Saturday, January 27, 2007
Nandi Baptist Bible School
Last Sunday (1/21) after the
services at Chemartin, we had a meeting of all the pastors
and other church leaders to discuss the beginning of the
Bible school. We adopted the name, Nandi Baptist Bible
School, and determined that we would open for classes in
April. A board of eleven members was elected. I
am ex-officio. As this will be a part-time school, the
pastors decided to meet for one week during each of the
school holiday periods in April, August and December.
They will be able to get leave from their jobs on the tea
estates for that length of time. Because of their work
schedules, it will take them 2 ½-3 years to complete the
two-year certificate course.
I talked with the headmaster
of Taito Secondary School, which is sponsored by the Kenya
Tea Growers Association and which Anna serves as Chairman of
the Board. He has agreed to allow us to use the school
and will let us know what the cost will be per student to
use their facilities. They have dormitories so men and
women students can stay overnight. There is also a
kitchen which will provide meals, and, of course, there are
classrooms. God is our awesome Provider!
Meanwhile, we will be
searching for property where we can build and have our own
campus. I can envision a sign on the main highway that
says: ENTRANCE TO NANDI BAPTIST BIBLE SCHOOL.
What an impact it can have on the Nandi Hills District!
Please pray with us as we seek God’s vision and perfect
This report will be very
short as time is short, but I do want to give you an update
on the recent prayer requests. Anna’s daughter,
Tricia, is still gaining strength for her surgery. My
niece, Jill, received an undesirable final report and
learned that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes, so
more of them will have to be removed, and she must have
chemotherapy. My brother’s finger was repaired with
pins. It will not be as mobile as it was, but at least
he still has a whole finger. Thank you for your
are most of the newly elected board members of Nandi
Baptist Bible School. From left to right beginning
with the man in the blue pants and brown vest are
Elisha Dome, pastor of Kapchorua Baptist
Church; Samwel Kiarie, pastor of
Revival Baptist Church in Tinderet; Ernest
Wekesa, pastor of Taito Baptist Church;
Peter Kemboi, pastor of Cheptabach Baptist
Church; Nancy Kosgei, a member of FBC, Kapsabet,
and a member of the Nandi Education Board;
Alfred Rotich, interim pastor of Chemartin
Baptist Church; and me. We are so
excited, especially the pastors who wouldn't otherwise
be able to attend any school because of their work
begun building the roof. This is the first time
any wood is used in the construction. The roof is
tied down to the house by metal bands that were inserted
under the lintel before the concrete was poured.
It is storm proof and bullet proof except for the
windows. Hopefully and prayerfully, it won't
ever be tested for either disaster!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I missed church last Sunday
because we (Shikuku, Saina and I) were on our way back to
Nairobi so I could be at Immigration when it opened Monday
morning. It seems my request for a Special Pass was
denied due to lack of information, although I followed all
the instructions given to me. Therefore, I had to get
another letter from the First Baptist Church of Ruiru (a
suburb of Nairobi) requesting that they reconsider their
decision based upon the additional information I was
submitting with the appeal letter. My visa expired on
Monday, which was the reason for the trip, but since the
appeal is in process I’m OK to stay in the country until the
Special Pass or my Resident Status is approved, whichever
comes first. Actually, the residency should be
approved next week, as it has been two months since I
applied. Again, God is in control and I trust Him to
take care of it all.
Temso Church had three new
members last Sunday! And remember Kristofer? He
and his wife have been in church every Sunday since he was
saved and sober; and his wife, Helen, came to the Bible
study last Wednesday. Please keep them in your
Cheribisi and Kipture
churches have been received back into the fellowship of our
Baptist churches. Our pastors met with some of their
members to determine if their motives were pure, and
Bwana asa fiwe!, we now have two more churches here in
the Nandi Hills Tea Zone Association for a total of eleven.
Both of them were planted by our mission team last July
2005, but were persuaded to join that other group. Now
they’re back with us.
As God is working so mightily
here, so is the enemy. It has recently come to my
attention that three of the churches each have one deacon
who has two wives. I’m not sure how that happened in
the first place, but as they are growing in the Lord they
are realizing that it is contrary to the teaching of God’s
Word. We sought counsel from Linus Kirimi of the
Baptist Convention of Kenya, and he or someone he appoints
will act as a mediator to solve the problem. The
Kalenjin tradition allows for several wives. One man I
know, who is not in church, has six wives. Kalenjin is
the name for the collection of several tribes in the Nandi
area. Although they no longer live in tribal villages
and many have intermarried, there are still those, mostly
the older generation—my generation, who hold strongly to the
old traditions. Their children and grandchildren are
rapidly moving away from it and becoming more “westernized.”
