Miriam has been coming to my classes for the past five months. We have spent many hours together studying God’s word. Her commitment to finding truth is unstoppable. She is equally passionate about charity work. She has created a line of women’s purses – the proceeds go to the community center.
Miriam lovingly designs and makes each purse with the help of her friends. The inner lining is cotton and the outer is woollen yarn or thread.
I have limited space in my luggage for my return trip December 24, but I will try to get as many through customs as I can.
Suggested donation for the black purse size is at least $10, for the purple size $15. I’ll need help with the shipping, once I get back to the states. Use any of the multiple ways to send donations by clicking here – DONATE
It has come to my attention that some of the students that are attending the classes I teach do not have Bibles. The Gideons used to do their thing out here – but not anymore. It just never crossed my mind that in a country where half of the people and businesses have Biblical names, many do not have Bibles.
Someone took Miriam’s Bible when she wasn’t looking the other day. It is a shame that some of my students are just sitting in class and hearing the teaching and the reading but not seeing it in the Word themselves.
A Bible costs between $10 and $15. That’s a lot of money for people who live on less than a $1 a day. It is cost prohibitive to send Bibles from the US. The best way to help is to send money so that we can purchase the Bibles here in Kenya. Click Donate for a variety of ways to send money.
The clutch in the car quit working on the way to my first class. The rest of the day was tricky but I managed to pick up people in 2 different locations on the way out to the furthest of all the studies I do. I got the car parked on a hill so that we could have a rolling start after class.
Halfway home, I got stopped behind another car at exactly the wrong spot. We weren’t able to move again without a clutch. Fortunately there was a place nearby that I was able to buy fluid and it stayed in the system long enough for me to get moving, drop everyone off and start on the way home again before I lost the clutch again.
I managed to get the car into Afrikana Yard and parked a little crooked because a dog was sleeping in the dark on the ground where I normally park. My truck driving skills syncing engine RPMs with the gear box came in handy today. I thank God for His goodness!
Ten minutes after I started the movie TELL THE WORLD, we heard a loud crash and the power went out. The projector I borrowed from the SDA Church, went dark. We all went out front and saw a distressing scene.
A straight truck lost control, went down through the grass and plowed over a pole carrying the main power supply to the town of Simatwet. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
We prayed for the drivers on Kenya’s roads, announced the continuation of the movie next Sabbath and dismissed the group. We had about 15 people in attendance, 10 were children.
Next Sabbath, we hope to be able to view the entire movie, which is a history of The Seventh-day Adventist Church. I highly recommend it for your family to watch!
After Nehemiah helped to rebuild the holy city of Jerusalem and the walls around the city, he went back to Persia for a time. You may remember that when he came back, things were different from when he left. This was after the 70 years of captivity. You can read more about Nehemiah’s experience in the book Prophets and Kings, Ch.57.When we read about the great men and women of the Bible, we note a common thread: following all of God’s commandments, principles, and precepts is typically not popular. All godly men and women are tested as to their faithfulness and dedication to Him. I’m tested each day and sometimes I trip, sometimes I fall. Are you one of His people that will follow truth no matter whether you’re the only one? —- Brenda Zarska
Pastor Curtis went back to the States for about a month after his first 3-month stay in Kitale. Friendships had been formed and bible study was vigorous! Many committed themselves to the keeping of all of God’s commandments.
By God’s grace, pastor Curtis is back. He is helping those who might have stumbled to get back up! He is there to form new friendships and study God’s Word with any who will hear! Is that you?
Pastor Curtis says: I’m teaching or speaking every day and on some days teaching in 2 different locations. There is a multi-denominational women’s group, a Penticostal church in Kibagenge, a weekly class in Loreto with Pastor Nicholas Juma and his church, another with Pastor John Kasembeli and his church in Kongoni, and Sabbath’s spent with pastor Benjamin’s church in Simatwet.
I’m keeping Friday afternoon free for my own Sabbath preparation. I want you to know how happy I am to be back with my second family here in Kenya! Everyone is so warm and welcoming and I hope to stay even longer, if funding can be found.
Pastor Benjamin and his church board members let me sit in on their meeting Sunday afternoon. The first item on the agenda was this month’s rent on the church. The property owner raised the monthly rent on the property from 1500 to 1800 Kenyan Shillings ($15 to $18). They were 10 days late on paying the rent. They had raised 1000 Shillings ($10) for it. Two or three of the board members committed to come up with the rent shortfall.
The other 2 items on the agenda were discussions about raising money needed for a couple of worthy church projects. One of them is a cooperative effort that will possibly generate cash for the church in the future. I’ve mentioned such things here and elsewhere in the past and had no one express any interest in helping.
The entirety of the church membership lives off of the land and they barter for what they don’t grow or raise themselves. For these people, opportunities to earn cash come on an occasional basis for which they can make money to pay tithe or for talk-time or data on a cell phone, medicine or some of life’s extras that are available in stores.
Most people here live in cinder block, dirt floor homes with no running water or electricity. I’m just describing what life is like in for these people.
Pastor Curtis is in Kenya for the 2nd three months, as planned. The goal is to prepare the elders to hold their own Steps to Life programs for their congregations. ***************
After meeting with the brethern, our short-term goals are to get student commitments and hold 3 to 5 classes – each class meeting once a week during the week. I will also be teaching at Simatwet on Sabbath & Sunday.