Friday, July 9, 2010
Guys, We are on a Safari!!
Upon reaching Nakuru we were greeted at DHQ by a host of officers and local soldiers. They presented each of our team members with necklaces as a sign of welcome. After enjoying lunch we were formally introduced and ushered into the chapel to facilitate a Bible Study. I was humbled to have the opportunity to present the study on Holiness, a topic that is fundamental to the early foundation of the Salvation Army. The study included great dialogue and discussion and I know that I myself was deeply challenged by the topic.
Day 2 included home visitation and evangelism in the village of Elburgon, about 45 minutes from downtown Nakuru. It was at this corps that our team was divided into 2 seperate brigades, one that would be praying within households and another that would be visiting 2 nearby corps, including one (Molo) that had been recently destroyed due to violent post-election rioting. Walking through the village of Elburgon, we learned from the local Envoy about the extreme problems created by alcoholism. Many individuals within the village make their own local brew of alcohol that is illegal due to high toxicity that often results in blindness or even death to unsuspecting consumers. After the visitations we took part in an Open Air Crusade in the market district of the village. Captain Kimeu spoke about how we as humans are given the free will to make decisions and that we are not expected to just go about life with complacency. He challenged those in attendence to make a concerted decision for Christ and overcome all of the obstacles that stood in the way of authentic freedom.
Day 3 began with a Holiness Meeting at the N'Gondu Corps. We were privelaged to take part in worship on a Friday morning with a crowd of about 50 energetic Salvationists. They shared Swahili songs and Gospel Dances with us while Rachel delivered her testimony, Sam preached, and our entire team took part in a ChoreoDrama. We have been greatly encouraged by the fact that the team as a whole has really stepped up to the plate and has shouldered the load of responsibilities. It is great to see how far we have come since our first official holiness in Thika just a few weeks ago. Everyone has adopted a greater sense of boldness and confidence, realizing that God truly does equip the called.
After lunch we were privelaged to yet again experience a Kenyan Open Air Crusade. Marching to the sound of the Army drum and brass instruments is an experience that makes me proud to be a Salvationist. William Booth sure knew what he was doing when he brought the church to the people.
I know that God will continue to bless the remaining days here in the Nakuru district, however I just wanted to provide brief insight into how this week has blessed our team. Continue to keep our team in your prayers as we look press on in our remaining 2 and a half weeks. Also remember to keep Captain Tracy Hughes in your prayers as she adjusts to her new change of appointment at Territorial Headquarters. She has blessed our team during her brief stint here and we know that she will continue to be a vital source of encouragement for us all!
Kwa-Heri ya kuonana
(Goodbye until we meet again!)