I am primarily an evangelist and teacher who travels around the world in apostolic ministry as God leads and enables me. In addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, I mentor our key partners to be more strategic and impactful for the Gospel in their countries and cultures, just as they continue to mentor me. I am relationally focused rather than program or project focused in ministry relationships and partnerships.
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy
we have this ministry, we do not lose heart…”
(II Cor. 4:1)
Dear Praying Partners,
Greetings from JFK! Once again many of you have “prayed me through to victory!” As you can see from the picture below, I have my ticket in hand! By God’s grace I was able to get it mid-morning Tuesday due to the persistence of Nana Oduro, a dear national partner in Accra. He has hosted me for nearly 30 years in Ghana. As a successful “Kingdom entrepreneur,” he and his wife, Stella, are great examples of loving generosity and servant-leadership, and of honesty and integrity in the business arena. Because of the relationships and respect they have built across the years with the business and political community – as well as the Christian community, they are often used of the Lord to “…open doors that no man can shut.” So God used them in the last 72 hours to “open doors” that were shut by Delta Airlines and Ghana Immigration. As a result, between your prayers and their perseverance – I will be on the plane headed to Ghana when you open this email!
It is a long ten-hour non-stop flight from NY to Accra – if the weather is good and the tail winds are strong. By the time you land, your body feels like the extension of an airplane seat! But it’s part and parcel of my following the Lord in this ministry He has graced me with for the past 50 years. While it does get tiring to my 72 year old body, it is luxury in comparison to how Paul traveled by foot – or shackled in chains in the “lower deck" of a Roman ship! So it’s all relative! But that’s why Paul’s exhortation in the verse above is so constantly relevant to me: “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart."
Catching a "cat nap" in an airport chair, also
known as "Torture Racks"!
Finally, while it has been a very long day of waiting at the JFK airport – one of my least favorite airports in the world, I have been able to ... “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16), as Paul said we should always seek to do (I quote that verse so often that my kids say they will have it etched on my tombstone!). On long trips like this, I always carry my laptop with one or two book manuscripts I am trying to finish writing – one of my top priorities in this last season of my life and ministry. People often ask me how I find the time to write books? (I am glad that most of them are kind enough not to ask “why” I write books!). I tell them that a lot of it is done in airports and on airplanes (I seldom watch movies).
It has been especially interesting to me that the manuscript I brought on this trip to try and finish is: “Managing Your Emotions” – which I have had to practice a LOT in the last three days of waiting in NY! So I have had to “practice what I preach and teach” in this book. That’s why preaching is such a “dangerous” calling! God always puts you into situations where you have to move from information to application!
Thanks for living, loving, leading & learning with me ...
I am on the plane, buckled in,
and ready to take off for Accra!
PS: God sovereignly networked me last night with a young couple that I met last year at a Tibetan Conference here in NY. We enjoyed a great evening of fellowship. While it is not fully clear yet why God reconnected us – we all sensed His sovereign hand in this meeting. I will write more after this trip about this “sovereign serendipity” – as I like to call these divinely orchestrated events!
“…we wanted to come to you … again and again,
but Satan stopped us.”
(I Thess. 2:15)
Dear Ministry Partners,
In my last email to you I said I was on my way to Ghana – which I was. Unfortunately, when I got to JFK from RDU, I was not allowed to board the long flight to Accra, Ghana. They said I did not have a proper visa. I told them that I had been going regularly to Ghana for over 30 years and had always gotten my visa upon arrival. This is “standard operating procedure” today for most countries, including those in Africa.
However, each of the Delta agents I talked to assured me that I was not going to be allowed on the plane this time – regardless of my “priority status” as one of their “Gold Medallion” travelers! So they booked me in a hotel near the airport where I have spent two nights while trying to work this out with the help of my awaiting partners in Ghana.
By God’s grace I hope to get the necessary official “letter of Invitation” from Ghana Immigration today so I can fly out tonight/Monday night. If I make it, I will still get there just in time for the Conference. So keep praying!
While I have experienced many delays, changes of schedule and canceled flights through the years – this is the FIRST TIME I have ever been refused entry on a plane when I had a confirmed ticket! But I am resting in God’s providential sovereignty in all of this – regardless of whether He ever reveals the full reasons for this unexpected delay.
