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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

You Are The Generation! – Part 2

In Part 1, we began to look at the youth retreat that we had in our Eldoret church in August of this year.

Through the years, I’ve learned that short-term motivation is counterproductive to the Christian lives our youth in our churches. I grew up in church and witnessed several moves of the Lord. All of them produced short-term results, but many times did not accomplish fruit being borne.

Today's believer, tomorrow's leader?

Today’s believer, tomorrow’s leader?

As we began this year’s youth retreat, I encouraged the youth leaders to pray and ask the Lord to significantly touch at least a few of the youth that would be coming. We began to ask God to lay His hand on some of them for His service. We determined to stay away from mass altar calls, unless the Lord specifically directed a service in that way. It is easy for young people to respond in the anonymity of a crowd, be we wanted to see them press into God’s presence on their own.

We live in a generation that promotes instant gratification. Fruit is not produced in an instant, but rather through diligent care and nurturing. That is what we desire to see done in these young people’s lives.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

 

From the beginning, a number of the youth began to call upon the Lord to touch their own heart. You could see a seriousness and a desire to enter into the presence of God. They spent good time in individual and then group prayers.

As you read this blog, please purpose to pray for our youth here in Kenya. Much like other parts of the world, there a daily distractions that they must fight against. Many of these don’t have much natural hope for their future, but in God they can be champions and examples of God’s power.

Until next year... Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Until next year…
Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Pastor Forbe Carlson