2 weeks ago I made a quick decision to take a trip back to Kenya. I felt strongly the Lord leading me to go. I bought a one-way ticket to go along with my friend, Bill Testa, one of my best friends from San Diego. Bill and I arrived last night in Nairobi.
Bill has a call and a burden to live in Africa. For the last year he has made preparations to leave the US and make the move. He is hoping to be in Machakos and possibly work with O and E and EAZM. I hope to help him with that transition.
I also have a number of things to discuss with O and E. Money is as tight as ever right now, so we have some hard decisions to make. We will be discussing finances and vision for the future. I’m going on this trip with very little agenda, other than accompanying Bill and making decisions with O and E about the future.
I’m sure the Lord will have more in store than I realize. I plan to be there as long as necessary and leave when the Lord says its time. Bill plans to remain in Africa.
Bo and Joanne will be arriving at the end of the month, so we will have 2 weeks before their arrival.
I would ask for prayer for wisdom and discernment in my time over there. This feels like a significant trip. And of course, prayers for protection as we go would be appreciated.
After the last visit, we sent money to complete a new small home (see below) for the 7 children on the property where O and E live. The previous space was too small and not up to code. I’ll send some better pictures when I get there.
Esther has taken in a new baby girl (below), so the children’s program is evolving. I hope to have a better understanding of that part of the ministry as well. I’m, of course, looking forward to meeting the new little one and seeing the other children.
Rains and flooding prevented O from picking us up last night, so we are currently waiting for him in Nairobi. I plan to post updates with more detail once I get to Machakos. Thanks for praying!
As I told you there before, Last Month of February 2nd 2018, I traveled to Tharaka with my team from Machakos training base.
On the following day which was on Saturday 3rd February, we started our Open Air Crusade at Marimanti Market at 4pm and on Sunday 4th, we continue with Crusade whereby, it was a 2 days of Fire Open Air Crusade and the People of that area experienced the Power and the demonstration of the Holy Spirit touching their lives and the lost coming to Christ.
It was like humble beginning open air crusade on the streets of Tharaka in the bush because i preached with one little microphone and a small speaker in front of the many people about 400 souls came to receive from God through me, hearing the call from God, they were all moved and over 216 love souls gave their lives to Christ and were all filled by the Power of the Holy Spirit. GLORY TO GOD! HALLELUJAH.
In the meeting, there was a young lady of 23 years old who has been cripple and could not walk for 7 years and after we prayed for her, she immediately received instant healing and the stood firmly and walked alone in Jesus Name.
Also in the meeting, there was 2 ladies of the same family who have been suffering pain in the private parts for a period of 16 years whereby, the pain caused them to bleed every day and after we prayed and anoint them with oil, they all immediately received instant healing and the blood stopped in in Jesus Name.
There was also in a meeting a 54 years old man who was disorderly for 21 years of which, he has been bringing disburses, chaos and chasing people during the market day in the market and after we prayed for him, he immediately delivered and the evil spirits and demons came out from him like will weed and the man become free through the Power of the Holy Spirit. PRAISE BE TO GOD!
People began to fall under the power of God and many weep prostrated before the Lord Jesus Christ. A strong manifestation of the Word of Knowledge, Signs, wonders and miracles begin to take place whereby, a boy of 13 years old who was dumb and could speak for 6 years, after we prayed and anoint him with oil, he immediately received instant healing and the boy begin to hear and speak in Jesus Name. PRAISE AND HONOR BE TO GOD!
We thank you brother Austin for your Prayer, Love and Concern to me and for our Ministry team here in Kenya. Also,we thank East Africa Zeraphath Ministry Family who have faithful and generous in giving their support to my family and Children Program through you.
Pastor Onesmus & Esther
Machakos, Kenya E.Africa.
With over 100 children in the program spread out all around the Machakos area, it is difficult to stay current with the children and how they are doing.
Esther has an amazing capacity to follow up with all of the children and remain involved and in the know with each of their lives.
