If the first part of our trip was a shock to our senses, Thursday was an overload. We traveled from Eldoret south to Kissi. Kissi is a town in the hill country of Kenya where Pastor Daniel and his wife Beatrice oversee a number of ministries. He pastors a church in town, oversees all the GFE churches in the region, administers the school, directs the feeding program and oversees a small boy’s orphanage back behind his house. We began the day by visiting the school. The sweet sounds of the children singing ‘Welcome, visitas, welcome, welcome!’ rang in our ears as we crossed the road and the makeshift bridge over the ditch. The children and their teachers were all lined up outside the school and sang several songs for us. We spent the next few hours playing games with and telling bible stories to the children. Once again, many small, dark colored hands grasped ours as we walked the grounds of the school. Children ask a lot of questions, especially if you’re a Mzungu (remember, we might as well be unicorns!). However, there is nothing sweeter than a child sitting in your lap soaking up the love of Christ!
From the school we went to visit one of the widows in the church. Her house was so far back in the bush we had to walk for 15 minutes because there was no path big enough for the van. Daniel and his church members have reached out to this widow since the day she stumbled drunk into Sunday service. The smell of alcohol was so strong everyone in the building knew she was that. But that day God had a different plan for her. She heard God’s word proclaimed boldly and at the end of the service she gave her life to Christ. Then just a few weeks later her husband gave his life to Christ! Three days later he died leaving her a widow. However, she now be reunited with her husband in heaven! Daniel and his church have helped fix her house and now she wants to donate a part of her land to build a church in the bush! Once Daniel raises the $3000 to build a structure, a new meeting place in the bush will draw people who can’t make it into town for church!
After lunch we visited Daniel’s church in town. We helped with the daily feeding program, serving rice and beans to kids who otherwise would be hungry. We then met with a group of widows that the church is supporting. One of Daniel’s visions is to help the widows start some small businesses to help make them self supporting. We spent about 90 minutes teaching them some basic business principles and we left some Shillings with Daniel to help kick start a couple of businesses. This is the basic ‘teach a person to fish’ kind of thing we need to do more of in our mission endeavors. Indigenous pastors like Daniel do a great job of reaching people for Christ. When we come alongside them and meet physical needs we help multiply their outreach. It is also the call of true religion to help widows and orphans.
Speaking of orphans, our last stop of the day was visiting the small row of 10 by 10 rooms that make up the boy’s orphanage back behind Daniel and Beatrice’s house. They are caring for nine boys they found on the streets. Again, without the work of Daniel and Beatrice, these boys would be sleeping on the streets. It is an honor and privilege for us to come alongside a couple like this. So basically on Thursday we experienced almost every facet of the ministry in Kissi in one day. It may have overloaded our circuits, but it definitely filled our hope tanks as we saw hope in the eyes of many who a short while ago had no hope.
Tomorrow, we may as well be going to outer space. We will visit a game park and see some of God’s finest creations. However, we’ll be sitting in the lap of luxury while others will go to bed hungry. I don’t understand why God allowed me to be born in America in relative opulence compared to most of those in Africa. It is something I continue to struggle with. However, I do know that I am responsible for what I have seen. This is why I continue to bring people to this place. God has blessed me immeasurably for knowing these people. He has allowed me to be part of the work going on here and to help the ongoing work here. I am forever different and forever blessed for my time here. The next post may not come until after our return, but don’t stop praying! God is not finished with this trip yet…