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More than Spit in the Eyes!!!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More than Spit in the Eyes!!!

As you can see Shutterstock took this picture. I NEVER NEVER would stick around long enough to snap a picture of a snake! [Eve, you know Adam’s wife, sure was a strange creature who actually stayed and had a 90 word conversation with a snake- hard- to-believe but it’s in the Bible so it’s true.] Anyway this testimony is also true even though it too is hard-to-believe. Let me tell you what happened.
When NEEMA Bible College teacher, Pastor Elijah entered his mother’s house he caught sight of a snake racing across her floor. SLAM! BANG! BAM! I Survival instincts kicked in as he clobbered it with his jembe (garden hoe). Wanting to throw the dead snake away before his mama came back, he quickly bent down to grab it, but as he did, the cobra sprung to life, spitting venom into Pastor Elijah’s eyes. Stumbling blindly his spirit yelled “In the name of Jesus no poison can harm me!!! Instantly the blinding poison was neutralized and with a swift, final blow with his jembe, the spitting cobra was beheaded.
And they shall take up serpents and they shall not hurt them. Mark 16:18

* The African Spitting Cobra’s venom is so toxic that it destroys the eye’s cornea upon contact. Wikipedia

N'ja Aheri- The African Spitting Cobra

N’ja Aheri- The African Spitting Cobra

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Mud Huts in 2016

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Mud Huts in 2016

Thousands of Africans in 2016 live in mud huts, hoping someday to replace the thatched roof with steel sheets which are more durable. Children die daily because of filthy water which cannot be boiled because firewood is too scarce. Building schools and medical clinics bring temporary help but they are not the answer. Jesus is the only answer that brings permanent change. And for centuries in Africa, Jesus has been proclaimed as a harsh judge waiting to pour out His wrath. Instead of running to God in their time of need, they hide their faces from Him in guilt and shame. John 3:17 says, ‘For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world but the world through Him might be saved.” This word ‘saved’ means to be delivered, protected, healed, enabled to do well, to be made whole. It sounds like a good deal to me. As we train students in NEEMA and send them out to disciple, or mentor, other poverty-stricken people, the hopeless find hope. After accepting God’s love, then these new believers have a whole Bible full of great and precious promises (II Peter 1:4) that God has given to them.
Most Africans may never have a 1,000 square foot house to live in or a 12 year old car to drive. Their kids may not ever study in a safe, air-conditioned public school free from canning and abuse. But as we give them Jesus through training village pastors, we help them achieve a better life for the average family because God keeps His promises.
NEEMA Bible College is now throughout Kenya, meeting in 19 different villages and cities. Pastors from Methodist, Catholic, Baptist, Anglican churches to name a few of the 60 different churches our students come from. These students are village pastors and international speakers. Both are changing their message from condemnation to grace. This message of God’s unconditional love is changing families, healing the sick and even raising the dead.

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Strength and Dignity are Her Clothing

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Strength and Dignity are Her Clothing

Strength and dignity are her clothing; she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praise her, saying:
Many daughters have done worthily, but thou excels them all. Proverbs 31:25-29
She’s an African Woman. Strength is her most valued trait for she carries the soul of a people in her heart. Her faith in God’s goodness gives her the courage to face uncertain days. Working on computers by day and boiling water on an open fire every night- both duties assure that her children grow up strong and healthy. Job security to her is a myth, a fairy tale in a society dominated by men with unemployment rates raising to near 70%. Yet she is thankful for the 10,000 shillings she earns every month. They now can afford a flat (apartment) with two rooms with stema (electricity)which is a blessing that she doesn’t take for granted. The community’s water spigot is only 15 meters from her door which is so much closer than the river where her aging mama still carries buckets of water to her mud hut in the village.
Life is hard for women in Kenya but “the women that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (heroic, daring deeds).” Daniel 11:32. Knowing this NEEMA’s Bible College teacher Mary Stanley enthusiastic teaching at NEEMA Bible College for she knows that only through the knowledge of God’s Word is there everlasting strength and hope for the Christian women of Kenya.