Although I do not want to overly spiritualize my situation, I also dare not rationalize this as just “circumstances beyond my control.” While it is that from a human perspective, this is just another chapter in “spiritual warfare.” I have learned through the years that the more strategic the mission field, the more intense the battlefield! That’s why Paul clearly discerned that “ … Satan stopped us” after his multiple attempts to get to Thessalonica (c.f. Rom. 15:22).
As the “prince of this world” (Jn. 12:31; 14:30), Satan will never give up a square inch or centimeter of his real estate without a “hell of a battle!” He will defend it with every tool in his diabolical arsenal! It matters not to him whether he uses the radical and fanatical ISIS Muslim jihadists who are persecuting, crucifying and beheading Christians – or governmental bureaucratic red tape that “closes the door” in your face. Anything and everything to stop the global advance of the Gospel is his number one priority. And in the process he wants to “take out” as many active Christians as possible. That’s why Jesus called him a “murderer” (Jn. 8:44) – which is why these are the greatest days of Christian persecution and martyrdom in human history!
Through this situation, the Spirit has also reminded me again that the subject of this Conference is especially feared and hated by Satan – the Cross of Christ and blood of Christ! That’s because it is our deliverance and his doom! As long as we are preaching and pontificating the platitudes of “political correctness,” Satan will not hinder us. He will cheer us on! But when we preach and teach the centrality of the cross as the only means of man’s salvation – we push his panic button! We remind him and his minions of demons of their coming final judgment and eternal doom. That’s why the demons often said to Jesus before He cast them out: “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time? Have you come to destroy us?” (Matt. 8:28; Mk. 1:24; II Pet. 2:4).
So, when you preach and teach about the Cross and the Blood, Satan unleashes his demons and evil spirits against you to oppose you through every means possible – overt, covert and pervert! (Be watching for the release of my book this fall entitled: The Rise & Fall of Satan).
For your edification and prayer support, here is the outline I will be teaching through at the Conference in Ghana once I get there:
This is only a part of the many chapters from my book titled: The Passionate Christ (which you can order from our office, or click on the picture of the book at right to download and read from our website). While it is a rather exhaustive study of over 300 pages, you can never exhaust the message of the Cross – which has always been a “… stumbling block” to some and “foolishness” to others in the world. That’s why many Christian leaders no longer preach about the centrality of the cross.
You see, the Cross and Blood have always been an “offense” to the natural mind (I Cor. 1:18-23; Gal. 5:11). It’s a “bloody religion” that most do not want to hear about – especially liberals, Jews and Muslims!
But, the cross was the very heart of Paul’s preaching – because it is the heart of the Gospel. Paul resolutely wrote: “I resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (I Cor. 2:2).
That’s why we will spend all eternity rejoicing over the glory of the “… Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world” (Rev. 11:8).
John reminded us in his revelation of the Lamb, that He alone is worthy of our love … our labor … our loyalty … our lives. Since He gave His all for us, how can we give less than our all for Him?! And we must never lose sight of why He redeemed us at such cost:
“…with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10; 7:9-14).
That’s where history is going. That’s the purpose of the Christian life. That’s the reason for the church. That’s the heartbeat of missions! We were all “redeemed to reign” from “… every tribe and language and people and nation.” That’s why I will persevere on to Ghana – and everywhere else He sends me!! Thank you for your prayers and partnership to that end …
Because of His Cross,
“I have become all things to all men
so that by all possible
means I might save some.
I do all this for the sake of the Gospel,
that I may share in its blessings.”
(I Cor. 9:22-23)
Dear Partners in the Gospel,
When this email lands in your inbox, I will again be “in the air” on a mission trip. This time I will be flying to Ghana, West Africa for my annual Conference. As you well know from the news, several West African Countries have been in the world spotlight due to the Ebola epidemic that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives to date.
While it started in Guinea, it soon spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. So far there are no known cases in Ghana. Since most of the participants in our Conference will be from the rural areas and from the Islamic belt in northern Ghana, we should have no problem. But we still covet your prayers for physical health and safety among all of our participants.
