October 21st through
November 26 of 2001, my Dad sister and
myself were privileged to travel to Africa
to minister the gospel to many dear children
of God. We chose Kenya due to the friendship
of Pastor Joseph Kimani over the past 5
years. The Lord made it possible for him to
visit the U.S. last year where we had the
opportunity to aid him in the raising of
funds to support the ministry of the gospel
in Africa. He was in the U.S. 5 months
preaching from coast to coast. When he came
to Arkansas he lived in our home for 3 and ½
weeks, and he invited us to come to Kenya
during that time. For my siblings and I,
Joseph became a second father and we loved
him very much. So
by the grace of God, we were able to
minister in East Africa for five weeks. As
we ministered to these precious saints, they
in turn ministered to us by serving us in
unfailing love only found in the spirit. God
worked a fruitful and blessed stay that we
shall never forget. In the following entries
you will read of my experiences during our
time in Kenya.
May you enjoy reading them even as I enjoyed living
them. I hope I present the African brethren to you in
such a way that perhaps you will catch a glimpse of life
in this part of the world and join me in steadfast and
faithful prayer for them.
October 23, 2001
We arrived in Nairobi at 8:25 in the morning. The
weather is cool and breezy. We are exhausted from the
journey, but I know the Lord will bless and sustain us.
After obtaining our luggage, Ndugu Joseph met us beyond
the gate with a smile. Coming through the gate, we
realized there was an entire group with him, men of the
church. Daniel (a dear brother and pen-pal) was there
with Joseph, anxiously waiting for us. We were greeting
them all with hugs and kisses on the cheek. They were so
happy we had come. The van was pulled around to us, the
infamous church van we raised the funds to purchase
during the summer of 2000. It's white with three bench
seats in the back and no seatbelts. The back window
says: "Gospel Tunes." It is used as a "matatu" (taxi)
during the week to help support the church in Nakuru.
Kenya is beautiful. Very flat large plains with
mountains in the distance. We rode on a bumpy road
through Nairobi and into Nakuru, (over 100 miles) but
not before stopping to see the look-off point for the
Great Rift Valley. We stopped and looked inside some
small shops where a lady insisted that I buy four
necklaces for so many shillings. Right now, I don't have
a clue of their value and did not intend on buying
anything at that point. This lady was so insistent that
Brother David (Joseph's younger brother) had to
physically help me out of her shop. She thought since I
was a white American that I would be easily persuaded
and buy like a tourist.
The houses in Nakuru are small. A lot of them are very
close together and very humble. They actually don't seem
to be much more than a shelter. Some are made of stone,
some of wood and some of mud. In the rural areas some
are still made of grass. There is not a lot of grass
here, but plenty of dirt. Cows crowd next to the road
with their shepherd, often a member of the famous Masai
tribe. We saw zebras, donkeys, a few horses and
flamingos. The ride was bumpy but not too long. The time
passed quickly as they all sang African praise songs
together. Their singing sounds just like in the movies,
so beautiful, echoing one another and harmonizing. A
We pulled into Pastor Kimani's home at an iron gate with
stone walls on either side. I was almost expecting to
live in the bush for three and a half weeks, so his home
is a very pleasant surprise. When we came in the front
door, which is a metal gate in itself, we were urged to
sit on a sofa with purple hand-crocheted doilies on
them. Jennifer and I have a room to ourselves and a
bathroom inside, upstairs. The indoor plumbing I'm
especially happy about. The homes surrounding this area
almost look Italian, colorful in pinks and oranges, and
cottage-like with vines and vivid flowers everywhere. We
later learned that a congregation in California was
paying for this two-story town house for Brother Joseph
so that he could house those who come to minister the
gospel. It costs about $200 per month which is
astromical in Kenya. Most of these nice homes are
I've gone to the balcony to write this and a little girl
has seen me from below next door. She waved and ran to
get her sister. They said she's wondering where I came
Our first African meal was delicious; peeled potatoes,
cabbage, chapati and soup, and pineapple juice. Jen and
I walked into the kitchen, a small room with an open
window and open door to the outside. Faithful sisters
were cooking on the floor, heating a flat skillet for
the chapati which was being rolled out on the counter.
They served us chai, (African tea), very good!
After talking with John and Hellen, it is clear, they
are expecting big things to come of this visit and the
coming crusade meetings. They love us and all the
assembly with a love that is so sincere, they say it
cannot be expressed.
Right now, Dad is outside playing soccer with Simon and
Isaac (Joseph's sons) and it is beginning to get dark.
I'm not homesick yet, this still seems like a dream.
October 24, 2001
I woke this morning having slept well through my first
night in Kenya and took a bath. We just discovered there
is only cold water. Yesterday it seemed to be warmer.
Coming downstairs our breakfast was ready and on the
table. Two slices of white bread, margarine, a boiled
egg and chai.
Eunice, Jen's old-time pen-pal came this morning and
cried to finally hug her. We went for a long walk along
with Daniel and Ciro. We passed a lot of cows grazing
next to the road. Sheep cross in front of us. People are
waiting under trees for public transportation, (usually
big vans) and there are cornfields on every side. There
are women carrying baskets on their heads. We see
Muslims called Muhindi, and they don't seem too happy
that we're here. We've heard that in Nairobi there is an
uprising in the Muslim community against Christians and
I've just been in the kitchen talking with MamaKairu,
MamaFaith, and Hellen as they prepare what is called
"mandazi". In America it would be sopapillas without the
powdered sugar and honey. MamaFaith gave us a taste and
they are so good!
At noon we drove to the Nakuru market with Joseph and
Brother Benard who we dropped off there. I've never seen
a place like this with my own eyes. There is fruit
everywhere and vegetables being sold on the sidewalks.
People walking all over, buying and selling. The streets
are full of people lined with anything and everything
you ever wanted to buy. Little boys follow us around and
ask for shillings. Everywhere you turn there is someone
there. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced.
Everyone here at Pastor Joseph's home receives us very
well. They are coming in shifts so they're not all here
at once. We've learned there are differences in our
customs. Everyone shakes our hand and kisses each cheek.
We learned that quickly at the airport when we were
picked up yesterday. All the women wear skirts and
sometimes scarves for head wraps. They're very
interested in our hair.
We e-mailed Mom, Matt and Mike in the city today. It
costs 40 shillings per letter. The weather is very warm
and sunny today until this afternoon then it began to
sprinkle. Touring Nakuru, we were a bit warm for comfort
and these people are wearing long sleeves and layers of
clothing. I don't know how they do it. It must just be
that their bodies are adjusted to this climate.
We're going to introduce the women to oatmeal and
granola bars. I try to explain the contents but a lot of
ingredients they've never heard of. Joseph's kids have
never tasted a hamburger before, only seen them on
television. It shows the vast difference in our
cultures. I think I could really get used to it here
though, it's like a second home.
This evening, Jeni taught the kids to play cards,
they've never had any. Daddy, Joseph and I went downtown
to find a man named Moses who would lend us a keyboard.
He owns a barbershop and two tailor shops. We picked
Moses up and went to his home driving through the area
where the common people live. It was pitiful. Run down
and dirty, but the people seem to be content. After we
packed the keyboard, we drove to a pastor's home. His
name was John Njogu and his wife's name is Elizabeth.
They were friendly and invited us freely into their
home. From there, we sang worship songs at home and
praised God with each other in the living room and ended
up on our knees praying with some speaking in tongues.
The Lord is with us and with us always, and it feels
good to know that we are loved by Him.
Right now, Dad and Joseph are downstairs talking. It's
after 1:00 a.m. Their voices are carrying clearly
through these halls, their subject being the heart of
October 25, 2001
Today was a good day. Bwana Asifiwe! (Praise the Lord).
Eunice came over to stay a little while and we had
wonderful meals as always. Three more women from the
church came to meet us and prepare lunch. They were so
happy to see us. They wanted their picture taken with
each of us. Outside, they prepared the mandizi and viazi
(cooked bananas and potatoes). There is a banana tree
next to this house and the bananas are short and green,
they taste more like potatoes than bananas. The women
made supu, (soup) and nyama (meat) and other side
dishes. Dad says they're going to eat him to death with
these continual big meals.
I think we all feel quite at home. The brethren are
almost unrealistically precious, so precious. At lunch
today, Jen and I laughed so hard, we cried. We were
talking about PePaw, our Grandfather back home, and
Joseph said, "Yeah, he's a good guy, man" then nudged
Jen in the side and smiled. For some reason, this was
extremely humorous to Jeni. All of us were laughing and
Joseph added, "He smokes a lot,......He coughs a lot."
Joseph got tickled himself and that made us laugh even
Each meal is called a race. The objective is to eat a
lot and finish first with no food left on your plate. I
At four today, we were to set up our music equipment and
hold a crusade for that evening. We went to town first
to drop off our pictures for the posters that will be
used for the upcoming crusades as we travel. We parked
right alongside a mosque. We got some unfriendly looks
as we waited in the car. A man across the street
threatened to throw a large rock at the car and made an
obscene gesture. We are being semi-careful around the
Muslims. We see them often.
There is great need here. Dad has informed us that we
will need to stay five weeks instead of three and I feel
good about that. The need is so great that you almost
don't know where to start. So anyway, we came to a place
where there was much poverty and an old wooden stage
with pieces missing where we would minister the gospel.
People were everywhere. Some watched from a distance and
some close by. Many children are leaning at the front of
the stage. David opened up the meeting preaching loudly
and inviting everyone to come in the Swahili language.
It was wonderful. He delivered the Good News so boldly.
Dad played "Awesome God" and "Jesus is the Answer". Jen
and I stood at the front of the stage and sang. We
noticed we drew a lot of people. They wanted to hear us
sing and when Daddy started preaching afterwards, some
began to leave. Entertainment is what they want, a lot
of them. I sang "Jesus will still be there" for the last
song and Daddy and Joseph preached more. David and John
interpreted for the people most of the time.
