We are now back in Tulsa for a few weeks to attend Winter Bible Seminar and take care of some personal businesses. It has been two exciting and contrasting months since we left Tulsa in December. First, we went to Norway for Christmas. It was a time of vacation and family visits. Lisa had not been in Norway, so everyone wanted to meet her. During the time we spent in Norway, we enjoyed a real winter with lots of snow.
In January, we headed on to Kenya. Going from a cold winter in Norway, it was quite an experience to arrive in Kisumu with 35 degrees Celcius/95 degrees Fahrenheit and no air conditioners. Lisa was probably the one who adapted best to the heat. She enjoyed her thin summer dresses, and the bath tub she played in outside.
During our stay in Kisumu, we found a good place to live and took care of some practical things. Vidar also learned how to drive on the left side of the road, among pedestrians, bicycles, and animals. After about a week, he got pretty good at it!
The goal with Safari Bible School is to train leaders and pastors in the villages the Word of God. Since it is very expensive to attend bible schools in the cities, we want to bring the school to them. So far, we plan to set up the school in one village per month, and return to the same place about twice a year. The school will run for 2-3 weeks each place, depending on which module we teach. Those who attend all 4 modules over a two year period will receive a diploma for completing the school.
In February, we met with several pastors to plan the school, so we are already booked for the next two years. Our prayer is that we will have enough teachers to run the school simultaneously in different cities. That way, we will be able to reach more people in less time. Please help us pray for more laborers, because people are waiting to be taught the word of God.
Although our trip was not focused on ministering, Vidar got a few opportunities to teach. One Sunday, we went with missionary Jan Kristensen from Norway to a tribe he had discovered in 1999. Even most natives do not know of the Ogiek tribe. They live in the wilderness, dress in monkey skin and survive by eating wild honey and hunting with bow and arrow. No one in the tribe had ever heard the name of Jesus before. Today, part of the tribe has become both saved and civilized, and Vidar got an opportunity to minister to them in their church.
We are now back in Tulsa for a few weeks to attend Winter Bible Seminar and take care of some personal businesses before we return to Kenya in the beginning of April. The first bible school session starts April 17th, but we want to be in Kisumu early enough to purchase a car before we travel to Mwingi where our first session will be held. Our house in Tulsa is currently up for sale. After remodeling the house for three years now, the plan is to sell it in order to be able to do the Lord’s work in Kenya.