My primary partner in Ghana is Evangelist Yaw Asante, as has been the case for over 3 decades. He is a “Kingdom Entrepreneur” in every sense of the word – who really has a servant’s heart for the Lord Jesus and His church. And he is especially passionate about reaching out to the rural villages and into the northern Islamic belt where there is so much spiritual and physical need and poverty. The following pictures will give you a small glimpse of Yaw’s spiritual and entrepreneurial versatility for the Kingdom.
Thank you for your prayers for me as I minister in Ghana alongside Yaw, as well as with Bishop Trevor Manhanga, pictured at right, who will join me from Zimbabwe. I know they will be a blessing and encouragement to the Body of Christ in Ghana. It is always a great joy to network brothers together like this who are all “Kingdom Entrepreneurs!"
Until my next report from Ghana …
African Kingdom Safari – Part 4
“If any man desires the position of a bishop/overseer,
he desires a good work.”
(I Timothy 3:1)
Dear Ministry Partner,
In this series of reports on our recent time in Kenya and Zimbabwe, we have visited entrepreneurial partners in the slums of Kibera and the African Bush. In this final report, we will visit several more of our strategic partners who are both spiritual and economic Kingdom entrepreneurs. That means they preach and practice a “holistic Gospel” for the whole man or woman.
Most of our American partners are familiar with the names and faces of people like Bishop Trevor Manhanga and Apostle Simon Mkolo, with whom we have been in close partnership for over 3 decades. Each of these men act in an Apostolic role overseeing hundreds of churches in Zimbabwe and surrounding countries that are impacting tens of thousands of people.
Sadly, many of the men who carry the title of “Bishop” have become intoxicated with their ecclesiastical position, power, prestige and perks! They flaunt their leadership by wearing fine suits and long robes. They are caught up in the “smells, bells and hails” of religiosity and “church-anity”! Many live in large houses and are chauffeured around in expensive automobiles. They have fully bought into “upward mobility” rather than the “downward mobility” incarnated by the Lord Jesus. As a result, most of them never “get their hands dirty for Jesus.” They are “aloof” and “above” such earthy, mundane involvement.
But that is not the case with the two bishops you will read about in this report. They are authentic apostolic servant-leaders who are fully “in the trenches” with their people – expending themselves through practical spirituality.
So, jump on the Kenya Airways jet with Patt, the Andy Albright family, and me for our two-hour flight from Nairobi to Harare, Zimbabwe where we will meet and fellowship with these apostolic brothers.
When we arrived in Harare, we were met by Bishop Trevor, pictured at right with Andy and me. After warm greetings and hugs, we loaded in his van for the 4-hour drive to his home city of Mutare. We were going there to do another distribution of goats for widows and needy women.
Upon our arrival, the women were eagerly waiting for us – and for their goats! They had come in from the rural areas for this meeting and distribution. So we joined them under a traditional thatched African Gazebo for a special dedication service.
Bishop Trevor welcomed everyone, and talked about the
"Community Development" arm of his denomination,
the PAOZ or Pentecostal Assembly of Zimbabwe.
The goats were prayed for, and dedicated to the Lord
for the benefit of the needy women.
We also distributed 50 baby chicks each to 7 needy women, along with the food and medicine they need to bring the chicks to maturity. With these initial 50 chicks, they will be able to start a small chicken business to help support themselves.
Additionally, we had the privilege of giving away several bicycles and 50 chickens each to 3 refugee pastors from the Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. They had requested help from Bishop Trevor, who passed this need on to us. What a joy to be able to give these sturdy bicycles and baby chicks to these men of God for their ministries among their fellow refugees.
Please click on the picture below to watch a summary of my brief message of encouragement and exhortation to those receiving goats, chickens and bicycles. I think you will be blessed!
But I also want you to sit back and take a few minutes to listen to the passionate exhortation that Bishop Trevor gave to the people who received the goats, chickens and bicycles. So click on the picture below to be blessed and challenged as you listen to him – one of the best preachers on the African continent, or in America!
After our time with Bishop Trevor, we flew to historic Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, South Africa. Through Pastor Simon Mkolo, we have had partnerships and projects in this area for many years. First there was another goat distribution for widows and needy women. As always, each woman received two goats with the understanding that they give back their first kid to another needy woman.
Apostle Simon Mkolo giving out goats to some of the widows
and needy women in a few of the congregations under his leadership.