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With His Quick Wit and Big Glistening Eyes Muza Could Wiggle His Way Out of Anything

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With His Quick Wit and Big Glistening Eyes Muza Could Wiggle His Way Out of Anything

For over 10 years now Muthee has brought laughter as well as challenges to Mike and me. With his quick wit and big glistening eyes, he could wiggle his way out of any trouble or form of work. The bars on our windows may have kept the thieves out but Muthee could easily swarm his way through them anytime he wished. Just about the time he exasperated us and we wanted to kick him out, his BIG smile would melt our hearts and Papa would give him ‘just one more chance’. Then last year, around Christmas time, Muthee slipped out into the night and got involved in a serious crime. The kids he was with were all arrest but for some reason our village chief just warned Muthee. Ooooh how Papa Mike wanted to chase him off but then again he knew it would break our hearts to kick him out so he stayed ‘just one more time’. To our surprise, this last year Muthee has finally changed! Every night he’s inside, though not always on time. He’s often asked to speak at the Christian Union in his public high school. He’s a valued team player on the soccer field. And he’s the best interpreter for Papa in Kenya because he thinks like Papa Mike.
In the Good News Bible I Corinthians 13 verses 6 and 7 read,” though love is not happy with evil…………….love never gives up, and its faith, hope and patience never fails.” God never gives up on us and we pray that He gives you the strength in 2015 to give that challenge in your life ‘just one more chance.’

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These BIG GIANTS are our Neighboors

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

These BIG GIANTS are our Neighboors

These giants live only 15 minutes away from us. African elephants grow to be over 13 ft tall and weigh up to 17 tons. Big! Beautiful! And dangerous! Elephants kill more than 10 people in Kenya every month So when our boys called today, telling us the elephants were by the electric fence, we dropped everything and ran up to see them. WOW! What a sight! And the fence made it possible to get really close.
The last time we were this close on purpose was in 2005 and there wasn’t a fence protecting us. That day while we were gazing on these giants, a man started throwing sticks at them, hit a baby and immediately Papa Elephant charged. Everyone ran faster than lightning to get away but Mike and I couldn’t outrun Papa Elephant. So Mike threw me behind a tree with the intention of getting the charging giant to chase him. However Papa Elephant was too near. Without thinking Mike commanded, “In the name of Jesus, STOP”. And it did. We are alive today because Mike took authority over the charging giant.
God gave each believer authority over the giants that come charging at us. So whether your giant is sickness, finances or elephants be encouraged because when you command the giants in Jesus name, in faith believing, the giants have to STOP.
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them…”If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

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Grief Fear and Death were Strangling Me

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Grief  Fear and Death were Strangling Me

We watched as the gripping claws of fear and grief were strangling the life out of our neighbor. Joyce had watched in shock as her husband’s precious blood poured out after being stabbed by his co-worker and friend. There was No explanation given for their vicious fight and no hope of ever finding out the truth for Makathimo’s (Joyce’s husband) murderer had received Meru justice. Within minutes a mob gathered, stoning the murderer and burning his body. All Joyce knew was now she faced life without her husband. Day by day shadows grew darker as Death continued screaming and clawing, yet Joyce mustered the strength to survive for the sake of her 3 children. From time to time we at HOGK helped Joyce out with security around her house for as a young widow she had become open prey to thieves and other criminals. When our cook quit and someone suggested we hire Joyce, we doubted that she had enough strength for the back-straining toil of cooking for 28 children and our staff especially since we cook outside over an open fire all the time. However we knew that: Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 So we hired Joyce but within weeks found that she was indeed too weak to carry firewood and water for our huge family. But now the problem was we were falling in love with this quiet lady and she was gaining confidence and renewed hope as she attended morning Bible Study so we hesitated to fire her. Discovering that Joyce taught Sunday School, we asked her to teach math and Swahili to our kids. She’s a great teacher and now has taught at Heart of God for several years. Joyce is also a NEEMA Bible College Graduate and has begun translating in some of our village schools. Joyce spends her evening and week-end encouraging others that with God’s help they too can overcome life’s challenges.

Joyce Speaks at Graduation

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Go to Heart of God Fellowship on the menu to see the Video

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Go to Heart of God Fellowship on the menu to see the Video

Click Here to watch the video that was filmed in June 2016

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Love Never Gives Up

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Sponsorship, Uncategorized, Updates | 0 comments

Love Never Gives Up

For over nine years now Muthee has brought laughter as well as challenges to Mama and Papa. With his quick wit and big glistening eyes, he could wiggle his way out of any trouble or form of work. The bars on our windows may have kept the thieves out but Muthee could easily swarm his way through them anytime he wished. Just about the time he exasperated us and we wanted to kick him out, his BIG smile would melt our hearts and Papa would give him ‘just one more chance’.
Then last year, around Christmas time, Muthee slipped out into the night and got involved in a serious crime. The kids he was with were all arrest but for some reason our village chief just warned Muthee. Ooooh how Papa Mike wanted to chase him off but then again he knew it would break our hearts to kick him out so he stayed ‘just one more time’.
To our surprise, this last year Muthee has finally changed! Every night he’s inside, though not always on time. He’s often asked to speak at the Christian Union in his public high school. He’s a valued team player on the soccer field. And he’s the best interpreter for Papa in Kenya.
In the Good News Bible I Corinthians 13 verses 6 and 7 read,” though love is not happy with evil…………….love never gives up, and its faith, hope and patience never fails.”

