Tuesday, March 2, 2021

COMPLETION OF THE FIRST PART OF THE WATER SYSTEM

Below is a letter with photos that I received today from Pastor Joel. It shows the completed water collection system up to this point (phase 1). We next need to install the smaller tank on the tower. I have been asking Joel why they could not simply water the garden by gravity from the large tank, as I show in the graph of a few blog posts ago.

The answer is that it would serve for part of the garden, but the tower would provide the needed pressure to water the entire plot. I have some more questions about this, but these will be answered in time. It is sometimes difficult for me to get a clear mental picture of
what is happening there, since I cannot remember exactly the topography where the garden will be.

But we will be going ahead with this second phase by installing a smaller 2000 liter tank on
a tower that will be constructed out of cement columns. The cost of this is about $300 for the tank, $200 for the materials for the tower, and $100 for labor. The tank will be 10-15 feet in elevation from the ground level.

We will also be needing the pump, but first we will install the tank. If I remember correctly, the pump was to cost about $500.

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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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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.

Our prayers are with you all daily seeking God to guide and protect you from all evil formed against you. We declare the blessing of God in this new month of March God to take you all to the next level.

We can not forget all who given their resources and time to pray and help the work in Kenya to prosper. We pray for all who make the needs of the church and orphanage be made known.

We pray for extra ordinary favor for you, family and even business. May God bless all the work of you hands and reward you in due season and God to favor you in season and out of season.

Thanks to all who help the work in Kenya, we request your prayers for the food, school fees, clothing, beddings, school to start and needs here, we pray as God meets the needs in Kenya family also Yours to be made automatically in Jesus might name. Amen.

Thanks, we call you blessed.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church Leadership Kenya.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

WHAT NASA'S MISSION TO MARS CAN TEACH US ABOUT GOD - LOG CHURCH SERMON, FEB 28

The people came to Jesus with a question: “What sign then will You perform, so that we may see it and believe You? What will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus had just stated to them that he had been sent to do the will of God. But the people wanted proof. They wanted some evidence that he indeed was speaking with the authority of God (John 6:26-30).

When the people asked him for a sign such as was given to their ancestors that he truly was from heaven, they were referring to the time in their history when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness and when they cried to God because of the lack of food.

Actually, it was not quite like that. The Israelites did not cry to God. They grumbled against Moses, who was their leader.

“If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt!” the people of that time complained to Moses. “There we sat by pots of meat and ate our fill of bread, but you have brought us into this desert to starve this whole assembly to death!” (Exodus 16:3 BSB)

It was also at that time that God told Moses that he would rain down “bread from heaven” that the people were to gather each day, and it was from that day forward in the wilderness that God provided the manna from heaven and that the people used for food.

It was this provision of manna to which the people of Capernaum were referring when they asked Jesus, “What sign then will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you?”

Although the people conveniently left out the part about the grumblings of their ancestors, they apparently considered the bread from heaven to be a validation of the role that Moses played as a spokesman and prophet of God. Now again thinking of their stomachs, they were asking Jesus for the same type of validation.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - FEBRUARY 28, 2021

The Log Church Bulletin

February 28, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

How do we confirm our belief in God? When the world is constantly attacking the notion that God is in control of events, or even that there is a God, how are we to know they are not correct? Sometimes it certainly seems like the world is descending into chaos.

But we are people of faith. We believe in God and we believe God is sovereign over all things. Our faith is not a blind faith or an empty faith, however. It is a faith based upon things we know to be true.

Today in our worship service, we will think about some these matters.

We worship God because we are people of faith. Despite what the world does to cast doubt, it is obvious that they are acting without direction.

To the world, current events and feelings determine what is right and wrong, or true and false. What is true and right in the world changes with the passing of time.

But as people of faith, we understand that the worlds were created by God, and all that is good and true does not change but resides eternally in Him.

Invocation Prayer

Dear God, today we are coming to you based on faith in the things you have told us and shown to us. Thank you for teaching us, and for helping us to begin to look at events with your eyes. Amen.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

KISII REPORT - WATER COLLECTION

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,   

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. We are humbled once again when we remember how great your help that you have donated for the children in Log Orphanage Kenya, which has brought hope to them.

We as the church and staff we are praying for your all who have taken your time and resources to support these children for the well stay. We thank all who donated for the water system.


We have installed the tank and water gathers and now we are trust God to provide for the
irrigation system to start a garden for the children to learn on to grow vegetable of their own. We are praying and seeking God to provide and give you the desire of your heart.

We have nothing as leaders from Kenya Church and Orphanage we can pay you, but we know God will provide and reward you


all for the good work you are doing. May God remember you and those around you. We call you blessed.