While I was in the town of Hwange, I went by the Conference Center for a quick visit to check on our projects there. Back in November, we dedicated a large “African Tabernacle” that is now being constantly used by the thousands of church members under Pastor Mkolo. Their Ebenezer Bible College that we have been building for the last few years is also located there. We were thankful to donate a much-needed laptop computer for the College.
I checked on the progress of a new house we are building for Tailos Ncube , who is in charge of the agricultural and goat projects under Pastor Mkolo. By faith we gave the first half of the funds to build his home, $1,500. Now we need a partner to help us finish by donating the second half.
The foundation is poured and door and window frames
and cement are ready for the next phase of the building
as soon as the Lord provides the finances.
After my brief visit in Hwange with our partners there, I returned to Victoria Falls to meet with Pastor Taison Mumpande. Pastor Taison is the pastor at the church we built there a number of years ago. But he is also a gifted Kingdom entrepreneur who has a growing tailoring business, producing tee shirts for tourists, and uniforms for various businesses. Last year we helped him expand his business by buying him two more heavy-duty sewing machines. Now, because of his high monthly rent, we are helping him build his own building for $6,000. It will be larger than the one he is currently renting and will make it possible for him to hire and train more people – especially unemployed Christians.
I hope you will help me to help Pastor Taison expand
his business as a real Kingdom Entrepreneur!
Before leaving Victoria Falls, we took the Albrights on a one-day safari to the Chobe National park across the border in Botswana. It is one of the best wildlife safaris on the African continent, with huge elephant herds viewed from a boat ride – close up and personal!
We finished our visit to the Vic Falls area by taking the Albrights on two of the most unique wildlife experiences in Africa – walking with lions and riding elephants. Both of these wildlife experiences are operated by Zimbabwean friends of mine whom the Lord sovereignly networked me with many years ago. It is truly a unique “African Kingdom Adventure” that really gets your adrenalin pumping!
While I love these wildlife experiences that let you enjoy God’s incredible world, the greatest thrill is to be a Great Commission Christian on a life-long “spiritual safari” through which you see lives changed by the Gospel for both time and eternity! It doesn’t get any better than that!
Thanks so much for traveling with us through these email reports from Kenya to Zimbabwe. I hope you have been blessed, encouraged and challenged as you have met some of our beloved partners in those countries and visited the Kingdom projects you help make possible through your prayers and partnership.
Continuing His Kingdom Adventure,
JL & Patt
Africa Kingdom Safari: Part 3
“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.
I must bring them also. They too will
listen to My voice, and there shall be
one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16)
FROM AFRICA TO ABACO…
Dear Ministry Partners & Friends,
When you receive this email, I will be ministering in Abaco, Bahamas – but it will not be from a Caribbean cruise ship or a condo on the beach! It will be in the “Bahamas bush!” Yes, there is plenty of “bush country” all over the 700 Bahamian Islands – most of which are uninhabited. While the total Bahamian population is less than 400,000, the population of Haiti is between 8 – 10 million! That’s what makes the Bahamas an attractive magnet for Haitians seeking jobs and a better way of life.
At present, here are some 5,000 legal Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas, but there are between 20,000 – 50,000 illegal ones! The majority of the immigrants are Haitian children, filling the schools, and overwhelming the educational system.
Sadly, most of these illegal Haitians immigrants either live in the “Bahamas Bush” or in crowded “Haitian Slum Townships” composed of makeshift shacks with little or no electricity, running water, plumbing or sanitation. And most of them have no steady job or employment. They live from day-to-day and from hand-to-mouth. The needs among the Haitian population in the Bahamas are almost as great as in Haiti. And that’s why we are there – and have been so for over 35 years.
I will share more about that after finishing my current series of reports on our recent time in Africa. This third installment takes us to the “African Bush.” So buckle your seat belts for our chartered flight to Northern Kenya for our ministry among local tribal people there – primarily the Samburu Tribe and Turkana Tribe…
FLYING TO THE BUSH…
Loading our chartered AIM AIR caravan to fly from Nairobi to South Horr
as the Albright Family prepares for their first experience of African Bush Flying!
