Kenya was a great trip, but I can show it better than telling it.
Take a look at the pics, read the updates, and listen to the sermons as you are able. A lot of people could have been mentioned who labor so hard for our Master’s glory.
The brothers there are united in sovereign grace and laboring as one. Trinity Baptist Church, Murungi Igweta, Pastor, hosted me the entire time. I went around day after day with Michael Maura, pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church, but also an evangelist to the whole region.
I arrived in time for the Proclaim Conference at Emmanuel Baptist Church, where pastor Ken Mbugua is one of the great preachers in the English language. I was able to preach many places, including Kibera, which is the largest “slum” in Africa and 4th largest in the world. The conditions were deplorable, but there’s a man laboring there teaching Reformed Baptist doctrine. He heard the particular redemption of Christ from Michael Maura and hosts men every month for pastoral studies.
I'm overwhelmed with the love and support that I've received in Kenya. The gospel has been preached in power, and the fellowship's been sweet among different brethren from different churches. They may lack American conveniences, but they're strong in the Lord and can teach American churches.
Mosquitos and other insects love me, but I'm reminded I've made no sacrifice in coming to Africa, following the Lord's love
Motorcycles ride through flooded streets that seem impassable by cars. People are hard working and industrious. I love it. I've been many places, but thus far, this is my favorite trip. The weather is a lot like Cali, but slightly more humid. Koki Ann wants me to visit the animal park where wild animals roam while you walk. No fence? No Heshimu!
I love you all back in the states and pray for you Larry Austin, Christ Bible Church, and many others.
Nigeria will be another challenge, but my heart is settled. I lay my life down for the Lord. He found me, the vilest sinner out of hell, and gave me fellowship and mercy. As Pastor Ken Mbugua said one evening, "He shows this love day after day - all our faults and all our wanderings have not stopped this great love. It's strong as ever and will carry us to heaven". This message challenged us to live for Him who died for us (2 Cor 5 5:14-15). I was a weeping, blubbering fool, touched by His mercy, because only He knows the pit I was in.
Praise the Lord, Oh my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name. (Ps 103:1)
At the end of May I preached at Bethesda Baptist Church, my first sermon in Africa!
“The One Who Believes” (John 3:36)
I met this beloved brother, Alois Were, who labors in the largest "slum" in Nairobi, and one of the largest in the world. He faithfully preaches sovereign grace. I highly esteem him and join with him in the three desires of his heart.
Michael will labor with him one Saturday and Sunday afternoon a month for this purpose. Do not despise the vile conditions. God is in this place.
“Never Hunger or Thirst Again” (John 6:35)
Pastor’s Response to First Training Session:
At one point I went to encourage Pastor Masunga. Nope! Instead, he had a word for me. "Preach the distinctive gospel." He exhorted me to stay faithful to sovereign grace - the Father of our Lord Jesus who sent the Son to be revealed by the Spirit to a chosen people. Bro Joe Mwita Thwagi, myself, and Koki Ann were thrilled.
Joe travels an hour and a half to meet with this faithful church at least twice a week, traveling over dirt roads filled with ditches, when other faithful churches are larger and closer, just so he can be an encouragement to this assembly and to a man who's been there for him. Joe plans to return to Tokyo Japan with his wife, Melissa, and labor there with Tokyo Bible Church, teaching English from the Bible as a way to evangelize. Praise God for faithfulness and love for one another!
Several days later at Nairobi University, Upper Kabete, these saints stayed behind a couple of hours with Michael Maura and I, after a faithful and extraordinarily powerful sermon was preached from 1 Timothy 1-4, where Michael exhorted us to beware of false prophets. His sermon points included:
It was a great encouragement to see Kinyanjui Simon and others laboring faithfully. The turn to sovereign grace started with one person speaking things people knew were true but could not understand, then they searched and found out for themselves that salvation is according to the Scriptures alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to God's glory alone.
