Dear Mali Intercessors,
I just received several timely emails from our 3 primary partners in Mali, Pastor Nouh Yattara, Professor Mohamed-Ibrahim Yattara and Pastor Mohamed Ali. Each one shared about their needs in Bamako now where they have become refugees in their own country. Several of our friends here e-mailed me and asked for a specific list of 'priority needs' to pray about and give for. So Professor Mohamed sent me this list below. Prayerfully consider it and give to any of the areas that the Lord directs your heart toward. Or just make a general gift that they can use as needed. Thanks for loving and giving. And know that we honor 100% designation of your gift.
I have added pictures of our past visits with these strategic brothers and their wives. Thanks for your continued spiritual and financial support of them and to the other “Christian refugees” with them…JL & Patt
JL & Pastor Nouh in Timbuktu, September 2012
Dear Friends & Partners of JLPF,
I could never have realized this past September when I held a Conference in the historic City of Timbuktu, Mali, that it would probably be my last trip there! In the past decade, I have traveled to Timbuktu a number of times to hold Leadership Conferences for pastors and Christian workers. Patt also joined me on one of the trips to minister to wives and women (you can see reports from those trips on our web site).
As the fourth holiest city to Islam (after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem), we always knew that Timbuktu held great significance to Moslems worldwide. We also knew that through the influence of Muammar Gaddafi and Libya, that radical Islam was increasing its presence in and around Timbuktu. Further, we knew that if the city did fall under the sway of the Islamist, that our dear friend and partner, Pastor Nouh Yattara, would be in grave danger. That's because when he was a young boy, he was perhaps the first known believer in Jesus Christ in Timbuktu.
Later Nouh grew up to become a pastor and plant the first Christian Church in this ancient City -- the 'Evangelical Baptist Church.' With his wife, Fati, he faithfully built a strong church of MBBs (Muslim Background Believers). He also initiated and directed a number of practical ministries of compassion to the many poor living in and around Timbuktu – especially women and children. He also ministered to the "Belt of Misery" of nomadic refugee people who encircled the City and meagerly lived off of the Sahara Desert. As one who grew up in Islam, he became a great scholar and apologist about his former religion – especially the "Folk Islam" that was so strong in that region.