We are now safe and sound back on our own homeland. We had an awesome trip. The “Team of Four” (Americans) was a spiritual force to be reckoned with. We maintained a full frontal attack on the gates of hell with some very souls being snatched from the fires of eternity. Below is the fruit of our labors:

Ministry:
Crusades/Services: 16
Inmate attendance: 3,825
Salvations: 780
Inmates requesting healing prayer (new tracking): 376
Inmates church leaders prayed over (new tracking): 167
Prison training conferences: 2
Conference attendees: 51
New testament distribution: 380
Full Bible distribution: 39
Yard Out Newspapers (new): 2 Bundles
BCS Discipleship Binders (new): 8 Binders

Aid:
Soap: 9,660 bars
Toilet paper rolls: 3,400 rolls
Sugar: 660 lbs.
Soccer balls: 10

To God be the Glory! Amen and amen!

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I would rather be eaten by a crocodile than be up in front of a bunch of kids. Kids scare the heck out of me. Well it was meant to be that today and I would not be eaten by a crocodile. What was I thinking when I volunteered to go with my friend John Maina to view the work he was doing with the juveniles.

The night before, it was decided that Mike Afalava and I would go to the juKenya-Gifts for the kids 3-16 IMG_0712venile institutions with our Kenyan teammates, John Maina and Stephen, while Nate Bean and Paul Franks would go to the men’s institution. When we arrived at the juvenile institution we were informed that we would do two services simultaneously which meant whatever comfort level I had with a team of 4 had now shrunk to a team of two. Stephen and I were to go to one institution and John and Mike were to go to another.

My team goes to where the kids have been assembled. There is much singing going on until we arrive and the room goes quiet when we walk through the doors. I am thinking to myself this is not going to go well. 60 faces are staring back at me from the ages of 6 to 14. Beautiful little faces, many whom I would love to take back home with me. Stephen opens up and then turns the meeting over to me. The SERMON I had prepared in my head the night before is just not going to work. As I am walking up to the front of the room the Holy Spirit prompts me to do a skit. I am panicked at this moment as eternity seems to stand still. A skit???? I quickly flash back to India when we visited an orphanage and my good friend Bob Jordan did a skit on David and Goliath. So I pray and go for it– a three man skit.

I pick the smallest child in the group and bring him in front of the class. I share with the kids who David was. Then I pick the biggest kid in the group and have him stand on a chair. I prompt him to act like an angry giant. The kids howl. I then run to the other side of the room and get down on my hands and knees and teach David how to pick up five big stones from an imaginary stream. The kids howl.

I teach David how to put one of his stones into a sling and he slings his imaginary stone which hits Goliath in the forehead. I have Goliath fall on my shoulders and I carry him in a firemen’s carry around the room and gently lay him dead on the floor. The kids howl. Then I lift David up so that he is now sitting on my right shoulders. (this little kid was much heavier than he looked and I almost dropped him.) I then transitioned and said that even the very smallest of people in the world can do the greatest of things when God is on their side.

Up until this point, I have never given an altar call to this age bracket of kids and was  wondering in my mind if I should even do one. I was panicked a second time. The spirit prompts me and I do a full  altar call as if I were in front of adults.  I was much gentler, however, but the message was the same. I then invited anyone who wanted to ask for forgiveness of their sins and to receive Jesus in their hearts to come forward. Much to my shock, 30 kids came forward and knelt close enough to my legs so as to feel them.

After we had finished, I asked Stephen who was translating for me, if I was clear enough in the message and did the kids really know what they were doing? He said they absolutely knew what they were doing.

Wowza, thank you Jesus for getting me out of my comfort zone and thank you to Bob Jordan for modeling how to do a skit of David and Goliath. Who would have thought that would come full circle so many years ago.

Our team of Americans and Kenyan brothers conclude our ministry time in Kenya with three services, then we will have an audit day with our brothers as well as our going away lunch for the team.

Please pray that these meetings will go well and for safe passage back to our homeland.

Goodnight!

We are not quite so exhausted today. Prayers are being answered.

We had a wonderful worship service at one of the men’s prisons. Paul Franks opened up the service with the President’s presentation and did an incredible job. Mike Afalava was our emcee. Nate Bean did the long sermon and delivered an altar call in which 40 men came forward, many with tears of repentance streaming down their faces. Check out my Facebook page for more pics and a short video of a women’s service we conducted.

I was asked the question why, given that there are several prisons in and around Nairobi,  we were traveling so far to reach some of the prisons in the outlying areas. The answer can best be summed up by a comment made by one of the members of the prison staff as we were leaving his institution: “Thank you so very much for coming today and bringing gifts for the inmates. We feel we are a forgotten institution because we are so far out. Not many come to visit us.  Thank you and please come back.” Ever since we started our international ministry 13 years ago, we have always strived to go where no one else wants to go. We attempt to reach the truly unreached.

Tomorrow we will split up the team and Mike Afalava and I will be going with John Maina, one of our nationals, to one of the Juvenile institutions. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, as juvenile kids scare the heck out of me, worse than an elephant chasing me!

To date totals- 3,195 inmates in attendance with 721 coming forward to receive Christ. Praise God.

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Greetings. The days are long. There is not even enough time to blog consistently. We are battering our bodies. We are spent. We have experienced some of the roughest roads yet. We were even chased by an elephant for 200 yards. However the good news is:

1.       Souls are being transformed right in front of our eyes.
2.       Tears are flowing with many.
3.       The Anointing is amazingly strong.
4.       People are coming forward for healing.
5.       Church leaders are being set apart.
6.       Soap is being distributed.
7.       Milk is being bought for babies who are with their moms in prison.
8.       Bibles are being distributed
9.       Toilet paper is being handed out in the prisons.
10.   The Lord is on His throne and watching over us.
11.   Everyone is healthy.
12.   It is well with my soul.

