Pillars of Hope Report

Updated July 2001

A ministry of the Alliance to reach Muslims in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa.
Ministry Team on Site Carina Saarloos, Steve and Amy Nehlsen
Ministry Team in Language Study in Burkina Faso: Toby and Kiersten Hull
Ministry Team on Home Assignment / Extended Leave Jim and Bev Patten

Dear Pillars of Hope Prayer Team:

The months fly by and we seem to get lost in them. We missed sending you another POH Prayer and Praise last month. That's not because we don't cherish your prayers. It's just because we got caught up in our busy activities. We had quite a bit going on.

In June we were preparing for a baptism,
getting ready for a week-end conference,
hosting an interdenominational pastors dinner,
hosting a women's leadership training seminar,
organizing a week-long English camp,
and helping to organize our field-wide prayer conference.

All of this activity and we did not solicit your prayer support. We apologize to you for leaving you out and we ask the Lord to forgive us for trying to do so much without more prayer support. Let me tell you some of the items we praise God for and some of the prayer requests that we need you to be praying for.

Praise Bulletin: We were able to baptize 5 people, 3 of them being Muslim Background Believers. Among them was Elisa Toure (Two-ray), one of the young ladies we asked you to pray for on several occasions.

We were encouraged by the spirit and testimonies of the believers being baptized: Kassoum, Aya, Makoura, Elisa, and Zamblay.

Praise Bulletin: Last week Amy and Carina, along with over 200 women from around the country, attended a camp for women that emphasized the need to reach Muslims. It was encouraging to hear testimonies of ladies who had been Muslims and are now following Christ. Each region of the country was encouraged to adopt an unreached people group to pray for and to be a part of reaching with the Gospel.

Praise Bulletin: The inter-denominational pastors dinner proved to be worthwhile, as we were able to share our burden to see Muslims reached in our city. We were soliciting their participation by introducing them to the need and communicating the resources available for the task.

Praise Bulletin: Our development activity is moving ahead. For the most part we are seeing every project moving ahead, some with greater success than others.

Prayer Bulletin: We are excited about what God is doing, but we also see the enemy's handiwork in some of the things happening: several of our young men have alcohol problems, several of our members are having inter-personal problems, a number of our members are flirting with danger by being involved in sects or legalistic churches. Please pray for these strongholds.

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for Jean Traore, our intern pastor who will be with us for a year. Pray that he will adjust quickly to the ministry and that we will have a good working relationship with him. Pray for his wife, Martha, that she too will adjust to ministry here in this context.

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for Toby and Kiersten Hull, along with their daughter, Kenna, as they prepare to move to Bouake in October. They are expecting their second child in November. Pray for the health and safety of Kiersten and the baby. Pray that we can find them an adequate house. Pray that we can find them language tutors for language study. Pray that they will find a quick fit with the team and ministry here.

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for the following young believers: Kassoum, Elisa, Ouattara, Adama, Lassina, Mamadou, and Kolo, as we seek to initiate a youth group.

Prayer Bits and Pieces: Pray for theyouth camp (July 31 August 5) that will bring youth from all over the country together. Pray for the development committee as we seek to undertake more small projects to help people with employment.

Pray for the organization of an "Evangelism Team".

Pray for Kassoum and Karim, 2 young men who prayed to commit their lives to Christ, turned back. Pray for them that they may still come to their senses.

Many of you prayed for Jakarija to be healed and saved. The hardness of his heart and the counsel he received prevented his healing and his passing away prevented his salvation. Another soul lost for eternity.

We are dreaming big about what God would want us to do. We don't want to start things that can't be continued after our departure. But we want to throw out a "big net" in order to bring in the greatest amount of harvest for the kingdom. Thanks for joining with us in seeing this happen.

Steve Nehlsen,
on behalf of our Muslim Ministry International worker team.
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