Thursday, January 27, 2022

THE LOG CHURCHES OF KENYA

As all who read these posts on the orphanage in Kenya know, the orphanage is not the only work happening in Kisii.

There are also two churches that are known as the Log Churches in the area. One of the churches is right next door to the orphanage. The other is some miles away in the village of Nyakembene.

Like many churches here in the US, these two churches went through many challenges during the pandemic times, including lengthy lockdowns and number restrictions when they were allowed to meet.

Nevertheless, even in the midst of the covid-19, they were able to reach and grow by 250 additional souls in 2021. Now in 2022, they are renewing efforts to reach their areas with the Good News of Jesus. They are praying for 1200 people to come to God.

Pastor Joel, Pastor Vincent and the leadership of the two churches are asking for prayer for these efforts. They are also asking us to pray for some items that would help them in this work.

Included in this list of items is 4 box speakers and an amplifier. A large tent would also be useful, since there in the hills of Kisii, rains can come at almost any time.

Transportation is another need. Public transport is not always readily available.

Also, another need that is very important is Bibles in the local Ekegusii. They are praying for 500 of these Bibles to be given to the new believers.

Thank you so much for your prayers for this effort by the churches there. People in these areas are very open to hear the word of God.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JAN 23 - THE LESSON OF THE FIRSTFRUITS

For the past couple of weeks in our Log Church of Tripoli, Wisconsin, we have been studying the seven Holy Day Feasts of the Old Testament. These were given to Moses by God during the time of the Exodus. They are usually called “feasts” in the Bible, but they are not feasts as we would generally think of them in these days. The Hebrew word actually means an appointed time, a place, or a meeting.

Even though our word feast probably does not exactly carry the modern definition to describe these seven holy days, for convenience sake, and since they are commonly called that in our translations of the Bible, we will also continue to use it. Primarily, we have been thinking what these feast days were to teach the ancient Israelites, but more importantly for us today, what they are to teach us.

The Feast of the Passover was the first of these feast days. It commemorated the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. This remembrance took place on the fourteenth day of the first month of Nissan. Following that, on the fifteenth day, the Feast of the Unleavened Bread began. This feast was a seven-day event. The primary teaching of this feast is the importance of preserving the purity in our spiritual lives.

On the sixteenth day of the first month, which was also the second day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, another feast began. This one was called the Feast of the Firstfruits—a one day event. This is the feast we will look at today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

UPDATE ON ORPHANAGE CHANGES

Some changes have occurred at the orphanage in the past couple of months. Up until now, the boys and the girls of the orphanage have been staying in separate ends of the dormitory that we had built a couple of years ago. We had been given permission to do this by the Ministry of Children’s Welfare. Now however, they are telling us that the kids must be housed in separate buildings. Part of the reason for this seems to be covid distancing requirements.

Thankfully, there is a neighboring property with a couple rooms that the owner has allowed us to use at no cost. So the boys have now been moved out of the dormitory.

But if the reason for this move was to give more social distancing, for now that goal is not being realized, since despite the extra rooms, we only have a certain number of beds.

All of this means that we will have to be soon buying extra beds, mattresses and blankets. This is noted in Joel’s letter below.

On another subject, early next week I will be sending out the year-end receipts for those who I believe would like to receive them for tax purposes. Many people tell me that they don’t need to receive a receipt, since they do not itemize on their tax form. However, if you would like to have a receipt and you do not get one in the next couple of weeks, let me know and I will send it. These can only be given to those who have made their payment to “The Log Church.”

This work in Kenya is truly a “grass roots” ministry, meaning that there is no office staff to do this type of work. That is why I don’t send the receipts for every single gift. But be assured, any money given to me goes directly to the orphanage needs. No portion of your gift, whether it be a check or cash, goes for any other purpose (other than the bank transfer fee. See note at the end of this blog post).

Below is an email that I received today from Pastor Joel.

