Many of you are aware that I had the great privilege and honor to return to Kenya. This was my second trip and very much long over due. For many years, my heart has been yearning for missions, particularly Africa. I had hoped to post updates to this site during my journey. In spite of my failed efforts, I was able to post to my twitter and facebook profiles.
The purpose of this journey was primarily to confirm my call, rekindle former and build new relationships, and be sensitive to the Lord’s will in my life as it pertains to Kenya. Little did I realize this call was not only confirmed for Kenya, but it was expanded to include all of East Africa. Doors have immediately opened to enter into Tanzania and Uganda. I was blown away by the genuine heart, passion and vision for the Kingdom of God in East Africa. Our host were gracious, honorable and transparent.
Although I went focusing more on what God wanted to reveal to me, I was honored to teach and speak at churches in Nairobi and Kabenes. In addition to the conference sessions, I spoke nightly at an open air crusade in the town center of Kabenes, a small village about 15 miles from the city of Eldoret. There is NO electricity or running water in this town. They believe in God, but do not have a relationship with Him through Christ. Much of their culture is steeped in tribal tradition and bondage. We were among the Nandi tribe, which is a sub-tribe of the Kalenjin. This tribe is known for its runners. The young men, women and children were very receptive to our mission; however, many of the older men were reserved, non-engaging and somewhat stand-offish. There is a great need to reveal the nature of Christ to these men, so they can impact their community and the surrounding villages.
I have partnered with Lawrence Otieno, Pastor of Mt. Zion Gospel Tabernacle (church picture above), to assist him in fulfilling God’s purposes and advancing the Kingdom of Christ in Kabenes. I met Lawrence in 2005 during my first trip when he was in ministry training. We have stayed in touch over the years and I have witnessed him grow into an amazing servant for Christ. It’s taken him 3 years and much hardship to earn the trust of the locals and build relationships. He is beginning to see fruit of his labor from this church plant through favor with many of the local businesses and a private school, Prilimo Academy, has allowed him to put the church structure on the property and even allowed us to use the campus during our visit. His heart and passion extend beyond Kabenes and well into other nations of East Africa. Kabenes will definitely be one of my stopping points for future missions.
Finally, the main visionary for the work in East Africa is Apostle Mike Opiyo. He is the pastor of Mt. Zion Church in Kayole, a suburb of Nairobi, and a very humble man of faith. Mike and I spent much time just sharing our passion for missions and strategizing our partnership. We share the same burdens for advancing the Kingdom and bringing the body of Christ back to the true work of the gospel. In all my missions, I have encountered many who have their hand out in expectation that men from the west will fund all their projects and remove their burdens, but not Mike. Instead, he selflessly gave and expected nothing in return, except for our love, fellowship and encouragement. It is through him and his relationships with men in Tanzania and Uganda we have open doors to spread the gospel to places that still have NOT seen a white man or heard the name Jesus. I am excited to yoke up in labor with these men and hope others will support our work as well.
I have been back in the US for 2 weeks and already received many request to go back to Kenya, as well as Tanzania and Uganda. The harvest of souls is ripe, laborers are few and provision unseen. I am not sure how all of this is going to work out, or even what this ministry will look like in the coming weeks, months and years, but I trust my Lord to make a way where there seems to be none. The doors are opened wide for me to travel through them, I am looking for partners to assist us in making this happen. Please agree with me in prayer for favor, provision and timing to advance this Kingdom work in East Africa. I will continue to post updates and will be modifying this site to reflect all our mission endeavors. If you are interested in partnership, don’t hesitate to contact me.