Sunday, September 19, 2021

STUDIES IN REVELATION (PART 4) - THE BREAKING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL

The Breaking of the Seventh Seal

The Coming of the Wrath of God

It has been a couple of weeks since we left off our study of Revelation, but at that point we were summarizing the breaking of the seven seals of a book given to the Lamb of God to open, seals that bring about great disasters on the earth with the breaking of each of them.

In the first four seals, the four horsemen of the apocalypse were demonic in their nature. During this time given to the antichrist to act, the tribulation will have been a period of great persecution against Christians. This was made evident by the martyrs that John saw with the opening of the fifth seal, who we were told had been slain because they upheld the testimony of God and who cried out “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You avenge our blood and judge those who dwell upon the earth?” (Revelation 6:10).

We should note that the martyrs shown to us in that passage may not be those of the tribulation period only, but perhaps they also include those who had been slain because of the Word of God throughout the ages. Nevertheless, I think that we are not assuming too much when we say that a great number of these were slain as a result of the persecutions of the early days of the tribulation.

We did, after all, hear them asking the Lord how long it would be until he would avenge their blood and judge those “who dwell on the earth?” The petition of these slain ones concerning the avenging of their blood seems to be against those who were on the earth at the time when the four horsemen wrought their devastation.

But with the sixth seal, we saw that there was something different about the source of the disasters that it brings. With the sixth seal, the people of the earth recognize that the catastrophes that are coming upon the earth are unlike the previous ones of the first four seals.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2001

Where were you on September 11, 2001? 

Even though it was twenty years ago, you remember exactly the time and the place that you were when you first heard the news of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, at least you remember if you are now above the age of 35 or 40.

My family and I were still living in Venezuela on that date, and I was actually at a local garage having my car serviced. The workers there were asking me all about what was happening in New York. I had no idea. I had heard nothing. They were the ones who began to tell me of the planes crashing into the towers of New York.

It was a watershed moment in our history. It was the day when Americans began to feel less safe. It was the day that for the first time that many in our country began to understand the level of hatred that some people of the world have for the United States. It was a day that marked the decline of the land in which most of us were raised.

But most importantly of all, it was a day when God reached his hand out to us to help, but we turned away from him.

It at first did not seem that way. At first it seemed like many people who had not paid any mind to God before the attacks, afterwards were suddenly looking to the Lord for direction. I remember in particular the words of one of the news anchors of a major television broadcast networks saying, “I think even the atheists among us must be looking to God during these days.”[1]

But that sentiment soon changed. After the immediate shock of what had happened wore off, instead of continuing to look to God, we began looking to what we saw as the might and resolve of America. We believed that the “greatest military in the history of the world” could solved the problem.

And now, after twenty years of giving our sons and daughters to fight for a purpose that was never clearly understood, and after spending billions of dollars in equipment that has only ended up arming the very ones who would do us harm, many Americans are asking why. What happened? What was the meaning of the past twenty years?

Why does it seem that nothing that our nation begins ends up with a good outcome? Why do we see that the blessings of living in this land are on the decline, while the disasters, the arguing and even outright hostilities among our own fellow citizens steadily increasing?

Monday, September 6, 2021

IS IT TIME FOR A TRIP TO KENYA ??

Vivian and I have lately been praying about making a trip to Kenya to reconnect with the people and the children there. We both feel the need to go and think that it is important, and although we will like to see the people again, I will also say frankly that it is a trip that I do not wish to make.

Nevertheless, I felt the same for the other trips I made there, and we saw how God truly did bless those times. And now we are praying about it again.

I shared with Joel my concerns about making such a trip, including covid restrictions, leaving our house and farm during cold weather, reducing the cost of the trip and stay in Kisii, besides some other things. It is a matter of prayer, and we ask you also to pray about this possibility.

This trip is far from a certainty, but we will see how God responds.

Here is Joel’s response to my inquiries:

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Dear beloved Mum, Dad, Church and Friends,

We thank God for the love and concern for the family in Kenya. May God bless you all. The church and the leaders in Kenya are happy to hear that you are coming to Kenya with Mum. Welcome.

We pray God to help us keep the fire burning and embrace the mission of your ministry here. Thanks for spiritual teaching you post on the blog. It is helpful and making the church growing rapidly.

