October 2008 Mawanga Kenya
To my surprise Kenya was not as warm and toasty as I would have liked. I was informed that the weather was unusual for this time of year. It was supposed to be warmer and dryer but for unknown reasons it rained at least once every day and was much cooler. Pastor Michael Njogu and his family hosted me once again. In the early spring of 2008 we started a church from simple street evangelism and open air preaching. The church was formed on the second Sunday in March in Mawanga Kenya and now has more than 100 members. We have built a simple structure of poles and metal sheets 30’ X 60’. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit many are being liberated from the kingdom of darkness. From the day I arrived we were ministering in the streets and conducting revival meetings. The first Sunday after the morning services we climbed on the bed of a truck covered by a tarp because of the rain and traveled throughout the streets singing praises to God and preaching the gospel of the kingdom. The revival meetings began at 2:00 pm each day and closed at 9:00 pm nightly. The attendance grew daily; we were borrowing plastic chairs from other churches until room for people ran out. Then the people were standing outside the building because there was no room for them inside. At each meeting the presence of the Holy Spirit was very evident.
A program was started last year to help people 18 years – 33 years of age called “Youth Empowerment Program”. This program was started by three Christian men who sought to help these young men and women get jobs or start small businesses. The unemployment rate is 30% in Kenya. These men have a vision to empower young people from all over Kenya to impact their communities. The students are also trained to be involved in their communities by teaching on issues of hygiene and HIV Aids prevention. This program started with six students last year and now numbers over 800. One of the requirements in attending this three week program is mandatory morning chapel. I was invited to speak at the chapel meetings. What an awesome God we have. He provided the opportunity to have these young people touched by His Spirit and then released them throughout an entire nation.
I must say that this was one of the most demanding trips I have been on in years. With the addition of the morning chapel meetings I was preaching 4-5 times every day. On one day, I remember saying to the Lord how tired I was becoming. His response to me was very clear. He said, “Michael if you are getting tired you must be doing too much in your own strength, remember you are just a faucet and faucets don’t get tired; all they need do is remain open so that the source can flow through.” I agreed with Him, repented and had but one focus from then on; REMAINING OPEN SO THAT HE COULD FLOW THROUOGH.