Bwana asifiwe! (Praise the Lord!)
We have now finished another two weeks of teaching in Keroka-two hours drive south of Kisumu. This is a fertile agricultural area, and people have plenty of food, but generally very little money. A bag full of spinach costs as little as 3 cents (20 øre).
Keroka is in an area with strong Catholic and non-evangelical influence. Priests will warn their parishioners not to accept salvation at any Pentecostal meetings. Most of the pastors we taught had a strong ‘works consciousness’ and little knowledge about salvation by grace. Teaching the class ‘Righteousness’ was a bit of a challenge, as it is quite contrary to what is believed in this region.
An alcoholic seeking salvation
Vidar met an alcoholic who wanted to be right with God and get rid of his sins. He knew the Bible quite well. After showing the man for one hour that salvation is a free gift and that one must be born again, he still was not able to believe God for salvation. This was the first time Vidar met someone who wanted to be right with God, but would not accept salvation.
Filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues
One evening we ministered on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. To our surprise, the entire congregation came forward to receive, except for one local who was already filled. This was in a Pentecostal church with several Pentecostal pastors and deacons present. The Spirit was poured out just like God promised, and many left speaking in tongues that night.
During July, we had an opportunity to go to Norway for vacation. Lisa enjoyed spending time with some of her relatives, and they were also very happy to see her. While we were in Norway, we also celebrated Lisa’s great grandmother’s 90th birthday. It was a good time, and the fresh air must have done Lisa good as she finally let go of her support and started walking steadily on her own.
We learned that after we had taught on the God’s priorities in May, several students got together and started an evangelism team. They meet weekly and go door to door, adding those who are saved to the local churches in Kanamai.
Preparing for August
August 7th we start teaching 2nd module in Kanamai, Mombasa. This time, the teachings last for three weeks. Right now, we are in Kisumu preparing curriculum for these sessions. The following are the subjects we teach in the second module:
* New Testament Survey
* Holy Spirit
* Systematic Theology
* The Believer’s Authority