Archive for October, 2017

Random Thoughts on Rest Day (2017-10-18)

When I wrote yesterday’s blog, I did not mean it to be prophetic. But so it turned out to be. Today we had an itinerary that included a visit to an orphanage and lunch with the lady who administers it. But the long day yesterday seems to have taken a toll on both Pastor Moses […]

This Is Africa (2017-10-18)

Last night as we went to bed, Pastor Moses told me the agenda for today. We are to go to a nearby village, visit another pastor, and he will show me his ministry. We are to leave by 9 a.m. But This Is Africa. I’ve done this dance enough to know the steps. In America, […]

Channeling My Fury (2017-10-17)

I was so tired yesterday that I had what I can only describe as “out of body” experiences, times when it felt as though my spirit was leaving me. I kept my eyes open even when we stood to pray because once when I had closed my eyes, I caught myself stumbling forward a couple […]

A Child of Joy, A Child of Sorrow (2017-10-16)

I traveled this afternoon to a church about 30 minutes away. On the way, we stopped to see Pastor William and his just-born daughter. His wife had to have a C-section. I can’t imagine how that works at “Matata Hospital.” I don’t really understand the name, since Matata is Swahili for “Troubles.”  It’s a typical […]

The Quiet and the Chaos (2017-10-16)

I’m wide awake by the time birds start singing. The variety of birds here is truly a wonder, and their songs are both louder and richer than home. They begin their sweet chorus just before sun-up at 6 a.m., and the beautiful noise of the children at school does not lag far behind. I have […]

Gentle Tears and Roaring Laughter (2017-10-15)

Today is the Lord’s Day. I was asked to preach for Echoes of Mercy Church here in Nyamira. Pastor Moses specifically asked me to preach about generous giving. I wanted to decline, quite honestly. I don’t especially like talking about giving in America because there are so many who focus on this as if it […]

First-World Theology, Third-World Reality (2017-10-13)

Despite my jitters, I feel our class time went really well. I’m teaching New Testament Survey.  The course utilizes a textbook which I find personally helpful and informative. Nevertheless, I am not sticking too closely to it, for several reasons. First, the students will have the book available for future reference. Our time is limited […]

These Dreams, Though! (2017-10-13)

Many people have told me of recurring dreams they experience under certain circumstances.  These dreams may have slight variations, but the central theme remains.  I have several of those. While in college, I dreamed often (at least once per semester) that during finals week, I would realize I had registered for a class, but never […]

Rest and Preparation (2017-10-12)

As I went to bed last night at 8:30, I knew I’d never stay asleep past 3 a.m. In fact, I woke up at 2 a.m. I used the time to finish yesterday’s blog. Then I got another hour or two of sleep before breakfast. Today is meant to be a day of rest and […]

Things As They Are, Things As They Shall Be (2017-10-11)

NAIROBI TO NYAMIRA After breakfast we loaded up and headed to the airport for the quick flight over to Kisumu. On the trip, I noticed how much Kenya and Uganda look alike. The same markets set up along the roadway. The same buildings with the same vendors and the same advertisements. Much of this seemed […]