I also visited two orphanages that are under the care of the church in the area. There are so many orphans due to the years of fighting in these places. One orphanage housed and schooled 520 children ages 4 years to 16 years of age. The other was responsible for 400+ children same ages. I was humbled to be with them and the Lord gave me a message for them. More than 25 older children received Christ and were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
February 2007 :
East Africa, Kenya, Uganda
For the first time I traveled to East Africa. First I arrived in Kenya late on the 8th of February and was greeted at the Nairobi International Airport by Pastor Michael Njogu and a good friend of his David. Immediately there was a connection between us. Pastor Michael arranged for us to stay in the home of another friend Godfrey and his family. What wonderful gracious hosts they are. After we spent the night we traveled by small bus for six hours to Eldoret. Pastor Michaels ministry in located just outside Eldoret in the impoverished community of Langas. This community has a population of approximately 100,000. It was exciting to anticipate the upcoming ministry in this place. As Pastor Michael and I talked it was evident that his passion for the work and love for the people was genuine. His family was so warm and caring. Ann his wife and two small children treated me as a family member. I was blessed to stay in their small humble.
I was blessed to stay in their small humble home. The first day of ministry was on Sunday. I preached at the two morning services that were fully packed out. The Lords presence was awesome. That afternoon the worship team and several church members climbed onboard a large Lorry (truck) with the sound system. We drove throughout the community singing praise to the Lord and inviting people to the open air crusade that was to begin on Monday. We would stop at certain areas and I would preach from the back of the Lorry. This was truly getting the Gospel into the streets.
They rented an empty plot of ground and built a crude plank platform. The meetings were scheduled from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. As the music began to fill the evening air people began to gather. Soon the grounds were filled with people. The excitement was in the atmosphere as the presence of the Holy Spirit was sensed by us. The message touched the hearts of those gathered, many were saved and several came for healing. I was granted a word of knowledge concerning a woman with severe pain in her right side. As she responded the Lord healed her and many more then came. One lady had a small child in her arms.
I was prompted by the Lord to lay hands on her and when I did the Spirit came upon her, she began to shake and then fell to the ground. Her small son believed me to harm her and he attacked me. He started biting my arm and punching my leg. The counselors were quick to help. I was never in any danger nor was I harmed in any way, it was so precious to see this small boy try to protect his mother. The second evening the same pattern developed however the sky was very dark. It began to sprinkle just a bit. I notice that the intercessors of the church circled up and started to pray; the rain stopped and the meeting went on. The crusade was to go through Wednesday but the response was so good we continued on through Thursday. Friday and Saturday I taught a Leadership Seminar conference in the afternoon and held revival meetings in the church at night. Sunday morning in the two services the church was full to overflowing. God as only God can drew people unto Himself.
I consider myself to be a man so blessed. Sunday night 18 February I departed from Langas Kenya by bus on my way to Kampala Uganda. It was a long dusty ride. When I arrived Pastor Elijah Bwogi greeted me and took me to a friends home where I stayed. That same day meetings were scheduled. These meetings were indoors. Pastor Elijah arranged for me to minister in several churches in the area. I believe that God was using this trip to build and establish a foundation for future ministry opportunities. The Holy Spirit was very active in these meetings. People received forgiveness, healing and a new sense of hope. Pastor Elijah also made plans for me to visit out in the rural areas, meet with the pastors and bring encouragement to their work which is very difficult.