Each day we mention you in the presence of God to keep you and all under your care in the good health. May good God reward you in the good work you and team are doing in helping the work in Kenya. We wish that you all were here in the body to see how the church and children appreciate you all. Daily they are praying for you all.

We praise God that overseer Don and Vivian who are coming and our prayers is that even all of you are helping this work come with Pastor Don on the near future trip.

We thank God for the grace He has given to us. We praise God for His love that has instituted this sharing and the work that has brought us this far. We thank God that He has accepted us to handle the help that you send regularly.

We trust God will send you to Kenya and witness the work the help is doing here. Please pray for this the great project. As we are doing it, we need the hand of God. Kindly pray for this work. We pray to God that to continue to minister to you and open every opportunity to your life and light up your ways.

We pray for you each time and we believe with you that God is doing great new thing like never before. We pray that blessing of God flow upon you so that you even lack space to hold them.

We pray for the church ministers and members for God to give you favor in anything you do and everything you touch by your hand is multiplied double portion. God bless you all.

The School

We thank God for the provision of the school building is progressing well. When government engineers visited us, they advised us to begin administration block and toilet block together with main classes building.

(Editor’s note [me😀]: To quickly explain, the entire building in the shape of a square bracket ] except that the two legs are longer in comparison to the side. The longest side of this shape is where the majority of the classrooms will be located, one of the legs will be for the bathrooms, and the other for the school offices, at least on the ground floor. Some classrooms will be above on the other two floors.
We at first were only going to begin with the main classroom section only, but now the engineers advised us to build the entire building up together from the ground up)
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Joel: Now we started the administration block so that the building will have a stable foundation hence for the administration block, classes, and toilet. This will now increase the cost because when the architect calculated at first  for only classes. Now the cost of first floor will increase cost as administration block and toilet now. The cost will be Ksh. 950,000 to finish first floor,

This will cover bricks, D8, D12, D16 (various sizes of rebar), Sand hardcore for administration block, Cement and Skilled labor. Unskilled labor is provided by the church, members.

The Church

Our service on Sunday was well and the presence of God was present. Really appreciate all your work and love God bless you once again.

We thank for the time during last week when we had no food. God used some of the church members who helped the children with food for 3 of the days. In the days without food we were praying and fasting and we are seeking God daily.

In our church service we are seeing God doing great work here even the church building is becoming smaller and others are listening from outside church building. We are seeing the church taking root here and you will see this as you come on the near future. As we later had the meeting with church leaders, we agreed as leaders that every Sunday will be prayer and fasting day.

Also, every day we will arrange daily group of members who will be having a daily fasting God to release the destiny of the November trip. We know that God will provide what needed for trip and this school project.

The Trip

Now questions of the trip: On the hotel you will remain the one you used other trips and on the vehicle one of the friend who has agreed to offer us his car and we will only fuel the car you will use during that time you will be here with Mum.

We are spending most the days in prayer and fasting releasing whatever God has for you and Kenya work, we trust in prayer everything will be possible. Thanks we are praying for you all and trust that we will see you coming to Kenya in the future with Overseas Donald and Mum Vivian. Welcome Kenya. May might God provide for your needs and for Kenya church-Orphanage. Thanks.

We are glad for the trust you have for the weekly report which is posted on blog by Pastor Don. May God bless you all. Thanks for your regular help. Thanks. Greetings from the children and churches leaders as we met together.

Thanks.

Yours Son Joel and Log 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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Below is the food budget. Press "Read More" to view

Thursday, August 26, 2021

WEEKLY LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL OF LOG CHURCH KENYA

Below is a letter that I received today from Pastor Joel. You will notice that they are presently without food. He is asking for prayer about this. Next week we will be able to send some more help, but for the present, we trust God to supply by some means.

But this is a letter of thanks more than a letter of need. It has been amazing to all of us how God has provided through His people to give these children a home, an education, and a hope for the future.

The building of our orphanage school continues. We eagerly anticipate what God will be doing through this school when it is finished.

I think that I mentioned previously that the Log Church Kenya is presently holding worship services every day.  The pandemic and the difficulties of the restrictions have created a great hunger in that area to know the Lord, and the pastors and the church are responding to that need.

