As I shared in the last post, this trip here has opened my eyes to how significant Onesmus’s call is to Kenya. Nearly every fellowship we visit is in a hidden away place that could not be found on a map. The people in these churches are dirt poor, most cannot even afford Bibles. In a nation where ministry is often big business these are the ones who would be forgotten; they have nothing to give. But Onesmus has been faithful to feed His lambs and he has raised up faithful men who follow the same model.
The other day I told Onesmus that someone in the US has committed to funding his preaching outreaches for next month. I don’t know if I have ever seen him so excited. He was like a kid on Christmas. “Now I will preach until Jesus returns!” he said. These faraway and hidden places have been crying out to Onesmus to come and preach the gospel and to encourage and disciple the young pastors there. But they so poor that they have no way to fund his trip or even offer him a place to sleep. So we thank God that He has made a way for O to continue in his call.
Today we visited a fellowship in the hills outside of Machakos. From the reactions, I don’t know that a white person has been there in recent memory. Onesmus said he did not need to check on this fellowship often because the pastor is strong. He was right. The people were strong in faith and there was no deliverance. I spoke on identity in Christ and the people received it with great joy.
Bo and Jo arrived safely in the US today. Tomorrow we will walk the hills with Esther in the morning. In the afternoon I have two meetings: one with the landlord and another with O’s lawyer. We have some legal work that needs to be done with our land and I’m looking at some new options for legal representation. Please pray for wisdom and God’s direction and protection in these matters.