Church in Kenya

Today was the third Sunday of this long trip.  The first was spent worshiping in Bethlehem with Palestinian believers, the second was in Lagos, Nigeria, in a church of financially “well to do” believers, and today we were in the middle of a slum in Athiriver, Kenya, just outside of Nairobi.

I met the pastor, Simon (my host), ten years ago at Amsterdam 2000.  It was a divine appointment and we talk about it and the “curse” in Show and Then Tell. Ten years later I am here spending a week with him and preaching in his church in the slums.

The service lasted over three hours with music, children dancing, my preaching for an hour including translation, and testimonies from a delegation of 8 including the current pastor  from Simon’s former church which he had invited to hear me.

I gave a new talk on nine key verses that had impacted my life.  It was well received particularly by the leaders.  We then had a 3pm lunch with the 8 guests and Simon’s family.  Then we visited Simon’s HIV test center and then Michael at his church just a few miles away in the middle of a busy business district.  I had a time with each couple of prayer and affirming and commissioning.

I believe that we have had some good public ministry here but the primary result seems to be a huge impact and life direction change and methods change for both men.  I sense that they, with a few others, will have a major impact upon many pastors and workplace leaders.  There was an unusual work of the Holy Spirit on both my public and private words on this place.  An obvious answer to the prayers of many.

Tomorrow morning we have some time to write and pack and see the ostriches. Then we head to the airport in the late afternoon to begin our long journey home on the 21st day. We have much reporting and follow-up to do from the 4 countries that we have visited.  The desk will be full and we have 3 key book projects ready to distribute.

The investments made and partnerships formed in particularly Nigeria and here in Kenya have been deep in both relationships and opportunities.  Only God knows what will result.  For me it was definitely worth whatever price physically, spiritually, and financially that I have paid. What a privilege to serve as an Ambassador for the King!!!

Keep praying…

About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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