Wednesday, January 22, 2020

KISII REPORT - NEW YEAR: NEW CHALLENGES




Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and Church,

 Greetings in Jesus name, our prayers are with you all, we thank God for the work you are doing of helping the children here in Kenya.
Here as the Log Church Kenya, we have not stopped doing same. The picture attached is of what the church was able to bring on Sunday to feed the children, it is Uunga Ngano (Swahili for wheat flour). It used to make snacks, or what is called chapatti (There is a significant Indian influence throughout Kenya. This is since the colonial days) and mandazi and used as food. 

Our prayers are with all willing hearts to help these children to have food. Thanks for the past provision that we received from you through Pastor Don and Vivian also we request your continual support and help for the stay of these children, school fees and food. We are praying that we can begin growing vegetable in modern way to have food for the children. (See the post on Hydroponics)

 Beloved we have no food and this is the second day that children have not taken anything. Imagine of children going to school without taking any food, coming back from school at noon for lunch, reaching home to find no food, and then to journey back without any thing to quench the hunger. They are starving greatly.

Kindly keep us in prayers and help where you can. Our trust is in the Lord to provide for us and for children, and may good God provide for your needs also. We know that you are struggling too kindly remember us also.

Kindly, your family in Kenya.

(I had actually sent them some money the day that this email arrived, so they were soon able to buy food. However, I will also say that probably most weeks they have at least one day without food—as do many people in that impoverished area) 

 School fees:

We thank all who donated for food and some for school fees. Still we have the school fees balance.

Previously the school used to be $3000 for the 42 children (per 3-month school term)

Now it has changed as the 2 children promoted from Primary to Secondary they added school fees of $500 both of them. Also as we mentioned early on the email and posting Pastor Don on the blog we have 7 more orphans added to 42+7=49 so the seven added their school fees $700 as they are in primary so we need $4200 for school fees this term plus, the food which is the biggest challenges as we have no place to grow of our own.

 We have paid as follows on the each school and what is remaining
  Matagaro secondary School paid=$400 balance=$1800
 Rianyakwara primary school paid =$200 balance=$1050
 Kimai Primary school Paid =$200 balance=$950

 Beloved is God alone can answer and provide for this school fees and food for the children, we are praying and trusting God for provision, kindly if God speak these do not close your eyes in helping, thanks to all who have been close in helping and praying for this work in Kenya, keep praying for this work in Kenya.

We are reaching more souls we have two churches now and we are trusting God to open mores churches to reach souls. But this will not happen without your prayers, help and support for us to have Bibles, build churches structures and also helping orphans and the people in the community spiritually and physically.

We request hand of help and support toward the needs of the Log Church Kenya and to the orphans under our care. We have more needs but we trust in God, who can supply what we need. May you be the next one God will use.

We are struggling in raising these future leaders and ambassadors of God’s word. Kindly join us as we continue ministering to our communities.

Beloved welcome to Kenya church to witness what we are speaking in letters which cannot be explained well. God has put in us to reach more souls.

We do not know where resources will come from but we leave it to Him alone. Kindly be the vessel of honor that God will use to accomplish the work here in Kenya.

Job said (Job 1:21) “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.”

Thanks to all who have accepted this work to make up part of their crown.

Welcome to Kenya. God bless you all, we call you blessed.

 Yours Son Joel and Church/orphanage leadership. 

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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to "The Log Church" and write "Orphans" on the memo line. 

Send it to:
 
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564
 
Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose


Sunday, January 19, 2020

A FRAGRANT OFFERING TO GOD

“My Utmost for His Highest”
Ephesians 5:1-2
 
The practical aspects of living in the new pattern of thinking and of
life continue in the book of Ephesians as we move into the next section and the fifth chapter of the book. First, however, Paul takes a moment to further summarize how he had closed out the previous section of his letter: 


Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV) 

If we would think about these words for a few moments, and if we were able to follow this advice perfectly, this statement completely encapsulates what it means to be a Christian—to be a Christian is to imitate God.

