Sunday, October 17, 2021

STUDIES IN REVELATION (PART 8) - THE WOMAN, THE CHILD AND THE DRAGON

However, there are still more events to come God’s plan for the fullness of time, which is, in the words of Paul, “to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ” (Ephesians 3:10).

The events recorded in the book of Revelation also continue to unfold for John in his series of visions. As I mentioned in our examination of the first view of the last days and concerning the seventh trumpet, the sounding of this trumpet seems to open the way for the pouring out of the seven bowls of wrath. We shall have to wait a bit to see what John writes about those bowls however, for at this point, he relates another vision that he received.

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

John is next given a vision that returns to an earlier time in the history of events concerning activities both in heaven and on the earth. As any event or activity has many perspectives, depending upon one’s viewpoint and upon which scene or character one is concentrating, so are the events of the last days. Thus, in the book of Revelation, we have various accounts of the last days given from several differing perspectives. We begin here with the second vision.

Beginning with the story of The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon, John is not describing events that occur after the sounding of the seventh trumpet, but is returning to an earlier time. We begin this next section with the words, “A great sign appeared in heaven” (Revelation 12:1).

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

KISII ORPHANAGE - MANAGING THE FUNDS

Trying to manage the funds that are given for the orphans is sometimes very difficult. There
are three basic costs that we try to cover.

The first of these and the highest priority fund is for all the food and other daily needs for the children.

The second is the school fees for the children. The new school term began on Monday. It will run until the 23rd of December. The total cost for all of fees for all our children is $5115 for this term.

The third fund is for the school that we are building on the orphanage. This is actually the lowest priority but important none-the-less. It a long-term project, and of course a very costly project.

As you can read in Joel’s letter below, we recently ran into a shortage of food for the
children because we needed to buy a large amount of building materials so that we could begin construction of the school. We rarely (almost never) know week-by-week how much money we will have for the next week or two. We simply have to trust God to provide.

When the food runs out, the staff and kids pray and fast. They seek the Lord. Pastor Joel tells the children, “I do not know why God has chosen not to provide food for this day, but it is the path he has chosen for us.”

Praise God that he did provide, and we were able to send last week. The breakdown for the food purchased is below, after Joel’s letter:

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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our lord and savior, we are humbled once  again for your love and help we received for food. We appreciate all blog readers who are sending donations to pastor Don, Vivian and Church. God bless you all, thanks.

Thanks goes to the church in USA church and Kenya for the days food was not in our storage room. Out of 12 days children missed food for 7 days. We were praying and fasting seeking God. We have taught children to seek God in all situations. We thank God for the regular provision even when delay comes. The lesson to remain trusting God more and more in our life is the time to develop our faith grow strong and stronger.

Be of good courage. We thank God for sustaining you and Kenya family. Our prayers are with you all. We are trusting God for the provision. We are looking to him daily to help this work here and supply what we need. We know it needs the hand of God for all that is needed to be accomplished.

We have attached pictures of the school where  the building has been built. For the schoo
l ground floor to be completed, doors, bricks, D 8,D10,D12,D16,D24, (different sizes of rebar) windows, plaster, electricity, plumbing, ceiling, posts, frames, timbers, nails, Cement, skilled labour and logistics involved we needed Ksh. 5,196,500 take away Ksh. 600,000. What we received now we Ksh. 4,596,500 to finish ground floor plus toilets and administration block.

Dad, Mum, Church and Friends the Ksh. 1,500,000 was for pillars and beam only but the above cost of Ksh. 4,596,500 Is what is needed to complete all ground floor classes kindly  keep praying for the school building project. Thanks below is the food budget Ksh. 476,810.


Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x558.5=145,210

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

Sanitizer 29litres, one litre @ 150=Ksh.4400

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

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

Salt 38Kgs=3800

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

Beans=400kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x400kgs=Ksh. 120,000

Soap 20Kilogram,1kg @150=Ksh.3,000.

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x479kgs=Ksh.95,800

Transport cost Ksh.5900

Exercise books and pens Ksh. 23190.

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 here with us. 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, school fees, food, clothes. By the grace of God we request your prayers, we are praying that God will send you to Kenya and see the work you are support. Welcome Kenya. Welcome all of you to Kenya to witness the great work God is doing through your prayers and help. 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. Thanks.

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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Sunday, October 10, 2021

STUDIES IN REVELATION (PART 7) THE SOUNDING OF THE SEVENTH TRUMPET

The Seventh Trumpet

The Trumpet Eschatē

Before we move on to the sounding of the seventh trumpet, it would be good to consider some questions concerning the seven seals and the seven trumpets and the horrific events that they unleash upon the earth. It is my opinion that those Christians who are still living on the earth at the inception of the series of the seals and the trumpets will not be rescued out of the earth before the devastations begin.

We earlier read that the Apostle Paul, in writing of the last days, spoke of the sounding of “the last trumpet,” when, he said “the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Jesus also spoke of a “great trumpet” when his angels “will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).

If the trumpet to which Jesus referred is the same as the one Paul spoke of when he talked about the catching up of the believers (which I believe to be the case), it seems that up until this time there has been no secret and silent rapture of Christians. That rapture is to come at the “last,” or the seventh trumpet.

I think that it is a mistake to place what Paul calls “the last trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) at any time period or at any point before this seventh trumpet, and by that also saying that the living Christians of the earth will be called up to heaven before the devastations occur on the earth in the first half of the period of the tribulation period. In assuming this, one could not really call any earlier trumpet the “last” trumpet.

