Sunday, December 26, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #3 - IN DEFENCE OF TRADITION

When we speak of examining. or if we even begin to question the subject of traditions that surround the Christmas holiday, we put ourselves in a very precarious situation.

Traditions at Christmas time are like a mighty river, running strong and deep. If one attempts to change any one of these Christmas traditions in any way, it is like trying to alter the course of the great force of its current. Any barrier that is placed in front of that unstoppable flow will only cause the pressure to increase to a point where all will burst loose.

We must ask the question if there is there any meaningful benefit in tradition. What actually is the value of the tree and all the lights? Is the holiday simply an excuse for excessive consumerism? If so, and if these traditions have no true and lasting value, how are we to change them? How are we to alter their flow or even stop the current completely? Should we even attempt to do this?

But coming at this from another perspective, if there is some benefit to our traditions, how are we to gain from them? How are we to cut through the distractions of the non-essentials to get to the core value of what the traditions can teach us?

Having said what I did in the previous two sermons concerning some misplaced emphases on certain perspectives of Christmas, I would now like to allay some fears that some may have, perhaps thinking that I am suggesting that we throw off all previous vestiges of our Christmas celebrations. “Cast out the traditions!—no trees, no lights, no presents!”

I do not say that, and in this sermon, I would like to offer a small defense of the traditions of Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #2 - WORSHIPING THE BABY

Redemption came to us wrapped in swaddling clothes. The Eternal King was born to us in a filthy sheep cave. We could not have been more surprised by the manner in which God sent his Son to us.

But as we consider this astonishing event, we must be careful of how we interpret this message of redemption. It is actually the totally surprising manner in which Christ came that may even contribute to our confusion about who he is. The story of his birth is so marvelous that we make the telling of it the focus, instead of the deeper significance of the story.

The event of the birth of Jesus is so extraordinary that once we hear it, it is one that will always stay with us. In many ways this is good, of course, but it can also be dangerous. It can be dangerous, because if it is only the story that is the focus of our worship, Jesus merely becomes one of the characters of the story, and as a mere character, he is not allowed to change. We may worship him in a sense, but our worship may be misplaced.

The Story of Jesus in Two Parts Only

Christmas, along with Easter, are the big Christian religious holidays of the year. Whether or not the two dates are historically accurate, and despite the ways in which the church arrived at these dates, both have long been the times of the year in which we celebrate both the birth of Jesus, and His resurrection from the dead.

It is true that in our churches, we celebrate Christ often throughout the year. As churches, we gather to celebrate Jesus at least once a week. In many of our homes, we celebrate him every day.

However, for very many people of the world who live in a Christian culture, these two dates are important only because they are the only times of the year when they think about Jesus. For these people, the only times in their lives that Jesus is actually celebrated is twice a year—at Christmas and at Easter. For most of the year, these individuals are so busy with their lives they have very little time to think about Jesus.

It is good, therefore, to have the celebrations of Christmas and Easter to remind us of the Messiah. However, and as I have said, there is some danger in this as well. Because of the focus on only these two events, these people have come to have a distorted view of who Jesus is.

The Dangers of Christmas

If you think about it, you can see why.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

THREE LESSONS FOR ADVENT : #1- SURPRISED BY CHRISTMAS

Sometimes our spiritual journeys take on the manner of basically just plodding along in our lives, step after step, almost forgetting what our real purpose in the journey is. We become so accustomed to dealing with a chaotic and sometimes combative existence that we must face almost every day in this world, that we lose sight of our ultimate goals.

Then suddenly, when we expect it the least, we are surprised by the possibility of redemption. We are reminded that our ultimate destiny is not tied to the things of this world. We catch a glimpse of the Redeemer.

When the Redeemer came in the first millennium, some of the more observant people, as well as those who had been carefully listening to the message of God, may have been looking for Him, but very few had had the patience to wait. Most of the people of the day were too involved with their day-to-day activities and their attempts to secure their own positions in this world to be concerned with the coming of a little baby born to a poor young woman and her husband.