Another area where the enemy
is attacking is rebellion on the part of one pastor and one
man who is studying to be a pastor. The pastor is the
one who was disciplined for causing division and strife in
his church in October and told to stay out of the pastorate
for at least six months while he searched his soul and
sought the Lord for guidance. Our pastors have been
working with him to make sure he knew he was loved and we
were praying for him. Well, he is starting a new
church elsewhere tomorrow.
The pastoral student is
causing problems in one of the churches with his gossiping
People are the same
everywhere. They have the same strengths and
weaknesses that we read about in God’s Word. That’s
why the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and
“useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in
righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) everywhere in the world.
Please pray for us on this side of the world as we seek
God’s direction in dealing with these problems. We
know Jesus is already the Victor, the enemy is already
defeated and the war is already won. We just have to
get through these minor skirmishes in our earthly life.
It surely helps to be certain of the promise of the glory in
Heaven after this life!
As always, thank you for your
love and prayers.
children are passersby who stopped to watch the workman.
I couldn't pass up taking their picture while they were
looking in through the living room window.
The roof hasn't been put up yet because Waweru has been
sick for over a week. Also, the only wood he could find
was freshly cut, so he has to give it more time to cure.
Strict laws on tree felling have made the price of wood
climb and stockpiles depleted. Because of major
deforestation in recent years, lakes and rivers are
drying up. The effects of climate change are enormous
here. Those of you who have been here and seen the pink
affect of the thousands of flamingoes on the lakes in
the Great Rift Valley will miss seeing that spectacle.
The lakes have shrunk so much the flamingoes have flown
picture was taken outside of Temso Church. The children
love to have their picture taken with mzungu (white
person), and then they gather around to see it in the
viewer. In fact, everyone here loves to have their
picture taken. When I go to the shamba, I take pictures
of all the workmen and make enough copies to give each
of them a picture. They are very appreciative.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A Happening Week
The total now is about 9 new
churches that we have been requested to help start in this
area. Four more new requests came to us this week.
People are hearing how God is working in the Nandi Hills
district and they want Baptist churches in their
Bwana asa fiwe! Praise the Lord! Our pastors
will be meeting with these groups to determine their needs
and we’ll go out from there.
A pastor has been found to
lead the new church in Nandi Hills town, so they will begin
meeting as soon as they find a place. They may have to
rent a building in town, because the town council closed the
local government primary school to church use. We’re
not sure why, but we do know that the Muslim influence is
growing and there is a mosque in town. In fact some of
the banks in Kenya are giving special concessions to them
out of “respect for their faith.”
Sunday at Temso was a special day for the two pastors who
graduated from Mukhuru Bible School last November.
They were presented with gifts, and as people lined up to
congratulate them, money was pressed into their palms.
It was a precious time for all of us. And, not to be
outdone, the ladies who attend Bible study gave me a
kikoi (the all-purpose wrap-around) and a very nice
cardigan sweater, all of which was totally unexpected.
Then we all went to my shamba to look over the
progress being made and had prayer.
TEE, Theological Education by
Extension, will begin on Sunday afternoons the end of this
month. This is the program everyone told me about when
I arrived. When the pastors met, they decided to have
three separate locations meeting simultaneously to
facilitate everyone who wanted to take part.
Facilitate means that no one will have to walk more than
30-45 minutes to get to a location. This is an
exciting giant leap forward in their Christian growth and
Bible knowledge. Our prayer is that many people will
participate, not just the pastors and church leaders.
Before I came to Kenya God
told me what He wanted me to do: share the gospel,
teach the Bible and sew and teach them how to sew.
Sharing the gospel and teaching the Bible happen almost
every day; however, what I understood to be sewing hasn’t
materialized. I bought a treadle sewing machine and
was ready to start on some clothes, but was told by several
people, even a lady who owns a material shop, that it is
much cheaper to buy clothes at the second-hand store than it
is to buy material and make them. I found out they are
right, so I haven’t begun to sew anything on the machine and
even wondered if I misunderstood what God said.
Then on the Sunday morning we
were at Kapsabet and the ladies gave me the African-style
outfit, one of the ladies told the congregation that I had
taught them how to sew the necklaces and bracelets.
That was a word from the Lord to let me know I had not
misunderstood what to do, just what medium to use. It
is a prime example of how God reveals things to us based on
where our understanding is, and then takes us from there to
where we need to be. Only God knows us and our hearts
that intimately and completely. We serve an awesome
Here’s an update on Tricia,
Anna’s daughter. She is home from the hospital,
resting and gaining strength so she can undergo the
necessary surgery to correct the problem. Please
continue to pray for her healing and wisdom to make the
decision to either stay in the U.S. or return home to Kenya.
May I add two more requests?