There were two men causing trouble, growling and
yelling. Daniel and others tried to keep them from
coming near us. One of them tried to knock over a tall
speaker. One of them came through the crowd and right to
the edge of the stage at Dad's feet. He was still
growling like an animal and disrupting people. Dad bent
down and laid his hand on his face and began to speak in
the spirit rebuking him, the demon hushed and was taken
aback, but it seem to be only temporary, for after the
meeting was over we saw him still acting under the
demonic influence. But praise be to God, he was bound
until our crusade was over.
The kids follow us wanting to shake our hands and kiss
our cheeks. One of them continually asks for Jen's
watch. They say most of them are orphans who live on the
street. The best thing to do is buy them food because
with money they may buy shoe glue and get drunk. It's
pitiful. Orphans are everywhere.
We had a good turn-out tonight. Many people stayed to
listen and there were some who came forth to be prayed
over, Hallelujah. For our first crusade, I am so
I am constantly learning Swahili words and phrases. It
is so exciting to understand bits and pieces. Dad
witnessed to a couple of young men at the gas station
today. He has taken both of their addresses down and
they want to learn more. One man wants to learn about
the Sabbath. The other man wants to change his life
because he has been spending money on liquor. He only
makes $25.00 a week. So, we shall see what comes of
For the most part, I am so happy to be here. I was
washing dishes today and I looked up and said to myself,
"I am washing dishes in Africa." God really has brought
this about. Mungu ni mwema: (God is so Good.)
Isaac, Joseph's oldest son, taught me a song tonight
called "God is so Good." They surely have no trouble
praising. They have no restrictions. Hellen, John,
David, Kairu, and Daniel sang on stage tonight. They
danced and praised. I could not keep from smiling, it
Dad wanted me to also write that the man he counseled
was a Sabbath-believer, but was employed by a man who
would not allow him to keep from working. This man has a
great dilemma. He was almost in tears and clearly having
a difficult time. So, problems here are very similar to
those in the States.
October 26, 2001
Our crusade this evening was very successful, thanks be
to God. David opened up as before and sang a couple of
African praise songs. Then we all sang a few songs of
ours together, and this time I felt much more at ease.
The words came easier and I spoke to the people telling
them that God is inviting them to be part of His family,
to be His children. No matter what color you are or
where you come from, we are all one in Christ. There
were two prayed for tonight and I am believing that God
will heal their souls. A couple of men came up to me
afterwards and Eunice helped to give them directions to
church for tomorrow.
Daddy preached and told them that a time of trouble is
coming and he read John 3:16. We had no obvious trouble
with spirits tonight. People looked very serious and
listened intently. They especially like the up-beat
songs. I think it's in their blood.
David told me this evening that when they hold crusades,
sometimes 1600 people might show up and cover the field.
They even go door-to-door and are welcomed freely inside
their homes to hear from the "man of God". They are very
eager to learn. In the city, Christianity is often
preached and there are always standing at the back with
their arms crossed. But in the rural and remote
villages, people are very open and interested in the
Word. Many times David would leave having given them his
shoes or clothes and often buying food to feed them
first and then minister the gospel. We are looking
forward to going into those places.
David asked me if I would mind leaving my backpack with
him when we leave. He said the backpack would be most
useful when he travels to different areas for crusades.
He needs something big enough for his clothes but small
enough to carry while cycling. So surely I will leave it
At this point, I am enjoying myself thoroughly and do
not want to see our visit come to an end. The need is so
vast, the opportunities wide open and the brethren so
Tonight we ate passion fruit for dessert. Joseph laughed
so much to see me try to eat without crunching the
I am still amazed a this place. There are no stop lights
or stop signs and often no lines on the road, people
crowding on both sides of the road. It's a wonder more
people are not run over. Their public transportation
vans are packed full with people hanging out of the
door, literally. The vans stop on the side to whistle
for others to come. When you think they couldn't
possible fit another person inside, they make room for
Tonight is the Sabbath and I am very much looking
forward to tomorrow. For so long, I have prayed to be
here to worship with these people and I am seeing the
manifestation of the answer to those prayers!
October 27, 2001
Today was the Sabbath! We left here at 9:30a.m. and
headed toward the church building. Six people fit
tightly into Pastor Kimani's car and the rest take
public transportation. The service was beautiful. They
had many visitors, some from Nairobi, Keringet,
Naivasha, Nyahururu, etc. There was also a
Sabbath-keeping church that closed for services to be
with us. The building was packed. The visitors, one by
one, introduced themselves and same some songs. There
were two separate children's choirs and they each gave
their presentations to us, singing Swahili and English
songs and quoting scriptures. It was precious. These
children are so very beautiful and they are very
attached to us, following us everywhere.
Jen worked the video camera and they had Dad and I sit
up front. We were openly blessed by so many. There were
many preachers who came to actually receive something
from the service and they sat up front seemingly
agreeing with everything. They embraced us greatly. It
is very obvious that this church has eagerly waited for
us and rejoice at our presence. I feel quite at home.
Daddy preached a fiery sermon about who we are in
Christ. Joseph interpreted for him and they were both on
fire for the Word. I think the people received it really
well they could hardly contain themselves. Joseph
introduced Jen and I to everyone and we gave our
personal greetings to the Church. Joseph told them our
ages and said to all the saved young men who love the
Lord, "You never know!" I think they may have us married
before we leave. Everyone laughed. I imagine I was very
red and blushing!
I spoke with Daniel for a long time after church. He's
so happy we are here. He is trusting in God for us to
come again next year and he wishes for everyone to come.
He sends his greetings and says he loves all in our
church. I talked to John also for quite some time and I
learned he was saved in 1994, receiving the Sabbath in
1995. He loves God and knows his Bible. Our talk was
very encouraging to me.
It was a very good Sabbath. Nearly 20 of us crowded
inside Susan's two-room apartment for lunch. She lives
right outside the church. A big thunderstorm came along
and it was so loud on the tin roofs. It continued to
rain and we had to cancel our crusade for this evening.
We also had the opportunity to speak with Benard Masite
and his wife Hellen and ate dinner with them. Precious
people, they taught us a song on the way home.
I must write this. Last night, Jen, Hellen, Ciro, and I
were upstairs in our room and I was drying Hellen's hair
straight. She saw that we had a hair dryer and wanted us
to try it on her hair. So I decided to give her a facial
as well. Hellen did not know what is was, but was
willing to try it. I spread a green mud masque on her
face and Simon came to the door and said, "Wow,
Beautiful!" So she had to go to the mirror to look and
she came out laughing so hard she ended up on the floor
and I think we all did as well! It was so funny, we
could be heard laughing from those outside. Hellen is a
23 year old who genuinely loves the Lord and loves to
sing. She is staying with us away from her home to cook
for us and care for the home while we are here. We
absolutely love her. I know it's not going to be easy to
leave, even now after only four days.
Everyone wanted their picture taken with us today. The
children, the visitors, the local brethren. It's really
sweet, they act like cameras are a foreign thing. They
love us. Some of them want kisses all the time.
October 28, 2001
I went for a long walk today with Dad, David, and John
to the edge of the game park. We could see ostrich and
buffalo in the grass below us. It was really beautiful.
You can see Lake Nakuru with hundreds of pink flamingos
at the shore. From where we stand, they look like pink
Our crusade this evening was especially interesting. I
really believe there were spirits trying to work against
us. The keyboard quit working before we even started. We
could not get my music tapes to sound through the
speakers. Tonight's crusade was opened, as the others,
with David welcoming everyone and many of them singing a
couple of Swahili songs. Jen and I sand "Shout to the
Lord" and "We will worship the Lamb" and then Daddy
preached. David prayed and Joseph closed the meeting. An
altar call is always given and even though there may not
be anyone immediately coming up for prayer, everyone is
encouraged to draw in close together. Tonight, three
were prayed for. It was beautiful to see. My heart goes
out to them.
Afterwards, Hellen brought me to a man she wanted me to
talk to. He said he was the only man in the house who
was not a Sabbath-keeper. So we counseled with him and
during that time another man came to my other side
wanting to talk. It was getting dark by now and this man
was leaning right up to my face. I thought by the look
in his eyes and his difficulty in speaking that he was
being influenced by a demon. He was saying that he was a
Catholic and did not believe Jesus was coming back. To
begin with, he pronounced that he wanted to know more
about "this Jesus". I spoke with him for several minutes
and Hellen, who was standing behind me, wrapped her arms
around my waist to protect me just in case. This man was
definitely not well and was very troubled. Many crowded
around listening to our conversation, Duncan being one
of them. He took the man aside later to help. Daddy and
David talked with also and prayed over him. Dad
discerned that this man was hiding a cigarette in the
inside pocket of his jacket, and that somehow it
represented a hold demons had on this man. This seemed
very strange to Dad but he demanded that the man reveal
what was in his jacket pocket. He resisted but finally
pulled out a single cigarette which he did not want to
let go of. Finally he voluntarily gave Dad his
cigarette, and the man immediately sobered and seemed to
be freed of demonic influence.
People were thinking seriously tonight about the
message. Dad told the people we would be preaching in
another place tomorrow. A 17 year old asked me for
prayer and we had a picture taken together. I got his
address to write him later. There was another young man
who wanted to ask me about the Sabbath being changed to
Sunday by the Roman Empire. We talked for a while and he
was very familiar with the scriptures I quoted. I think
he was the last I spoke with because David was telling
me they were ready to go. It is difficult to leave
because the children don't want to let go of us and they
want kisses before we go. Some of them latch on and have
to be persuaded to let me go.
We're growing very attached to the people here, not just
those in the Church but Kenyans in general. They are
very sweet and precious people. For the first time, I
feel like we are covering ground and really helping
spiritually. I'm amazed at how receptive these people
are. It feels great to be spreading the gospel and
truthfully being busy about our Father's work.