In some Bible translations, the word for imitators is translated as followers, but the word that Paul used actually is meant to show that our commitment is to go beyond mere following.[1]
 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

KISII REPORT- HYDROPONICS

Preliminary thoughts on a hydroponics vegetable
growing system and other water usage



Dear Pastor Joel and church staff, in fact, I welcome response from anyone who has knowledge,

God has placed this project in my thinking and will not let it rest. You remember that I brought to you some sheets of paper when I last visited you concerning growing food by hydroponics. I do not have much knowledge on this subject, but my education has begun. Please also refer to those papers that I left with you to get an overall view of what hydroponics is.

First I would like to list the goals for the project that I think would be desirable. They are not necessarily listed in order of importance, but rather in what I see in order of usage. They enumerate the several benefits from the single system. As I mentioned when  was with you, if we are going to have to pay for water and its delivery, then we should try to use that water several times before lastly using it for waste in the toilets.

1. Using the water first for drinking and cooking, and for bathing and cleaning.
2. Food production for the orphanage using hydroponics
3. Lastly, using the water for the flush toilets and watering plants growing in the ground.

In setting up the system, I think that it is beneficial

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

KISII REPORT - LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our lord and savior. We are humbled once again when we remember how great your help that you have donated for the children in Log Orphanage Kenya, which has brought hope to them.
 
We as the church and staff we are praying for your all who have taken your time and resources to support these children for the well stay despite there are other needs which have not been met and others are required daily for the survival. We are praying and seeking God to provide and give you the
desire of your heart.
 

We praise God for the financial help we received and we were able to buy food that will last from last Saturday through Sunday this week, thanks to all who have donated. We thank God for you each day, we requesting your prayers, for food, school fees, clothing and other basic needs.

Monday, January 13, 2020

THE GENTILE-A-CYCLE

Breaking the Cycle of Destructive Behavior
Ephesians 4:17-32
 
As I noted last Sunday, when Paul speaks of the church as a unified body, he states it as a fact. He does not qualify it in any way. He calls the church unified even though he realizes that at the present, we see many divisions within the church. He does this, I believe, because he is viewing the church in much the same way as we as believers are viewed by God.

Under the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for our sins, we are perfected. This does not mean that we suddenly have no faults, but only that all the provisions for our perfection have been completed. There is still growth that is needed, and all of us still require maturity.

The author of the book of Hebrews states this very succinctly when he writes, “By a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). 

Perfect—Yet Not So Perfect

You will notice that there are two descriptive phrases in this statement, “made perfect,” and “being sanctified.”
 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

KISII REPORT - SECOND LOG CHURCH OF KENYA

There are many very remote places in the area where our Log Church of Kisii is located. In some of these areas, there seems to be relatively little knowledge of the gospel of Christ. When the pastors and people go visiting in these areas, they find a mixture of belief systems—some animism and witchcraft, some Muslims, some with no definable beliefs at all.

When visiting areas, Pastor Joel is convinced that God is leading them to where the people are especially receptive to the message of Jesus, since they are seeing very many people come to the Lord.

The last time that I was in Kenya, which was now almost a year ago, the pastors began to tell me about another area in Kisii County where they had been visiting the homes and bringing to them the message of Jesus.
 
 
It was quite a walk away. Pastor Vincent told me that it was 64 kilometers from the where the orphanage and church is located. I am not sure how he came up with that number, but one afternoon Vincent said that he had been there the previous day and had just returned that morning, walking all the way.

I found it just a little hard to believe.

“How many hours did it take you to walk from there?” I asked him.
“Four or five hours,” he replied.
“Four or five hours!” “Sixty-four kilometers?”

“Well…” he responded with a small smile and a wink in his eye, “You have to understand. The trail is not straight. The way is so hilly and the path winds back and forth so much, sometimes you even cross over where you have already walked!”