As I previously mentioned, these trumpets of Revelation are the only ones in Scripture to which Paul could possibly be referring. In addition to this, the fact that these trumpets are in a series of seven and that it would be the seventh one that would logically be called “the last” gives credence to this opinion. This seems to be especially true since the word that Paul used for “last” (eschatos), has the sense of the last of a contiguous series.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL, KISII KENYA

Dear beloved 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 have no reward for you but we are praying that heaven to honor you all. Our prayers are with you all, daily seeking God to guide and protect you from all evil formed against you.

Thanks for your prayers and donation towards the Log orphanage in Kenya. We pray that all who are involved may not lack any good thing in Jesus name. We thank all who donated for the garden and all Kenya work, food, school fees and building projects of school.

We are seeking God to provide for food as by now we have no food. Receive our thanks for the garden is helping the children with vegetables and they are learning gardening skills as they are working on the garden. Thanks, may God bless you all Abundantly. See pictures of garden children picking vegetables for them to cook.

The building is progressing well, we trust God will provide for the materials to keep it going. All will
be accomplished through faith and prayers also.

Since covid-19 came the school calendar is challenging to parents, but we trust it will come to normal like now the children are closing school this Friday and after one week return to school to save time lost when they were not going school.

Once again we cannot forget all who given their resources and time to pray and help the work in Kenya to prosper and make the needs of the church and orphanage be made we pray God to release favor upon  you, family and even what you do. May God bless all the work of your hands and reward you.

All days in our daily service we pray for oversea Don, Mum and all who will accompany them on the trip. Welcome Kenya, we look forward to receiving you all. May God grant this request and all your requests as blog readers.

Thanks to all who support the work in Kenya, we request your prayers for the food, school fees, clothing, beddings, school building project and needs here, we pray as God meets the needs in Kenya family also Yours to be made through his richness in glory in Jesus might name. Amen.

Thanks, we call you blessed. Thanks for your love and care may God give you long life to serve His purpose on earth. Be blessed Abundantly.

Yours Son Joel and Log 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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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

KISII ORPHANAGE - WORK ON GROUND FLOOR OF SCHOOL

The building of the school continues, and as you can see with the pictures, the floor and
columns have been completed. The walls and the rest is yet to be done on the ground floor. All in all, there is still a lot yet to be done, but we praise God for bringing us this far, and thanks to you as well for helping in this.

The ground floor is the first step. Below is the revised quotation for the completed ground level.

The church is also continuing to meet every day. God is working in Kisii, and the Log Church there is meeting many spiritual needs of the people.


We are praising God for what He is doing. Vivian and I continue to pray about making a trip there, but there are so many conditions to be overcome if we are to go. We are not fretting about this decision, but simply waiting to see what God will do.

Here is Joel’s latest letter:

 

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,


Greetings from Kenya our prayers are with you all, we trust that you are well. The church here is praying daily for you and more are coming to God. Keep us in prayer. The work is so great here. Pray God to send labourers for the Kingdom.

We thank God for the prayers and financial help for the school and orphanage in Kenya. We are humbled to thank each and every one who gives his hand to support the work in Kenya. May God bless you all.

The building is on progress we trust God will keep providing. Thank you!

The money received Ksh. 600,000 you can see pictures of received. The quotation of materials to finish the ground floor see it attached.

Keep us in prayer as we do daily. Humbled for the work you are doing sure may God provide for you and bless the work of your hand. We trust God will provide for for the building continue. May God bless you all.

Finally all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy and humbled for the provision receive their thanks giving. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God blesses you once again.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya

 

LOG SCHOOL

MATERIAL QUOTATION FOR FININSHING GROUND

FLOOR CLASSROOM

REINFORCEMENT BAR

D8       =          220 PIECES   X         850      187,000

D10     =          350 PIECES   X         1000    350,000

D12     =          350 PIECES   X         1400    490,000

D16     =          100 PIECES   X         2500    250,000

D20     =          40 PIECES     X         3000    120,000


BINDING WIRE                   7 ROLLS       X          10,000                        = 70,000

SAND                                     20 LORRIES X         25,000             = 500,000

BALLAST                              12 LORRIES X        20,000             = 240,000

CEMENT                                1000 BAGS    X         950                  = 950,000

 

TIMBER

6 X 1   =         350 PIECES  14 FEET         X         400       = 140,000

3 X 2   =         300 PIECES   14 FEET          X         400      = 120,000

TREE PROPS             = 420 PIECES            X         300                              =126,000

BRICKS         20,000 X 20                                                    = 400,000

NAILS 2½       = 1 SACK                    = 12,000                    = 30,000

3                       =  1 SACK                 = 12000                       = 36,000

4                      = 1 SACK                  = 12000                       = 48,000

 

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION    550,000

PLUMBING INSTALLATION

WINDOW      6  X 5                         =          16 NO             X 15,000          = 240,000

WINDOW      4 X 5                           =          4 NO X 12,000                        = 48,000

DOORS STEEL 4 X 8                       =         5 NO X 24,000                       = 120,000

DOORS WOODEN 3 X 6     =          9NO X 15,000                       = 135,000

DOOR FRAME                                 9 DOORS X 2000     = 18,000

WHITE WASH CEMENT                 30 BAGES X 950       = 28,500

 

TOTAL 5,196,500

Receipts below. Press "READ MORE"

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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