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Bill Goff’s May 2011 Trip to Kenya
The Great Wedding Banquet
Many have been called But few are chosen!
Many have asked to be excused.
Then the Master of the House said:
Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou has commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, go out into the highways and Hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. Luke 14:21
Church of God E. Africa
It is with great pleasure that I present to you some of the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind, living along the Highways and Hedges of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, whom God has called and compelled to come into His house.
|This picture was taken at FOT in Nyandiwa Kenya 2006|
(The following report pertains to my recent trip)|
I arrived in Nairobi Kenya with my old time friend and long time member of the church, Leslie Jenkins from the Grand Junction Colorado Congregation. This was Leslie’s first time to Kenya. I had been encouraging Les for a number of Months to join me on this trip, anxiously anticipating tapping into Les’ talents of photography & filming, hoping he would document the plight of our brethren over their in East Africa. After resting up and meeting up with James Mutulu, the overseer in Nairobi, we headed out across the Great Rift Valley on our way to Kisii Kenya to visit the church group at Charles Mokoro’s. As we crossed the Great Rift Valley, there was quite a variety of wild animals that could be spotted as we drove along the recently paved blacktop road, like Giraffe, Hyannis, Zebra, Baboons, Gazelle and more. We also observed many native Kenyans of the Maasai Tribe, tending their flocks of Cows and Goats. We stopped to take a picture of a young sheppard boy who was tending his flock of Goats.
The weapon this young Maasai lad has in his hand is carried by all the youth in that part of the country, both boys & girls will rarely be seen without one. Sadly, it’s not needed for protection against the many wild animals that surround them, but needed for protection against their fellow man.
The previous photo shows that this lad has been carrying his weapon for a long time, considering the hole in his pants!
I tried to hand him some coins for allowing me to take his picture, but he would not come within 5 feet of me for fear of being abducted, so I had to toss him the coins from a distance.
|The Baboons were equally cautious of us, and kept their distance.|
As we arrived in Kisii, we met up with another old friend of mine, Evans Ochieng. Evans is a dedicated member of the church in that part of the country, and oversees the large area of Western Kenya, causing him to travel long distances (often trekking much of it on foot) to visit 13 remote groups.
There were many waiting to greet us at Mokoro's, in Kisii Kenya.
|We gave a bible study straight away.|
|There was quite a variety of special music.|
|And quite a variety of foot-wear too!|
|No shortage of smiling faces.|
|When I saw this, I knew it was time to eat.|
|Partaking of food is always preceded with hand washing.|
|That's Josephine (Mokoro's Eldest Daughter) washing Evans Ochang's hands.|
Today's special - Rice & Banana.
|That's Ugali (Their staple food) being served, and from the expression on those two faces, their going to enjoy it!|
Evans Ochieng on left and Charles Mokoro.
After a very inspiring and delightful visit with the brethren in Kisii, we departed to visit the many other small church of God groups scattered around Kenya. In order to make it to all the groups, Les and I had to split up. Leslie and James headed for the church group in Migori, and Evans and i headed to the Rongo congregation.
We arrived in Rongo on a Monday; a few of the brethren were away at work. The group has been congregating on Sabbath’s in this member’s small 1 room apartment, because they could not afford the 1,000 Kenya Schillings ($11.) per Month to rent a much needed hall. I committed to paying the $11. Per Month for a hall rental (That breaks down to $2.50 per week) and also promised to send them 12 bibles so each member could have their own personal copy.
|If you donate to Kenya Hands of Hope “KHOH” This is part of where the funds go.|
I started KHOH (A non-profit) immediately after returning from my first visit to Kenya/Tanzania in 2005 when I saw
1st hand the suffering that our brethren were enduring, living in that 3rd world country.
To read the full report, go to:
Back to my visit to Rongo:
The white sheet in the background separates the sleeping area from the rest of the room. Just before we departed, I asked to use the bathroom; one of the men escorted me down stairs to where there was a small 3ft by 3ft metal enclosed room with a 4 inch hole in the floor. This “bathroom” is shared by
everyone living in that apartment building, and also serves as their shower which is fed from a rain filled cistern on the roof of the building.
Brethren, sometimes we complain if we don’t have at least two bathrooms in our single family home to share with only 3 or 4 family members, how about having to share
bathroom between 4 or 5 entire families?