The Surprised that Appeared out of Swirling Dust

Many years ago, as I was driving through an arid and desolate region of Venezuela, I came upon a little village in the midst of that swelteringly hot and dusty area of the country. The houses were mostly of adobe, and the people of the village were poor goat-herders whose daily task was to wring out a living from the dry and nearly barren soil of the desert plain. Everything around me spoke of struggle.

Even the basic necessity of water had an alkali smell, and could only be obtained with much effort by walking to a village well, dropping a bucket into the deep round shaft dug into the ground, and pulling it up using a pulley system and a rope.

And the air, which especially should be equally abundant and vitalizing to all, refused to be too charitable with its refreshment. Every breath only brought into my lungs air that felt too dry and too hot. The dust that it contained mixed with the sweat rolling down my face and made dirt form around my nostrils. My nose was working doubly hard to strain out the dust before allowing the air to enter my lungs. It seemed that I could not get enough oxygen breathing in this way only, but because the air was so dirty, I was very hesitant to part my lips even just a bit in order to draw in a deeper breath. I envisioned all of that dust entering into my lungs.

Then, as I neared the plaza in the middle of the town, I saw something that seemed entirely out of place in that God forsaken corner of the world.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL - DECEMBER 15

Praise God! Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family. We are humbled to thank God for us that through you, He has blessed us spiritually and physically through support that we have ever received from you. We praise God for the love and prayers. We feel the power of your prayers, because the church has reached more souls this year than before.

Receive the thanks giving from me as a pastor, and also from the Church Leadership, church members and children from orphanage. We all appreciate the work you have done. We have seen it good to send our Thanksgiving for the help sent to us. Surely through God moving in your heart, your help has worked for the church and orphanage too. We trust that you will accept our thanks.

Please let the church and friends who support the work in Kenya know we appreciate their help. We know that words will not be able to express our deepest gratitude we have for you, but we are honored that you all are blessing us in a way that God has designed it. May our God bless you all for the help we receive from you.

Kindly, we are sorry if there are anything we did wrong in our irregular and late replying and reporting of the children. We apologize for the same. Kindly we request that do not terminate the support because your support reach to the church for evangelism, food orphans and school fees and building the school. Thanks for being there for us and may good God restore whatever you have lost as church, ministry and church.

We are joining all as church in our prayer and fasting list and we trust God will provide for you and all with you. Keep praying for the Christmas season God to provide for something that Church will have something to celebrate this time of Christmas as we have families from poor families which cannot afford anything. Kindly join us in prayer God to provide. Thanks.

Lastly, we welcome you to Kenya for the ministry work and we will be humbled to receive you and see the work God is doing here through your prayers and support in every way. Welcome, we call you blessed, may God continue to bless you and your family as we look forward to finish 2021. Tell your team and Church we appreciate all their efforts to support us.

We are here to thank all who have been donating towards school building its our prayers you keep praying for it to continue, we trust God will provide. Thanks.

May God reward you all. Humbled to serve with you to advance the Kingdom. We finally we finished well the conference we thank God for using us to continue with it. May God bless you all Abundantly.

Best regards to all.

Yours Pastor Son Joel and Church Leadership

Below is the budget of what we received.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

WHY WE DID NOT GO TO KENYA - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, DECEMBER 12

Admittedly, the trip was rather hastily planned. I had originally hoped to visit the churches and the orphanage in Kenya last year in early 2020. But then the covid virus struck the world, and life became crazy. We went from “fifteen days of quarantine to flatten the curve,” to lessons on how we should wash our hands, to shutdown mandates and mask mandates, to social distancing X’s on the floors of every store, to promises that the vaccines would solve everything and that everything would soon get back to normal.

But as we continue to learn, “normal” is a moving target. Instead of life settling down to any type of regularity, it seemed to be always constantly changing, and even in some ways becoming more difficult. Travel restrictions, for instance, were becoming not only more demanding, but also more unpredictable. Rules for where you can fly and from where you can return were always shifting depending on the latest covid numbers.

I could take it no longer. The craziness seemed to not be ending, so I decided it was time to go to renew our friendship with the people of the churches and orphanage of Kenya before it became impossible. I felt a strong pull to return and see with my eyes how the orphanage was faring, and how the churches were progressing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

FAILED TRIP TO KENYA

This week Vivian and I were to be in Kenya at a conference organized by Pastor Joel and the church leadership. The trip was unsuccessful. We were stuck in Chicago with visa problems.

