Sunday, July 26, 2020

LOG CHURCH SERMON - GETTING THE SMALL THINGS RIGHT


Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38 BSB)

In our reading today, Jesus was explaining to his followers what it means to be true disciples. He used phrases such as “let him deny himself” and to “take up one’s cross.” What does he mean by these things?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

IN TIMES OF HUNGER - LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

We are thankful that we were able to make a bank to bank wire transfer of $4000 to the orphanage this week. Below is the letter I received from Pastor Joel:
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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,
 
Greetings from Kenya family, we pray for you daily, we are humbled that help that was sent was received and now the children have food to eat. May God bless all the hand that has given the help for the children.
 
The children have stayed without food for 9 days because other days within starving time some members were able to send food and bananas to cook for the children. We thank all the members of the Kenya church who sent help. God bless you all.
 
We remained trusting for the Lord when we have and when we don't have food. We have set the mind of children that God remain to be in control in season and out of season.
 
The church has been given time to meet publicly on one hour time service with limited number of people. No aged members and those less 13 years not allowed. We as the churches in Kenya we have agreed not to meet till our fully freedom of worship, but we are meeting in house service and also meeting with children in the orphanage compound praising God.
 
Be assured that the church will keep the mission shining keep us in prayer. We request your prayers for the Log orphanage Kenya and also the churches here as we go through challenges ministering the gospel in Kenya.
 
Below is the food purchase
 
Bank Withdrawal for the $4000
627.5 kilograms of maize: One kgs =Ksh.220 x627.5kgs =125500.
 
559kgs of rice: 1KGS =Ksh. 180 x559kgs =Ksh.100,600.
 
Salt 38Kgs. 1kgs =Ksh.100x38kgs=Ksh.3800
 
Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100.
 
Food Receipt from Shop
Sanitizer Ksh. 5100
 
Soap KSh. 4000.
 
Transport cost Ksh. 5900.
 
Oil 75 litres: One litre =Ksh. 250 x75litres =18600.
 
Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700.
 
Beans 361.6 kgs. One Kg of beans =Ksh. 250 x 361. 6kgs =Ksh. 90400.
 
Now beloved we bought food  with Ksh. 385900 and a day the child take Ksh. 400 x49 children =Ksh. 19600.
 
Now Ksh. 385900÷Ksh.19600=19.6 days, now food will last from Date 20 Monday July-August Date 8 Sunday. We request your prayers as we pray for you all.
 
Thanks for the love may God bless you all. Thanks for your prayers which have made us to come this far may God protect you all. We request your prayers for the food, clothing, borehole, house of worship metal sheets, God to open more opportunity to reach more souls.
 
Beloved pray for the orphanage to have the garden to sustain the children in time like we have no food and vegetables also we have challenge to walk the long distance with sick children from to the health facility kindly pray for us orphanage van to take children to hospital and to do some work within the orphanage.
 
Finally all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy on the next email we will send some thank letters from children and leaders. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God bless you.
 
Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

OF CAMELS AND NEEDLES - INHERITING ETERNAL LIFE


“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” This question was asked of Jesus one day. The man actually ran up to him to ask it, seemingly intent on receiving an answer. The story is found in three of the gospels (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30).

From the three accounts, we not only learn that his man was determined to receive an answer to his question, but also that he was a young man, he was a ruler of some kind, and he was rich.

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” he asked.

Do you see anything as being fundamentally wrong with this question?

Monday, July 13, 2020

LEARING HOW TO COPE AT THE ORPHANAGE

Below is this week’s letter from Pastor Joel. He actually sent it in the 7th. It has been trying times in Kenya and especially at the orphanage. The “perfect storm” has descended on Kenya in three parts.
 
1. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will remember that for the past couple of years I have written of the unusually heavy rains in the region. These rains caused some crop failures, driving up food prices.
 
2. Some of those same rains made their way up into the Arabian Peninsula, causing a massive reproduction of the desert locust. In these conditions, the desert locust is actually transformed into a variant, changing from an insect that lives a mostly solitary life into a gregarious and quickly multiplying horde of winged and voracious eating creatures. Their appearance also actually changes.
 
No matter how much the Arabian Desert had bloomed, these millions and billions of locusts soon run
out of food in that usually mostly barren land. They form huge swarms and fly out looking for new sources of food.
 
(from Wikipedia)
One of the first places that they went was East Africa—Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Eretria. Many of the food crops in these regions were devastated, driving down food supplies and driving up the cost of food.
 
3. COVID-19. When this latest plague hit the world, Kenya was left unprepared and already driven to its knees by the previous two disasters.
 
The orphanage was put on lockdown—with no one from the outside allowed to enter, nor the children allowed to leave, except apparently, to go to fetch the water from the creek ½ hour walk away.
 
Schools were closed, the church was closed, and existence reduced to a pretty grim struggle to simply stay alive. We have also been prevented from sending some help to them.
 
That is still the situation today. PLEASE remember these children in your prayers, and PLEASE pray that the situation can be brought to the point where there can be some help given to these children.
 
