Sunday, May 22, 2022

"EBENEZER" - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, MAY 22, 2022

“Thus far the Lord has helped us”

“Ichabod.” That is the name that the dying daughter-in-law of the high priest gave to her newly born son. She did so because the name carried the meaning of no glory, for as she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

She was speaking of the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord God in the days of Eli the priest. The Israelite army had carried the ark with them into battle with the Philistines, thinking by doing so they were carrying with them the presence of God. 

But they were wrong. The physical ark was not God. Their manner of treatment of it was little better than a good luck charm. They may as well each had a rabbit’s foot in their pockets or an amulet about their necks.

Thus, the battle did not go as the Israelites had hoped. The Philistines defeated them soundly, and they even captured the ark. The invading army carried the ark away into their own country. The glory of God had departed from Israel.

The Ark in Temple of Dagon

The Philistines transported the ark to their own city of Ashdod and placed it in the temple of Dagon, which was one of their own gods. They set the ark beside the statue of the idol. Early the next morning when the priests of Dagon entered the temple, they found that the statue of their idol had fallen face down on the floor, prostrate before the ark of God.

The workers returned the statue back to its original standing position, but the following morning the statue was again flat on the floor. This time it had fallen into the doorway, with its head and its hands broken by the fall over the threshold of the door. Only the torso remained intact.

The writer of the account adds an interesting note concerning this event by saying, “That is why, to this day, the priests of Dagon and all who enter the temple in Ashdod do not step on the threshold” (1 Samuel 5:5).

The Epidemic of Tumors

But the troubles were only beginning for the people of Ashdod.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Donors,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our Lord and Savior, we are humbled once again for the great your help that you have done for the children in Kenya church and orphanage , which has brought hope and future to them.

Once again we have seen it good to give a progress report on the level which Overseer Don came on his first trip to Kenya is not where are today. We saw God first provide a home for the children, though the children were sleeping on the floor. But now we are also thankful to have beds and foam mattresses for the children. The mattresses can be replaced only when worn out.

The children of the Log Orphanage Kenya at first were not having school fees but now they regularly are in school. Kida used to walk bare-footed even on mud and in rainy season, but now have shoes.

Thanks for regular food support. Thanks also that through you, God has provided for a water collection system for a irrigated garden where we can grow part of our food needs. We also now have a better kitchen.

We thank all the great men and women that God has used to be the blessing to the work in Kenya.

Thank to God and all donors for now we have pastors and leaders on the next generation because now
the children from the orphanage can preach, sing and others are unlocking their potential. May God shine your paths.

We as the church and staff we are praying for all who have taken your time and resources. We are praying and seeking God to provide and give you the desire of your heart. We call you blessed.

We praise God for the financial help we receive and we were able to buy food and other necessities, thanks to all who have donated.

Thanks, God bless you we are praying for you, we keep praying for you all. Please see pictures attached to remind you that your help to Kenya work is not in vain. May God reword you all and bless the work of your hand. We request for prayers for food, school fees and other needs. May good God bless you all. Thanks for your love. Real good we call you blessed.

Yours Son Joel and Church/Orphanage leadership


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

Send it to:

 The Log Church

PO  Box 68

Tripoli Wisconsin 54564

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!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

ICHABOD - THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED. THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, MAY 15, 2022

Last week I told you about the events surrounding the birth of the Old Testament judge, Samuel. Samuel is usually considered the last judge a long series of the Old Testament judges. During his time, Samuel was the one to whom Israel looked for instruction in the ways of God and for guidance in times of oppression from foreign enemies. He was the last to hold this office before Israel and Judah began to be ruled by kings.

Though Samuel himself continued in a strong relationship with God, in the nation of Israel as a whole, the days were becoming dark. The spiritual lives of most of the people during these times had lost practically all their meaning. The society had not become secular, necessarily, but the religious life of the people was more like that of the nations around Israel.

Theirs had actually become a religion without life. It had become one that was merely ceremonial. It had lost the sense of a true relationship with God and had become a religion of cold tradition. The people looked upon their duties only as fulfilling certain rituals and formalities.

Since their perception of religion was much like the people of the other nations, the Israelites had even adopted as their own many of the gods of the surrounding nations, idols such as various forms of the Baals and the Ashtoreths.