On Sunday, I will be telling the entire story in my sermon at the Log Church, and will be posting it later in the day on this blog.

Our failure was a big disappointment, but we cannot stay there. We press ahead with what we see God giving us to do.

The following is a report that I received from Pastor Joel today:

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Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Praise to God for the love and prayers you offer for the Kenya church. We are humbled for the provision and protection that God had for overseer Donald and Mum Vivian for their time in Chicago Airport. We know that God kept them safe during that time. We are sorry to those who expected the trip will happen but did not happen. We are sorry for this but we have to accept and submit to the will of God.

Dad and Mum, sorry it didn't happen but we trust God will send you to Kenya soon. Sorry to those gave their gift for the children and sorry to Mum for returning home with the gift that you were bringing for children, such as sanitary towels more to touch the life children.

We are sorry to all donors who were waiting to hear progress of the work in Kenya kindly keep extending your hand of help to Kenya orphanage and school project, we sorry for the period of two weeks we have not updated on the blog we waited for Dad to come and give you the reality of the work but we hope it will happen.


Yes were praying and fasting as Mum was on the airport but we can not say God did not answered our prayers. No. We thank God for answering our prayers that Dad and Mum are safe looking to God for the trip. Kindly adjust and accept with us that Covid-19 has changed protocol of travel industry.

Beloved Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

We as Kenya church family we did not stop services which Overseer Don was going to minister. We agreed as leaders to continue with programs as a way for keeping the churches here grounded on truth of the word of God. Even Apostle Paul was prevented not go to Thessalonica church so for Pastor Don and Vivian, it is not new.


“For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan obstructed us”. (1Thessalonians 2:18)

In the end, God will clear the way for them. We continue to pray God for this trip happen in Jesus.

Thanks church treasurer for sending help for food. We will update on next email as we wait for the recovery money we had paid for hotel and fuel station in the preparation for the arrival of Mum and Dad. We will give out clear financial report together with what was sent. May God bless you. The Bible say Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Thanks for those who are helping the work in Kenya, we trust God will provide for you and all with you, kindly accept our thanks giving from church leaders, members and children. We have no words to say but may God reward you and supply what you need in any are of your lives.

We are humbled to attach you pictures of the main church members who were waiting for Pastor Donald and Vivian. They are 550 members main and branch is 230 members and we are all in unity for praying for you all. Welcome Kenya all of you in the spirit and in person. Thanks for your prayers and support. God bless you all and keep you safe. Thank you.

Yours Son Joel and Church Leadership

Friday, November 12, 2021

TRIP TO KENYA

Vivian and I are anticipating our trip to visit the children and members of the two churches in Kenya. Much has changed since the last time I visited in 2019.

1.   The dormitory has been completed.

2.   A vegetable garden has been established.

3.   A water irrigation system with rain collection and tanks has been built and installed.

4.  Both of the two churches have had to construct larger buildings because of all the people who are attending. There are now about 700 members in the two churches.

5.   A good beginning has been made on the construction of a school building on the orphanage grounds.

6.   In addition to all of this, God has provided funding for the daily needs of the children, food, clothing, bedding, and all the rest.

7.  God has also provided funding so that the kids all have been able to attend school while they await our own to be completed. This is no small cost - $15,000 to $20,000 per year.

It has been amazing for me to see what God has accomplished in this short time – all of it by His mighty hand. There will be much for us to see and do, and many people to meet. The schedule for our visit is in the photo below. Thanks for your prayers for all of these events with many people, and thanks for your prayers for our safety and health.


Joel’s letter below:

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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 that you have donated for the children in Log Orphanage Kenya, which has brought hope to them. We as the church and staff we are praying for your all who have taken your time and resources to support these children. We appreciate your efforts to help may God provide for your needs also.


We have made the cost estimates for the forthcoming your trip for overseas. We trust God will send you to Kenya and see what God is doing through your hand of support. Welcome Kenya in near future of two weeks to come.

Dad we have received new cost of fuel which has made everything hard because here fuel is what mostly used and even food cost is increasing daily but we trust all will be well we request your prayers.