Later this week, we should be going into some remote
areas and showing videos at night, maybe even going door
to door. So, God be with us.
October 29, 2001
David and Duncan are spending the night here until we
travel to Keringet for crusades. David was telling me
that he hadn't been back here in Nakuru for six months.
He and Duncan had moved to Naivasha to try to start a
church there. This past Sabbath was his first since he's
moved to Naivasha. David misses it, but he stays very
busy. He left his wife at home sick and said the devil
was trying to make trouble right before he left. But he
said he would stay busy about his Father's business and
then the Lord would take care of his wife. She is well
and he was rejoicing to hear of her recovery.
Kairu and Daniel came over this afternoon and talked
with us. We're planning to go see Daniel's house
tomorrow. He's dying for us to come over. Talking with
Kairu, we found out he doesn't like living here and said
by 2004, he would come to the States. He's 16 now and
this boy can dance! Whenever there's music, he dances.
Kairu is going to teach Jen and I how. I told him he
could take my plane ticket and go live in my house and I
would live here in his. He found it amusing, but he
really does hope to live in the U.S.
Our crusade went well this evening. We got a late start
due to the drive to the post office to check emails. We
stopped to talk to John Njogu (head of the Churches of
God 7th Day
in Nakuru), Francis and Moses and went to the Church of
God 7th Day
Office to access Jen's Yahoo email. It was after 5
before we arrived for the crusade. We were in a
poverty-stricken place where there was a small platform
that was scary to stand on. We put the equipment there
and stood on the ground to sing and preach.
Dad told the people there is no life in Muhammad or
Buddha. There is only life in Jesus. He thought to
himself, "Larry, (being so bold) you'll never make it
through the tribulation." You never know who is standing
out there listening. It was just days ago not far from
here that we were threatened to be stoned while parked
beside a Mosque. One man, an older man with bit ring
holes in his ear lobes, came forward to be prayed for.
We went to the church afterward and visited inside Susan
and Jackson's home. We talked about all the differences
there are between Kenya and America, from divorces to
agriculture. MamaFaith served us ugali(cornmeal dough)
sukumawiki (steamed greens) and maji moto (hot water). I
was not hungry at all but I forced most of it down.
Everyone is helping us learn Swahili and they are amazed
at how quickly we are catching on. They really enjoy it.
We walked from the crusade, (injili) to the church
(kanisa). It was dark and we were having to be very
careful. Those bicyclers will run you right over!
October 30, 2001
Daniel and John came this morning, about 9:30 to take us
all to their place. We took two buses there and two
buses back. We walked through a place they call "Langa
Langa" and into the midst of several apartments. The
ground in between each building is dirt, although inside
each one there is concrete. People have their clothes
hung outside on wire lines to dry. There is one room in
these apartments, separated by a sheet behind which they
put their beds. John and Daniel live next to each other
with only a door to separate their rooms. We looked at
photos and went into John's room for sodas and muffins.
It was so sweet how they received us into their homes.
We left there to climb up a steep hill where we could
see the game park and Lake Nakuru and, on the other
side, the city. It was really beautiful. The wind was
blowing hard today. For the past few days, it's partly
sunny in the morning and rainy in the afternoon. When is
thunders, it sounds different here. It's hard to
explain, the thunder sounds so close but is really far
So far, we've only been prevented once by the rain for
the crusades. This evening, we set up in an open area
where there are many shops lining the street and lots of
children, as always. We set the keyboard on top of the
car and the people sit on the grass. One man came
forward tonight and a woman with a baby wanted prayer.
So it was a successful evening. The Lord says His Word
will not return to Him empty-handed. So we know the
seeds have been sown. We pray they fall on soft and
Dad gave Ciro one of the black baby dolls this evening.
She's seventeen, but tossed it up and giggled as if she
were ten. Dad gave Duncan his ring with the ruby colored
stone in it. It was a ring presented to Dad by the
Russellville congregation a few years ago. He was really
happy, probably never had anything like it before. Dad
gave him the other doll for his two children in
Naivasha. David was given the little stuffed cow for his
We should be leaving Thursday for a period of four days.
Our destination will be a place called Molo next to
October 31, 2001
I got up at 4:40 this morning. The sunrise was so
beautiful. Brilliant pinks and blues.
Joseph took us to Menengai, the volcanic crater today.
We drove all the way to the top. There was a quaint gift
shop there selling African pottery. It was so high up
there and the wind was just whipping. This crater is
huge! Inside there is hot, volcanic rock that was
actually smoking. Joseph told us it was believed that
the gods were there burning their land for the next
harvest because large sections would catch fire. Even
today there are black areas. Menengai means "many gods".
It was really spectacular. The grass moves in the wind
like it's rolling up the hills.
We were intending to hold a crusade today, but we were
prevented by rain. We ended up standing inside a very
small shop with several others waiting for either the
rain to quit or for Joseph to pick us up. People stare
at us everywhere we go. Some of the children act like
we're stars from the big screen. I sat down on the grass
yesterday during our crusade where one child petted my
ankle, one held my hand, and about 15 sat close around
Joseph picked us up from the rain and took us to the
church. We were invited into MamaFaith's home. We talked
for hours in a small room. Then we walked to Mama and
BabaJen's home for dinner. The meals they serve us are
not the norm for them but they have prepared a variety
of special foods for us. The come around with a pitcher
of water and a basin to pour over our hands. We're given
a towel to dry with and pass to others. Before we left,
we were told what an honor it was that we came into
their small home. They had arranged that we would be
there this evening ahead of time with Joseph. Precious,
Joseph pretended to have his feelings hurt because John
and Daniel had a "party" prepared for us yesterday and
he wasn't invited. Joseph said he's going to email
MamaSarah (the women are identified by their oldest
child) and tell her to fast for him because he's
mistreated. Dad said he could open up a shelter for poor
abused pastors. I said he could be the president of this
shelter. But he said it's fine, he just won't marry them
when they find ladies to marry. Haha
We tracked back through the mud to the car and made it
back here safely, thanks be to Jesus. We're learning
more and more Swahili each day. I am convinced that if
we were here for very long we would catch on quickly.
Daniel told me there are forty languages in Kenya! I
think I'll stick with this one for now.
Daniel was telling me tonight that before he was saved
he prayed "I know you're going to save me some day." And
the Lord was full of mercy to do just that. He's filled
with gladness because of what the Lord has done in their
lives. The message of salvation is so close to their
hearts. You can see it on their faces. Praise the Lord.
November 1, 2001
We got up early this morning and left for Keringet with
Joseph. David and Duncan took a bus. The people here
received us gladly. We're staying several days in an old
house that belongs to a brother Julius, who is a doctor.
It is an old white-settler pioneer home. There is no
toilet or running water in the house. The one they use
is a slab of concrete surrounded by four walls with a
hole in the center of the slab, and it's a good way from
the house. I thought Jen and I were going to die when we
first saw it. But, hey, we were expecting to have to
rough it a little.
After lunch, we set out for the crusade. This place is
so poor. In the distance there is beautiful farm lands
and hills, but the town is dirt all around. Many of the
local people do not wear shoes and their feet look
weathered and dry. We sang and preached in an open
field. A lot of people surrounded to listen and seven
were prayed for. This evening, if the rain ceases, we're
showing a "Jesus" film with the projector that we
brought with us from the States.
Right now, Jen and I are relaxing on the bed missing
Nakuru and all of our friends and familiar faces. It's
amazing how quickly a person can become so attached.
We're looking forward to going home to Nakuru on Sunday
evening or next morning. Then we should be traveling
back and forth to Naivasha and Nakuru for several days
holding crusades. There is great hope to start a new
church and we're praying for many to receive Jesus into
Driving through these roads, people are staring at us
from every direction. The children are saying, "How are
you?" over and over again. It's a weird feeling, really.
We are the center of attention wherever we go because we
are white. I almost wish I weren't.
Dad said he's thinking about building a home somewhere
around here, but Jeni and I insisted that we live right
next door to Joseph. Joseph said Dad could get rich
because people would give a lot of cows as a trade for
the two of us, and there's a lot of money in cattle. A
man must purchase his wife from her father here in
We showed a film tonight about pagan beliefs instituted
into Christianity by Constantine. The projector was set
up under a large cattle shed because of the rain. Lots
of people came. We were warned by everyone that it would
be cold here, but these people get gold so easily. It's
a good thing we brought at least some warm clothes
because it was very chilly tonight. They've started a
fire in the living room fireplace and it's cozy inside
by the fire. But outside, the wind is frigid. The
generator used to power the projector consistently went
out during the film. They don't know why yet, but they
finally got through the entire showing. They then sang
some festive worship songs with a guitar and drum. We
sat up on a wooden platform for the show and the
children crowded behind us to look at us and touch our
hair. One woman told me her husband came to see a white
person because he's never seen one before. We're
spectacles! Jen's had about all of that she wants.
Sometimes all the attention is tiring.
Swahili music is playing in the house. It make me happy.
The sky looks so big here and the moon is so bright, a
flashlight is barely needed. We're blessed of the Lord.
What a privilege! What an opportunity!
November 2, 2001
Two men came forward for prayer a the crusade this
afternoon. It was very breezy and cool. Dad, Jen and I
took a walk this morning but we didn't go very far
because Julius told us there could be drunks here. I
picked some flowers and we passed lots of donkeys by the
road. A man in camouflage ran past us with an Uzi. I
don't know what he was doing.
We're still a little homesick for Nakuru and David and
Duncan missed their wives and children. The Lord is
working here though. Today, Joseph said the spirit was
telling him that many people were wanting to come
forward, although only two actually did come. Everyone
is invited to the showing of the Ten Commandments
tonight and to Sabbath services tomorrow.
Julius gave us a tour of the hospital. There is such
need for so many things. I pray the Lord may provide
since He's given Julius a heart to serve. Julius said
they always tell the people that Jesus is the One who
can heal them, body and soul. Between fifty to one
hundred patients come to the hospital per day. So that's
quite a ministry. May the Lord bless them.
