Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the laborers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest - Luke 10:2.

TRAVEL JOURNAL 2011 - 2012

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October 1, 2011 begins a new year of ministry

 

October 1 - November 2 S. Sudan, Uganda, Kenya
November 3 - March 1, 2012 USA
March 2 - April 20, 2012 Asia: Singapore, China
April 21 - Mid-August 2012 USA - Home Outreaches
Mid-August  - Mid-September 2012 Kenya, South Sudan

 

Please continue to pray for:  traveling mercies, receptive hearts, all financial needs to be met, and that the right doors will be opened and that I will be His servant wherever He leads me.

 

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September 17, 2012

 

This last trip to Africa was successful in many ways. I was on a mandate from Yahweh to return to South Sudan and pray for Africa on the mountain there. As you might remember the last trip there was to establish a highway out of Africa from Isaiah 11:16 and 19:23-25

When we arrived in South Sudan we travelled through to Juba by a dirt road that took us all day. Then I prayed that Yahweh will do in the natural what He will do in the spiritual. The team taught about this coming highway for one month in Sudan walking in the communities and speaking on the radio.

Now upon our return I have come to see Yahweh do an amazing work in so short a time. At the border we were tricked into taking motor bikes to a location away from our bus. As we arrived, I realize they had duped us and I was furious but it took Yahweh to show me that He had a purpose. It was His intent for me to walk that highway and see it on foot. I refused to pay them for the return trip so we walked along the highway for a place to wait for the bus. As we walked it finally dawned on me that there was actually a highway underfoot. We prayed and prayed while scorching in the sun but none-the-less we stood on that highway for which we prayed and taught about.

It took us a 1/3 of the time to reach Juba from the border than it did last time because of the paved highway. When we arrived at our host�s house he told me that he had the opportunity to sit in on the highway planning meetings and when he saw the plan he told one of the officials that a woman from USA came last year and told them about the highway. The official asked him how she knew about the highway and his response was, �The spirit must have told her.� This is what he also said about that highway. It will go from South Sudan to Egypt and extend all the way to South Africa and go trough Kenya and Uganda. This is what Yahweh says about it, it will go through to the western part of Africa and from Egypt it will go through the Sinai and out throughout the ancient Assyrian Empire and yes, even into Jerusalem.

In Juba we ascended the mountain and prayed and sought the face of Yahweh. We ended our time of prayer and fasting with the blowing of the shofars in each direction East, South, West and North. The sounds were distinctly clear and from what followed it I know our prayers ascended to the throne room of Yahweh.

Psalm 141:2

    Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

What happened next left each of us in awe.

The very moment we stepped off the ledge of the top of the mountain rain drops pelted us, the size of marbles and like the sound of bullets ricocheting off the rocks. As quickly as it started it ended and then a stead drizzle and a down pour followed. The strange thing was the pelting rain was only on the ledge we were on. Within a short time the entire community was flooded like a washing away of the old. We made our way hurriedly and cautiously down the mountain which took us 2 hours to get back to our compound because most of the way was flooded. The next day the entire mountain was covered in a heavy midst that did not let up till noon and yet even then there was dew descending from the mountain all day. We were not able to go up again. We all had a sense that we had accomplished what we were mandated to do. On the mountain we waved our banners and blew the shofars. We cried out to Yahweh and indeed we have heard from Him.

Upon returning to Nairobi Yahweh showed me what we accomplished on the mountain in Juba from Isaiah 18:3-4
    "All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. For so the Lord said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."

Upon returning home to USA Yahweh has again spoken and this is His answer. Isaiah 43:18-19
    "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

There was a time in my walk that when Yahweh spoke to me I assumed He meant right this moment but I have come to realize that like Saul when the kingdom was ripped from him it took some 20 years. I do believe that Yahweh intends to move swiftly on this matter but again swiftly in our time is not quite so swift but in His time it is quite swift.

Let me tell you of my final journey. As I mentioned before, the Out of Africa Trip in 2011 we were supposed to travel from South Sudan into Sudan up into Egypt and into Israel but was hindered. You can read in the book of Acts that Paul�s undertaking some mission journey was also hindered by the Holy Spirit to the saving of lives. On my return trip to Africa I had the great privilege from Yahweh to fly over the route we should have taken then. We flew over Egypt and into Khartoum. Yahweh quickened me to pull out the prayer points and pray while the plane was refueling in Khartoum in Sudan and also I prayed with a woman from Senegal in the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That was quite interesting because Yahweh also told me to set up 6 prayer houses in Africa. One at the most western tip of Senegal, one at the most eastern tip of Somalia, one at the tip of South Africa and one at the tip of Tunisia, also one at the corner of Nigeria and Cameroon and one in the center somewhere in Congo. I had asked some pastors I knew in Africa to help me but each ignored my request so I just said to Yahweh - "Let's just see what you will do." Senegal has been acquired as this woman and I have contact and she has agreed to undertake the prayer house. What I found interesting about this connection is that the first slaves leaving the African continent came from Senegal and landed in Barbados where I am from. This is Yahweh's way of restoring the breeches.

The recent election in Somalia encourages me because I know somehow it will open a door as old regimes fall and new one rises. Even now I must remind myself that not in my time but in Yahweh's time.

On the journey home again I prayed in the airport of Ethiopia and as the plane landed in Khartoum I began to pray with fervor as though time was of the essence. On this journey back we were all told not to leave the plane and to stay seated and the seat belt sign never went off. It was rather hush hushed. I had no idea at the time that some incident had happened but as I prayed speedily sensing time was of the essence I felt pangs of panic and rushed to finish the prayer points. There was a Muslim woman sitting next to me observing me but I hurriedly finished and quickly put my paper back in my pocket. Almost instantly two men in uniform, whether from the crew on board or from the airport, hurried to my seat and asked me to get up and told me to sit in the seat opposite. I did so as they began to hurriedly remove the back of my seat pulling wires from the TV monitor behind me. Quickly they closed it and told me to move back to my seat and never a word more.

We sat patiently as passengers joining the flight came on board and soon as the fueling was completed we are off. I was a bit amazed as it was very relaxed on the fight going. Even the passengers then were moving about the cabin, changing seats to accommodate the boarding passengers visiting friends, using the toilets and so on. Now, not even the cabin crew were milling about. As I arrived home my family filled me in on all the details of current events. All I can say is Yahweh be praised. I received an email from a friend in Israel with the verses from Isaiah 43 and instantly Yahweh spoke to my heart and said, "Here is my answer to your prayers." You see how important it is for all of us to be exactly where and do exactly what Yahweh says because we are in placed to give or be the answer to that prayer.

The results of the other undertakings on this trip are as follows:

  • 2 plowing bulls purchased for the widows group in Migori. Now the widows can have their fields plowed and ready for planting. They will be able to rent out the bulls after their fields are plowed. Sustainability

  • 4 beds, mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows and two mosquito nets were purchased and set up in Rose�s house. The entire house was painted and currently we are replacing all exterior walls with bricks.