Below is the trip report and budget.

Hotel Cannas Kisii – Bed, breakfast and Supper: Ksh. 5000 daily x 13 nights = Ksh. 65,000 ($650)

Car hire from airport and return – Date 1 and Date 14 Ksh. 28,000 ($280)

Car hire 12days from hotel to the church: The owner of the car is letting us use it without cost, but the fuel costs will be Ksh. 2500 x12 = Ksh.30,000 ($300)

Mask 10,000 ($100. This will purchase 500 masks. There are about 700 church members, and these masks are for those who do not have money to buy their own)

Covid-19 test Ksh. 14,900 ($149. This is the required PCR test needed for Vivian and I for our return flight to the US. We also need one before we depart for Kenya, and we have arranged that here)

Food budget for members – 12 days x 3700=Ksh.44,200 ($442. I am not certain of the details of this expense, but we will be having a noon meal at the church at least on some days, and many people will have walked quite a long distance to attend. Like Jesus told his disciples, “We need to feed the people so that they do not faint on the way back to their homes”)

Miscellaneous –  Ksh. 50,000. ($500)

Total = Ksh. 242,100 (About $2,421.00)

We thank all who donated for the garden. It is serving the orphanage better. May God bless you all. We are in a period of replacing old vegetables and planting other species (see picture attached).


We are humbled for everything you are doing for the work in Kenya. May God reward you and all with you. Keep praying for the school building. We look to God for the provision. Keep for the churches in Kenya to have Ekegusii Bibles.

The orphanage also has needs like blankets, mattress and bedcovers. Thanks for your prayers and help which have made us to this far may God protect you all. We request your prayers for the food and school fees.


Finally, all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy and humbled for the provision receive their thanks giving. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God blesses you once again.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya

Sunday, November 7, 2021

REPORT FROM KENYA

The trip for Vivian and I to visit the orphanage and churches in Kenya is still on, but I must say getting the covid test results so close to the time when we begin the flights both there and also on the return are making everything difficult. We are healthy, but it all contingent on what the results are at that time.

Vivian and latched on to this verse for our trip there: "Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you" (1 Thessalonians 3:11).

Here is this week's letter from Pastor Joel:

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Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

We praise God when we remember you and all across who are praying for the work of God in Kenya. May God bless you all, we are praying for the trip daily, and your protection from any harm.

The progress on the school building continues, brick upon brick

Thanks for those who provided food it came in time. May God bless you all, keep praying for the trip
and what it will take to happen. The help you sent were able to do the budget as shown below.

Food budget Ksh. 476,810.

Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x558.5=145,210

Cooking oil =60 litres,one litre cost Ksh. 360x60litres=Ksh21600.

Sanitizer 29litres, one litre @ 150=Ksh.4400

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700

Unga ngano/baking flour 188. kgs One kilogram =Ksh.140 x188 kgs=Ksh.26,300

Salt 38Kgs=3800

Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100

Beans=400kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x400kgs=Ksh. 120,000

Soap 20Kilogram,1kg @150=Ksh.3,000.

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x479kgs=Ksh.95,800

Transport cost Ksh.5900

Others.

Workers appreciation Ksh. 10,000

Bedsheets and bed covers Ksh. 13, 190

Thanks for help may God bless you all. Food will last for 19days from 1St November to 19th November 2021.

This photo from my 2019 trip to Kenya

We are here to thank all who have been donating towards school building its our prayers you keep praying for it to continue, we trust God will provide. Thanks.

We thank God that we received government officers from the department of construction and they recommended the work. Also, they are in charge of children home facilities and now they gave us new instructions on how we are supposed to separate girls from boys in different buildings. We are humbled to report of the member has given us the room free of charge for the stay of boys. Now we are separating boys and the current dormitory will be used by girls only. Now the boys will occupy the room which were using that time you came before having this dormitory.