It strikes me that it is not this way in much of the United States. We mostly argue over the science of the vaccine and the gravity of the virus. We spend a lot of time and effort putting down whomever we think is wrong, but very little time in introspection.

Maybe the real lesson of this pandemic has less to do with how good, bad or how partisan our science is, and more to do with how our weaknesses should cause us to turn to the One who has made us in the first place.

Here’s the letter from Pastor Joel

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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and Church,

Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the day, and we are humbled for the love, we are thankful for the provision we have been receiving from you all. Thanks once again, we are humbled for the prayers.

We thank God for the work of building is on and this week they were putting up the foundation of the administration block as you can see on pictures, we are praying for you all who have donated for the building this far. We trust God will provide for the building school to be finished and begin a school at His perfect time.

Thanks for the financial help for the needs of children, school fees, clothes and beddings. May God bless you all.

We are now in challenge for there is no food in store. Keep us in prayers God to provide for needs here in the orphanage and Church. Kindly pray for the food situation in Log orphanage Kenya, we request prayers.

Thanks for the prayers for the work in Kenya, surely we need your prayers and help for the furthering of the gospel here in Kenya also Bible is the challenge.

The churches in Kenya are growing in the midst of covid-19. God is putting the thirsty of the word in the hearts of his people put our daily service meetings in prayer. We requesting that God will provide for the church outreach program. Please pray for the church bus this can help in evangelism. We thank you Dad, Mum, Family, Church and all to be part of the work in Kenya.

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 here with us. Our prayers to God who made heaven and earth who is our help and provider, kindly join us in prayers for the breakthrough for the children to have their needs met.

God bless you all. Thank God to bless you all. We look forward hearing from you beloved. Thanks for all donation all years around may good Lord bless you Abundantly. Thanks we call you blessed.

Yours Son Joel and church/orphanage Leadership-Kenya.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE SCHOOL UPDATE

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family, we are humbled for the love to help the work in Kenya. Let
us extend the heart of appreciation from the Children and church leadership and members, we appreciate what you are doing for the work in Kenya. May God bless you all,

Dad, Mum and Church we were able to order materials for the building and its moving from one step to the other we trust God will provide as we see the progress. See the receipt and pictures of the work on the building for school.

Dad, the children had worn out blankets and mattresses we were able to buy for them, also schools shoes for some who were walking bear footed. May God bless you all. We cleared the school fees. Covid-19 has changed this here even payment of school we have to clear earlier.

May Keep you all and guide you all. No words that can say thanks enough but accept the thanks from the bottom of our hearts and we thank God for using you
all to be the blessing of many lives here. Surely you are touching lives of people through the sermon the blog. It comes on time and we do print and use to teach the children and churches here. Keep posting them Daddy.

Sure are experiencing the last time sign but we have to keep the faith and reach more for Christ.

We have decided to do carry service daily at church here in Matagaro as a way of advancing the Kingdom and wining souls. We are seeing God touching lives here. Thanks

May God bless you all Humbled for the love you have towards us Kenya family. Thanks. May God bless you all.

Yours Son Joel and Church 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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To see the receipts, press the Read More link below

Friday, August 6, 2021

POST-LOCKDOWN WORSHIP AT THE LOG CHURCH KENYA

As of the first of August, the churches in the Kisii area are once again allowed to open their doors to worshipers. People returned in great number, seeking guidance for their lives in the words of Jesus.

The covid lockdowns have been especially brutal for many of these people. It has caused food prices to rise significantly, with even the availability of food in the market often lacking. There has been much hunger during this time, even more than is the normal amount. But this physical hunger has awakened a great spiritual hunger in the people as well.

As far as the orphanage is concerned, the kids are presently in school and life has continued. They are so thankful for your gifts, which has provided for them not only the school fees, but that they have also had food to eat on most days. You can see the latest accounting of funds below. Just press the “Read More” button.

The rain is being gathered in the water collection system we have been able to build, and the garden is being irrigated and is producing vegetables and greens.

The construction of the new school building also continues. This will be a long process, but we look forward to seeing how God will open up this possibility.

Below is the letter from Pastor Joel:

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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings from Kenya Churches and orphanage, we are praying for you each day, we are humbled for the help we receive from you all through pastor Donald, Vivian, church leaders and friends to the Kenya orphanage and church.