  • 60 chairs purchased to start a sustainable rental business for the 21 widows so they can pay school fees, medical bills etc. Sustainability

  • Our Pastor in South Sudan received a Kindle e-reader with 84 books including bibles, and study guides etc, a solar powered charger, one recorder for his radio programs

  • The hospital in Juba received 8 new mosquito nets for the children�s ward and the old ones went to the adult wards (at least all beds now have a net) � next trip we hope to replace all torn nets

  • 5 suitcases of clothing was distributed to 24 individuals

  • We left for ministry in South Sudan worship flags and a shofar, and a tent with accessories

  • School fees were paid for 3 students completing Form 4 of high school

  • The Buyi home in Uganda received funds to purchase a gas stove. They house 40 orphans and a couple of widows

  • Mama Mary received funds to start a small shop. Sustainability

  • I am sure I have forgotten some things but none-the-less the mission was very successful

  • There was the opportunity to teach on the bus we travelled on to Uganda as it broke down and we were delayed some 10 hours. There were the numerous teachings in the congregations and other opportunities on the buses. I spoke before a single, vulnerable women�s group, visited 21 widows home to document future home repair projects. I visited the orphanage which the congregation I attend supports etc., etc., etc.,

  • Usually I spend a minimum of 3 months in Africa but this trip was a mere 3 weeks with 3 months of work accomplished

Now what, Galatians 6:9

    And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Beloved, there is so much work to be done. One vision Yahweh has given me, which I hope to see come to pass soon, is the involvement of black congregations in global missions. I am seeking Yahweh for many opportunities for members of black congregations to serve so if you have a project you need volunteers for please let me know so I can help you fill that need. I also believe Yahweh to bring revelation to the African race concerning those with heritage in the 10 tribes of Israel. Yeah Yeah! Get a reality check, Yahweh has the last word on that and not man with his prejudices. Remember that highway I have been speaking about out of Africa that is currently being constructed. It is so that the remnant also from the African race will emerge on it to Jerusalem. (Oh dear, Joy�s winning personality) Isaiah 11:11,16

Ok, this is the gist of what was done and what else can be done. If any of you is willing to help on future projects please let me know. Here is the PowerPoint of the photos from this trip. Some of you will notice I have gained some weight � there is just so much more of me to love. Health issues so pray for my recovery. Currently nursing an injured knee but my son keeps reminded me that I am old (I keep correcting him - older).

To all of you who have made this trip a success with donations and mostly your prayers which is what I covet the most, a sincere thanks and may Yahweh bless you accordingly.

August 2, 2012

 

I am including here the prayer points for this African trip.

Scripture Prayer Points
AFRICA

1.              Let all of Africa fear Yahweh. Let all the inhabitants of the nations of Africa stand in awe of Him. Blessed are the nations whose God is Yahweh, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:8, 12

2.              We pray that leaders of every African nation will put their hope in Yahweh. We pray that they will seek your wisdom and counsel in all their actions on behalf of their countries and in their personal and private lives. Psalm 89:21

3.              We pray that you will give wisdom to those that presided in the Courts of Justice in the nations of Africa. Let all those who work in the court systems seek to preserve justice in a fair and impartial way according to your statues. Proverbs 2:6-8

4.              Grant wisdom and courage to all those who serve in government and all elected and appointed officials in Africa. Let them not be distracted from governing by the lure of money, power or fame. Encourage them to always stand for what is right and faithfully serve those who have put their trust in them. Ecclesiastes 8:1-5

5.              Let those who serve the African nations in their military not solely rely upon the strength of their weapons and intelligence, but first turn to You, Yahweh, the source of all wisdom and strength.  Set men of faith among all ranks of the military and give them opportunities to witness to their fellow soldiers. Matthew 8:5-12

6.              We agree with Your word that the Church in Africa will be one as Jesus is one with the Father. Heal any division that exists between pastors and their flocks and between denominations. Let the unbelievers see the unity in the body of Jesus throughout the church in the nations of Africa that they might be compelled to walk in the way of our Savior. John 17:21

7.              Father, establish the institution of marriage to a place of honor in the nations of Africa. We pray for reconciliation between husbands and wives. Let the husbands and wives submit one to another in the fear of Yahweh. Bring to an end physical and emotional abuse in the homes and help the families to love one another and the fathers to provide for their families. Ephesians 5:21

8.              We pray for reconciliation between parents and children. Let the earthly fathers look to You as the ultimate head of their families. Ephesians 6:4

9.              Thank you that you are a Father to the fatherless and a husband to the widows. Cause the body of Jesus, the families and government entities in the nations of Africa to care for those less fortunate and to have a heart of compassion showing mercy to those that lack. Psalm 146:8-9

10.           Yahweh we implore You to make the schools of the African nations a place where children can learn in physical, emotional and spiritual safety. Give them godly teachers who will encourage them and will be dedicated to them. Give them the support systems at home that would enable them to achieve great things in Your Name. Give them free or affordable education so that all children will have an opportunity to reach their potential and bring economic and technological and spiritual change to their nations. Luke 6:40

11.           Yahweh, bring genuine reconciliation to the tribes of the African nations. Remove long held prejudices, hatred and hurts and replace them with Your healing love and fellowship. Bring peace, friendship and equality to the peoples of all cultures, tribes and nations.  Ephesians 2:14-16

12.           Let all the nations of Africa respect the sovereignty of each nation and let there be peace on the borders.

13.            Arise, shine Africa; for thy light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but Yahweh shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1-2

14.            Africa waited patiently for Yahweh; and He inclined unto her, and heard her cry. He will bring her up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set her feet upon a rock, and established her goings. And He will put a new song in her mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh. Psalm 40:1-3

15.           Let your word come to pass and establish Your highway. �In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.� Isaiah 19:23-25

16.           Father have mercy on Africa and roll away the reproach from her nations.

17.          Shew Africa a token for good; that they which hate her may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, we are asking thee to holpen Africa, and comforted her. Psalm 86:17

18.          We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us�.. For they have devoured Africa, and laid waste her dwelling place. O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. Help us, O Yahweh, God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake��. So Africa thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations. Psalm 79:4, 7-9; 13; Isaiah 19:25b

19.           Recover Africa from drought and pestilence and disease and send the former and latter rains that it might reap its harvest in due seasons.

20.           Cause the believers in Africa to have integrity and be faithful in ministry. Cause the pastors to be good shepherds and feed the sheep with sound doctrines.

21.           Pluck Africa also as a brand out of the fire from being consumed.

22.           Cause Africa to enter into a good inheritance.

23.           Let your spirit descend on Africa for good.

24.           Let the prayers of the faithful in Africa be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of their hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

25.            We cry unto Yahweh with our voice; with our voice unto Yahweh will Africa make her supplication. We poured out our complaint before You; We ask You to see our trouble. When our spirit is overwhelmed within us, then thou knewest our path. In the way wherein we walked have they privily laid a snare for us.  We looked on our right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know us: refuge failed us; no man cared for our soul. We cry unto thee, O Yahweh: We said, Thou art our refuge and our portion in the land of the living. Attend unto our cry; for we are brought very low: deliver us from our persecutors; for they are stronger than us. Bring our soul out of prison, that we may praise thy name: let righteous shall compass us about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with us. Psalm 142:1-7

 

Please join us in praying these prayer points from August 20th through September 14th. Of course you are free to continue to pray these prayer points daily  over the next year and believe with us that Yahweh will do something amazing for Africa. I believe together we can tell that mountain to move and it shall be moved. May Yahweh inspire you to the greater works.

July 11, 2012

 

         Praise Yahweh since last update all is well and the next up coming trip needs are near completely met. Thanks to all those who donated my round trip ticket, one ox with the difference made up from a 2nd individual who also donated the funds to purchase beds for Rose and the 3 sons. I also have a promise for another ox. These oxen are desperately needed by the widows so they can also have a harvest. Now I only need one last tent and favor with taking extra baggage. I am still hoping for more donations of clothing, school supplies and toiletries. I am believing Yahweh that all items will make the journey.

