Sunday, May 2, 2021

THE COLLAPSED LATRINE AND MY FIRST TRIP TO AFRICA

(A Continuation of how the Lord called me to help begin the orphanage in Kenya)

Journal Entry – November 11, 2017

“Kindly help us with even 150 dollars to buy food. We are suffering.”

Those were the words of Pastor Joel as he wrote to me. The words of the Apostle John were these: “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Joel’s plea was a cry that received no response from me. Contrary to the fact that I had in my possession that which could help these brothers, I had decided to close my heart against them.

I had many questions, and although I had a growing conviction that these needs were real, I did nothing. I used the questions in my mind to rationalize my lack of action. I was being, “as shrewd as a serpent” in a world of ravenous wolves. I would not be deceived by some internet scam.

At least, these were the things I was telling myself. There was a problem with this rationale, however. It did not quiet the convictions of my heart.

I was experiencing an inner struggle with which I am well acquainted. It is the dichotomy that exists between the rationalizing of a mind that is in contradiction to the compassions of the heart.

The Sabbatical Year

In the days when the ancient Israelites were living within the borders of the land given to them by God, God was explaining to them the culture that they were to establish in their new nation. He was setting before them not only what the law of the land should be, but also the spirit in which they should observe those laws.

One of the laws was that of the “The Sabbatical Year.” The Sabbatical Year came every seventh year. It was a year which was to include several customs, among which was that all debts were to be forgiven and all Hebrew servants released. In effect, “the slate was wiped clean” for all who were under some type of bondage.

It was a year that was to be dictated not by the accountant’s ledger, but by the heart of compassion.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

KISII REPORT - THE GARDEN PROJECT

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family, we thank the almighty God for the love and everything He has done through you all for the help we receive from you through Pastor Don, Vivian and Church treasurer. Our prayers with you, thanks for the provision of garden project.

The children are preparing garden to plant vegetables. Thanks for the food provision and we have started paying school fees partially as we are nearing to opening dates. The churches are growing and more souls are coming to Christ see pictures keep praying for church building debt we trust God will provide. Thanks. Keep praying for school project, food and school fees.


See below expenditure of the help received from you Ksh. 500,000.

The budget for food was Ksh385900. The remainder was used to begin paying for the upcoming school term, which will begin on May 10.

Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.200 x558.5=111,700.

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 250x60litres=Ksh.15,000.

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=400kilogramm,one kgs cost Ksh.
250x400kgs=Ksh. 85,000.

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

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 167x479kgs=Ksh.80,000

Transport cost Ksh.5900

We thank God for the provision, day consumption (breakfast, lunch and supper)=number of days. 385900 ÷ Ksh. 22364 =17 days

Food purchased will last as from Saturday 24/April to Monday 3 May 2021. 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 their needs met 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 . God bless you all, we request your help and support for these children, Thank. 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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See Receipts Below

Saturday, April 24, 2021

THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, APRIL 25 - THE LOG CHURCH ORPHANAGE OF KENYA

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

For the next few Sundays, I will be sharing the story how I first became involved with beginning an orphanage in Kenya. It is a story that I have never before told in depth to the people of my church. I have not done this mostly because these messages will not be typical sermons of Bible exposition. Nevertheless, I hope that in hearing them, there may be some who can use my experiences to see how God can sometimes call the most unqualified and unlikely person to act as His steward.

In the telling of this story, I try to be open and honest about my own doubts and inadequacies, of which there were (and are) plenty. The overall lesson in this is that the work of God does not depend upon our own abilities, but only His own power.[1]

Helping to begin this orphanage was not a work that I wanted to take on, and at any moment I would have been glad to have been given any reason to quit. When God called me, my response was that of Moses when God called him to his work, “Please, Lord, send someone else.”

But God did not allow me to refuse, although I tried for almost a year.

Now, more than four years after that time, the work of the orphanage continues. It would be nice to be able to say that at this point, everything there is well-established and that we have in place a good system for our existence and our operations. Frankly, we are still in the beginning stages, and our day-to-day survival is little more secure as it was in the very beginning.

However, all of this has also kept us continually looking to God to provide, and we have found our security in Him.

We are nothing in ourselves.

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I take you back in time to late in the year 2017. It was at that time when I was contemplating a trip that I was to take to Kenya, East Africa. It was a country that I had never before visited. Frankly, it was a country that I actually never planned on visiting – not at this late stage of my life.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

GARDEN IRRIGATION SYSTEM COMPLETE

The pictures of the irrigation system are self-explanatory. Thank you to all who have donated in these past few weeks so this project could be completed so quickly. This is a major step forward in helping the orphanage less dependent on outside purchase of foods. Also, the children are very happy that they do not have to walk a half an hour down into the valley to collect water.

With the watering system now in place, the garden can now be planted. The new school term begins in a few days, so hopefully the kids can get the planting done before they are off the class every day.

 

Joel’s email:

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family each day we praise God for you all, thanks to all once again for the prayers, physical, financial and spiritual help we receive from all of you. Let us assure you that you are doing great work here. We want to thank God for the installation of the garden.

