|The Church in the Beginning
It is not an old church, having begun under the shade of a canopy of branches only a couple of years before the Lord also called me to be involved.
I think that I must have mentioned that it was begun by four friends who felt a burden for the area, Pastors Joel, Vincent and Douglas, and Elder Benjamin. These men work very hard, visiting the houses of the area and telling the people about Christ.
Kenya is a country that is strongly Christian in their present-day culture, but in that remote area, there is still much paganism and witchcraft. The story of Jesus is new to many people.
|The Size of the Church
When I First Visited in 2017
The church in Kenya is growing quickly. They no longer meet under a canopy of banana leaves, but have put up a mud building (wattle and daub).
The dimensions of the building for the Log Church of Kenya is not too much different than our Log Church of Tripoli. I should measure our church here, but I asked Joel the measurements in Kisii, and he told me 18 feet by 40 feet.
|Maybe not the best photo, but it shows
how tightly packed the worship services
are now, with many more outside
In Tripoli, when some Sundays we might have 40 or 45 people, we are feeling pretty tight. Some of the people may not be able to sit in their regular seats, which is always a little traumatic for them.
In the Log Church of Kenya, they regularly now have 300 people at the services. Many have to stand outside and listen from the windows.
The area is a very poor and rural, and the walking from house to house takes great effort, especially now in the rainy season. It is also the hungry season in that area of Kenya, when the food prices are high and very few crops are being harvested. Pastor Joel tells me that when they visit the families of the area, they find that many of them have had nothing to eat for almost a week.
But there is also great hunger for spiritual truth.
Here is what Pastor Joel writes:
"Dad thanks for the spiritual posts you are putting on the blog. It has help us more and we have lacked the bigger church building to hold those who come to hear the word of God. Keep praying for Kenya church to have a bigger church building because more are joining, we are going house to house visitation using teachings on the blog and your books that you gave us more people are coming, we are humbled for the increase.
"Beloved Keep praying that God will open financial doors because even as we are reach out people in their families people have no food, surely people live under poverty in the community God has called us and we are struggling in this but we cannot run away truth, and people are eager to hear about the Lord of all harvest."
Because the poverty in the area is so high, the people of the church are not able to donate much money for the care of the orphans. One Sunday, when the children had had nothing to eat for four or five days, the offering was about $8. This does not buy much in Kenya—especially for 42 children.
But the people bring food—bananas, potatoes, maize, whatever they can grow. This they give to help feed the children. But understand, NO ONE has much to spare. We are depending on the provision of God and we want you to know that we appreciate so much all of you who have helped. Here is some more from Pastor Joel:
"Dad, Mum, church and friends, Thanks for putting trusting on us to handle the money you send through Pastor Donald. These has given us the smooth and easy way to manage the children, despite the challenges of lacking to meet all the needs.
"We thank God for you all, thanks for your prayers and we pray that when God bless and increase others may He not pass you. May God cover and protect your families as you come and go out.
"Our prayers are with you and we are humbled to serve with you to see these children develop their relationship with God deeply and be the Christ ambassador in the future.
"All of willing heart to help we welcome you with open heart. Surely the work you all are doing here in Kenya is great if we had way we can bring you here you can testify that the money you are sending through Pastor Donald are not in vain its for the kingdom building purpose, kindly do not stop helping as the spirit speaks to you."
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. This is not for use in the church of Kenya, but only for the orphanage