We had the film show about 7:30 tonight. We began the
Ten Commandments and everything ran pretty smoothly.
There were many people that came. After the movie ran
for a time, Joseph told the people that the God who
delivered the children of Israel from the land of Egypt
is ready to deliver them from sin tonight. Several of
them raised their hands to be saved. Joseph prayed for
them collectively and then invited them to Sabbath
tomorrow. Joseph is wanting to begin a church here.
The land in this area looks a lot like Arkansas, but
there are many plants we've never seen before. One of
them stung Jen as we were walking in the yard. All you
have to do is touch them. A big area on her foot was red
and stinging like fire. Later they informed us that not
all of the plants are friendly around here. Surely not!
Tonight was a sight! Hundreds of people sitting on the
wet grass to watch the movie and hear the Gospel. Jeni
and I watched from inside the car to keep warm. But the
Lord faithfully stopped the rain. Praise Him!!
We are becoming more comfortable here. We had a good
meal. Joseph keeps telling us if we're married in Kenya,
we'll have to obtain certificates when we've learned to
successfully make "ugali," "sukumawiki," and "chapati,"
their staple foods. He's always keeping an eye on our
plates, urging us to eat more. Dad's not losing any
weight yet. I tried "maziwa lala"tonight. It's fermented
milk kept in gourd and mixed with ashes from a special
tree they burn. I did not like it. It was like drinking
chunky yogurt with no sugar added. Joseph drank two full
glasses and says he's going to sleep like rubber.
Rubber? Yes, just like rubber.
November 3, 2001
We kept the Sabbath day in Keringet at Julius' home.
There were maybe twenty of us. They opened for services
with loud songs, beating a leather drum they call
"ngoma" with a strap and stick. The service included
testimonies and personal greetings from each person,
lasting about five and a half hours. Dad gave the main
sermon and told them who we are in Christ, revealing the
mystery of our identity. It was powerful and just what
we needed to hear. A lady that came and said it wasn't
her intention to meet with us today but God's will.
Three men walked twenty kilometers this morning to be
here because they heard there was going to be visitors
from the U.S. and Nakuru. I really think God brought
certain people to hear the message.
We ate lunch and then set up for the open-air crusade.
This time we stood on top of a grassy hill to sing and
preach. The weather was great, sunny and warm. But as
soon as we began, it started to sprinkle. The clouds
rolled in with the cold rain and it got dark pretty
quick. Joseph, Jen, Joseph Rono and I sat inside the car
to get out of the cold. Dad stood out in the rain and
David interpreted for him. People stood underneath the
coverings of small shops across the road to listen.
Not everyone understands Swahili here. Some speak
Kikuyu. There are so many other dialects that we are
unsure everyone understands. Like Daniel said there are
over forty languages in Kenya, and so many different
tribes. Some tribal characteristics are very
distinctive, as carrying baskets on their heads or
having large loads on their backs.
We showed more of the Ten Commandments tonight. Many
people turned out to see and hear the film. Five were
prayed for tonight. There were a couple of men
questioning Dad about the sacred names, which is rare.
Mostly, people ask questions about salvation and Jesus.
Tonight we are sitting in the living room and there is a
fire crackling in the fireplace. Dad's speaking with a
pastor, and other men of an Apostolic Church that
observe Sunday. I'm talking back and forth with a few
young men about the pictures in our album from home they
are looking at. They can't believe Matthew is only
thirteen, as big as he is.
Helen has completely received the message today and says
the devil is so angry because of this revelation. She
says, "No retreat! No surrender!"Joseph Rono gave
testimony after services. He loved the sermon and told
us about a vision he saw last Thursday. He saw a very
green place with a green snake present, disguising
itself. Joseph was afraid to move forward because the
snake was angry. He is trying to connect this vision
with the message he received today, that maybe the devil
has been keeping him from moving forward in the
November 4, 2001
This morning we visited a local primary boarding school
down the street from where we have been staying. We came
through the gate and the kids were so excited to see us.
We were invited into the office by the Deputy
Headmaster, while he assembled the children in a large
hall. There are 402 normally present, except today,
grade eight was gone. The kids were all sitting together
singing when we approached. Joseph introduced himself
and then each of us seperately. We gave our testimonies
to the children. Their ages range from five to fifteen.
I told them I had come to tell them that Jesus loves
them and that life with Him is blessed. We taught them
the song, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus." After we
shared our messages with them, they lined up outside to
greet us. We shook all their hands and greeted them in
Jesus' name. Afterwards, we were served sodas and
chapati in the office and took several photos with them
before we left. The children followed us around the
campus, pulling our hair and touching our hands to feel
if our skin was different than theirs. We nearly had to
be escorted out, but it was a great experience for us.
We held our regular crusade this afternoon and just like
clockwork, it started to rain when we began. But there
was a big crowd and they were listening. When Dad
started preaching the details of the crucifixion, then
rain got heavier and many of them headed for cover
across the street where they could still hear. We stayed
where we were.
Our film-showing has been cancelled tonight. We had a
great, spontaneous worship service - singing praises in
both Swahili and English. Right now, we're sitting in
front of the fireplace studying and writing. I'm so
thankful to be here and everyday I am blessing the Lord
for this opportunity. God is Good! Mungu mi mwema!
November 5, 2001
It is so good to be home! This morning we had breakfast
in Keringet and headed for Nakuru. We were all very
ready to make this trip. Everyone said goodbye and we
prayed together. Brother Julius said it was an honor to
have us with them in their home and that the seeds that
have been sown would take deep root. They received the
word of their identity with enthusiasm. There was a
Pastor and an older man who stayed through this morning
with us who said that they would be telling others of
this message. They are certain that we met for a reason.
So, after saying goodbye to everyone, we had the
hour-and-a-half journey home, stopping on the way to
greet a friend of Joseph's. She worked in a little
hardware shop and gave Daddy an African broom to take
home for mom. There was a man begging for money outside.
We stopped to check the post office. People are always
coming up to our windows trying to sell us everything
under the sun, newspapers, jewelry, postcards.
Coming home was great. Ciro, Agnus, Mama Faith and a few
other women were there waiting for us preparing lunch.
We were so hungry! We jumped up and down and gave
everybody big joyful hugs. It's hard to imagine coming
back here after a year. After lunch, we walked to a
market where they were selling food, clothes, jewelry,
and shoes. Daddy found a group of young men to talk to
while Jeni and I shopped. We bought some traditional
wrap-around skirts called "shukas" and beaded necklaces.
My skirt was 120 shillings which is maybe $1.50 in
American currency. So it's very cheap to us but not
necessarily to the natives here. We shopped and then we
bought a banana to bait the monkeys at the safari park,
but none showed up. So sad.
November 6, 2001
This afternoon we went to a town and mailed off some
letters. Daddy bought a watch and Joseph payed a bill in
the office. Jennifer and I shopped in the street and she
bought a beaded bracelet. It was sunny and beautiful for
most of the day.
We left for Naivasha around 2:30 PM. The drive was
gorgeous. There were acacia trees and great mountains
and a salty lake with flamingos. We passed a lot of
zebras and some of them were right beside the road. They
Joseph drove us to where Mama Kimani lives and Daniel,
John, Duncan, and David were there also waiting for us.
We finally got to meet David and Duncan's wives and they
loved finally meeting us, as we loved meeting them.
David's three year old son, Martin, is so precious. He
says were are "Jennifer, Sala, and Pasta Lally."
Duncan's two daughters, Grace and Emma finally saw the
"msungus" (white people) and they embraced us quickly.
We held the meeting in dusty, open place. Naivasha is
not a big city, and the people are very friendly. There
were women preparing food right there on the way. They
look at us everywhere we go and it seems they're
surprised when we wave and say hi.
Joseph's Mom was so happy to see us. His Aunt was about
to fall off her seat, she was so excited. The one-room
apartment where his Mother lives has no light inside.
The apartment complexes are like long homes split into
several one room apartments. When we drove there, we saw
some Masai homes. They make them with small sticks and
cow dung. Joseph said the women build and the men drink.
Our crusade was successful because many came to listen.
It didn't rain and one young girl came forward at the
end. It was very hot and breezy. But as soon as the sun
went down, it became very cool. The sky is mostly clear
tonight and the stars are brilliant.
Mama Kimani was so excited about the gifts that Dad gave
her. It was a cosmetic bag filled with lotion, bath
products, and other things. She sat on the ground and
just smiled and laughed. Joseph said she was happy to
meet us finally and extremely happy to see Jen and I.
We stayed up late tonight and played cards. We sang a
lot of songs. Isaac told me about a song called "Expect
For Grace" that just makes him want to cry. "This
amazing grace that saved this wretch, covering these
mistakes." So beautiful. Isaac has a heart to worship
the Lord and I really enjoy him. He's 17 and talks about
how much he loved his mother Esther. Esther died
recently from malaria complications. Even Mama Kimani
was sick for months because she wouldn't eat after
Esther died. They loved each other and she was very much
grieved. I think that it has given the family a real
desire for the Kingdom of Christ, knowing Esther will be
raised to eternal life. Oh, that we would sing of this
grace until the day we're taken up.
November 7, 2001
Dad, Jen and I walked down to the market again today,
crossing and old railroad track and passing lots of
goats. Jen bought a watch for 400 shillings and Dad
bought me a shuka for 210. "Mahindi choma" is sold
everywhere. That's roasted corn on the cob. Women sit in
front of a small fire and roast it. We've tried some and
it's actually pretty good. We also bought some sugar
cane today. It tastes just like sweet watermelon.
This afternoon, we drove to Duncan's home in Naivasha to
pick up the equipment for the meeting tonight. We got
lost. We drove in a big circle and finally found it
about half and hour later. The dirt roads were do bad we
had to get out of the car and walk while Joseph drove
over the big puddles. Little Martin was waiting for us
outside when we got there. He is so cute! Dad bought him
a tennis ball today at the market and David said he
would never forget Dad because of it. Martin loves this
gift so much. David told us before that the cashiers
knew Martin as the little boy who loves to play with the
ball in their store.
