Sunday, June 27, 2021

LEARNING FROM AN EMPTY PLATE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JUNE 27

(Continuing with the recounting of my first trip to visit the orphanage in Kenya)

Journal Entry – April 6, 2018

Since my visit to the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya, there has been a large increase of orphans at the church.  In November of last year there were 24 children under the care of the church. Shortly after I returned home I learned that there were 32. Now Joel writes that they have 42 orphans.

I wrote to him, “Joel, you cannot keep taking in children or everyone will suffer. We cannot even now adequately care for the children that we have.”

But Joel tells me that they find these children when they as pastors are out doing evangelism on the streets.

“We try to find out if they have any uncles or aunts or cousins; grandparent; anybody,” Joel writes. “And we look for people to take them in, but when no one does, we cannot leave them in the streets.”

The need is very great, as it is in all parts of Africa, and indeed in all parts of the developing world.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

NEW COVID LOCKDOWN FOR KISII, KENYA

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Donors,

Greetings from Kenya family, we are humbled and we glorify God for the provision for the foundation of the school. We are in the process of clearing the land and waiting material and letter of authorization of building and from ministry of Health.

The engineer came and measured the land according to the new rules of building classes the land will fit for classes building. He advised us because of limited land factor, we begin a building foundation that can support more than one story. We are waiting also building architectural plan. We are sorry to report that in Kisii County is one of the county under lock down for 30 days this might slow some process but at end we will begin.


We pray for you all each day for each hand which has involved in the orphanage and progress of the church may God reward you. May you not experience any sickness and lack. We have attached the document of covid from the ministry of health.

They have closed, churches, markets and all public gathering, but only schools are running. Things are changing here but God is in control. We will be updating you as we continue. The land clearing and landscaping it will be taking as the number is limited in doing it because of covid-19.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

GROCERY SHOPPING FOR 5000 PEOPLE - THE LOG CHURCH SERMON, JUNE 20

(Continuing my account of the beginning of the Log Church Orphanage in Kenya)

Journal Entry – April 6, 2018

When considering the needs of the children at the orphanage, my thinking had been in some ways like the disciples when faced with a crowd of 5000+ hungry people. Instead of taking it upon themselves to help the people, they said to Jesus, “Send them away into the surrounding countryside and into the villages so that they can buy something to eat.”

In response to that, Jesus said to the disciples, “You give them something to eat!”

In regards to the situation with the orphans in Kenya, I am increasingly thinking that he has said that also to me.

The question that the disciples then put to Jesus was typical of how we would usually think of meeting a need of this nature. They asked Jesus, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”

They wanted to know in dollars and in cents how much money would be needed to fulfill that need.

I also asked Pastor Joel how much money it would cost each day to feed the children. I also asked him about school costs, and when I was visiting them in Kenya, I also checked on the local costs of many other things, such as shoes and clothing.

The Log Church Bulletin

Happy Father’s Day!

June 20, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

On this Father’s Day, we think of our own fathers, and we also think of our Heavenly Father. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He taught them to pray to “Our Father, who is in heaven.”

We are grateful for our earthly fathers. For most of us, these fathers of ours have since passed on, but we are grateful for the life that they gave to us. We are also grateful that our Heavenly Father is always with us. He is always available to speak with, and he is always ready to help.

Invocation Prayer

Our holy and heavenly Father, today we give you our praise. Despite the years we have lived and the experiences we have had, we are a people who always need a father. Today we come to you as your sons and your daughters to worship and to praise You, and to tell you “Thank you for being our Father.” Amen. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

REPORT FROM PASTOR JOEL

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 the great heart you have towards the work in Kenya. We as the church and staff we are praying for your resources to support these children. We appreciate your efforts to help. May God provide for your needs also.

We appreciate all blog readers who are sending donations to pastor Don, Vivian and Church. God bless you all, thanks. Thanks goes to the Log church in USA and Kenya for the 13 days when we had no food at the orphanage. Members from Kenya church sent  food, and out of the 13 days children missed food for only 6 days. We thank God for sustaining you and Kenya family. School payment.

Rianyakwara Primary fees paid =KSh.57,100 fees Balance =Ksh. 88,100

KIMAI  DEB primary  Fees paid Ksh. 57, 000,Ksh. fees Balance Ksh.57,100

Matagaro Secondary fees paid Ksh. 100,000 fees Balance =Ksh. 92,200

Total school balance is Ksh. 237,400.

Our prayers are with you all. We are trusting God for the provision. We looking to him daily
to help this work here to have the school for primary and Secondary school students. But this remains to God to lead and supply what is needed. We know it needs the hand of God for all what needed to be accomplished.

We have attached pictures of the ground where school and how the compound is close to church and orphanage house and the clearing and preparing the ground for the school pictures will be send as we begin. We will need for the start of footing we can need Ksh. 800,000.

Kindly praying for the school building project. Thanks

Below is the expenditures for the money received on Wednesday.

The food budget  was Ksh385, 900.

Maize =558.5kilogram, one kg =Ksh.200 x558.5=111,700.

Cooking oil =60itres,one litre cost Ksh. 250x60litres=Ksh.15,000.

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=400kilogramm,one kgs cost Ksh. 250x400kgs=Ksh. 85,000.

