31 May 2016

Safari Njema

After several months of prep, the last week or two before the Proclaim Conference was a flurry of activity. It all paid off though when over 400 participants, including around 100 pastors, came through our gates last weekend. What an incredible privilege and weight of responsibility the Lord has entrusted to us! We're thankful for the solid teaching of our guest and local speakers, for the help of nearly 40 volunteers, and for our stateside church partners as well. The teachers concentrated on the theme of the proclaimed Word, equipping men to preach expositionally. The volunteers invested hundreds of manhours on registration, food coordination, and info desk work among other tasks. Our partners enabled us to acquire and ship quality resources to give away to pastors and other church leaders and members—and all of you are the ones who keep us here anyway through your prayers and partnership. Thank you!
One of the guest speakers, Pastor Mark Brock of Crossway Baptist, invited us along for a quick safari ("safari njema" means nice journey) to the Maasai Mara. This is the first time for our family, and we're enjoying the trip. Yesterday afternoon we were about 10 feet from a lounging lion with only the vehicle doors separating us. We're enjoying God's magnificent creation. 

13 May 2016

Calm Before the Storm

With all class sessions completed last week, we took a long weekend away from Nairobi to take some time to catch our breath before six weeks of intense activity. We had a relaxing time and enjoyed seeing jackals, rhinos, elephants, cape buffalos, and several types of antelope. All of the kids stayed back with sitters and enjoyed their break from parents too.
One of our church partners recently wrote asking for updated prayer requests. I've included my response here with some minor modifications.
The three urgent requests on the top of my mind are
(1) that Christ would be magnified as we grade summary projects and final exams for students who are preparing and working to serve his church with their lives;
(2) that God’s Word would be honored and spread rapidly through our Proclaim Conference for pastors and church leaders later this month; and
(3) that God would grant order, discipline, and peace as we prepare to leave home soon for a five-month stateside ministry assignment.

Two important ongoing requests for us are
(4) that Christ would continue to build his church through us as our team seeks to equip pastors and church-planters for the harvest; and
(5) that God would grant each member of our family the humility, gratitude, godliness, and wisdom that we desperately need in order to honor him with our lives.