The final sentence of the book of Judges encapsulates accurately the tenor of the day’s society when the author of that book concludes his writings by saying that “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

REPORT FROM KENYA ORPHANAGE

The internet has been down in Kisii a lot in the past days (even in the past weeks). Joel travels into Kisii town, which is about a 45 minute to hour trip, half by walking and half by local transport, and when he arrives at the cyber-café, he often finds the internet not working.

But finally today he was able to get a letter off to me along with the receipts from the last bank transfer. As most times, we have divided the money in between food and school. However, this time in addition to that, we have also put aside $500 to go toward the next phase of the school building.

That phase is the pouring of the concrete floor on the second level. We received a quotation of $18,000 for this part, and since we have never had that much money in the fund, we decided to put a little away at the bank account for the orphanage in Kenya until we are able to pay for this to be done. It is a small beginning, but that has been the case with all that has been done in the orphanage.

We feel like Zerubbabel of days of old: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will complete it… For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven eyes of the LORD, which scan the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

This year neither is the school giving us any breaks with the payments needed. This year there is not one month holiday between the terms, but the kids only get a few days off before returning again to classes. This is for the entire year. There is not summer vacation as in the US. The school systems are trying to make up for so much lost weeks during the previous school year because of covid.

Please see Joel’s letter below:

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Praise God! Dad, Mum and Church, Greetings from Kenya family,

We are humbled to thank God for using you to be a blessing Spiritual and physical support we have ever received from you. We praise God for the love and prayers we feel the power of your prayers because the church in Kenya is growing. May God bless all who are praying and helping the work in Kenya.

Food budget Ksh. 300000. ($1 US = Ksh 100)

Rice=331Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x331kgs=Ksh.62200

Maize =323kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x323kg=84000

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

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

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25600

Salt 38Kgs=3800

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

Beans=234kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x234kg=Ksh. 70300

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

Praise God for we have paid school fees Ksh. 150000 and now the school fees Balance Ksh. 240,000.

Humbled for the provision, we trust God will provide for the building. Thanks for the advice that we can begin saving for building. Now we have Ksh. 50000 for the building. Good idea we believe God will provide.

Sorry for the delay network has been poor. Thanks. We pray and trust God will answer your prayers a d send help for the children. Thanks. God bless you all.

Yours Son Joel and Church leadership Log Church of Kisii- 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!

Receipts Below:

Sunday, May 8, 2022

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF YOUR ROBE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, MOTHER'S DAY 2022

I think probably every mother, or any woman who wants to be a mother, must feel at least a little bit of empathy with the woman of this story. Her name was Hannah, and her story is this:

Hannah had no children. She was barren. I know that in these days, there are some women who do not want children, but this was almost never the case in those days. Even in those rare cases when a woman really did not want children, if they indeed did have a child, their perspective on this immediately changed. The child to whom they had given birth became their center of existence and the object of all of their joy.

It is this sentiment that I believe a man can never understand fully. I love little babies and little kids as much as any man. It makes me happy to see a little one and it is a great joy for me to hold a little baby in my arms. But my love for these little lives can never compare to a mother’s love. There is a level of love in a mother’s love to which I shall never attain.

Imagine then, the sadness that Hannah felt when she could not get pregnant. Try to imagine the emptiness that she felt when she saw other mothers caring for their little babies and seeing other infants feeding on other mother’s breasts. It was agonizing and heartbreaking for Hannah.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

KNOWING THE VOICE OF GOD - PART 2: THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, MAY 1, 2022

Combining Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words

The Call of God is the Call to Sacrifice Self

Examples in the Bible that we have of the calling of God to men and women to a specific task or to a life-long ministry are numerous. 

As I mentioned last Sunday, their motivation in acting in the way that they did was not that they hoped to gain something out of the experience for themselves. Rather, in each case they were instead required to give up something of themselves.
All was for God. Nothing was for self.

When Does God Call Us?

There is another aspect about the calling of God to the various individuals in the Bible that we can notice. It is an aspect which may surprise some people. God’s calling of individuals actually significantly predates our own realization of it.

I previously mentioned the calling of God to the Apostle Paul on the road to the city of Damascus. It was at the moment on the road that Paul was blinded by the bright light and heard the voice from heaven that he knew God was calling him.

This is when Paul heard God’s voice for the first time. Nevertheless, Paul later came to realize that this calling had always been in God’s plan.

Paul wrote to the Galatians, “God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:15-16 NAS).

