Wednesday, November 27, 2019


It was never my plan to have a ministry with children during these later stages of my life, but I have to say, it is one of the things that gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. Quite apart from any intention of my own, God has given Vivian and me a ministry with our 42 orphans of the Log Church Kenya orphanage.

It is true that we are not involved in a very personal and day-by-day basis, but God has given these children to us as a charge, both in provision of their living essentials, and in prayer. But it is not only these children. Once in a while, I receive a story concerning a child here in the US who has also felt the need to help these orphans. In a different way, this ministry is also to these children. I also must say, it is this kid-to-kid connection gives me the greatest joy of all.

Thus, I share the short story of a girl of about ten years old named Kathryn.

Kathryn lives in the ranch country of western South Dakota and attends the same church where Vivian attended in some of her childhood years while her dad was the pastor there. It is the Union Center Community Baptist Church. I have written of this church before, and of the children’s Bible club that one of our friends conducts there.

The church as a whole has been involved with the orphanage in Kenya and is well aware of what is happening there, sharing with one another the current news. A few weeks ago, our friend told us that she briefly spoke of the current needs in Kisii.

The following Sunday, ten year-old Kathryn approached our friend Sylvia and squeezed a crinkled and rolled-up $50 bill into her hand.

As Sylvia wrote to us in a note that accompanied the gift, Kathryn had “a merriest but rather shy-eyed look” on her face. She smiled at Sylvia as she asked her if she could get this money to “the children.”

Kathryn, it turns out, had just had a birthday. She told her mom that she wanted to give the money that she had received for her birthday to the orphans of Kisii. She gave her birthday money to feed the kids of Kisii.

Kathryn, thank you so much!  I appreciate the way that you have listened to the Lord and how you have responded with an unselfish, obedient and loving heart. I pray that God will continue to build in you this same grace that you have shown to me in doing what you have done for these children.

Kathryn’s story may be unique in some ways, but I realize that there are many who have given with the same kind heart as did this young girl. God has spoken to many of you, and you have responded.

Thanks to all of you!! May God bless all of you!!

We praise God together for enabling us to work together in the rescuing of these children of Kenya. It is our part of what He is doing for His people.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


When life is lived on the edge of survival, even things such as a heavy rain system can put health and even life in jeopardy.
I have known that the orphanage has been without food once again. The people of the church in Kisii did bring food for the children on Sunday, but Pastor Joel says it was very little.
Below is an email that I received from him this morning:
Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and church,
Greetings in Jesus name, we are humbled for the grace of God for the gift of life, we are sorry to report that we are passing hardship in this time of rain, the children are not in good health as you can see on pictures attached and we have heavy rain, kindly we have no food and 3 children are sick because the weather changes.
Water is not good for drink this can accelerate the sickness we have nothing we can buy water treatment drug to prevent more sickness to happen. We are in challenging times, we are praying that God of heaven may care for the children, the roads are not good.
The road on the pictures is the one that we used from tarmac (hard surfaced) road to church, we are at very confused situation but only the word of God give hope that this struggles are of moment.
Thanks,we request your prayers.
God bless you all. Yours Son Joel
(This is me writing again) Thankfully, I received a nice gift in the mail just yesterday and plan on sending some aid to them tomorrow.
The struggle is constant, but the Lord is good.

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, November 17, 2019


The Revelation of the True Church of Jesus Christ 

The Words of the Apostle Paul:
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:8-10 ESV) 

What is the “manifold wisdom of God” of which the Apostle Paul speaks in this passage of Ephesians?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


In most western societies where the primary and secondary years of school are usually free for the parents of the students, it is sometimes difficult to see so much of the money that is provided for the orphanage to go to paying school fees—this especially when our kids often go days without having food to eat.

It has been a struggle for us every term to come up with the money to pay the approximately $1000 per month ($3000/three month term) to cover the fees for all of our children, but the orphanage leadership believes it is a priority. If these kids are to have any future at all in this world, they must have an education.

Sunday, November 10, 2019


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


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.