        Also, the local congregation I am now a full fledged member of has embarked on a global ministry and hopefully will send missionaries to fill much needed short-term positions. It is exciting to see the kingdom expand by leaps and bounds

        I spent this weekend at a prison in Texas and can report that 220 inmates heard the gospel on Saturday and 130 on Sunday. Approximately 20 gave their hearts to Jesus on Saturday and about 75 rededicated their lives. On Sunday the entire gathering stood in need of prayer by the end of the outreach. Unfortunately we did not get a head count of those who gave their hearts to Jesus on Sunday but there was a harvest. Sorry but photos are not allowed.

Please keep praying for this ministry. I am believing Yahweh for a great harvest and tent pegs being stretched.

May 22, 2012

 

Finding time to update my travel journal has been a challenge as I am currently spending time at the home of one of my sons caring for my grandson. You all know that such a task is time consuming and there is hardly a moment to spare to collect thoughts and furthermore put them in writing. Of course there are the moments of guilt but yet I have come to really cherish the moments I have with my family. It is these moments that I often reflect on when I am away that gives me comfort and stirs up the courage to press on and not to fail. The legacy to the body of Jesus is a motivation but also the legacy to my children is also a motivational factor.

I mention in the last update that I really do not feel that the details of my last trip should be stated except that it was successful and that I have learned many new things and am greatly encouraged. YHVH has an amazing way of shoring up His people by adding blessing upon blessing at the right time. I am very happy to be a full fledged member of a congregation that is within walking distance from where I am staying. This gives me opportunity to attend and participate in every facet of the congregation plus more. It is a great feeling to stay put for a bit. This is not a permanent situation but after several years I am stationary. For quite a few years now all my connections and new alliances has been abroad and so when the need arose to have that heart-to-heart when issues arise it was a bit distant and at time email can be a crawl. Proximity is good when YHVH's appointed time comes. He is a builder of relationships and many relationships need proximity although distance does not have to be a negative factor.

Laboring abroad allows for sporadic outreaches at home and often away from the city you live in. When you can function from home and in a place of familiarity it can bring balance with a plumb line. The plumb line is the opportunity to be encountered on a daily basis and be able to gauge your walk  in a familiar setting. Practical application is necessary in a prolong environment because it is through the eyes of those that are your familiars that you can encounter whether your truly are walking the walk. The challenges of day-to-day interactions are a stabilizing force in your walk if you allow yourself the opportunity to engage in normal life. From this place I can stand in judgment of myself and I can raise the bar as I ponder and come to terms with whether the challenges of yesteryear has been conquered or only put off because I have been temporarily disengaged because of distance.

Perhaps it is because I am finding out that all those things that caused me grief or stressed me out before in light of what I have experienced in different nations and cultures were not even important or as big as they seem before. Yeah! Perhaps this is it. I am grateful for what has been extended to me yet at times it seems like too much in comparison to what I have being managing with unnecessary. I have learned to live without TV, radio, eating out, going out etc. I am constantly reminded of the great lack in other nations that even the basics I have here seems too much. More so, my walk of faith has given me a desire to impart the simplicity and depth of what I have learned. Sell all you have and come follow me is indeed the greater life in Jesus. I feel I have gained so many pearls I need to empty myself before I continue again. It is funny though, the more I strive to empty myself the more I feel full. It is almost simultaneously - being emptied and being refilled. I am exactly where I need to be at this moment.

Later this year I will return to Africa for a brief trip as YHVH wills. There are still all the other on going needs and work to do but by YHVH's grace if not through me He will raise up others to do the work and see it is completed. We all must do our part. My greatest hope is that from this congregation I am now a full fledged member of there will arise individuals that will catch the vision riding their own YHVW given wave of destiny and find their way in the field of harvest in places and by means that they have not anticipated. May we all be able to inspire others to do the impossible.

 

Summary of last trip:

In general I had several opportunities to speak to women's groups in Singapore. I volunteer for one day in an afterschool program there and participated in several prayer groups. I also had opportunity to visit a nursing home and visit someone who was sick and receiving hospice care at home. I travelled to China to do some discipleship teachings and joined another group in their mission elsewhere. Prior to come home I had opportunity with a co-laborer from Singapore to share the gospel with a man and his mother from Iran and connect with a person who is a Buddhist to share the gospel. We were able to make a donation to some people with special needs both in Singapore and in China. The details of the discipleship and other mission will not be shared except to ask for your prayers that was accomplished will have lasting impact.

April 30, 2012

 

I spent the last month and a half in South East Asia and also returned to China for a very successful trip. I am so grateful to Yahweh for having made all things as He did. I have decided not to publish the content of my travels as times change and the work become more intense it is better to just ask for continued prayer and support in whatever form Yahweh leads you for this ministry. We are all entering a time in the history of man that requires our integrity, righteousness and adherence to Yahweh's destiny for our lives. Nothing short of obedience will do.

I can say that I have learned new skill sets that will enhance my work and that I am no longer a skeptic on some things I have seen believers do in the name of Yahweh. I must say that I am still skeptical and not wide open to everything but to the things of Yahweh I am open to. Isaiah 42:9 states, "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them." You see, before the new things come to pass He shall tell us. There is no surprise. When those new things come to pass you will have knowledge of what is coming and there will be no doubt. If He did not tell you, please remain a skeptic. This is what the bible calls trying the spirit to see if it is of God.
There should never be a time when a believer blindly jump into something that they are uncertain about without seeking Yahweh's position in that thing. Faith is one thing but blind faith is definitely another thing altogether. Do not undertake anything that Yahweh has not sanction you to do and do not ever participate in something where you are not certain about those who are involved. I can honestly say that as one practice holiness and holy living Yahweh will always turn you into the right thing and persons. Unless Yahweh sanctions your every move into something you have never done before don't make that move.

I continue to encourage you to share the gospel and do the will of the Father

Postscript: 1/22/12

 

Sometimes you just have to stop and take inventory of your assets and see what there is that Yahweh can use. You have to assess the moment and make a declaration that you are either in the zone for Yahweh to do something and then turn yourself into the right degree for something to happen. There are times when Yahweh will bring you face to face with someone�s defining moment so that the thing you lack to push you to the next impetus moment of your life will bring you into the life of that thing.

            In actuality, it is the glory moment of Yahweh but you become his vessel if you are in His moment and ready for His defining instant of glory. Yeah, it is like that. Someone�s moment can become your motivation for His glory to shine. In light of the hope of something happening you get pumped up and all of a sudden that thing that was holding you back, perplexing you and distracting you from the glory of Yahweh begins to pale. Precedence has actualized itself again and you are back on your game.

            This is what it takes to speak life again to your self and make things happen when they are suppose to happen. It is from this frame of mind that you are able to stand and Yahweh can deliver. Now the desires you long for pales. The personal gains diminish and the fortitude of gaining the prize comes into place and you know again that you can do it, almost anything and go almost anywhere. Everything that was a hindrance is now behind and you are ready to be used and used up and emptied and filled again.

            The harvest is waiting and the kingdom is at hand and you will be apart of the harvest if you keep the moment alive and the past where it belongs, in the past. I feel I am fit again for the kingdom work. All has been accessed and the greater glory is yet to come and I am ready, steady, GO!

            Father, may all that you have in store for me come to pass. May all that you have in store for the readers of this entry come to pass. May one person�s inspiration lead another person into their zone and the destiny you have prepared for them. May we not falter or waste the time given to us chasing paper moons and needles in hay stacks when the prize, the pearl of great price, is of greater value. Let us therefore keep our eyes on heavenly things that neither moth nor rust can diminish its worth.

January 22, 2012

 

Praise Yahweh because He is so redeeming. Lost time from trying to man handling His part can cause us to delay His good plans for a life, ours and others. Yet the grace and mercy of Yahweh is so great He can do marvelous things out of our mess. We are always within degrees of turning into Yahweh�s grace or turning out of it.