Thursday, April 28, 2022

THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS

As I look back at old letters from Pastor Joel and what we were praying about doing in the orphanage three and four years ago, I am amazed to see all that God has accomplished in these few years. In the beginning, as much as I hesitated and even refused to first get involved with this work, I am now so thankful that God has blessed me to be able to be a part of what he has done and is doing in that corner of the world, in Kisii of Kenya.

We have seen a dormitory building completed for these kids who previously had to sleep on
a dirt floor, a kitchen and dining/study area for them, a water collection system and a garden with rainwater irrigation, the purchase of 100 Bibles, and the cost of all the school fees for all the children—it is amazing for me to realize all of this. And all has been above and beyond the basic human need of feeding the children.

But food costs remain the major part of our budget, and especially in the past couple of years. It is especially in the past two years that we have seen the food costs take some significant increases.

Some of you may remember that early in the year of 2020, Kenya and other East African countries were invaded by historically large swarms of locusts, ravaging their crops and almost every other green plant.


That was about the same time that the world was first being hit by another historical event—the spread of the corona virus. Depending on the persuasions of the various governments of the world, restrictions were put upon their citizens in an attempt to control the spread of the virus. In Kenya, one of these restrictions was a travel ban between the various counties of Kenya. This was not only a ban of people traveling, but all trucking of food

and other items as well. Kisii county was more or less isolated from the rest of Kenya, as were all counties in Kenya.

Thankfully, those restrictions were lifted some time ago, but now we are facing another situation—the war in Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraine are large grain producers. Before this year, Russia was the world’s largest exporter of wheat, and Ukraine the fourth largest exporter. Much of Africa is heavily dependent upon imports from these two

countries for their grain, Kenya among them. Unga ngano (wheat flour) is a staple in the Kenyan diet, as well as maize flour.

So far, we have not seen a great increase in the prices over what they had already been in Kenya, but planting season is upon us in Russia and in Ukraine. As you know, the two countries are involved with their tragic war. Not much thought is being put into planting the wheat fields, especially in Ukraine, where the people are simply defending their country and trying to survive.

Throughout the past, since we began the orphanage, we have seen how God intervened to overcome past difficulties, and we have no doubts that he will sustain the children in what is to come. Nevertheless, it is a prayer concern. Thanks for praying as we move forward.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples to set before the people.

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Luke 9:16-17)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

KNOWING THE VOICE OF GOD - PART 1: THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, APRIL 24,2022

Last week in church we learned about Mary Magdalene, who recognized the voice of Jesus when he spoke her name. Mary’s story is one of many in the Bible when various individuals heard the word of the Lord spoken to them, instructing them to do something.

In some ways, Mary’s experience may have been more straightforward than many of the other followers of Jesus on that first day of the resurrection, because Mary also had the physical presence of Jesus with her when others did not. Nevertheless, we are given stories of various people who heard the voice of God.

A Voice in the Early Hours

Saturday, April 23, 2022

EVERYDAY LIFE AT THE LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE

In the busy-ness of life and with all of our other responsibilities, I know that my communication to all of you is inadequate as to giving an entire picture of the activities of the children in the orphanage. It is the same for the pastors Joel and Vincent. Their two churches have become very large and are growing as they tell more people about Jesus.

Thinking this week of the incomplete picture that I have given concerning the workings of the orphanage, I asked Joel to send me some simple photos of the kids in some of their daily activities,

Please see them below: 









Sunday, April 17, 2022

MARY OF MAGDALA - SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENS: THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, 4/17/22

The first person to see Jesus alive on the resurrection morning was Mary of Magdala, otherwise called Mary Magdalene in the Bible.

Very early in the morning, even before it was light, she, along with at least three other women, picked their way through the darkness to go to the tomb, where they knew the dead body of Jesus had been placed after he had been taken down from the cross. That event happened, as you know, on the previous Friday.

I do not know why these women decided to go to the tomb so early in the morning. For some reason they wanted to get to the tomb even before the sun began to bring a little light to the sky. However, one thing that is certain; they did not think that they were going to see a living Christ.

On the night that Jesus was crucified and according to their custom, they had prepared embalming spices to put on the dead body of Jesus (Luke 23:56). It was these spices that they had brought with them to put on his lifeless body. The women did not expect Jesus to have risen from the dead.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

THE LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE UPDATE

From Me:

Greetings to all of you during this Holy Week. I pray that as we celebrate the historical and spiritual fact of the resurrection of Jesus to a new life, He will also rise anew in each of your lives.

