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!
The last day we were in Kitale, Pastor Benjamin invited pastors from other towns who had heard us preach, to lunch with us. We were delighted! They took the opportunity to ask questions about some of the concepts we shared. We were very impressed with their spirituality and nobility. Pastor Simon of Sudan thanked us for sharing light about the Sanctuary. He had never understood that the goal of the Sanctuary experience is oneness with God. It was refreshing and encouraging to know that they were hungering for light. As the wise men sought Jesus by following the star, the pastors of Africa traveled to Kitale, Kenya to hear our messages so they could share what they learned with their people.
On our first day in Kitale, Denetra and I met Pastor Benjamin. He began to share with me the story of how he connected with Mountain Refuge Ministries (MRM). Denetra was playing with the children when I called her over to hear an amazing story. Pastor Benjamin told us that he had been fasting and praying for 3 days under the Lord’s direction because he wanted to help his people know God on a deeper level. He knew God wanted to reveal something to him. When Pastor Benjamin finished his fast, he asked the Lord what He wanted to tell him. God told him to look up “Mountain Refuge Ministries.” Continue reading “December 9, 2018”