Sunday, 10 December 2017

THANKSGIVING SUNDAY




Yesterday we headed to Bumala to minister at our good friend Pastor Bernard’s Church.  In Kenya some of the Pentecostal churches have a special celebration that we practice once a year.  It is a time to reflect on the goodness of God and all He has done for us throughout the year.  We prepare our hearts before Him and pledge in faith an offering to bring to Him, simply to thank Him.  It’s called Thanksgiving Offering.

Whatever He lays in our hearts, we work towards bringing Him before the year closes.  It’s a way of reflecting on His goodness throughout the past year and also a commitment of faith, anticipating His goodness in the upcoming New Year.
We often will make pledges above and beyond what we would normally give or think possible, desiring to be lavish, compelled by a thankful heart, that has been touched and changed by His unending love. 

This season often marks a time of beautiful testimonies of unique ways that God provides in order to fulfill someone’s commitment that they have stretched to consider, causing their faith to grow.

With Christmas on the horizon, we remember the most generous and precious gift anyone could ever be given…..Jesus Christ!

1 John 3:1a “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

On this particular Sunday, Silas was ministering about the story of the 10 lepers (Luke 17: 11-19) that Jesus healed and yet surprisingly only one turned back to thank Him. In the KJV it makes note of a different outcome that this one exceptional person experienced through his thanksgiving.  All the others were “cleansed” but this man was “made whole”.

The congregation was so deeply moved by the power of God in the place that almost the entire church was on their knees, rushing and streaming to the altar.  The air was pregnant with the sound of weeping mingled with groaning as people cried out to God.



Lord, may we never forget all that you have done and continue to do!




As David said in Psalm 116:12 (NKJV)
12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?



Thursday, 30 November 2017

OUR FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT!



This is a cute story.  This little girl that is carrying the baby, was affectionately named after me, Kimberly.  Surprisingly she ended up with both my names, my given name and my African name because she was born at a specific time of day.  When she was still very young, about three years old, she would disappear and her parents would really look for her. 

Do you know where they would find her?

At our school, Yogo Glory Centre Academy.  It happened so frequently that many in the village got to know that if they couldn’t find Kimberly, they would make their way to our school, and sure enough that’s where they would find her.  She was eager to start school and not just any school.  I am happy to report that she is now enjoying being a student at Yogo Glory Centre Academy.

With such precious committed bright students with remarkable fortitude, indeed our future looks bright!





THE FOUNDATION IS LAID




It’s official!  The foundation has been laid and we are excitedly moving forward.  This upcoming year marks some very exciting growth for our school, Yogo Glory Centre Academy.  In 2008 we began with just 30 somewhat apprehensive students, two faith filled teachers and one dedicated cook together, in a temporary mud hut.  The hut double as a church on Sundays and our humble beginnings of a school, throughout the week. 

Every year, by faith, we grew a grade.  Some years required more faith than others, particularly the last two years that where marred with drought and instability in the nation.  This put tremendous pressure on our feeding program and at some points we didn’t even know how we would be able to move forward.

Not only have we survived but we have managed to thrive, holding first place position for several years in zonal exams where we compete against 22 other schools.  The faithfulness of God and generosity of our many partners and friends is humbling to consider being a part of this extraordinary endeavour, as we watch these villages being uplifted and lives dramatically transformed. 


So in 2018 we will have officially succeeded in completing our Primary School section as we reach to class 8!  With such a tremendous track record of exceptional performance, we are believing God, that as our students compete in the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) for their National exams, that they will excel, putting a BIG mark on the map for the village of Yogo!




Our humble beginnings with our students and their parents or guardians.


Some of our growth as we expand in numbers and permanent school buildings.


One of our school compounds.  It's remarkable what God has done through so many generous hearts!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SOW INTO THIS LAND AND THESE PRECIOUS LIVES!

TOGETHER WE ARE DOING GREAT THINGS!







Wednesday, 22 November 2017

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."



I was inspired to write this last month but through much busyness, I forgot to post it.  The pictures were taken by a dear friend of mine Debbie who lives in Vancouver and this is beauty she gets to behold each day from her apartment.  Thank you Debbie, you inspire me often!


Words are powerful.  The word tells us that,“ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov 18:21)  So it’s important to be careful what we say.  There is innate power in the word of God and what He speaks over us.  The word tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Lately God has been bringing a word forth that He gave me 2002.  I remember at the time my spirit bore witness that it was God speaking to me but it was too great and big for my mind to comprehend.  From where I was standing it didn’t seem possible.  Of course I was looking at it through my natural eyes and what I conceived as possible and from where I was standing it seemed outrageous!