(Next stop, Ndhiwa, where we were caught in a flash flood.)
Our journey from Rongo to Ndhiwa consisted of a number of different modes of transportation; we started out in a Matatu
(minibus) for about one hour, and then switched to a motorcycle taxis.
The motorcycles could only go so far due to the swampy area that we had to cross, so we trekked on foot the final leg of the journey for about a ½ hour walk.
|That’s Evans on the back of that motorcycle
I apologize, but I never took any pictures
of the group of about 20 members in the
Ndhiwa congregation, but I will mention here
part of what I spoke about when I addressed
them. Most of the members in Ndhiwa have
been in the Church of God for many years,
but have been confused by the many
contradicting doctrines that have been
taught by the many different “ministers”
within the COG, most of whom are
Now our brethren in Kenya are quite familiar
with eating chicken, most of them are
peasant farmers. I told the brethren to
treat what they hear
from men in pulpits, the same as they do
their chicken when eating. I told them that
they have to CHEW the meat first, and then
spit out the bones before swallowing.
I reminded the brethren how we need to be
Berean’s, “quick to hear the word with
readiness of mind, but searching the
Scriptures daily to see if the things taught
are Biblical”. Yes, “study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.”
I reminded them who their
teacher is, Christ. 1 Jn 2:27, 1
Cor 2:12-16, 2 Tim 3:14-17. I also reminded
them that the job of the ministry is for the
edifying of the body of Christ, and for
the perfecting of the saints, NOT
for lording over or controlling. Eph
4:11-12, Luke 22:25-26.
the message, we broke some bread, and as we
did it began to downpour heavy rain for
about one hour. Once it stopped, we departed
on foot headed back to where we could meet
back up with the motorbikes.
But there was a problem; the swampy area was
now a raging flash flood of fast running
water about knee deep and rapidly rising.
We were advised to turn around and depart
over the other side of the mountain, that it
was too dangerous to try and cross (But
that would have added an additional day of
traveling to our already pressing schedule)
so we decided to pass through the water. We
did by holding one another’s hands to keep
from being swept away. It was now up to our
waste but we all made it to the other side
|I took this picture after crossing the rising stream of water from the flash flood. These four children helped us out of the water once we crossed over to their side. As you can see, it was also becoming quite dark out.|
(I found out later that the area had Crocodiles.)
Next stop “Sindo” congregation,
where we addressed some of the local Protestant church Ministers,
and also weathered another flash flood.
|On our way to Sindo, the straps on Evans backpack broke, so as we passed through this small village of shops, we began looking to purchase a new one.|
|Evans transferring items from his broken backpack to the new one.|
|As we entered the village of Sindo, some of the brethren began to greet us.|
After everyone arrived (Including a couple of local ministers of the Protestant faith) I conducted a bible study. The local Methodist Minister did a fine job of interpreting my message in their vernacular.|
(Evans had been visiting that village numerous times in the past and this particular Protestant minister was very receptive to the True word of God.)
Our Bible study focused on “The One True Church” and how Christ started His church 2,000 years ago, building it upon A
(Himself) like He tells us in Mathew 16:18. We discussed how the church is the
“Pillar and Ground of The truth”
1Timothy 3:15. And how the Father wants all of us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth John 4:24. We talked about how the Truth is what sets us apart from others, John 17:17. And how we need to
study the Bible to be approved by God, by
rightly dividing the word of truth 2 Tim 2:15.
After the Bible study, I asked the sindo congregation about any needs they may have. There request was for help in paying their monthly hall rental fee of 1,000 Schillings ($11.) I agreed. (They also requested 8 Bibles.)If you donate to KHOH, this is another place where your donation will go.
Can you imagine, being
by God the Father Himself!
Having your eyes & your ears
opened to His Truth!
The Holy Scriptures Coming Alive!
And not having a Bible?
Not having a bible of your own, that you can pick up and read, anytime your hearts desires?
I can imagine it brethren, because I personally know of many, yes many of our brethren over there who are going through their
calling stage - their
“First Love” Being “On Fire” for the Word of God.
But have no Bible.