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Praise the living God! Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya Family. We are humbled each day God gives us the grace to share, thanks to all who are praying for the work in Kenya. We begun the year well and thank all who are helping and praying for the orphanage and Church. We trust this year God will restore your wasted years.

We thank all who have ever donated blankets, beds and mattresses. We appreciate for the all donations which has helped us to have the dormitory for the girls and now as were advised by the government we have to separate boys and girls from living one house.

We thank you for the prayers that now we have room free of charge till God provides for house for boys. Now the restriction of covid-19 is demanding that we separate girls from that one room to the next which were previously used by boys now we are praying for beds, blankets and mattresses. On the pictures attached as you can see even the mattresses they are using now it’s worn out and they not worth. That is why have crowded then in those beds which has at least have good mattress.


Thanks for all helped us last year and previous years kindly we request your prayers toward orphanage need. Keep praying for mosquitoes nets for preventing malaria. See pictures attached of the orphanage in separate settings.

We appreciate and humbled for everything you are doing for the Kenya family, the church, children and leaders thank you all.

Prayer request.

Pray for food (We presently have food in our store for 5 days)

12 mattresses (Ksh 4500 or $45 each)


16 blankets  (Ksh 1000 or $10 each)

5 Beds. (Ksh 12,500 or $125 each)

School fees

School building.

We cover you all in our prayers welcome Kenya, we trust God will clear the way for you. May good God bless you all. Thanks for the love.

Yours Son Joel and Church 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

We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to $50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. We wait until we have $4000-$5000 before we make the bank transfer to make each transfer more economical. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

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Friday, January 14, 2022

KISII ORHPANAGE SCHOOL UPDATE

Christmas and the New Year celebrations are past, and the new school year has begun in Kenya. The children are all back in classes at the two primary schools and the one secondary school.

Our focus is again also on the building of our own school on the orphanage grounds. I had hoped to be able to go there in order to better see the progress and the needs, but of course that did not happen, but I will try to get as good a handle on what is happening by asking questions and receiving the replies and photos.

I have again included here the plan for the completed building to help you get a sense of the photos below. I had asked Pastor Joel to take pictures of every part of the present construction site and tell me what each photo showed.

Please also remember to pray for the children. The greatest disappointment for Vivian and I is that we missed our opportunity to see them all and reconnect. I do wonder how they are all doing, and if they are remaining strong in their commitment to the Lord. I know that they have good leadership and examples, so I am grateful for that assurance.

Here is the letter from Pastor Joel:

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Praise the lord! Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Our prayers are with you all. The church and leadership of the Log orphanage Kenya are humbled for the work you are doing. We appreciate you all for everything. We have no words to express for the joy that is in our hearts for you, but we are praying that heaven to honor you and bless you all and release every blessing attached to 2022 for you, your family, church and the USA as well. Please receive our gratitude.

Thanks to all who helped for food and school fees for start of term,we request your hand of help and prayers. Thanks below is the food purchased:

Budget Ksh. 300,000

Unga ngano/baking flour 188. kgs One kilogram =Ksh.140 x188 kgs=Ksh.26,300

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 360x60litres=Ksh21600.

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700

Salt 38Kgs=3800

Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100

Maize =375kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x375kilogram=Ksh. 97500

Beans=200kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x200kgs=Ksh. 60,0000

Rice=200Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x200kgs=Ksh.40,000

We thank God for the offer of free transport in this January now we're not paying transport cost.

Our prayers are with you all. Thanks God bless you all, we are praying for you all daily and we pray that God will supply for your needs also and provide for these children in the orphanage and Kenya Log Church.

Besides the food purchased, we also used Ksh.200,000 of the help we received to pay school costs for this term. The balance is Ksh. 311,500 to complete the payments.

Our prayers to God who made heaven and earth who is our help and sustainer. Kindly join us in prayers for the breakthrough for the children to have school building school.

For the building to continue in construction we request for Ksh. 850,000. With this amount we will be able to put on the cross beams to support the first floor and begin the preparations to put the concrete for the first level.