Later that day I asked a friend that I have made there about this 64 kilometer number. He is a taxi driver from the area, so he knows the different roads and back trails quite well.

He just laughed. “Those pastors don’t know how far a kilometer is. That area is not sixty-four kilometers from the church.”
It may look like the area is all forestland, but if you would zoom in, you would see that all
of this land is divided into very small plots with their small family dwellings.
Most people have eucalyptus trees planted on the borders of their property

So I am not sure if Vincent actually believes it is that far, or if he was just having fun with the American, but I am quite sure that it is a four or five hour walk and I am also quite sure that since that time, he has walked that path many times. I am also very positive that despite the fact that Vincent has an active sense of humor, he is quite serious about his work for the Lord.

On the last day of my stay there, during the Sunday worship service, some of the people that Vincent had been visiting in that area came walking to the church. They had started out 4½ hours earlier, just as soon as it was light enough to see the trail. They village from where they came and where Vincent has been visiting is called Nyakembene.
 
I was so honored that they had come specifically because it was to be my final day there, and they wanted to meet me. One lady presented me with a gift that she had made for what they said was in appreciation for helping the people of the area. It was a stone carving of an African dove. Kisii County is actually known for these types of carvings. I accepted it for all of us.
 
 
Since those beginning visitations by Vincent and the other pastors, the people in Nyakembene have gathered themselves together to begin a church in that area—a second Log Church of Kenya. Pastor Vincent Osoro has continued to minister there, along with a local brother they have named as the associate pastor, Pastor Moses Nyanducha.

I am told that the people of the area are very poor, even more so than where the main church is located. There are many financial needs, but they have managed to construct a place of worship and to purchase 40 chairs. But the number of chairs along with the building itself is far from adequate, since they currently have about 170 members.
 
 
Between the two churches, there are now about 450 members in the Log Churches of Kenya. The work is growing very rapidly, since the response to the gospel has been so dramatic.

In it all, the burden of the people for the children is very high. With the work in Nyakembene, seven more children have been given a place in the orphanage, making the total number of orphans in the home to 49.
 
The need is so great. The leaders of the church have to be very careful not to overextend what we can do. As you know, it is a struggle even now. We trust the Lord at every step, but we also must be wise about what he has given us to do.

I will be writing more about this work in Nyakembene, as well as the other efforts of the pastors and church members of the Log Church.

I have also lately been talking more with them about some new efforts in food growing, such as beginning a hydroponics garden for raising vegetables. Since cropland is so scarce, I am wondering about the feasibility of growing food even on the roofs of the buildings.

There is so much to be done. Does anyone out there in cyber-land have any experience with growing food by hydroponics or aquaponics that they could share with me?
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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to "The Log Church" and write "Orphans" on the memo line.

Send it to:

The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564

Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose

Sunday, January 5, 2020

THE SOLIDARITY OF THE CHURCH

Unity Does Not Mean Uniformity
Ephesians 4:4-16

As Paul continues with the theme of peace, he again makes the point that the church of Jesus Christ is a unified body. In fact, he emphatically makes this declaration, stressing it several times in a single sentence. He states it simply as it were a fact, without qualifications:   

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6 BSB) 

In the verse that comes before these, in verse three of chapter four, Paul talked about the unity in the Spirit in the bond of peace, the subject that we also examined in the sermon last week. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” Paul had stated in that verse.

Perhaps we would agree that if we were able to achieve this peace and unity in every local church, it would naturally lead into unity of the body of Christ as a whole. Sadly however, unity is not a word that often describes the church today.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

KISII REPORT - A MESSAGE TO NAYSAYERS

“How do you know that they are telling you the truth?”
“Does the food really cost that much?”
“Are you sure that the school fees are as they say they are?”
“How can you be certain the situation is how they are telling you?”

I am constantly asked these types of questions by people who are questioning my involvement with the Log Church and Orphanage in Kisii. I must admit that it sometimes becomes a bit frustrating, because of course I am not there in person. I cannot go to the market with the people. I cannot be at the schools when they
Photos are from the Christmas celebration and meal at the Log Church
pay the bill.

