Scriptures from the KJV
Today I would
like to begin to discuss my recent trip to Kenya. (I say begin, because
I’m not going to complete this report today) there’s too much that needs to be
said, and I feel it’s too important a subject to try and condense into
one message. Besides, I think we need to set a stage first, concerning why
we’re in E. Africa in the first place.
Now some of
what I have to say today about Kenya, may be a bit repetitious for some,
especially for those who have been involved in the “Non Profit” that we started
a number of years ago called” Kenya Hands of Hope”.
But I feel
it’s important to start from the beginning today, concerning Kenya (at least
briefly) so others will better understand, what we have been involved in
over there in E. Africa. (Or better put: “What God” has us involved in over
“what God has us involved in” for a few reasons)
1, there’s a
calling taking place over there in E. Africa, and callings only
come from the Father Himself, He is the only one capable of opening up
ones eyes, and opening up ones ears to His truth.
reason that I say that “God is involved” is because there are fruits
involved “Good Fruit” and “Good Fruit” (like All Good
things) come from the Father.
So I hope you
will see God in the “Directors Chair”, as we discuss what He has
His church involved in over there in Africa. We’re going to be placing some
fruit on the table in this report, for observation & inspection.
observing fruit can tell a lot, because you get to know for sure if
what you are doing, if what you are involved in, is good or bad.
basically applies to whatever one may be involved in (no
matter what it is.) God doesn't complicate things; on the contrary, he
uses simplicity to make things plane & clear, He’s Not
the author of confusion.
you’re doing has good fruits, you’re on the right track, and going
in the right direction. But, if what you are doing is producing bad
fruit, then you’re on the wrong track, going in the wrong
direction, basically wasting your time & efforts, and definitely
in need of making some changes.
and speaking of “fruits”, let us never forget, that we are His fruits, His
“First Fruits” and responsible for producing “Good Fruits” and plenty of
occasional trips to E. Africa are quite necessary, because one has to inspect
the fruits over there, to know (for sure) if what our time, efforts,
and resources are producing is good or bad…
what (Putting you feet down on the ground) can accomplish. You get to see the
fruits up close and not only the good fruit, but also if there is any “bad
fruit” who’s trees need to be dealt with.
Yes, we may
also be touching on a little bit of bad fruit also (No choice
there) I’m sure we are all aware that Satan’s Tares have been allowed
or permitted to grow amongst God’s Wheat).
the tares will be removed, but currently in God’s church, both the Wheat & the
Tares have been growing together.
Now I feel
this report that I have concerning Kenya, is very important to bring to the
table of the church, because it involves the two commissions of
1, “TO PREACH
THE Gospel to the world” & 2, “To Feed God’s Flock”.
commissions are still in affect, and need to be addressed from time to
time. So before we cross the Atlantic Ocean this morning, and head over
to Kenya to report on the current conditions there, I want to digress a
FIRST, I want
to try and strike a nerve if I can, concerning the signs of the
times in which we are living, Because I believe we are living at a time when
many, yes many in God’s church, are complacent – lukewarm –
and asleep at the switch, if you will.
it’s easy to be asleep at the switch, but it’s also quite dangerous,
because being asleep at the switch can brew disaster.
I spent a few
years on a Navy Destroyer, and we had a sailor asleep at a very
important switch one time, while we were deployed out at sea. And his
negligence jeopardized the well being of the entire crew.
He was on
duty at the time, manning a very important post called “Aft Steering”.
Now “Aft-steering” function was to take control of steering the ship, in
the event that steering failed from the Bridge.
was located in a small compartment, just inside from the Ships Rudder. There’s
a large wheel there connected directly to the Rudder, and in case of
emergency, aft-steering was capable of taking full control of the
rudder, and intern, he could control the course (or direction) of the entire
ships “rudder” is controlled remotely from the “Bridge” where the Helm or
wheel is turned at the instruction of the Captain, and through a variety of
physical means, oftentimes mechanically with “hydraulics”.
