Sunday, November 10, 2019

THE GREATEST OF ALL MYSTERIES


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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

KISII REPORT - ABOUT THE SCHOOLS FROM PASTOR JOEL


Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

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

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

SIGNS


During the past few weeks at the Log Church of Wisconsin, we have been speaking of some of the healings that Jesus accomplished for people. We have read how, usually with only a word or a touch of his hand, the person was brought back to health. We learned how thousands of people would come to Jesus bringing the sick and the lame and the infirm, and Jesus “healed them all.”

It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

The simplicity and straightforwardness in healings extended also to the apostles of the early church.

James writes, “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up” (James 5:14-15). 

It sounds so straightforward. It seems like everyone who sought healing from Jesus and even from the apostles was healed.

But despite what some “healer/evangelist” may tell you in these days, it does not happen like that today. As a practical matter, we know that receiving healing from God is not so uncomplicated today as it was in the first century.

Why not? 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

KISII REPORT - THE EVER PRESENT COMPANION


I know we all tire of hearing about the struggles of others. The world is filled with hurting people. We want to help, but it begins to become overwhelming, especially since it seems to us that no matter what we do, the struggles continue.

It would be nice if we could give our $100 or $1000 to fix some problem, and it would be resolved forever. Some things are like that. In the orphanage in Kisii, the need for a proper dormitory for the children was a critical need, and although it required a large amount of money to build it, we could steadily see the progress until it was completed. It was a very gratifying project.

But there are other aspects of life that cannot be resolved so easily. Food is one of those things. It is a daily need that does not cease.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

WHY?

When God Does Not Heal
 
You’ve heard people say it when tragedy has fallen upon someone. Maybe you have even said it yourself:
 
“Don’t ask why—just accept what has happened and move on.”
 
We hear this especially when something has happened that is beyond our control, like a natural disaster or a death of a very close loved one.
 
“You shouldn’t ask why.”
 
The advice may at least partially stem from childhood experiences or perhaps our experiences with our own children. For a small child, everything is “Why.”
 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

KISII REPORT - MEET THE ORPHANAGE STAFF


Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

 Greetings from Log Orphanage Kenya, we are praising God each time for your payers, as we have time to share with you. We are praying for you all each day we share with God in prayers.

Thanks for the help we received recently for food and some for the school fees. Yet we have the school fees balance of $1500 and also the food is the challenge daily because the money we received was enough for food for two days which lasted from Wednesday through Friday.

From Friday we are struggling with the feeding of the children with some local food. Kindly we request your help for the children.

Cook Isaac Okemwa
We want to praise God for the day, allow us to introduce to you the close friends of the children who have left their work undone to help and serve the children at their level of best.

You can find pictures attached, of cook man, cook lady, patron and matron. These are the group we salute for and they are working without payment. They wake up very early in the morning 5:00 AM and go to bed 9:00 PM.


Cook Lucy Kemunto
The challenges for this group is that most their own family members, children and other in the family, who also need their help. They struggle to get food and even basic needs for their own family. Having money to support their family is difficult because they wake up each morning of help with the orphans and go their family late.







Cooking on the stove

Kindly pray for these cooks for the lord to provide for their needs as they have been faithful to serve these children. Pray for their health as they have put their life in danger to cook for the children as they work in smoky condition.

But they have not despaired serving these children. May God of heaven and earth answer the prayer of this group. Yes there are other church members who do help them but these are the one that work more days surely they every day.


 

Lining up for a meal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The second group is matron and patron who are so close to the security of the children daytime and night time. This group which

Matron Venic Nyasimi

has helped the children in maintaining sanitation and make environment free of dust and ventilation of the dormitory. They also monitor the health and well-being of the children.

They have volunteered and they are full time each day. They sleep with the children in their dormitory. The challenges for these are of the same that their help is needed at their family while they have left it serving these children pray for the Matron and Patron. God bless them and provide for them.
 
 
Patron Isaac Nyandoro

(Venic is a widow with two children of her own, but the children stay with a relative while she is at the orphanage.
 
