Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stolen Updates

Hello all. I apologize for my recent silence / black out. I promise a real update from me personally by next week. In the meantime, Dennis Omondi gave me a good idea to just let all of you know of a few updates he has written during this time with our current Short Term Team from Denton Bible Church. Enjoy these three updates from the Omondis:

The first is an excellent challenge in regards to the Spiritual Poverty that reigns in Kenya along with some pictures of a conference we had in Ujamaa with BTCP alumni:
Spiritual Poverty

The second is another update with more pictures from Ujamaa:

Thursday Update

And the last is what you should click on if you only have time for one! Graduation Ceremony at Serve Kenya Ministries! With excellent pictures of the graduating class of 2011!

This Is Why We Are Here

Enjoy! And you will hear from me soon!

In Christ,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Teaching on Paul's Prayer for the Colossians

Colossians 1:9-14

Here is a sermon from Benya on May 15th, 2011 at Word of Life Fellowship Church

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Spring" Update

We don't really have a "Spring" here in Kenya. Actually, it is FINALLY starting to cool down just a little bit, although it is still quite hot. But it is not nearly as hot as it was last month. The rainy season has begun with little rains here and there and more clouds and slightly lower temperatures. It has been a relief!

I want to update you through a video here. This is a different video from the one below.

Also included below is another video from the 2010 Lausanne Conference that is my prayer for our church which is filled with very busy people who usually work 50-70 hours a week. I think you might find it important and applicable for you as well! Pray for yourselves, your church, and ours as well here in Kenya across the world, struggling with some of the same problems of modern life.

If you watch both videos, it will be about the time that it takes to watch an episode of Seinfeld that you fast forward through the commercials, but it will be of greater benefit. :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Back to the Future

No, no, no. Not that "Back to the Future". Although that is one of my favorite movies and probably my favorite 'trilogy'. I once had a birthday party as a young boy where we watched all three in a row. I think the day before that party I was really excited and was playing on a tree in my backyard singing "Power of Love". My brother saw me and it was ALL over from there. They STILL tease me about that :)

What I mean to say is that I am back to my future here in Kenya. God only knows how long I will stay in Kenya, E. Africa, or this part of the world, but for now, I am here until the next Missions Conference in 2013. That's one of the things that made leaving a bit difficult. The baby below, my nephew Lincoln, will no longer be a baby, and my grandma will likely go home to be in the presence of the Lord where she won't ever have to eat hospital food again ;).

From Going Away Party 2011

From Small amount of pictures I took while visiting the states

It was tough to leave again, but God was so gracious! The trip here included an extra 24 hours in New York City at the JFK airport due not just to snow, but to mechanical failure of the plane...and then a heck of a lot of snow.

From Small amount of pictures I took while visiting the states

When I arrived here in Kenya I was shocked at how American I was acting. Culture was tough, jetlag was the worst I've had, and the heat was ruthless in comparison to the winter in Texas. But now, a month later, I feel I've adjusted back here well. I'm feeling back in the groove and even better than ever in regards to relationships, ministry, familiarity with places, navigating the culture, etc. Overall I feel quite content and excited for what the Lord has for me here.

Classes and the Church are going on very well. I am teaching Bible Doctrine again in our night classes on Tuesday and Thursday and Church History on Wednesday mornings. The church is going well even though we run into our fair share of difficulties: church discipline, conflicts between members, death in immediate families. All part of the work I suppose. We had a good Valentine's Day dinner which I managed to survive and even have a good time :). If you know me well, you know I don't like events all that much, especially ones of this nature. Here is a link to the album:

WOLFC Valentines

One thing I have been very excited about is that a few people from the classes and the church are beginning to catch the smallest of visions, or perhaps at least the smallest of understanding that the church in Kenya really SHOULD do their best to reach out to Muslims and share Christ with them in an effective way. This is something I end up talking about a lot from the pulpit and in my classes. I can't help but talk about it. It's been a passion of mine for years. Here in Kenya like many places where Muslims and Christians co-exist, most Christians' default position is, "The Muslims have made their choice. It's impossible for them to come to saving faith in Christ." Which to that I usually retort, "And how were you saved? Was it because you were so smart or because God created new life in you doing the impossible for you?"

All that to say, I am excited for the people of the church to continue to grow in their understanding of God and His Word and my prayer is that it will never simply stay at understanding but will move on to application, action, and even mission! May God do a miraculous work in the Kenyan church and revive them to care more for God's fame than their own, to seek the heavenly riches over the earthly, and to sacrifice all out of love for God and an openness to His calling even to a place that is hard and a people who hate them. Would you pray that with me? Consider also praying that for the American church as a whole as well.