But in case
of a mal-function (and steering from the Bridge fails) the sailor or man on duty
at aft-steering could take over and bring the vessel back on course, and keep it
on course by steer it from that large wheel, that’s connected directly to the
though the sailor on duty had so much power at his disposal, he
rarely engaged it, so after time, he would find himself struggling
to stay awake (kind of like the 10 Virgins in the parable where they are
all slumbering & sleeping.)
One day (at a
very crucial time) my ship did loose steering; the mechanical mechanism
that connected to Helm to the Rudder had broken down. And the ship
not only got off course, but we were about to collide with another ship.
(Allow me to
elaborate a little on the situation we were in at the time)
heyday, the US had the only Navy Fleet in the entire world that could
refuel & take on stores while underway out at sea. US war
ships, while moving at around 15 or 20 knots, would pull up alongside
another ship (called a tanker)
would begin passing many important items across from ship to ship like a large
4’’ hose for one thing, where fuel could be pumped across from the tanker to
refuel our ship.
also pass a sound powered telephone across, connecting the ships together with a
way to communicate – also a “Boatmen’s Chair” where any items (including
personnel) could also be passed from ship to ship.
The US Navy
took a lot of pride in this. Other countries (even Russia) would float there
ships side by side (dead in the water) when they performed this vital
operation of taking on fuel & stores, loosing much valuable time.
But U.S. war
ships could perform this important task underway, they would even do it two at a
time. The Tanker would be in the middle, and there would be a ship pulled up on
each side of the tanker, bringing on stores & fuel, at the same time.
Well one day,
while alongside the Tanker (with all that equipment connected between our ships)
we lost steering, and the course we were on was bringing us closer & closer to a
collision with the tanker.
blew 5 LOUD SHORT BLASTS from the ships horn, which meant that “All Propellers
were thrown into reverse and given full power, and “Brace For Collision”!
(In order to
try and avoid calamity The Captain needed aft-steering to utilize his
power and begin steering the ship directly at the Rudder. But there was a Hugh
problem, because aft steering wasn’t hearing the Captain.
there was a direct line that had been previously
established between the Captain and the man on duty, and even though
the Captains was telling the man on duty exactly what he needed to do, he
still wasn’t hearing the Captain, you see, aft-steering was asleep!
When the man
finally woke up, and realized the situation they were in, all he could do then
was turn the rudder as fast and as far as he could to avoid a
collision. He succeeded at avoiding a direct collision, but not without
As our ship
rapidly moved away from the tanker, all the hoses, cables, phones, chairs
& whatever else we had connected between the two ships, began stretching
beyond their limits, to where everything snapped, with oil,
phones, cables & chair flying everywhere.
disaster, due to one man becoming complacent, negligent,
and asleep at the switch. Could you imagine the state a ship would be in, if
the entire crew were complacent, negligent, and sleeping, especially when they
all have an important post to maintain?
cannot afford to be complacent, negligent, or even
lukewarm, because we have too High a calling, and too much at stake. We need
to be circumspect.
We need to
keep that direct line of communication (that was previously
established between us individually and our Captain) open
& working at all times, because we need to be hearing His voice,
and following His Word.
(And He tells
us: His yoke is easy, and His burden is light!)
back to the two commissions of the church.)
In Mathew 28
(not turning) after Christ had risen from the dead, He began to appear unto many
(showing that he was alive & well). But you know, some doubted,
including some of His disciples at first.
But after He
had shown them His hands (and His side where He had been pierced) they
believed, and He said unto them: “All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth.”
instructed His disciples to do the following – He set a course for
them to follow (And this course is still in effect for us today, and
still needs to be maintained.
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them, and teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am
with you always, even unto the end of the age.”
The NIV says:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely,
I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.”
haven’t reached the very end of the age yet, we’re still in the
going, baptizing & teaching stage
of the operation. (Do we realize that?)
In Mark 16:14
we read that account stated this way: “Afterward He appeared to the eleven
as they sat at meat and upbraided them with their unbelief and
hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had
seen Him after He was risen.” (He upbraided them – found fault
with them - rebuked them, because they believed not
that He was alive & well.)
ask, do we believe that He is alive & well? Do we believe that His
instruction to preach the Gospel to the world is still valid for
says: “Go Ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel unto every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that
believeth not, shall be damned.”