Thanks from the children and church leadership Kenya church. Thanks for your prayers which have made the children have hope. Surely without your help which God has moved in your heart and prayers we could have not been able to care these children. Some could have ruined because of lack of resources, because of our limited resources was not able to feed these children. We appreciate every support we receive from you and also school fees and clothes, and other necessities it could be the challenge.

We praise God for the love and grace for us to be able to worship God again in service worship after the period of lock down. May I inform you that the Lord has been incredibly good to our pastoral ministry. Also we are busy in doing soul winning as we do visit people house to house.

There is a great need of these people to be visited regularly in this season of covid-19. People have lost hope and have nothing to eat. Please keep us in prayer God to provide for the poor families. Through this soul winning work many people have turned up in attending church worship service.

May the lord bless you for the efforts and your labour for the increase of God’s kingdom. It is our hope that the Lord will give us burning desire to each out even beyond our boundaries of the Lord of Kenya, that  poorest of the poor be gathered to worship God.

 May God bless you all, for praying for the Church in Kenya.

We request   prayers for the work in Kenya as by your prayers God has allowed us to reach this far still we covet yours prayers for the needs of these children under our care their needs be made.

Our prayers are with you all. We were able to order materials and they are supplying it and we trust God will provide so that the work of building the school will be accomplished we trust God will provide.

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 here with us. Please accept our thanks for your love towards the work we are doing here. We request you to join prayer. May God show his blesses to you all as you always pray for us thank you for. Hoping to hear from you.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Son Joel and Church Leadership - Log Church Kenya

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

IMAGE OF THE NEW SCHOOL PLANS FOR THE LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE

You saw in the post of a couple of weeks ago that the construction of the new school at the orphanage is underway. On the post of July 2, I included a picture of the architect’s drawing of how the completed school will look. You would not have seen it if you did not hit the “Read More” button at the end of the post.

But that picture was blurry. You could not see clearly the layout of the school. So I asked Pastor Joel to send me a clearer picture, which he did by asking the building engineer to send the pdf file of the plan. I tried to convert this pdf into an image that this blog site would accept (it will not let me upload a pdf), but I'm afraid it does not help for the purpose of this post.

Either I do not have the tools on my laptop to make a proper conversion, or I simply do not know how to do it (the most likely scenario).

But if you are interested, just email me and I can send you the pdf of this, plus another one that shows the structural components of the first floor. I think that anyone who is interested already has either my email or phone.


I had also asked Joel for the cost involved with the next phase of the building. The next phase would include the structural beams of the first storey of the building, massive enough to support two more storeys. As I mentioned previously, we do not have much room at the orphanage so the government is requiring us to build a three-storey structure.

This phase will also include the walls of the first floor and the poured concrete ceiling, which will also become the floor for the second storey.

The estimate for this phase is $15,000.

Did your jaw just drop open? Get used to it. Since beginning this orphanage four years ago, my jaw muscles have become slack many times, both with seeing the costs of what we are involved with, and with how God has met those needs.

I have constantly told God that I am not the person for this job, but so far he has not removed this responsibility from me.

But the rewards are great. When I hear from the children how they are so thankful for the life given to them, I have to think that my small part of this work is worth every inconvenience and difficulty.

I hope those of you who have also contributed much to this work feel the same. Your gifts are not being wasted. As we go along with this project, I will write more of how we believe this school building will serve not only the needs of the orphans, but of other children of the area whose parents do not have the money to send them to school.

But I will also ask you to pray. This is the most important.

Kindly pray that God will be in control at every step of every phase of this project, and that every motive of all of us will only be for what He is doing for the lives of these children.

Also, I am strongly feeling the need to return to see the people there. This entire covid scare has made this impossible up until now. Actually, Kenya is once again on lock-down. The Log Churches there and all the churches are unable to meet. At least this is true in the Kisii area.

This shut-down complicates everything of course, from the transportation and costs of food, to getting the materials for building.

If there was ever a time to look to the Lord, it is now.

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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, July 16, 2021

THE LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE/SCHOOL - KENYA

The school situation is changing for the orphanage.

First of all, we want to express how thankful that we are that the Lord has provided the orphanage the ability to pay the fees so that the children could go to school for these past years (mostly through your gifts).