Here is the letter from Pastor Joel:
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Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,
 
Greetings in Jesus name, we want to thank God for the love and concern for the church and orphanage in Kenya. During this time of civid-19 we have passed ups and downs and have learned lot of lessons that will help us pray and seek God to supply for the long term project. First as by this situation we are forced to monitor the kids to and from going to the river to fetch water, we are praying God to allow us have borehole for the orphanage.
 
The children have suffered and some of the time we have to sleep without taking food as we most of the time is hand to mouth as we have no project that can sustain the orphanage with local resources what we have passed through during this time has opened the eyes of the leadership that it will be good if can have income generating project, keeping hens and cows that can help to get food and run the orphanage here.
 
We are mentioning this not appeal for money but it's because we know that their is power in prayer   impossible to happen and make way to have this dream of project happen.
and we request your prayers because it can make
 
Thanks to all who have been in the forefront in helping and supporting this Log orphanage that is registered under Mata Community Based Organization know Kenya and East Africa thanks for the love and prayers that have made this happen.
 
We are praying and covering you in our prayers that God will supply for your needs we know that you are passing through tough times because of the restrictions of covid-19 may God provide and make door open for you all.
 
Beloved as one family in the Lord it's good to notify you that we have allowed to meet in church
public with restrictions and rules to follow. Kindly pray for us God to supply and have the roof covered.
 
For us to be able to meet point to note is that we have given only 3 weeks for trial in meetings publicly in church and if we will break the rules then the president will close it again please pray for us. Also now we will be meeting outside as we have no place of worship as it's under construction. As by now we are meeting outside with children.
 
Some can ask what about school they are closed and we are waiting to hear the directive from the ministry of health and education.
 
Once again beloved thanks for your prayers and help, keep praying for the children to have food, clothing, school fees and other needs, like now food is over from our storeroom and we request your prayers, thanks to the some Log Church Kenya for donating bananas to be cooked for the children that has helped on Sunday and more.
 
God bless you all. Thanks. We pray and trust God will answer your prayers and send help for the children. Thanks. God bless you all.
 
Yours Son Joel and Church leadership Log Church of Kisii- Kenya.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

HYPORCRISY AND RESEPECTABILITY


If you follow the actions of Jesus through the Gospels, you will
see that when he interacted with the people who were largely rejected by much of society, “the down and outers,” as we might call them, he was patient and kind to them.
If they were living lives that were in some way unrighteous, Jesus did not excuse them of their actions. Indeed, he pointed these things out to them and even reprimanded them. However, if they were sincerely looking for freedom from the things about their lives in which they felt trapped, he explained to them the way to do it. This he did with gentleness and patience. This was the manner of Jesus if the people were honest with him.

You may think it odd, but the group of people for whom Jesus had little patience were the religious leaders of the day.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

CELEBRATING OUR DAY OF DEPENDENCE



In the world, independence is everything. At any given moment, I would say that there are at least a half a dozen countries or peoples somewhere in the world in a struggle for their independence.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

NEWS OF THE LOG CHURCH KENYA

At our Log Church in Wisconsin since the easing of the lockdown, we have been meeting in the open air on the lawn in back of the church.

We are doing so mostly because it is much easier to provide a safe environment with the Covid restrictions. Last Sunday became pretty hot however, and of course if it is raining we will need to move indoors. If it is hot and muggy like they say will also be this weekend, we may also have our service inside.

 
According to what Pastor Joel has written to me, the churches in Kenya are not yet allowed to meet at all. I know that the brothers and sisters there are going through some very difficult days with the restrictions placed upon them.

Myself being a pastor who takes seriously his call from God for his people, I asked Pastor Joel to write a little report about how it is to try and minister to his people during these days.
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Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,
Greetings  from Kenya family. Each day we praise God for you all, thanks to all once again for the prayers, physical, financial and spiritual help we receive from you.

Sure let us assure you that you are doing great work here and may God bless you all and provide for your needs also. We request your prayers for the food, school fees, and clothing and other needs.

 
In the this time of Corona virus the challenge we have is to minister to church which has most of its members no one employed and even has a phone. Because they do not have phones we cannot send teachings and now are forced to walk some miles to take printed teachings from Pastor Donald blog and some of the Bibles that we send to home churches.

 
We have also the challenge that as we take this spiritual food we also see that physical food is needed in these homes. We ask God to provide for their needs surely life here is full of challenges we request prayers.

 
Beloved we are challenged with church building. We planned to expand the church so that can obey the rule of social distance as we hope to have been allowed to gather publicly, but the church building is incomplete not even covered at the roof. Kindly pray for us to metal sheets for the church roof.

 
Now we are meeting with the children and some leaders outside the orphanage compound keep us in prayers.

Thanks for your love, the children send their love greetings to all have them in their hearts. God bless you all. May God protect and prosper you all, we request your prayers. Thanks God bless you all.
Yours Son Joel and Church leadership Log Church Kenya.
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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
 
 
We now need to pay a wire transfer fee with every payment, which amounts to $50 each time, but other than that, your donated money will be used only for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose.
 
None of your money will go for the tin sheets to cover the church structure unless you specifically state this as your desire.