Mark goes on
to say in verse 19: “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was
received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they (His
disciples that is) went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord
working with them, and confirming the Word with signs follow.”
Now we know
that “commission” has not been totally fulfilled yet, for a number of
reasons. For one, in another place He states: “this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and then shall the end come.”
another place He tells His disciples: “You shall not have gone over
the Cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.”
place He says: “Blessed is that servant, whom His Lord when He
cometh, shall find so doing.”
Now some feel
that the calling (which comes directly from the Father Himself) has ended and
that He is no longer calling people.
But I know
that He is still calling, because I have seen firsthand numerous
accounts of it in Kenya/Tanzania and hope to elaborate some of those accounts as
we move on. (Baptisms have been frequent there.)
second commission of the church is to “Feed the Flock.” In 1 Peter
chapter 5, the apostle Peter exhorts the elders in the church to “Feed
the flock of God which is among you.”
bring these commissions up, because sometimes I think we excuse
these responsibilities, thinking they are addressed to the large
incorporated churches of God and not to anyone individually.
But let us
remember that when Christ addressed His church, He wasn’t speaking to the masses
(and He wasn’t speaking to any Large Incorporated group of people)
He was speaking directly to His “little flock” He was speaking
directly to His disciples, He was speaking directly to us.
And what He
told us is quite plane, quite clear, and quite simple.
He told us not to involving ourselves with the cares of this world,
not to strive to gain or seek to attain what to eat
or what to drink, or what to put on for all those things the
nations of the world seek after.
importantly (because he had 20/20 foresight and knew what the conditions
would be at the end of the age) He tells us, the ones living now, when
complacency, slumbering, and sleeping, abounds: “To
Anoint our eyes with eyesalve that we might see.”
us remember, we are the salt of the earth and the light
of the world.”
He told us
to: “Let our light shine before men that they may see our good
works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven.”
He also told
us that: “If our salt looses it saltiness, it is
good for nothing, we are good for nothing, but to be cast
Saltiness & Shining Lights are a Requirement for a Disciple
of Jesus Christ.
& Producing Good Fruits are a Requirement for a Disciple of
and Manning the Rudder to maintain the course that our Lord has set
for us (to preach the Gospel to the world & feed His Flock) is a requirement
for a Disciple of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father takes these commissions that He has given us, very seriously,
the question is: do we?
I’d like to
turn to the book of Luke now (chapter 10) and examine a change that was
made, concerning the preaching of the Gospel to the world.
made a change concerning the preaching of the Gospel to the world, it’s
addressed by Luke, and it has to do with resources, and where they need
to come from.
(I want to
briefly address this change, and then we’re going to cross the big lake of the
Atlantic Ocean, and visit our brethren in Kenya to see the current conditions
10:1-4 we read that Christ sent out 70 of His disciples in a very particular
way, two by two and instructed them not to carry a
purse, nor script, nor shoes.
“After these things the Lord appointed other 70 also, and sent them two and two
before His face into every city and place, wither He Himself would come.”
(Preparing the way)
down to verse 4)
(this is the verse I want to focus on,
notice what He instructed them?) “carry neither purse, nor script, nor
shoes, and salute no man by the way.
disciples followed His instructions, and everything went well, even the demons
were subject to them.)
Christ’s ministry on earth was coming to an end, He made a drastic
change to how He would send out His disciples to preach the Gospel, to the
world. He made this change as He sat and ate that last meal with them on the
night in which He was betrayed. (Let’s read it in Luke 22 starting in verse
(I feel it is
important to note this change, because it involves all those who
consider themselves to be Disciples of Christ today, and how the
preaching of the Gospel to the world in these “end times” would be funded.
When I sent you out without purse, and without
scrip, and without shoes (emphasis mine) lack ye anything?
And they said, nothing.