We were able to supply 6 bibles to one church group, so they share them by taking turns each Sabbath bringing one home for the
week (when one’s available) and then returning it the following Sabbath.
Currently we have over 100 of our brethren in E. Africa who would love to have their own personal Bible.
You will see that there are many needs of our brethren over there in that 3rd world country, as you continue to read my report. I
pray that there are still some brethren out there who have
not lost their
“first love” and can see the
suffering of our African brethren and
their humble cry for help. Let us not forget the admonishing from the Apostle John in 1Jn 3:17.
But whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dweleth the love of God in him?
|After the Bible study & discussion, it was time for a little lunch.|
We left the meeting place there in Sindo, as the sun was about to set. The man pictured above (on the right) is the local village doctor. He had attended the Bible study and requested us to spend the night at his house, we were much obliged.
(But it was a very long walk.)
It normally takes the doctor 45 minutes to walk home from the village, but it had been raining heavily during the meeting, and there were more
flash flooding about, so the 45 minute walk, turned into 3 1/2 hours of walking through both mud and some fast moving water.
(In the dark of nigh with two dim flashlights.)
We arrived at the Doctor’s home quite muddy & totally exhausted.
|I took these pictures the following morning as Evans and I walked back to the village to catch transportation to our next destination. We had crossed this gulley the previous night in the dark, when the water was rushing through.|
|The trail was much dryer from the night
before, but still a bit muddy.|
|Evans has walked so much over the past years visiting the remote brethren that he now has much pain in one leg and he often needs to stop and rest.|
I have been trying to raise funds with KHOH that will enable him to use the services of local motorbike taxis when available, this would be a big help to the work he is doing, if we could afford it.
|We caught transportation in the village, and headed to our next stop:|
|As we approached “Homa Hills” I notice these young school girls were all carrying the same weapon that Sheppard Boy had back at The Great Rift Valley!|
|As I mentioned earlier, many of the groups we visited were only accessible by trekking on foot.
|Homa Hills Congregation.|
|The zealous congregation at Homa Hills is overseen by Bernard Ogula. The congregation there sends all of our their greeting. We conducted a lengthily Bible study concerning
why we need to be overcomes now and changing from our old sinful ways now.|
I told the brethren that there is no magic wand at the end of the day that God will use to instantaneously change our nature, and develop in us His Holy Righteous Character. I told them He is changing our natures now day by day to those who are willing to participate in His program
As we prepared to leave, we put hand on a brother there who had been vomiting blood for many days. I’m told he is better.
The only request that our brethren in Homa Hills had as we departed, was a request for some Luo Bible.
We have not been able to supply them yet. (but a donation to KHOH can help towards the purchase.)
|Next was a two hour (mostly on Motorbike taxi) to Ugies Kenya|
|As we approached Ugies, the sun was close to
|We spent the night in a small roadside
beat the price of $6 (And that included
|The following morning we reached Agnes’ place. Agnes has been in the church since the
“Radio Church of God”|
We conducted a bible study with around 10 in attendance. (Their congregation consists of 15 in total.)
After the study, I asked them what their group needed; their request was for 8 Bibles. Again, I apologize for not taking more pictures. Time passed by so quickly with the study, and questions, and then after a quick bite to eat we were on our way.
|Next stop Nyakach!|
|The Nyakach Congregation is fairly large, if
we had visited on Sabbath every one would
have been there.|
|After bible study, we broke some
That’s NOT a turkey on the table, that’s
their staple food Ugali, made from
(Famine is present in this area of Kenya.)
The brown water in the pitcher is as pure as
it gets here; but it’s okay once it’s
As we were preparing to leave, I ask them
what they were in need of; their reply was
the same as most of the other groups -
requested 25 bibles.)
We assist our brethren as much as possible
when funds are available. (Your donations to KHOH are
highly appreciated by the Brethren.)
As we departed, Michael escorted me down a
narrow trail to a small two room mud hut.
Inside there was a very frail elderly lady
lying on a cot in the back room (I think
she was the oldest person I have ever met)
she managed to get up on her feet, and with
a walking stick came over to me requesting
prayer, for she has been quite ill for a
very long time. After praying for her in the
presence of her family, we departed.
|Next stop Ramula.|
|To reach Ramula, we had to cross the Equator, (near Kisumu.)|
|The Ramula congregation consists of three
Aluor and Lidha, with a total of 41 members,
most of which are long time church members.