When I first visited the church in 2017, this was not the case. The church people in Kenya were not able to do this. They were doing the best that they could within the church to teach the few orphans that they had at
that time to read and to write.

But on the other side of the perspective, the education that they are receiving at the various schools still is not the best. The schools are very overcrowded because of the many children in the area. Also, according to what Pastor Joel tells me, our kids are belittled in the school because they are orphans.

Below in Joel’s letter, you can see the cost breakdown for the current term of school. In
the parenthesis I have put the conversion into dollars, plus the calculations of the cost per student. 

The pandemic has caused a disruption in the regular school schedule, so the terms this year are not the same dates as they have been in the past. Normally, there is a month of holiday in between two terms, but this year the previous term ended on the 14th of July, and the new term will begin on the 27th.

You will see that as the children get older and enter into the secondary school, the costs are much higher. Because of the severely shortened term this time, the costs have decreased from the previous school term this time, but generally speaking, we can expect that they will only increase in the long run. In the past, we have figured total school costs for all the children to be between $20 - $25,000 per year.

However, the most important matter in my mind is the future for these children. In these years we have been feeding them, housing them, and sending them to school, but I keep thinking about what comes later. 

In some way, we have to be thinking about a future for these kids. They of course will not remain children in the orphanage forever, and not even for very many years. They have no family land as is the case with most kids in the Kisii tribe, no family, no predictable future after they graduate from secondary school. What then?

Only God knows, but it is a concern of mine that we do what we can now to give them not only a diploma from some school, but a good education that can prepare them to excel in their lives.

Taking everything into consideration we believe that we should begin to pursue the building of our own school. This is a huge undertaking, but we will do so little by little as we see the provision of the Lord. In the pictures you can see the foundation that is presently being prepared. We have begun. 

Here is Joel’s letter:

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family. We are humbled to thank God for hearing and remembering you in prayer. We are each day praying for you and all who have joined the hand to build the school buildings for the glory of God. This project does not only need money but also need prayer because in this way God will move in the hearts of people to help.

Our prayers are with you all, the church and leadership of the Log orphanage Kenya we are humbled for the
work you are doing. Thank you!

We have the children in schools as follows

Matagaro Secondary School 15.

Rianyakwara Primary 26

Kimai Primary 20

The total we have 46 pupils primary and 15 students in Secondary, the children go the next class on the end year now next that is first term we will have 8 more pupils to the secondary.

For this term we will only pay below fees it's reduced.

Rianyakwara Primary fees  =KSh. 145,200 fees ($55.80/student)

KIMAI DEB primary  Fees  Ksh. 114,100 ($57.05/student)

Matagaro Secondary fees  Ksh. 252,200  ($168.13/student)

(Total of about $5,115 for the present shortened term)

Our prayers are with you all. Thanks for the help and prayers for the Log Church Orphanage.

We pray that when Pastor Donald comes to visit you all join him in prayer, and also come with him to witness the work that is taking place here which and which you have supported. We want to extend our heart of gratitude to all who have supported the school building which is in progress. We are praying that God will supply for it to be completed.

The reason for it to be built our own school is to meet the overwhelming needs of children from the community who have not joined any school because of the poverty level of families which surround us. Also the cost of sending our orphan children is high, so having our own school will help.

The school will be the platform where we can use the school by reaching more for Christ. The school we are building can help the children to have spiritual stability because we will be teaching the word of God and how to fear God will help to promote the word of God.

We Are praying that God will provide for school building surely need prayer because this is the project which need more resources kindly pray. Welcome Kenya we are humbled to receive you. God bless you all. Thanks. God bless you all.

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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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

VIDEOS OF EXPERIMENTAL GARDENING FOR KEYNA ORPHANAGE

The garden at the orphanage is growing well, although still in its early stage of maturity. Nevertheless, it is even now providing some food for the children. Joel writes:

“Thanks for all who provided for the garden. Now we are getting some vegetables from the garden, but most it is yet on seedling. We are humbled to God for having vegetable that can sustain two to three days in a week. Thank you. God bless you all.”

As you recall, a couple of months ago or so, we were able to install the irrigation system for the orphanage garden in Kenya.


