Dec 13, 2008

The African Village Dance

My wife Suzanne and I were treated to a very elaborate reception by my family and village when we arrived in the village yesterday. It was more or less a full wedding re-enactment including the cake-cutting ceremony. There were about 400 people at the service after my family worked so hard to limit the number. They sung, danced, and celebrated our arrival. My younger brother Victor led the crowd in a beautiful worship service. The gospel was fully proclaimed and nearly 50 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ following the altar call. My dad, Justus, also shared his testimony and how God has favored him all his life. The most touching moment was when he publicly repented for having "resisted God's will for his son's life (me)" 11 years ago when I had to leave for the United States. He admitted that for selfish reasons, he resisted and sent emisaries to desuade me from following the missionary call at the time. God bless him for his humility. The other great moment was meeting with two of the nations Cabinet ministers. On Tuesday morning I met with the Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Hon. Samuel Poghisio. Our meeting consisted in discussing leadership issues in the nation and the region, specifically in regards to servant leadership. Mr. Poghisio, a born again Christian, is one of the very humble leaders Kenya has at its helm of political power. He is also the chairman of his political party and being tauted as a future possible president. Among other things I got to pray with him after he requested to know if I had any wisdom to share for the nation and the East African region in general. I invited him to participate in our up-coming Leadership and Good Governance Conference in the country of Burundi. My second meeting was with Hon. Khang'ati, a minister in the office of the Prime Minister. Our meeting focused on personal spirituality and the leadership challenges the local members of parliament encounter. He is not a born-again believer. He was, however, open to praying together and sort to stay in touch. I hope to continue communicating with him in the coming days.

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