Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Problem of HUNGER - (part 2)


The Blessings of the Wasteland

Hunger of the heart has many symptoms similar to hunger of the stomach. When speaking of the heart, I am of course using it in a figurative sense as it is used in the Bible and as I did in part one of this series. The word is used to speak of our spiritual lives.

Jesus speaks of the heart as being an indicator of the spiritual condition of a man: 

The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45 BSB) 

And, as the proverb puts it: “As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the true man” (Proverbs 27:19 BSB).

What is it that your heart is reflecting for all to see? 

Friday, June 28, 2019

KISII REPORT FROM PASTOR JOEL

Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and Church,

Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for you all, for your prayers and financial support to make these children have hope and to know that God is the provider.
 
Thanks for your donations hereby we praise God for every remembrance of you all, surely if not you and support these children could have not known that God is the answer you have made the church in Kenya to grow spiritually and through your prayers we have reached more souls for the Kingdom. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Problem of HUNGER - (part1)



Satan used the thought of food as the first temptation that he tried on Jesus to try and make Jesus listen to him.

“Prove that you are the Son of God and turn these stones into bread,” the devil said to Jesus.

Jesus had just spent forty days of fasting in the wilderness and undoubtedly would have loved to have a sandwich, but it would not be under those conditions. He would not do it merely out of response to a suggestion by Satan. He instead used the situation to teach an important truth.

Jesus responded, “It is written:  ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). 

This is the first of several lessons that Jesus had for us on the subject of food, although it is not the first in Scripture.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

THE GREATEST OF ALL MYSTERIES


We began our study in the book of Ephesians 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 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.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul is describing to us some of the things that he had seen on some of the spiritual mountains that he had climbed. I am sure that as he was writing, he at times must have been frustrated that his description of his experience fell far short of what he had actually witnessed.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

kISII REPORT - LOG ACEDEMY SCHOOL(part 2)


Last post I said that this week I was going to write more about the planning meeting for the Log Academy School of Kisii, but I have to say—my heart just is not in it. It seems a bit of an irrelevant discussion at the moment.

Never in my life has so many of my thoughts of the day turned to food—not what can I eat and what do I like to eat, but will my orphans have food today?

But the school discussion does enter into all of this, because we are presently also trying to pay off our school debt. We have had to divide the money between that and buying food, resulting in some days during every week without food to eat.

Nevertheless, in order to fulfill what I said last week that I would do, I give the following taken from the minutes of the meeting that was sent to me. I will begin at point 6 of the discussion. This point sums up the requirements. You can see that it is kind of a big deal:

6.    HOW TO START THE SCHOOL
 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD


Because of all that Christ had accomplished, Paul was able to tell the Ephesian Christians that, even though they were Gentiles by birth, they were no longer strangers and aliens to the promises of God, but rather “fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19 ESV).

After affirming the place of the Gentiles in the household of God, Paul begins to explain something about this household. The term the household of God was not to be understood in the same way as it had been in the Old Testament.

The Household of God as it Existed before Christ

Thursday, June 6, 2019

KISII REPORT - LOG ACADEMY SCHOOL OF KISII

The spiritual lives of the children are first priority in the orphanage, and I can attest to the fact that I have seen great concern of the orphanage staff and the pastors for the spiritual lives of each of the children.

The kids have not only been rescued from the streets and from the garbage heaps, but they have been rescued from death itself—not only physical death, but also spiritual death.

The spiritual lives of the children are first priority.

Next come the physical needs. 


Food, of course, is vital. It is the first of our physical priorities for the orphans. This alone is almost on a day-by-day basis. Lately the orphanage has run out of food every week and there is nothing to eat for at least one or two days. Sometimes longer.

Food is the first priority. No longer to we have to mention housing as an immediate need. We are grateful that we no longer have to think about a healthy living space for the children. This rainy season they are dry and warm in the new home that the Lord has provided.

Naturally, there are other items of life that the children need—clothing, cleaning and personal items, and sometimes medicine. With the rains come mosquitoes, and with mosquitoes come malaria, but we are trusting in God this year that with the new sleeping arrangement there will be less of that.

Another priority for us is schooling.

Last week I wrote of the fact that the kids are now in school only by the benevolence of the school administrators. We do not have the money to pay the fees in full, but are trusting God to provide the entire amount before the end of the term. For this we still lack $2500 to be paid by the end of July. It seems like a lot (and it is), but remember, we have 42 students. That breaks down to about $23/month/child.

But this situation has gotten us thinking more about opening our
 
Own school for the children. We at least need to explore the possibility. The pastors and I have been talking about it for some time, and on the 30th day of May, the church and orphanage staff held the first planning meeting for what they have decided to call the Log Academy School of Kisii.

Do not think that this is something that is going to happen in the next year or two. Perhaps it will never happen. But it is a vision to help the children presently in the orphanage, and those children who will be there in the future.
 

All is in the hands of God. We look to Him for direction. Of one thing we are fairly certain - in this life there will always be orphans who the church is called on to help.

Next week, more on what was said in the meeting.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIER

Paul wrote to the church in the city of Ephesus, “Remember that formerly you who are Gentiles in the flesh and called uncircumcised by the so-called circumcision… at that time you were separate from Christ” (Ephesians 2:11-12 BSB).