The pictures of church we have attached of Nyakembene church it's growing and another picture is for the outreach. Thanks for your prayers.
The new, larger church building at Nyakembene

The churches are growing from one level to another. Welcome Kenya, we trust God will send you safely. The trip budget and programme we will send on the next email. Kindly keep us in prayer God to give us wisdom to raise this generation as the great army of God for the gospel.
Nyakembene outreach

Thanks. We request your prayers once again kindly mention us daily in prayer as we pray for you. We really covet your prayers. Be of good courage. We love you and may God keep you all in good health. God bless you all, we look forward hearing from you beloved. Thanks.

Yours Son Joel and church/orphanage Leadership-Kenya

(Images of receipts below, Click READ MORE):

Sunday, October 31, 2021

STUDIES IN REVELATION (PART 10) - THE BEAST WITH THE MARK

After seeing the beast of the sea, John saw a second beast arise; this one coming up out of the earth (Revelation 13:11). This beast had (in John’s words) “two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.” In a manner similar to the beast from the sea receiving his authority from the dragon, the beast of the earth acts with authority given to him by the beast from the sea.

This beast from the earth is able to perform great signs, such as making fire come down from the sky to the earth. The major purpose of this beast is to direct all worship on the first beast of this vision, the beast from the sea. It seems likely that this beast from the earth appears at the time of the breaking of the covenant that the beast from the sea had with the “many.”

As we discussed last week, before this covenant was broken by the beast from the sea (the antichrist, the one whom Daniel spoke of as “the prince who is to come”), he allowed a certain amount of freedom in worship among the Jews. However, when the covenant is broken in the middle of Daniel’s week (Daniel 9:27), the beast reneges on his promise, and that freedom is revoked.

The one who is given the task to redirect the worship of the people to the beast of the sea is this second beast, the beast of the earth. In that task, the beast of the earth has some of the followers make an image (perhaps a statue) of the beast of the sea. To the amazement of all, the second beast “gives breath” to the image, so that it is even able to speak and to cause all who do not submit to this worship of the beast to be killed.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings from Kenya family, we are humbled to praise God for the week and grace to be
able to let you all know how your family in Kenya with the orphanage is faring. Thanks for your prayers and help to the Log Orphanage Kenya. We pray for daily and we thank God giving you the burden to come and connect with the family in Kenya in the near future.

We are requesting God to send people for the journey to Kenya and see the needs for Kenya. Beloved we request your prayers, for God to supply the needs of the children food, school fees, clothing and other needs. We thank God for everything, we are humbled for the help you sent was used to pay school fees. The school administration was pressurizing us because of Covid-19 things has changed now they needed to buy school materials all at once. We paid Ksh. 400,000 for the schools, and Ksh. 100,000 for food. We are sorry for this since it made the food short.

See receipts attached, but we Thank God that some members of church have donated some food  plus what bought which will help  this week through Sunday praise to God. We trust God for next week to provide food.

Thanks God bless you all, we are praying for you all daily and we pray that God will supply for your needs also and provide for these children here with us. Our prayers to God who made heaven and earth who is our helper and provider. Kindly join us in prayers for the breakthrough for the children to have their needs met by the grace of God. We request your prayers. We are praying that God will send you to Kenya and see the work you are.

On the school building, the engineer decided continue building with the material which had been purchased and will supply material where needed. The manager of the company said they will be patient to wait for any period when God will provide.

Thanks to all who are praying for the work in Kenya. May you God provide for Overseer Don to come and see the work God you are using him and all who help. God bless you all, we request your help and support for these children and Overseer Don and Mum trip. Thanks. God bless you all, we look forward hearing from you beloved. Thanks.

Yours Son Joel and church/orphanage Leadership-Kenya.

Receipts below:

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL

Here is the latest letter from Pastor Joel. You will notice that he requested prayer for a trip that Vivian and I are making to Kenya in November. This is not yet definite, but we are looking into it. But thanks for the prayers. We think we really need to go to reconnect, but there are a few obstacles

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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings from Log Orphanage Kenya, we are praising God each time for your payers, as we have time to share with you. We are praying for you all each day we share with God in prayers. Thanks for the help we received recently for food. Keep praying for the school fees and school building.

We praise God for the day, allow us to give you the Log churches report in Kenya, Matagaro church is growing daily as we have daily service, many souls are turning to the Lord like on Sunday service we had 12 more souls to the Kingdom. Even Nyakembene church has become small and members and pastor Vincent they decided to expand the building keep praying for its expansion.

