futur workshops & businesses will serve as dorms and classrooms
for our elementary school until the main building is built.
We're waiting for a quote from our new builder to know how much
these will cost. If you'd like to contribute, please mark your
donation with "building fund". Details
on the DONATION and CONSTRUCTION
IN CRITICAL CONDITION
over three years ago Florentin was operated in
Austria which saved his life. He needed a new heart valve
- an operation that could not be done in Mali. It was amazing
how God orchestrated everything for him to get that life-saving
operation, and he was doing great until a few months ago.
have not had a car for over a year, and so the
children have had to walk to the main road and
then take two public transportation buses to school, then return
home for lunch, and do it all over again in the afternoon. It's
especially been hard on the little children - and
on Florentin. A few months ago he started having problems, taking
tests, getting all kinds of medications prescribed, but a few weeks
ago he took a turn for the worse.
had to be hospitalized and stayed in the
hospital for 10 days, until he was stable enough to return
home. He decided he wanted to go home to see his widowed Mom for
two weeks, and while we had reservations about it, we let him go.
Two days later Paul had to go get him and take
him back to the hospital - less than a week after
he was released the first time. Today is the
fifth day he is back in the hospital, and we don't know when he
can come back home yet. They're trying to stabilize him to the point
that he can.
Mali, asking questions is against the culture.
In addition, doctors do not tell you anything, and so we have not
known all this time what is wrong with him. We have also tried to
get test results, but they are treated like top
secret documents. FINALLY, Flo's cardiologist gave us some information
a few days ago.
told us that two of Flo's heart valves are not closing properly
which has caused his heart to be enlarged. She said that
he needs to have another operation - that cannot
be done in Mali - and that even with that risky operation, she does
not have much hope that Flo will have much longer to live. BUT GOD!
do not accept this negative report but HAVE FAITH in our
God! We have been praying for Flo's healing, and we're
also pursuing getting him this second operation that he needs to
fix what is wrong. Our friend in Austria who arranged
everything last time is already working on getting him this
follow-up operation. Please pray for favor
with those in power who can make this happen. Pray for finances
for a plane ticket and for all the medical expenses we've already
had for his tests, medications and hospitalization. And most of
all, pray for Florentin's complete healing to the
glory of God!
the last few weeks we have added five new children
to our family. Three of them are street children, and they all still
need sponsors for $60 or 50€ per month.
You can also do a half-sponsorship for half that
amount. These are their stories:
was born somewhere in Côte d'Ivoire, he doesn't know where.
When he is six years old, his parents send him and his younger brother
to an uncle in Bamako where they both start going to school. In
sixth grade - around April or May 2015 - Arouna gets kicked out
of school because he skips classes all the time. So his uncle signs
him up as an apprentice to a motorbike mechanic. However, his aunt
sends him out every morning to sell her merchandise, so that he
can't go to the mechanic's. Every night when his uncle gets back
home, he beats him up for not having shown up, not knowing that
his wife was sending him out to do her business. After two weeks
Arouna has enough and runs away. He ends up at the bus station,
where he begs for money to survive. He hears about us, but decides
to make his way north to Mopti where he ends up working for a fisherman.
After a couple months, he wants to return to Bamako, and the fisherman
pays his bus ticket to do so. Arriving in Bamako, he decides to
find us as he had heard that we treat children well. All he knows
is that we are near the hill and that we have a water tower. So
he asks around until he shows up at our base on March 29 of 2016.
His faithfulness and sweet spirit gets him noticed, and so two days
before our primary school started he became part of our family,
just in time to also be in our school.
was born in Diarradougou in Burkina Faso in 2004. Fulfulde is his
mother tongue. At 4 or 5 years old he is sent to a Marabout in Bobo
Dioulasso where he spends the next five years. He then decides to
run away because of the beatings and goes to Sikasso where he spends
the next five months making bricks and earning money. However, the
Marabout has a relative there who recognizes Moussa and tells him
about his whereabouts. The Marabout then informs Moussa’s
father who comes to Sikasso to get his son and take him back to
the Marabout. He then stays another two years with the Marabout
who does not beat him during that time. Then one day the Marabout’s
wife sends him out to go get water. When he doesn’t do it,
the Marabout beats him up for it, and so he runs away again, with
one other kid. They decide to go to Bamako. On the way there they
meet another street kid (Tidiane) in Bougouni who tells them about
us. Together the three of them make their way to Bamako and straight
to our center. Moussa stays, while his friend continues on his journey
to another town. On November 11th, 2015, he first comes to our center
and starts cleaning in a pharmacy during the day while spending
the nights with us. In the summer of 2016 he starts staying at our
center regularly and gets noticed, leading to him moving in in August.
was born in Maraka-Kungo (Fana) in maybe 2000. Fulfulde is the language
he spoke with his parents. When he’s about 7 years old he’s
sent to a Marabout in Kumantou (Bougouni). He spends five months
there, but is just keeping animals. Because he doesn’t want
to do that and because he’s beaten, he runs away. He goes
home where his Dad tells him that he wants him to keep cattle. Because
he does not want to do that, he runs away after only 3 days home.