After a 1 1/2 hour flight, we land safely on the dirt runway
in Kurungu, where we load up the Land Rovers to take
us to the Sports Camp.
SAMBURU SPORTS CAMP…
Our team is met by our beloved Samburu-Rendille partners,
Stakwell and Francesca Yurenimo, and their oldest daughter, Wendy.
We are thrilled to finally see our newest "Samburu grandchild" Victoria.
Since we had to leave our 12 grandchildren at home, Patt enjoys
being grandmother to Victoria. Jane and Haleigh immediately
make friends with some of the local children.
VISIT TO A SAMBURU VILLAGE…
After a brief orientation at the Camp, we walked to a local Samburu village,
accompanied by the ever-present children. Patt met the mother of the
young Samburu man who purchased the goats for the
upcoming distribution to needy women.
Andy & Jane not only met this dear Samburu mama, but also some of the
sheep and goats to be given away. Jane & Haleigh are immediately
drawn into the heart and hut of this dear lady, who welcomed
us so warmly.
Andy, Spencer, Jane & Haleigh are amazed and awed at the
very simple pastoral life of the Samburu people.
WORK DAY AT THE CAMP…
After enjoying a leisurely walk into one of the nearby Samburu villages, we all returned to the Camp for a time of hands-on work. We never go or take teams to be just tourists or spectators – but to be participators.
Patt handed out new rakes to the ladies who are in charge of the
grounds. Good gardening tools like these are almost
impossible to find in Kenya. She also distributed new smocks
to Mikelita and to all of the dear sisters who work at the Camp.
A visit to the "Samburu Tree House" that we have been
building for the past several years. This Tree House is
in a beautiful Acacia Thorn tree, where I am enjoying my
second childhood! It is a wonderful "Upper Room" in which
to sit, enjoy the scenery, pray, and meditate.
Andy & Spencer put up the new signs that we brought over for the Camp.
Patt, Francesca & Mikelita draw up plans for a new, outside "Wash House",
which we will begin to construct soon. Currently, all of the washing for the Camp
is done outside where it is dirty and dusty.
It will take only $1,000 to build the new "Wash House", and we
are praying for a partner for this project.
SHARING GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT…
Andy enjoyed giving some of his company's shirts and a new
iPad to one of Stakwell's associates, Samson Lempirias. These
are a timely blessing as Samson just graduated from College and
is teaching at a local school. His life is the fruit of Stakwell's ministry.
Note: Because I have constant requests for good used laptops or iPads, please keep us in mind when you upgrade to a newer model. Your old one can be a GREAT blessing to one of our national partners! Just mail them to us and we will hand-carry them to strategic partners.
SOUTHERN COOKING SAMBURU STYLE…
After a day of work and activity at the Camp, it was time for the Albrights to enjoy their first traditional Samburu meal of “goat and rice!” Yum! As you can see, the goat was freshly killed!
Ever since New Directions days, I have told people who travel with me that this must be their motto: “Where He leads me I will follow; what He feeds me I will swallow; and where He lays me I will wallow!” So remember that when you ask to go on a mission trip with me!
TRIP TO LAKE TURKANA…
One of our days was spent on a driving trip from South Horr to Lake Turkana. Formerly there were on-going hostilities between the Samburu and Turkana tribes because they are both pastoralists who rustle each other’s cows, goats and camels. But through the ministry of Stakwell and the Sports Camp, much more tribal tranquility has been established. Stakwell has also been reaching out to them with water, food and relief supplies in times of need, and we have conducted goat distributions to needy women and given Solar Digital Players to many in their native language.
So, jump in the Land Rover with us and let’s go north a couple of hours to the Lake Turkana region …
Andy says to hop in ... we always have room for one more - African style! This seat
is for you ... so buckle your seat belts for a hot, dusty, and bumpy ride!
On our way to Lake Turkana, we stopped briefly at a local clinic
to give out some sterile child-birth kits which were generously
donated by a friend of Jane's. The smiling nurse just so
happens to be Francesca's sister!
VISIT WITH THE TURKANA TRIBE…
Historically, the Turkana have lived primitively, and have been a rather wild and uncivilized tribal group. They also have been largely unreached with the Gospel. However, through the consistent and compassionate outreach of people like Stakwell, their lives are now being touched by the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Patt and one of the Turkana mamas.
