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Greetings From Kwa Njenga

The Lord is good and His hand great, He has been my shield and my buckler, He has made me glad,  His love and His mercy have sustained me; there is no place like in His presence, for there is fullness of joy. I am standing on His promises.

I was listening to a teaching yesterday by David Wilkerson, on the prodigal son and he shares that the son’s concept of the father being a hard father, and he did not think that his father would have him back as a son; he was feeling alienated, yet the alienation was self afflicting, and when he came back home his father received him, and he was to go and enter in to eat and rejoice and dance. Pastor Wilkerson said that many Christians never enter in that fullness of feeling accepted fully by the Father all because of unbelief. They never enter the rest. They feel like as if there’s one more thing that they need to do so as to feel received and accepted, yet the door is open through Jesus Christ, and it is by grace that we are saved. And I just felt the Lord minister to me yesterday and I was able to regain back my rest in God and that assurance of his love.

We had a great service today, Joseph taught the first session on Discipleship, and I taught the second session on body ministry from Ephesians chapter 4, and also how to relate with one another in the body of christ.

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Pastor Ben (Umoja) and Pastor Francis (Butula)

We had a great time last week with pastors Zadok and Francis coming over to Nairobi.

Pastor Zadok

Pastor Zadok (Usenge)

I spent a lot of time with pastor Zadock, starting from our meeting in pastor Rob’s house, and later in my house and  in some other meetings. It was my first time to have such an ample time with him; though we meet in the pastor’s conference, this was special. He loves the Lord, is very serious in the things of God, and he had a chance to preach in the Kwa Njenga Church. He brought a good word on reaching out to the lost; later in that day we had a deacons’ meeting together with the captains and he was able to see that part of having a leadership group that bears the burden of the ministry with the pastor.

Pastor Peter, Pastor Zadok, and Pastor Joseph

Pastor Peter, Pastor Zadok, and Pastor Joseph

He also shared very good things of what has happened to the flock that he shepherds in Usenge. Some of it was from the last year’s conference in raising the standards and requiring obedience to God’s Word. He shared how much growth has come upon the flock there. Another thing we sensed was the benefit of the ministry that has come to Zadock  through Pastor Rob’s visits and how close that Zadok feels he is to the ministry, it has had a great impact on him. He also attended the young adults’ meeting before he left. I saw there would be great benefits if the pastors’ relationships and friendships  were strong other than having just a formal relationship.

I have also had a chance to visit Sammy of Kwa Njiku. I arrived in his house at 8 pm, and we had good fellowship with him, plus his deacon called Billy and his wife Jane. The deacon shared how he joined the fellowship with his wife and I shared how I also joined the fellowship. He and his wife are a great encouragement to Sammy. After they left, I was left with Sammy and his wife. It was a relaxed casual time, this was my first time to sit and share with Sammy’s wife. She seemed to me as one that loves the Lord, and had a very lively testimony on staying  alert and being watchful for the Lord’s return. She painfully shared how this generation of Christian has lost deepness in the things of God,  and unless the lord intervenes there is no hope for the next generation getting deep because all that they have seen is lukewarmness. Later we had a great time of praying together and they escorted me to the road @ 3 am, for I was to travel with the first bus to Nairobi.

We have started a new disciples’ class. It is a class we usually start based on need when we have a number of new disciples that have joined us. The class helps to establish them in the faith and even where their questions can be answered.

The deacons are doing  well; we will in the near future need another deacon because the flock is growing and and it will take more than 2 deacons to serve so that no one is neglected.

Peace be with you,
Peter Gichuki

2015 Mission Team Visit

On May 19th, a Calvary Temple mission team arrived at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Christina Fitch, Hailey Heglund, and Rachel Smith

Christina Fitch, Hailey Heglund, and Rachel Smith

The team consisted of 15 Members, including 3 Senior students set to graduate in June.

Pastor Peter of Kwa Njenga, Pastor Ben of Umoja, and Pastor Jeff

Pastor Peter of Kwa Njenga, Pastor Ben of Umoja, and Pastor Jeff

The team began their ministry in Nairobi with the Umoja and Kwa Njenga churches. Besides the ministry of the overall team, Pastor Jeff met with the pastors of the churches, like he normally does in each church where the team ministers. The ministry in Nairobi went very well, one of the highlights being one day in worship where the Lord came down in a mighty way.

 

 

Group picture of team with the Kakamega and Eldoret churches.

Group picture of team with the Kakamega and Eldoret churches.

From Nairobi, the team went to Eldoret. There, the Eldoret church was joined by our family from the Kakamega church. There was great ministry to both churches, and included an afternoon of outreach in the Pioneer community where the Eldoret church building is located.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Panoramic view of the Nakuru church plot and buildings.

