First Reflections on 11 Days in Eldoret, Kenya
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Link to photos from our mission to Kenya, Africa: http://inspirationimages.zenfolio.com/f660557373
Greetings and Blessings from Eldoret, Kenya!
Thursday, November 07, 2013
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I taught two opening leaders/pastors sessions on Wednesday morning, after 33 hours of travel and arriving Tuesday evening. Felt totally refreshed after a full night of sleep and had no "jet lag!" I taught using an interpreter who translated into Swahili. The pastors from Eldoret and Kisii (Kenya) said they were blessed and greatly encouraged! ForWednesday late afternoon, our outdoor crusade was cut short due to rain and wind.
|Teaching with an Interpreter|
This morning, November 7 begins day two of our mission.
We are the guests of Pastor Allan Mugoha and the Restoration Vision Centre, which serves people in an impoverished part of the city. Eldoret is the second largest city in Kenya. It has thriving small businesses and a number of colleges and training centers. Eldoret is also home to a training center for Kenya's world class distance runners. Most people are self-employed as vendors of various goods and services, from fruits/vegetables, to fabrics, to handmade furniture such as bed frames and wicker chairs.
That said, it seems clear that many people, and especially children, need to know Christ as Savior and Lord. The poverty we've seen outside the central city is overwhelming. While hunger does not appear to be a major crisis because of the richness of agriculture and livestock, many people are living well below poverty, and some live in squalor.
|Eldoret Downtown traffic|
As in the USA, I am concerned that the prosperous Christian community here in Eldoret may be isolated from their impoverished fellow citizens and believers in Christ. I certainly cannot conclude anything from a few days in country, but the disparity between "haves" and "have nots" seems to be much greater than in the USA.
|Giving prophetic word to pastor|
Every bad road we have travelled for our brief time here, every open sewer running past the homes of people, and every uneducated child, reminds me that our Christianity cannot be confined to our churches and privileged lifestyles.
We are looking forward to continuing in ministry to pastors and Christian leaders in the mornings and holding Gospel crusades in the afternoon through Saturday. Thank you for your prayers!
Pastor Bryan Hudson
What Grace Teaches Us
Friday, November 01, 2013
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God's grace (underserved favor and operational power) saved us and teaches us how to live soberly (a sound mind), righteously (doing what is right, the right way), and godly (reflecting Christlikeness). And we can do all that TODAY and everyday, even though we live in the midst of people and influences that run opposite to God's way.
We face a lot of pressures to compromise, not be accountable to others, and put personal gain over the greater good. Being Christians, ministers, or church members does not grant automatic understanding of the lessons of grace. Believers, more than all others, have the privilege to be taught and benefit from God’s grace, which is His underserved favor and operational power!
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