Jen and I gave our testimonies for the crusade today. A
lot of people came really close to listen and Dad
preached on the Sabbath. Joseph had sensed in the spirit
that the people of Naivasha need to hear it and that
there is a lot of drunkenness and adultery in that
place. Three people came forward to David and Duncan
before the service was over. Two of them were prayed for
and the third was an old man who wanted money. Joseph
said he's dealt with him before. The young girl who came
forward to receive Jesus last night was there again
today and she testified in front of everyone that there
had been a change in her heart.
Afterwards, we dropped the sound equipment back off at
Duncan's and returned to Nakuru for the night. Praise
November 8, 2001
We had a couple of visitors today. Jackson is a pastor
of a Sunday keeping church and he is wanting Dad to
preach to his congregation. Actually he is the bishop
and founder of the Victorious Churches of Kenya. I don't
know how many there are. The other man stayed longer to
talk about the Sabbath with Dad. His name is Robert and
he pastors a Disciples of Christ church. He took public
transportation and traveled 200 miles to meet with Dad.
Dad explained to him where the scriptures tell of it's
holiness and when Sunday observance came into effect. He
listened and seemed to see it's sanctification.
We left for Naivasha about 2:30 p.m. and actually got
there early. So, Mama Grace invited us into her home for
chai. The crusade went very well. Helen gave her
testimony. Jen and I sang a few songs. There were "I
Will Call Upon the Lord", "Amazing Grace" and "I Could
Sing of Your Love Forever". There was a spirit of
worship upon us and Joseph insisted we go on after the
first two songs.
Daddy preached on end-time events that are ahead of us.
Many were listening intently. I could feel the power of
God in my legs at one point and we were certain that
there would be many coming forward. When the people were
asked to raise their hands to receive Jesus, there was
no one! Joseph and David continued to preach and the
people were asked to come closer. Even at this point,
the people were reluctant to come forward. Joseph said,
"We're waiting on you." to a large group of people
standing off to the left. They slowly came and stood
very close as they were encouraged to come to the Lord.
But still, no one stepped forward. We were all really
amazed. It makes us wonder why they stay in the first
place. Our reactions are the same, there seems to be
something holding these souls back from release.
During the service, there were two disruptive women. One
of them was finally escorted away because she kept
coming toward the speakers walking back and forth
through the crowd. The children, who were standing in
the front, scattered, causing more of a disturbance.
Daniel told me he thought she was drunk. But after David
talked to her, he was certain she was sick instead with
a bad case of malaria. Joseph said there are a lot of
people in Naivasha who are drunkards. There are a lot of
people who need Jesus.
Arriving back home in Nakuru, Baba Kairu and a few
others from the church were waiting for us at the house.
They were so happy to see us. We've been traveling back
and forth for the crusades all week and have not seen
them often. James, the matatu(bus) driver came later to
see us too. Before they all left tonight, we prayed
together in the living room.
I was in my bedroom at 10:35 p.m. when Hellen came
upstairs to say goodnight. She saw that I was studying
and didn't want to stay long. But as soon as she walked
out the door, she came back in. She wanted to go to
sleep but felt she couldn't rest until she told me what
was weighing on her heart. So we talked for 45 minutes
about the need for collective prayer before holding a
crusade. We've all been praying individually, but when
it comes time to leave for the crusade, we leave without
asking God's protection or anointing. It's not a
football game we're leaving for. I saw that this timing
of prayer would be most beneficial.
I shared with Hellen what the spirit conveyed to me this
morning. The spirit of the Lord was upon me and I prayed
fervently for Him to do a great work in Naivasha, to let
His children grow in power, remembering the vision I saw
When reading an e-mail, I read that a new church had
begun in Naivasha, a place I'd never heard of before,
and that many were there who had received Jesus. Upon
reading this, I saw myself on a wooden stage with others
beside me and many dark hands raised in front of us.
Their hands were in motion; I could see them moving. I
was clenching my hand to my chest, feeling the power of
God, and the spirit of God was upon us.
So I shared this with Hellen tonight and told her I
believe the Lord is planning a release for the people of
Naivasha. There is a toughness there that we've not
known in the other places we visited. Hellen received
the vision, having been burdened that same morning by
the spirit we are lacking. Mark 16:15-18 had been
weighing on her because we are not displaying these
things. How can we believe to be saved and disbelieve to
have the power as written in Mark 16? God revealed to me
that just like the Israelites came to the river and
there was not other way across, we've come to the river
also. If the Israelites had waited, fearful to cross the
river, they would have been destroyed. It took their
stepping forward in faith and going across the parted
waters to be delivered from their enemy. We've been
waiting for dry land, when God says that the way will
appear before us upon contact. Wow! So, Hellen and I
were edifying each other and being blessed. Before she
left for bed, we got down on the floor to pray. Then we
sang songs to the Lord and felt strongly in the spirit
that God will do something great. Is He a mighty God or
what? "THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD WILL DISPLAY
STRENGTH AND TAKE ACTION..." Daniel 11:32
November 9, 2001
I woke this morning and spent about two hours studying
and praying before going downstairs. I read about how
the "Shekinah" glory filled the temple in II Chronicles
and Daniel 11, and the people of God displaying
We walked to the nearest gas station to buy sodas and
talked to John there, (the man we met shortly after we
flew in). He wants us to be sure that we don't forget
him when we go back to the States. Then we walked over
to the Safari Bite restaurant for a snack. Dad had a
couple samosas (fried pockets stuffed with beef) which
he didn't order. Jen had french fries which they call
chips. I had a "mandazi" and it was very good. We then
had a safe drive to Naivasha. The drive is so beautiful.
On one side of the road are great cliffs and grassy
hills where shepherd boys herd goats. On the other side
is a big lake, mountains and zebras close to the road.
The road itself is awful. The speed limit is 80 km,
which is maybe 55 mph. Some places you must drive much
slower. In Naivasha, there is a beautiful mosque that
says "Muhammad is the Prophet" on the outside. We see
men and women with long dressed and head coverings. The
other day, we passed a man wearing a red blanket and no
pants. Joseph says they're "Masai" It is said if you
herd cattle wearing white they will come for you. So
they wear red and if you ever spend the night at one of
their homes, bring your own blanket because they don't
keep extras around aside from what they wear.
The crusade was powerful. We are really battling with
spirits. The presence of God could be felt and Dad and I
were both moved in the spirit. I knelt in the dirt,
sensing the Lord's burden. Dad spoke on the purpose of
mankind and our job of seeking out those who have been
pre-destined to be in the family of God. The people came
very close when asked to come nearer. Dad asked if there
was anyone who was sick and one man came forward saying
something was wrong with his stomach. So Joseph and Dad
laid their hands on this man and prayed. Five people
came forward in response to the altar call. Two of them
were presumably drunk. One man came stumbling up to
Joseph and Dad and sat right in front of them. He was
being loud at one point and Daniel and David reprimanded
him. Even Joseph told the man to be quiet or leave.
There was a woman also drunk. She came up to Dad and I
after the service. She would grab our hands and talk
right into our faces. I could smell the liquor
immediately on her breath. Three other men were prayed
for as well. So our efforts were not in vain. Of course,
it is our commission to sow the seeds where they may or
may not sprout and believe that God's Word will not
return to Him empty. The brethren here have a heart for
the Gospel like I've not known. And we need that.
November 10, 2001
It's the Sabbath day! We drove to Naivasha this morning
for services. A zebra walked right in front of us on the
way. Once we got near the church building, we found that
the roads have been blocked with big mounds of dirt and
deep holes. We maneuvered our way around them and pulled
in next to the school where they were having church.
Joseph went early this morning to pick up Jimmy and Mary
(his two other children) from boarding school. They were
downstairs at the house when we came down this morning.
They are so precious. We said "Praise the Lord" and
Jimmy said "Amen, amen." I gave him a watch and Mary her
jewelry box and bracelet before we left for church. Both
children are easy-going and opened up to us in no time.
Joseph, Dad, Isaac, Mary, Jen and I packed in the car
and picked up Josephine on the way. Simon and Jimmy rode
a bus to the church in Nakuru. David pastors the church
in Naivasha with Duncan's help in a one-room school
building. The floor concrete with a lot of chunks
missing from it. We sat on wooden benches. Daniel and
Duncan were a little late. They set up the speakers
outside and a few inside. All the while, we were singing
praises. They had started a while before we got there at
10:30 a.m., so we sang a lot and prayed. All visitors
were given a chance to greet everyone. We sang and
prayed more. They move from singing to praying on their
own and everyone kneels where they are to pray, loudly
and they weep. Joseph spoke shortly. He said he's been
feeling very low this morning because we've been
spending time and money to preach the gospel in Naivasha
and no one from the crusades came today. He feels we are
wasting time. But there were a few who came to sit in on
the service and one of them testified that he had come
from a place in the bush where the tribe had never her
the gospel. The people of his tribe worship the sun and
the trees. He said if we want to preach, we should
preach there. Joseph feels we should no go to a place
like that instead because he likes to see the fruits of
his labor. But he said he knew God was going to do
something to lift his spirit.
Joseph invited Dad to speak. Dad gave a good sermon
about seeking the power of God, living by faith and the
spiritual gifts. It made an impact on them and they
received these seeds with great readiness. There was one
man there from another church who wanted to be baptized
and another man of the famous Masai tribe who received
Jesus as his Savior. He then invited us to preach the
gospel in his village. It was a powerful message and we
felt very encouraged to walk in power.