We live in a dangerous world: Hackers and Scammers. Cheats and Con-men.

It all becomes more difficult in these days of the 21st century and global communication.

There are evil people in the world who will try any means to take what is not theirs. These evil ones we try to confront: Verification and Corroboration.

But there is also other factors involved in the work of God. There is a point where one must listen also to the Holy Spirit. When God is involved, there is Faith, and there is Belief in what He is saying.

This difficulty in verification of what is happening in remote places may seem like a new phenomenon to us, but it  has actually always been this way. The Apostle Paul also had to deal with a similar problem of not being present with the people even in the very 1st century. 

“Some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you,” he wrote to the church in Corinth.

It has actually been reported to me that there is sexual immorality among you.”

I hear that when you come together that divisions exist among you.”
Paul was not in Corinth to verify this. He had only been there some years earlier. He had heard of the news there only by word-of-mouth.

Some years after this, probably when Paul was in the prison in Rome, he also wrote this to the Colossians, “For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me face to face... For although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, and I delight to see your orderly condition and firm faith in Christ.”

I somewhat feel the frustration that Paul must have felt. I am sure that there were many things had been reported to him concerning the churches that he had begun. How was he to know what was actually true? He was not there. He could not see these things with his own eyes.

Nor am I in Kisii when I am told how much the food is costing—but I have been there before to see, and I know that the heavy rains have prevented many vegetables and other crops from being harvested, if they were planted at all.

I am not at the schools to know what the fees are, but I have looked at the on-line Kenya newspaper articles to see some of the costs at various schools (ours are less expensive than most).

From the very beginning of my involvement with the church and orphanage, I have tried to verify what was told to me at every step. You have to go way back on this blog site to November 7 of 2017 to read what I think was my first entry about the work in Kenya. At that point, I was about to embark on a trip to see for myself what was happening there and what the true situation was.

But it is long before that when I was first shown this need—more than year before that time. From the very beginning, I had a sense that this was a work that God was giving to me.

But I was not sure at first, and frankly, I did not want to be sure. I was tired of overseas work and I did not want to get involved. I wanted to stay home and I looked for any excuse to not be involved.

For an entire year, I fought against God’s leading.

“No,” I told God. “I did my bit overseas and I just want to retire.”

But God did not let me rest.

After a year of that spiritual struggle, I finally told Vivian, “I have to go to Kenya. I cannot continue my life and pretend that God is not calling me to this task. I at least need to check it out.”

In the years since that time, almost every decision that I have made has been a combination of faith in God's leading and trust in the people, coupled with verification as much as I could. But it is not cheap to go to Kenya. I cannot simply go whenever I have a question. Besides that, there is the fact that I really am not looking to make another trip.

I like my farm. I like to stay home.

But despite the questions that I am very often asked by people who
have doubts, I will continue with this work as long as the Lord directs me. I have come to have great confidence in Pastor Joel and the Log Church leadership there. As far as I know, they have always been 100% straightforward with me, and they are doing a work that no one else seems to want to do in that area.

Am I sometimes still plagued with doubts? I still sometimes wonder about things. But until I see that I have been misled, I cannot stop being part of this work. If pressed by naysayers, I probably cannot clear up every doubt that some may have—but I will do my best.

But this work also has great rewards. I myself am growing in my faith as I see how God is meeting what appear to be impossible needs in the lives of the orphans. This is not being done by great fund-raising campaigns or emotional appeals. It is only being done by God quietly speaking to the ears of his people to be involved.

Besides this, the Log Church Kenya is growing as many more people in the area are coming to know the Lord. One of the pastors now has also been working in a new area where they have begun another church—a second Log Church of Kenya. They now have about 450 people who attend the two churches.

I hope to write about that soon.

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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to "The Log Church" and write "Orphans" on the memo line.

Send it to:

The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564

Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose