Archive for the ‘Kenya 2017’ Category

We Have the Money for Zipporah’s House! (2017-11-16)

I am simply ecstatic to report that, in less than 30 days, the $5,000 needed to build Zipporah a permanent house has been raised. (If you don’t know the story, please read my blog posts from Oct. 16-17).  Ecstasy is my first emotion, but it is overtaken very quickly by a sense of deep and […]

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 […]