It is when we become silent and at peace with Him that we can hear clearly His soft still voice of assurance that we are either on the right track or the wrong one. I thought so many things in life were like trying to find a needle in a hay stack but I have come to realize that the things of Yahweh are plan to see and there is no curvature in the road that prevents us from knowing His will accept we take things in our hands and try to manage it ourselves. This is where uncertainty comes in and bears fruit of doubt and mistrust and ill-manners. Outside of Yahweh�s divine appointments we humans wreak havoc on each other even with the best intensions.

If this is the case where do we really belong? In the center of His will where He hedges us in from all sides and where He can begin to orchestrate with precision His perfect will for us. How do we stay in the center of His will? Stop allowing the world to give us its prompts and how to and do�s and don�ts. Is this easier said than done? At times it can be, but if we trust Him explicably then we are assured favorable results at all turns.

Where is the center of His will? Doing those things He commands us to do and seeking His face diligently day-by-day. In a life centered on prayer, study, taking care of our neighbor as ourselves, that being also caring for the widows, orphans, strangers we come in contact with and sharing the good news with those that are lost to Yahweh. Does that mean we have to forsake our basic needs? NO, those are the things that Yahweh has promise to take care of because we have to be vigilant about the evil that will present itself in the way. What about human wants and desires? He said He will give us the desires of our heart and if we just try to be patient eventually those desires will arise in our hearts at the appointed time. What we often think we want we often come to find later that it is not what we need.

Yahweh knows best because He already knows how things will impact us and how quickly our ideas of how things should be will change. Today we think we need a car to get about in but tomorrow circumstances will change that idea because tomorrow you might received a promotion in your job that will cause a move to somewhere that a car might not be practical. Once I bought this winter coat and thought I had to have this nice warm coat at all cost. A month later we were transferred to a warm climate location and I never had a need for that coat again.

            Sometimes the things we want the most presents in our lives, but once they come in whatever shape or form we begin to realize, right thing at the wrong time can sully a life rather than be a blessing. If Yahweh intends a thing for you it will come at its appointed time and there is no doubt, no mistrust and no frustration. That thing will be Yahweh sent with all the trimmings to boot and that nice hedge to safeguard it.

            For now, let�s just keep doing His perfect will. What is His perfect will again? Simply doing what He commands us to do and all other things will be added. No matter how lovely a thing that you try to carve out for yourself at the wrong time, if that thing is for you it will eventually find its way back. Yeah! His delays might be preparation for us and that thing to be goodly and pure toward the recipients.

            Here is the thing! Matthew 9:37 states, �Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few�� You see, we have yet to seek His kingdom before all things are added. Until the harvest is brought in all other things can�t be added like the word says. Seek ye first the kingdom of God means just that. We are to seek out those people that will make a decision for Yahweh and bring them in. It is not all about personal growth and where we are with Yahweh.  It is also about His kingdom at large. Sometimes I too need this stark reminder. Even the best intentions will throw you for a loop out of His perfect will. The right thing can be mishandled and the wrong thing can be acquired.

            I am at peace with family, friends and my ministry but am I at peace with Yahweh when I try to take things into my own hand looking through the haystack for the needle? Yahweh knows very well where that needle is and when the time is right He will just dump it out right in plane sight. The needle could be funds for making the ministry take off by leaps and bonds. It could be the right mate, the right place to live or the right job etc. Things are better managed by Yahweh so let�s just do what is expedient to Him and leave the every day care to Him.

            What is lost can be found and in the things where you were once blind sight will come again. Look to the harvest.

January 21, 2012

 

What is it that we are so preoccupied with that we can�t see the hand of Yahweh in our lives clearly? Is it that we have forgotten our first love and too busy trying to find our so call true love that we can�t see real love? Are we so preoccupied with business ventures that we have forgotten to take care of Yahweh�s business thinking that we can make it possible to do His work better? Who are we deceiving? Are we so busy trying to take care of our family that we are failing to take care of Yahweh�s? Did He not say that the widows and the orphans are His?

Yeah, it is like that at times. Sometimes we seem so involved in meeting our own needs that we fail to take care of His needs. It can become a bit obsessive at times and we waste valuable energy. I have a brother in Yahweh who has requested my intervention into a difficult situation in his life but I have been a bit preoccupied wasting good energy on things that Yahweh has my back on. Today I received a call that brought me back to earth and to Yahweh�s needs. This is the time of mentoring.

Personal needs of ours are indeed important to Yahweh like finding a job, marrying the right person, paying bills, having good health and having food, water, a roof over our heads and clothes on our back. Yet, those are the basics that He said He has. Matthew 6:34 states this only too clearly, �Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.� Yahweh has the basics but it is the evil that presents itself in the day thereof that we must be vigilant about. This is where we miss our mark.

When do we stop the madness of pursuing our wants or desires and see that ultimately it is Yahweh�s needs that actually is the catalyst in us coming into our own? The world delivers to us in neat packages all the ways they feel we can easily acquire our wants. We have ten and twelve step programs, we have the Dotcoms and pyramid schemes and the reality shows that are really design to teach us to get it our way or skip the experiences that makes us more worthy and prepared for what we desire. In actuality, it is the process of getting where we need to that makes things worth the while. Everyone says they can connect us with more accuracy and in a shorter time but really is that true or better for us? How do I learn discernment if all the elements that would build that process into me is eliminated? Am I then not setting myself up for sure failure?

The reality is that we have to stop this cycle of hitting and missing and get back to the fundamentals and do things the old fashion way. We need to learn how to use time rather than trying to skip the time it would take to get things done the right way. I think ultimately the short cuts bring us into proximity sooner to failure than taking our time. Taking our time we can avoid the failures. At the end we find ourselves back where we should have been months ago and our arrival delayed. We find ourselves going back to Yahweh�s table and saying �Ok, I tried it my way how about I just do it your way.� This is where I am again and I know some of you understand what I am saying. All we have to really do is be so involved in the will of Yahweh, not busying ourselves with doing but actually knowing His will and doing exactly that.

When I first went into full time ministry travelling it had a great deal to do with a personal situation that grieved my heart to no end. I wanted in part to get away from a difficult situation and blot that problem out and just rely on Yahweh to fix things. I got so involved and sold out on what I was actually doing that I had little time to think about why I was grieving. Needless to say, after several years of doing things Yahweh�s way before the undertaking of my last mission trip Yahweh resolved my personal problem without me having to do anything. Yeah! He absolutely worked it all out and I had no part of the resolution except that I became the recipient of the blessing. How absolutely delightful! Now what makes me go back again to that place I was before of trying to fix things or make things occur that Yahweh already had a handle on? Lately I have tried to take matters into my own hands because I felt if it would be managed I had to handle it myself. Shame on me! I should have learned this lesson so long ago. Now problem solved and I could not wait to pick up the next problem like it is mine to solve.

            He knows my heart and my need and He knows when and where and how to meet them all. We try to press the issues like we have the power to make things happen. We think we are so compelling and can by our strengths or weaknesses bring about things but in actuality we can no more change someone�s mind than Yahweh at times can change ours. When we think we have finally arrived at a good conclusion we realize the appearance of conclusion is only a delusion and that the world is just as mistrusting as we are. The things we want and crave seems to be the very things that once we are close to acquiring seem to slip away from us out of His timing. Have you ever experienced fear when the thing you want the most is near when you move heaven and earth to acquire it, but when Yahweh brings that thing near it is so peaceful, so easy, and you are so excepting of it?

            What is really the priority of a believer? To do the will of Yahweh! The world gives us a small window to operate out of and so we feel hard pressed to resolve things in that window when Yahweh has given us time as a blessing and we allows others to take that precious time and put it in a box and tell us we have to do things by this time frame or we are out. Time after all was made for man and not man for time. When Adam and Eve lived in the Garden it was for as long as they held true to their covenant with Yahweh but once they ate time became a real reality.