Then say He
includes us today 2013) But Now he that hath a purse,
let him take it, and likewise, scrip. And he that hath no
sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
Now that word
“sword” here understandably can be a bit confusing to some. Yes,
there might be some controversy over the meaning of the “sword”
Christ was referring to here.
there shouldn’t be, because we know [beyond any doubt] that His
instruction were consistent concerning the use of any
“physical” swords [or any physical assaults for that matter] – That they were to
be put away, held back, not used, until His Kingdom is
of this world.)
should be absolutely no confusion or misunderstanding concerning His
instructions to “Let him that hath a purse take it” and let
him who hath a script take it.”
word translated “purse” here is the same Greek word used back in Luke 10:4 where
He instructed the 70 to carry no “purse”. This Greek word
represents a pouch (for money) Back then they needed to carry no money to
preach the Gospel, and back then they needed to carry no “script”
(a pouch for carrying food.)
Same when He
originally sent the 12 out two by two, they also were instructed not to
take any money or food for there journey. (you can find that
account in Mark 6.)
But now He
instructs His disciples to do things differently. He tells them (us)
if they have a purse, they need to take it, and a script.
of the Gospel to the world was going to be different now, funds were
going to be necessary.
And we begin
to see the reason why, in Christ’s very next words:
Luke 22:37 “For
I say unto you, that this that is written must be accomplished in me, And He
was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things
concerning me have an end.”
said if they call me Beelzebub, how much more them of His household. (And again,
remember He’s always addressing his words to His flock, his ‘little flock” His
disciples, His true disciples, the ones who are now going to be hated
disciples were going to have a rough road ahead of them in preaching the
Gospel to the world. It was not going to be such a smooth commission, like it
was before His crucifixion & death.
were going to have many enemies (even within the quote-unquote “churches”
of God) times were now going to be rough & tough for those who would be sent
to preach the Gospel. (We can read about this “rough road” and need for money &
food in 1 Corinthians 4:11)
there please, as we begin now to cross the Atlantic and begin to have a look at
the condition in Kenya.)
Let’s pick it
up in 1 Corinthians 11:10 where the Apostle Paul speaks of their condition:
11:10 “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ, we are
week, but you are strong, you are honorable, but we are despised.
Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are
naked, and are buffeted (meaning punched or struck)
and have no dwelling place;
Christ, no place to lay their head) and labor, working with our own hands:
being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it.
not living in mansions, with expensive cars & expensive clothes. On the
contrary, they had no silver & they had no Gold.
There life wasn’t “plush” their life was “Rough”.
Now I’ve seen
these conditions first hand over in Kenya, I remember when two of our brethren
had traveled to Tanzania, to tend to a small congregation there, and on there
way back, they not only walked (Trekked on foot that is) for two days because
they had no funds for transportation, but had only a bag of potato chips for
food that they nibbled on along the way.
remember the first time I traveled to Tanzania to visit the brethren there. We
carried some meat with us because the brethren in Tanzania hadn’t eaten any meat
in some time. I think most (if not all living there) are both malnourished &
(But before I
get into the harsh conditions that our brethren in E. Africa are
enduring let me go just one more place first. I have some “food for
thought” that I also want to put on the table today. It concerns us,
our impoverished brethren, and the preaching of the Gospel.
(And it has
to do with Faith versus dead faith.)
Now don’t get
me wrong here, I’m not telling anyone to sell there house & there
possessions & liquidate their assets. (That’s not man’s department to
command or instruct in the first place, that’s God’s department). (And He
communicates to His “little flock” directly through His spirit, no
middle man needed (If we are awake, that is, and hearing Him.)
trying to drive the point home about how Christ wants us to take our “purse” if
we have on, and use it for His purpose, in these “end times” in which we
12 of Luke is where Christ tells His disciples to: “Beware of covetousness
(which means wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions) and He tells
them to: “Take no thought for your life or what you
shall eat, or what you shall put on, But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and
Then, after He tells them all that, He
then says this:
Luke 12:32 “Fear
not, “little flock”, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the
Kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide
yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in heaven that faileth
not, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. So let
your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.”
that ye have and give alms” that word “alms” has to do
with compassion – compassion that is exercised towards the poor.)
yourselves bags - bags which wax not old.” That word
translated bags is that same Greek word translated “purse” that we’ve
been reading about, representing a “pouch” or a “purse” used for carrying
My point is
that He is not only instructing us here, to take no thought
for our life, no thought for what we shall eat, or what we shall put on.