Also this week I wanted to show you some of my own experiments, specifically the experiment I am doing with hydroponics in my garden in Wisconsin. I believe that if we can learn how to grow vegetables with this method, it can be of great benefit to the kids both at this time, and even after they leave the orphanage.

I perhaps could be a little more attentive to how it is operating. I have a few other things going on in my life and cannot just be out in the garden. Nevertheless, all in all I am pretty happy with how the hydroponic method functions.

It is a learning experiment and I am sure that it can be greatly improved, but I think that it might be a good method of growing food at the orphanage, since space is limited.

Below I have three videos of my garden in Wisconsin. The first is of the hydroponics, which is the primary part of the trial. The other two are just scenes from the other parts of the garden.

In this first video, I am growing kale. I cannot say that I am a great lover of kale, but I am growing it since that is the main leafy food that they grow at the orphanage. I have to also say however, that I did think that the way that the kale was prepared at the orphanage was quite tasty when I was there.

I am happy with some aspects of this experiment, but with others I can see room for improvement.


The second video is about other parts of the garden. This is mostly just traditional gardening, although I am making use of maple leaves as a mulch, which has been a great help both in soil moisture retention and in inhibiting weed growth. Also, with the leaf mulch that I applied last fall, the leaves kept the soil loose all winter so that I did not even have to work up the soil this spring. I could apply the seeds directly into the soil.

Concerning my comment in the video about using eucalyptus leaves as a mulch, since making the video I asked my son about this. He did a lot of work with eucalyptus in Ethiopia, and he told me that my initial thoughts about the leaves of that tree having a toxin were correct. The word he used for this toxic quality of the leaves was "allopathic."
The eucalyptus is the tree most common in Kisii


Here is another bit of my garden, drip irrigation and grapes:


The accounting for the last bank transfer is below:

Sunday, July 4, 2021

THE MOST TERRIFYING WORDS IN THE BIBLE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JULY 4

Here are some of the most terrifying words of the Bible:

But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Is “terrifying” the best word to use to describe these verses? Perhaps “upsetting” would be a better, or “worrying.” But whatever adjective you wish to put in, these verses from the Apostle Paul do not give us a warm, fuzzy feeling.

These verses are especially concerning to us because as we look at each one of these descriptions of the last days, we can see that they describe exactly the days in which we are living today. It leads to the question that almost everyone in the Christian church today is asking, “Are these days in which we are living the last days?”

Of course, this is not the first time in history that people have asked this question. Nor is our own time in history unique in its similarity to what Paul describes in these verses. There have been great apostasies in the past, but there have also been great reformations. At the same time however, there are certain aspects to our present day that are unique, or at least that are indicative to an immanent intervention and punishment from God.

Will this intervention by God soon be coming to our nation, or perhaps even to the entire world?

Friday, July 2, 2021

SCHOOL AT THE ORPHANAGE - THE WORK HAS BEGUN

The work has begun.

Since the beginning, we knew that providing our own school for the orphans would be the best solution to meeting their education. And it is not only the orphans that live at the orphanage, but others in the area who need the opportunity to be able to go to school, along with children from extremely poor families who cannot pay the school fees.

But it is a big task. We do not know how God will meet not only the needs of building, but also the ongoing needs.

But we have begun. As it was when we built the dormitory for the children, all is in the hands of God. We build as He enables. We do not know how long it will take, but God will enable.

It is amazing to think that four years ago these kids were sleeping on a muddy dirt floor. God has been so good.

Pastor Joel’s letter below:

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

LEARNING FROM AN EMPTY PLATE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JUNE 27

(Continuing with the recounting of my first trip to visit the orphanage in Kenya)

Journal Entry – April 6, 2018

Since my visit to the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya, there has been a large increase of orphans at the church.  In November of last year there were 24 children under the care of the church. Shortly after I returned home I learned that there were 32. Now Joel writes that they have 42 orphans.

I wrote to him, “Joel, you cannot keep taking in children or everyone will suffer. We cannot even now adequately care for the children that we have.”

But Joel tells me that they find these children when they as pastors are out doing evangelism on the streets.

“We try to find out if they have any uncles or aunts or cousins; grandparent; anybody,” Joel writes. “And we look for people to take them in, but when no one does, we cannot leave them in the streets.”

The need is very great, as it is in all parts of Africa, and indeed in all parts of the developing world.