            Haggai 2:9 states, �The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.� Dig this! Psalm 84:10 states, �For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.� You see, one day of Yahweh�s will is better than a thousand in our own. Who can say how good a thing can be in a short time than the worst over a long time but He who is in the will of Yahweh. Oh yes, this latter house shall be better than its former.

After this last trip I took a personal leave of absence without realizing it. I think many of us are on a personal leave of absence from Yahweh and don�t realize it. We get involved or not in things that distract us because we feel we have earned something. �Look Yahweh at what I have done for you now can you give me some of the things I want.� Proverbs 16:25 states, �There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.� Death comes in many forms, physical, emotional or even spiritual. Yet He still says wait. �I know what you have done, but you do not yet know what I intend for you to do.� You see, it is that thing or things He still intends for us to do that might be the situation or the catalyst that delivers our blessings. We are short-sighted. Yeah, I will be leaving in 2 months for my next trip to Asia and I need my priorities straight. I am getting there. Just keeping it real brothers and sisters! This travel journal is about the journey in more ways than one. I am sure some of you are struggling with life�s issues as I am and wondering how you can serve Yahweh and stay connected.

This is how. Keep on living, keep on learning, and keep on growing. When you falter just get back up and keep on rolling. Chuck out the junk; put your clothes back in the suitcase and truck for Yahweh. Don�t sweat the past because you have a lot of sweating to do in the future that ain�t like what you have experience before, but at the end of the day there will be a nice long shower and fresh things to put on and blessing to receive and off we go again until He says well done thou good and faithful servant. Yeah! Along the way you find the things you were desperate for wasn�t what you needed at the time anyway. Sometimes you find you have been spared from a worst mistake and other times you find better is on the way. We are only degrees away from the will of Yahweh but we must first turn into that degree. Position yourself. Make that turn one little degree and get back on track.

            May Yahweh give you insight and understanding at the place you are at so you too can move on leaving those things that are behind right there. If a thing is intended for you it will come and though the vision tarries it will soon come to pass.

January 16, 2012

 

I spent the weekend at a correctional facility in Abilene, Texas with 17 other volunteers who help out in the Raymond Cantu Prison Ministry. What an amazing time to see Yahweh bringing many to salvation, recommitment and breaking up fallow ground for the next time around.

The volunteers came from every spectrum of life. Some were once convicts who have been returning to the prisons to tell their stories and testify about how Yahweh has restored their lives given them families and jobs and homes again. They offer hope to those that are going through the negative impact of criminal life and helping them to have a change of mind and heart by the grace of Yahweh. Some of our volunteers were given the maximum sentences for serious offenses but by the grace of Yahweh received salvation while incarcerated and by some miracle were released early to now return and preach what was preached to them.

There were others with testimonies of a tragic life and how by salvation and the mighty hands of Yahweh they were delivered. Some couples were there because they have or are experiencing a child being incarcerated and gave their testimonies of how this impacts the family who are left to deal with the repercussions.

For me personally this weekend was a triumph. When I was in Tanzania and the bus was moments from being hi-jacked and we escaped by the grace of Yahweh I had an opportunity to share further but I settled for the resolved of having a clean atmosphere on the bus. When I found out the next day that the offenders were all taken out and executed that very night I often wondered if I had said enough besides �Fear Yahweh� so that when the one on our bus came face-to-face with his executioners he had a time to repent.

I was torn being in the prison so greatly the first day and finally was offered the chance to speak. I confess my lost opportunity that might have been the difference of salvation and hell for that one man. But Yahweh gave me 300 plus inmates this weekend to tell that story to and share what I could have easily had done back in Tanzania. It was a testimony to salvation and one of coming out of self-condemnation. 50 plus prisoners came to the altar at that moment and all others have told me it has given them the hope to move on and allow the forgiveness of Jesus to take root and to also forgive them selves.

Needless to say my own self-recrimination has ceased.

There is always work to be done in the Kingdom of Yahweh!

January 8, 2011

 

I am currently preparing for my next journey to Asia and updating the commentary page with new articles. Work continues in Africa and as much as there are many needs there I believe in Yahweh's time all things will be provided. It is far from business as usual as a New Year has begun. It is time to step up to the plate and do the work we are called to do. I spent this past Saturday at the Laundry Love outreach and what a magnificent experience. The volunteers were each assigned to an area in the laundry mat and so we were all able to connect with the people we assisted with their laundry. The month of December the ministry was able to do about $700 in laundry for patrons. I am not sure what it was this month. I met individuals form Micronesia and India and of course Texas. Everyone has a story and the very fact that for some individuals we might help them with $30 - $40 of laundry funds it makes a big impact with the way the economy is today. Many of the families are unemployed and so the impact is tremendous. One lady told me that at times she washes by hand the essentials until she can get money to wash the bulk. Of course you know that sheets, towels, blankets and such heavy duty items don't get the care as needed. Underwear and baby clothes are important. Sometimes it is a matter of food or laundry. In this economy $30 - $40 can get you to work or help pay a light bill. Let your hearts be stirred and see what you are capable of doing in your community to easy the burden of your neighbors.

Next weekend I will go to a prison in Texas to share the gospel. The group will go in on Saturday all day and Sunday all day. it is very intense and in times past I have come home sick because it is near impossible to minister so intensively without being physically challenged. I pray that you will encounter a deeper walk and mission in this new year.

December 29, 2011

 

The price of ministry is costly at times but if we pursue the prize we will arrive undaunted by life's aches and pains. I am certain that in the end all we give up for the kingdom will be worth it. The pain of things lost/surrendered will fade with time. We only need to get far enough pass the moment of impact and the light will shine ever brighter. Ministry is not easy but I know it is worth it. "He will give you beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair." This year is ending and with it let us let go and embrace what is to come. Do not reach back, reach forward and He will wipe your tears away, comfort you and clothe you in His glory. Speak life to yourself lest you lose heart.

Father, I pray for all who read this entry that they will know true joy that only you can give in this coming new year. Help us to forgive those that have offended us, harmed us and caused us to cry tears of sorrow. Help us to be kinder, more compassionate, giving and sacrificial to those that are less fortunate than us. Continue to give us each our daily bread and lead us away from temptations and keep evil at bay. Let your kingdom come to our hearts, homes and all those people we hold dear. Grow us in your work and help us to be more cognizant of the things that are dear to your heart. Look upon us with mercy and grace and forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sinned against us.

Blessed New year to all.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE!

December 27, 2011

 

The year is drawing to an end and it seems that as much as has been done it is not enough. Many lessons have been learned this year and I am sure there are many more to be learned in the coming year and hopefully they will impact our lives toward a closer walk with Yahweh. Personal lessons often being the most difficult, nonetheless, can teach great spiritual truths that will make the difference as to how profoundly we adhere to a walk of holiness. We can either take the pain of personal loses and let them either break us or shape us. The latter is preferable. Each of us must make a conscious decision on how we will allow disappointments, mistakes and negative intrusions from others impact our lives.

I am beginning to realize more and more that anything bad works for my better especially if I have not brought it on myself or even if I have unconsciously given rise to the negative situations.

This is true in our personal lives as well as in ministry. �All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of Yahweh� so to imagine for a moment that because we are in business for Yahweh nothing will go wrong is folly. No matter how sincere and how rightly one order their work ethics or personal lives the little foxes will find a way in. Never mind those things. Ultimately if you keep your eyes on the prize and know and hold fast to the destiny of your life you will find a light at the end of the tunnel.