But for myself, so much of my time and conversations with O and E are focused on the next task, need, challenge, etc that I can feel somewhat disconnected from the children and their stories.
The honest question of “are we actually helping?” is a fairly constant one.
I was grateful on the last trip to have some time to talk with Esther and hear stories about a few specific children. I want to share some of those stories over the next few months, both the good and the bad.
We will start with Eunice.
Eunice Mumbua Daniel was in the first group of 6 children in the program at the time we started in 2008.
She was born August 8, 1998 in Mumbuni, 3 kilometers north of Machakos town.
Her father died when her mother was 5 months pregnant with Eunice. Her mother died immediately after giving birth.
After losing both parents, Eunice’s nearly 90 year old grandmother took her as an infant and began to care for her. The grandmother cared for her until she passed away in 2014. She was left with her 70 year old uncle.
Eunice joined the EAZM children’s program in 2008 at age 10. Provided with food, clothing and school fees, she was able to finish primary school.
Afterwards, Esther met with our friend Sha’ Givens and helped Eunice apply to Sha’s secondary school (high school) called I Can Fly Secondary School, just outside of Machakos.
She was accepted on a scholarship basis for her school fees and EAZM continued to provide basic necessities at home when she wasn’t at boarding school.
Even after her grandmother’s passing while in secondary school, Eunice persisted and became one of the top 5 five students in her senior class.
She passed her national exams with a B and is now a freshman at The University of Embu pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Commerce.
Back to the question “are we really helping?” So much of what we do is unto the Lord, trusting Him with the results. But even if it’s just one child, a story like Eunice’s makes it worthwhile and encourages us to keep going.
There was also in the Crusade a 92 years old Woman who got Delivered from the spirit of death that had started draining her down whereby, she had experiencing pains and fever and after we prayed for her, she received instant Healing and Deliverance and the fever and pain went a way and she is doing well.
What an amazing work God did in this Crusade and in Machakos. In the Crusade, Pastors were united as one and this allowed God’s Power to operate whereby,the Body of Christ was lifted to a New level in three days of Crusade. The Gospel was preached each day at the Crusade with God doing His Work through Salvation, Healing and Deliverance.
This was an incredible Open Air Crusade in Machakos town where God unified the Body of Christ through Salvation, Healing and Deliverance whereby, each day the Gospel was preached, people came forward to say “Yes to Jesus”. Signs, Miracles and Wonders followed the preaching of the Gospel.
Bo and I arrived home safely on Monday. Vanessa and Taylor had a bit more adventures return trip home. Their flight out of Nairobi was delayed until 3am. So when they finally flew into Doha, Qatar they could not catch their originally scheduled flight to Dallas. But the airlines comped them a hotel room and meals, so they turned it into an adventure and went dune bashing and camel riding in the Doha desert. Not a bad way to end their trip. They stayed the night in Qatar and caught their flight a day later and arrived safely in Texas yesterday.
I received great news today from Esther. She took all the children in their home to the hospital yesterday to be tested for HIV. I did not realize, but Esther was quite concerned about some of them. The government center had not tested the children before giving them to Esther. With many of the children we know nothing about their parents. But we do know that one of the newer kids has a parent that was HIV positive. Esther prayed and fasted before taking the kids in for testing. So either the Lord protected these kids or He healed some of them through Esther’s prayers. Either way we are thankful that they will not be faced with this challenge in addition to everything else they have dealt with in their young lives. Thank you to those who have been praying for these little ones.
Bo and I are at the airport awaiting our flight from Nairobi back to the US. The girls will head out a little later tonight. Plans changed the last few days in Machakos, as they always seem to do. The chairmanthat oversees the public space where Onesmus planned his crusade reneged on his commitment to give Onesmus the space this weekend. We had to cancel the crusade. Onesmus was devastated. I don’t know if I have ever seen him so disappointed. But the Lord is always one step ahead of us. Friday afternoon, about the time they would have started the crusade, a rain storm blew in and brought rain for the rest of the evening. It would have been a disaster – damaging equipment and scattering everyone to find shelter. God had other plans.
