Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Spring in Ohio

Well, we've reached spring here in Ohio. It's actually 63 degrees outside! I can't wait to get my garden started!! At the same time, they've been reporting temperatures between 100 and 110 many days in Koutiala, Mali.
I've been enjoying seeing pictures and stories from Mali. It's like every time I see a pic or read a story, it all comes back in memories of my short time there. My memories still remain very vivid in my mind. God is so good in allowing me to have these memories.
I've been getting a few prayer requests from Koutiala, and I also got some information at church this morning regarding another request for Mali. First of all, Daniel and Amy Hanscome are in their last week in Koutiala. Their time there has come to an end. They will be flying back to the USA where they will be finding jobs here for at least a few years while they wait to see where God will take them next. Pray that they are extremely blessed in this last week there. Also pray that their travel back to the USA is safe and that they will be able to rest during the long trip. As they arrive back in the USA, pray that they will find jobs quickly and that God will bless them greatly through all that they do.
Secondly, pray for Ewien and Anco. Their vehicle broke down this past week and it requires a new gear box that won't arrive in Koutiala for a couple weeks. This makes their ministries more difficult as they travel quite a bit. Pray that transportation will work out for them while they wait to get their car repaired and that their ministry will remain strong during this time.
The weekle Alliance Missions prayer sheet I pick up at church says that "Gordon and Cheryl Roedding request prayer concerning the potential property for Hope Center. Someone has begun building on the property that the Roeddings had been promised. Pray for church leaders as they deal with this problem. Pray that God will provide an even better piece of property in a more suitable location." The way I understood land use in Mali is that you have to build a wall around property to keep "squatters" from coming in and building on it. I assume this is what has happened with the promised property. Just pray that a property will become available for this center to be built on.

That's all I have for today. God bless you all!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th

Good morning everyone! I haven't posted in a little while, but I just got an update on the video project in Mali. Ewien is allowing me to share her post about the project with all of you! I'm so excited to hear the video project has started up...with the new camera!
It has been awhile since I wrote my old video camera died. Recently, a doctor from the States brought the new video camera, Sony PMW-EX1, as carry on to Mali. What a blessing this is!

The video camera is worth 'her' money (can't be a he if it is that good ;-)!

Yesterday (12 of March) we had our first filming day. Exciting and very challenging at the same time. New group, new video camera, new place(s)...

It is funny to find out while shooting which factors you cannot control. The day was cloudy (while Mali is almost always sunny ;-), windy, the crowd was loud and not willing to keep still (a one time experience for them too, a filming crew)...

Solution? Change places, be flexible and PATIENT, very patient. Not my best quality by the way.

The new video camera apparently was too heavy for the tripod, which I already kind of knew, but did not wanted to know. At the scene, it turned out to be a bigger disadvantage than I thought. What do you do? Yep, be flexible once again.

Working as a (new) team was great though. Nobody complained, everybody was thinking with me and we all waited it out. It took (of course) a lot longer than expected / programmed. But hey, it is all about being flexible ;-)

Today is the second (and hopefully) last day of filming. Everybody of the group said yesterday: tomorrow can only go better! That is where I go for!

I pray for less wind, less clouds, less public and more of the working spirit we had yesterday. And of course: a lot of fun!

If you feel a need to contribute to the video ministry here in Mali, you might want to consider donating equipment (heavier tripod, shoulder strap ?;-) or a gift to pay off the rest of the video camera.

Thanks for standing in this with me, blessings on you!

Ewien van Bergeijk - Kwant

p.s Pictures of the actual shooting will follow...

Along with praying for the video project, I'd also like to ask that you keep Daniel and Amy Hanscome in your prayers. This amazing couple has been doing English classes and helping out with the administrative work at the hospital, along with working with the missionary kids youth group. They will be heading back home to the USA in about 15 days. Pray that their last couple weeks in Mali will an amazing time serving the Lord and receiving His blessing on their lives!

God Bless you all as you go through the coming weekend!!