Yesterday Bo, Onesmus and I drove for about 2.5 hours out to visit a fellowship in an area called Kitui. There is a man named Peter who we visited in January 2015. Since then the Lord has worked through him to start 4 more fellowships in the Kitui area. This was one of the newer ones. We were definitely out in the bush, so much so that when it started raining we began to wonder about getting out. The church building was built with sticks and mud and looked like a strong wind could blow it over. When we arrived the only ones waiting were a few children. But slowly other folks started arriving and we began meeting with a small group. Before we started teaching Onesmus felt led to begin praying for the people and thank God he did. The “leaders” were the first ones to fall and manifest demons. After everyone received prayer and the people were set free, we began to share. Bo shared on love from 1 Corinthians 13 and I spoke about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We prayed for people to be filled with the Holy Spirit and some of them received their prayer language for the first time, including a few of the children. A young woman was also healed of a stomach ailment through prayer.
The people were really gracious and hungry for the Lord. Peter, the pastor/leader of that area shared about how he often travels to that small fellowship and sleeps on the ground at night, praying and interceding for the folks in the area and asking God to send them. It was humbling to see his dedication and his shepherd’s heart. It was also eye-opening to see the need for Onesmus to travel to these fellowships. Many of these pastors are great shepherds and teachers but they do not have the experience yet in deliverance or the same authority as Onesmus. It’s hard to teach demonized people (trust me, I’ve tried) and they need his gift to come and set people free and then train up the leaders to do the same. Onesmus now has a strong team in Machakos that does healing, deliverance, counseling, preaching etc without relying on him to be there. But these fellowships are much younger and are full of new believers, many of whom still cary a lot of demonic baggage.
We visited another fellowship today and saw much of the same need. These pastors are doing the work of a shepherd and an evangelist, but they need help. Most of the people in the fellowship today could not afford Bibles, which is also essential to growth. We must bring all these needs to the Lord and ask Him to make a way. The harvest is truly plentiful here in Kenya.
Tomorrow we will go visit the land and also meet with the women who have made bags. And on Tuesday Bo and Joanne will be flying home. I have violated the rule of self-sufficiency and sustainability and have become totally reliant on Elizabeth for good pictures, so I have nothing from the bush churches. But here are a few more great ones of the grandmothers and the kids.