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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

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

 

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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The Nakuru TentP1050161

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

Pastor Forbe CarlsonThe Calvary Temple Missions blog provides regular updates directly from the missions field in Kenya. Updates are posted by Pastor Forbe Carlson who has ministered in Kenya since 2005.

A Sunday in Nakuru

On Sunday, the 19th of October, Ruth and I went to the Nakuru church to visit and to minister.

Our Nakuru church was started in October of 2012, by Pastors Tony Wozniak, George Mungai, Joseph Mburia, and their families.

The town of Nakuru had been on Pastor Scott’s heart for a number of years. Nakuru is the third largest town in Kenya, as well as being the fastest growing town in the nation.

Pastor Tony and Karen Wozniak went back to the States in June of this year. At that time, Pastors Joseph and George became the co-pastors of the church. Both of these men have been with Calvary Temple for over 10 years and have proven themselves faithful in ministry.

Ruth and I arrived at the church just before the 10:00 service. In that first service, I shared with the people from 1 Corinthians 12, reminding them that we are placed in the Body of Christ where it pleases Him. In this generation, many people flit from church to church. It is as we allow the Lord to set us where He desires us to be that we can grow and be productive members of His Body.

In the second service, I shared from Ephesians 4. We saw that although we each have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, it is through the local fellowship and under the ministry gifts that have been placed there that we can grow, mature, and help the local body to increase and be strengthened.

Pastor Joseph Mburia and his family.

Pastor Joseph Mburia and his family.

After the service, Ruth spent some time with the ladies, while I spent some time with Pastor Joseph and the youth group.

Pastor George Mungai and his family.

Pastor George Mungai and his family.

When we left, we took Pastor George with us to Eldoret, as he had some business to attend to there. We had a very good time of fellowship together.

Although the church in Nakuru is small, we are seeing growth in the people’s lives. We are also seeing some growth numerically as the people reach out to their communities. We are thankful for the work that God is doing in our Nakuru Church.

Pastor Forbe Carlson

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The Nakuru Church

TRIP TO NAIROBI

    Greetings. We continue to rejoice in Father’s goodness to us, day by day strengthened by His Word and His presence in our lives. My family is doing well in Jesus. I am thankful for Debra’s heart for God; she is truly a blessing to me.
    From the beginning of the year, Pastor Ben of Umoja has been inviting us to visit the brethren there, to minister to them, and to spend some time in fellowship. For the Eldoret Church and me personally, we are indebted to the family of God in Nairobi. Their love and sacrifice from the start of our church are beyond words. I remember with tears in my eyes the trial we went through several years ago, and how Pastor Ben came and stood with us – a true brother in a time of adversity.
    I have desired to share our much appreciation to a people who have loved us much. Last Saturday, we had the privilege to visit our family in both Umoja and Kwa Njenga. I was  able to minister in Umoja and share our love and appreciation. We spent the whole day in love with the precious people of Umoja, and I was blessed to see what Father is doing and the good work in individuals’ hearts. It was amazing to see how much God has made us part of another, even from one church to another.
    The next day we spent time with Pastors Ben and Peter. We went with our wives out to a beautiful place called Paradise Lost and had sweet fellowship together. It was a blessing, because Debra and I were very refreshed and built up by both of these men’s marriages.
    We were privileged to spend the next two days with Pastor Rob and Mildred. They took us out to see the Animal Orphanage, and then to a place called KFC! Wow, now that was good chicken!

Animal Orphanage

Animal Orphanage

It was a great time together. It is always a blessing to have time around Pastor Rob. His life and his marriage minister greatly to us.

On Wednesday, Pastor Peter took me around the Kwa Njenga Estate. I was blessed, because walking around such a chaotic place, then coming in to their sanctuary, put things into perspective. What a beautiful place of refuge from all the chaos everywhere! I was thankful to see what God Has provided for the ministry there. We had a great time in the worship service with the brethren. Again, I was blessed much by the family of God; we hugged, shared, and enjoyed the Body of Christ in Kwa Njenga. What a great work has been done under the oversight of Pastor Peter!

We are so grateful for our time in Nairobi with our Calvary family. What a privilege it is to be part of such a work of God in this generation!

Peter and Debra Gitau, with their son John Paul

Peter and Debra Gitau, with their son John Paul

Pastor Peter Gitau