What I have found is that the more things go awry; it is an opportunity for Yahweh to bring you higher. If you don�t go through something you will never arrive with your sword sharpened and ready for the real battle. The real battle is ahead of us not behind. Many of us die prematurely because we have not learned to hone our sword along the way. We become unfit or unprepared to do battle.

Deut. 20:1-9

    [1] When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. [2] And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, [3] And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; [4] For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

    [5] And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. [6] And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it. [7] And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her. [8] And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart. [9] And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.

 

It is preferable to go through the small battles so that when the war rages you have the chance of standing having done all to stand. David had his mighty men of valor and when he came into his kingdom reign he was able to withstand the enemy because he had the experiences of battle, skirmishes, warriors that learned how to stand their ground and had already been sifted and passed the test � no fear, no house to return to or wives that took them away from the battle field. No fear, no thing more important than the battle and a mind already set on do or die was the motto of such men. David had the battles but Solomon inherited the peace. It is this way for us as well. We must win the battles so we too can inherit the peace or at least leave it as an inheritance for those to come. Jesus is our peace but we must win the day-to-day battles so we can stay relevant to the cause of Christ.

His peace does not mean we will not experience the bad of life or the negatives of people we come in contact with, sinner and saint alike. It means that in the midst of the good and the bad His peace is our stabilizer. Although we might be toss upon the waves we will not hear the cries of �man overboard." Too often now we are hearing this cry in ministry. We are abandoning the call and forsaking all for things and wants and pleasures but a time will come if you are faithful when you will be able to recognize what is the motives us to abandon our pursuit of the things of the kingdom. Ultimately it should be for the greater glory of God and our fellow man that we abandon our selfish pursuits whatever they might be.

I hope this coming year we will all be cognizant of the things that are presented in our lives and not allow our feelings or emotions to get the better of us. Deliberately pursue the will of Yahweh for your ministry and His destiny for your life and you might be pleasantly surprise to find that in your pursuing the things you thought were germane to your existence as you think them to be were of more value surrendered than gained.

Philip. 3:8

    Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

 

This is the way. You give Him those things that can be easily sullied and in turn He will give you the grace to shine brighter than if you had attained those things you were so desperate for.  It is also possible to be so desperate for the things of Yahweh that one can lose sight of Yahweh. You can be desperate for love that you can lose sight of the purity of love. You can be so desperate for a child of your own that you can lose sight of the child who can benefit from the love of a mom or dad who choose them rather then bring them forth from their loins. Yeah, you can be desperate to have the appearance of being blessed by Yahweh, a measure of his favor on your life, that you might manipulate others in their poverty to give when giving more than they have is beyond their ability. I implore you to not take chances with what you have already in your hands given to you by Yahweh and preserve the integrity thereof.

 

This is what this journey is all about. This widow was lost but now has been found because her life has been redeem and counted as valuable because someone has taken on her cause. Deliberately pursue the things of Yahweh.

 

      

 

Here is the work being done on Rose's house. Due to much rain it had to be delayed and this updated report contained photos and a summary of funds used for the repairs. Rose still has not gotten the much needed beds for her and the 3 boys. There is still some more repairs that must be completed prior to getting the beds since the structure of the house that is being repairs is the back wall to the boys bedroom. We are hoping by the beginning of the year the work will be completed and then we can buy the beds.

We are also looking at purchasing 2 bulls for the widow's group which Rose is a part of. Unfortunately some of the widows did not meet the planting season which just passed because they did not get their shambas (land) plowed. The cost of each bull is $300 USD which we are hoping to raise so that the next planting season the widows will be taken care of. As you can see form the photos that the house is a mud house with a thin layer of cement on the exterior of it. The bricks which turned out to be more expensive and a better fix is costly so the money to repair and

buy beds went completely for the walls which still needs a bit of funding.

In the end when all is said and done, this is what really matters and not the needs, wants and desires of a single individual. The life of the many overshadows the life of the one. Isn't that what Messiah did for us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him shall have everlasting life." The one life for the world.

We all can be a kinsman redeemer for any widow if we make the choice to choose a way that serve others rather than ourselves. It really takes so little effort. Some change, giving up a fast food meal here and there, choosing not to have a manicure or pedicure or that new golf club etc.

May this new year bring a clarity of mind and a decision that will go beyond your own personal need and wants.

December 24, 2011

Life for me has been an amazing journey. I have come to realize that when we finally get fully on Yahweh's program He really goes to bat for us. He takes care of all our need on every level. He designed us so He is every keenly aware of every need, concern and feelings no matter how slight they might appear in our conscience. Something amazing happens when you come so close to losing your life and find that in that instant you actually find life and the real meaning of life. When you come close to the center of Yahweh's will even a simple thing as a misguided click on a laptop can propel you into the very desires of the heart. Not the ones we invent for ourselves which are motivated by our human passions but the real deal. You know that destiny deal. When you finally figure it out as you enter into the center of His will the destiny deal kicks in and the latter house becomes greater than the former house.

So many people try to force the hands of Yahweh by inventing such doctrines as prosperity and kingdom authority etc. But His hands cannot be forced and you cannot emulate in any form or fashion the destiny Yahweh has for you. It can only come by way of obedience and a life bound to holiness in every sense of the word. We practice writing our hopes in pencil so when we enter into that gate of holy splendor and submission He can erase and write in pen what really impacts one�s life and the lives of others.

Yeah, we come in contact with possibilities every so often that have the appearance of realness and full of viable substance, but the long and short of it is the appearance of a full destiny driven life is not what it actually becomes. Something inside the reservoirs of your heart resonates, this is not enough, there is more and so we find ourselves leaving good situations seeking for a shadow of what could be but that shadow can not emerge as anything tangible because we have long ago left the path. That shadow can only materialize when we drop off our human driven impulses and allow our souls to be washed in His glory and the beauty of His holiness.  

From there every turn you make takes you one step futher along the path of His divine destiny for your life. The funny thing about destiny is that once you begin to experience it just the inkling of being on that path will suffice no matter the outcome. Another funny thing about His destiny is that when other people choose to hitch themselves in part or fully to their portion in your and their destiny it will always suffice because in all things you will feel a sense of contentment rather than resentment � the little actualize is surmountable to the pretense of destiny. We have learned to spiritualize our walk, His word and where we are meant to be to the point that we practice living on the superficial spectrum of life and don�t realize it.

What can I say to compel the reader of this posting that there is a better way and a better hope? When you begin to recognize the small glimpses into what can be, like a glimpse into a window of your soul that you recognize instantly as divine providence, and then hold fast to that glimpse, by changing the path you have been on, make a u-turn, and follow that glimpse of hope, you become your destiny. Have you ever felt a impulse to just walk up to someone and share the gospel and fear or shyness prevented you but instantly you know had you followed through you might have done something extraordinary in the life of that person or even your own life. That one act might have been that very catalyst that set you on the course of divine destiny. You know you have blown it. Yet something tells you that the opportunity might present itself again and then you will be certain not to lose heart. I believe that sometimes we lose our way or can�t perceive which way to go and Yahweh intervenes and that slip of the finger, that mishap click, that quickened awakening in the night, that impression to change your plans or pursue something other than where you were headed seems to take shape notions that has taken up residence in your mind. Then the confirmations begin to present and you know undoubtedly that you have entered some narrow current in a stream that is taking you to exactly where you were ultimately meant to be.

The word of Yahweh is meant to engulf us and become the substance of our entire being, thought, word, deed. Whatever amount we allow ourselves to absorb it will always be enough because we can�t determine for someone else how much trust to put in Him or how much relinquishing of their lives to surrender to Him. We can only affect our part. Our part married to dwelling in the center of His will will always suffice.

