appreciate any help to get out of our deficit through one-time
donations or becoming a monthly donor. Ways to give on the left.
4.000€ or $4,500
to go! Thank you!
night at our daily family meeting everybody had a chance to say
good-bye to Nadia & Olga who were leaving us
after 6 weeks. Some were close to tears
as one kid after another, and then Paul and Randy, expressed their
hearts, thanking them for everything, and showing clearly how much
they loved them. I became more and more emotional myself, and when
it was time for me to speak, I broke into tears.
These two girls have been such a tremendous blessing
to us! It's amazing how God spoke to Nadia about Mali when
her eyes were still set on Burkina Faso (our eastern neighbor),
and she was startled. She had an invitation to
go to Burkina Faso, but she had no peace. Then she was told about
us - and she knew that's where she was meant to be,
before she ever communicated with me, or really knew anything about
had always had the dream of going to Africa, and
so they came together, making a great sacrifice
of not being with their families for Christmas and New Year's, as
well as all the other sacrifices involved. From the very beginning
they have been a blessing to us and blew us away with their love
and dedication and energy, always doing activities with
the kids they had come up with. They also prayed and loved
the Malians, taking every opportunity to share the love
of Christ with everyone.
joined them in January, meeting ALL of us for the
first time in person. While also from Belarus,
she lives in Paris, so she had the advantage of speaking
French and it helped having her to translate
for Olga (who speaks no French and little English) and Nadia (who
speaks basic French). But that was by far not the only way she blessed
us. She joined the girls in all the activities,
keeping up with them, and the two weeks she was here passed
Nadia told me she wanted to come back for a year,
my heart was deeply touched and so very
thankful. I've been in Mali for over 15 years,
and year after year, I prayed for workers, for
people to come help us, and my prayers didn't seem to be answered.
We had a few people come for shorter and longer, some of whom should
not have come at all, but after the military coup in 2012
visitors were rare. We were overjoyed when the
Romanian girl came a year ago to stay, and devastated
when she left after two months and did not come back to work with
us. Now I understand that it was all God's plan.
Out of the death of that dream come true, the Lord
sent us Nadia (and others), that dead seed producing much more fruit.
we praise God and we thank Him and are excited to have Nadia
join us again in May or June. But first, next Wednesday
two American students arrive to stay for one month,
and then a German Bible student is coming to stay
for 2 months. Praise God for all these volunteers,
the fruit of many years of pouring my heart out to God!
at all our December pictures here.
Look at all our January pictures here.
now it's time to let our volunteers speak for themselves:
FROM BELARUS, LIVING IN PARIS, 2 WEEKS, FIRST TIME IN AFRICA
trip to Mali - I was not looking for it, but I'd often say to myself
that one day I'd go to an African nation. And now
I'm here. It's a different world for me. Living in a developed nation
you cannot imagine not having water and eating
simple even primitive food. But we don't choose where we are born.
I thank God for allowing me to see it with my own eyes.
Because of the poverty a lot of children cannot go to school and
the older generation is also illiterate. But I
saw that the Malians are very simple and kind people who'd listen
to all of us when we went out to evangelize; even
the geology student showed great interest in the Bible stories.
was very impatient to go to the village and it
was a blessed time. All the villagers came to watch a film
about the life of Jesus Christ, and then we prayed
with them to receive Jesus, followed by prayer for healing and other
needs. Even though there was a mosque in the village, the inhabitants
of this village believed in Jesus.
Malian name) became home for me during this
time. I fell in love with the children of whom
many do not have parents. They need a mother's love
and friends they can share their experiences with. We tried to become
those for them. And now I'm going home. One prayer request is to
pray for this country, for Mali. Join us in that!
FROM BELARUS, 6 WEEKS, FIRST TIME IN AFRICA
had always been dreaming about going to Africa
and prayed a lot about this, and then God gave me the opportunity
to go to Mali.
What an amazing country and beautiful people!
God loves the people in Africa a lot, and I trust He has a great
plan for them.
so very grateful to Randy and Claudia Wilson who
took us into their mission and gave us a family
that took care of us and directed us in ministry. Nadia and I had
a great time and the six weeks just flew
by. When I arrived here, I knew no French, Bambara or English,
but in spite of not being able to communicate with words,
we all became best friends at the center anyway.
speaking any language but Russian, I was a deaf mute,
but I asked God to show me the hearts of people,
and He gave me dreams and revelations about specific
people. I worked on overcoming the language barrier and tried to
pass on God's words to those people and just love on them.
prayer, participation in ministries, fellowship with the children,
all the work at the center left a deep impression
on my life. What remains now as I leave is a heart that
burns for the African people, to the extent that it hurts.