By the grace of God we request your prayers. We are praying that God will send you to Kenya and see the work in Kenya. Welcome all of you to Kenya witness the great work God is doing through your prayers. God bless you all.

We love you and may God keep you all in good health. God bless you all. We look forward hearing from you beloved. We are humbled for the regular help do receive from you. We look forward to the blessings that God has for us in heaven places for 2022. Thanks.

Sorry for the delay in my response to your questions. I lost my aunt this week.

Yours Son Joel and church/orphanage Leadership-Kenya

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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

We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to $50 each time, but
other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. We wait until we have $4000-$5000 before we make the bank transfer to make each transfer more economical. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

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RECEIPTS BELOW:

Sunday, January 9, 2022

THE LOG CHURCH SERMON - JAN 9. LEAVEN OR THE PEARL?

We saw last Sunday that in the Passover Feast, the primary event was the sacrifice of the Paschal lamb and the application of the blood to the side posts and lintel of the doorway. 

It was the presence of the blood on the doorframe that was the indication that the family inside had obeyed the Lord in terms of the sacrifice, thus saving their firstborn son from being struck dead.

There also was a meal involved with Passover Feast, although it was nothing that approached what we today would call a “feast.” God instructed Moses that the people were to eat the meat of the lamb on that night, roasted over a fire and not boiled. They were to leave no leftovers until the morning. If it was not all consumed, then the people were to burn any part that was left. In addition, it was to be eaten along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

This was to be a meal hastily eaten. “You must be fully dressed for travel, with your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand,” God told the Israelites (Exodus 12:11).

This was the Passover meal. As I mentioned in the previous sermon, although it is properly part of the Feast of the Passover, the meal could also be considered a part of the next of God’s Old Testament Holy Days—the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, since that holy day, which was actually seven days long, also began at that point.

Here is what God said concerning the Feast of Unleavened Bread:

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE LOG CHURCHES AND ORPHANAGE, KISII, KENYA

It is a new year and a good time to review what God has done in the orphanage in 2021, and assess what is ahead in 2022. Since Vivian and I failed to make it to Kenya last year, I have asked Joel some pointed questions concerning the things that I had intended to speak with him about when I was there.

The first thing that I have asked is to send pictures and explanations about the school building that we are constructing on the orphanage grounds. I will post about that next week.

For this week, I include the letter sent by Pastor Joel for the New Year. Please read it below:

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

THE LOG CHURCH SERMON - JAN 2. THE SEVEN HOLY DAYS OF GOD #1-THE PASSOVER FEAST

The Scandal of the Passover Feast

An Introduction

Eight days ago, we celebrated Christmas. Today we are welcoming in the New Year—2022. These two celebrations and others are annual events on our calendars, events that help us to mark time throughout the years. Many of these dates commemorate specific historical events, either religious in nature, or events of our own history, such as Independence Day.

In the Holy Days in the calendar of the ancient Israelites that were instituted by God in the early days of the Exodus, he also had the historical aspect in mind. Like those special days in our own calendar, the holy days of the Israelites also commemorated occurrences in the history of the people. It was a look back to a time when God did something on their behalf or for their benefit.

We could compare this aspect of a commemoration to our celebration of Christmas. As we gathered together for Christmas, we spoke only of the birth of Jesus Christ as a man child some 2000 years ago. Our celebration was almost exclusively a commemoration of this historical event.

However, in God’s holy days of the Old Testament, the celebrations also carried with them certain spiritual lessons. Each was meant to teach something about the lives of the people in relation to God. They were meant to be times of introspection and reestablishing personal priorities, as well as the priorities of the nation as a whole.

There is also a third element involved with the holy days instituted by God. In addition to the historical aspect and the introspective aspect, these days also had prophetic elements connected with them. The days not only were to remind the people of what had happened in the past, but also were meant to teach them what would happen in the future.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #3 - IN DEFENCE OF TRADITION

When we speak of examining. or if we even begin to question the subject of traditions that surround the Christmas holiday, we put ourselves in a very precarious situation.