Ministry is this way; you can either do it your way or do it His way and be fully submerged in it. Choose to do it His way. Let it be done as He commands and with the utmost of integrity and he will take His delight in us and meet every need whether it is physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual. He will meet all those need. And yes, along the way, He will set His angels charge over you and nothing can come nigh unto you to do you harm and all those that are loved by you and are important to your well being He will cover them with your love. Yeah, with your love! They still have their choices to make which might not be His will for them but along the way they will experience your love for them. You see, He will restore as you go. Yeah! It is like that. In the midst of living out my life for Him He is living out my life through me. Not a pretense of my life or a shadow of my life but the way it was designed to be. And the best is yet to come.

All this in anticipation of the next journey to come.

November 4, 2011 email Update:

 

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I am happy to be able to write this update from the Out of Africa mission trip. I can say that it has been a success and although it did not carry the team physically as far as I had anticipated it continues as far as I had anticipated. The work continues through others and by other means necessary. There is still much to be done to see it completed like having the books and cds translated and printed for distribution. I believe that Yahweh will see this through.

Since my last update from South Sudan it has been difficult to do so until now for several reasons. One, internet access is very limited and so slow that it was near impossible to get a single thing posted or email sent. The internet is so slow and the updates to the website were moving like a snail and sometimes not even available. Second, due to illness I did not have the strength or wherewithal to move about. As you know from the last update I had 3 bouts of malaria in S. Sudan and of course that really drains the life force out a bit. Trying to recuperate in Nairobi turned out to be with the same impact as it was in S. Sudan. No sooner I got over one thing I was sick again. The last week and a half in Nairobi I had typhoid which took the last battle to get anything done right out of me. Praise Yahweh the day before Yvonne and I left for the USA I returned to the doctor and Praise YAHWEH I am malaria and typhoid free. Yes, I had taken anti malaria pills and had my typhoid immunization but nothing is certain with all the resistant strains out there.

Yes, we are in the USA since 7:20 pm Wednesday Eastern time. I have waited until this moment to complete this update because I have been waiting for Yvonne to reach home before sending this. She is 11 hours away form Dallas. It is important to me that all the team members reach home safe and sound before this is sent. If you have read the updates on the website that managed to get through you will realize that the team had a few touching moments and one narrow call where our lives were literally rescued by the grace of YAHWEH and the Dodoma police in Tanzania. We are also alive and relatively healthy by His grace. Milka has her scar that still gives her pain on occasion but that will take time to heal proper from the inside. We have all lost a good deal of weight but for some of us that is a positive. Yvonne came back wearing my clothes, and I came back wearing some of Milka�s clothes. Thanks to Yahweh we each had a size the other can move into.

Everyone except Yvonne had malaria, our bodies, mostly Yvonne and I are littered with mosquito, flies, bedbugs and no-seeums bites (no-seeums are the bugs that bite you but you can�t seeum to identify what kind they are). You can connect the dots all over our bodies from the onslaught. We are thankful for the doctors that we found who were believers and treated us as well as could be expected and most often without us having to pay which we nearly never had the resources for. We really trusted Yahweh for the entire trip which was accomplished by a prayer and a dime. Three months of eating the same food daily which lacked the basis nutritional value could have had worst impact but thanks to prayer and vitamins we made it.

Yvonne has now gotten off the bus and has been picked up by her daughter so I am sending this email to say thanks for all your prayers and financial support to the team. The team is looking forward to seeing what else Yahweh has in store for us as we look for ways to see its completion in the many other avenues Yahweh has open for it to continue. I am not certain when I will leave on mission again but Yvonne has partnered with me to move as Yahweh leads. We have left Kenya with a host of needs being met but they are many more to be met. We left funds to complete the repair on Rose�s home in Migori. Her inside and outside wall to the house will be repaired and she and the three boys will each get a bed. Finally after struggling with HIV for 15 years and losing her husband and his second wife to HIV Rose has been redeemed in the eyes of her village. With the help she has received she is now look on favorably now.  She is no longer an outcast. The last cow we purchased for the widows group there in Migori which Rose is a part of just gave birth to a healthy calf. We can officially say that 3 cows have been given to the widows. I am hopeful that by next planting season we will be able to buy two oxen for the women�s group so they can plow their fields for planting. As it is they have to wait until their neighbors complete their plowing before they can be assisted which is not fair because by the time they get around to these widows they have missed a significant amount of the rainy season. A set of oxen just for the 20 plus widows will help significantly to ensure these women and their orphan children will have food to eat. Some of these widows also take in other orphans who have lost both parents to HIV.

We have hopes of building a community center in Migori as one of the local councilmen has offered to donate land to assist the community. We need to build a building and stock it with food and clothing for distribution. We have hopes to offer community classes in sewing, improving agriculture, some vocational skills courses: carpentry, auto tech, plumbing, electrical and solar wiring, welding etc. We will need volunteers who are willing to travel to Migori to teach these skills free of charge. The community center has a lot of potential in offering classes in nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, childcare etc. This project will be repeated in the village of Malanga in S. Sudan but we are looking to raise funds there to build a vocational tech school to offer the youth there opportunities for a better future. All of these situations will put the gospel first and there are practical doors to reach the lost and destitute of Africa. The land for the vocational school in Malanga has already been donated.

We now have 64 students on the school fees project but little if any funds to help more than 10% of the students at this time. On this trip we have paid fees for 8 students completely paying off their fees for this school year. We have assisted one student to stay in touch with her family and make provision for her to send financial support to her mother monthly. Calleb�s water tank fell while we were in Sudan and thank Yahweh it did not fall while anyone was in the yard. It was a tank containing 3,000 liters of water and from what I heard the children put on their swimming costume and went for a swim. The structure it was on about 20 feet in the air buckled. Obviously it was not designed to handle that much weight. Milka�s daughter was sick and received medical expenses to be taken to the hospital. Others received assistance to help with raising their siblings. There are many young people in Africa who have lost their parents to HIV and other situations that are raising their brothers and sisters. They have literally put their own lives on hold for the sake of their siblings. We have had several deaths in Calleb�s congregation and even among Calleb�s family. Funerals are costly and so we have assisted but it is with the living that we need to put our efforts. There are more needs than we can possibly meet but every bit counts because what we see as we help those we can they are passing the helps forward. This is how we impact change.

Pastor Jinga in S. Sudan needs surgery on his legs and we are hoping to assist him this month. He will have to travel to Uganda to have the surgery. Pastor Jino is waiting for funds to publish and translate the books and cds. I also need to send him a recorder to facilitate making the cds in other languages as the radio station is not always available to due to the large traffic of people using the stations. When we were in Burundi, Pastor Boniface�s wife was sick with typhoid mostly due to the sanitary conditions in the compound. We are hoping to buy them a gas stove which will improve the situation considerably. We want to do the same thing for Pastor Samson�s family in Rwanda.

Milka and Calleb have been invited back to Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and S. Sudan to spread the teachings. We need to provide transportation and send funds to feed people in the villages they will go to. As you see there is much to be done. The results of our efforts are seen even before we departed from any place.

Our last month in Nairobi Yvonne and I spoke in congregations and I interviewed a lady for a book which I hope to complete in about a year or so. In the last congregation on Sunday I taught about marriage, family and emotional and physical abuse. Milka was invited back to do the teachings from the trip and this time it will be a couples seminar so pray for an impact there.

Well, here we are. All of us finally at home but with concerns with what else must be done. Please continue to pray for this ministry as we have made contacts along the way that will help us to meet some of these goals. Pray for CTWM as I try to get a non-profit status, find volunteers to teach vocational tech skills in Africa, and find sponsors for school fees etc, etc, etc.

