March 4, 2014 - Update from Ibrahima
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and not hypocritical.” James 3: 17
This day as I complete this news, the city of Koro is newly powered with solar panels and many in the city are connected to the grid. At the same time Koro is experiencing a painful water shortage. Almost all of the wells are dry. It is a critical situation. Parents have no other alternative but to send their kids to go and find water on donkey carts whether it is school time or not. So many jugs are waiting at the taps to just get any drop of water them.
Youth week lasted from the 11th of February to the 19th. We used Grace School’s mini projector to show the Jesus film and other evangelical films that people like to see. During the week students of Grace were involved in organizing the evangelization field and bible study.
On the 18th of February, the national general secretary of Bible Studying evangelical students of Mali Mr Tiémoko COULIBALY arrived to Koro and visited churches and Grace Private School to encourage Bible study at school. He also visited our new land and prayed for Godly providence for the building project. Students appreciated having him explain to them the new reformed vision of IFES ( International Fellowship of evangelical students) which is: Developing a disciple community of students transformed by the gospel and having significant impact in their schools, churches and societies for the only Glory of God. I particularly appreciated his teaching on why we need to teach the kids to devote themselves to gain their friends for Eternal life while other people try to teach them to give away their lives to bomb out other peoples’ lives. The challenge is there. If we do not teach the kids to live in love and to value life, other will teach them to hurt other’s lives.
At the end of the week, we organized a soccer game between the Medersa School students (Koran based teaching school) and the Grace School students. The Medersa beat us 3 to 2. It was not surprising for us because the students at the Medersa are way bigger than our students. I conclude that we won the game because I am sure the opposite result would have caused more frustration and may be violence.
Thanks to Brandon and Abby for bringing us the soccer balls donated by Josh and Josie. The kids are grateful to you.
Early in February I got to visit some students families they all appreciated the visit and recommend we do it more frequently so that we work together to help the students and prevent major deviation.
Please pray that the students would work harder and be successful in their education.
Please pray that they fully get to incorporate in their real life the service oriented teaching they get at school
Thank you for your faithful support to us. I can do those things because you are supporting the cost. God bless you and provide for you so that you can bear more fruits again to please Him.
Your friend Ibrahima and all the personnel of Grace Private School
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