Hello from Koro,
We just had the results of the national exam in Mali.
In Koro the result was terrible in general (18%) but again God has been good to us. At Grace we had 8 students pass out of 16 that took it. They are now eligible to move on to high school. We praise the Lord for his great goodness to us. I had not expected that good result because of the quality of students we had. Surprisingly two of our good students Nema Saye and Amadou Ganamé didn’t pass. Please pray for them and the others who didn't make it.
We thank God for the kindergarten classrooms we are getting by miracle. Please pray for the administrative documents that would allow us to start receiving the kids in the kindergarten. We want it to be a most fun place for the kids to learn and find friendship.
We continue to work hard towards our goal of a general and professional high school. We need your help to get there. Partnering with you has allowed us to dream and dream big!!!! Thank you!!!
Koro area is in a difficult situation now more than anytime in it's history. A few days ago there was a community fight that cost hundreds of lives. No government or international action was done at that place till now to prevent escalation. There are several places in the country at that condition of security. We deplore that those conflicts are an imminent threat to our education program and development. It is widely reported that many armed people who fought for the radicalized Muslim groups have arrived to fight the hunters who are there to protect the community.
There is a very high risk of a bloody conflict in this area very soon if precautions are not taken to avoid it. As you know, no education or development is possible when there is no peace. Please take time to bring this issue before the throne of grace. Please keep praying for peace in Mali.
There is nothing we can do besides prayer. Our government is not powerful in the face of the security challenge in the region. We know for sure that there are some invisible evil hands behind this conflict. Please pray that those who act in darkness to promote conflict in Mali may be exposed and fight by the Lord.
We have good rain now in Koro and the long line of donkey carts in front of the school has stopped even though some families around the school keep coming to find cleaner water as they have shallow wells.
There is no word powerful enough to describe what this school year is like! It is just miraculous. We thank you again and pray that God be with you and bless you in return.
Since late May we have been searching for ways and means to get the kindergarten next year at Grace School because of parents' request.
After many office visits, we understood that we cannot easily get papers before the classes are available. We then quickly started exploring ways to get three classrooms built before October without sounding crazy :)
All is coming together quickly after we had lost hope in the possibility. A few days ago nothing was stable - It was YES and then NO after we had started making mud bricks. That is why I waited to tell you the final conclusion.
We got land by the school (just behind) different than what we have bought few years ago.
We can no mistake say that the Lord has arranged that for us.
To make it short here is the story:
One of our former student's parent had land behind the school. We had our family land where we were to eventually build our house. With a little extra money we traded the land so that we can have a place for the kindergarten. We have started making mud bricks and building the three mud classes on the land before another change of mind. They are small and simple classes. Within five days here is the result of the construction.
Please thank God for this construction. And pray in secret for less rain before the building gets dry :) otherwise we will have to start all over again.
God be with you and bless you,