John Ogada is their Pastor.|
|The Lidha group consists of 12 members who
walk 2 ½ hours each way to services.|
All the groups in Ken Kenya are growing.|
|The group has been meeting in this building for a long time.|
|The group’s only request was for 35 bibles.|
The meeting hall has no cooking facility, so
after a lengthy bible study and fellowship,
the brethren began their trek home. (Those
from Lidha carry some provisions to eat
along the way.)
|Next stop Malanga|
|The church group in Malanga consists of mostly new members, one of which is Nancy, a very sweet young girl who lost both her parents and both her hands in a fire when she was young.|
|Nancy left a local Protestant church after hearing the truth being preached by the congregation there in Malanga. Her former church was quick to tell her that if she switched from Sunday worship to Saturday that they would cut off the assistance they were giving her, but she left for the truth anyway and now keeps Sabbath.|
The local congregation does their best to assist her, because with no hands, she has no way of making her daily bread, and she has no family.
We also have been trying to help assist Nancy from funds donated to KHOH.
Most of the village practice Catholicism. In
my message to the brethren I spoke about the
time I visited the catacombs beneath St.
Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and that the grave
stone with the inscription “Simon” on it (Believed to be that of the Apostle Peter,
the so called first Pope)
was NOT the grave of the Apostle Simon
Peter, but probably that of Simon Magus
the Sorcerer from Samaria. We read through
the Scriptures of Acts Chapter 8, and also
discussed that history doesn’t show the
Apostle Peter ever
traveling to Rome, but history does show
about the presence of Simon Magus in Rome
and of the sorcerer having a
The congregation at Malanga has also
requested some Bibles. (There
are 16 members who have none.)
|Next stop Akala.|
|The COG in Akala is represented by a single
lone family, Linnet Akanyi and her two
Linnet is a widow, and life is tough for
her. She makes her daily bread by selling
rice for a shop keeper at the local market
(This is said to be one of the hardest ways
to earn a living)
She also has to purchase all of their
water because there is no access to water
within walking distance.
|They cannot afford to buy charcoal, so they cook exclusively with wood.|
|Fire wood for cooking. |
|Basket is for transporting live chickens to market.|
|We had a bible study with Linnet and family.
I told her that they are not alone in their house that Christ was there with them. Shortly after our visit, she began meeting with a couple of other ladies, in her home on Sabbath.|
Thanks to funds that were donated to KHOH, we were able to pay her son’s school fees, and he is now attending school. There’s only one school in Kenya (that I know of) that will allow a student to stay if he cannot afford to pay the school fees “Mukuru Kwanjenga. ”(We will be visiting there in this report.)
|After leaving Linnet’s we passed this water pond about 5 miles down the road. These ladies are fortunate to have access to water and the luxury of washing their clothes free of charge.|
Evans and I were now on our way to Nairobi to meet back up with Les Jenkins and James Mutulu. We had two more days in Kenya before flying back to the States. After meeting back up, we set out to visit the Embu congregation. Embu is located near Mt. Kenya.
|Les and I spoke, and then we got together at
one of the members homes.
The only request the Embu brethren had, was for us to help them begin an
“Outreach Program” that
they were trying to start. They told us that there were many orphans in
the area and a number of elderly who were in need.|
After returning to the States, I began conversing via E-mails with Grace
Muthoni of the Embu congregation. Grace told me how there were so many orphans
in that area (and a number of elderly) who had little to no food, minimal
shelter, and no schooling. The congregation wanted to bring these children &
Elderly under their wing. KHOH was able to send them $100. to help get the
God blessed our combined efforts immediately. The first week they had
registered 32 orphans, and not only are they feeding them
physical food, but also Spiritual food.
