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.

 

 
We had no home of our own for the children to sleep in but now through the help of God moving in your hearts we have a home for the Log orphanage Kenya. Even if there are other things that are needed in the home which have not completed for its full use, such as some beds, mattresses, blankets and other necessities, we have flushing toilets in each far end of the dormitory for boys and girls. This has made
Early morning chores -
Carrying water for flushing toilets
the sanitation situation to be good.
 

 

The kids must carry water each day and time to flush the toilet. Sometimes if no water you can see how it will smell. See pictures attached children carrying to go flush the toilet. We have the house that can harvest some water when there is rain, but no water tank to collect water for easy cleaning of the toilet and home for their stay in good health. Thanks we request your help for this.

Kale donated by a church member or
grown on church property
Food

Beloved each and every hour for the life free of starvation we need to talk about food because its gives energy for the living creature to survive, we are suffering at the moment the children are growing weak and thin. We seek God to supply.
 
Yes the members are bringing food for the orphans, some vegetables as you can see on the
Wafers made from maize flour

pictures, but it’s not enough and does not give the children health nutrients. Some of the food is not good for the health, but we eat because we must fill the stomach. We give it to them because we have no good food to feed the children. Kindly help these children to have good health and better stay.
 
School fees

We are still struggling with the schooling of these kids because
they need school and money is needed for the better running of the school. The children are in school but they are need to pay the school fees. We are getting the reminding letters from schools where our children from the orphanage attend to learn. Kindly help us to have school fees cleared and the children with have good time to learn.

We want to thank all who have been in the position to help and
support these children ,we request your more effort for these children to have hope and keep seeing God fighting for their life each day. We thankful to God each moment we remember what God has done through your giving. Kindly do not stop helping these children.

It’s not easy job we are doing here of helping 42 plus children. We
Church Leadership Team
alone we cannot but we request for joining hands. Yes we are helping them but it is not we who are meeting their needs. Our prayers are to God to supply to your needs and for these children and church in Kenya.

We are seeing God calling more souls to the kingdom like on Sunday we had 5 new souls added to the church family and to the heaven family. On the church we have no church building that can accommodate all the church members. We now are carrying out service out of the existing building but its small now. Kindly pray for God to supply that we can have a lager place of worship. Thanks we request your prayers for the church and for the orphans under our care. 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 

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, 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.
This person has dug a ditch in the
floor of his house around the
perimeter to try and channel the
water away from the rest of the room

It is rainy season there, at least in that part of Kenya. Last year was unusual in that it rained every single day for three or four months. When the roads are basically clay, and when many of the houses have no floor, that is
a problem.

I do not know if the amount of rain has been as excessive this year as last, but there is mud nonetheless. It affects everything from keeping the houses clean to walking to school.
Some drivers and motorcycle riders do manage to make it through the muddy roads, but everyone must be prepared to get out and push. Want to stay clean? It is pretty much a dream
during this season.
 
I have to say that in my trips to Kenya, never did I go during rain season. But it did sometimes rain when I was there, and I can tell you that in a matter of minutes, in that hilly country a nice and dry path or road becomes a slimy slip-and-slide.

But notice the new dormitory entrance. There is an actual entrance where the orphans leave their shoes outside so that they do not track mud in the building. Keeping clean is much easier with the concrete floors.

Last year there were also many reports of stomach ailments because of the mud floors and poor toilet facilities. It is almost unavoidable to pick up some sort of fecal material on one’s feet if you walk around outside. With the mud floors, that eventually finds its way into the buildings.
This year is much better. I do not know if there has been any sickness at all, but I do know that all-in-all, the children have stayed much healthier.

How is the food situation now? I frankly do not know. I know that they have no more money and I have told Pastor Joel that Vivian and I are not able to send any more of our personal funds until next year. We have hit our limit.
 
But our trust in always in the Lord, as is theirs. The people of the Log Church of Kenya bring food for the kids. It did however strike me how thin the kids look in these pictures.



Despite the famine for food and other necessities, the word that I constantly receive from there is “We are trusting that God will show us the way and will make provision.”

“Love the Lord all you His Godly ones. The Lord preserves the faithful” (Psalm 31:23)

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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, 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. 
 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

KISII REPORT - LEMONADE STAND

Earlier this summer, some friends of ours from Onalaska held an event that seemed like it was fun for them, and it also was of benefit for the Kisii orphans. They set up a lemonade stand to collect money to send to Kenya.

