Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Last week at church, we had a visitor named Mohamed Ali.  It’s actually a popular and revered name in the Muslim community.  That is why the famous boxer Cassius Clay changed his name to Mohamed Ali when he became part of the Nation of Islam.

Mohamed Ali (the Malian, not the boxer), came to church at the invitation of Frank Arthur, the pastor that will be overseeing the church in our absence.  Mohamed Ali is showing a lot of interest in Christianity and wants to attend our church regularly and learn more about Christ.  Frank will be meeting with him weekly to do a personal Bible study and answer any questions about Christianity.  Please be praying for Mohamed Ali as he seeks the Truth.  This is a challenging uphill battle that is accompanied by persecution and suffering in Mali.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Job Is No Longer Available

We are happy to report that we have found a pastor to fill in for us at Bamako International Church while we are in the States on furlough.  The Lord sent us someone from the mission community who is retiring in November, just as we return.  He is enthusiastic about pastoring the church in our absence.  Thank you for your prayers.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Traffic Stop

Nigerian GirlsWe recently received a phone call from a Nigerian pastor friend who does prison ministry in Bamako.  He needed help repatriating two Nigerian girls who were recently released from jail on prostitution charges.  They were originally brought to Mali against their will as part of a sex trafficking ring.  There are currently over 3,000 Nigerian women who are victims of the sex traffic industry in Mali.

The pastor was able to obtain emergency travel documents for the girls from the Nigerian embassy and we provided financing for their paperwork and return trip.  Please keep these young women in prayer as they return home.  Also please be praying for the thousands of women that are trapped and abused in Mali as part of this sad situation.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Growth Spurt

BIC 30 April 2017We had a lot of visitors at Bamako International Church yesterday.  In addition to our regular church family, we had a German/American family, a family from Ethiopia, a man from Sierra Leon, a woman from the States, and a woman from Finland.

Our church is a very transient community, so we never know how many people we will have from week to week.  It was unusual to have such a high attendance after Easter, but we’re hoping this is a sign of things to come.

Please continue praying for someone to lead the church in our absence while we are on furlough in the States.  The leads we were following haven’t worked out, but we trust the Lord has someone lined up.