's always interesting to me to compare the numbers of the past
year with the previous year. This is what we found:
General donations & sales 2015 - up
Expenses - up 3.6%
we started 2015 with a deficit of 3300€ or
$3,600, to our greatest astonishment and delight we ended it with
a small plus of 550€
monthly average amount we spent was 9.820€,
Our faithful monthly donors currently give a total
of about 4.000€,
i.e. $4,360.That means we are 59.3%
of our expenses short every month, which is slightly
more than last year. In the best case scenario, that difference
comes in through one-time donations. In the worst case scenario,
the ministry goes into debt. It is our travels that help bring in
those one-time donations.
ask me where most of our donations come from - 47%
of last year's donations came from the USA,
while 45% came from
Europe and mostly from Austria.
numbers of expenses so you have an idea where our greatest needs
are; these are averages per month for 2015.
- 1.303€, i.e.
$1,420 (excluding Claudia & Randy's food)
- 1.316€, i.e.
$1,434 (tuition & supplies)
& house repairs - 650€,
hope these numbers are beneficial to you. Feel free to ask me if
you have any questions.
School - All our 8 older boys have now finished
their first trimester. It is yet to be determined through
homework assignments how many of them will continue on to the
Skymiles Needed - Randy's youngest daugther is getting
married in July, which is reason for great joy, and requires
that at least Randy makes it to the US then. He is 30,000 skymiles
short to get a reward ticket. If any of you have skymiles
to donate, please contact me.
Video Presentation - I made a new video presentation
that shows 2015 in review. Click
here to watch it on our YouTube channel.
Ministry - We're currently ministering and sharing
in the US and later in Europe. Please pray for protection,
provision and divine appointments, and check on the left to see
if we're coming to your town.
Donors - We're praying that God would put it on people's
hearts to support us on a monthly basis so that
we have more than the current 41% of our budget
met. Could you be one of them?
Sponsorship - Several 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 weeks or months. If you'd like to come help us, please
old life is gone, a new life burgeons! (MESS,
2 Cor 5:17)