Journey to Kenya 3


Mid-January for much of the United States typically means cold temperatures and snow. My buddy, Coco, and I were a few hours past the halfway point on our 2-day trek from Kansas to the East Coast. I had driven 12 of the total 20 hours and was getting VERY sleepy. I saw a cluster of lights at the next exit. I pulled off I-70 a little bit north of Dayton, Ohio, and found a vacant parking lot. I decided to leave the truck idling because of the cold. I leaned the seat back and fell blissfully asleep. I awoke to a wet doggie tongue on my face. Then I noticed the absolute quiet and the numbing cold. The truck had run out of fuel in one of the 2 tanks. I flipped the switch to change to the second tank, which was full, and tried to start the truck. It wouldn’t start!

For hours I tried everything I could think of to start the truck. It would not start. It was getting dark, the temperature was very cold (-6°F or -21°C) and I was exhausted. I grabbed a sleeping bag and a king-sized comforter from the bed of my truck and began setting up a place on the rear bench seats for Coco and me to stretch out. I had to move a few things to make room for our little nest. As I leaned over the seat, I guess I put too much weight on my rib-cage. I heard (and felt) a rib crack. I must have passed out because the next thing I remember was Coco barking. She had gotten way too cold. I quickly put her down into the sleeping bag. Our combined body heat kept us warm enough to sleep till morning.

A new list of challenges awaited when the sun came up – not only was the truck dead, my phone was dead, too! I had no way of searching for a mechanic or a motel. I could see a few businesses down the road but snow covered the ground and high winds were whistling around us. I was afraid Coco would freeze to death if I left her in the truck while I wandered around, trying to find someone who would help us. I finally remembered my tablet! I got a message to Brenda Zarska back in Kansas. She found a mechanic and a motel. Carol Zarska, on the East Coast, arranged payment and by afternoon, Coco and I were warm and dry!

The mechanic got us back on the road the two days later. I felt the Lord’s presence throughout the trip. He never promises an easy road but He promises never to leave us. Coco and I finally made it to Carol’s house in West Virginia! The truck still leaks fuel all over the place when it’s running so I don’t use it. My rib is healed now but I’m still having some back pain as a result of the trauma to my rib-cage and vertebrae. Though the Evil One hurls roadblocks at us, God is able to triumph, if we but ask. I am even more determined to continue my Journey to Kenya. I want to support the community of Christians there who are eager to learn more about our Savior! Let’s continue this journey together! Our Kenyan brothers & sisters are waiting…

Coco & Dad

P.S. Coco seems to consider it her job to nurture each person who comes up the mountain for prayer meeting and church. I must tell you that she especially loves potluck!

Author: Kitale Kenya SDA Mission

We are a group of mission-oriented people. Pastor Benjamin found us on YouTube from one of our sermons. He oversees a number of churches. They seek biblical truth and have thoroughly enjoyed Karen Zarska Styer's sermons about the experiential aspect of the heavenly sanctuary. Meg Smyth and Denetra Gary continued Karen's work for the next 10 days. Denetra focused more on the science of the brain and how it processes information while Meg focused on the experiential side of a walk with God. Curtis Delzell, an experienced missionary and evangelist, is currently with the lovely people of Kenya. They want continued Bible study as they seek a closer walk with Jesus. Funding comes from personal finances and private donations. Click on the Donate page for ways you can help.

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