future workshops & businesses will serve as dorms and classrooms
for our elementary school until the main building is built.
With another $94,000 or 84.000€
we can build it. If you'd like to contribute, please mark your
donation with "building fund". Details
on the DONATION and CONSTRUCTION
March we had the privilege to go to Constanta, Romania,
to teach at a missions school that trains missionaries
for the Muslim world. I taught every morning, and
just had so much fun doing it. I was amazed at how obvious my teaching
gift became, and how much I enjoyed doing it. On the last day we
prayed and prophesied over every student, and God
touched them powerfully.
also got to speak in chapel, and share at a prayer
meeting, where all students and the staff was present as well. God
heard my heart's cry and put Mali on the hearts
of those listening. Before they had known nothing about Mali, but
at the end people came up to me and told me that they would be praying
for Mali now.
the past 14 years I've been in Mali I've been praying
for God to send LABORERS to Mali, and for a season
it seemed that He was answering that prayer. But then the military
coup happened in 2012, and we haven't had long-term volunteers since.
But it's TIME for a fulfillment of the promise
of laborers to come join us in Mali!
I asked God to give us at least one student for
Mali. I was excited when students asked me about doing their 2-month
internship with us in Mali. May His will be done!
like to share one testimony of a student with you.
This is what she wrote:
It was an honor for all of us to have you and your
husband with us! You have sure been a blessing and a good example!
God spoke me through you in many times. ... Yesterday I was praying
and I asked God to speak to me something about the Holy Spirit through
you and He did, and many other things. I have been jealous and motivated
to ask God for more of Him and His power upon me. From now one I
will pray for powerful experiences with Him! ... I never searched
for info and I didn't hear much about this country, but now I feel
my heart so close to it. I will sure pray for it from now on!
excited that they want us back next year.
at all our Romania pictures here.
year when our neighbors tried to burn one of our children alive,
the inspector at the child protection agency warned
us that the government was about to "crack down real
hard" on children's centers. She proceeded to help
us speed up our papers, but after about two years of them processing
them, we still don't have them.
year the government started surprise inspections,
and in March they came to our base. They looked at everything and
asked lots of questions. Then they asked to see our papers. When
we couldn't produce them, they gave us a deadline of April
20th to present them with the papers.
Paul has a lot of connections and has people trying
to help us get those papers. They gave us a 2-month extension
until June 20, and Paul found someone who will help us
speed things up in return for payment.
for the angry teenagers who left and who went to
the authorities and told lies, we still don't know what they accused
us of. All we've been able to find out is that they are working
with some of our neighbors who have been trying
to get rid of us for years, and that they found a member
of parliament to help them who is trying to get political
capital out of the situation. Paul activated his military
connections who are now representing us in this situation.
time we told you about the Disciple-Making Movement
and the groups Randy has started. Paul has been continuing four
groups that are going really well. These groups are composed
of Muslims who we tell Bible stories to, though
they don't know the stories are from the Bible. The first 11 weeks
it's all stories from the Old Testament. We ask
them how they are going to change their lives in the coming week
if the story we told them is true, and then hold them accountable
to it. That way they are actually
obeying God's word and becoming disciples. We also
ask them what needs they or their community have, and then pray
for those. Paul told us that a man in the hospital
was healed and went home, and there were also other healings. Then
they thank God for what He has done, which models praise
they are asked to tell the story to another person
in the coming week, and that way each person starts another group
of their own where they do the same thing. We are so excited that
there are now several second generation groups
that are going well. May we see an explosion of groups and disciples
there has been some civil discontent in Mali. Teachers and doctors
have been on strike, and the government is on the
brink of declaring this past academic year invalid,
which means all the students would have to repeat
this past school year. The president has dismissed his cabinet
and put new people in that are loyal to him, in preparation
of the presidential elections next year. Every
time that happens, the reshuffle of people in the top positions
sets our paperwork back.
is the only Muslim country with religious freedom,
with most people living in bondage to the spirit world, with Allah
being their main god. However, the current president
is more pro-Muslim and just visited Saudi
Arabia. He and the Saudi Arabian king exchanged the highest
honorary medals of their respective countries with
each other, and Saudi Arabia promised to pour even more
money into Mali. Their ties were strengthened
considerably, which is a big win for the enemy.
Arabia has been building schools and mosques everywhere,
doing a great job evangelizing a moderate Muslim country. Why
do we Christians not invest our money to do the same and
even more? We've dropped the ball and missed our
opportunity. If we do not rise up, Mali will be a strict Muslim
country in a few years' time! Let's rise up and prevent this from
year we started a Christian school. We are now
down to 3 students in fifth grade that are all
our resident children. But in our neighborhood there are dozens
of children that would be lining up at our gates to attend
our school if only we could start a first grade!
We need to do this! Where are the Christian teachers? Where are
those that would respond to God's call: Who shall I send
to Mali? Who will go for us?
a Saudi Arabian delegation came to the village
of Goro where we started a church years ago, and where
the villagers have seen miraculous protection of their harvest when
a storm came through and did not touch the Christians' fields. The
people of Goro refused to let them build a mosque,
telling them they were Christians. Praise God! Let's bring
more and more villages into the Kingdom of God.
Paul went to the village of Falani which is unreached
and has a reputation for it. He took first steps and is confident
we can bring the gospel to this dark place. But we can't
do anything without your prayers!
BUILDING, DORMS & WORKSHOPS
met with our new builder and new architect to finalize
the plans for our next building and have them draw up the final
plans. They have done that now, and we're ready to start
building. We need this building for our school
and for dorms for our children, and it will allow
us to start some of the businesses we have planned.
We're excited to move forward. All we need now is the funds to build.
The cost is 84.000€ or $90,000.
red - needed at first
blue - final purpose
Health - At a conference two weeks ago Randy caught
a flu bug that he then passed on to me. We've
both been pretty sick but getting better, however, last night
Randy had a relapse. Please pray for our health
to be restored. Also, next week I'll finally see an endocrinologist,
so I hope to have the right thyroid medication soon to be rid
of the tiredness and able to conceive. Also, I've been to the
dentist five times for 2 root canals and a
filling, and am going one more time.
Party - On Easter Monday we had our party for neighbors'
and street children on our base, and it was very successful.
Games, fun, the gospel, salvation, food, drinks and shoes for
everyone. Praise God! Look at the pictures here.
Cover - WE NEED PRAYER!!! If you can commit to pray for
us regularly, please email me.
School - Our elementary school is down to 3 students,
but is going better than before. The students now revise and master
what we did the last few months before their exam early June.
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.
Papers - Please pray we get the car customs exempt
papers and the papers for our organizations
leader Paul - Please keep praying for Paul who has a
lot on his shoulders. His son Christian (3.5) has
been sick a lot. The enemy is trying hard to stop us!
Learning - Please pray for Randy as he continues to learn
the local language Bambara.
#4 - We're about to start building the foundation for
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: $90,000 or 84.000€.
The Poor - Some of you might not know that we've been
feeding widows, the poor and refugees for many years. Recently
a whole new avenue of ministering to refugees from the
Central African Republic has opened up.
- 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.
of me, and I will assuredly give you the nations as your inheritance
and the ends of the earth as your possession. (Psalm 2:8, AMP)