We praise God for the financial help we received and we were able to buy food and other necessities as follows below, thanks to all who have donated. We thank God for you each day, we requesting your prayers, for


food, school fees, clothing, starting school, garden and other basic needs.

Thanks to Pastor Don, Vivian, Church, and Friends and also to Kenya Churches for the support may God answer your needs? Thanks.

Received Ksh. 500, 000

Below breakdown of items

Tank cemented base cost:Ksh.67,000


Food bought: Ksh. 314,000

School fees: paid Ksh.119,000 balance Ksh.100, 000

Food report

Rice = Ksh.77, 000 1Kg =180 Bought 428kgs

Beans =Ksh.65, 000 1kgs =Ksh.350 bought 186kgs.


Maize corns =Ksh 100, 000 1kg =Ksh.280 =357kgs.

Cooking oil =Ksh. 13,300 1litre =Ksh.300 bought =44 litres

Sugar =Ksh. 27000 1kg =Ksh. 200 bought =135kgs

Vegetables=Ksh.25000 1kg =Ksh.190 bought 132 kgs.

Transport Ksh. 6700

Schools fees report.

We paid as follows:

Rianyakwara Primary Paid Ksh.30, 000 fees balance =Ksh.25, 200  

Kimai DEB Primary paid Ksh.20, 000 fees Balance Ksh.24, 000

Matagaro Secondary Paid Ksh.69, 000 fees balance Ksh.50, 800.

This is the study/dining hall at the orphanage

Total for primary and Secondary fees Balance =Ksh.100, 000

We thank God for the provision, now daily consumption of 63 children and workers Ksh.22,364 (Ksh 354 or US$3.54/child/day).

Now total money spent to buy food ÷ day consumption (breakfast, lunch and supper) = number of days. Total Ksh 314,000 ÷ Ksh. 22364/day = 14 days

Food purchased will last as from Monday 22 February 2021 to Date 7 March 2021.

Thanks God bless you we are praying for you, we keep praying for you all. We request for prayers for 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

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, February 21, 2021

THE FULFILLMENT PRINCIPLE AND THE WATER OF LIFE - LOG CHURCH SERMON, FEB 21

As we saw in the sermon last week, much of the controversy concerning the meaning of the Lord’s Supper that has happened historically in the church arises from disagreement about the meaning of the words of Jesus when he spoke of eating his flesh and drinking his blood.

This same difficulty in understanding whether Jesus was speaking in physical terms or in spiritual terms reminds me of another experience that he had in speaking with someone else on the subject of eternal life.

This time it was not bread and wine that Jesus spoke of in the upper room as he met with his disciples, or the bread and the fish that he spoke of to the crowd of people to demonstrate the need for eternal life, but water.

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - FEBRUARY 21

The Log Church Bulletin

February 21, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

We are entering the time of the year on the church calendar that is commonly called “Lent.” We may connect this world with the Bible, but it is not that it is a particularly Biblical word. It is simply a shortened form of the Old English word lencten, which means the “spring season.”

Nevertheless, for the Christian, it is a special word, because it signifies that we are counting down the days until the day of the great celebration – the day of the resurrection of our Savior. 

In the days leading up to the Resurrection, we especially concentrate our attention to the teachings of Jesus. We seek to follow, and we seek to understand. This morning we come to drink of the waters of knowing Jesus. 

Invocation Prayer

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

ORPHAN'S NOTES OF GRATITUDE (5)

(These are the last of the thank you notes sent to me in early January)

IBRAHIM ONDUSO

Thanks giving letter

I take this opportunity to thank the almighty Lord for his great love he has taken me since the schools were closed up due to covid 19. I also thank the lord for the good health.

Another chance to thank the Lord for our donors for supporting my life and their great love. I pray to God to provide for my school fees on 4th Jan 2020 as I am going back to school. May the almighty Lord be my provider. In every necessity and may the Lord bless you.

 

FAITH ONTIRI

Thanks giving letter

I take this moment to thank God for the gift of life that he has given me since I was born up to now. Again I thank God because of his mercy that he has for us. Also I thank Him, because of these year 2020 of many challenges about corona virus and many others. Again we also pray that God to have mercy on us forever and as we are going to start a new year 2021 God also to open ways so that we can go to school and God to open ways to get school fees.

 

FAITH MORAA

Thanks giving letter

Hello! I thank God for this time and this far he has brought me and I am towards to cross the year even it has been the year of diseases and locusts. In this year we have experienced diseases like covid-19.

This disease it has been killing people. And it has cost of closing of school, markets and churches for a time, but God opened them. I thank God for reaching me where I am, I know many wished to reach here but they don’t reach. I know that I am not better than them but this is by God’s love and care.

And I pray when the school are going to be opened on date 4/January/2021. God may open his doors, for me to have all things which needed in the school like books, pens and uniforms and I know this covid-19 it may attack many pupils in the school, but all is under Gods, protection.