Pray for the school fees

Pray for the orphanage workers

Pray for the expansion of the gospel in our area and Kenya.

Pray for Ekegusii Bibles

Pray for Overseer Don and Vivian trip November.

Pray for general needs of the children such beds, clothes and school construction.

NEW CONSTRUCTION AT THE NYAKEMBENE CHURCH
May God bless you as you are going to be moved for the work. We pray God to move in your hearts to stand and help these children have their needs answered. Kindly we request you not to close your eyes on the needs of these ambassadors of the gospel tomorrow. May God protect and provide as you help to shape the future of these children under our care. We welcome your help and willing heart to send their help to Pastor Don and Vivian, who have been faithful to spare their time and resources to help these children.

Thanks to all who have sent their financial gift through them, we received them and for those are going to be moved to help trust them we are going to receive them and we will send feedback of the use of the financial gift you will donate. Be assured beloved that every cent or coin we receive is used directly for the needs of these children.

We welcome you all to Kenya and witness what Pastor Don put on his blog the work is the reality. Please join to come overseas Don and Mum Vivian on November trip by helping on the visit. We request your prayers for this trip end of November. God bless you all and guide your steps as you go out and as you come in. Thanks.

God bless you abundantly as we look forward hearing from you all reader of this blog

Your Son Joel and Church/orphanage Leadership.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

KISII ORPHANAGE - MANAGING THE FUNDS

Trying to manage the funds that are given for the orphans is sometimes very difficult. There
are three basic costs that we try to cover.

The first of these and the highest priority fund is for all the food and other daily needs for the children.

The second is the school fees for the children. The new school term began on Monday. It will run until the 23rd of December. The total cost for all of fees for all our children is $5115 for this term.

The third fund is for the school that we are building on the orphanage. This is actually the lowest priority but important none-the-less. It a long-term project, and of course a very costly project.

As you can read in Joel’s letter below, we recently ran into a shortage of food for the
children because we needed to buy a large amount of building materials so that we could begin construction of the school. We rarely (almost never) know week-by-week how much money we will have for the next week or two. We simply have to trust God to provide.

When the food runs out, the staff and kids pray and fast. They seek the Lord. Pastor Joel tells the children, “I do not know why God has chosen not to provide food for this day, but it is the path he has chosen for us.”

Praise God that he did provide, and we were able to send last week. The breakdown for the food purchased is below, after Joel’s letter:

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Dear Beloved Dad, Mum, Church and friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus our lord and savior, we are humbled once  again for your love and help we received for food. We appreciate all blog readers who are sending donations to pastor Don, Vivian and Church. God bless you all, thanks.

Thanks goes to the church in USA church and Kenya for the days food was not in our storage room. Out of 12 days children missed food for 7 days. We were praying and fasting seeking God. We have taught children to seek God in all situations. We thank God for the regular provision even when delay comes. The lesson to remain trusting God more and more in our life is the time to develop our faith grow strong and stronger.

Be of good courage. We thank God for sustaining you and Kenya family. Our prayers are with you all. We are trusting God for the provision. We are looking to him daily to help this work here and supply what we need. We know it needs the hand of God for all that is needed to be accomplished.

We have attached pictures of the school where  the building has been built. For the schoo
l ground floor to be completed, doors, bricks, D 8,D10,D12,D16,D24, (different sizes of rebar) windows, plaster, electricity, plumbing, ceiling, posts, frames, timbers, nails, Cement, skilled labour and logistics involved we needed Ksh. 5,196,500 take away Ksh. 600,000. What we received now we Ksh. 4,596,500 to finish ground floor plus toilets and administration block.

Dad, Mum, Church and Friends the Ksh. 1,500,000 was for pillars and beam only but the above cost of Ksh. 4,596,500 Is what is needed to complete all ground floor classes kindly  keep praying for the school building project. Thanks below is the food budget Ksh. 476,810.


Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.260 x558.5=145,210

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 360x60litres=Ksh21600.