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People Standing Outside the Over-Crowded Church to Hear the Gospel of Grace

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

People Standing  Outside the Over-Crowded Church to Hear the Gospel of Grace

Kalimantiri Village is high in the Maua Mountains of Central Kenya. Mirah or ghant- a narcotic drug grows there almost without effort. And a small handful of Mirah sells at twice the price of 20 pounds of maize. So Mirah was king in Kalimantiri, until Pastor Stanley started preaching the Gospel of Grace. Now Grace the Power of the Gospel Church is drawing people’s attention away from drugs to consider the possibility that God loves them in spite of the mirah.
Two years ago Pastor Stanley rented a small room to hold Sunday services in. Within weeks the room had grown too small for the crowds who were coming. So he rented the room next door and in Kenyan style they expanded the worship center by simply knocking down the wall between the two rooms. As the GOOD NEWS continued to spread, the church continued knocking down walls to make more room. Eventually all walls went down, but God’s grace didn’t stop reaching more people. Additional space was needed but now the expansion would cost 42,000 Kenyan shillings. So growth was at a standstill. As new people came, others started leaving because it was too, too crowded. Others now stand outside listening to the good news.
On the 23rd of September as Mike preached he started declaring that the time of talk was over and it was time for action. First he divided the 42,000KSH by the number of adults in church that morning, encouraging them that their part was less than the school fees they paid for their kids’ education every 3 month. Someone else suggested that everyone start to bring something even if all they brought was a single stone or bucket of sand, for God could multiply anything making it more than enough. Finally Mike declared that we set October 23rd as a day of celebrating the completion of the new addition.
The very next morning, a few stones were carried to the church ground s, plus some trees were donated for making boards for the frame. Money started coming in and over half the material has been gathered. The rest of the money came in this week. So although the celebration day has been postponed, the new addition will be complete and we will be celebrating the new addition before the end of November.
This is like the wall that Nehemiah built around Jerusalem:
Nehemiah 6:15-16 after fifty-two days of work the entire wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul. When our enemies in the surrounding nations heard this, they realized that they had lost face, since everyone knew that the work had been done with God’s
help.

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Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids.

Holding a 38 Revolver, the man advanced towards Papa and our kids. A mob gathered as Papa’s combat instincts kicked into gear. “How am I going to take him out?” Suddenly God’s Spirit rose up commanding Papa to STOP! WAIT!
Instantaneously Papa knew exactly what was happening. Jimo, one of our boys, was being arrested Even those his instincts subsided Papa stood cautiously still sensing evil in the policeman’s eyes. Then the plain-clothes policeman inform Papa that Jimo had just been arrested in a house full of stolen electronics.
So many times recently we felt constrained to warn our kids not to run with one particular neighbor kid who was known as a thief. Regretfully curiosity and greed lured Jimo to ignore our warnings. Now whether he was guilty or not, Jimo was going to pay the price for running with the wrong crowd.
Praying intensely, we asked for justice for Jimo. Since several of the items found were stolen from the Deputy Governor’s house which made this case political as well as criminal. The pressure was on and Meru police have been known to beat thieves to death during their interrogation. So we prayed. We also asked God for wisdom as we dealt with this situation which became even more intense as it was reported on the local TV channel that night.
Later when Jimo came home and we handed him his things and asked Jimo to find someplace else to live. We had warned him that if he got caught with that boy again he would be asked to leave. But I felt terrible until I read these words in the book of Hosea.
Oh how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you? My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows. No, I will not punish you as much as my burning anger tells me to; for I am God and not mere mortal. Hosea 11:8-9 NEW LIVING Translation Bible [Father God knew what Papa and I were going through, and it brought peace.]
Who was Jimo anyway? In 2013 a missionary from Poland had asked us to take 14 year old Jimo when he left Kenya. Even then I had questions in my spirit as to why this missionary was so concern about Jimo but not the other kids that were being thrown back to the streets when his ministry closed down. Quickly we realized Jimo was different. He was quick to catch on to new ideas and did well in school. Jimo also knew how to touch my heart. For example just days before his arrest, Jimo had yelled with pure joy as I told him, we would be celebrating his 16th birthday. But greed was always tormenting him into lying and stealing. Twice he had been caught stealing phones from the Polish missionary who gave Jimo a home when Jimo’s mama died in 2012.
Jimo is still attending the high school where our kids go. Reportedly he is now living with a classmate’s family. Yes we continue to pray for him, but Jimo made his choice. Hopefully he will start choosing to live a life honoring God who loves him so much.

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