And He’s not only instructing us here to: “seek ye first the Kingdom
of God and His righteousness.”
But He’s also
telling us here, HOW to have “Living Faith” Yes He’s also telling us
here, HOW to engage our “FAITH” Brethren.
“FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD”!)
no thought for our life” and “Taking no thought for what we
shall eat or what we shall put on” IS NOT WORKS. But selling some of our stuff,
using our own resources to preach the Gospel & help the poor, THAT’S
word translated “thought” means not to be “anxious” in our minds, it’s about not
But when it
comes to having “Faith” there needs to be “works” involved. It’s not just
a matter of “thinking” it’s a matter of “doing”
word translated “works” means: an act – deed, doing.
defines “works” as: exertion or effort directed to produce
or accomplish something.
thought for our life, not worrying about what we shall eat, or what
we shall drink, or what we shall put on, that doesn’t engage our
FITH brethren, that doesn’t produce anything, but only enhances
our being “Asleep At The Switch” We need to wake up, take
action, and activate our Rudder with Works!
finally crossing the Big Lake now) (This is the part that may be a bit
repetitious for some, but its information that’s needed to better
understand our involvement in Kenya.)
My first trip
to Kenya was back in 2005, I heard rumors that there
were members of the COG who were in dire need of help, that there was drought,
famine and pestilence plaguing our brethren.
Little did I know back then, that I was getting involved in a work that God had
not only already begun on that continent, but was about to accelerate
it in numerous ways.
God had His calling going out to the Africans; a calling that I believe
is the last. He tells us that “The Last shall be first & The First last” Well,
no people on the face of the earth have been more “last” more “downtrodden” then
Africa is quite a unique Continent. In the mid 1990s thirty-one out of Africa’s
fifty-three countries, were suffering civil war or serious civil disturbances,
like the recent riots in Kenya.
thousands of people died, but not from bullets, but from hunger,
bad water and disease. Even Kenyan’s today, continues to suffer
from those three killers.
Africa’s wars and man-made famines and plagues, they are a people who continue
getting on with life, rising gloriously above conditions that would break
most of us.
Upon my first visit, I found the conditions of our brethren to be far
worse than what was rumored. I found Brethren who were true members of the
household of God and very rich in faith, but quite poor in material
wealth----- many were struggling for mere existence.
Most of our brethren are hard working peasant farmers. When it rains their
crops grow and they eat. But when it doesn’t rain the crops don’t grow and they
don’t eat. That was the order of the day during most of my visits --- drought!
Some areas (especially in Eastern Kenya) had gone without rain for almost 5
years. Some of our brethren were going a day a week (in some instances, two
days) a week without eating.
I also found
our Brethren a much neglected people. Considering that most were former
members of the WWCOG (some even go as far back as the Radio COG) they were still
lacking in some of the most basic and important items, like bibles and mosquito
Brethren have a strong thirst for the “Word of God”, but a scarcity of
bibles. Many families are fortunate if they have one complete bible.
I also found
that each family had members suffering from many of the diseases spread by the
mosquito, like malaria (including many of the children.) Most of our Brethren
had no mosquito nets because they couldn’t afford the $4.00 cost.)
visit a family there, who doesn’t have someone suffering from some these
I also found another problem among many of our brethren in Kenya, a
“Hugh” problem, and one that has been plaguing the COG all around the
Many of the brethren were confused about whom they need to pledge
their allegiance to.
You see, all the big groups are there in Kenya, and many of those big groups are
confusing the brethren by competing for control over them.
Many of the big group’s pressure the brethren to be part of their
particular “man-made” group. (Some even preach that ones salvation
depends on it)
So our work was cut out for us to begin turning the tide.
in Kenya were truly in need of help, both physically and
spiritually. It was time to help them acquire some physical things like
food (for those living in famine areas) and bibles and mosquito
nets for the majority of the rest.
