Dear Praying Partners,
Where to begin, the past few weeks have flown by and much has happened. Mali is in the forefront of our thoughts right now. Less than a week ago a group of troubled soldiers took over the Bamako radio and TV station and then the Presidential Palace. They had come to bring to the Government’s attention that the Army fighting the Tuareg rebellion in the north has inadequate equipment and limited food supplies and atrocities were happening. The National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad wants independence for Northern Mali’s Desert Region. They are very well equipped from weapons gained from the Libyan troubles, where a band of Tuaregs had been on Gadaffi’s side as mercenaries.
President Amadou Toumani Toure, who has been in power for two terms and was preparing to step down when the democratic elections were to happen next month, has been safely taken into hiding by The Red Berets, his elite personal guard. His hiding place is unknown. We are thankful that he is safe so far. Since last Thursday they had no water, no electricity and no Internet. Thankfully the situation is better this week.
The International Community does not recognize this group of renegade soldiers who have taken over. It is not an all out military Coup d’état. So far it has been a period of watching and waiting on both sides. Yesterday a demonstration took place in the capital led by leaders in Malian society from Government officials to students who are against the Coup.
Meanwhile the Tuareg families have fled to the neighbouring countries or are displaced within Mali and are dependent on the kindness of others to meet their daily needs. Bearing in mind that a famine situation is building up across the Sahel too.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2 v 1 – 4
God bless you!
Pastor Christophe DEMBELE
It seems like more countries than usual are experiencing political unrest/turmoil. It’s disconcerting. The first thing I think of is the signs of Christ’s Return. The older I get the more eagerly I await the Return of Christ. Today I read in 2 Peter 3:12 that we should be “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” Backing up to verse 9, apparently one of the reasons the day of Christ’s Return appears to “slowed down” could be that the Lord is not willing that any should perish but the ALL would come to repentance. Is that possible? He is patient and wants to see more people saved before He returns? Chew on that one for a while.
When we hear of all the countries with polical uprisings, civil wars, etc., it’s a reminder to pray for the salvation of the people in these countries. Now Russia is having similar uprisings against Putin. Praise International sponsors about 20 Russian pastors. Pray for these pastos and for their families.
Please pray for people of the 5 Sahel nations: Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso. The drought and food crisis is putting almost 10 millions lives at risk. Praise Internatonal’s Project “Pharoah’s Dream” is an attempt to save Malians who live in the hardest hit regions of Mali. It may seem like a daunting task, but if each one does what he can, if we all band together, determined that we must do something, then we will make a difference indeed. God loves these people and those of us who are better off can share what we have and save lives. Please read this and pass it on to as many others as possible. And please do whatever you are able to do. Thank you.
Project “Pharoah’s Dream.” Praise International has launched a campaign to raise funds to help stave off the ravages of the food crise in Mali. About 20% of Mali’s population (almost 3 million) is at risk. Our Praise Mali Leader, Christophe Dembele, has a plan that will allow him to provide rice and millet for thousands of Malians next August when the food shortage is taking it’s toll. He is establishing grain storage units in the 4 hardest hit regions of Mali. The plan is to fill these for units with rice and millet this Spring, so that they will be able to provide food when the people are starving. Can you help?! For a $100 donation, Christophe will be able to buy a 100kg sack of rice. Next Fall he will be able to bring this sack to a small village in Northern Mali. This sack of rice will make 3000 meals! Your donation of merely $100 will feed 50 Malians 2 meals/day for 1 month. Please consider making a donation today. If you can’t donate $100 for a 100kg sack of rice, could you donate $60 for a 100kg sack of millet. Thank you in advance. One sack at time, we can make a big difference.
Another Praise International pastor is Jean Serima KONE. He has been fulfilling his calling as pastor for over 21 years! He serves a church in the village of Banankabougou, located in the outskirts of Bamako, capital of Mali. His church has an attendance of about 160 people.
He and his wife, Marie, have 4 children : Adama, 17 years old, Samuel, 15, Josue, 12, and Esther, 7. Please pray for Pastor Kone’s family and for his ministry of evangelism and church planting, in a country where Muslims make up about 90% of the population.