He goes to Bamako where he ends up at the bus station. After only
two days there a street kid (Dramane) tells him about our center,
and in November of 2010 he comes for the first time. However, in
the years to come he would spend few nights at our center, instead
living on the street and begging for money. One time he went home
to his family to pick up his clothes, but only his Mom knew about
it, not his Dad. All those six years on the street all he ever did
was beg for money to survive. In the summer of 2016 he starts staying
at our base every night which eventually led to his moving in in
here to see all the pictures of our resident children.
TEAM MEMBER ADAME
time I presented our new team member David to you;
a wonderful young Christian man who did an amazing job with our
children for the week he was with us. Unfortunately he left us after
that week - against his will. His denomination did not want
him to live on our base and work for us full-time, therefore
not being able to participate in their activities and work for them.
Even though he loved being with us, he submitted to his leadership
and left. It was hard seeing him go after the excitement
of having such a gifted young man as part of our team.
few weeks ago we took in Adame, a Christian lady
who's been beaten by her husband and fled that
abusive situation. She needed a place to stay for
herself and her two children. Then she lost her little shop a few
weeks ago when the government destroyed all the road side shops.
She's now looking for a new location to set up a new shop.
that her children are with us around the clock, and that she wants
to give back to us, she has just started watching our kids
on the weekend. We really needed someone during that time,
and are still looking for someone to watch the kids during the week.
only girl so far - Sarata - is really happy to have two
other girls around. Habibatou (11) is
her age, while her sister Musokura is about 4 years
old. Since they now live with us, sleep and eat here, we will be
sending them to school and pay for it all. Therefore they are both
looking for sponsors who are willing to invest
into them with $60 or 50€ per month.
(11) and her sister Musokura (4)
elementary school has now been going for 5 weeks,
and we have one more week before we leave on our trip. We started
with 10 children - 6 of ours, and 4 from the outside
- and are now down to 5 that will hopefully all
continue; two of them struggle, while three are
doing a great job. We've covered a lot in those few weeks, and they've
made great progress. We do Math, French, Science,
Music, Civil & Moral Education and English, and have really
found our groove.
we are gone, they'll have pages and pages of exercises to
do that will cement what we've done so far. Please pray
for them, and especially for the two struggling. Pray also we find
another person to watch the kids during the day, which
would help with their homework time.
also for divine connections as we travel in Europe
and particularly France, as we are looking for an elementary
school teacher to come to Mali and start a first grade
in our school.
Health - Four months after the fire we still have healing
wounds and raw scars that hurt (at least I do - picture
from today). We both have several doctor's appointments in the
Western world coming up to get several things checked out.
Moving Out - We've had some issues with our older teenagers
for a while who really wanted to have their freedom
and have wanted to leave before, and this summer they
all returned to their families to be with them. We've
decided it's the best for them to stay with their families and
continue their schooling there. That means that Karim
(20), Jérémie (19), and André (17) are
now non-resident kids, though we hope to see them often on our
& renovation - Repairs and renovations are finally
all done since our carpenter finished putting
all the shelves and doors in. We also got new, bright couch
covers to protect them from the dozens of kids hopping
on them every day. Our new palm trees along the
wall are growing slowly, even
though it's rainy season. However everything was flooded around
us just a few days ago, so there might just be a little bit too
- We're still waiting for the estimate
of how much the next building will cost that
our new construction manager is working on. We need those rooms
as dorms as well as for our elementary school.
Papers - Paul is visiting government offices nearly every
day to try to speed up the papers for our three entities.
Our church papers burned in the fire, and we'll need them at the
time our new car arrives in Mali in a few weeks. Please pray for
favor, and for us to get all papers soon.
Car - Our new 13-seat Toyota Landcruiser
is supposedly on the way to us via Dakar, and is supposed to arrive
some time in September, just in time before school
starts in October. Please pray we get it out of customs easily
Church Plant - Our new church plant in Sebeli
is doing great, even though we cannot go there ourselves right
now (rainy season). We were able to hear a report from there,
and to send them a solar audio Bible. Please
pray we can get a hold of a lot more solar audio Bibles to distribute.
Trip - The first two and a half weeks of our elementary
school I was alone, as Randy was in the USA for his youngest
daughter's wedding. I'm glad he's back - he had a tough
time returning as he was stuck in Paris for 24
hours because of an Air France strike, and then one of his suitcases
didn't make it and only arrived two days after him.
However, he had a great time, and his daughter was a beautiful
bride. All his children are married now, so it's about
time there was a new sibling for them. Please
pray with us to that end.
- While our US schedule is full (see on the left) we still have
some openings in Europe (also on the left). We're
looking forward to seeing many of you again and making new friends
and connections. Please pray for open doors and divine
apppointments, and especially for God to send teachers
to our school in Mali.
- We're looking for monthly financial partners as we only have
41% of our budget covered by regular monthly
- Do you want to come change an orphan's
life? Do you want to heal the sick? Preach
the gospel to those who've never heard? Come to Mali
for a season and let God change your life. No language skills
needed, but French skills are helpful.
I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and
will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. (Jer 33:6)