We are a group of mission-oriented people. Pastor Benjamin found us on YouTube from one of our sermons. He overseas a number of Sunday 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 begin their part of the Kenya trip next week.
Funding comes from their personal finances and private donations.
When my sister, Karen Zarska Styer, went to Kenya in October, 2018, I didn’t know what to expect. She began sending me daily updates & photos during her 3-weeks of sharing the Sanctuary message with the people of Kitale, Kenya.
Many of you went on that journey vicariously with her, as I did. We started to get to know these precious people – people who welcomed Karen, Meg, & Denetra into their homes & hearts, people who smile genuinely, love deeply, and devote everything they have to Jesus. They have so little materially but they are wealthy in courage, integrity, and love for their community.
Gideon Mogaka is a 29-year old husband and father in a small village in NW Kenya (about 8 hrs. from Nairobi). He is a free-lance videographer, choir director, and avid SDA church member. He adores his wife and 4-year old son, Samuel.
Gideon is also a leader in his community and wants to work professionally with troubled youth.
Before Sisters’ Karen, Meg, and Denetra came to my community, I could only imagine their impact. I worried that my English wouldn’t be good enough or that I wouldn’t be able to understand their English. The first to arrive was Sister Karen. She immediately put my fears to rest by speaking slowly and distinctly. She kept encouraging me to practice my English pronunciation and even tried to learn a few words in Swahili!
Even though Swahili is our first language, all Kenyan children are also taught English as soon as they start school. But we rarely have the opportunity to learn the subtle pronunciation differences with a real English-speaking European or American! I thoroughly enjoyed getting better (I hope) with my conversational English after working with Karen for three weeks followed by Meg & Denetra for 10 days. Continue reading “Gideon on the Sisters”
What is the common view of America in my community?
Firstly, America is highly respected as the superpower of the world. If we know someone from America, we feel privileged and are more respected in our community.
Secondly, we think Americans are “stinking rich.” President Obama arrived here in ‘the beast’ (the presidential limousine), so we think ALL Americans have expensive cars and wear expensive clothes. Television typically portrays wealthy instead of poor Americans, which also colors our view.
Finally, Kenya is at least 75% poor so when Americans come to Kenya, they seem to come with gifts for the poor and they frequently set up programs that will benefit the poor, like starting orphanages.
After hosting Sisters’ Karen, Meg, and Denetra, our preconceived ideas had to be adjusted. I invite you to post any question you might have for me. I’ll do my best to answer!!
I didn’t hear from Gideon for quite a number of days and I was getting very worried because of the instability in the country. I finally did hear from him. Gideon’s absence was because he could not renew his phone minutes. His monthly cell phone bill is only $5 so I sent him $20 by Western Union and the problem is solved for the time being.
Thank you for your prayers! We’ll have another blog post from Gideon in a day or two!
I am a Seventh-day Adventist videographer who taped the sermons of Sisters’ Karen, Meg, and Denetra when they were here in Kenya. I am also a choir director. In addition to recording and producing our CDs, I am qualified to compose music and train the newest generation of choir directors and videographers!
My wife, Josephellah, is a private school teacher. Our son, Samuel, is 4 years old. How do you stop children from growing up so fast? It seems like yesterday that he was a babe in arms and now we can hardly keep up with him!