We greet you from Norway this time. A week or so after arriving here, we got connected with a youth group in a Pentecostal Church in the area. They were looking for someone to play keyboard in their band, and Cathrine was immediately asked to join them. The youth group has 80 regular attendees and are growing constantly. This is in an area where the only Junior High school has 180 students. We both join the services when we can, and Cathrine is now playing in the band. We are excited about also being a blessing in Norway!
Fields are White – Workers Needed
While we are excited about also being a blessing in Norway, we are also saddened by some of the things we see. When we left for Tulsa 13 years ago, new churches were being planted just about everywhere. But now we see that so many of these churches are no longer growing, and many of them have even closed their doors.
Norway has a real need not only for workers for the harvest, but also for mature leaders that can be role models and examples for younger ministers. It has been said for so many years that “Europe is a tough harvest field.” We no longer believe that. We see people everywhere that are hungry for the gospel, but there are so few workers that know how to get the message across to them.
The work in Kenya is bearing fruits. Here is an example from financial management which is a challenging area in so many places.
In August, a pastor came to us with his debt problems which included both his church and private finances. He was very discouraged and had started entertaining thoughts of quitting the ministry. We were able to look through all of his books, found the issues, and sat down with him, teaching him budgeting and financial management. His wife said, “If we had known this years ago, we would have much further along today.” In only a few months, the pastor has been able to reduce his church debt by 1/3. He is very excited about seeing that planning and budgeting can help him reach his goals.
Finances are an area where the natural is just as important as the supernatural.
Some School Statisitcs
We have collected a few statistics of what has happened in Kenya this year.
- 139 students in 4 locations
- 15 denominations represented
- 47 senior pastors attending
- 69 different churches represented
- 3500 members pastored by our students
- 12000 km (7500 mi) traveled on Kenya roads
- 420 hours of teaching
We are expecting another child – Lisa is going to be a big sister in July next year.
We are now looking forward to finishing the remodeling of the apartment in Norway. Vidar and Cathrine’s dad are building a new bathroom, while Cathrine has been painting various rooms.
January 8 we start teaching Module B in Keroka, a strong Catholic area. Help us pray that people will increase in knowledge and understanding about God’s goodness and mercy.