Monday, December 9, 2019

KISII REPORT - MEET THE CHILDREN (1)


For the next few of posts, I will be including photos of the orphans with their names. I myself am happy to receive this, since my time with the children was very shorttoo short to get to know all of them.
There will be more than the 42 orphans in the photos, since as explained in the letter from Pastor Joel below, he also included other children in the church, whom although still living with their families, are also in great need of prayers. Their daily needs are just as great as our children in the orphanage.


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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the grace to see the new day, we are humbled by your prayers and financial support.
This far God has used everyone of you to support either financial or through prayers, we want to say thanks for your prayers. The children send greetings and they are happy for your help to them.

Thanks goes to all the readers of the Pastor Don blog and thanks to all children who have been close to help the children in Kenya. Our prayers and of that of the children here are with you. We welcome people from the background to help these children to have food, education, medical care, clean water, beds, mattresses, blanket and clothes.

Our prayers and thanks are for you all who have been so close to these children. May God bless you abundantly.

We want to report as the world is different in experiencing challenges and hardship. The challenges are not the same, like now we have food price increase because of heavy rains and also because of energy increase of price. We request your prayers for God to send help and meet the needs of these children.

 We are attaching pictures and ages.

Dad, in the Log Church Kenya at large we have in total 112 children. Also these children are in our prayers and help even if we are working for these 42 children, we are being challenged because those that come to the church still have needs and even these children can stay outside not going school, no food and even clothing is the problem.

Kindly we request your prayers to for the church and children in Kenya church as you pray kindly do not mention only 42 children in the orphanage that is why we have attached more pictures than 42,

May God prosper you and provide for you and all who are helping and who are trying to think to help and support these children to have their needs met.

Beloved, it’s not easy to handle these children but it needs your prayers and support. The church in Kenya is not silent to the needs of the children we are trying to help. But even most of the church members sleep hungry without taking food for even 4 days.
We are serving God in the community that needs your prayers and hand of help to rescue life and make them trust the Lord more.

The church brings the little they can but still cannot meet the needs of these children also they are not able to meet their needs also. The children send thanks once again for your help and request your help and prayers for they reach the future destiny and full receive and walk on the promises of God.

The leadership of Kenya Log Church/orphanage they are glad for what you have done to the children, they are praying for you and request your prayers.

 Welcoming, the church, children and orphanage request that you come all Kenya to see the work that pastor
Donald and Vivian are helping and supporting, the church is happy welcome and receive you to be the eye witness of what God is doing through your help.

Thanks to all who donated for the building may God bless you all, kindly we have the needs that are each day that must be attended for the good stay of the children and survival.

Welcome Kenya beloved to greet Kenya church the children.

 Thanks keep us in your prayers and help where you can to safe life. Kindly send your gift to pastor Donald, we are receiving every coin you send through him and we are putting them into use for the better of these children.
 Thanks God bless you all, real good we call you blessed.

 Yours Son Joel and church/Orphanage 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
 
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, December 8, 2019

NAMED BY THE FATHER

A Reason to Worship
 
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:14-16 ESV).

Like most of Paul’s phrases, this one brings out more than one topic. It is for this reason that it is sometimes a little difficult to stay with the main topic in some of Paul’s writings. His mentioning these incidental comments at times also prompts him to remark on a peripheral topic.

So it is that this particular sentence of Paul’s also contains a phrase that puts me, like the apostle himself, off on a bit of rabbit trail, chasing down what he may have meant by what he said.

With that in mind, I would first like to look at what is actually a side comment and not even the main point of what Paul is saying. It is almost a parenthesis within the sentence. In that parenthesis, he makes the statement that every family in heaven and on earth has received its name from the Father.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

KISII REPORT - MUD OR SNOW? A COMPARISON

Garage
Our House
We had a couple of big snowstorms where we live in Wisconsin in the past week. I have spent the last couple of days plowing
Smithy
snow in our driveway and around the farm. It is kind of a big job, since much of it involves getting the snow off of roofs.


Many people will tell you that they do not like winters in the north. Too much snow

Stuga

and too cold. It is true that it is a lot of work, but once the snow is plowed and shoveled, life can continue on normally. And, I also have to add that there are many pleasant aspects and scenic beauties to living in the north.
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The Market Area Near the Church and Orphanage
Not so with heavy rains and floodings. Western Kenya has experienced a lot of this in the past weeks. The reports are that some 60+ people have perished in landslides caused by heavy and persistent rains in the western part of the country. This has not happened in the immediate area of Kisii, where the orphanage is located, but they have also experienced heavy rains.