Some of the brethren have already graduated from Nairobi University, upper Kabete, but they have a heart for young people and continue to minister. They go door to door and do many other things to evangelize the gospel, along with Sunday worship with a larger group. I'm very thankful to see such transformation and devotion to the gospel!
I'm blessed to have met these wonderful brothers. I thank God for an opportunity to sit under the teaching of His word by brother Michael Maura.
We had was a great time yesterday with brethren from the Reformed Baptist Bible Institute. Levi Musymi and Daniel Masesi have labored there faithfully for years. It was great to see the class and be invited to speak. The Lord encourages us by older saints who've persevered in seeming obscurity, and He encourages us by young saints who want to be steadfast. Training those who preach is one of the greatest desires of my heart.
Michael Maura and I were able to bring them books donated by Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Brother Levi Musyimi, Daniel Masesi ,and Heshimu Colar enjoying fellowship at RBBI.
KWBC Youth Ministry is humbled to Host Heshimu Colar in our First Genesis service this year, Kindly slot this in your reminders. TOPIC- HEAVEN AND EARTH Soli Deo Gloria!!
A Flier from KWBC Youth Ministry
We were able to street preach in Tassia, Nairobi before leaving.
“The One Who Believes in Me” (John 7:38-39)
“Not Even His Brothers Believed” (John 7:5)
Vivian heads Shamma Children's Home, which means, "God is present". Michael Maura and I were privileged to meet with her yesterday, open the Word of life, and spend time with little Jimmy, who came to the home at 8 months old. The other 15 children were at school, but Michael will be visiting again with other members of Bethesda Baptist Church to preach the gospel and labor around the home.
Jimmy is a camera hawg who loves to dance and express his independence. Vivian was gracious to feed us and rejoiced with us in the gospel, that "No One Can Come" to Him, unless they are drawn by the Father.
I've attached an audio of my exhortation and wish I'd recorded Michael after he closed us in prayer. Enjoy the videos. It was a great time.
"No Man Can Come" (John 6:65) Audio Message:
We had a great time yesterday at Open Hand Children's Home, which started in 2003, and has cared for many orphans, raising them from infancy to graduation and marriage. Sister Alice Mukui, a longtime member of Injili Baptist Church, where I heard the gospel a couple weeks ago, has labored there with other sisters and exhorts us in the video that GREAT is His faithfulness, with repeated emphasis on the word "great". She encouraged me, after hearing the gospel brought to the children, that God would care for me, so long as I continued faithfully in the message.
These children were happy, well provided for, and they knew they were loved. Many are adopted by other Kenyans, yet the emphasis is not their physical care! That's provided, so their souls can be taught the gospel.
I've heard about Open Hand for years from Michael Maura, and it's a reason for my high esteem and support, as he's labored there weekly without fanfare or remuneration.
As I get permission, I'll also post photos and lots of video from the Rafiki Foundation, a top notch school for classical Christian education, rivaling or exceeding programs that I've seen in the USA. It's nice to see something like this exists in Kenya and several other African nations, including Nigeria, where I'll be going. They subsidize costs and train orphans also!
Clowning around with David: Great kid from Open Hand, brought to the home as an infant.
I remember this charge entrusted to me by God Himself, affirmed by my brethren.
The Lord was with me there and assured my call to Africa. I'm in Lagos Nigeria now, where I know that I need to be, warmly received by brethren since my arrival. Brethren have been patient and kind here, as you’ll here more, hopefully, in a month or two with my next update.
Brothers, thank you for giving! As I posted things on Facebook, different people gave or expressed a desire, and it reminded me of Paul’s teaching in Phil 4. We don’t talk about giving because we have personal need. We are content and have all things in Christ, but we want fruit to abound to YOUR account - not only to give, but to do it from the right motive to the glory of God. “You did well”, Paul said, as he received their offering, but he wanted them increasing in Christ
Grace to you and Peace!