Time passes rather quickly; how we must labor while it is still called today! We are glad that He who is unchanging has brought us this far. Our church weekly memory verses recently brought us to II Chronicles 32:7-8:
“‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”
We too have drawn encouragement from God, who is our strength.
Grace Baptist Church - Eldoret
The Lord’s Church is a family; what a wonderful blessing it is to belong to a local church! In our few years of existence as a congregation, we have experienced deep bonds among us. However, for various reasons, some have had to leave our body. Yet even with all these changes, our encouragement still comes from the unchanging Lord.
On a positive note, our church’s structure is progressing. Paul Wamukowa Keno was recently recognized as our second Pastor/Elder, and Timothy Olenyo was appointed as the first Deacon of the church. Please pray for these two brothers, and pray that we as church leaders will all work harmoniously as a team for the fast spread of the Gospel. The church has finally received the title deed for the land deposited to it for future payment. The land urgently needs fencing and immediate structures for security and a temporary church meeting place. We have begun this work, but it will take a fair amount of time to complete it. Please join with us in prayer about these things. We believe that these steps will lead our church to unique and exciting opportunities for the sake of the Gospel.
Visit to Uganda
On May 20th, my wife Helida and I traveled to Kampala, Uganda, by bus to join Pastor Chipita Sibale (of Kabwata Baptist Church of Lusaka, Zambia) and Pastor and Mrs. Sam Oluoch (of Grace Baptist Church – Kisumu, Kenya). Our host was Pastor Bill Issa, who is leading a new work in the suburbs of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. The Lord powerfully saved Bill from Islam and has wonderfully preserved him from deadly persecutions. God’s providence led Bill to attend the Zambian Conference in August of 2013, where he was spiritually edified and became determined to return to Kampala and stir his young church towards sound doctrine. In December of 2013, Pastor Issa attended the Kenyan Conference held in Kisumu and cemented his church’s relationship with GBC-Kisumu. The purposes of our visit to Kampala were to encourage Bill and the young church there and to help Bill map out the most strategic plan for the spread of the Gospel in Kampala and beyond. It was agreed that for maximum impact, the church should relocate its ministry nearer to the city center, where most institutions of learning are situated. Please pray for Pastor Issa, his family, and this young church.
Challenges in Kenya
In the past three weeks alone, over a hundred people have tragically died throughout Kenya from various causes. This serves as a sobering reminder to us of the urgent need of the Gospel. Road accidents due to over-speeding and un-roadworthy vehicles, the recent terrorist activities associated with Al-Shabab, and the abuse of drugs and alcohol have all contributed to the death-toll. While governmental corruption and impunity may not directly cause deaths, they are causing Kenyans to writhe under their weight and are driving them into even deeper poverty. The deadly ‘Health and Wealth gospel’ only makes things worse. We urge you to partner with us in prayer for the sake of the Gospel of grace, which alone holds the living hope for our nation!
by Naphtally Ogallo, Eldoret, Kenya