future workshops & businesses will serve as dorms and classrooms
for our elementary school until the main building is built.
With another $88,500 or 75.500€
we can build it. If you'd like to contribute, please mark your
donation with "building fund". Details
on the DONATION and CONSTRUCTION
day before yesterday we had our biggest annual celebration, celebrating
13 years of Centre Apostolique Malien.
It was in November of 2004 that I started a church and Bible
School, and much has happened since. This year we had more
people come than last year - about 140 - but baptized
fewer people than ever. Only our own 13-year-old Moussa
was baptized, and he was glowing the next day!
was leading everyone in Bambara praise, with our
kids as his choir, and then I shared the history
of the church and center, before Randy prayed a birthday
blessing over us. Moussa then shared his story, and we
baptized him. What a joy to see a transformed life!
Then the children played the Good Samaritan story which
was the core passage of my message on loving God and loving
our neighbor. I just love it when Holy Spirit comes and
so obviously speaks through me which is what He did Sunday. People
were listening intently as I spoke about God's love and shared
what Jesus did for each one of them and that they could
accept that sacrifice for themselves. Many raised their hands when
I asked who wanted to start a relationship with Jesus, and we prayed
a prayer of commitment together. Then we opened
the front up for people who wanted prayer ministry,
and everyone who came for healing said their pain was gone.
it was time for our banquet. We had killed a sheep
that morning so everyone would have fresh mutton
added to their plate of couscous with onion sauce
and also had sodas for every person present. We
all had a wonderful time celebrating together and give God all the
at all the pictures here.
day after our own return to Mali we welcomed Andrew from
Kansas City who came with the sole purpose of serving us.
His humble and selfless attitude made him a huge blessing
to us all and we wished we did not have to say good-bye to him after
only one week. I asked him to write a few lines
about his time with us:
I felt God calling me to serve internationally, he led me to the
opportunity to serve at the Centre Apostolique Malien through Healing
2 the Nations International. Here I was given the opportunity to
meet and show God’s love to the boys and girls that have been
given a home through this ministry. While sometimes it was as simple
as playing soccer with the kids and sometimes as exciting as going
with Paul to a village and praying over people there, my time there
while short was a blessing in my life, and it is my prayer a blessing
in theirs as well. If you ever find yourself with the opportunity
to be used by God in a similar way I pray that you will accept His
calling for you. Proverbs
11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes
others will be refreshed.”
had expected Magda from Romania to join us around
the same time, but her departure to Mali was delayed until January.
Please pray for her and our preparation. We are eagerly awaiting
her arrival so that our children are supervised again, plus she
will be a great asset and addition to the team as a kindergarten
will come together with Chrisstina, another young
lady from Romania, who will do her 2-month internship
with us. We are looking forward to both their arrivals and the mutual
blessings resulting from our partnership.
that our celebration is over, we can start thinking about Christmas.
On Christmas Eve we are taking all our
32 sponsored kids as well as team members to a nearby restaurant
for a chicken dinner and soda. For many of these
children that's the only time a year they go to a restaurant, and
for some the only time they get a soda. It's always very special
for them, and we all have a great time together.
we all had back to our center and cram into our living room
where the gifts are waiting for them by the Christmas tree. We put
together a bag of goodies for all our sponsored kids,
and all those living on our base draw somebody's name to give a
gift to. We talk about the meaning of Christmas, pray, sing, eat
cookies, and exchange gifts. I'm so looking forward
to this special time, especially for the kids who have never celebrated
days later we will put on a big party for street kids and
neighbors' children, playing games, praising God, teaching
them, showing them a movie, giving them a special meal and soda,
and then a pair of shoes for each one of them.
It is love in a action in a practical way, in a country where most
people are Muslim and where there are only few signs of the Christmas
these things cost money, and we still have not recovered
from all the additional expenses for school tuition and uniforms.
The banquet of our celebration Sunday alone cost
$420 or 350€, and our Christmas meal and street kid
party costs hundreds of dollars/euros more. Please
consider sending a special gift to put a smile
on these children's faces!
Security Company - We have switched security companies
and now have both day and night guard provided
by them. It is an additional financial burden,
but we believe it was necessary. This company is also responsible
for airport security and run by a French man,
so we're expecting better services provided by them (which is
also reflected in the higher cost).
Children's Program - After our return we started a new
weekly program for street kids and neighbors' children,
playing games and teaching an excellent curriculum from Kids
in Ministry International. It's been a blessing to get to
know these children better and start to see God move in their
Movement - Our groups continue to thrive and multiply.
In January the pastor who taught us this strategy
is coming to Mali with another pastor to do a 3-day training
for all our groups.
Needed - We're in the midst of a fierce spiritual battle.
Randy has been attacked physically big
time with several physical issues, the most severe being his
ankle that he sprained only hours before our return to
Mali and now makes him unable to walk for weeks. Also,
our driver had an accident after our
celebration Sunday when he drove people home (nobody was injured
and our car is undamaged), and our carpenter
had a severe motorcycle accident on the way to
our celebration. His knee went out of joint and he has a
cast and cannot walk, and his son injured his arm and
head. We need intercessors covering us!
#4 - We're getting ready to start construction on our
next much-need building which will serve as dorms and
classrooms for our elementary school in the beginning,
and will be our business and workshop section later. We're believing
for it to be finished by next fall so that our elementary
school can start in it then. Total cost: $99,000
Teacher - We are still looking for a French-speaking
first grade teacher to join our team next September.
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 we'll find a teacher by next fall!
Needed - We're looking for a half-sponsor for Patrice
(10), our cook's son. If you'd like to enable Patrice
to go to school and be taken care off, a half-sponsorship is $30
or 25€ per month.
Situation - The presidential elections are planned for
next July. They just delayed local elections
for security reasons. Mali is becoming more and more radicalized
by jihadists. Please pray for peace, and for
protection from jihadists.
Leader Paul - Please continue praying for Paul who really
needs to move back onto our base but his wife
does not want to. He's looking for housing that is closer than
where they live now. Pray also for his wife to
fall in love with Jesus and support him in ministry.
Baby - Please keep praying for our promised child.
Only God can create life, and nothing is impossible for Him!
Learning - Randy has been learning French
for the past few months but will join our new team member Magda
in my Bambara class.
book in French - My book has already been out in English
and German for years, and now it's only a matter of a few more
weeks and the French translation will be out.
Praise God! Please pray for the final stretch.
- 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.
has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started
this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing
finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (Phil 1:6, MESS)
Standing from left: Claudia, Randy, Paul, Dramane, Amadou, Hama,
Yacouba, Bouba, Bakary, Fanta, Adame
Sitting from left: Dramane, Moussa, Habibatou, Sarata, Adama,
Jonathan, Hama, Musokura
- current monthly support, red - support needed