We need Jesus so much always, but it is especially evident in these days. Our nation and the world are ever increasing in turmoil and discontent, and people are looking for something on which they can rely.

And through it all, the daily work at the orphanage must continue. The last weeks have been a little difficult, as we have seen the budget become very tight. I fear that this is partially our own doing, as we had a debt of $3000 to the building company for work that they did on credit.

Having this debt to the building company is something that is not the way in which we want to operate the orphanage. My perspective is that building or doing anything on credit for the orphanage is being presumptive—as if we are presuming upon God.

I want to emphasize that this is not our normal way of filling a need. If there is need in the orphanage, our normal practice is not to meet that need by doing it on credit, but by turning to God in prayer.

Neither is it our practice to bring any need before people, but to bring it only to God. You will not hear any emotional appeals from us for a need. Our appeals go only to God. He is the one who will move the hearts of his servants to help, even though none may know of the specifics of the need.

I will always try to keep you informed as to how things are going, but please know it is never my intention to put on any type of pressure, or to presume upon anyone. That is not my purpose in these blogs and neither is it my task. People want to know what is happening, so I try to keep all informed.

I also emphasized these same feelings about presuming upon God to Joel a few weeks ago. I said to him that in order for God to bless the work, we needed to first pay this debt. As you can see below in his report, we have now able to clear to do that. To pay it has meant that there have been some days of hunger, but hopefully it will turn all of our hearts to God. I have also had days of fasting in solidarity with the kids and the people there.

Please accept our deepest thanks for the ways in which you also have shown your solidarity by giving of your personal funds in helping these kids. Thank you also for your petitions before the throne of God. As I always pray, these are His children. I ask Him to care for them as their heavenly Father.

I put the instructions about "how to help" below, because people often ask me.

From Joel:

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings in the most precious name. We thank God for the love and concern for the Kenya family, we are praying for you all each day. We thank you for your prayers and help which has sustained us to this far may God reword and keep you all.

We are sending email to let you all readers of the blog to know that we appreciate the work you are doing here in Kenya. As we are caring the children not only physical, mental but also spiritually when do not have food. It is not only in the time when we have nothing to eat that we meet with children in prayer and fasting, but we seek God always. Our prayers goes to God daily. We know that you all have needs and that you need God to provide for your family. We are praying for your provision too.

We are humbled to that God for using Pastor Donald and Vivian and Log Church America to handle your financial help to reach us. Thanks Pastor Donald for sending all help you send for the purpose of the Children. We pray that God of heaven will reward you all. We request all who God moves in your heart kindly help these children for school fees, food, shoes, and other necessities.

Below is our expenditures and receipts for the most recent bank transfer. Remember the conversion between Dollars and Kenya Shillings is $1 US = KSH 100 (Move the decimal two places to the left):

Food budget Ksh. 300000.

Rice=331Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x331kgs=Ksh.62200

Maize =323kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x323kg=84000

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

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

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.2570

Salt 38Kgs=3800

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

Beans=234kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x234kg=Ksh. 70300

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

KSH. 100000 School fees

Ksh. 100,000 clearing debt for school building. We praise God for the help we had received to clear the Ksh. 300000 now we debt free thanks God bless you all.

We are happy to report we feel your prayers and the help we do receive. Keep praying for us as we all working to see the children stay well, Thanks to God for moving in the heart of people here and there to help. Our church members are willing to help but they are below poverty line even they are struggling to help their families and most of the days they go without food that is the families we are ministering to.

We request your prayers God to Our prayers are with you all.

God bless you all.

Yours Son Joel and Church Leadership-Log Church-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!

Receipts Below:

Sunday, April 10, 2022

"HOSANNA!" - SAVE US? SAVE US FROM WHAT? -- THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, 4/10/22

First, I think that it might be helpful to piece together the events that led up to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus. It is the time that we recall and celebrate as “Palm Sunday.” We are told of the events of Palm Sunday in all four gospels of the New Testament.

Probably all of us know the basic storyline: At the beginning of the week when he would be crucified, Jesus enters Jerusalem mounted on a donkey and is greeted by a great crowd of people with palm branches in their hands to lay down on the road before him to carpet his path. They also spread their cloaks out on the road.

We also think of Palm Sunday as the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is that which we are commemorating today.

Each of the four gospels tell of the events a little differently than the others, depending upon what the author was trying to emphasize or explain, but if we weave together all four explanations, it seems the events surrounding the day went much in the following fashion: