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
A FRENCH-SPEAKING FAMILY
past trip to the Western world was very significant,
setting things in order and in place for the future direction of
this ministry. One of those significant moments was our week
in Romania I told you about last time. There is now a young
lady in Romania preparing to come to Mali, which is a huge
answer to prayer. Another significant part of this trip was our
time in Quebec, which I had felt a long time in
advance, and that sense was right.
a good number of years I have felt the need for us to connect
more with the French-speaking world, but the doors were
for the most part closed. Then we had the military coup
in Mali five years ago, and four years ago the French saved us from
the rebels taking the capital, a French soldier
giving his life on the first day, which gave me a new love
for France. Around the same time Cindy Jacobs prophesied
over me that I would be an apostolic voice to the French-speaking
year doors started opening up in France, and we
met and immediately connected with Alain Caron,
founder and leader of a network in the French-speaking world,
based in Quebec, Canada. Alain joined the board of our ministry,
and a month ago we were headed his way for his yearly network conference.
There was a strong sense of divine purpose and eternal significance
in the atmosphere - even though we had been battling a virus/the
flu for weeks and weren't feeling great - that God was up to something,
and He totally exceeded our expectations.
joined the HODOS network, and it immediately seemed
that our piece of the puzzle had finally found the right puzzle
to fit into. The theme of the conference was alignment,
which was so fitting, as we aligned ourselves with them. And as
we did, blessings and favor started flowing. We
were blown away at the extent, as doors suddenly started opening,
and favor came as never before. We made great connections
and met wonderful people from all over the French-speaking world,
and this was just the beginning!
are excited that Alain's right-hand guy Jean-Pierre
Leroux, will be the speaker at our 13-year Anniversary Conference
this December. Even more so as Jean-Pierre has had a heart for Mali
all his life but has never been, so we are expecting great things.
we are currently planning our time in France this September
and are praying for more people and churches to connect
at all our Quebec pictures here.
I have been many places in my life, but northern Quebec was the
most beautiful place I've seen in a long time, if not ever.
time I told you about two delicate situations we
found ourselves in. One had to do with the 7 rebellious
teenagers who left in January, some of whom went to the
authorities and told them lies about us, finding
neighbors and a member of parliament to help them and fight for
them. I'm happy to tell you that Paul has met with the member of
parliament and that the boys have withdrawn their accusations.
other dicey situation was the government demanding the papers
for our children's center which we have been working on
for a long time. However, while there is religious freedom, that
does not mean you don't
get obstacles thrown your way when you're Christian. At a surprise
inspection in March they gave us a deadline
of April 20th to present the papers. Thanks to Paul's connections
and interventions, that deadline was extended until June
20th. Still, it had taken us 8 years of
going in circles before we had received the church papers,
and when they burned in the fire last year, they wanted us to start
over again. Thankful, we received those papers a few weeks ago,
after one year (after paying again). Paul then found a person
who said he could take charge in getting us the children's center's
papers. He wasn't cheap, but I'm happy to tell you that three
weeks before the deadline we received the papers! PRAISE
GOD! Now there is one more issue we are working on, and then everything
will be in order! God is so good!
children in Mali have a four-month break in summer
(rainy season) which is way too long. Unfortunately we don't
have anyone visiting nor anyone to supervise the children
right now. Our only remaining teenager Amadou and
our leader-in-training Joseph are planning on going
on an outreach with Youth With A Mission
in Togo, if the money is there for it. Our own
elementary school is back in session,
so my remaining two students Arouna and Sarata will be busy studying
is also the time of year when we take in new children off
the street. Please pray we take in the right ones.
World - Sometimes people don't understand that we are
not only called to Mali, but also to minister
to the Western world, which is one reason we travel. On our last
weekend before returning to Mali, we found out that a lady we
prayed for last year was healed of cancer. Also,
we prayed for a lady with a slipped disk that
night and I felt the disk move under my hand. She said she felt
heat and it was much better.
On TV - The Lord spontaneously opened the opportunity
for me to be on Hispanic Christian TV in California.
You can watch the bilingual show on our YouTube channel here.
Health - As soon as our feet hit the ground in Mali,
the spiritual battle became very tangible again,
especially now that it is Ramadan and the whole
country is unleashing the powers of darkness through fasting
and prayer. On our first day in Mali we had a car accident,
and minutes later Paul had a motorcycle accident
as he was heading our way. Also, Randy's toe
suddenly started hurting really bad again (two years ago he
was unable to walk for two weeks, for no reason). As for Paul,
he is sick with exhaustion and needs prayer
and rest. We'd like to send him on a one-week vacation somewhere,
if finances allow it. We all need your prayers!
School - Bakary is now on vacation with
the others, as he could not keep up with 5th grade. He is supposed
to be our carpenter's apprentice
when he sets up his shop on our base. As for the remaining two
students, I was not happy with the results of their exams.
They had obviously not put the work in they should have while
we were gone. As the Lord has promised us a child still
this year, we have decided to put Arouna and Sarata back
into the school system. On one hand I'm sad as
teaching school is my greatest passion, on the other hand it will
free me up to focus on other things - and be a first-time Mom.
Teacher - We thought the Lord had provided a first-grade
teacher while we were in Quebec, but it fell through.
So we are still looking for a French-speaking first grade
teacher to join our team. There is such a need for a
good, Christian school where the children are treated with dignity
and learn something. Many of our Muslim neighbors
would send their children to our school. Please pray with us for
this great need!
Groups - During our absence Paul continued the DMM (Disciple-Making
Movement) groups that Randy started, and they've been going well.
We now have several second generation groups.
Please pray for them and for their multiplication.
Unreached To Reached - Paul has had the village of Falani
on his heart for a while. So far Christians have only failed
when they tried to start a church there. Paul has been building
relationships with people there, and now they are at
the point of being ready to start a DMM group.
Learning - For a while we have now felt that Randy needs
to be learning French, as God is connecting us
to all these French-speaking nations. Thankfully, there is more
material available for self-study, and so Randy
has started learning French. He still needs prayer as it's hard
#4 - As soon as we have some money, we are read 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€.
- 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.
in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.