Thor Ligard in Kenya
Thor just returned from teaching in the school. He tells the story from the trip:
Reaching Keroka village
Finally, I reached Mombasa after being delayed on the plane. Ezra, a faithful brother and good friend, was waiting for me with a taxi which was going to take us to the hotel. Early the next morning, I was heading for a place called Keroka, a two-days drive on rough roads. I was the driver, and Evans and Jane came with me as a translator and a chef. When we finally reached Keroka on Sunday afternoon, we met a lively town. Sunday happened to be their market day, so there were people everywhere. We met with the pastor, and checked in to the best hotel in town where they even had electricity and hot water most of the time.
It is always exciting to see how people receive me in a new place. The church was simple with dirt floor, tin walls, and the windows were just holes in the wall. Outside, a cow was grassing, some goats strolled by, and a cock was crowing me a welcome. By the way, the same cock was eaten for dinner a couple of days later. All is typical in the African countryside, and I felt like I was home again…
Teaching good news
The subjects I taught in Keroka were Old Testament, Prosperity, Blood Covenant, and Family Life. Prosperity is always one of the most popular subjects, especially those places where the average salary is $1 a day. After traveling some throughout Kenya, it is easy to see how poverty is a curse. It sure is a blessing to be able to teach the good news of the Bible and see how people are lifted up and given a future and a hope.
Evans (the interpreter) testifies
One day, as I was coming back from the church, Evans, my translator, was sitting in his room laughing. He mumbled to himself “It is working, it is working!” He told me that he grew up in poverty, but after he started traveling with Safari Bible School as an interpreter, everything had changed. Instead of sitting around to wait for something to happen, he started to step out in faith and practice what he heard being preached. “I started to clear the land so I could sow,” he told me. The land had been there all the time, but he hadn’t seen the opportunities until now. “I got hope that turned into faith, and when I started to act in faith, it started to grow. Now the neighbors see what has happened to me and they started doing the same thing. Glory to God!” The next day, Evans told his testimony to the class, and they all exploded in praise to God!
Relaxing in Mombasa
My last week in Kenya, I spent in Mombasa with my lovely wife Ann. We did some ministry, but also got to relax some at the wonderful beaches in Mombasa.
Filled with the Spirit
The second week, we had several pastors being baptized in the Holy Spirit. As part of the Family Life class, I show Rev. and Mrs. Mark Hankins’ DVD “Contending for the Glory” The first 20 min of the DVD is a great demonstration of how the husband and wife serve on the platform together in tongues and interpretation. It was a powerful message, and the class ended in a great spiritual tsunami.
Vidar going to Kisumu
Vidar is leaving for Kisumu in a few hours. Please pray that the understanding of the students will be enlightened and that they will walk in the light of what they are learning. We will also meet with some bishops and leaders of various denominations in preparations for expansion of the school in 2008. Thanks to all the supporters who have made this and all the other trips possible. You are all part of changing people’s lives in Kenya. We are ever grateful!