The final outreach for the mission team was in our Nakuru church. This infant work was encouraged and challenged by the visit of this year’s team.

 

The team that came to Kenya to minister this year was a tremendous blessing. We believe that the Lord ordered their steps, sending each member with relevant ministry to all of our churches. We purpose to build upon what the Lord gave us through them.

Pastor Forbe Carlson

Mabera Church Visit

MABERA MISSION

This past week after a pastors’ meeting in Nakuru, we traveled to our Mabera church to be with Pastor Jonathan and his flock.  Mabera is near the border of Tazania.  Not too far from where the  Taragwiti church was located.  Jonathan is a man of God with a shepherd’s heart for the flock.  He is in his 60’s but has the Caleb spirit. He originally came from Tanzania where he had been a pastor to start a work in Kenya.P6220126

This is actually the first time we have ever taken a mission to the Mabera church.  The other times we would stop there on the way to Taragwiti.  We were blessed by the love of God reflected in Jonathan and his wife.  They were so thankful for  all the ministry brought to them.  We were there Friday to Sunday.  There was a good response from the flock all the services.  We also brought Anthony and Beatrice from the Umoja church to help in the ministry.  They were a blessing and helpful in interpreting and teaching the children.

I taught on the grace of God and the gift of Salvation.  Then on Sunday the Lord changed course in the first service and I taught on deliverance from fear and the Lord came down and we saw many delivered.

Then in the main service I taught out of 2 Cor.8.2, how the Macedonian church out of great poverty abounded in liberality of giving (an amazing verse) and the story of the widow that God used to provide for Elijah (and also provide for the widow).

TESTIMONIES

We took time Sunday afternoon for testimonies.  It was a blessing to hear the testimonies of what the Lord had done.  Also good testimonies of healings over the years.  One young lady who was being persecuted by her family shared how years ago she had been sick and been to many doctors and no help.  But then she shared how when she came to the church how God had healed her and now this was her church and she wasn’t going anywhere.  It was a blessing to see Jonathan stand on divine healing and refreshing and convicting.

It was a blessing to hear Mildred, Anthony and Beatrice all share how blessed they were by the joy, thankfulness and hunger of the people. Also to see how much the flock loves their pastor. We were able to encourage Jonathan on strengthening their ministry to the children.  Also you would like to see more men in the church, several women with unsaved husbands.  I really challenged them in winning their husbands through Christlikeness.

CONSTRUCTION

P6200074It had been over a year since we had last been to Mabera and seen the construction.  All that had been done last year was just the bathroom and so they had made good progress in a year. A couple of months ago, the church lost a great number of bricks that were going to be used in their building project.  Jonathan said finding the same size bricks that they are using might be a challenge because they are larger than the standard size.  They had done this so they would not have to have as many rows of bricks.

At the end of the service I was able to share of Pastor Scott’s heart being touched for their loss of the 6,000 bricks and his desire to bless them.  Their response was humble thanksgiving that he would think of them in their need. It was a blessing to show how God’s grace was manifested through their need.

PASTORS MEETING

On Saturday morning we had a pastor’s meeting with three of the pastors from Tanzania and also Pastor Joash from Monianku and Pharez from Isbania.  It was a blessing that Joash was able to come.  He recently had a sugar cane tractor that crashed into his church, so I have been trying to help him in dealing with the factory and compensation for damage, but it is a real challenge in trying to get money from them.

P6200004In our time with the pastors we were dealing with their marriages.

It was helpful getting more time with the Tanzanian pastors since we don’t know them that well.  Jonathan has been helpful in dealing with them.  It gave a much clearer picture of who they are and our relationship to them.

FINALLY

Finally just very thankful for this trip and to see a good representation of our mission here in Africa.  Over the past year there is no pastor who has called more for counsel than Jonathan.  Though he is one of the oldest of our pastors he is teachable and easy to guide.  Even in going to Anthony and Beatrice his heart was, “tell me what we can do better.”  The other thing that blessed me was the joy and love in his marriage.

Pastor Rob Hendrickson

 

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

Nakuru Church Relocation Pt. 2

Our Nakuru church has now moved to its new location. In our last post, we shared with you about our need to move and how we began taking down at our previous location.

On Easter Sunday afternoon, I went with a team of men from the Eldoret church to begin work on the new church building in Nakuru.

The building frame being erected.

The building frame being erected.

Soren Pedersen, a missionary friend from Denmark, had built and erected the basic structure. His company, Mechai International, builds these for churches all over Kenya and South Sudan. He has built a number of buildings for Calvary Temple, including Eldoret, Murumba, Butula, and now Nakuru.

The framing and first installation of the mabati walls.

The framing and first installation of the mabati walls.