As for now I am going to eat healthy, spend a great deal of time with my grandson, pray and seek Yahweh for this mission year.

October 30, 2011

 

This pass week Yvonne and I taught at a women's conference. I also interview a first wife for a book. Since I have been feeling sick since returning from S. Sudan I went to the doctor on Tuesday and was diagnosis with typhoid. I have ten days of anti-biotic. Praise Yahweh the malaria is completely gone. I have been extremely tired and although there is a significant amount of abdominal pain I am doing well. Resting is the most important thing I can do right now. On Wednesday morning we will leave to return to the USA. There is still many things to do.

October 23, 2011

 

Teaching in Mathare on Sunday. I have been trying to update the website but  am having problems transferring photos from Yvonne's camera to my laptop. Internet access is limited and it will take to much time and money to try to post updates here.

October 16, 2011

 

Today Yvonne and I spoke at Wisdom Celebration centre in Mathare Slum in Nairobi. Calleb was attending a funeral upcountry.

October 6, 2011

Today Calleb took Yvonne and myself to Nairobi town to change our ticket back to the USA but it would have cost us $500 USD which we did not have so we will stay on in Kenya until we leave on November 2. I will spend time updating this website but it will not be published until I return to the USA because the system here is so slow it will be expensive and time consuming in the internet cafe. We will speak in some few congregations while here and do whatever Yahweh lays in our path.

October 3, 2011

 

We travelled all day through Uganda and into Kenya by night fall. Once we arrived at the Kenya immigration Yvonne and I were told that we had to pay for a new visa each because once we travelled out of East Africa our old visa was void. What a difficult situation as we needed 10,000 Kenya Shillings and we were short 2,200. By that time I had just exchange our Uganda money into Kenya shillings. When I went to retrieve the money out of my jacket I realize the money changer had switch the wad of money on me and given me back only about 1,800 shillings. I made a mad dash back to the other side of the border, Uganda to find the money changer. He did not expect me to find the missing money but because of having to get new visas I discovered the situation. Praise Yahweh I found the thief and demanded my money back. We still came up short and but we were able to borrow the needed funds from the bus conductor and no one was left behind.

While on the bus to Nairobi a certain pastor boarded the bus to preach the gospel. It is their custom to board the buses, preach and collect an offering. Indeed this sort of thing offends me as the bible says "freely we have received and freely we should give". it is a money making gimmick done all the time. I waited until he finished the message and pray and put my feet in the way so he could not go back in the bus to collect money. I stood up and told the people not to give him money because the gospel should not be peddled. I said the gospel cost him nothing but was paid for with the sacrifice of Jesus. I told him if he had purchased the gospel himself to show us the nail prints in his hands and feet and the wound in his side. Since he could not show any I said then sir, you shall not pass. Finally a few of the passengers gave their approval of what I had said and the man turned away and ride the bus out to his place of getting off. Unfortunately this happens everyday in Kenya. I had been told that the gospel peddlers share a portion of their take with the driver for allowing him to speak.

We arrived finally in the late morning to Nairobi and boarded and then a matatu back to Calleb's house.

Please do not think that we have abandoned the mission as it is still moving. The audio radio cds are being translated and the book will be published as soon as we raise the funds and it will be translated into 18 languages and sent north into Africa. There are others better equipped to take this message further than we can. Of course language is a hindrance to us abut Yahweh has made great a way to continue the work. Milka's audios have gotten much play on the radio and as was mentioned before, BBC picked up her first audio and reported on it and we hope as they are re-aired they will continue to get the same response.

Please pray that all the work we hope to be completed in South Sudan and north will come to pass soon.

October 2, 2011

 

The team attended 4 different congregations. Myself, I taught at Four Square Gospel Church, Milka taught at Pastor Peter's congregation in Gudele, Calleb taught at Grace Bible Church and George, Simon and Yvonne attended the congregation in Jebel, Grace Christian Church. We all had an amazing day. Truly Yahweh has done a great work in this place. It so happened that on this Sunday morning Milka's teaching on the Highway out of Africa aired on the radio and everyone just about at the congregation heard her and were touched by her teaching. They were amazed that she was the speaker for the day. Milka has a way of impacting people with the teachings on hygiene, diet and sanitation. Where others have tried and failed, Milka knows how to relate and inform.

After Congregation we spent the evening breaking down camp and packing for the next day's journey out of South Sudan. Milka's brother and friends came to take us to dinner before we left and what a great meal we had. The first real meal in a very long time. They also took us to Pastor Jinga's home that night as we had already broken down our camp and our bus was due to leave at 7 am. Pastor Jinga was also travelling with us to Uganda on the same bus so we stayed there and Milka's brother and friends came and took us very early in the morning to the bus stage.

It was a long ride out of South Sudan.

October 1, 2011

 

Today is Saturday, Shabbat and it is our day of rest but we had a full day as our time was coming to an end in South Sudan. Denise a brother from Uganda doing church work in South Sudan took 4 of us to the mountain in Jebel which was once called Witch Mountain but now it has been renamed by the believers, Prayer Mountain. We left the camp on a foggy, misty morning and hiked about an hour to the base of the mountain where Denise left us for a bit to get permission for us to climb. It was about another half an hour climb and we were are a comfortable rock ledge on the mountain where we prayed and some of us read the bible. We each took time to have our won private time of meditation and then we left for other events of the day.

We met a certain pastor who invited Calleb to teach at the next day's service and then we travelled on to Gudele where we spent the time evangelizing. 12 souls gave their hearts to the LORD that day. There were 7 of us who travelled to Gudele about 40 minutes by matatu (bus) for where we were staying. We split into three teams and spread out to do evangelism. There were many people who live and work in the village from Uganda who speak English and then the Sudanese who usually speaks only Juba Arabic. I was with Pastor Denise and Milka. While I share the plan of salvation, Milka helped the mother of the household pick her greens so she can concentrate on the message being shared with her. Denise interpreted in Arabic for me. What a blessing that a certain young man, the one in the white shirt, had received salvation the last time Denise evangelized the community. He had promised to attend the congregation but had not so far. he joined us for the sharing and recommitted to attending service the next day. The two ladies in the photo both accepted Salvation. We spent a great deal of time after evangelism with Pastor Peter who shared with us the need for Sudanese to be evangelize and for the issues of hygiene and sanitation to be taught. He asked for one of the team to come the next day to share in the congregations so we promised that Milka will return to do so. In Gudele, the incidences of typhoid and malaria are extremely high. Typhoid because the people take water form the stream and they do not boil or add water guard. This is the same stream where they bathe, wash clothing and use the toilet in. This is a very common practice in S. Sudan. It is very common to see people taking dirty standing water and drinking it. He was desperate for someone to make an impact on this way of life. Pastor Peter also agreed to translation the book A Highway Out Of Africa into 2 languages for us. What a blessing that people are surfacing who can easily assist us with the translations. Pastor Peter also works at a community center that has a printing press and we are hoping that he will be able to give us a better cost for the printing of the book since it will be made free to all who desires one. This is one of the ways the message will go to all of Sudan.

After, we hurried back to Pastor Jinga's congregation for the evening's bible study where I taught on tithing and offerings. There were many questions and I was asked to teach on the same topic the next day. We had previously planned for Milka and myself to attend Pastor Jinga's congregation where Milka would be the main speaker. Since Milka would now be speaking in Gudele, I would be the main speaker. The team tomorrow would be attending 4 congregations. George, yvonne and Simon would attend the congregation in Jabel where they would distribute the sack of rice. It was a long day and still another long day to follow. Praise Yahweh we are greatly needed.

 Let's see what Yahweh will do this year!

 

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