Sanitizer 29litres, one litre @ 150=Ksh.4400

Vegetables 160 kgs. 1kgs =Ksh. 160x160kgs=Ksh.25700

Unga ngano/baking flour 188. kgs One kilogram =Ksh.140 x188 kgs=Ksh.26,300

Salt 38Kgs=3800

Sugar 156.8kgs. 1kg=ksh.160 x156. 8=Ksh.25100

Beans=400kilogram,one kgs cost Ksh. 300x400kgs=Ksh. 120,000

Soap 20Kilogram,1kg @150=Ksh.3,000.

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 200x479kgs=Ksh.95,800

Transport cost Ksh.5900

Exercise books and pens Ksh. 23190.

Our prayers are with you all. Thanks God bless you all. We are praying for you all daily and we pray that God will supply for your needs also and provide for these children here with us. Our prayers to God who made heaven and earth who is our help and sustainer kindly join us in prayers for the breakthrough for the children to have school building school, school fees, food, clothes. By the grace of God we request your prayers, we are praying that God will send you to Kenya and see the work you are support. Welcome Kenya. Welcome all of you to Kenya to witness the great work God is doing through your prayers and help. God bless you all. We love you and may God keep you all in good health. God bless you all, we look forward hearing from you beloved. Thanks.

Yours Son Joel and church/orphanage Leadership-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. We wait until we have $4000-$5000 before we make the bank transfer to make each transfer more economical. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

LETTER FROM PASTOR JOEL, KISII KENYA

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Our prayers are with you all, the church and leadership of the Log orphanage Kenya are humbled for the work you are doing. We have no reward for you but we are praying that heaven to honor you all. Our prayers are with you all, daily seeking God to guide and protect you from all evil formed against you.

Thanks for your prayers and donation towards the Log orphanage in Kenya. We pray that all who are involved may not lack any good thing in Jesus name. We thank all who donated for the garden and all Kenya work, food, school fees and building projects of school.

We are seeking God to provide for food as by now we have no food. Receive our thanks for the garden is helping the children with vegetables and they are learning gardening skills as they are working on the garden. Thanks, may God bless you all Abundantly. See pictures of garden children picking vegetables for them to cook.

The building is progressing well, we trust God will provide for the materials to keep it going. All will
be accomplished through faith and prayers also.

Since covid-19 came the school calendar is challenging to parents, but we trust it will come to normal like now the children are closing school this Friday and after one week return to school to save time lost when they were not going school.

Once again we cannot forget all who given their resources and time to pray and help the work in Kenya to prosper and make the needs of the church and orphanage be made we pray God to release favor upon  you, family and even what you do. May God bless all the work of your hands and reward you.

All days in our daily service we pray for oversea Don, Mum and all who will accompany them on the trip. Welcome Kenya, we look forward to receiving you all. May God grant this request and all your requests as blog readers.

Thanks to all who support the work in Kenya, we request your prayers for the food, school fees, clothing, beddings, school building project and needs here, we pray as God meets the needs in Kenya family also Yours to be made through his richness in glory in Jesus might name. Amen.

Thanks, we call you blessed. Thanks for your love and care may God give you long life to serve His purpose on earth. Be blessed Abundantly.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church Leadership 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. We wait until we have $4000-$5000 before we make the bank transfer to make each transfer more economical. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose. Thanks!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

KISII ORPHANAGE - WORK ON GROUND FLOOR OF SCHOOL

The building of the school continues, and as you can see with the pictures, the floor and
columns have been completed. The walls and the rest is yet to be done on the ground floor. All in all, there is still a lot yet to be done, but we praise God for bringing us this far, and thanks to you as well for helping in this.

The ground floor is the first step. Below is the revised quotation for the completed ground level.

The church is also continuing to meet every day. God is working in Kisii, and the Log Church there is meeting many spiritual needs of the people.


We are praising God for what He is doing. Vivian and I continue to pray about making a trip there, but there are so many conditions to be overcome if we are to go. We are not fretting about this decision, but simply waiting to see what God will do.

Here is Joel’s latest letter:

 

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,


Greetings from Kenya our prayers are with you all, we trust that you are well. The church here is praying daily for you and more are coming to God. Keep us in prayer. The work is so great here. Pray God to send labourers for the Kingdom.