After services, we walked to Duncan's home for lunch and
then headed down the road (balabala) for the crusade. We
walked there and found two men with white turbans on
their heads preaching in the middle of a crowd and
selling cassettes in our space. So we walked to another
place that seemed like the wilderness, flat, dry and so
windy. We almost called it a day because we got started
late and weren't sure if we could get anyone to come out
there. But we carried on and people came. There were
close to a hundred children present. They came from all
directions to see these "msungus" (white people). There
were adults that came as well, but not near as many as
usual. You can never tell what might happen because four
people came up for altar call out of that small group.
It was dark before we finished and getting cool. We
walked back to Duncan's and Daniel taught me a Swahili
song called "Yesu Nakupenda". We're always learning new
phrases and songs. We unloaded the car and left for home
where MamaFaith, Mike, Faith and Jimmy were waiting for
us. They cooked us dinner. We've grown quite attached to
the food around here. We drink "chai" all the time and
have "chapati, mandazi, or ugali" with each meal. These
women make a living out of cooking, seriously.
November 11, 2001
Daddy and I took Faith and Mike for a walk to the
supermarket and the game park this morning. Dad bought
them chocolate bars and we looked for a battery for my
camera. On the way back home, a man on a bicycle stopped
us, simply because we are white. He was trying to
explain something about a man in Nairobi inviting him to
a church in Nakuru, mixing his speaking with Swahili and
English. I really didn't know what he was trying to say
until he asked for 100 shillings to fix his bike, (which
he was riding by the way). Dad said he didn't come to
Kenya to fix bikes but to preach the gospel. Then, the
man started to talk about the good Samaritan. We pretty
much said "see ya". Then we met Eunice as she was coming
to meet us, so we walked together to the house. We ate
lunch and left early for Naivasha, stopping by to see
We held the crusade in the regular spot for our last one
here. The men in the turbans were not there. Many came
to listen. There was a lady who appeared to be drunk,
who walked right up front while Daniel and Hellen and
the others were singing. She began to dance with them.
It was fine for a while and then she danced up to
Duncan. He gently pushed her away a couple times and
then she threw herself on the ground screaming like an
animal until she was picked up and taken to another
place. After a while, she calmly stood by me during the
rest of the service. Very strange. There was a man who
came up beside us and was crossing his arms pretending
to be really listening, making others laugh. I guess he
was drunk too. These crusades must draw evil spirits.
It was a cloudy day today. Joseph said the weather
looked "stupid". Yes, when the weather is undesirable,
they say it is "stupid or foolish" in his tribal
language. We laughed and laughed about this. "Stupid
When the alter-call was given, no one raised their hand.
But Dad feels progress was made, the devil gained no
victory tonight. The people really listened!
We said goodbye to MamaShiko and MamaMartin and went to
Nakuru. Pastor John Njogue and his wife Elizabeth were
waiting for us when we got home. We ate dinner together
and talked about American's problems. After John and
Elizabeth left, Jen and I stayed up late with the kids,
talking and playing cards. Mary is so precious. She fell
asleep on my shoulder on the way home, but stayed up
with us and told me all about her boarding school. I've
been thinking about what it's going to be like not to be
here. Ciro, Isaac, and Daniel are always mentioning how
said it's going to be when we leave. I'll be glad to see
my family again, but will miss this African family so
much. I've purposed to be thankful for each day and
trust the Lord will help us with the rest.
November 12, 2001
Today was a day off for us. We went to the city and used
the email service. Dad bought a knife for Michael in the
market. I don't like going to this market in the middle
of the city. These men follow us around with their
things trying to persuade us to buy them. Dad talked to
a Canadian the other day and he told him they triple
prices in this spot. So Dad bargained this guy down 250
shillings or so. There are men who roll wheel barrels
around with pineapples in them and they cut them fresh
on the streets. A guy approached us sniffing a bottle of
shoe glue. Dad tried to convince him to give it up. This
man looked like your typical hobo. Torn clothes, and
strange things hanging from them like batteries and a
piece of mirror. There was a young girl we've seen
before who followed us around and asked for bread to
eat. Joseph gave her some money.
We stopped by to see John Njogu at the Church of God
Seventh Day office where we had soda and chai. John had
run into a man who was talking about us saying that
there was a Sabbath-keeping preacher preaching on the
gospel in Nakuru. They were very surprised that the
Sabbath and salvation were together. Sad, maybe it won't
be like that for long.
When we came back to the house, John, Daniel, and Eunice
had come to visit. The seeds of Dad's message have
definitely been sown. There are seeing the need for
power and realizing there is something lacking. Ciro was
sick and they wanted me to lay hands on her and she
would be made well. They have faith. I guess it just
needs to be combined with a step of faith.
It rained today, so we couldn't go for a walk. But we
listened to music and visited a lot this evening. David
and Duncan are here. We leave for Nyahururu in the
November 13, 2001
We left Nakuru at 10:20 this morning. The drive to
Nyahururu was beautiful with tea fields on one side of
the road and coffee fields on the other. Women were out
in the midst harvesting with big bags on their backs.
Nyahururu (Thomson Falls) is at the top of a mountain.
The drive was a lot like driving up Pettit Jean Mountain
Benard met us in the middle of the road once we arrived
about an hour and a half later. Joseph says this place
is like hell. The road to Benard's home is so muddy it's
undriveable. And they say it rains 24 hours a day here.
It would take God's intervention to even have the
crusades. Benard and a Pastor named Peter, rode with us
to where we will be lodging in his church, the African
Inland Church. We were initially impressed. This is a
big, nice church (even by American standards), with a
big hall, balcony, pretty grass and flowers and several
boarding rooms. Compared to Keringet, this is great. But
still, there is no running hot water and although there
are bathrooms in each room, the toilets are out of
order. We're paying 200 shillings per person per night.
Hellen is staying at Benard's and she will help prepare
the meals. We had chai and lunch at Benard's home. It's
so funny, everywhere we go, we're served the same meals
on the same dishes from the same bowls with the same
spoons. They have different patterns, but they are the
same otherwise. The variety in the shops are very
limited, I think. We drove into a busy part of the city
and set up for the injili.(crusade) It's very muddy here
as well, but no raining, praise the Lord. Many came to
listen and one man came up front. Dad thinks this place
is tough. These people have heard the gospel and there
are a lot of churches. But our main objective is to seek
out those who are being called so as to build a church
here. There are three called out ones now: Benard, his
wife Helen, and her sister.
We ate dinner and with Benard's tribe it's customary to
sing and pray upon arrival and departure. So we sang,
prayed, and ate. We had a long discussion about women's
apparel. Benard wanted to know what Dad thought about
it. So Dad told him that it shouldn't be regulated in
the church, but that modesty should be taught. After
all, we are not after the outward things. The holy
spirit will guide each person. We then got on the
subject of "ugali". It seems Benard must have ugali with
each meal. If ugali isn't served with each meal, he
feels he hasn't eaten. Dad says this man is obsessive
about this stuff and it's a disease to love ugali this
much. It was very funny. Everyone almost, had their
opinions and it was like we were discussing a major
Anyway, we are back at church and we're very tired. I
think we will all sleep like rubber.
November 14, 2001
I woke up before 7:00 this morning and the car had
frosted, it was so cold. Comparatively, Nakuru is much
warmer. They brought us warm water in a basin to bathe
in and we went o Benard's for biscuits and chai. We
stood on a bridge and watched for hippos, but have not
seen any yet. After lunch, we came back her at the
church to rest and pray. I found a small shelter with a
bench underneath and prayed there. It was raining and
cool, and we were wondering if it was going to quit.
Finally it did, so we loaded up for the crusade.
Initially, Joseph did not want to stay here. We threw a
breaker today and thought the step-down transformer was
broken. The electricity here in Africa is 220 direct
current, so to use any appliances from America we must
use a converter called a step-down. We have no power for
our equipment without it and they almost decided to
leave then. But we're still here, a little homesick for
Nakuru but making it just fine. The sun actually came
out today. We had the crusade near a more rural area.
There were many children. Not many adults were near, but
they could be seen standing far off inside small shops
at the marketplace. There was probably 100 kids there.
At the beginning of the meeting, a bus with a trailer on
the back, pulled in next to us and the kids went wild,
jumping and screaming. It was a mobile cinema. They
travel and show films for free. Keep in mind, these
aren't Christian films. So Dad went to talk to the men
showing the films. The men said this was their regular
spot. Dad told them, "I don't know what kind of work
you're doing, but we're doing the Work of the Living
God!" Dad demanded that they leave. The men left but we
found out they had just parked on the other side of some
small building very near to us. Anyway, we continued
with the crusade. One drunk man, (I could smell the
alcohol) wanted to be prayed for. It was dark when we
finished and we did not show the film because of the
Benard's wife Helen, fed us ugali, cabbage and supu with
chai for dinner. We stayed there until 11:00 p.m.,
listening to them sing Swahili hymns, lounging on the
couches in this tiny room by the light of a single
lantern. It was really cozy although the walls and floor
are stone and the couches are wooden with little
padding. It was like we were sitting around a camp fire,
about 12 of us there.
We were all talking about dating and courtship and
certain customs this afternoon. They are amazed
Americans date recreationally and that they're given in
marriage without giving something in exchange for the
bride (dowry). In Kenya, the man will consult the woman
and then the father and a deal must be agreed upon by
both sets of parents. They believe if you get something
for free, then you will mistreat it. David and his wife
Phyllis spend their honeymoon in the very place we are
now. Thomson Falls are supposed to be gorgeous. I think
we'll go see them tomorrow after breakfast.
November 15, 2001
After chai this morning, we walked to see the hippos and
saw several in the water. They were flicking their ears
and making big noises that sounded like killer whales
when they blow air from their blow holes. We walked
through tall grass to get to a place where we could see
them. The hippos had made huge footprints in the mud
where we stood and big patches of grass were laying down
where they had been.
