Greetings to you in our Lord’s name. I have been in the U.S. for over a month now having started from Winchester, V.A., where a group of missionaries supported by Fellowship Bible Church came together for fellowship in the Word.
Each missionary gave of what God is doing around the world. God is really at work to save His people. We also heard how the devil is trying to hinder the spread of the Gospel.
I have started my trip to the supporting churches and friends throughout the States and I look forward to seeing many of you in your churches and homes. Please pray for my safety as I drive about 5,000 miles on the “wrong” side of the road.
My family was doing well as I was leaving the country. Josephine, now 13 and in 7th grade, is home on break from school. She continues to keep good grades. She also behaves well in school and is well liked by her teachers, house parents and fellow students. We thank God that, as she grows to be a young woman, she loves the Lord and is developing a responsible character. The good thing is, apart from looking like her daddy, she is daddy’s girl!
Rebecca, now 8 and in 4th grade in our village school, looks forward to boarding school this year where she will join her sister. The school turned her away last year because she was too little. Otherwise, she is also doing well academically and growing tall.
Miriam, the ever happy and ever singing, is growing well and has lost her baby teeth at the age of 5 and is in the 1st grade.
Jumboy, Jared our son, is now 3 and in kindergarten, is also doing well and has started to like school, which he used to resist. Did I say a while ago that he was a terrorist to the girls? Well, he has turned around to be the “king” and a spoiled boy being carried around.
Church Planting and Evangelism
We thank God for the Training Center which has given us men to minister to the fast-growing populations of the local churches.
Before coming to the U.S., I had the opportunity to visit John Pusien up on the “mountain of God.” We visited several places like Kotit, Ptoyo, Kapkaba and many others, where we saw what these men go through every day. It made me appreciate our training facility and the evangelists who sacrifice to train there and minister to their communities.
In Ptoyo, there is a tribal prophet who claims to have powers to bring rain and make the dusty, rocky, hot and hungry people have food. He has taken advantage of the people by demanding honey in containers and goats from the hungry villagers in the area.
To rescue the people from such powers, these men have gone in with the Gospel and have dispelled the powers of darkness and a church has been planted. This area and the others areas, as well.
With a team led by Ed Hirshman, we recently visited Kasitit and Chelsitit areas in East Pokot with the Gospel for the first time. Ed described it as something he would expect to see in National Geographic. People wore animal skins for clothes and ostrich feathers on their heads. Pray for Yusef and Job as they keep the flame of the Gospel burning in the midst of very difficult circumstances.
We reported to you last year that we were not able to drill as many holes as we would have liked according to the demand for water. This was because of a lack of funds, so we drilled only 4. This year seems to be starting well. Between January and now, we have received funds from a church in Michigan to drill 3 holes. We have finished one hole already, which has an abundance of water. In the next month or two, we should be through drilling the two remaining holes, unless our old drilling machine breaks down.
Around the new well, a village is building up and a gathering is being drawn to hear the Gospel. There is no better tool to get these ever-thirsty, ever-hungry than drilling a well for them. Please pray that God will continue to provide more wells. We are also praying for the provision of a new drilling machine that can drill as deep as 700 feet.
We also have the Agricultural and Water engineers from Israel, who came to look at our irrigation solution to the starvation situation, have completed their report and have given us their evaluations and recommendations. It will surely be a lasting solution to the persistent lack of water. They have recommended that when the Serewo Water Fall Project is done and the irrigation project is complete, it will irrigate more than 2,000 acres of land and will produce a lot of food twice a year. This is great news for us!!
Meanwhile, 110,000 Pokot will be facing starvation between now and August of this year, according to the World Food Programme. Please pray that God will provide $20,000 a hole for us to continue drilling water for this dry land and provide some food for the people.
I have come to appreciate parents for the undertaking of parenting, providing the things that children need and shaping them up for future usefulness and responsibility. This is what we are trying to do at the orphanages where God has given us a challenging position of parenting some of the children who have grown well and are helping us as teachers, preachers, nurses in our clinics and serving in the government as teachers and chiefs. It is a sign to us that is encouraging to us and is evidence that we have done well. Our third orphanage in Chemolingot is just about ready to receive about 100 children by January 2008. That will bring our total number of orphans to around 450. Please continue to partner with us in prayer and financial support as we try our best to feed 350 mouths every day, clothe, educate and take care of these children.
Recently, there was a problem of a pregnant mother who went into labor. Some older women came to help her but the baby took forever to come. After two days of labor, only a hand of the baby stuck out and nothing more for another whole day. Apart from the traditional midwives, there was no one in the village trained to help. As the situation proved to be too complicated for the traditional women, there was nothing they could do but watch the baby and mother dying in front of them.
This is one of the incidents that compel us to establish mission stations with medical clinics and trained nurses to help the people medically where they are in the villages. We thank god for Chepuka, which is being finished now. The people are very happy that they will hear the Word and receive medical services in this precious facility.
We are also praying for a more equipped hospital to which we can refer our village cases.
Thank you and may God bless you as we partner together to advance His kingdom.