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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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Horses and Chariots
The houses we were renting were under the impending threat of being demolished by the government to expand the Southern Nairobi Highway. So the hunt for new housing commenced.
It was difficult to find homes in Nairobi in our budget but we thank God that He opened doors for us to find a new place thats only a 20 minute drive from the church. In the past it used to take us about an hour to get to church.
Since we had been robbed in our previous 2 homes, we wanted to ensure that we had good security in the house. Security is always a concern here in Nairobi. In Kenya home invasions, robberies and carjackings are very common and most people have 24 hour security guards guarding their homes, as well as razor wire fencing around the walls of their homes, metal gates on doors, metal bars on windows and “safe havens” in the houses. But all the places for rent in our budget did not have any such security measures in place. So with the help of Far Reaching Ministries we were able to secure a night guard, panic buttons (when pressed a security team of 5 comes within ten minutes with one police man caring a G-3 or AK-47), razor wire, motion lighting, safe rooms, bars on all our windows and doors, and our 2 small dogs that make a lot of noise if some one is to close to our compound. Though we do take some comfort in these things. We remember Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. We will trust in the Lord. Amen! For surely, God is our Shield & our Protector. Only He can truly protect us from harm like no other. We were blessed to find 365 verses in the bible that call us to “fear not”, that is a verse a day not to fear for we are protected by the Creator of the universe. O how good is our God! On the day we moved into our new house, there was no water, electricity, no street lights and it was pitch dark. To our delight our neighbors brought over lanterns and candles. It was such a blessing.
We were in disbelief when we first heard the news that the airport was on fire. Dave imagined it was a little fire in one of the kitchens in the airport. However when we saw the pictures on the Internet and heard that the roads to the airport had been closed down this is when we realized how massive the fire really was. It took the Kenyan fire fighters an entire day to put out the fire in the arrivals side of the airport. The fire rekindled it self that same night. All flights to and from Nairobi were cancelled for 2 days and when the flights resumed they resumed in the small domestic wing of the airport. As I type this newsletter the chaos has still not been settled, travelers are still staying in tents as only some international flights are able to take off. This crisis affected our bible college as one of our students flights were canceled due to the uncertainty of when the airport would be operational again. Please pray.
Evangelism outreach in Nairobi: Christ commissioned all his disciples to share the gospel of salvation. In the past few months, Dave along with a small group of people from our church has been going out every Tuesday morning to preach the gospel in various areas of Nairobi. We have faced such intense spiritual warfare every single time, but we praise God that His gospel goes forth unhindered each time. We have times of “open mic” where we ask people in the streets to ask us questions they have about God, Jesus Christ, and the bible. Our aim is to give biblical answer. We have had many interesting questions. This usually draws a crowd and some have given their lives to Jesus. We also have had live worship on the side of the streets which has drawn crowds and has given us a huge opportunity to evangelize the people. We also hand out flyers inviting people to church. One Tuesday evening, Dave’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing as many people were calling asking for prayer as they had surrendered their lives to the Lord that day. Praise the Lord!
Pastoral Ordination: Dave ordained Michael Kibe last month in recognition of the work that God was already doing in his life. Kibe has been part of our church for the past 7 years. Currently he is serving in Tonj, Sudan with In Deed and Truth Ministries. He has been teaching the bible to the locals and the foreigners on Sundays and doing various ministries there. We Praise God for Kibe! Please pray that God would use him mightily for His glory.
- Please pray for Good health for our family.
- Please pray for our weekly evangelism outreaches in Nairobi.
- Please pray that God would provide for us to purchase a new car, if He so wills, as our old one seems to be dying & we keep replacing all the parts frequently.
- Please pray for Pastor Michael Kibe as he ministers to the people of Tonj, Sudan.
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