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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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James Kamathi Graduates From High School November 2015

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James Kamathi Graduates From High School November 2015

He’s quiet. He’s respectful, dependable and smart. That’s why you probably have never heard of our son James Kamathi. He’s been with us 8 years but we have hardly mentioned him because he’s been so easy to have around. When we would show his picture, several people in America asked if he was really just a kid because his face was so serious that at 14 he looked like a man. Today he actually looks younger now because he has learned to trust God. He no longer wonders where he will sleep or when his next meal will be.
This year is James’ year to shine. He will graduate from high school in November. After graduation James plans on working somewhere in Meru town and saving money to pay for teacher’s college. There he will major in history or business education that will qualify him to teach high school. Whatever he does, James will always be grateful that our partners at Heart of God Kenya gave him an opportunity to grow up in a safe, Christ-centered home. Thank You.

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

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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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NEEMA Graduate Bishop Patroba Goes and Doesn’t Count the Cost

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NEEMA Graduate Bishop Patroba Goes and Doesn’t Count the Cost

Patrobus Preaching 2Patrobus Preaching 2Mat 28:19-20 Go, then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
Go…Teach…Baptize. These was Jesus’ last words before ascending to His Father. And according to history all of his disciples did just that. They went boldly into all the known world spreading the good news of God’s incredible love. They didn’t count the cost but they went and all of us today are products of their obedience.
NEEMA graduate Bishop Patrobus (board member of Heart of God Kenya) doesn’t count the cost either. He just goes. He goes preaching the gospel and setting people free whether he goes into Kabira- Nairobi’s biggest slum of over 1,000,000 people or the tiny village of Lukosi. Patroba preaches to drunks as well as Member of Parliament declaring that Jesus came to set them free of their sin and death.
Mat 10:9 Do not carry any gold, silver, or copper money in your pockets;
Mat 10:10 do not carry a beggar’s bag for the trip or an extra shirt or shoes or a walking stick. Workers should be given what they need.

Many times Patroba leaves on foot believing that God will get him wherever he needs to go. His car is an old junker and constantly in need of repair. Once he wrote asking us to pray for him and his wife’s backs as they pushed their car several meters before it started. Then God miraculously provided a new battery.
The results of such obedience over 600 people surrendered their lives to Christ in the last 6months.

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