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

Rice=479Kilogram,one kgs=Ksh. 167x479kgs=Ksh.80,000

Transport cost Ksh.5900

We thank God for the provision, day consumption (breakfast, lunch and supper)=number of days. 385900 ÷ Ksh. 22364 =17 days

Food purchased will last as from June 17 to Thursday  July 1st 2021.

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 their  needs building school, 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 all of you to Kenya witness the great work God is doing through your prayers and help . God bless you all, we thank God for the regular provision even when delay comes we learn 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 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:

Sunday, June 13, 2021

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - JUNE 13

The Log Church Bulletin

June 13, 2021

Opening Song

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,

I can feel His mighty power and his grace.

I can hear the brush of angel’s wings; I see glory on each face.

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

Call to Worship

It is almost as if we are trained by society to work only as long as we must in order to have time to ourselves. From the earliest grades in school, we endure the class schedule only so that we can make it to the weekend. Then, all throughout our working lives, we continue that perspective of living for the weekend. Finally in our retirement years, our society tells us that these are the years in which all time is ours.

But there is no precedence to this thinking in the Bible. All of the prophets, all of the apostles, in fact, all of God’s workers remained active in their ministries until the end of their days, or at least as long as they were physically able to do so.

Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Invocation Prayer

Dear God, we come to you today as your servants. We are not masters of our own time, but all things are in your hands. It is not the servant who decides when his or her task is finished, but it is the master.

Show us today what it is that you would have us do. Amen.

MY LAST DAYS IN KISII, THE LOG CHURCH SERMON - JUNE 13

Journal Entry – Saturday, November 25, 2017

This morning I woke up at the hotel to the sound of rain hitting my window. The road that leads to the area where the church and orphanage are located is hard-surfaced for much of the way, but the very last two or three miles off the black-top is packed dirt. When the road becomes wet, it at first turns to a very slimy clay, and if the rains continue, the clay begins to soften, making driving over it very difficult.

The road is single lane, and formed with a very distinct crown on it. If a vehicle gets too far down onto the side, it is very difficult to get it to make its way back to the top. There is almost no traction on the greasy clay, so easing the car to maneuver up the slope to the center of the crown takes a light foot on the accelerator and a patient hand on the wheel.

The guy who drives me to the church from Kisii town is the same one who came to Nairobi to pick me up in the very beginning. His name is Amos.

When I heard the rain, I knew that Amos would not be coming for a while. I did not mind. The days have been long and filled with many people and activities. I was ready for a break from it all.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

IN TIMES OF PRIVATION - KISII ORPHANAGE

None of us can know why at times, God withholds His hand of provision and blessing. We do not often know for what reasons He allows us to pass through troubled times. It can of course be for many reasons, and not all of them are negative.

For the Christian, it is very often for their own spiritual growth and understanding of God’s plan. In the last week or so, the church and children of Kisii have been experiencing hunger and privation.

Below is the letter from Pastor Joel telling of how they face these times:

*************************

Dear beloved Dad, Mum, Church and Friends,

Greetings in the most precious name. We thank God for the love and concern for the Kenya family. We are praying for you all each day. We thank you for your prayers and help which has sustained us to this far may God reward and protect you all.

We are sending email not ask for help but let you all readers of the blog the picture of what we are passing through here in Kenya Church and orphanage.

When we are caring the children not only physical, mental but also spiritually a time like now we do not have food, we meet with children in prayer and fasting seeking God not only time of without anything to eat. Our prayers goes to God each day.

We know that you all have needs and desire that you need God to provide we are praying for your provision as well.

We are humbled to that God for using  Pastor Donald and Vivian to handle your financial help to reach us. Thanks Pastor Donald and donors for sending every coin to for the purpose of the Children. We pray that God of heaven will reward you all.

We request all who God has moved in your heart kindly help these children for school fees, food, shoes, blankets and other necessities. And keep praying for them to have their own school, thanks for the garden.

We are happy to report that 3 of our church members brought maize cons and some breads to help the children. On the pictures you can see how the children happy to eat their food this for today only. Kindly pray for us, keep praying for us as we all working to see the children stay well.
Thanks to God for moving in the heart of people here and there to help. Our church members are willing to help but they are below poverty line even they are struggling to help their families and most of the days they go hungry without food. That is the families we are ministering to. Thanks, the food we received from the church members and of that we bought will last through Sunday; we request your prayers God to Our prayers are with you all.

God bless you all.

Yours Son Joel and Church Leadership-Log Church-Kenya.

********************

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!

****************************

Thursday, June 3, 2021

KISII GARDEN REPORT

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 God has used you to help 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 appreciate all blog readers who are sending donations to pastor Don and Vivian,God bless you all, thanks Pastor Donald for the report posting about the work in Kenya, welcome Kenya to see this work. Thanks goes to the church in Kenya and USA and all donors may God bless you all. We thank God for the the garden is progressing well the children are planting vegetables thanks to all donated for the this project it will help for the children to learn and have food in the orphanage see pictures attached. We have grown kales, beans and nightshade for the start we will be updating as we continue growing more because we began with little. Portion of the same plot, we hope to grow more types of vegetables for food to see what will do well. Keep praying for children to grow in the knowledge of God. Thanks God bless you we are praying for you, we keep praying for you all. We trust God for school fees, food, building school and other needs like church building debt,on the keep food situation in prayer now what is remaining is for today. May good God bless you all. Thanks for your love. Real good we call you blessed.

Yours Son Joel and Log Church/Orphanage leadership