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It’s quite ironic that following our last newsletter on “security concerns in Nairobi” that we would be writing on the same topic once again.
On Wednesday the 16th of October last month, we were driving home after our mid-week church service. We noticed the lights were out in both houses as we drove down the steep rugged road. Jamie came running out of the gate asking us to go back as they had been robbed. It seemed so surreal as Jamie and Natasha had only arrived at the house 10 minutes before we did. When the thieves saw our car’s headlights in the dark, they fled into the nearby field thinking we were security or police.
Our girls, Bianca and Sophia, hid at the floorboard of the car and were terrified. They wouldn’t come out until we reassured them the thieves had left.
Natasha and Jamie lost their purses, jewelry and phones, but luckily they weren’t physically hurt. There were 5 robbers, one of whom was armed with machine gun. They kept waving the machine gun to Natasha and Jamie’s heads. Natasha said that Candy, our 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, was growling and kept attacking the thugs. The robbers poisoned Candy to stop her from attacking. Our night guard was beaten in the leg by the robbers, but other than that he was hardly injured. We found Candy dead in our garden! Our girls were heartbroken to know that their beloved dog died.
Once we got in our house, we noticed our room lights were not working and the light socket breaker had been flipped off. We had plumbers and construction workers in our house earlier that day, so we suspect that one of them may have organized the robbery. They had disabled our panic alarm systems from functioning. We are extremely thankful that God spared our lives.
We feel that the Holy Spirit was warning us though, as a week before one of the women at our church called me and told me that the Lord woke her up in the middle of the night asking her to pray for my family and I. She said she didn’t know specifically why but she needed to pray for us without ceasing. I also had a dream on Monday night: Satan was telling me how mad he was at me, and especially angry at Dave, and that Satan was planning to kill Dave. Then on Wednesday morning, Emily Brady, our missions coordinator, called us while we were on our way to church asking what happened in Nairobi, but we had no idea why she was calling because nothing had happened yet. The robbery happened later that night.
So I feel the Lord gave us many reminders to pray as He was allowing something to happen to us.
We also see how God’s hand protected us: Usually our girls go home in Jamie’s car after church on Wednesday nights. But this specific Wednesday they decided to stay in our car and the Lord spared them from the terrifying incident. We Praise the Lord!
We are continually taking our thoughts captive. We are trying not to think “what if” too much. Instead, we are choosing to recognize God’s Loving Hand that protected our family. We can truly trust the Lord.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)
Gods Timely Help
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every prayer of ours was answered immediately? God is Sovereign and He answers prayers in His timing: Yes, No and Wait. Sometimes we just have to trust and wait for the Lord’s answer, for “We know that all things will work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
This month God did answer prayers for two boys at Calvary Chapel Nairobi. Interestingly, they are both named Michael.
The first Michael has been attending our church for the past 6 months. Eleven years old, he is one of the kids that has been coming to our church all by himself without his parents. This little boy has a servant’s heart and usually stays back after church to help stack chairs and clean the church. He was in our Children’s Christmas Play and the Sunday school teachers sent the kids with invites to give to their parents.
Michael told one of his Sunday school teacher that he was sad to take the invite as his mom could not attend, and that she is so sad all the time that she does not even leave her bed. Michael and his older teenage brother cook and take care of themselves as their father left them along time ago. So we prayed and God answered our prayer as Michael’s mom came to see the Children’s Christmas Play that Sunday. He was over the moon with joy.
Twinkle and some of the other women at our church encouraged his mom to keep attending church and to attend women’s’ Bible studies. She has been attending church and, as Michael reports, her demeanor has changed since she has been coming to church. Praise God.
Please continue to pray that Christ would become the center of this family’s hearts and lives.
The next little Michael is only 8 years old. His mother received Christ as her personal savior 6 months ago and has been attending our church since then. A couple of months ago, his mom came to Dave and asked him to pray for her older son, Michael, as he performs poorly at school and has been running away from home.
Dave and Pastor Nicholas talked to the boy and prayed with them. But in the following weeks, the boy kept running away from home more frequently. The mother also told us that her husband is an alcoholic. Little Michael told us that the reason why he was running away was because both his parents were physically abusive to him. Their neighbors also confirmed to us that this was indeed true and the neighbors had to sometimes intervene to stop the boy from being injured. Also we were told that Children’s Services came to intervene once but the parents ran and hid until they left.
We knew we had to do something. There was no relative who could help. We prayed and asked God for wisdom on what to do. One of our church leaders suggested we put the boy in a boarding school as we meet with the parents and disciple them. We found the cost to be too high. So we kept praying. The same day, one of our friends who has been volunteering at a children’s home suggested we take Michael there as they also had an affordable primary (elementary) school. Also the home was for kids who were from troubled homes.
In our discussions with the parents we agreed to take the child and place him in boarding school for a year and during that time the parents had to agree to a weekly counseling session. We are happy the parents are willing to meet. Pray for the mom as she is a new believer. We want to show them the Agape love of Christ and also win the dad for Christ, as we believe God can truly change people.
So we checked out this home and were glad to find out that its directors are Christians. So with the local Chief’s permission and the parents’ consent we were able to take Michael to the children’s home. Please pray for Michael and that God would change his Parents’ hearts and the family would be reconciled soon.
Please pray for both Michaels mentioned.
Please pray that God would provide for the purchase of a new/used 4×4 Land Cruiser.
Pray that God would continue to protect our family.
Pray that God would give Twinkle wisdom as she ministers to a woman who just came back to the Lord.
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