20 November 2014

Malaria

Image by Ute Frevert;
False color by Margaret Shear
About a week and a half after my trip into Western Kenya, I began to show tell-tale signs of having contracted malaria while I was there: fever, extreme fatigue, and general muscle aches. I believe two facts saved me from enduring the worst of this disease: (1) Treatment is readily available everywhere, including at the mall a few minutes from our home. (2) And I was familiar with the signs from previous experience, so I could seek treatment quickly. My fever was gone the day after beginning treatment, and I've continued to recover my strength since. I only missed one class session. Praise God for answering our prayers for health!

My classes will be continuing into the second week of December. Today we'll be finishing up our overview of the Latter Prophets with a look at the intent and theology of Ezekiel. Pray for insight into the Scriptures as students complete their projects and for wisdom for the faculty as we assess their work. God has been good to grant a great term; please pray for a strong finish.

Your prayers for us are one of our greatest treasures. Thank you for exalting God by faithfully sharing with us our dependence on him.

05 November 2014

Mumias

Last weekend, I travelled with a pastor friend, Murungi Igweta, to the town of Mumias in western Kenya. The trip took about 8 hours by bus. Pastor Murungi is involved with a network of Kenyan leaders who desire further training. He taught a group of about fifty several lessons on the being biblical churches. My role on the trip was to be a learner and an observer.

The challenge of learning culture in the midst of a busy schedule is something about which I've asked the Lord for wisdom and which my team has considered for some time. One solution that has been suggested to us is to go on trips away from the city to talk with leaders about how pastors should be prepared in accordance with biblical qualifications and practical needs. On one side, we can continue to develop the school's network of contacts, and on the other we can continue to grow in our understanding of Kenyan languages and cultures. This trip to Mumias provided just right the opportunity to be exposed to leadership development outside of the urban context.

Please praise the Lord with us for a uneventful and educational trip. In addition, we're grateful for our continued health after several family members were sick the week before last, and for continued interest in the Bible college from a wide spectrum of believers.
Please pray for wisdom and discernment in the admissions process of potential students, for effective training in the classroom, and for the health and endurance to push through a busy term.