 

KEVIN OMBATI

Thanks giving letter

Dear sir  It is  a golden opportunity that I have reached today, so I thank  God for everything that he has done in my life since January up to now. I also thank everybody in this ministries for his support to us, our Pastor Joel and other pastors I am glad to see everybody for his support by providing clothes, shelter and food so I thank God for that.

I thank God for this far for I am seeing his hand upon my life and others, I also thank our visitors from USA for supporting this orphanage  and the ministry I pray so that God may open ways to receive many visitors in our home care.

I thank God for his going to open ways in January so that we get school fees in our studies, food and other needs.

 

PAUL EDMOND

Thanks giving letter

I thank you God for this far time He as brought me from. I also give you thanks for already crossing me this year 2020 to 2021.

May you continue with me this year and add me knowledge because I here in our country we lack food, clothes, so God keep is in prayers.

 

JUSTUS NYABUTO

I thank God for everything has done to me. I thank him very well for his good ness and his kindness that has given to me that now am a life. I thank Him for guarding me from the evil devils. I thank him since the year started I have been in the home care. I thank him because he has use our pastor Joel to care for us. I thank you for enough food, cloths, health, shoes and life. I pray so that date 4/1/2021 that we can get school fees  pens, books, uniforms, bags, rulers and pencil so that I pray that we can be available to get effects of school it was our plan so that we can go to school thanks.

 

CONSTANTINE MOSOMI


I want to thank the almighty God for the gift of life and the far has brought us I also thank our pastors for the care and the support that they gave us in this year I also pray that in 4th of January God to open ways so that we can get school we need like books, school fees, pens, socks and other needs. May God bless you.

 

VINCENT MAKORI


I thank God for everything has done for me this year. God has given has good works we are doing for him we  are seeing good to God this year pastor Joel Ombati. He has done good things to us this December in the year 2020 he has buying cloths for the children so we thank God because he is doing good thing to our life is good to praise is word God has done wonders  to my life when I was in 2019 I was do not nothing when In 2020 my life started to be well. God bless you Pastor.

 

LOG CHURCH/ORPHANAGE –  KISII, KENYA

Our prayers are with you all Pastor Don, Vivian, Family, Church and Donors,

We are humbled for the provision of the needs of the Log Orphanage Kenya may God bless you all, we honor you for obeying the voice of God to help. May God shine your way as we approach New Year under the guidance of God. Happy New Year 2021.    

God bless you abundantly. Thanks.

Yours Church leaders.



Sunday, February 14, 2021

THE FULFILLMENT PRINCIPLE IN THE LORD'S SUPPER - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, FEB 14

The Lord’s Supper is one of the ordinances that is practiced by all Christian churches. There are several different ways in which the custom is observed, as well as many different ideas about what the ceremony actually means. There are also differences in opinion about what it is intended to represent. 

The Lord’s Supper, also called the “Holy Communion,” or the “Eucharist,” has been the subject of much conversation and many controversies throughout the history of the church. There have even been several church and denomination splits over it.

The church has talked endlessly about the meanings behind the ordinance, but there are two things about the Lord’s Supper that we do not talk about much.

The first is that when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, one of his intentions in doing so was that it would demonstrate unity in the body of Christ. Considering this, if unity was one of his intentions, we should then ask ourselves why it is that we have instead allowed it to be a source of controversy in the church.

Did not Paul write concerning the Lord's Supper, “Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:17).

The other thing that we do not talk about much is that as far as the meaning of the Lord’s Supper is concerned, Jesus spoke of it as of yet to be fulfilled in its entirety. That is, the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper has not yet been revealed to man. Jesus told the disciples that he himself would not again partake of the Lord’s Supper until it was “fulfilled” in the kingdom of heaven.

This being the case, another question that we should ask ourselves is that if the entire meaning of the Lord’s Supper is not even yet completely fulfilled, how is it that we are so presumptuous to say that we have complete understanding of its meaning? How can we say that all other understandings that differ from ours are wrong?

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - FEBRUARY 14

The Log Church Bulletin

February 14, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

On this Sunday we will worship as we share in the communion service. The reasons that we share in communion is one of those that is difficult to understand. Actually, the truth be told, I would venture to guess that there is not one person on the earth who understands completely.

It is a subject that we will study from the Scriptures today, and one that we share together in faith and in obedience to the words of Jesus when he told us, Do this in remembrance of Me.”

 On the day that Jesus was arrested and just before He was betrayed, He prayed that His followers would be one—that they would be one in their confession, one in their purpose, and one in their devotion to God. In our meeting together today in the name of Christ, it is our confession that we meet as one to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Invocation Prayer

Sovereign Lord of all creation, the times in which we are living are perilous and in many ways unprecedented times. In these days as much as ever, we are experiencing our need to turn our eyes to you and seek your direction for our living.

