Jambo from Kenya.
We are now on the coast of Kenya, teaching in Kanamai, 25km (20 miles) north of Mombasa.
After only two months in Kenya, we are seeing a growing interest for the school. We have 65 students in this village, representing 10 different denominations, including Baptists and Methodists. Our schedule is full and people are now asking to be put on the waiting list for us to come to their area. As bishops hear of us, they are welcoming us to teach all the pastors in their denominations. In both June and August we are expecting students who will come from more then 600km (400 miles) away. We have also seen several locals asking how they can get involved in supporting financially. One pastor has created a monthly giving program to support the school, and so far he has received pledges for over 10,000 KSh per month. This is over US$150 per month in a country where people make $2 per day.
What some students say about the school
* “My church will not be the same”
* “I will bring other pastors – even if they have been to bible school before, they still need to come to this one”
* “I have already been to bible school, but this is better quality teaching”
* “This is a rare opportunity”
* “This is exactly what we need in Kenya”
Filled with the Spirit
On Sunday, Vidar had an opportunity to minister to the church. He spoke about the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and many people came forth and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
A boy healed
Last week, a pastor’s 3-year old son was sick in his stomach and had been throwing up for some time. They decided to take him to the hospital, and Vidar went with them. At the hospital, they suspected malaria, but they had to run some tests. On the way to the lab, we agreed to pray together and believe that he was healed. Vidar stopped and bought the boy a coke and some crackers since they tend to help against nausea. Later, when the parents asked if he was better, he smiled and said, “Yes, mozungu (white man) bought me soda.” When the results came back, they did not find anything wrong, and the boy has been fine since!
Many miles on poor roads
There is a lot of traveling involved in our work. In less than two months, we have driven 3000 miles (5000 km) on African roads. The roads here are not as good as we are used to, and sometimes it is actually better to drive outside the road in order to avoid deep potholes. On the way here, we had a puncture and a rim that was bent from a rock hitting the tire, but it was nothing major.
Witchdoctor losing influence
Here is a story we thought you may enjoy:
Pastor Meni was preparing for a crusade in his home region Kambaland, about 2 hours drive from Nairobi. There is a great witch doctor in the same area who is known far beyond his region – even government officials in Nairobi uses him. Certain people who heard about the crusade complained to the witch doctor, and the witch doctor proclaimed that there would not be any crusade in his area. When Pastor Meni heard this, he decided to have the crusade the same day. They had the crusade, and several people got saved-even the witch doctor’s son. After this incident, the witch doctor has lost respect among the people, because the people learned that the witch doctor was powerless in stopping the crusade and hindering his own son in getting saved. None of his curses are working on his son, and today the son is training to be a pastor!
Here is our upcoming schedule. We will be in Keroka next month, a village outside of Kisii, about 2 hours drive south of Kisumu.
* June 19-30 Keroka, Kisii
* August 7-25 Kanamai, Mombasa
* September 6-10 Crusade in Kisumu
* September 11-22 Kisumu
* October 2-20 Mwingi, Eastern
God bless you all!
Vidar, Cathrine, and Lisa Ligård