Lining Up to Eat
Water from the rains does not accumulate on the ground as does snow, but in the long run, it creates many more problems, and more serious ones. Our orphanage is not actually in the main town of Kisii, but outside in the hills, were the only access is by dirt road only.
The rain may run downhill, but it creates deep mud on the road and trails, making going anyplace nearly impossible—even on foot. The hills there consist of heavy
Entering the Dormitory
clay—the kind that sticks to your shoes.

Snow, you can sweep off your boots and you are good to go. Your boots are even cleaner than they were before. The heavy clay mud goes with you wherever you go and leaves a track of mud on everything.



You cannot plow mud to get to solid ground as you can snow. If you get stuck with your car in the snow, it is a headache. But usually a little shoveling will get you free. You
Road to Kisii Town
cannot shovel slimy mud, and driving in it is just as slippery as the iciest of roads. 
To add to an already difficult conditions, the food supply is again finished and there is nothing to eat at the orphanage. But this is not the situation only for the children in the orphanage. Many people of the area face the same challenges, many families going without food for three or four days at a time on a rather regular basis.

I am sure that there are other places in the world with even more desperate living conditions, but in my own years of living and
No one has ever heard of making a "Mud Man"
working in various countries, very many of them third world or developing nations, never have I seen such need.

Vivian and I are grateful that God has called us to help. We can do little, but many of you have also helped. It is greatly appreciated. Life is still harder than perhaps any who read this can imagine, but it is better for these children now than in the past.

Next week I will share a letter from Pastor Joel about the situation there. He has also sent photos of each child, which I will also share over the next few posts (there are very many pictures). You will be able to get to know the children by name.


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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, December 1, 2019

THE PRISONER OF CHRIST JESUS

We had no church service at the Log Church this morning because of severe winter conditions. So I had no sermon today.
Nevertheless, I will post this sermon that I never preached and which actually should be read before the one below (two posts down - Called to Suffer).
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A Bond Servant to the Message of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-13)

We may wish that Paul would have elaborated a bit more on this revelation of the church as the dwelling place of God, for the theme of what God’s eternal purpose is for the church is one about which we know very little.

Paul, in fact, may not have even known much more than he mentions here. We do not really know the extent to which God revealed things to him. Earlier I brought up the fact that Paul, contrary to what we often see in some Christian ministries today, did not bring his teachings to promote himself or his ministry. His purpose was to encourage the people and to bring glory to God.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

KISII REPORT - KATHRYN'S STORY

It was never my plan to have a ministry with children during these later stages of my life, but I have to say, it is one of the things that gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. Quite apart from any intention of my own, God has given Vivian and me a ministry with our 42 orphans of the Log Church Kenya orphanage.

It is true that we are not involved in a very personal and day-by-day basis, but God has given these children to us as a charge, both in provision of their living essentials, and in prayer. But it is not only these children. Once in a while, I receive a story concerning a child here in the US who has also felt the need to help these orphans. In a different way, this ministry is also to these children. I also must say, it is this kid-to-kid connection gives me the greatest joy of all.

Thus, I share the short story of a girl of about ten years old named Kathryn.

Kathryn lives in the ranch country of western South Dakota and attends the same church where Vivian attended in some of her childhood years while her dad was the pastor there. It is the Union Center Community Baptist Church. I have written of this church before, and of the children’s Bible club that one of our friends conducts there.

The church as a whole has been involved with the orphanage in Kenya and is well aware of what is happening there, sharing with one another the current news. A few weeks ago, our friend told us that she briefly spoke of the current needs in Kisii.

The following Sunday, ten year-old Kathryn approached our friend Sylvia and squeezed a crinkled and rolled-up $50 bill into her hand.

As Sylvia wrote to us in a note that accompanied the gift, Kathryn had “a merriest but rather shy-eyed look” on her face. She smiled at Sylvia as she asked her if she could get this money to “the children.”

Kathryn, it turns out, had just had a birthday. She told her mom that she wanted to give the money that she had received for her birthday to the orphans of Kisii. She gave her birthday money to feed the kids of Kisii.

