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Kenya Update

I have been back home from Kenya for a week now, and it has been a busy week as I caught up on my work here. My week was complicated by a computer malfunction that dragged on for most of the week. I am pleased to report that I spent much of Saturday reformatting and then restoring my software and data, and things are pretty much back to normal. I was reminded once again how dependent my life and work are upon my computer. Fortunately, I had a backup only a few days old that I could use to restore things as they were.

I was busy day and night in Kenya, which is indicative of the thirst in Kenya for the purpose message. I P1210368cannot explain why that hunger to know purpose there is so strong; I can only attribute it to the work of God in the hearts of the people. While I was there, I did six one-on-one sessions, profiled a group of new employees at a company for which I consult, had a group employee session at that company, went on a safari in the Samburu region, did a radio show with my friend Tina, spoke before a group of purpose seekers, and visited our ministry partners in Banana, Bomet, Kaberia, and Donnholm. All in all, I estimate I sat in the back seat of an SUV for about 30 hours during my ten-day stay.

While I found our partners to be encouraged in the Lord, I saw that almost all were going through serious personal issues: marriage challenges, sick parents living with them, financial crises, ministry problems, children growing up, and other personal trauma. It was almost overwhelming as I sat and listened to their tales of woe and pain. I was impressed by their faith in the midst of all they were going through, but I hurt with them and could only encourage them and pray.

I had the sense while I was there that I am to spend some additional time in Kenya in 2017 beyond my group trip in March and my annual personal visit in October. I am not sure how that will work out, but I accepted a ministry engagement for April, and I will look to spend additional time there prior to their August elections.

I was able to distribute some much-needed financial relief to all our partners, and they were grateful beyond words. I want to thank you for your prayers and contributions during my time in Kenya. The next project is to ship the container of supplies, books, shoes, bikes, and office equipment to the Kenya before the end of the year. Tomorrow I will start the process by announcing my intent to ship, and the company and our Kenya contacts will initiate the paperwork. This is a faith venture, but I have the funds to at least ship, and we will trust the Lord for the rest we will need when it clears customs.

The needs at the orphanages and schools is as great as ever and I need your help to continue helping to meet those needs. I try to be careful that our partners will never see us as their source, but will always keep their focus on the Lord as their Provider. Yet, I know God has used you and me to meet those needs, and we must be faithful to play the role He has for us.

You can contribute toward their needs using PayPal on my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I have a sense that some reader is considering a large gift toward the ministry, and i can only say the words to that person that Jesus said at the Last Supper: "What ye do, do quickly!" I promise when your gift comes in, whether small or large, that every penny will go toward the work of alleviating the suffering of the poor in Kenya.

Be watching Facebook in the coming weeks as I post more pictures and videos from this last trip. Thank you again for making it possible to be a blessing to those who needed it.


Busy Days Here in Kenya

I arrived in Kenya last Wednesday, and immediately went off to check out a possible safari site for our next group trip next March. It was in an area just north of the equator called Samburu, and it was desert-like conditions. A river flows through the game reserves or no life or vegetation could survive. It was a good time to get away and seek the Lord in part of His amazing creation, and I am back in Nairobi, ready for a busy week. How busy? Well, let me tell you.

Sunday I attended two services at Harvest Centre Fellowship in Kangemi, then came back to the hotel for a meeting to plan another meeting later in the week, for a one-on-one profiling/purpose session, and then a meeting with an author whose book I will publish.

Today (Monday), I will be a guest on Kubamba radio with my friend Tina Nzuki from 7 to 8 AM. Then I will visit our library project in Banana. I will have with me an acquaintance from the States who has started a micro-lending economic development program who asked if he could tag along to learn more about my work in Kenya that may help his work.

The rest of the week, I have a meeting with two companies with which I have done some team-building work, I will visit our friends at Upako Centre in their new venue, have several more one-on-one profiling sessions, have an important meeting with my publisher, visit the children at Each One Touch One, have meetings with several more contacts and ministry partners, and possibly take a trip west to visit one of my dear friends and fellow pastors. I fly out on Saturday night, so God has to help me make the most of every minute while I am here.

