Kakamega Church April 2015

On April 26th, Ruth and I went to visit our church in Kakamega. It had been awhile since we had been there, and we wanted to see and encourage the people.

The Kakamega church has been a new location for about a year and a half. This is the first time that they have had to pay rent, so things are still difficult for them. The people seemed to be content and at peace.

The last time we had been to Kakamega, there was some strife that Pastor Tom Munala had been dealing with. Since that time, some people have left and some people have had their love for one another renewed. This was the most “at peace” that I remember the church being. The worship was very good, the people were on time, and they were attentive to the teaching of the Word of God.

Teaching in the Kakamega Church

Teaching in the Kakamega Church

I taught in the first service about renewing our hope, placing our hope in God and in heaven. I reminded them that hope is based on faith – that faith is built on the Word of God and the promises that we find in it.

In the second service, I shared about the vapor that our life is here on earth. In the light of eternity, our stay on this earth is very short. It is during this short time that we must learn to follow Jesus, looking for “a city that has foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.” In the midst of the trials, persecutions, and afflictions, we often have a hard time seeing past this moment. We are to look unto Jesus, the Alpha and the Finisher of our faith.

Pastor Tom and Ann, with their children - Eric, Ephraim, and Karen

Pastor Tom and Ann, with their children – Eric, Ephraim, and Karen

Pastor Tom and his family are doing well. The deacons are in a good place, renewed in the Lord’s vision for their homes and the church.

When we arrived at the church plot, we noticed an “X” on the gate. The road that the church is on will be widened soon, and the church will have to relocate further back on their land. It is a small piece of property, and they need favor from their landlord to occupy space behind where they are now.

When you remember this "X", please pray for our family in Kakamega.

When you remember this “X”, please pray for our family in Kakamega.

If so, they will then begin the process of shifting their buildings back. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Kakamega. For wisdom, favor, and strength.

Pastor Forbe Carlson

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