Note: Most of these women are in polygamous marriages so life is very hard for them. When we stopped to visit them, they immediately asked us if we brought more Solar Digital Players (they called them “radios”) since I had given out some there before. Sadly, I had to tell them no. But when I return in December, I plan to take in another 50 players in Turkana and 50 in Samburu. I hope many of you will help sponsor one or more players for $25 each.
Because of the desert living conditions where it is extremely hot with little water,
surviving everyday is a challenge to the Turkana people. Due to the practice of
polygamy there are many children and sadly, the infant mortality rate is very high.
There are few trees in this desert region, therefore the women
have to walk long distances to find wood for cooking. The Turkana children have
little or no childhood, and begin working at a very young age gathering firewood,
carrying water, and tending the animals. Few attend school.
Jane & Haleigh met their Turkana contemporaries, who live a life vastly different
than what they have always known in America. We finally made it to
Lake Turkana, where it is hot, dry and desolate, with rocks that look like
big pieces of lava. It is a wonder that anything can survive here.
The Albrights pause for a family picture with Lake Turkana
in the background.
Andy & Stakwell point to one of the many hills that will soon
be equipped with wind turbines through the "Lake Turkana Wind Power
Project," one of the largest wind farms in the world with
over 200 wind turbines. Stakwell has been a crucial part of the
development of this project over the past 5 years. (Please click
here to visit their website, Lake Turkana Wind Power).
On our drive back to Camp, we saw a young Turkana girl walking along with a
new born goat, so we picked her up and gave her a ride back to the village.
TREE PROJECT IN SOUTH HORR…
While it has been a long process of over a dozen years, we have been doing all we can to help the Samburu and other local pastoralists widen their vocations to include gardening. We’ve also introduced tree planting to help reforest their area. It has not been an easy shift. But little by little they are catching the vision. And as their gardens grow, they are enjoying the taste of fresh vegetables. On this trip in, I not only took some vegetable seeds, but also some tree seeds and books on the Neem, Moringa and Jatropha trees, which are now being called “Miracle Trees” because of all their benefits to both people and the environment.
These two friends and partners, Philip Lekenit (left) and Peter Cheptumo (right),
are key leaders in the gardening and reforestation effort. Philip tries the
hand-cranked "oil press" we brought for the pressing of seeds.
Some of the healthy new trees grown from seeds we brought on our last trip here.
The trees are being grown in the winstrip trays developed by Aart VanWingerden.
Andy enjoys a few moments of fellowship with members of the Farmers
Association, who blessed us with some of their fresh fruit!
GOAT DISTRIBUTION FOR NEEDY WOMEN...
Since Andy and his company had raised and given funds to buy goats for needy women and children, we had a major goat distribution while we were at the Camp with Stakwell. This was the real purpose of our trip.
Stakwell explains to Andy how the women were chosen to receive two goats each.
Two of the very poor elderly Samburu mamas come to receive their goats. One is
blind, and is being led by the other.
All of these women are very poor and needy, and it is a joy to bless them with
two goats each. The first two goats are given to a dear old Samburu widow. In the
picture on the right, the blind woman "sees" her goats through her hands and
fingers. Because she has handled goats from her childhood, she can "see"
more about goats with her fingers than we can see with our eyes!
When we first came to Samburu country, I was head of NDI, and am still
perceived as such. So the goats were all marked with "NDI". The crippled
lady in the middle picture was thrilled with her gift of a sheep (and a goat,
not pictured), as were each of the women. For us, it may not seem like
much, but to these pastoral women, a goat is the "gift of life."
Patt, Jane & Haleigh enjoyed a few moments with the women and their new goats.
Because Andy raised goats as a young boy, he especially loves this program.
The Albright family with some of the women and goats before they left
for their villages.
Patt and I would like to thank the Albrights and their business associates who have made this goat distribution possible. And we also want to challenge many of you reading this report to begin now to plan to “give a goat” this Christmas to some needy person. The average cost is $35 per goat. We will remind you of this opportunity in November when we send out our annual “Christmas Gift Giving Brochure.”
Before we continue our "Kingdom Adventure Safari", please click on the picture
above to see a brief video of the goat distribution, sure to bless your heart!