I have already discovered an urgent need among one of our partners here, and I will be launching today a special effort to raise $1,000 before I leave my hotel this coming Saturday at 6 PM Kenya time, 11 AM local time where I live. I urge you to give to this work, even if it is $5! I promise you that every penny will remain here with the orphans. You can give through PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882. Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.

If you send a check, please let me know so I can keep a running total of what has come in. Remember, this must be completed by this coming Saturday so I can leave the money here and avoid any transfer fees.


A Little Short

My thanks if you responded to my appeal this past week for relief funds to take to Kenya this coming week. I had hoped for $5,000, and I have about $3,000, which is $2,500 more than I had last week at this time. That is fantastic, and I am grateful for your help! As I wrote last week, I am trusting the Lord, believing that what our friends in Kenya need will come in. I never want them to put their trust in me or in us, but rather in Him, who can supply all their needs. The banks in the U.S. are closed on Monday and I depart Tuesday afternoon. God is still able to provide, and I thank Him both for what I have and for what I will have by the time I head out.

My time in Kenya will be full. I have a long list of people to see and meetings to hold. I will start off with a visit to a new safari venue to check it out for our team trip in March 2017. Then I speak at Harvest International ChurchIMG_6603 next Sunday in Kangemi. After that, I meet with many individuals to talk about purpose or publishing, while I also visit with our friends and ministry partners around Nairobi. I will have with me a brother who is starting a micro-finance ministry in Kenya to introduce him to my friends in leadership. I will meet with my publisher to see how many more of my books we can publish and distribute in Kenya. In other words, I will be busy the entire time I am there. To top things off, I will begin teaching an online class to students in the States from Kenya as well.

The picture to the right (click to enlarge) is from last March when I saw Deborah at Each One Touch One orphanage. I first met Deborah in 2009, and she is pictured below dressed in blue. Deborah is my daughter's name, and I was moved by her situation, for Kenya Kenya Group ShotDeborah is truly an orphan with no family. I have supported her since I met her, and now she is attending boarding school. I wish I could report that she is thriving, but she is not. Orphans almost always struggle, especially as they enter into their teen years, and Deborah is no exception. I pray that God will preserve and protect her as she matures and is eventually released into Kenyan society.

If the Lord speaks to you about contributing to the needs in Kenya, there is still time. You can give using PayPal online, or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. If you are sending a check, just let me know how much it is for so I can front the money and take it with me on Tuesday. If you cannot give, then please pray—for traveling mercies, for my schedule in Kenya, for my publishing goals, and for resources to arrive at the last minute to assist our friends in Kenya. Of course, I will keep you posted from Kenya through Facebook and Twitter. Thank you once again for your help!


Going with Empty Pockets

This coming week will be a busy one for me, for I finish up one of the graduate classes I teach, and then I will pack up and head over to Kenya on October 11 for a 12-day visit. I have a list of about 15 people with whom I WemaKidsHungryneed to meet, among whom are our partners who we have supported over the years. As of this week, I don't have the usual financial resources I need to help them. I am not nervous, for perhaps God wants them to trust Him and not me for their needs. Maybe God is reminding me to trust Him, and the resources will arrive this week, or even when I am in Kenya.

I am only letting you know in case you have been considering a contribution but have been putting it off for any number of reasons. If that is the case, this week would be a wonderful time to do what has been in your heart to do. I would love to take over $5,000, and right now, I have about $500 of that amount. As I said, I am not fretting, nor am I begging, for where God guides, He provides, and I trust Him concerning this matter.

If you can give this week toward my trip (not my expenses, but the gifts I will give in Kenya), please do so using PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Since I am leaving in one week, I ask that you do what you will do now so that I have time to process your gift so I can carry it with me to Kenya.

Thank you for your ongoing help and support for the orphans and widows in Kenya, and I am excited to see what the Lord does in the coming days. Whatever He chooses to do, I will rest in Him and look forward to my time with our Kenyan friends with great anticipation for what God will do when we meet. Thank you, and may God bless you this week!