Crusade In The Bush
Vidar just returned from another trip to the Kenyan countryside. It was a trip filled with adventures and challenges. Kitui, which is a new location for our school, is dominated by church politics–the different denominations are very hostile towards each other. After realizing which church was hosting the school, over half of the students dropped out. Dealing with all the hostility was a challenge, but through the teaching of the Word students’ attitudes began to change. There is more work to be done, but we had a good start after all.
One weekend, we joined a team from Mombasa at a crusade in Wanzoe. Wanzoe is only 7 km away from Kitui town, yet very primitive. Vidar was the first white man to ever preach the gospel in this place, and the only white who has ever spent the night there. They even had to search through the whole area to find a bed he could sleep on! In previous crusades they would run about 50 people, but when we showed “The Passion”, 500 people showed up, and 121 gave their lives to Jesus. We found people there who had never heard the name of Jesus before. One night an elderly lady gave her life to Jesus after hearing about Him for the first time. Some gave up witchcraft articles and burned them. Now the pastor in this place is busy with follow up work, and that is a good thing! This is just one small village in Kenya. There are many villages like this, and so many who have not yet heard the gospel even once.
Land Purchase Complete
The land purchase for Safari Bible School is now complete, and the title deed has been issued. Building costs have about doubled in the last couple of years, so we are now working with engineers and builders on new estimates for buildings.
Thank You For Your Prayers
Several of you have been standing with us in prayer, and that is something we really appreciate. Teaching for long hours in primitive conditions requires strength and grace. Thank you also for standing with us, asking the Lord for wisdom, understanding and insight for both us and the students as well as asking for strength for the family members at home.