Traditions at Christmas time are like a mighty river, running strong and deep. If one attempts to change any one of these Christmas traditions in any way, it is like trying to alter the course of the great force of its current. Any barrier that is placed in front of that unstoppable flow will only cause the pressure to increase to a point where all will burst loose.

We must ask the question if there is there any meaningful benefit in tradition. What actually is the value of the tree and all the lights? Is the holiday simply an excuse for excessive consumerism? If so, and if these traditions have no true and lasting value, how are we to change them? How are we to alter their flow or even stop the current completely? Should we even attempt to do this?

But coming at this from another perspective, if there is some benefit to our traditions, how are we to gain from them? How are we to cut through the distractions of the non-essentials to get to the core value of what the traditions can teach us?

Having said what I did in the previous two sermons concerning some misplaced emphases on certain perspectives of Christmas, I would now like to allay some fears that some may have, perhaps thinking that I am suggesting that we throw off all previous vestiges of our Christmas celebrations. “Cast out the traditions!—no trees, no lights, no presents!”

I do not say that, and in this sermon, I would like to offer a small defense of the traditions of Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #2 - WORSHIPING THE BABY

Redemption came to us wrapped in swaddling clothes. The Eternal King was born to us in a filthy sheep cave. We could not have been more surprised by the manner in which God sent his Son to us.

But as we consider this astonishing event, we must be careful of how we interpret this message of redemption. It is actually the totally surprising manner in which Christ came that may even contribute to our confusion about who he is. The story of his birth is so marvelous that we make the telling of it the focus, instead of the deeper significance of the story.

The event of the birth of Jesus is so extraordinary that once we hear it, it is one that will always stay with us. In many ways this is good, of course, but it can also be dangerous. It can be dangerous, because if it is only the story that is the focus of our worship, Jesus merely becomes one of the characters of the story, and as a mere character, he is not allowed to change. We may worship him in a sense, but our worship may be misplaced.

The Story of Jesus in Two Parts Only

Christmas, along with Easter, are the big Christian religious holidays of the year. Whether or not the two dates are historically accurate, and despite the ways in which the church arrived at these dates, both have long been the times of the year in which we celebrate both the birth of Jesus, and His resurrection from the dead.

It is true that in our churches, we celebrate Christ often throughout the year. As churches, we gather to celebrate Jesus at least once a week. In many of our homes, we celebrate him every day.

However, for very many people of the world who live in a Christian culture, these two dates are important only because they are the only times of the year when they think about Jesus. For these people, the only times in their lives that Jesus is actually celebrated is twice a year—at Christmas and at Easter. For most of the year, these individuals are so busy with their lives they have very little time to think about Jesus.

It is good, therefore, to have the celebrations of Christmas and Easter to remind us of the Messiah. However, and as I have said, there is some danger in this as well. Because of the focus on only these two events, these people have come to have a distorted view of who Jesus is.

The Dangers of Christmas

If you think about it, you can see why.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #1- SURPRISED BY CHRISTMAS

Sometimes our spiritual journeys take on the manner of basically just plodding along in our lives, step after step, almost forgetting what our real purpose in the journey is. We become so accustomed to dealing with a chaotic and sometimes combative existence that we must face almost every day in this world, that we lose sight of our ultimate goals.

Then suddenly, when we expect it the least, we are surprised by the possibility of redemption. We are reminded that our ultimate destiny is not tied to the things of this world. We catch a glimpse of the Redeemer.

When the Redeemer came in the first millennium, some of the more observant people, as well as those who had been carefully listening to the message of God, may have been looking for Him, but very few had had the patience to wait. Most of the people of the day were too involved with their day-to-day activities and their attempts to secure their own positions in this world to be concerned with the coming of a little baby born to a poor young woman and her husband.

The Surprised that Appeared out of Swirling Dust

Many years ago, as I was driving through an arid and desolate region of Venezuela, I came upon a little village in the midst of that swelteringly hot and dusty area of the country. The houses were mostly of adobe, and the people of the village were poor goat-herders whose daily task was to wring out a living from the dry and nearly barren soil of the desert plain. Everything around me spoke of struggle.