I actually should have written of this earlier when we were still in the heat of the summer months and not wait until this morning when our thermometer said 41º, but the idea that they had also inspired us to set up a lemonade stand at our church picnic a couple of weeks ago for the same purpose. I wanted to wait and intended to include photos from both events.
 
The intention was there, but the follow-through was not. We did have a very nice lemonade stand also at our church picnic which was set up by one of our church ladies, but I am not accustomed to pointing my phone at everything and I forgot all about taking a picture of it.

 
But our friend from Onalaska was better. She took photos of their stand! Here is the group of them, and of course I have to include a close-up of two of my own granddaughters who were part in the event.
 
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As far as happenings in Kisii, the orphanage is again going through
a period of having no food. This actually happens with regularity there, but I do not keep writing about it each time. Just know that if God is urging you to give, then you should not delay. The need is always there.

 
I have communication with Pastor Joel almost on a daily basis, so I am always aware of the current situation. We do this by exchanging texts of our phones. Here are those from last couple of days: 

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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 22, 2019

ON THE ROAD TO THE HOUSE OF JAIRUS


People often have the idea that when Jesus was on earth, he spent most of the time going around condemning people of their sins and telling them to repent.

That was not the case. When Jesus walked around the countryside and in the cities of Israel and Samaria, he brought with him healing and provision. He lifted the suffering ones out of their misery and gave food to the hungry.

It is true that he also sometimes spoke words of condemnation, but these were seldom spoken to the common man or woman. The great majority of his words of reprimand were spoken to those men who held themselves up as the leaders of their religion—those who had a self-righteous attitude and considered others as less “holy” than themselves.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

KISII REPORT - REWARDS AND CHALLENGES


Never have I been involved with a work that has been so challenging, and yet at the same time so rewarding. On the rewarding side, to know that we have been involved with a work that has literally saved the lives of these children has been very gratifying and deeply satisfying. If no one had intervened in their lives, many would by now probably have been dead, and the rest living on the streets scrounging in garbage heaps.

One day in Kisii town, when I was walking in the market, I walked past two huge garbage dumpsters. As I was passing, two boys emerged from them, probably about 12 years old or so. They had an appearance like death itself— two starved and emaciat-ed children wearing filthy rags to cover what they could of their muck-caked bodies.

Of course this was horrible to see and my empathies went out to these boys, but I could not also help thinking that this would have also been the fate of our own children who would have managed to still stay alive even if we hadn’t begun the orphanage.
Market where the orphanage often buys food

Another aspect of this work that has been very rewarding is that the kids are truly thankful for what has been done for them. Before they were rescued, they were aware of their fate, at least the older ones who had an understanding of life. They knew there were no prospects for them to improve their lot, and no one who cared.
More of the Market

Because of where they had come from, they now joyfully praise God for having rescued them. They are alive and are being raised in an atmosphere of Christian love and nourishment.

These have been my rewards, and if you have been involved with this work, they are also yours.

The challenging side of this work is that the needs never end. We are accustomed in America to give a donation to some work and then congratulating ourselves for “doing our bit.” But of course this approach does not work in running an orphanage. You cannot feed a child one day and expect that he will not need to eat again.



No lumps in this mattress - just holes
Food costs are now about $1400 to as much as nearly $2000 per week (depending upon the highly fluctuating food prices - you can pray that the prices for food will eventually return to their normal "cheap" prices where we were only paying about $1000/month).

In addition school fees for the kids cost more than $1000 per month. Besides this, some items that I thought were covered, such as clothes and shoes, have worn out.

Even the mattresses are wearing out! These are not Temperpedic mattresses, you understand, but just thin pads of foam.


I also just learned that some kids are still sleeping on the floor, which may be why the mattresses are wearing out so quickly. I had previously thought that we had sufficient bunk beds, but we apparently do not. They still need two more beds, but the people of the Log Church of Kenya have dedicated themselves to contribute for this need until there is enough.
A week's worth of groceries
(They hire the van to transport)
And of course food is a constant challenge. The amount of money that I send from our own funds and from those of you who donate do not nearly meet the needs. It is not uncommon for the orphans to go four or five days eating nothing but one meal a day of thin soup made of ground maize.

So these are some of the rewards and challenges to this work. Am I glad that I became involved? Of course I am, but it really was not a matter of choosing. God would not let me rest until I did something about these children.


Buying sandals for the kids
“I passed by and saw you squirming in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, ‘Live!’ There I said to you, ‘Live!’
I (the Lord) made you thrive like a plant of the field. You grew up and matured and became very beautiful.” (Ezekiel 16:6-7)  



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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