A woman carries firewood along the outskirts of this remote Kenyan village.

Two Updates from Kenya

A Victory and a Challenge

by Dale Fisher

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Quite a Victory in a Remote Kenyan Village

Last week I heard from my Kenyan missionary friend about an amazing happening in the remote village where my missionary team stayed last summer. The story she told me described quite a victory.

A few weeks ago, she told me that the man who'd hosted us in his village house last summer and who has now come to Christ, met with a Christian worker in the village. He informed the Christian worker that the man in the village mosque, who calls people to prayer five times a day, was very sick. The two decided to go and pray for him in Jesus name. Because the man realized he was very sick, he agreed quickly. I learned that God healed him instantly!

Please pray that this sort of thing might continue in that village so men will be drawn to Jesus. Also pray that this particular man will soon call people to prayer during a worship service of a Christ-centered church.

Isn't it great that this new Christian, who went with the Christian worker, was able to see God working in this powerful way? I imagine that his new faith was strengthened significantly.

This reminds me of two appropriate Bible verses.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20).

The Spiritual Warfare Challenge Increases

Satan isn't pleased with activity that increases the influence of God's kingdom. So he fights back. Recently, in the same general region in Kenya where we went, but in another village, a young man came to Christ. He had helped us last summer as a supporter of our missionary team in that other remote village.

After our team returned home, so did he. Earlier, when he chose the Lord to be his Savior, he told people about how God had changed his life. Hearing this amazing testimony, his family reacted astonishingly — they threw him out his home and pursued him for a while.

Things had been settling down for a while until late September when word came that some of his villagers planned to kill him if he didn't return to the mosque and renounce Christianity. Fortunately, many people prayed for him. Thankfully, God rescued him and he is now safe. Another Kenyan missionary team member who had ministered with us and lives near him helped him out the best she could. However, our Kenyan missionary friend updated me about him and another new Christ-follower, saying, "God's divine protection has been upon them due to your prayers. They've been traumatized but they've certainly seen God.

"Not allowed to fetch water in the common well," she went on to say, "they also realized that local kiosk shopkeepers have been instructed to not sell them anything. They're obviously going through a hard time. But they've both vowed that they will not go back to Islam, no matter the cost."

My friend went on to ask, "Who’s there to stand with them? Believers in the New Testament stood with Apostle Paul who had one distinct advantage — he knew how to make tents. Even when there was no one to stand with him he would work with his own hands. Therefore, I pray that someone will help these dear ones acquire a skill, preferably one can enable him to make a living by driving a car, bus, taxi, or truck, eventually earning him enough money to satisfy a dream — take classes at a distant Bible school. Please pray in this direction and the Lord will bless you."

I join my missionary friend in requesting prayer for these two beautiful people who face ongoing challenges along their new walk with their Lord.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

 


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