Greetings From Kenya’s Coast!
After three wonderful and busy weeks in Mombasa, the whole family is now finishing a week of teachings in Malindi – 65 miles north on Kenya’s coast. We have been in Kenya for a total of 5 weeks by now, and we have had great things happening. In two days we will head back to the States.
Our First Days in Kenya
The very first morning after arriving in Kenya, we went on a safari outside of Nairobi. The journey started at 5 in the morning, but since we had jetlag, it was easy to get up at 4 a.m. We prayed for a good day, and God answered our prayers by letting us see lions, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, and so many other animals. The driver was very surprised by everything we saw and said it is rare to see so many animals in a day, especially lions!
The following day, we headed for Kitui – a rural town 3.5 hours drive northeast of Nairobi. We had rented a “matatu” – a 14 passenger Toyota Hiace which is used for public transportation. After we packed the car with all the luggage and squeezed 11 people in it, Vidar was reminded to pray for protection and no break down of the car. As we drove, we could see the road beneath our feet through cracks in the floor. We made it safely to Kitui. When the car came to pick us up a week later, we had learned that the matatu had had an accident and had to be repaired. Praise God for His protection!
We had a great week in Kitui – school during the day, and evening services at night. People were filled and re-filled with the Holy Spirit, and we had a great time in the Lord. The students were exposed to the moving of the Holy Spirit in ways they had never seen before. There were also times when the teaching anointing was strong. One pastor put it like this “I realized that not every service have to be the same”
Vidar also initiated a trash-picking event with the students. The field outside the church was filled with trash and he volunteered all the students to help pick it up. People were amazed when they saw all the pastors picking up trash. Some members of the pastors’ churches came by and commented, “My PASTOR is picking up trash for ANOTHER church.” Obviously, that was unheard of and became a very good experience for everyone involved.
We are so grateful for our friends, Rick and Tracey and their son Kaleb Matin who assisted us during the two first weeks of this trip. Rick taught “Believer’s Authority” during our week in Kitui and “Children’s Ministry” as part of our new Module E in Mombasa. The graduates who came for our extended module were over joyous and changed by the Children’s Ministry class. They even asked for some more practice, so Cathrine gave a two-hour lesson on how to make and use a flannel board and had them make their own flannel craft using paper. One student put it like this: “I thought we came to learn how to cast out demons, not how to color and cut paper!” Although the class was very different from their expectations, they really enjoyed it and saw the need for a quality children’s ministry.
We have been able to add another Module to our school for our graduates. Students come from all over Kenya for a two-weeks module in Mombasa. This time we had 8 students come from Kisumu, which is more than 500 miles away. The subjects in Module E are “Children’s Ministry,” “Gifts of the Spirit,” and “Bible Interpretation II.”
We are also in the beginning stages of our building process. This week, we got the blueprints on the drawings, signed the contract with the builder, and marked out the plot. We have found favor with a county official who is helping us get the plans approved. The building we’re building will serve several purposes. We will have some classrooms where we can have the Bible school. There will be a dormitory that can sleep about 50 students. This will enable students to come from all over Kenya, even those places where we do not have the traveling modules. The building will also house the daily administration offices for the school, there will be a storage area for both school equipment and crusade equipment. A couple of apartments will be used by guest lecturers. Finally, there will be a library. This combined with the dormitory will allow people to come from anywhere, spend time away from the busy church schedules to spend some dedicated time studying. In addition, there will be a 200-seat auditorium for holding seminars.
That sums up some of our highlights on this trip. There are more that could have been written, like our encounters with snake, scorpion, cockroaches, and rats, but we’ll keep that for another occasion. What we can say is that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. “ Rom 8:37
Love from the Ligard Family