VISIT TO LAST YEAR’S GOAT DISTRIBUTION…
Because Patt did a goat distribution this past December when she was in South Horr conducting a Women’s Conference (please click here to review that trip), we wanted to walk to a local village to see how they were doing.
This dear sister, Mikelita, who works at the camp,
received a goat and a sheep in December. She proudly
shows one of her new kid goats born since
the December goat distribution.
Patt was shown one of the kid goats born from that same distribution,
named "Patt" in her honor! Please join Patt and me in this
life-giving "gift of goats" in the Name of Christ. We will
even name the goat after you!
MINISTRY TO THE MORANS…
One of the previously unreached people groups in this area is the Samburu Morans (warriors). Because Stakwell was a Moran when God linked us together in partnership, we began reaching out to them through “goat roasts.” After a time of traditional singing and dancing, we would provide a goat for them to kill and eat – which is a special treat for them. Animals are only killed and eaten at special events like circumcisions or marriages. So these “goat roasts” opened both their stomachs and hearts to us, and to the Gospel! Over the last decade, many of them have accepted Christ and become “Morans for Jesus.”
Because of this unique cultural event not often seen and experienced by outsiders, it is always a joy to invite friends like the Albrights to a “Moran Dance” and “goat roast.”
After the dancing is over, the feasting begins! This goat gave its
life for the celebration! Because the killing of the goat and the
drinking of the blood is x-rated, we will not show it. However,
the Morans enjoyed seeing it on Andy's iPhone. Please
click on the picture below to catch a glimpse of the
Samburu Morans dancing and celebrating! The still photos
included in the video are by Tierney Farrell from our visit
last year, and the video is from this trip.
FLYING FROM THE BUSH…
After an incredible cross-cultural experience in South Horr with Stakwell, Francesca, scores of children and the Camp Staff, it was time to pack up and head to the dirt airstrip to catch our chartered plan that would fly us back to Nairobi out of the African Bush. As always, those who travel to South Horr with me always leave a part of their hearts with the people – just like the Albrights did.
Andy, Jane, Haleigh and Spencer paused for a picture with Stakwell and
Francesca before leaving the Camp. At the "Kurungu International
Airport", our AIM AIR caravan was right on time, always an event that the
children love to watch.
Our AIM AIR pilot, Jeff Barnett, unloaded a drum of fuel for the plane for
our trip back, which Stakwell helped pump into the tanks.
Andy also took a turn cranking in the fuel - not an everyday experience
for a world traveler such as Andy! Checking to make sure all the
luggage was ready to load. As you can see, everyone traveled light!
Stak helped our pilot load all of the luggage for our flight to Nairobi
and then on to Zimbabwe. Another new friendship and
partnership formed through the Lord!
This picture of one of my Mzee (old man/elder) friends and me is a good place to close this report. I have known him for years but he still has not accepted Christ. It was for elders like him that we held an “Mzee Conference” on my last trip to Kenya and Kurungu. It was an historic break-through. We will have a follow-up Conference for them this December. Again we will be giving out Solar Digital Players with which we need your partnership. As I shared before, I plan to take in 100 players – 50 in Samburu and 50 in Turkana. There is no higher priority than sowing God’s Word in people’s hearts and minds.
LEAVING YOUR HEART IN AFRICA…
Years ago I took a successful retired businessman from America to Africa with me. He went very reluctantly. But the trip transformed his life … his marriage … his priorities ... everything! His name was Bud Chittenden. After visiting Kurungu, he “adopted” Stakwell as a teenager and sponsored him through school and Bible College.
Bud went on to take many trips with me to Africa and then to Asia. He had a great impact everywhere he went. But after his first trip to Africa he told me: “I left my heart in Africa!” He asked us to bury his ashes in South Horr at the sports camp after his death – which we did.
In my last report, I shared a video that his wife Maribell recorded for her home church. Please click below to view a music video that we produced for Bud’s funeral celebration. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it. But let me give you a WARNING: It may change your life!
Thanks again for accompanying Patt, the Albrights and me on this latest “African Kingdom Adventure Safari.” My next installment will pick up in Zimbabwe with Bishop Trevor Manhanga. Please don’t miss it!
In His Love for Africa,
JL & Patt