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Kenya prison crowd 3-5-16 IMG_0571We have been very busy the last two days with 5 Crusades and 1 conference. The attached picture shows one of our largest prisons thus far, approximately 1,200 inmates that came out to the service. If you look closely at the picture you can see a large crowd of men kneeling down. These are the approximately 300 men that came forward to receive Christ. We are seeing a great move of God this trip to Kenya. Many men are coming forward to receive Christ with tears streaming down their faces.

One of the things we were not anticipating is that our itinerary would show just one prison at a particular location but there  really were multiple prisons there. So instead of ministering at one prison in the afternoon we might actually be doing three services. Many of the larger prisons have women’s institutions attached as well. Oftentimes the OC [Officer in Charge]will not allow the entire prison to come out for one service but they will allow us to do multiple services per institution. This is a good thing however we are extremely worn out. All this causes us to have to split up the team. Everyone is being worked very hard.

Each one of our American team members is being used to the max to the point of being totally spent by the end of the day. Last night, Nate and I chose sleep over dinner. You can always take the pulse of the team by seeing how many people would rather fall into bed than wait for dinner. Jet lag is just wiping us out. However His mercies are new every morning.

Our American team is doing exceptionally well. Our newest member of the team, Mike Afalava, is doing exceptionally well in sharing his testimony and preaching. It is a joy being around him. The next member of our team is Paul Franks who like Mike is doing an awesome job. These two new guys are hitting it out of the park every time they get up to speak to the crowds. It brings me great inner joy to see such “newbies” doing such a phenomenal  job. Nate Bean successfully connected with us yesterday. It brought a great smile to my face seeing my brother catch up to us after all that he had to do at the last minute at SeaTac.  This meant missing his flight which caused him to fly out the following day and thus be one day late.

The extra services that we weren’t expecting to do didn’t wear us out today as much as the roads. The roads were just awful. They were bone jarring roads for most of the day. We are exhausted and are about ready to fall flat on our faces.

It is hot and humid, however our rooms have A/C.

Good night for now.

Pray:

1. For Stamina
2. For the continued outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“We are under threat of Al Qaeda, we must be vigilant.”

  Part 1: We awoke this morning refreshed from the long commute of two days to get here. We spent the night at the Passionist Guest House where we have stayed on many past trips. It gives us a great place of refuge from the daily grind of ministry. We had two hard boiled eggs and a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast. We are now off on our first day of ministry for this campaign. We are already an hour late from our estimated time of departure which will only catch up to us on the back end of our day.

 We get to our first prison and are met by the first guard at the front end of the prison who states: “we are under threat of Al Qaeda , we must be vigilant.” I thought to myself what a weird way to start off the conversation. So what does that mean to us? Everybody out of the van while security goes over our van tooth and nail.  All is well so we proceed to our next location to see the Officer in Charge. Once the customary greetings are exchanged, we are taken to the Chapel of the institution. We are told there are 100 men waiting for us to show up. These are men who meet everyday for their Bible study. This will not be our customary evangelistic service but one of encouragement and exhortation for the body of believers.

 Part 2: At the end of the service we call forward the church leaders and about 10 of them come forward.  We then present to them a new tool we had put together. It is a binder with a summary of all of our BCS lessons condensed onto one page. This is a tool that the church leaders  can use to assist them to disciple new inmates and will also enhance the Biblical knowledge of the inmate church. One of the inmates clutched the binder tightly to his chest. We are also trying something new this trip. We have 2 transport vehicles instead of one.  This has been an incredible concept as one is used to haul people and one is used to haul luggage, humanitarian aid and Bibles. We are now off to our next prison about two hours away. We were supposed to do 2 more prisons this afternoon but ended up only doing one. We went and did a service for 200 female inmates as well.

 Until Nate catches up to us, our team right now consists of  Mike Afalava (his very first international trip), Paul Franks (his second international trip with PFC) and me.  I am simply amazed at these two guys. Mike gave his testimony twice today and just knocked it out of the park with his sharing. Everyone was intently listening to his sharing. Paul preached a short sermon in the first service and was emcee at the second service. I took both of these guys off to the side and encouraged them greatly on their presentation and how God was using them to reach some of the hardest of hearts. These two guys are doing a great job.

 Part 3: Tomorrow we are in hopes of meeting up with our teammate, Nate Bean, and we will be doing another prison crusade as well as a leadership conference at night.

 Prayer requests– Pray :  (1) For the rendezvous with Nate to go smoothly. (2) For everything to run smoothly tomorrow. (3) For me, GVT, as I have some really weird body aches. I have had a headache that is drilling through each of my temples all day. Excedrin doesn’t seem to be knocking it out.  I am exhausted and falling into bed at 8:32 pm.

Greg Von Tobel sent a text message that he, Mike Afalava and Paul Franks have arrived safely in Nairobi this morning (which is night time in Kenya because they are 11 hours ahead of us).  Praise God!

The fourth member of the team, Nate Bean,  plans to leave Seattle today at 1:20 pm.  Someone from Pastor Joseph Ngara’s church in Nairobi plans to pick him up at the airport tomorrow evening (tomorrow morning for us).

He will then leave early the next morning (Thurs) to make the 4 hour trip to the Naivasha.

There are 2 prison crusades planned for tomorrow, one at the prison in Naivasha and another at the prison at Nakura (to the northwest of Naivasha).

Pray that Nate might be able to make it in time to take part in these prison crusades.

  • Pray for the whole team to be rested and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for safe travel for all the team members whether on the ground or in the air. Thanks.