The letter below is from Carey Schlieker about her future.
Hello Friends –
I have some exciting news to share! God has opened the door for me to return to Mali, West Africa. This time I will return as a career international worker with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I’m honored to be joining the great team in Mali again! My first term will be four years. I will be leaving this August, 2011. The first year will consist of French language study in Albertville, France. Of course, I will be happy to speak Bambara again as well when I get to Mali the summer of 2012!
Although my new role in Mali is largely uncertain at this point, I will be on a brand new team working in Segou, Mali. The town of Segou is the 2nd largest city in Mali with an approximate population of 160,000 people. Many young people come to the city for education or jobs. Segou is located on the Niger River and is a major hub for trade and transportation. It is largely unreached with the Gospel, with over 90% of the population following Islam. I am trusting God that he will know exactly how I can combine my nursing skills with my seminary training to show and tell the people of Segou about Christ’s love for them.
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth: shall you not know it? Isaiah 43:18-19
Over the next few months my schedule will include the following:
March – Pre-Field Orientation in Colorado Springs with the other new international workers going out this summer with the CMA
April – Training workshop on Community Health Evangelism in Ashville, North Carolina. I’ll also be visiting friends in Columbia, SC before the workshop
May – Commissioning service at the CMA General Council on May 29th in Kansas City, MO and finish my employment at Methodist Hospital
July – Three-week online language acquisition class
August – Leave for Albertville France to start French language study
Whew! The time will fly by and I would love to see as many of you as possible before leaving. I am available to share with your small group or church about the ministry in Mali and Segou. Please email or call me if you are interested.
Please pray for me as I prepare to go. In some ways I feel that I am returning to a familiar land; however, I am preparing for the NEW and DIFFERENT! I am confident that God will strengthen me for the task ahead.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Many of you have supported my ministry through the years through prayer and financial gifts. Thank you! As I return overseas, my monthly expenses will be covered through the Great Commission Fund. This fund supports over 700 international workers in over 60 countries. Contributions can be made three ways: through your local Alliance church, on line at http://www.cmalliance.org/give/ or by sending a check to the C&MA, PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500.
You are all so special to me and I thank God for the gift of good friends!
Love in Christ,