Vanessa and Taylor felt a burden for the girls at Sha’s school, so we arranged for them to go up on Friday. They shared with all of the girls that afternoon and had a really powerful time. Many girls responded in prayer and tears which, for high school girls listening to unknown westerners, is rare. Sha’ said the very next morning she walked by a group of kids who were having early morning prayer in class and heard all of them weeping and crying out to God in intercession. It seems something changed. Taylor and Vanessa spent the rest of the evening with Sha’, which I know was really important and encouraging for her.
Friday Bo and I had time meeting with Onesmus. We received architectural plans for a new temporary structure to put on their current property. They have a good amount of space on their compound and the landlord will allow them to stay for 4 more years. Rather than wait for the resources, legality/lands issues, etc, it seems the Lord is leading us to do more and as much as we can right now while we work things out on the land. The first thing we need is more space for the current children. So we are praying and making plans for a 3 room place to be completed before the end of the year. Because Emily (Children’s Department) is really trusting and looking to Esther, the extra space will probably mean more children. But after seeing the Government Rescue center and hearing more of the stories, I don’t know how we can say no. Please pray for God to lead us in all of these decisions. There seems to be a endless number of needs. But seeing the growth and healing taking place in the children at O and E’s home gives hope and encouragement to keep going.
Saturday the girls spent the day playing with the children. Bo and I met with James to discuss his business that we helped him to start in Kibunga. It has been about 7 months and he is turning a profit of about $100 per month. Being profitable in the first year for any business is difficult, so we were encouraged. Kibunga is suffering a major drought, which has also made doing business there a challenge. We are praying for the Lord to bring rain and water to Kibunga and for James to reach a point soon where his business can care for all of his family’s needs. Esther and I also spent time talking about the future and updates on many of the children in the program. I hope to share more about that in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone for their prayers. We are all really encouraged heading home from this trip.
The highlight of this trip for me thus far has been the noticeable change in the children. We have seen their personalities come to life. Mercy, who has normally been stoic and reserved, is now excited to jump in and play. We have discovered that William is the trouble maker of the group, but he has become comfortable enough to allow that personality to come out. Emmanuelle (Muoo) is much less defensive and aggressive towards the other kids. You can see he is feeling so much more secure since his first day last week. He is also a great dancer. He joined the dance team at the church and jumped right in the first week (Click here to watch IMG_2866). When the children first came, Dorcas was the most behind developmentally – physically, emotionally, and mentally. She was very sick (bloated belly, worms, sores on her body). She had a harder time playing and participating with the other kids and was having a hard time in school. She is now healthy, her coordination has improved, and she’s much more confident to play. She is also doing well in school.
Taylor and Vanessa have played with the kids nearly every day from late afternoon until evening. They have organized boys vs girls soccer matches, taught the kids jump rope, and played frisbee and hacky sack. We have prayed for God to do a work of inner healing and restoration of innocence and we have seen God begin to answer those prayers through joy and playfulness. This is the most joy and freedom I have seen from the children on any trip. I have loved every opportunity to join in on the soccer games and jump rope. Usually around 7PM Momma Esther walks out, says a few words, and the kids quit playing and start running to clean up, eat, and do their homework.
We introduced guacamole to the family a few nights ago, so now the kids and the family are hooked. It has become a staple for our meals together. It’s such a joy to see the kids and the family feel more comfortable with us. Less and less we feel like guests and more and more like family.
Yesterday Taylor and Vanessa led another women’s meeting. They continued to share on forgiveness. Many of the women responded in repentance and tears, allowing the Lord to deliver them and heal past wounds. These girls have done an amazing job on this trip, ministering not just to the people in the church meetings but everywhere they go. Tonight they are at Sha’s school meeting with the girls there.
Tomorrow is another busy day, our last full day here before flying out on Sunday. I’ll try to send out another update before we take off. Thank you so much for your prayers. We have really felt God’s grace on this trip in a unique way.