Even the basic necessity of water had an alkali smell, and could only be obtained with much effort by walking to a village well, dropping a bucket into the deep round shaft dug into the ground, and pulling it up using a pulley system and a rope.

And the air, which especially should be equally abundant and vitalizing to all, refused to be too charitable with its refreshment. Every breath only brought into my lungs air that felt too dry and too hot. The dust that it contained mixed with the sweat rolling down my face and made dirt form around my nostrils. My nose was working doubly hard to strain out the dust before allowing the air to enter my lungs. It seemed that I could not get enough oxygen breathing in this way only, but because the air was so dirty, I was very hesitant to part my lips even just a bit in order to draw in a deeper breath. I envisioned all of that dust entering into my lungs.

Then, as I neared the plaza in the middle of the town, I saw something that seemed entirely out of place in that God forsaken corner of the world.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL - DECEMBER 15

Praise God! Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family. We are humbled to thank God for us that through you, He has blessed us spiritually and physically through support that we have ever received from you. We praise God for the love and prayers. We feel the power of your prayers, because the church has reached more souls this year than before.

Receive the thanks giving from me as a pastor, and also from the Church Leadership, church members and children from orphanage. We all appreciate the work you have done. We have seen it good to send our Thanksgiving for the help sent to us. Surely through God moving in your heart, your help has worked for the church and orphanage too. We trust that you will accept our thanks.

Please let the church and friends who support the work in Kenya know we appreciate their help. We know that words will not be able to express our deepest gratitude we have for you, but we are honored that you all are blessing us in a way that God has designed it. May our God bless you all for the help we receive from you.

Kindly, we are sorry if there are anything we did wrong in our irregular and late replying and reporting of the children. We apologize for the same. Kindly we request that do not terminate the support because your support reach to the church for evangelism, food orphans and school fees and building the school. Thanks for being there for us and may good God restore whatever you have lost as church, ministry and church.

We are joining all as church in our prayer and fasting list and we trust God will provide for you and all with you. Keep praying for the Christmas season God to provide for something that Church will have something to celebrate this time of Christmas as we have families from poor families which cannot afford anything. Kindly join us in prayer God to provide. Thanks.

Lastly, we welcome you to Kenya for the ministry work and we will be humbled to receive you and see the work God is doing here through your prayers and support in every way. Welcome, we call you blessed, may God continue to bless you and your family as we look forward to finish 2021. Tell your team and Church we appreciate all their efforts to support us.

We are here to thank all who have been donating towards school building its our prayers you keep praying for it to continue, we trust God will provide. Thanks.

May God reward you all. Humbled to serve with you to advance the Kingdom. We finally we finished well the conference we thank God for using us to continue with it. May God bless you all Abundantly.

Best regards to all.

Yours Pastor Son Joel and Church Leadership

Below is the budget of what we received.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

WHY WE DID NOT GO TO KENYA - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, DECEMBER 12

Admittedly, the trip was rather hastily planned. I had originally hoped to visit the churches and the orphanage in Kenya last year in early 2020. But then the covid virus struck the world, and life became crazy. We went from “fifteen days of quarantine to flatten the curve,” to lessons on how we should wash our hands, to shutdown mandates and mask mandates, to social distancing X’s on the floors of every store, to promises that the vaccines would solve everything and that everything would soon get back to normal.

But as we continue to learn, “normal” is a moving target. Instead of life settling down to any type of regularity, it seemed to be always constantly changing, and even in some ways becoming more difficult. Travel restrictions, for instance, were becoming not only more demanding, but also more unpredictable. Rules for where you can fly and from where you can return were always shifting depending on the latest covid numbers.

I could take it no longer. The craziness seemed to not be ending, so I decided it was time to go to renew our friendship with the people of the churches and orphanage of Kenya before it became impossible. I felt a strong pull to return and see with my eyes how the orphanage was faring, and how the churches were progressing.