Today as we sing our songs, read and listen to your words, pray and concentrate on you, we ask that the Holy Spirit would speak to each of our hearts and that we would learn to give of ourselves for service to you. Amen.

Friday, February 12, 2021

KISII REPORT - IRRIGATION SYSTEM BEGUN

A couple of days ago I posted on this blog the news that we are entering into what we hope is a new phase in making the orphanage more self-reliant. The first part of this plan is to develop a garden area where the children can work at growing their own food.

The plot of ground that we have to work with for our garden is not large (200 ft X 80 ft), but it is a beginning. Eventually, we plan on growing garden plants using either hydroponics or aquaponics, but that is still down the road. The first thing is simply get a garden established.

However, even before we do that, we need a

water system. That is what is presently being constructed. I have communicated much with Pastor Joel and the leadership on how we should go about doing it. Of course we cannot do everything at once, but only as the Lord supplies what is needed.

But we have a very good beginning. We are thankful for the money that has been contributed by you, our readers, in donating enough to buy the large 10,000 liter tank, besides all of the material to collect the water from the roofs. During the dry times of the


year, the tank is close enough to the road that it can be reached by a water delivery truck using a long hose. The cost of a tank of water is about $70 when delivered in this way, so we will first use what falls from heaven.

I have again included the diagram of the preliminary plans for the water system, so you may refer to it in order to understand what the set-up is to be.

Also, please see below several photos of the


grounds and the buildings. I hope these pictures will help you better visualize what the orphanage is like there.

Thanks for praying for all of these needs. We continue to look for and patiently wait for the Lord’s provision.

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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!




Tuesday, February 9, 2021

KISII REPORT - FOOD PURCHASE, FEBRUARY 5

Thanks to you, last week our Log Church was able to make a bank transfer of $6000 to the account of the orphanage in Kenya. As you can see by the bank receipt (if you look real, real hard), the exchange rate now is exactly 1 Kenya Shilling = 1 cent US (at least that is the rate we got from the bank).

We are excited to be able to begin to work on the water collection system that for now will serve the kitchen, perhaps the dormitories, and the new garden area that we will be starting. It is our first step in preparing for the future years of the orphanage.

Of the Ksh 600,000

218,460 of those shillings were spent on food. The breakdown is below.

381, 540 were spent on supplies for the new water collection system

In a couple of days I will post about the water system purchases, along with photos.

Here is the letter from Pastor Joel:

 

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the love and love, we are praying for your safe each day. We trust that God will keep you safe under his wings. Thanks for every remembrance for the family in Kenya.

We are humbled for the help you sent. We bought food and water collection items. The children are sending their thanks for helping for food. We are humbled to God for everyone who send help to Pastor Don and Vivian. Be assured that we do receive the money and kindly keep praying for us and do not stop helping despite the challenge you go through.

We know everyone is struggling. Kindly help your family in Kenya for the well-being. God bless you all for the help you are sending. The plumbing cost of items we bought + plumbing cost =Ksh.381, 540

Below is the food we bought and it will last for 9 days. Thanks.

 

ITEMS            1KG/LITRES COST              1KG/LITRES                                     TOTAL

COOKING OIL         300                                          27                                            8,000

VEGETABLE            190                                          79                                          15,000

BEANS                       350                                        143                                          50,000

SUGAR                      200                                          25                                            5,000

UNGA NGANO        170                                          54                                            9,200

MAIZE                       280                                        214                                          60,000

SALT                                                                                                                          4,000

SANITIZER                                                                                                               5,600

SOAP                                                                                                                          3,000

RICE                           180                                         288                                          51,760

TRANSPORT                                                                                                             6,900

TOTAL                                                                                                                    218,460


May God bless all the hands that have helped and supported the children in
Kenya 
spiritually, financially and even through your prayers. We need your prayers in this time as we also pray daily for you all.

Be encouraged God is on your side. We trust God will provide for the needs for the Kenya church. God bless you all.

Yours Son Joel and Church leadership-Log Church of 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!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

THE WISEST WORDS EVER WRITTEN - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, FEB 8

Because of the extreme cold, today we are not having a gathering at our Log Church in Tripoli. I wrote to the people that it is only the church service this canceled, but church is not canceled. The true church (you and me) continues, but it just continues as we stay warm in our own little homes.

Reading that message from me, Bob from our church emailed me and told me that he was reading about the weather in the book of Job. He wondered that since we are not meeting today as a church, if I could put out a devotional about some of this.

“Interesting,” I thought to myself—reading about the weather in the book of Job. Bob’s comment intrigued me enough to write a devotional, which actually turned into something a little lengthy. Here it is below:

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