Greetings from Koro,
There is a lot of news to share.
The DEF results have appeared and like last year all of our 31 students succeeded on the test. This means they are eligible to attend high school. Thank you for your prayers for them. Please keep praying for God to reveal Himself to the 26 students who did know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Most of the teachers are in Bamako for training to help them learn to integrate Bible teaching in school.
On their way, they stopped many times for their safety. God was good to them. Their bus was not attacked but on the same day, on the same road, six cars were attacked, robbed and taken away, one person was killed, and eight others were kidnapped the same day on the same road. One of the eight kidnapped is a good friend of mine. He hosted us when Dr Brandon was visiting Mali last year and we were avoiding the hotels for safety.
The good news is that all the eight kidnapped are released at the time I am writing this note. God has answered the prayers of His people. We are sure that the end of all this is very near. Please keep praying. The devil always shows nasty face as he knows that he is defeated in the open field.
We want to share our faith with the students, expose them to the living word of God without transforming the school to a Bible institute.
Teachers need technique and wisdom for this task. This year we need to hire more teachers as we have more classrooms. Please pray that God guides us and the applicants for a clear process for good results.
While some of our teachers are in training, one (Mme Guirou Nèma Douyon ) had twin baby boys. Please thank God for this smooth delivery. The babies and Nèma are all doing very well. The dad is a prison guard in Tombouctou but he has arrived here in Koro.
Our high school file was theoretically on the table of the ministry of education since August 5th but she has never seen it. I discovered it yesterday with the help of a friend of a friend. One secretary at the office had settled it elsewhere. I don't know if it was deliberately or by mistake, but I suppose the second one. The ministry knows it now and the signature may not last long any more. At the same time the inspection will be soon and we want to be inspected and published by the government as a valuable High school before mid-October.
Please thank God for the building. In four months we have built six classrooms, and nine restrooms with no accidents so far.
The political and economical atmosphere is not good in our country. In many areas of the country schools, administrations and any symbol of the state are absent while some forms of Sharia laws are being employed. In some of those areas, church is present but not openly persecuted.
Towns like Koro are where many people bring their kids for school when they have no consistent income to pay tuition or to lodge their kids.
We are happy the school is growing, but the challenge and responsibilities grow with it. With your prayers and financial support we can make it by the grace of God.
How blessed we are to witness the greatness of God to this humble ministry for His Kingdom here in Koro.
None of those amazing results could happen without you being on our side. Therefore we are grateful to you for your partnership with us in this education ministry in a difficult place like Koro.
God bless you.
Ibrahima, family and Grace School staff.