I'm indebted to Africa, and my heart stays
with these people. I'm
asking God to help me learn the languages so I
can serve these people more effectively.
needs laborers in His field, and we are co-workers with
Him. Who will go? Who will send money? Who will open his
heart to Africa? God is looking for those who say, "Here
I am, send me!". I do not want to be indifferent.
FROM BELARUS, 6 WEEKS, PREVIOUSLY IN BURKINA FASO
I arrived in Mali, in the town of Bamako, I thought that it ressembled
a lot à Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso,
where I had spent extended time, but I was wrong.
It turned out that Bamako has fewer churches and
a lot more people, and I felt a very heavy
atmosphere. There is a great need for
workers to come. We need help to work with the children, with evangelism,
starting churches, prayer.
is a Muslim country with a population of 90%
Muslims and 5% Christians. Many people eat only
once a day, there are a lot of orphans,
and a lot of people with physical sicknesses that
can't afford being treated. But there are also a lot of people with
spiritual sicknesses. Millions of people walk in
darkness without seeing the light. This city needs people to save
them. This city needs those who will show
people the right way.
Bamako there is a center named CAM where orphans
live. They currently have 9 resident children,
and each child is so very different. Each child has his
own pain and his own destiny. I understand
that it takes time for their hearts to be healed.
For example I may say to a child, "You are good!" but
I immediately I hear back, "NO!!!" I say, "You have
done a good job with your homework. Well done!" but the response
I get is, "NO!!! THAT'S NOT TRUE!!!" But in reality it
IS true! It's just hard for these children to hear something
positive said about them.
we are hurting, we hurt others. I don't speak much French, and even
less Bambara, but I so desire to tell each child how special
he is, that he is needed, that he is not a mistake, and
that it is not his fault that his parents left him, but that God
loves him and has a tailor-made plan for him! I understand that
you have to be careful with children and show them the right direction
in life. I'm happy that these children have a future.
They are well taken care of at the center. They eat three times
a day, go to school, and listen to the Bible in their mother tongue
Bambara every day. They memorize Bible verses, play games, have
different chores, and all that is great! That is
what life is like!
understand that a lot of work and profound dedication
created all this. Only two people, Claudia and Randy, for such a
great work, with so few helpers. But I see the
Lord sending good people to help. I'm very happy that the
Lord entrusted me with serving these children. It is hard,
but it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit
who knows the key to open each heart.
the beginning of each year I like looking at our finances
(I enjoy numbers!) and compare them with the previous year. We want
to be transparent and give you an idea where our biggest expenses
are and how much things cost. So here we go:
General donations & sales - up
Expenses - up 1.7%
we started 2018 with a deficit of 700€ or
$820, we ended the past year with a deficit of
1.400€, i.e. $1,660.
monthly average amount we spent was 11.780€,
Our faithful monthly donors currently give a total
of about 5.260€,
i.e. $6,000.That means
we are 55.4% of our
expenses short every month, which is slightly less
than 2017. In the best case scenario, that difference comes in through
one-time donations. In the worst case scenario,
the ministry goes into debt. It is our travels that help bring in
those one-time donations.
ask me where most of our donations come from - 58.7%
of last year's donations came from the USA,
while 37.6% came from
now some numbers of expenses so you have an idea of where our greatest
needs are; these are averages per month for 2018.
- 1.346€, i.e.
$1,540 (excluding Claudia & Randy's food)
- 1.405€, i.e.
$1,610 (tuition & supplies)
& house repairs - 1.050€,
- 544€, i.e.
$623 (gas & maintenance)
hope these numbers are beneficial to you. Feel free to ask me if
you have any questions.
Warfare - We need intercessors to hold
us up in prayer!
Pump Miracle - Remember when our water pump broke down
and a new one cost $3000 and we were already
thousands of dollars in debt? In the midst of our greatest need,
an organization who has never given to us before
stepped in and helped buy a new pump. That is our God, and we
thank Him and them!
Emails - Praise God, I was able to install a different
program and recover all my emails as they were
still on my harddrive.
& France - We have started planning our next trip
and are in the final stages of finalizing our itinerary. We're
in Austria in March and early June, in the USA
late March and April, in France late April and
May, and possibly in Quebec late May.
Please contact me if you'd like to see us.
Update - Our construction manager has been slow in picking
up work again. We are still waiting for the walls
to go up. Believe with us for the remaining 56.000€
or $64,000 to come in so we can finish it and start our
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!
Director Paul - Paul's wife Rokia has
been doing well with the treatment she is getting.
Please pray for her complete healing.
Situation - Mali is becoming more and more radicalized
by jihadists. Also, the population is rising up against the government,
still not accepting the president's election. Please pray for
peace, and for protection from
Baby - Keep praying as we are not ready to give up on
our promised child.
- 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.
How truly wonderful and delightful to see brothers and sisters living
together in sweet unity! (Psalm 133:1, TPT)