But our God is big!  And if we will just get in agreement with what He is saying, we will surely see it come to pass.  Today I can now see glimmers of the possibility but my confidence is not in my capabilities but rather it lies in His faithfulness.  (Phil 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;)

In 2002 while on my first mission trip, just three short years after being saved and still very much a babe in Christ, God spoke a clear word through a new friend.  I was at Heidi Baker’s orphanage in Mozambique and we had just met a team from Germany that had come as missionaries too.  One evening while in prayer a husband and wife asked if they could pray over me.

I agreed and what he saw shook my little world and simple mind.  It was much too big and beyond my imagination.  He said he saw me in a room.  It was very dark.  He said you are going to a place that is filled with much darkness, God is sending you there. He said that he saw me there and at first I was frightened because of all the darkness that surrounded me.  The darkness was thick and foreboding.  He could feel the demons there nipping at me.  It was tangible.  Clawing at me and frightening me.
I was intimidated with the darkness.  

My light was small but then my light began to increase…….  He began to hear this wretched sound.  It was loud and piercing!  Then he saw that at first I had been running from the enemy, demons and darkness.  I was afraid but then all of a sudden I began to realize who was with me…..Jesus…… and then I turned around and we started to chase the devil!

The sound he could hear that was piercing his ears where the cries of demons fleeing as I chased them out and light began to permeate the place and filled the room and the region.  It was a powerful visual reminder of the power of God at work in the heart of a believing, believer.  That light expels the darkness, it cannot remain! 

Throughout different seasons in my life, I have recalled that word spoken over my life.  I would mull it over and ponder it in my heart.  Not really sure what to do with it but knowing it came from God and if He said it then He would do it.  Lately God has brought it to mind again but the neat thing about it this time is that I am starting to see evidence of it coming to pass.  That word spoken over fourteen years ago is now starting to bear fruit.  I have times where this tenacity will come over me and I just can’t accept what the enemy is doing in someone’s life and I chase him out in Jesus name!

I am seeing lives transformed as God’s healing breaks forth.  I am seeing people delivered as we stand in agreement for their freedom because Christ came to set the captives free.  How one word from heaven, from Christ can change everything.  We continue to see lives transformed when we kick darkness out and the light of the kingdom of God comes in and invades the place.  It is marvellous and the liberty I am personally experiencing in Christ is remarkable!

I am humbled and grateful that King of Kings would make His home in me.  Taking a simple, at one time frightened bit of a girl and make me someone bold who goes out in the power of His might, watching every plan of the enemy bow and yield to authority and purposes of Jesus Christ to the praise and glory our Heavenly Father!  What a mighty God we serve!  His ways are not our ways they are so much higher than our ways.








Monday, 20 November 2017




A SWEET START TO MY DAY.





They say “The early bird gets the worm.”  Yesterday I was blessed with much sweetness as I wander through Yogo village early in the morning.  Many Kenyan’s live off the land through subsistence farming.  Lately by the grace of God much rain has been falling, helping to end a prolonged period of drought in the nation and we are grateful! So things are looking lush, vibrant and healthy.  Here are some of the sweet sounds and beautiful people I met along the way at the start of my day.



Some sweets sounds of morning in Yogo village, Kenya.





HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

Monday, 16 January 2017




Today I am tired…I am weary.  Sometimes I feel like my life has been so much fuller of the miry clay than it has anything else good and beautiful.  Today, I am weary of it all!!.  When my heart would want answers yesterday.  When life would be so much easier if I just gave up.  He calls me forward.  When I would want to lay down in defeat, He calls me onward.  Today He speaks boldly to my heart to take courage.  He is not done yet!

My heart replies, “I trust you Father.” 

His encouragement was found in a song I had never heard until this morning.  Thank you Abba for the many ways you love me and love on me!  You are indeed beautiful and gracious!  I trust You!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r49V9QcYheQ  (Make sure you go right to the end.)


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

HIDDEN IN CHRIST






This is a new favorite song.  I keep playing it over and over…letting it wash over me…letting it penetrate every place…saturating my soul.  Oh the riches we have in Christ.  They are unsearchable….I love that He invites us to search them out.  He unveils them as we pursue Him.  When we search for Him….He will be found.  He doesn’t hide so that He can’t be found but rather that we would pursue Him, intentionally.  Love is intentional…it is worth the effort…it requires effort…great effort…but the rewards are great…beyond what we could dare to imagine.  Everything is found in Him!  Hidden in Christ.  Search it out saints….search for Him and don’t ever stop.  There is so much that has been hidden in Christ.  It is us to rise to the invitation to search out the unimaginable riches in Christ.


Ephesians 3:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Purpose of the Mystery
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship[a] of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;[b] 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

Colossians 1:24-27