We were going be in Nakuru to frame the walls and install windows and doors. We arrived Sunday evening and began early Monday morning. Some of the men began to dig along the foundation (so that the mabati could be aligned at the bottom of the building), some began piecing the wood timbers together, and some began to apply a water/insect proofing solution to the lower pieces of wood. Once these things were done, we began the framing process. Some men ran the horizontal runners, while others installed the windows.

I can’t say enough about the men that we took with us from Eldoret. They took their holiday to go with us and minister to the church in Nakuru. It was a great time of fellowship and a real boost to our brothers and sisters there.

Though we worked hard and got much accomplished, we only finished about half of the work. Pastors George and Joseph of Nakuru have been working on the building since we left. When it is completed, we will post pictures on this blog.

Window installed, surrounded by mabati.

Window installed, surrounded by mabati.

Please continue to pray for our church in Nakuru. They are situated in a very good location, surrounded by many people and a lot of needs. We believe that the harvest is great, and that the Lord has a remnant that He wants us to reach in this city.

Pastor Forbe Carlson

Nakuru Church Relocation Pt. 1

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After being in the center of Nakuru for the last 2 1/2 years, our Nakuru church is moving to a new location. At the first location, the people met in a very large tent.

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Dave Munsie, carrying cement for the new church building.

In April, the people will meet in a different area of the town. It is more residential, and is a place in which we believe that the church can flourish. On the 30th of March, Pastor Forbe and a missionary friend (Dave Munsie, from England) went with a large number of volunteers to take down the tent and prepare for moving to the new location.

Taking down the tent was a huge endeavor, but we were able to dismantle it in one day. The next day (31st March), the new metal building was delivered to the new lot. The truck which delivered the building also took the tent back to Eldoret, where it will be stored until needed.

We spent the 31st digging footers and painting the metal with a primer, so that the building could be set up on the 1st of April.

The moving of locations is underway! We look forward to what the Lord will do in the people as they reach out in this new community!

Pastor Forbe Carlson

NEXT – finishing the new building…

Pastors Conference March 2015

On March 10th, pastors from Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya came to Eldoret for a pastors conference. On Wednesday the 11th, Pastor Rob Hendrickson and Pastor Forbe Carlson met with our main pastors. That evening, the rest of the pastors arrived.

Going into this conference, we felt the need to challenge the pastors on their leadership and how they apply doctrine in their churches. Our pastors have been taught well, but their ability to put the doctrines into practice has been lacking.

The conference teaching sessions began in the Wednesday night service with the Eldoret church. Pastor Rob taught on the topic of “Discipleship.” After the service, we had another teaching session, where Pastor Forbe taught on the subject of “Leadership.”

Pastor Solo (interpreting), Pastors Peter, Peter, Ben

Pastor Solo (interpreting), Pastors Peter, Peter, Ben

On Thursday morning, Pastor Rob taught on “Holiness for God’s House,” and then Pastor Forbe continued dealing with principles of leadership. In the afternoon, our main pastors got the men into small groups, for a time of questions, discussion, and practical application. In the evening service, Pastor Rob taught on “Repentance.”

Pastor Rob and Mildred

Pastor Rob and Mildred Hendrickson

On Friday morning, Pastor Forbe taught on “Traditions Making the Word of God of No Effect.” Following that session, Pastors Peter (Eldoret), Ben (Umoja), and Peter (Kwa Njenga) taught a session on traditions. They shared how they’ve become free of religious and cultural traditions, and also how they deal with religious traditions that rise sometimes in their churches. That night, Pastor Rob finished the conference with a teaching on “Church Discipline.”

A couple of days after the conference, Pastor Rob and his wife Mildred were to leave for a trip to Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia. All of the pastors wished them well as we shared a cake in their honor.

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Eldoret Church Outreach

As the year has begun one of the our prayers has been for open doors of evangelism. How grateful we are to see Father answer our prayers in such a wonderful way. I will say our outreach at Alphax College was the doing of the Lord.

Alphax College, Eldoret

Alphax College, Eldoret

Martin, one of our deacons, works as a lecturer in this college and the Lord Has used him in a great way to reach many lives there. Through him, the Lord has given us a number of opportunities to preach in their chapel service. This last Wednesday was one of those times when we were invited to go and minister. We took time before God to seek His heart for these young adults’ lives. The more I prayed, the more the burden of God grew in my heart. There were moments I could see their poor souls under the claws of the evil one.
The whole Church was diligent in their prayers for this time of ministry. It was clear we would not enter a strong man’s house and spoil him of his good easily; we needed God. It is God who causes us to triumph and through us diffuses the fragrance of Christ. Mzee Yatich (one of our deacons) and Emmanuel (a young man who joined us from the college) went with me. Mzee Yatich is mighty man when it comes to outreach, always in the forefront.
Mzee Yatich, Raima (Alphax College Student), Martin, Emmanuel