A niece in Louisiana, Jill Rushing, had a double mastectomy
on Monday and is now home and doing well. Preliminary
tests so far show no lymph node involvement. My
brother, Sel Warren, was shot in the finger by an intruder
who entered his apartment. He had surgery this morning
to either insert pins to repair the damage or to amputate
it. And he’s been so concerned for my safety in
Thank you so much for all
your prayers, love and support. God is working through
Saturday, January 6, 2007
New Year’s Week 2007
New Year’s Eve church service
at Koisagat Sunday morning was wonderful with three of us
sharing from God’s Word; great testimonies, one of which was
from a visitor who said he was joining the church; and the
usual good singing with a drum. That night there was
another gathering with a bon fire to bring in the New Year.
They rarely have anything at night for walking safety
reasons and they don’t expect me to come, so I missed the
fire. I decided long ago it was too dangerous for me
to drive anywhere after sundown because of road conditions
and the total darkness.
New Year’s Day a few of Anna’s friends joined us for lunch:
Dr. and Mrs. David Wasawo and Saina (I forgot his last
name). David, 86, has his Ph.D. in biology and taught
at several universities for many years. He is now
chancellor of one of the universities in Kisumu. Ruth,
his wife, runs their coffee farm which is a couple of hours
away from Kisumu. Saina owns a couple of businesses
and lives in Cheptabach. It was a relaxing day
visiting with such knowledgeable people.
As it turns out, Ruth and
Saina played very important roles in helping me navigate
through immigration this week. Ruth went with Shikuku
and I to Kisumu to the immigration office to see about
extending my visa until my application for residency is
approved. There is about a 2-3 week lapse between the
two events, which means I would have to leave the country
until I became an official resident. The Kisumu office
extended the visa only one week as per the law here, so I
had to go back to the Nairobi office on Thursday. This
time Ruth and Saina went with us. Saina had
connections and Ruth was going anyway to take care of some
business. She also has an apartment (flat) in the big
city which she invited me to share with her.
The Nairobi office couldn’t
help me any further and offered no solutions. Then the
Lord impressed upon me to show the officer the letter I had
received from First Baptist Church, Ruiru (a suburb of
Nairobi), inviting me to come to Kenya to work with the
Baptist churches in Nandi Hills. He then said, “Oh, so
you’re a missionary. You can apply for a Special Pass
for an additional month or two which we can approve by next
week.” God is so awesome!
Now you must understand that
when we come here on mission trips, we are advised to never
mention the fact that we are here to do church work.
We just say we’re tourists. Well, I have discovered
that in spite of the group that is trying to stop Christian
work in Kenya, the government is delighted to have us here
helping the people. On the application for residency
status, there was the question, “Why do you want to live in
Kenya?” In spite of all I’ve been told, I wrote down
the exact reason and attached a copy of the above-mentioned
letter and left it in God’s hands.
Nothing is impossible with
Him! (Genesis 18:14 and Luke 1:37)
Remember Kristofer? He
was again at church last Sunday and this time brought his
wife. Also, a lady from another denomination has been
faithfully attending one of the Bible studies. She
told someone last week that she wants to join the church as
soon as she can convince her husband to do so with her.
This past Wednesday another lady visited a Bible study for
the first time from another church “down the hill.”
You must see the hills to understand that “down the hill”
could mean many kilometers away! Little by little God
is growing and strengthening these churches. It is so
awesome to watch Him working in so many lives!
Another wonderful story of
God’s working is about Mary Magut, a very young widow with
two children, a 5-year-old and almost 2-year old. She
came to a Bible study one day and had the saddest
countenance. I found out that her husband had died two
years ago before the youngest child was born, and she was
struggling to face life each day. We had several good
talks over the next few weeks, and then not long ago she
shared that she had finally found joy in her life again and
was so thankful. Most of you realize that God brings
us through certain trials in our lives so that we can help
others who are going through similar situations (2
Corinthians 1:3-4). My husband went to be with the
Lord 11 years ago last month, and God has given me many
opportunities to share with other widows about His love,
peace and comfort.
In John 4:34-35 Jesus said,
“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish
His work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then
the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at
the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” God
needs more workers in this harvest. I’m praying for
Please keep praying for all
of us here! God is working!
sure where they will use these stones, but he was hard
at work making one side very smooth and flat.
bars he is fitting together will be placed inside wooden
troughs, which will then be filled with concrete to form
the lintel. The lintel runs along the top of the
walls, doors and windows.
This is a
view of the front door and window with the wooden trough
on top being supported by tree branches. The
trough is where the concrete will be poured to form the
This is a
view of the back of the house. You can see the lintel troughs on top of
each wall--interior and exterior.
In Exodus 12:7 the Israelites
were told to put blood from the sacrificial lamb on
the lintel above the door to protect the first born
from the death angel, which is a picture of what
Jesus did for us when He shed His blood so that we
can have eternal life.