I had Grace begin printing the original “Children’s Bible Lessons” that the
WCG put out back in the early 1970
(We got them off of the Internet) Now all the children
(And the Elderly) are learning about the Creator for the fist time.
|AND THEY ARE LOVING IT!|
|This picture was taken the first week they
registered the orphans. The sacks are the
grains they purchased that will be shared
amongst the orphans and the Elderly (and
probably a few others who are desperate for
The entire Embu congregation is relatively
new to the Faith, but they sure are on fire with their
God sure has blessed their efforts.|
Both the Orphans & the Elderly have not only
been having some good nutritional physical meals, but have also just
completed K level of the
“Bible Lessons” and ready to move on to the
soon as they can afford to print them.)
|Next, our last stop before heading back to
the USA. Mukuru Kwanjenga|
slum school located in one of Nairobi’s
|That new building in the background is the kitchen built by donations to KHOH.|
George Otara (The School Administrator) pictured above, had this to say about the school:
“Our school is mainly focused in providing education for the children from both the able and the needy families, and teaches them to now God and depend on Him in all the days of their lives. We thought this may be a better way of getting the young people into the true knowledge of God than trying to change them when they are old, for they will be found used in a different life contrary to the one that God wants them to live.
We also intend to provide the love of the mother to her child for we understand there are children missing it due to missing a mother or being in a family where this is impossible. That is why we use the term, MOTHERNAL LOVE.
Every morning we have 30 minutes for prayer and also in the evening before they go home. We also have set aside one hour for worshipping God through scripture reading, singing and praying every Monday morning and every Friday morning. I usually spend some times with the teachers to instruct them on how they should get the children into the knowledge of God. The teachers are all Christians.
As for the information about us, my Wife
Margaret Otara and I are Christians
intending to serve God according to His
will. As you understand, we do minister to
people the word of God and we are ready to
learn more about the word of God.”
|George Otara was born and raised
Seventh Day Adventist,
but after hearing our preaching back in 2006, he learned the importance of keeping the Holy Days
(SDA’s in Kenya do not keep God’s Holy Days.)
George has been working together with us ever since, and the congregations in his area continue to grow. Currently George not only administers the school, but is Pastor of three congregations, one in Nairobi and two in Kisii.|
Currently we have over 60 students enrolled at the school. Many were arriving in the morning with no breakfast in their stomach
(and nothing for lunch.) KHOH was able to build a small kitchen at the school for the making of Porridge. We were hoping to supply each child with two nutritional drinks a day, but recently funds have been low, and the school has been going several days without making
|I took this picture just outside the slum school gate.|
I Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our brethren in Kenya.
As you can see, God is still in the calling mode.
Apparently there is
still room in His house, and He wants His House to be filled!|
We are definitely living in “dangerous times” Brethren. Just like Paul told Timothy
2 Tim 3:1.
We are living during the “perilous end times”
when many (even many in the church) are walking down the wide & broad path, the one that leads to destruction.
Sin abounds on planet earth brethren; it’s
piled all the way up into the heavens, reminding God of her iniquities
Rv 15: 5–4.
For those in God’s church, who fail to come out of this world, their places will be filled by others.
This is not a time to lose track of our calling brethren, this is not a time to remain in the church at Laodicea, but to open the door in which Christ is knocking, and let Him in, so we can sup together
I bring this up, because we are living at the time when
many (Too Many) in the church have lost their first love, have become lukewarm.
We use the funds received according to priority, and there are many requests for assistance. Life for our Kenyan brethren is rough. The Drought & Famine in
The Horn of Africa is the largest
humanitarian disaster in
the entire world right
now, and it continues to grow worse.
(2011 is going to be the driest year on record in Kenya)
and the Famine in Somalia is the severest ever,
and it is now reaching into all four corners of Kenya.
BRETHREN, please, try to understand me when I say that our brethren in E. Africa are in need of our help. I know that it is God who provides, but I also know that He commands us to
“do good unto all men, especially those of the household of faith.”
Gal 6:10. That’s who we are dealing with here brethren, members of the household of faith in Africa who often go 1 to 2 days at a time
without food when the conditions are bad, and the conditions are worsening
all over E. Africa at this time.
The Africans have been last for a long time, they have been the most downtrodden in all the world, but God is calling them now, because He says that the
last shall be first, and the
first last Mat 20:16.
God is calling many in that part of the world, and He has given us (His church) a WIDE OPEN DOOR for the preaching of the Gospel at this end time, but it takes some funds to walk through those doors, it takes some funds to preach the Gospel during these end times in which we are living. Those of us with a purse need to use it, just like Christ told us to do Lk 22:35-36.
