On Monday, we set off on a trip to our YWAM base in Koutiala, Mali – about a 6 hour drive from our home in Bamako. We are attending a YWAM staff retreat. We chose to ride on our YWAM bus with a lot of fellow staff members rather than drive our own car. Even 6 years after our accident, Julie is still a little apprehensive about making the drive to Koutiala.
So far the retreat has been very beneficial. The past few months have been difficult for us. The retreat is allowing us to view our ministry from many new angles and helping to lift us up mentally and spiritually. Our retreat runs all week and comes to a close with a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Last night was a special treat as we sat around a campfire as the founders of YWAM Mali shared the history of our mission which began in Mali in 1984. It was interesting to hear how many of the ministries in Mali started.