Back to civilization
We just completed Module B in Mwingi. It was very encouraging to see the students again and to hear of all that had happened since we were there last time. After Mwingi, we spent a few days in Nairobi and then traveled to Norway. It’s amazing to be able to get fresh milk, take a hot shower, and sleep through the night without being awakened by the minarets at 5 a.m.
Reaching the unreached
We are continuing to find new pockets of people here in Kenya that are yet unreached. The school is a great tool to train local leaders, but we also realize that we must start to make inroads into some of these areas. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers scarce. We now have more work than we can handle by ourselves. Please help us pray for laborers to come and help us.
Adventures with God
God is not only moving in the lives of our students. While in Mombasa last month, we needed $100 above our regular support to pay for the hotel and get back to Kisumu. But we knew that God would provide. Somehow we were able to pay all our bills and get to Nairobi. Then in Nairobi, we received the extra money to pay for the hotel and fuel the car so we could continue to Kisumu. During the past month, we were without money several times. One day, we had $1 left, and Vidar went to town to check email. He saw a few hungry street boys, and bought them bread and bananas, and just thanked God that He would provide our needs. When he came home, someone had bought us groceries to last us another couple of days. We also needed airplane tickets, but someone gave us one free ticket, and others have given us money so we could all go to Norway for the holidays. Our God is El Shaddai – the One who is more than enough.
Moving of the base
We are shifting gears a little bit, and are going to use Norway as our base. The work in Kenya will still continue as if we were living there. Due to all the traveling within the country, we hardly ever use our apartment. During the last 6 months, we have only been ‘home’ in the apartment 6 or 7 weeks. We also looked on the financial side, and found that it is not cost effective for us to live in Kenya. Therefore we will stay in Norway, and Vidar will travel to Kenya 4 to 5 times per year, at 3 to 4 weeks each trip.
We always thought that we would eventually base in Norway or Tulsa, but didn’t expect the change to happen quite this quickly. It may be a different way of doing missions, but we will have the same amount of time in the pulpit as now, and be able to relax better when we are ‘at home.’ We also have some things on our heart concerning Norway, so we will see how that plays out in the future.
We have bought some land for a future office site in Mombasa. A garage has already been built so the car will stay safe while we are out of the country.
After a very busy year, we are looking forward to some time in Norway. Here, we can well relax in cooler mountain weather. The next couple of months will also be used to prepare more curriculum for the last 2 modules of school.