We thank God for the prayers and financial help for the school and orphanage in Kenya. We are humbled to thank each and every one who gives his hand to support the work in Kenya. May God bless you all.

The building is on progress we trust God will keep providing. Thank you!

The money received Ksh. 600,000 you can see pictures of received. The quotation of materials to finish the ground floor see it attached.

Keep us in prayer as we do daily. Humbled for the work you are doing sure may God provide for you and bless the work of your hand. We trust God will provide for for the building continue. May God bless you all.

Finally all leadership thank you and all who are behind the Log Orphanage Kenya also children are happy and humbled for the provision receive their thanks giving. God bless you all. Really appreciate all your work and love God blesses you once again.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage Kenya

 

LOG SCHOOL

MATERIAL QUOTATION FOR FININSHING GROUND

FLOOR CLASSROOM

REINFORCEMENT BAR

D8       =          220 PIECES   X         850      187,000

D10     =          350 PIECES   X         1000    350,000

D12     =          350 PIECES   X         1400    490,000

D16     =          100 PIECES   X         2500    250,000

D20     =          40 PIECES     X         3000    120,000


BINDING WIRE                   7 ROLLS       X          10,000                        = 70,000

SAND                                     20 LORRIES X         25,000             = 500,000

BALLAST                              12 LORRIES X        20,000             = 240,000

CEMENT                                1000 BAGS    X         950                  = 950,000

 

TIMBER

6 X 1   =         350 PIECES  14 FEET         X         400       = 140,000

3 X 2   =         300 PIECES   14 FEET          X         400      = 120,000

TREE PROPS             = 420 PIECES            X         300                              =126,000

BRICKS         20,000 X 20                                                    = 400,000

NAILS 2½       = 1 SACK                    = 12,000                    = 30,000

3                       =  1 SACK                 = 12000                       = 36,000

4                      = 1 SACK                  = 12000                       = 48,000

 

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION    550,000

PLUMBING INSTALLATION

WINDOW      6  X 5                         =          16 NO             X 15,000          = 240,000

WINDOW      4 X 5                           =          4 NO X 12,000                        = 48,000

DOORS STEEL 4 X 8                       =         5 NO X 24,000                       = 120,000

DOORS WOODEN 3 X 6     =          9NO X 15,000                       = 135,000

DOOR FRAME                                 9 DOORS X 2000     = 18,000

WHITE WASH CEMENT                 30 BAGES X 950       = 28,500

 

TOTAL 5,196,500

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2001

Where were you on September 11, 2001? 

Even though it was twenty years ago, you remember exactly the time and the place that you were when you first heard the news of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, at least you remember if you are now above the age of 35 or 40.

My family and I were still living in Venezuela on that date, and I was actually at a local garage having my car serviced. The workers there were asking me all about what was happening in New York. I had no idea. I had heard nothing. They were the ones who began to tell me of the planes crashing into the towers of New York.

It was a watershed moment in our history. It was the day when Americans began to feel less safe. It was the day that for the first time that many in our country began to understand the level of hatred that some people of the world have for the United States. It was a day that marked the decline of the land in which most of us were raised.

But most importantly of all, it was a day when God reached his hand out to us to help, but we turned away from him.

It at first did not seem that way. At first it seemed like many people who had not paid any mind to God before the attacks, afterwards were suddenly looking to the Lord for direction. I remember in particular the words of one of the news anchors of a major television broadcast networks saying, “I think even the atheists among us must be looking to God during these days.”[1]

But that sentiment soon changed. After the immediate shock of what had happened wore off, instead of continuing to look to God, we began looking to what we saw as the might and resolve of America. We believed that the “greatest military in the history of the world” could solved the problem.

And now, after twenty years of giving our sons and daughters to fight for a purpose that was never clearly understood, and after spending billions of dollars in equipment that has only ended up arming the very ones who would do us harm, many Americans are asking why. What happened? What was the meaning of the past twenty years?

Why does it seem that nothing that our nation begins ends up with a good outcome? Why do we see that the blessings of living in this land are on the decline, while the disasters, the arguing and even outright hostilities among our own fellow citizens steadily increasing?