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.

Dec 9, 2008

In Nairobi - Kenya

My wife Suzanne and I arrived here in Nairobi last week on Thursday night. It is great to be back to this city which holds lots of memories for me. I lived, worked, and exhibited my Christian faith here in the early nintees before moving to the United States. I have since been through the city at least once a year mostly on my way to the neighboring countries for mission work. With God's help, I have retained many friends and connections here inspite making my aboard in Minneapolis. I guess it is the normal life of a world evangelist to have friends from all-over the world. When we arrived at the Airport this time though, one friend who has always been there to receive me was ambiguiously missing: Josphat Mboko. Josphat, an old friend and mentour to me since my teenage years, went to be with the Lord this past summer. He and his wife Scolastica were in a road accident and both died, leaving their teenage kids orphaned. It was shocking when I heard about it in early August cause he was getting ready to come to Minneapolis for my wedding when the accident happened. God bless their souls as they sit with Jesus. One clearly noticeable change in Nairobi is that the city looks a lot more cleaner and greener than it did in the ninties. The other change are the longer traffic jams. The jams start at six in the morning and continue throughout the day until after nine at night. It is not unussual to get stack on the road three to four hours trying to make a stretch of four miles. That is how crazy it has gotten here. I am told every day Nairobians add an average of 500 new vehicles on the road. Yet there is little being done expand the existing roads or to build new ones at the moment. It can be annoyingly slow trying to make it from point A to point B. Other than that my wife Suzanne is doing great. When we first arrived she was very tired and we had to make quite a few adjustments in our schedule so that she could rest adequately. I will tell you more about what we have been doing and whom we have been meeting with in my next post.