God bless you all who God has used to bless and fund this project. Thanks. Keep praying


for the food situation. 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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Sunday, April 18, 2021

CALLED TO GLORY - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, APRIL 18

What do we actually mean when we speak of the “glory of the Lord?” Take a moment and ask yourself how you would define the word “glory.” We use that word a lot in the church. Many songs that we sing in our churches are about God’s glory, or that we should “give God glory.” We talk about much of not only God’s glory, but even about when we die, we say that we “enter into glory.”

Exactly what do we mean when we say those things? If we had to specifically explain what we meant in each of those cases, what would we say? Exactly what is the “glory of God?” When we enter into glory, just what are we entering?

The reason that we use the word so much in the church because the Bible also uses it a lot, and no one uses the word more than Jesus Christ. In the gospel of John chapter seventeen, as Jesus and the disciples left the upper room where they had eaten their last meal together and were walking from to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus stops.

Chapters fifteen and sixteen of John’s gospel contain many words of advice and counsel that Jesus had spoken to his disciples, but now in chapter seventeen, Jesus pauses and lifts his eyes to heaven.

Friday, April 16, 2021

KISII REPORT - THE RAINS HAVE BEGUN

 At the moment, the small tank is in place on the tower, the pump has been purchased, along with the sprinklers and everything needed to put the irrigation in place for the garden. But ironically, the irrigation work has been delayed a few days because of heavy rains.


This time of the year, around the vernal equinox is traditionally the time of heavy rains, but Pastor Joel tells me that even this is changing. If you care to look back on the blog to the February 9, 2020 post (KISII REPORT – MUUSUM WINDS), there I explain why the seasonal weather patterns for east Africa have been changing in recent years. Rains and drought times can now occur at almost any time of the year.

This change in weather patterns was also the cause for the locust invasion, which if you remember, was also taking place about this time last year. The locusts are still in the northern part of the country, but the government has conducted a vigorous spraying campaign, so the numbers are greatly reduced.

Concerning the completion of the irrigation and water system, the rains have now let up in the past couple of days, so it is our hope that in the coming week all may be installed so that planting can take place. They did not want to plant beforehand, since installing the pipes would disrupt too much of the garden soil.

Here is this week’s report from Pastor Joel:

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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 and bless you with all heavenly blessings in spiritual reams. We are experiencing rainy season that is why garden project process will be delayed but we will update you more, they were only able to raise the tank. Now we have all the materials

The force pump Ksh. 50,000

Sprinklers Ksh. 40,000

Connecting pipes to sprinklers Ksh. 30,000

Skilled/plumbing labor cost Ksh. 30, 000 for garden are available and we have them in store waiting for clear day for the process, fixing and all steps. We will update you.

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 has made the better stay of the children. Surely without your help which God has moved in your heart Thanks.

Thanks to all donated we were able buy 64 Ekegusii Bibles =Ksh 64,000 thanks God bless you all. See below expenditure of the help received from you Ksh. 600,000.

The budget  was Ksh385900.

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=400kilogramm,one kgs cost Ksh. 250x400kgs=Ksh. 85,000.

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

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 167x479kgs=Ksh.80,000

Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.200 x558.5=111,700.

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 250x60litres=Ksh.15,000.

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

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

Transport cost Ksh.5900

We thank God for the provision, now daily consumption of 63 children and workers .Now total money spent to buy food ÷day consumption (breakfast, lunch and supper)=number of days. 385900 ÷ Ksh. 22364 =17 days

Food purchased will last as from Wednesday April 7/2021to Date 23 April 2021.Thanks God bless you we are praying for you, we keep praying for you all each day. May 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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Receipts pictured below



 



Sunday, April 11, 2021

HOW TO BE A FRIEND OF GOD - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, APRIL 11

Last week I brought up what the Apostle Paul said about being “slaves to righteousness.” He mentioned that it was not actually appropriate to use the term “slave” in describing our relationship to righteousness, but he said that he was using it because he had to speak in “human terms,” meaning there was no other word in the human tongue that would make the point he was explaining.

By using that word, he meant that instead of serving sin, as we did when we remained unredeemed by Jesus, now by the grace of God, we would serve righteousness—we would become slaves to righteousness.

His point was well taken. However, I would now like to introduce another subject concerning our relationship to God. These words I take from what Jesus told his disciples:

“No longer do I call you slaves, or servants (the two terms are actually the same word in Greek), for a slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

“A Friend of God”

I am certain that all of us present here would like to be called a friend of God. Very few people in the Bible have had a relationship so intimate with God that they actually were called “the friend of God.”

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

EASTER SUNDAY AT THE LOG CHURCH OF KENYA

 Weekly Report from Pastor Joel

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family, our prayers are with you all. We humbled for the Easter holiday, God has been teaching us more as we were sharing on the teaching on the work of the cross and its benefits.

Thanks for your prayers and help for the churches in Kenya. Despite the challenges we are in this covid 19, yesterday (Sunday) we met together our two churches Nyakembene and Matagaro church to celebrate Resurrection Sunday and partake the  Holy communion. 

