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!Continue reading “Journey to Kenya 3”
Our village was looking forward to the arrival of Sister Karen from America last October! None of us knew what to expect: Was she old or young, was she easy to know and most of all, would Jesus come with her? I can say with assurance that Jesus came with her! All who met Sister Karen soon fell in love with her. The children loved hearing her stories and they seemed to want to be with her wherever she went.
My 4-yr-old son, Samuel, first saw Sister Karen as she walked to the pulpit that first Sabbath. He could hardly keep his eyes from her and moved to the front of the church seating. After her sermon, Samuel got the chance to shake her hand. I noticed his excitement but I couldn’t quite figure out why he seemed so animated whenever he looked at her.Continue reading “Little Samuel Sees White”
In November of 2016, I got a friend request on one of my social media accounts. I get numerous requests every week from people I don’t know. I usually ignore them for obvious reasons. This time, I clicked into the account and looked for the telltale signs of a bogus account. It appeared to be genuine. It was a gentleman from Kenya who pastors a church. We’ve occasionally exchanged greetings and light conversation ever since.
As I drove back to Kansas from the oilfields of Texas, I was thinking about Karen Zarska Styer’s trip to Kenya and I immediately thought about the need for someone to continue the her work after she came back to America. I mentioned to my Kenyan friend what Karen was doing and where she was located and we were delighted to find out that Kitale is just in the adjoining county! He invited me to come and speak in his church, if and when I made it to Kenya.Continue reading “Journey to Kenya 2”
About a year ago, Gideon and his family lived in the hustle bustle of Nairobi, Kenya. He worked in construction while his wife was a grade school teacher. Their 3-yr old son, Samuel was often at the babysitter all day and he was beginning to talk. Those who have children know that things you don’t want your children to know or say, creep into the child’s vocabulary!
Gideon made a difficult decision: he decided to forgo the higher wages of the big city in favor of small-town values. He wants Samuel to learn about a loving God by watching his parents; he wants his boy to feel the soil in his chubby fingers as he helps his dad plant a vegetable garden, and he wants him to hear his mother’s voice as she sings in the kitchen and reads him bedtime stories.Continue reading “Gideon Moves From Nairobi”
My Journey to Kenya began in the oilfields of West Texas. I was following the story of Karen, Meg, and Denetra in Kitale, Kenya, as I drove a big-rig around to oil-well sites. I wondered what would happen to those souls, eager for more clarity from God’s word, AFTER the Americans left. I felt God tugging at my heart.
Perhaps He wanted me to go to Kenya and spend a more extended period of time in the community; perhaps He could use my pastoral ministry education and experience in helping Pastor Benjamin with the ‘nuts & bolts’ of reformation doctrine on his journey to know Christ and His word in a purer, simpler, more powerful way; perhaps He wanted me to spend time with those people who are genuinely seeking to know the Character of Christ better. How refreshing that would be!
I supported this cause because it was a clear and present need. The 3 ladies who spent time in Kenya last year, showed us that there was a favorable and enthusiastic response from the local people. I believe such an interest should be followed up in a timely, robust and whole-hearted assault on the citidal of darkness.
I donated to Gideon’s college fund for several reasons. My sister, Karen worked closely with him for 3 weeks during an evangelistic series in Kenya last October. She was really impressed with his dedication to God, his church, his family, and his community.
Arguably, you could say that all of the people she met on her trip to Kenya we’re just as sweet and dedicated to the Lord as is Gideon but she saw a special spark – one we teachers see – that yearning to learn everything!Continue reading “Why I Donated – Brenda”