Mzee Yatich, Raima (Alphax College Student), Martin, Emmanuel

Our hearts were moved to see everyone who came – about 200 students and most of the staff. This is one of the top colleges in the country and they are normally very busy. More than that, the director of the college was also present for time of the Word. I shared on deception and the need to know the Word of God. We knew the Spirit of God was dealing with hearts, because there was no movement in the room, except for one or two of the students.
After sharing, one young lady came to Mzee under much conviction and told him that she did not want to go to hell and was ready to surrender to Christ. Others came and shared how thankful they were, including the director, who was fixed on our words the whole time.
We are so grateful for the open door, we continue to weep for the souls of the young people and believe that Father will draw them to Jesus. Glory be to the Lord!
Pastor Peter Gitau

2014 Young Adult Retreat Part 2

The reports continue to come in from pastors, testifying of the impact of the Young Adult retreat upon the lives of their young adults.

We shared in Part 1 about the teachings during this retreat. We give time to the participants to discuss among themselves what had been taught. They do this in groups, led by the young adult leaders from our 5 main churches.

We also encourage the attendees to spend some quiet time each day, asking the Lord to begin to work out in their hearts what they have learned.

It is a blessing to walk around the church plot and observe many in prayer, some reading their Bibles, and others going over their notes from the teaching. We believe that these times are used by the Lord to cement the Bible truths into their hearts.

As ministers, it is a joy to see that the coming leaders of our churches are willing to set themselves apart to seek the Lord. We’ve encouraged our pastors, our youth, and our young adults to build upon what they are given in these times of gathering together.

We remind our people that these are just a few short days together, but that they will need to walk out their discipleship in their own homes, churches, and places of employment. The Lord will take what was sown into them and will produce great fruit in the good ground of their hearts.

Lastly, there is another great benefit to these conferences and retreats. Ruth and I get to spend time with Pastor Rob and his wife Mildred. We enjoy the fellowship and encouragement. During this retreat, we were able to get away for a few hours. We drove about an hour to the town of Iten, where many of the world-class marathon runners train. We went to the Kerio View to have a meal and enjoy the scenery. This restaurant is situated on a cliff overlooking the Kerio escarpment. Here is a picture of us while we were there.

Laborers together...

Laborers together…

Thank-you to the Lord for His working among us. We also thank Pastor Star Scott and the congregation of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, for their prayer and support for us here in Kenya. To God be the glory!

Pastor Forbe Carlson

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2014 Young Adult Retreat Part 1

We just finished a great Young Adult retreat here in Eldoret. We saw the Lord really minister to the hearts of those who came.

We had 92 young adults in attendance. They came from our 5 main churches, as well as from several of the churches that are farther away. We started on Thursday night and finished with the Sunday morning service.

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Look how many pins…

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Ha! You said the wrong thing!

As always, we began the retreat with the “pin game”. It is a game in which everyone is given a safety pin to pin onto their shirt. For the next 20 minutes, we encourage them to meet new people and to have fellowship together. The key to this game is that a person is not to say words concerning themselves (I, me, my, mine, etc.) If a person is caught referring to him or herself, they must surrender their pin or pins to the person who catches them. Whoever has the most pins at the end of the game is the winner. The purpose of the game is to stop thinking about self and focus on the other person. It is always a great icebreaker.

The theme of the retreat was, “Right Relationships”. Pastor Rob and I were each going to teach 2 sessions. I began by sharing in the Thursday night service about what it means to be regenerated. We have found that many times as leaders, we deal with people in the same areas time after time. In many of these cases, the problem is that the person is not really born again, but has learned to do the “right” things. The flesh is incapable of walking in obedience to the Word of God, but the fruit of the Spirit comes as the obvious by-product of a life that is given to the Lordship of Jesus.

Pastor Rob Teaching

Pastor Rob Teaching

Pastor Rob shared in the Friday night service about God’s purpose for the sexual relationship, and that anything outside of God’s laws of marriage is fornication.

I spoke on Saturday afternoon about three areas of our Christian walk where we are to walk in love. It begins with loving our brothers and sisters (the whole body of believers). Then the Lord draws us into closer relationships, where we learn to die to ourselves and learn to be true friends. It is after these two steps that the Lord can lead a single person into a relationship of marriage. We shared that an individual relationship cannot be strong if we haven’t learned to love the Body and also learn how to be a true friend. After that session, Pastor Rob and I had a panel discussion to deal with the teachings up to that point, and to address questions that had arisen.

Pastor Rob shared in the Sunday morning service about finding our hope in God, and that we cannot let past failures govern us. He talked about the righteous man getting up after falling, and that we need the strength of God to make it to heaven. Come to think of it, he did mention sex a few times in that service as well.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Pastor Forbe Carlson