We were not able to meet in the building as the rules of Covid-19 we were under trees to maintain social distance.

We have not able to pick the help you sent for it has been holidays till today and also tomorrow the financial manager will not be available so we will pick on Wednesday. On this day we have been having no food we have been using them in fasting and prayers, but other days we received some help from our two churches from those fasting during Easter. Some of the food will sustain the kids till tomorrow, and now we will be able to buy food on Wednesday as withdrawal the money. See picture of the church gathering we had yesterday as were taking holy communion.

On the project of garden we will update you as we have help to complete the phase that has remained. May God bless you and the church in Kenya for prayers and help for the children under our care in Log orphanage Kenya.

Thanks we are praying for you all and trust that we see you coming to Kenya in the future with Overseer 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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Sunday, April 4, 2021

HOW TO LIVE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, EASTER SUNDAY 2021

(This post is actually part 3 of one very long sermon. To read it in its entirety, scroll down and read (1) ABIDE IN ME. (2) HOW TO DIE, and (3) HOW TO LIVE)

It Takes Death to Learn How to Live 

Good Friday was all about death. Holy Saturday was all about the grave. But Sunday is about life
. Today is Resurrection Sunday. It is the day when all that is victorious enough to have power over death comes to life.

One of the first things that the Apostle John wrote about Jesus was that “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4).

This is the Light that arose in a dark world. Despite the fact that the darkness thought it had extinguished it, in the end, the Light returned and shone with ever brighter brilliancy.

This was the Life that even death and the grave could not hold.

Jesus said of himself, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25-26)

The Apostle Paul writes, “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

In the book of Revelation, when the Apostle John saw Jesus, he described a man so astounding and even formidable in appearance that the apostle said, “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man!”

Everything about this appearance of the resurrected Jesus had the attribute of brilliant light. Even His face was “like the sun shining at its brightest.”

But Jesus placed His right hand on John and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:17-18)

Friday was all about death. Saturday was all about the grave. But today is all about the life. It is about the resurrected life.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

Friday, April 2, 2021

HOW TO DIE - THE LOG CHURCH GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

“For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven…A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance,”

Good Friday in the Log Church is not a gathering in which we laugh. It is not a service when we dance. Sunday will be that day. That is Resurrection Sunday. On that day there will be joy. There will be laughter and dancing. That will be the season to rejoice.

In this service however—on Good Friday, we are commemorating the death of Jesus. This is not the season of laughter and dancing. These things simply are not appropriate on this day. Rather, this day is the season of weeping. It is the season in which mourn.

In addition, on this particular Good Friday service, we are going to be thinking about another aspect of that death. We will be considering how the death of Jesus affects even our own death.

In the words of the Apostle Paul:

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)

On Sunday last, I asked you to read this verse every day this past week—to memorize it and to meditate on it. Today is Friday. You have had five days to meditate on these words.

But of course today is not just any Friday, it is Good Friday. It is the day when we consider the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Considering what took place on this day long ago, in some ways it may seem insensitive that we call this Friday “Good,” but in other ways it is completely appropriate.

We are speaking about the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior. What the people did to him on that day was evil. But because Jesus submitted himself to the crucifixion, the good that came from that is that he took upon himself the punishment for our rebellion that rightly should have been required of us. Through his death, he paid the penalty for our transgression. We have been given the opportunity for life.

The Sale is Final, but what about the Service Plan?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

REPORT FROM PASTOR JOEL - MARCH 30

Below is this week’s report from Pastor Joel. He writes of how God has blessed in the past years. We began this orphanage in final months of 2016, and it is wonderful to review all that the Lord has brought to pass in the time since then. I might add to the list that Joel made, that the children also now have a family in the people of the church. The kids feel blessed to be able to be there.

As far as the water/irrigation system, the concrete of the tower is curing and will soon be ready to have the water tank placed. We thank the Lord that later this week it looks like we will be able to send another bank transfer so that they will be able to purchase the pump and remaining piping.

We are beginning with sprinklers for irrigation. The hydroponic system will be a later development, and you will see in Joel’s letter that there is difficulty in getting the equipment for a drip system. It’s another one of those situations where I’d like to be there, because I would like to do some experiments with a simplified system.

Maybe along with my own hydroponic plot in my own garden this summer, perhaps I will add a drip irrigation as well.

We’ll see. It all takes time.

Joel’s letter below:

Sunday, March 28, 2021

ABIDE IN ME - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, MARCH 28

It Can Take a Lifetime of Living to Learn How to Die

Last week, as we talked about the words of Jesus to his disciples as they were leaving the upper room, we saw that he compared the life of his followers to a branch of a grape vine. He told his disciples this:

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (John 15:1-3 NAS)

We are not told if Jesus and the disciples were sitting for a few moments someplace when he spoke these words to them, or perhaps talking as they were walking on their way to Gethsemane. I picture them walking, and actually passing through a vineyard. Jesus was using the vines and the grapes as a teaching tool.