Kathryn, thank you so much!  I appreciate the way that you have listened to the Lord and how you have responded with an unselfish, obedient and loving heart. I pray that God will continue to build in you this same grace that you have shown to me in doing what you have done for these children.

Kathryn’s story may be unique in some ways, but I realize that there are many who have given with the same kind heart as did this young girl. God has spoken to many of you, and you have responded.

Thanks to all of you!! May God bless all of you!!

We praise God together for enabling us to work together in the rescuing of these children of Kenya. It is our part of what He is doing for His people.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

CALLED TO SUFFER

What is the Purpose of Suffering in the Life of a Christian?

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you for your testing, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, you may also be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.
(1 Peter 4:12-13) 
In the first verse of the third chapter of Ephesians, Paul called himself “A prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles.”

Then, in verse thirteen, he encouraged the Ephesians “not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.”

When we look at the words that Paul uses and which were meant to be an encouragement, it may seem a very odd encouragement indeed. It could be taken that Paul tells the people that he is suffering for their sake, and that they could be happy about this fact!

What did he mean by this? Was this just another way of Paul telling the people that, even though he was in prison because of them, the people could be glad that it was Paul that was imprisoned instead of themselves? Should the attitude of the Ephesians be, “Better you and not me!”
Is this how Paul meant that the Ephesians should take it? 

For Your Glory
We know that this is not what Paul must have meant, but if not this, then what?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

KISII REPORT - LIFE ON THE EDGE

When life is lived on the edge of survival, even things such as a heavy rain system can put health and even life in jeopardy.
I have known that the orphanage has been without food once again. The people of the church in Kisii did bring food for the children on Sunday, but Pastor Joel says it was very little.
Below is an email that I received from him this morning:
 
Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and church,
Greetings in Jesus name, we are humbled for the grace of God for the gift of life, we are sorry to report that we are passing hardship in this time of rain, the children are not in good health as you can see on pictures attached and we have heavy rain, kindly we have no food and 3 children are sick because the weather changes.
Water is not good for drink this can accelerate the sickness we have nothing we can buy water treatment drug to prevent more sickness to happen. We are in challenging times, we are praying that God of heaven may care for the children, the roads are not good.
 
The road on the pictures is the one that we used from tarmac (hard surfaced) road to church, we are at very confused situation but only the word of God give hope that this struggles are of moment.
 
Thanks,we request your prayers.
God bless you all. Yours Son Joel
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(This is me writing again) Thankfully, I received a nice gift in the mail just yesterday and plan on sending some aid to them tomorrow.
The struggle is constant, but the Lord is good.


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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, November 17, 2019

THE FINEST OF ALL GOD'S HANDIWORK



The Revelation of the True Church of Jesus Christ 


The Words of the Apostle Paul:
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:8-10 ESV) 

What is the “manifold wisdom of God” of which the Apostle Paul speaks in this passage of Ephesians?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

KISII REPORT - MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOLS


In most western societies where the primary and secondary years of school are usually free for the parents of the students, it is sometimes difficult to see so much of the money that is provided for the orphanage to go to paying school fees—this especially when our kids often go days without having food to eat.

It has been a struggle for us every term to come up with the money to pay the approximately $1000 per month ($3000/three month term) to cover the fees for all of our children, but the orphanage leadership believes it is a priority. If these kids are to have any future at all in this world, they must have an education.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

THE GREATEST OF ALL MYSTERIES


Before we had taken a break from it, we began our study in the book of Ephesians last spring talking about climbing mountains. I mentioned some of the mountains where I have hiked and how, as I ascended, I could get a clearer vision of the surrounding countryside. Many things that I simply could not see at all at the lower altitudes or that seemed confusing began to make sense as I achieved a higher perspective.

These were things that I may have been able to try and describe to someone who had never climbed that particular mountain, but a simple description of the view from higher altitudes could never give a totally satisfactory idea of what it was actually like to be on the mountain for oneself. The experience involves more than simply connecting lines on a map. It is much more than a bare reporting of the facts.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

KISII REPORT - ABOUT THE SCHOOLS 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 has been that you have donated for the children in Log Orphanage Kenya, which has brought hope to them.

We started this term of school without food and school fees and have been struggling, but by now, near the end of the term, we have every reason to thank God who has supplied many of the needs of these 42 children. We want to thank God for moving in hearts and for providing through Dad and all other of our friends. May good attend your needs.