From there, we walked to Thomson Falls. There were many
souvenir shops. When the vendors saw us coming, they
came quickly to meet us and invite us in. The Falls are
beautiful. The trees and shrubbery are very green and
plush. There was a rainbow in the mist of the falls. A
couple was there painted from head to toe in tribal
motif and they danced for the camera. After Dad showed
them theirselves on the LCD screen of his video camera
they were amazed. They said in their native tongue "It
is a miracle that we are inside (the camera). When we
were walking away, they were insisting that Dad pay.
After a while, Dad had to reprimand them.
We went shop to shop looking at all the beautiful things
and the vendors followed us around trying to persuade us
to come into their shops. It makes me uncomfortable and
I've learned to emphatically say "Hapana" (No) in the
nicest way. Dad was looking for a drum and he had them
all searching their stations for drums. The first price
we got was 800 shillings. There was actually one drum
for 2500 shillings! Dad came out of there laughing
knowing that he was just trying to take unfair advantage
of a white American. The guy came down to 750 and by the
time we left was saying "take it at your own price", but
it wasn't the one Dad wanted anyway.
We were split up this afternoon. Joseph and Ben left and
ate lunch somewhere. Daddy, David and Duncan went
walking. Hellen was at the house. We intended to preach
at 3:00 but Joseph and Ben were late. At 4:00, they
couldn't find Dad to get the room key to get all the
equipment. We went back to where we're staying 4
different times because of misunderstandings and
oversights. Then it began to rain and it got dark really
quickly. So we did not preach or show the film. We're
all feeling pretty low, wondering if we should be here
at all. There was a lot of talk about getting our money
back for the next three nights and driving back to
Nakuru for the night. We have been very disorganized and
things have not run smoothly. Many of us were irritated
because we feel we're wasting time, not accomplishing
This evening was awesome. The spirit moved and Ben told
us of a dream he had received before we came to Kenya.
In his dream, he was in a beautiful garden with Jennifer
and I (mind you, he had not yet seen us in the flesh).
There were heads of cabbage in the garden with weeds
among them and the Lord asked, "Can you separate the
weeds from the cabbage so they can grow?" Then he saw a
man raping a woman. Immediately, God gave Dad the
interpretation of this dream and it was like listening
to Daniel interpret the King's dream in the Bible. He
explained that the cabbage is the harvest in Nyahururu
and the "ugali" is the people. The weeds, human feces
and the woman are false Christianity. This place is
corrupted with a mixture and the word was for Jennifer
and I as well as for Ben. The spirit was very powerful
in that room.
Dad told how many were saved in Naivasha after I fasted
and that I had seen a vision of Naivasha. Joseph asked
me what I saw so I told them. And we are in full
agreement that it will take place. The spirit was
strong. Ben told us of another dream he had about us
coming which was very much in detail and part of it was
that we were unable to come for the mission trip because
Dad was sick. So the church collectively prayed and Dad
told them that ever since he's been here, he's had no
pain in his chest as he had before. Another part of the
dream was that our car broke down on the way and we had
to take a bus. Surely the devil was at work to hinder us
from coming, but he has been successful. The Lord gave
Ben two scriptures for us to share together and they
were Nehemiah 4:8-14 and Revelation 8:13. When the first
one was read, I could feel the power of the spirit in
me. God gave understanding to Dad of what it meant for
us. We have been opposed, but the walls are coming down
and it's not by might, nor by power, but by the spirit
of the Lord. We sang and worshiped and prayed. God has
given the devil three days to do His work, but what He
has done will be turned into good. For we have three
days and three nights left here. Three is the number of
emphasis and we know we must redeem the time and make
the devil pay. Oh, we lifted up our voices to God, even
joined hands to sing and pray with all our heart. God
was there tonight. It was beautiful. He took us from a
place of deep discouragement to a place of full
determination. The walls are coming down. Praise the
November 16, 2001
I woke up this morning thinking about last night. Before
we left, Ben said we should pray and then bless one
another. We mostly said, "Mungu Akubariki" God Bless
You, to each other. But Ben prayed heavily over Dad and
myself. When we hugged, he spoke some powerful words in
Swahili over me, putting his hand heavily on my head. I
don't know if he even knows what he said, in case he was
speaking in tongues. I think, though, that it was
Swahili. I received that blessing.
We went to Ben's for chai and mandazi for breakfast and
quickly went to Ben's school. He owns a primary school
to minister to the children. The children sang many
songs for us including, "I Have Decided" and "What a
Mighty God We Serve". It was really a blessing. After
our service, they offered us porridge which we did not
bring ourselves to drink. Directly from the school, we
went to set up for the crusade. Dad preached hard on the
Sabbath. We broke for lunch and MamaJen came from Nakuru
with John. Such a nice surprise. We've been missing
We intended to start the second crusade at 3:00 but
found another group wanting to preach in our spot and
use our speakers. They suggested that we're preaching
the same gospel anyway and Dad informed them that, in
fact, we are not. Dad thinks these men may represent one
of the spies in Ben's second dream. But because the
generator needed gas, Joseph let them preach first.
Later, Dad preached more on commandment-keeping and
turned and singled out those who had gone before us as
not keeping the commandments. The two pastors soon left
as Dad was issuing challenges to all ministers in the
area to come forward and tell the people why they teach
the relaxing of God's commandments! Ben went to town and
said that you could hear clearly all the way there. So
even though many may not walk near, they still hear.
There was a group of young men who wanted to hear the
Sabbath message again. A man came to ask for information
about the church also. This evening we showed some of
the Ten Commandments film. They used the projector we
brought and tied a white sheet to the speaker poles for
a screen. You could actually see the stars tonight and
hundreds of people came to see the cinema. Jeni and I
brought a couple of cups of chai to the crusade and
Joseph said people would be talking about that for a
week. Apparently it's funny to walk around with a drink.
I told him that in America, people do that all the time.
Even John told me that the first day we came to
Naivasha, there was a child who was surprised we have
eyes. It's like they think we're inhuman.
The cinema went well. It was a sight to see all those
people crowd around a big screen in the middle of an
open field. During the day, the children followed me
around and crowded me. So it was nice to be in the dark
for a change. Waiting for dinner at Ben's house this
evening, a neighbor came in drunk and insisted we all be
introduced. He told us his name is Robert and he was a
neighbor of Ben's. He also stated he was happy. Over and
over and over again. I've never been around drunkards as
much as I have been on this trip.
November 17, 2001
It is the Sabbath! A bus-load of our brothers and
sisters from Nakuru came here to keep the Sabbath with
us. We had a long service, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
non-stop. We were in a small room at Ben's school.
Visitors were given a chance to introduce themselves.
Then we, in turn, introduced ourselves. Joseph said when
he stayed with us for three weeks last year in America,
he felt as if he were at home. He also said that having
us here is like having the very bone inside them, as if
we are one flesh. When my chance came, I told them that
if I had words, I'd tell them how I love them. But that
I don't have words because the love of God surpasses all
knowledge. I got close to crying today. The thought of
leaving is bittersweet to me. The children sang a few
songs for us. The rest of us sang many songs. Dad wowed
them with science as he preached on the greatness of
God, and how God always provides for the works of His
Ben had received another dream. In this one, there was a
beautiful field with very fertile soil and a voice said
that the ground was ready. He said that the spirit told
him people would not be the same after leaving today.
Two women stood to share their dreams, two very similar
dreams involving car accidents and death. So we prayed
together to break the power of those spirits. It poured
down rain and it was very loud on the tin roof.
We ate lunch afterwards. They fed us soup with rice. We
decided to walk down to see the hippos. It was so wet
and muddy that I learned a new phrase: "sipenda matope",
meaning "I don't like mud." It's so thick it absolutely
cakes on the bottom of your shoes and makes it so
difficult to walk. But we did see the hippos. They were
so near to us that I feared they might climb up to the
lamb. John, Kairu and Champion were with us.
The same people who preached in our place yesterday were
there again today. We simply showed the film tonight.
Hundreds came once more. John, Joseph Rono and I laid
the tarp out and sat there to watch the movie and
somewhere in the middle, the generator ran out of fuel.
Then, both of the poles holding the screen fell down.
They were metal poles and I feared someone was hurt. But
bless God, no now seemed to be harmed. It was cool
tonight, but the sky was very clear. We returned to
Ben's for supper and fellowship before coming back here
where we sleep. They had made ugali, cabbage, supu, and
bitter herbs which I didn't eat much of.
It was so nice to see people from Nakuru again,
especially Kairu, Mama and Baba Faith. John told us that
water from a busted pipe in our bathroom ran out and
filled the room, even went downstairs and woke up the
kids while they were sleeping in the middle of the
night. So it seems we may have a wet mess when we get
It seems our work here is becoming fruitful. Mary, a
teacher at Ben's school, was with us today and a friend
named John who had not yet decided to stand for the
Sabbath. God revealed to us what we're dealing with and
we now the seeds we sow will germinate and grow.
November 18, 2001
Today was our last day planned in Nyahururu. On our way
to Ben's house, we say many, many people walking to and
from mass. We decided to wait until the afternoon to
hold the crusade. We had time to walk to see the Falls
again. John and Ben came with us this time. We bought
some things in their little shops. We knew the rain was
coming and sure enough, it started on our way back to
the house. By the time Jen and I walked all the way
back, we were absolutely soaking, dripping wet.
We had an interesting conversation in Ben's house. They
are amazed at how many choices for meals we have in
America. Ben stated they more or less eat to be filled.
But in America, we eat to enjoy. Dad makes us laugh
trying to explain how a coffee-maker works and
describing what a corn-dog is. It is hilarious. They
ask, "You eat dog meat?!" They dream about hamburgers
We had the crusade in our regular field. Dad preached on
keeping the full Commandments of God and holding to the
testimony of Jesus. Francis came today and preached
also. I sat on a rocky place and the children gathered
around me. We sang Swahili songs together, boys and
girls alike. Some of the little girls have babies on
their backs. There are also very small children walking
around by themselves and it makes me wonder where their
mothers are. Yesterday, the young pregnant girl named
Medrin, who's been helping in Ben's house, had her baby.
