Saturday 18 February 2012

Last day with pastors

Today (Friday) was my last day of teaching with the pastors of the areas of Dagoretti and Ngando. Numbers have varied from day to day and even fluctuated throughout each day from half a dozen to over twenty.

As per usual, we had a later than planned start. But we covered a lot today. We looked at the Bible's view of discipleship and then the gift of administration. It was a 'heavy' day.

At the end of the sessions (that went overtime due to lots of discussion and questions), those of us still there (Friday is a busy day here for pastors), shared in a time of prayer. One pastor prayed in French (I have no idea what he was saying but I do know there was a lot of thanksgiving), one of the pastors then prayed for me. To close, I was asked to pray for these pastors and their ministries. I have never felt such emotion when praying. To say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement!

Then an amazing thing took place, something I've not seen in Kenya. One of the pastors asked me if it would be alright if he gave me a hug. Then everyone followed his lead.

They said that they were expressing their appreciation for the teachings that I had shared with them. I was gracious and wonderfully received and they simply could not get enough of teaching from God's Word.

I give thanks to God that he faithfully answered my earlier request for prayer - Ephesians 6:19 (NIV)
"Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,"

God has truly given me a heart for this place and what He is doing here. If it were not for fact that my wife Linda had already returned to Australia and I miss her do much, I would stay. But I know I need to wait for God's timing and not race ahead of His leading. So, for now, I will return home but eagerly await God's time to return to Kenya.

God is good - all the time,
All the time - God is good,
Because that is His nature!

Bwana asifiwe (praise the Lord)