is a non-profit organization incorporated in Augusta, GA, with a 501(c)3
H2TNI is also a registered organization in Austria.
& Claudia are part of the apostolic networks of Che Ahn, Randy Clark
and Bill Johnson.
are very aware of our need for prayer for protection, strength, health,
and provision in every way. We need and appreciate your prayers!
futur workshops & businesses will serve as dorms and classrooms
for our elementary school until the main building is built.
With $94,000 or 83.000€
we can build it. If you'd like to contribute, please mark your
donation with "building fund". Details
on the DONATION and CONSTRUCTION
YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
years ago I started a church called "Centre Apostolique
Malien" (CAM), i.e. Malian apostolic center,
in Bamako, just over a year after moving here. Much has happened
since, good and challenging, but I cannot help but see the goodness
of God everywhere. I'm amazed at what He was able to do
with one little girl who said yes. It shows that nothing
is impossible for our God!
we have an outside speaker come in and do a weekend conference on
our base. Not so this year. We only did a celebration
on Sunday afternoon. We put up tents on our base, filled the baptismal
tank, and rented additional chairs to put up. Radio announcements
were made all week prior, and slowly people were trickling in. Paul
led praise & worship, with our boys as his
choir. Most of our boys had different tasks during our celebration,
and they did a great job.
shared the history of CAM, and then Randy prayed
a prayer of blessing over us, the city, and the
country. Our boys had prepared a skit to present
the gospel, and they did a great job. We then baptized three
people - one of the street kids we took in in summer, a
street kid we have just taken in, as well as a lady from one of
our village churches. It's always so exciting to hear their
testimonies as they share before getting into the water.
it was time for the message. I couldn't help but preach on the
goodness and faithfulness of our heavenly Father. I noticed
how attentive every one was - which is certainly due to the totally
foreign concept of a God being a loving Father
in this Muslim culture. I was so aware of the Holy Spirit giving
me the words to speak - it was just awesome! In the end, I invited
people to start a relationship with this wonderful God the Father,
and about 20 people made a first-time commitment.
ended our celebration with a banquet feast. We
had slaughtered two sheep in the morning and paid women to cook
for us so that our ladies could be enjoying the celebration. Everyone
got a big plate of couscous with sauce and mutton and a
drink, and as you look at the pictures, their smiles tell
here to look at all the pictures from the celebration. Click here
to watch a 10-minute clip from our celebration.
CAR IS OUT OF CUSTOMS
has been making countless, expensive ($40 each time) trips to the
customs office outside of town, trying to get our
car out of customs. He spent countless hours there, being sent in
circles by officials wanting money for their own pockets. Unfortunately
we had to pay customs after all, and before three months since its
arrival in Mali had passed, or it would be auctioned off.
In the end, it cost us $13,000 to pay for customs,
which is a challenging amount of money.
the evening of December 7th, the customs officials
were once again gonna send Paul home without a car, telling him
to come back in the morning, but he refused. Paul
didn't care that the agents had gone home already and couldn't come
with him, as he'd have to drive a vehicle without a license plate
all the way across the capital city, a two-hour drive
with traffic. And in fact, the police did stop him. Gladly, it was
policemen who know Paul and let him pass.
so, at 9:15 pm our Toyota Landcruiser came home.
We woke up the kids who cheered and rejoiced. Now we're working
on getting a temporary license plate as soon as
possible, so that we can use our vehicle. Please pray
to that end.
If you cannot see the embedded video of our car
TWO NEW CHILDREN
week ago we took in a new street kid - Hamidou,
who is turning 16 next week. He's a remarkable young man, who prayed
with us to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior
in August. He has now started 2nd grade and is
hungry to know God more. Hamidou is still looking for a
sponsor to support him with $60 or 50€ per
is Paul's newborn daughter, as yet without name,
who was born on December 2nd. What an opportunity
to support a child from birth and see her grow up!
me know if you want to sponsor either one of these children.
Health - Claudia was able to get her tooth
fixed in Austria without a root canal, so that we were able to
return to Mali as planned. Unfortunately she's just lost the filling
of another tooth. Also, please keep praying for us to have
School - Claudia went back to teaching her fifth-graders
and is now two weeks in. The kids did an exam
right after our return, and their results were not good. Hopefully
they'll have better grades next time, now that they know Claudia's
style. This time school will be twice as long
as last time before we travel again. Please pray for French-speaking
teachers to come to Mali to relieve Claudia as well as
so we can start a first grade which is much needed.
- Every year we take all of our kids - resident and non-resident
- as well as all our workers out to eat for a special chicken
dinnerand soda at a nearby restaurant.
This year we will be more people than ever - 49 to be exact -
which is projected to cost about $400 or 375€.
Every child will receive a bag full of goodies. If you are sponsoring
a child, we'd encourage you to give a little extra this
month to help us put this bag together for your child. Any financial
help for the dinner is also very welcome.
Papers - Please pray for favor with government officials
as we keep working on getting papers for our
organizations, the tax excempt papers, as well
as a license plate for our car as soon as possible.
leader Paul - Please pray for our Malian director Paul!
He's an amazing young man, and he has a lot on his shoulders.
This past year has been really intense for him,
and he is tired. He'll be taking a week off in January, and it's
always hard for us when he's not around. Also, we'd like to send
him on a missions trip to Brazil with Randy Clark next
June that would change his life, and allow him to bring the fire
back to Mali. If you'd like to contribute to this trip, please
mark your donation accordingly. Also, please pray
Learning - Please pray for Randy as he continues to learn
the local language Bambara which he really struggles
with. Also, we now see the need more than ever for him to learn
#4 - We'd like to start building our next building that
will service as dorms and classrooms for our
elementary school in the beginning, and will be our business and
workshop section later. Cost: $94,000 or 84.000€.
- We've been introduced to the "Discipleship
Making Movement" and are very excited about this
great tool to make disciples and start churches. In February
we will drive to neighboring Burkina Faso for
a two-day training, taking a few of our promising
future leaders with us.
- We're looking for monthly financial partners as we only have
49% 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.
you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts
to those who ask him! (Jesus in Mt 7:11)