Isaac is not married, but also has family considerations as he has other family.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our prayer requests God to supply is:

Pray for food as we have nothing to give to the children to eat
Pray for the school fees
Pray for the orphanage workers
Pray for the expansion of the gospel in our area and Kenya.
Pray for general needs of the children such beds, clothing, shoes, water sources for the children and more of the needs of these children under our care.


 May God bless you as you are going to be moved for the needs of these children, we pray God to move in your hearts to stand and help these children have their needs answered, kindly we request you not to close your eyes on the needs of these ambassadors of the gospel tomorrow.

May God protect and provide as you help to shape the future of these 42 plus children under our care. We welcome your help and willing heart to send their help to Pastor Don and Vivian, who have been faithful to spare their time and resources to help these children.

Thanks to all who have sent their financial gift through them. We received them and for those are going to be moved to help trust them we are going to receive them and we will send feedback of the use of the financial gift you will donate. Be assured beloved that every cent or coin we receive is used directly for the needs of these children.

We welcome you all to Kenya and witness what Pastor Don put on his blog the work is the reality. Kindly help these Children. God bless you all and guide your steps as you out and as you come in. Thanks.

 God bless you abundantly as we look forward hearing from you all reader of this blog

 Your Pastor Joel and Log 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 

Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

KISII REPORT - LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL


Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and Church,

Greetings from Kenya church and orphanage family. We are always grateful to God for since we started having fellowship with Log Church USA and other friends who have joined through pastor Don and Vivian, we have seen how God has worked.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

I SEE MEN LIKE TREES WALKING


There is a rather strange account of a healing of a blind man that is found in Mark chapter eight. It reads as follows:

When Jesus and the disciples arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. He spit on the man’s eyes and placed his hands on him. “Can you see anything?” he asked.

The man looked up and said, “I can see men, but they look like trees walking.”

Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)

This story has special significance to me because of something that I experienced some years ago.

Friday, October 11, 2019

KISII REPORT - MUD !



Mud is no one’s friend. Farmers around where we live know this, as do the loggers and truckers, and we have had our share in Wisconsin this year.
 
Nor is mud a friend of the people of Kisii and of the orphanage.
 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

WHY COULDN'T WE HEAL HIM?


Last week, I mentioned that never did Jesus attempt to heal someone, and failed to do so. There was however, at least one instance where the disciples tried to heal someone and were unsuccessful. They had to wait for Jesus to come and heal the person.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

KISII REPORT - DAY 9—NO FOOD

God has put me in a position that I did not seek and did not want, but I am privileged to be blessed with being part of trying to make a better life for these children of a poor area of Kenya. The needs are great, they are constant—and the solutions are not cheap. Every time I visit a grocery store here, I am dismayed at how economical our food is in comparison with the prices in Kisii, Kenya.
 
The orphanage runs out of food quite consistently, and the children know what it is to have no food for some days on end, but this is the longest stretch that I am aware of—nine days.

From what I understand, on some of those days they eat nothing at all—only water. On other days, they have been given some maize flour, which they boil with the water to make a thin porridge. Usually they are limited to one glass per day.

I pray to God constantly for these children, and Vivian and I are doing what we are able to do. Some of you also are. Thank you.

If you choose to also respond to this need, please do not do it based only upon an emotional reaction, but calmly ask God if you are also to be part of the lives of these children. Like me, you may not want to do it, but you do it in response to what God is telling you to do.
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If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to "The Log Church" and write "Orphans" on the memo line.


Send it to:
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564 
Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose

  

Sunday, September 29, 2019

"I AM NOT WORTHY; I AM NOT WORTHY"

Is Your Prayer a Prayer of Faith,
or Merely a Prayer of Wishful Thinking?
 
Today’s topic is a difficult one for me, because there is so much about it that I do not understand. Frankly, there are many aspects about this subject that are unclear in the teachings of Scripture. The topic is that of healing and of praying for the healing of the sick.

Most teachers, when writing or speaking on this subject, will usually center it on the need for faith. And faith is important. The New Testament writer James says that “the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up” (James 5:15).

But having faith is not the first step in praying for healing. There is something that comes even before faith that is critical for us to understand. That important step is the topic for this post. I will come to it a little later.