VMC Trip to Kenya (Update #4)
If I told you all that has happened since my last update, this would be an incredibly long blog post. Here are a few glimpses:
- Our audience has been full of energy and faith! Our “Power of Team” theme has been rooted in Ecclesiastes 4:12. We chose this theme because we knew that many of the conference attendees struggle with emotional, relational, and spiritual maturity.
- This past Thursday morning, Doug Loveday gave a powerful talk on marriage. We knew that this would be a vulnerable topic for our audience. Afterwards, Doug invited everyone to pray out loud all at once. The response was visceral. Many people cried out to God in repentance—expressing a longing for the kind of marital relationship that Doug had been describing. It was a powerful moment.
- Aimie has had the chance to train many children’s ministry leaders. One of her lessons was fully communicated on a white board. Two young girls were sitting in on this particular session. After her talk, Aimie wiped the white board dry. Since these two young girls had nothing to do during the break, Aimie gave them the markers to draw something on the white board. When she returned for her next session, the girls had reproduced her entire lesson—from memory—on the white board. This turned out to be a powerful object lesson on what children are capable of!
- People were so eager to hear what we were teaching. A delegation of 9 traveled from Burundi to attend the conference. Another group of 7-8 traveled from Rwanda. Both groups came in buses–a 24 hour trip! Others came from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, and South Sudan. All were pressing us with the question: “Can you come to our country?”.
- We are concerned about the long-term viability of Vision Ministries Kenya. One of the big questions is whether or not they will be able to stand on their own without our ongoing financial support. Before we came, I was hoping to connect with the leaders of an affluent Nairobi church—that I’d had previous contact with—about a potential partnership with VMK. Twice this week, I had the chance to sit down with one of the pastors of that church. While it’s very early in the process, I am hopeful that a partnership may come to fruition.
- Yesterday we made the long trip from Nairobi to Oyugis. It was a 9-10 hour drive on a narrow highway with lots of traffic. We drove through small towns, beautiful countryside, and the famous rift valley. At one point, a young man on a motorcycle lost control and, in a cloud of dust, drove off the road into a deep ditch. As we slowed down to a stop, I could see the motorcycle on top of him. Two young teens pulled him out from under his bike. I saw him shake and twitch a couple of times and then he was still. Gone. Just like that. The fragility of life is sobering.
- Today we will visit several churches including one that many of you helped build. We raised money for the construction of two church buildings 2-3 years ago. Last year, we celebrated one; today and tomorrow, we will get the chance to celebrate the opening of the second.
When Monday morning arrives, I’ll give you the next instalment from Oyugis. Please pray for whatever God brings to your mind.