And, it was
also time to begin putting an end to the confusion that was
plaguing them from the many false leaders: by
pointing them to God and teaching them that He (God) is the one (the only one)
that we all need to be pledging our allegiance to.
returning to the USA, I began to try and make as many of the COG brethren, from
around the world, aware of the condition of our Brethren in that 3rd world
How they desperately needed our help; but to my surprise (to my
shock actually) my plea for help was falling on deaf ears. The (quote unquote)
“leaders” of the majority of the churches of God, here in the US would not pay
attention to anything that I had to say, because I wasn’t part of their “group”
I wasn’t under there thumb, I wasn’t pledging my allegiance to them.
So very few members of the Body of Christ even got to know our
impoverished brethrens conditions, because it was almost impossible to
get past the Hierarchical church “leaders” due to their tight grip on God’s
So we began a non-profit, called: Kenya Hands of Hope. We felt that
if our brethren in the church couldn’t be reached to help assist there
impoverished brethren; we would try to reach out to the world for help.
Well, help from the world never surfaced, but as time went on,
slowly but surely, little by little, God began connecting true brethren
with us. Those with a Heart of Flesh and full of Compassion, and the help began
trickling in to not only aid our impoverished brethren, but also to move the
preaching of the Gospel forward, and in a country that is all ears, and
extremely thirsty for Truth.
Starting KHOH turned out to be a real blessing. God worked it out
that the funds that come in have accomplished a lot. It’s just been amazing how
much God can do with so little.
The majority of the brethren who have been working together with
us, and supporting, are poor themselves. We had one man who was retired, and
quite advanced in years, and living on SS, who was very dedicated in helping our
He was even living out of the back of his pickup truck for a while,
during the time he was sending funds to Kenya. He even came out of retirement,
and took on a hard laborious job (that literally almost killed him) in order to
better help the brethren over there.
I can tell you many stories, how those who have been working
together with us are poor themselves, but have a heart of gold when it comes to
helping those who are in need.
Yes, they have the character of God, and that “pure religion, which
is undefiled before God, because they have been visiting the fatherless &
widows in their affliction, by assisting them.
Now God’s hand has been very busy in E. Africa, paving the way for
the Gospel to spread in that part of the world, and in many ways. (I want to
mention some here.
1, He has been literally paving the way, He had China pave all the
main roads. When I first visited in 2005, the few roads that had been
paved at one time (many years prior) were treacherous to say the least.
They hadn’t been maintained since the British pulled out in the 60ies.
Traveling around from one area to another, not only took a long
time, but was extremely difficult & dangerous. It was common to see an
overturned vehicle (from traveling too fast on roads where pot holes prevailed)
but a rarity to ever see a toe-truck or an ambulance. (I don’t think they
have any over there.)
But now China has moved in and paved the major roads. There
interest is to move there goods around quickly to be sold, but it has also
enabled to Gospel to move around quickly.
Another thing that has helped the Gospel to move forward, is cell
phone companies began a service of transferring money, so we can move funds
around quickly and efficiently.
And God Himself has raised up overseers in many areas (we
don’t go around choosing who we feel would be good to work with) (We
stopped playing church a long time ago, knowing that God places people where He
But we do have to enable His overseers with funds, and being able
to transfer money so quickly & easily is a real blessing from God.
(All these things that I’m mentioning are new to Kenya, and
assisting greatly in pushing the Gospel & assist brethren in need, like the many
widows & orphans.
Even Busses now carry packages (like UPS does here in the States)
so we can transfer literature etc. quite easily) (And not only around Kenya, we
have also utilized the services of these buses to send literature into Uganda &
Now each and every time I have traveled there, the trips were very
successful, including this last trip with Charles Post. Charles is a man that
sometimes comes across rough & tough. But let me tell you, that man has a heart
of Gold, and he’s filled with compassion.
Charles (like a number of others from around the world connected
to KHOH, have helped our brethren in that impoverished country tremendously,
and our working together, has the Gospel continuing to moving across E. Africa.)
Now I’m going to end here for today, I’ll get into the details of
my recent trip soon. For now, I like to hear the comments on what I’ve placed on
the table so far.