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
MORE CHILDREN & WHY
time I told you about more kids leaving, and then Bouba
(new, on the right) left us shortly after. Next, it was Yacouba
(new) who wanted to leave, but Paul could convince him to stay.
Last week it came to light why.
of June we employed a new day guard, a Christian
man named Dramane, who seemed a God-sent. He was
doing his job well and seemed to have integrity
which is rare in Mali. We were really happy.
it's come out that he's an alcoholic who beats up our children
when he is drunk. The children did not speak up for the
longest time. The night guard from the security company did not
tell us either about him returning drunk in the middle of night
(which he should have). We finally found out that he's been
beating up our kids and insulting our two women
who live on the base. We even found out that one of the women knew
him from years ago and knew he had issues, but did not tell us.
Saturday night, he kept calling Paul all night and insulting
him. In the morning, Paul found him all drunk and fired
him. Dramane was threatening everyone with killing them
and Paul had to call the police to have him removed.
He found out that Dramane had actually been in prison for
killing someone. We had found him because missionaries
had recommended him.
our children are safe again, and we'll be asking
the security company to send a day guard for now. We are also looking
into switching security companies.
pray for our base, our children, and especially Paul who
is dealing with all of this.
(10), one of our cook's children, has
lost his sponsor and is looking for someone who would help take
care of his every need. With our carpenter having set up his workshop
on our base, we have now also sent his other two children to school/kindergarten
and both Emmanuel (7) and Joseph (4)
are looking for a sponsor. A sponsorship is $60 or 50€
Emmanuel (7) and
finally, Fanta's fourth child and second daughter
was born this morning. I'm hoping to find someone long-term who
will support little Esther from birth and watch
her grow up.
was glad to be recently asked why we travel so much because
if one person has that question, probably many more among you do
but don't ask it. Don't be shy to voice questions or concerns.
ministry is called Healing 2 The NATIONS,
so it is simply part of our calling to minister
to the nations. While our ministry base is in Mali, it is as much
part of our calling to minister in the Western world as in Mali.
A few years ago Cindy Jacobs prophesied over me that I was an apostolic
voice to the French-speaking world, which is where my heart
is. Wherever God sends us, we will go, and we see Him do miracles,
heal, restore, deliver, save, set free and refresh. Only He can
do these things!
as we travel we get the word out about the ministry
in Mali, meet new people, make new connections, and potentially
meet people who will make a difference in Mali,
whichever way that may be. Because I taught at a missions school
in Rumania in March, we now have a Rumanian lady join our
team in Mali later this year. Because we were in Germany
last November, we found out about the Disciple-Making Movement
which is the perfect strategy to plant churches among Muslims.
you cannot imagine the spiritual warfare we deal
with when we are in Mali which wears you out over time. It is imperative
to get out regularly to take a deep breath, get refreshed,
look at things from the distance and receive new vision and strategies
as you go back in.
IN AUSTRIA & FRANCE
have just completed two weeks of ministry in Austria
and three weeks in France and
are in awe of everything the Lord has done. Last year the Lord spoke
to us about the importance of focusing on France because
of its historic ties to Mali, a former French colony. This year,
we were just blown away as door after door opened and
we made many new connections, ministering all over the country of
France. And the Lord moved mightily in every single place. Yes,
the bridges the Lord showed me last year that He
wanted to build between France and Mali are being built.
And there is so much more yet to come!
at our France pictures here.
Situation - The Malian government has not set a new
date for the referendum to change the
constitution that the population is rising up against. Please
pray for peace, and for protection
Start - This whole past month Paul kept
asking me to send money so he could pay tuition
for our 30+ children in school, and every time I had to tell him
I had none to send him. Not only are there school
fees to pay, but school books and uniforms to purchase.
Movement - Our groups continue to thrive and multiply.
Sebela now has a prayer group
going where the new believers gather. And the formerly unreached
village Falani now has two groups, and the groups
are growing. Praise God!
Leader Paul - Please continue praying for Paul who has
a lot on his shoulders. He has a lot of physical attacks.
Also, we realize more and more that him not living on
the base any more is a huge problem, as he lives a long
way away. Please pray for a solution so he can
live close by or move back in (which his wife doesn't want).
Presentation - We have made a new video
presentation for this trip. Click here
to watch it.
Baby - Please keep praying for our promised child.
Only God can create life, and nothing is impossible for Him!
Teacher - 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!
Learning - Please pray for Randy who is now learning
French. He still needs prayer as it's hard for
#4 - As soon as we have some money, we are ready 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.
the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the
Lord watches over the city, the guards stand guard in vain. (Psalm