It was a girl. And such a special talk has been placed
on Jen and I. She wants us to give her baby a name. So,
hopefully, we will be able to visit before we leave
tomorrow. Medrin was due almost a month ago. The day she
went into labor, she was carrying firewood and working
in the house.
We showed the latter part of the film tonight. It was
very cold and the sky was strangely clear. Hundreds of
people came. Joseph, Dad and David preached for a good
while before we started the film. John and I were
sitting on the poles that were holding up the screen so
the kids wouldn't knock them over. Our necks were
hurting looking up to one side. So we decided to switch
places and as soon as we did, the poles began to fall.
We were able to partly catch them so no one was hurt.
Thank God, because the poles are very heavy.
At the end, after we prayed, a young woman came to tell
us she wanted to be saved. So Dad, Joseph, and Ben
prayed with her. Jen and I hugged her and greeted her in
Jesus' name afterwards. I really believe she was
serious. So we were pumped about that, excited to know
our work was not in vain.
We had good fellowship back at the house and stayed
there until almost 1 a.m. We sang and laughed and
prayed. Francis gave a short message about living in the
fulness of God's will. Ben also shared a vision he had a
week and a half ago. Ben said he saw in the spirit, our
church in Russellville with great manifestations of
power and spiritual growth. He received a prophetic
utterance saying "The
Lord is well pleased with your church and is going to
bless you mightily, especially in the things of the
spirit. So church, continue to exercise the gifts of the
spirit without fear or partiality." You
can clearly see the seeds that have been sown here. The
seeds have found good ground and the seeds that we
ourselves received, are beginning to bear fruit. I cried
tonight when Ben and Hellen were formally thanking us
and saying goodbye.
November 19, 2001
I stood on the equator today. We packed up this morning,
took chai at Ben's and headed home to Nakuru. The exact
spot of the equator is marked. There is a sign and a
little gift shop. We were shown how water turns
different directions when you are at least 20 meters
from the equator. When you stand directly on the
equator, the water drains straight. It was so cool.
Oh, when we got home, we were rejoicing. Even driving
into town, it was a relief to see Nakuru. Women were
here preparing lunch and they were so happy to see us.
Daniel and Eunice visited and told us how much we were
missed. We went to the market and walked to the game
Daniel told me his full testimony and it is so amazing.
In one day, he went from smoking and selling marijuana
to receiving Jesus and leaving the others behind. He
read the Bible for the first time that day and he cried.
It's so beautiful how God delivers. John came and we
relived moments of running from hippos.
Everyone is very sad to think of Sunday, the day of
November 20, 2001
It is so good to be at our Nakuru home. We spent the day
in leisure. Daniel came this morning and we went for a
walk and had something to eat at Safari Bite. Dad like
the samosas. Jeni and I ate chips, which we call french
fries in the U.S. Daniel had a samosa and shared my
chips. The weather was beautiful today, sunny and warm.
We walked to the market, (open area) and to the game
park. The animals seemed very far today.
Joseph took Mary back to her boarding school this
morning. She was not happy to be leaving. Mama Faith had
a photographer come to the house with a horse today and
he took a few photos of us with it. We had a lot of time
at the house. It was so nice. I know I'm going to miss
Everyone keeps talking about the day we leave, making
themselves sad. Anne and MamaFaith told me today that
they would just keep me here. They wish I could stay and
I told them surely MamaSarah is missing me. Isaac is my
Swahili instructor. My assignment for tomorrow: To tel
him an entire story in Swahili.
November 21, 2001
Eunice invited us to her home, so we went there for
lunch today. She had a house-full of people wanting to
meet us and helping make the lunch. Daniel and David
came a little later and ate with us. They had a huge
spread of fruit for dessert: pineapples, mangos,
oranges, and bananas. I was feeling ill an didn't eat
any, as good as it looked.
Eunice and I walked to the 'duka la dawa' for some pain
medicine called 'Hedex'. We went to town with Joseph
later and back home to load the music equipment for the
crusade. We set up and preached, as before in an open
area. A lot of children were there and a few adults. But
when Joseph asked everyone to come closer and for any to
receive Jesus, three people came to stand with him. One
woman and two men. Even afterwards, a man wanted prayer
because he backslid in his Christian walk. So, I think
it was very successful.
We came home to Simon and Isaac who had missed us so
much today, and ate 'mandazi' for dinner.
November 22, 2001
This morning, I woke up early and I walked down the road
to read my Bible. Cirro went to buy milk, three small
plastic bags of milk tied with a knot, for our morning
chai. Dad walked to the market for his regular morning
walk. Daniel road his bike to the house around 1:30 p.m.
Bishop Jackson and his wife also came over to the house.
The church here would say it was 7:30 p.m. because they
use 'Bible time', adding six hours to the time. It's a
bit confusing actually. Anyway, we left soon for
Josephine's because she was making our lunch. Her
husband was there at their mud house. Before we left, he
said by the time we come next year, he will have gone
from the world to God. He was so touched that white
Americans would accept an invitation to his mud home to
eat lunch. He witnessed more than Bible Words, but the
love of God. So Daddy and Joseph preached to him a bit
and also prayed for him, asking God to heal his leg that
he's injured and to help him make a decision about his
salvation. Dad paused during the prayer to thank God for
the power he felt. I felt the power of God as well, a
surging in my legs. So we believe God may be calling
this man. Joseph said they have been praying for him.
We had the crusade after leaving Josephine's home.
Although no one said they wanted to receive Jesus today,
people were listening. We're confident that we've done
our part is sowing seeds. I think or only regret is
lacking the power and manifest presence of our God.
The speaker and other equipment were driven to the
church, so we walked from there. I really enjoyed it. It
was dark already and there were many people in the
streets, at the markets and all over. Loud music blaring
from these little shops and women sitting in front of a
single candle with their produce to sell. Since Mama
Faith lives right outside the church, we took chai at
her house and looked at family photos. Baba Kairu was
there to say goodnight to us and he was telling us how
everyone would just cry and cry when we leave on Sunday.
We went to Pastor John Njogue's for dinner. They were
very precious to us. I sang a Swahili song for them and
they were so delighted. Just as it was like a dream when
we came here, it doesn't seem real that we are leaving,
actually leaving here.
November 23, 2001
There is a man named John who works a the filling
station down the road. We went to visit him and his wife
and daughter at their home this morning. He lives
half-way up the Menengai Crater hill. We took two buses
to get to the bottom of the hill and then we climbed th
rest of the way. John's wife was in the corn field
harvesting maze. Dad gave them scriptures about the
Sabbath because John was interested in learning about
it. We were with him for about 3 hours.
It started to rain on the way home. Once we were home,
it poured. The rain quit in time for us to have the
regular crusade. But still sprinkles while the preaching
was going on so we kept the equipment covered. We had
dinner at Joseph's friend's home.
When we arrived back home, we stayed up late talking.
It's the Sabbath tonight. Everyone is a bit worried
about tomorrow, that there will be much weeping. I know
all of us are very emotional about our stay coming to an
end, even understanding it has to be. The bond between
all of us is very strong and there are particular people
we feel we can't live without.
November 24, 2001
We had church from 10 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. There was
a lot of preaching and singing. My, did they praise!
Kairu jumped and danced, Simon sang. It seems like the
floor should have fallen through. Some were saying
farewell to us and we greeted everyone outside the door
afterwards. I did cry then. I was able to sing special
music and give my testimony without crying too much
We ate lunch at Mama Mwangi's (Agnes), a very late
lunch. Afterwards, Jeni and I walked back to church with
Jimmy in the spare time we had available. We were going
soon to Bishop Jackson's home for dinner. Kairu and his
Mom are very sad. Daniel has been down for the past
several days, and Isaac is about to fall apart. It's
very difficult to say goodbye to those you love. My
heart is aching tonight. Joseph's son, Isaac, wrote a
farewell letter to me and left a red rose with it in my
room. I'm going to write individual letters and tell
them how much they mean to me tonight. Everyone's hopes
are that we will return to them next year, with others,
and we will rejoice together once more.
November 25, 2001
This morning at 10:30, we visited Bishop Jackson's
church. The music was the best I've heard yet. They had
guitars, drums, keyboard and a choir. Their songs gave
me chills. Jackson gave us the chance to testify. Joseph
introduced us and we sang several songs. They really
enjoyed it, especially Joseph. Daniel and John came with
Patrick to be with us since it was our last day. Dad
preached on treating the holy casually and receiving the
glory of God. He wanted to get across the message that
Christians should not treat casually what God has
sanctified as holy. He was hoping to lay the ground-work
for presenting the Sabbath through literature we will
send through the mail. Afterwards, Jackson asked for
people to come up confessing there is sin in their
lives. Fourteen people came.
We went home for lunch and goodbyes. Many brethren came.
The ladies presented us with gifts and we all crowded
into the living room and dining room while Josephine,
Baba Faith, Joseph and Isaac spoke in behalf of everyone
to bid us farewell. It was emotional for all of us. We
prayed together and they decided who would accompany us
to the airport. We were particularly happy for Isaac,
Daniel, David, Duncan and Hellen. We stopped at Naivasha
for goodbyes to Mama Martin and Mama Kimani. Once at the
Nairobi Airport, we embraced each other with tears.
I've very sad to leave Kenya. It feels like I'm leaving
a part of myself behind. But, I thank God for the work
of the spirit and enabling me to be a part of it.
We held 34 meetings in Kenya. By God's grace we were
able to establish 3 new congregations. We were able to
help encourage and strengthen the church, and we were
privileged to witness many receive Christ. We are not
sure of the exact number but believe it to be in the
hundreds. We were also told repeatedly by those who
received the Word that they would take the same message
we brought to their villages and assured us that when we
return we will see a great harvest, the fruits of our
labor. Praise the Lord! May God receive the glory!