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.
Curtis returned to the States September 20, 2019, after spending 3 months in NW Kenya. He planned to go back to Kitale, Kenya in 2 weeks. He is still planning to return for another 3 months but he will be delayed for a week or two, if all goes well.
He was admitted to the hospital 10 days later after his health deteriorated. Symptoms: fever 103.7, pustules spreading on body (felt like glass shards), swollen feet, burning sensation in hands (very hot to the touch), in & out of consciousness, inflamed throat (even water burned).
He is under the care of Dr. Seeber, who has been his primary care physician for many years.
The group with whom I have been studying, got a gift of about 50 kilos of rice and 50 kilos beans to distribute amongst themselves. This was a parting gift from Pastor Bill.
The Sabbath before I head back to America will be devoted to the final 2 lessons in the 34-lesson Steps to Life Bible study guide series.
On Sunday, I pack up my things and move out of my house and head to the bus terminal in Kitale and take an overnight bus to Nairobi. I’ll rest at a friends place in Nairobi on Monday and fly out to the US via Amsterdam just before midnight Monday night. But I’ll be back.