Brethren, we are living at a time when many in the church today have
lost their First Love. Yes, many have allowed their precious “AGAPE” Love to wax cold Mat 24:12.
Some have forgotten the two commissions of the church, to
Preach to Gospel to the world, and Feed the flock that is among us.”
Also, “The laborers are few”
So I ask you to pray “The Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.”
I have been trying to make the brethren here in the States aware of the conditions of our brethren in Kenya and Tanzania for a long time, but my plea continues to fall on deaf ears. Please help our impoverished brethren living in that 3rd
world Country if you are able.
You can call me any time night or day if you have any questions:
Web site: http://vwcog.org/
Any assistance can be sent to:
Kenya Hands of Hope
140 7th Avenue (Unit 2)
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
We are 501C3 Tax exempt and will send you a receipt.
My name is bill Goff. I have been a member of the church of God since 1984. I have a full time job, and no one here is on any kind of church payroll. All funds received go
directly to the work in Kenya/Tanzania to help our brethren, and to the preaching of the Gospel of the soon coming Kingdom of God.
|SIGNS OF THE TIMES|
Mutulu’s last visit to Western Kenya & Tanzania
Peace from God our savior be with all of you. We are here very happy to salute you in the loving kindness of God who is always with us, and especially in these times of great dangers due to the catastrophic events that are overtaking the world. We are hearing of wars and devastating earthquakes, civil strives and tribal clashes in various places, and above all is the speedy spreading of the gospel, which is among the many and first signs of the times of the end.
We are very thankful to our Lord and Savior, who has not left us ignorant of these signs, who is continually opening our eyes, confirming his promise that,” He does nothing without revealing it to his servants". Together with this revelations is the great and strong spiritual impression by the holy spirit to go out and let the gospel be heard in all the four corners of the earth. Thank God that this event is very much on stage. Last week, we had a tour of western Kenya and some parts of Tanzania where we went encouraging the brethren as well as meeting new contacts. We began by visiting our group in Kisii which our dear brother Mokoro oversees. One thing was evidence in our kisii visit, was that Satan is now being awakened by this gospel we are preaching. On reaching there, we found that the other churches of God’s groups are kind of uniting against us. They have stirred the area administrative office, questing about us and what we are doing to the community.
These other groups preach about developing the society, i.e., educating orphans and assisting widows, as well as building schools and hospitals. But when we reached there, we had to show them our difference with these others, as was sited by our Lord through Peter when he told the Cripple at the gate of the temple,” Silver and gold, we have not; but what we have we give you, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise and walk". We did explain in details how, ours is to teach the society the way of life that brings peace and happiness. They kind of got confused by our answers and did back of not knowing what to accuse us of. It was at this point that we remembered the saying of Christ that,” The spirit will give you what to say, and a wisdom that know one can dispute with".
It very evident brethren that the times of great trouble are almost with us here, for which reason we then need to draw closer to Christ. We need strength by which we can resist the weak self and deny it completely. We need to see the kingdom more clearly that we can have a reason to move more forcibly towards it. This is the inspiration we got from that circumstance and wish to share it with you, seeing that you are co-workers with us in this great mission.
It was from here that Mokoro joined me in visiting another new group. We had met a request by an assistant pastor of that group. The pastor did invite us, thinking that we are just another mere professors of Christ who will just come and preach another Pentecostal sort of the gospel. When we arrived there, God gave us the utterance and we did speak the bear truth without any fear, staying with them for two days. At the end of it, the group accepted to shift from Sunday to Sabbath. The pastor tried to fight back to keep his flock but they disowned him. Going with the assistant. Pastor who is now coordinating for us there.
Its very strange how the gospel is facing quite some acceptance, these days, unlike the past when we were facing not a little opposition. We don’t know whether its also the times when many will join us with flattery. So many people are quickly receiving this gospel in this region and coming in masses, while we know that, only a few are being called. Now that we don’t know whom God is calling among the many, as long as they are receiving the gospel, we are welcoming them.
Brethren, this is calling for more reading materials which we reproduce here bit by bit. Its calling for more attendants which we should pray God to provide. Its calling for more visits and communication. Even then, so far, we are very thankful because we have not at any time got fully stuck and not being able to attend to the calls. From here, we traveled further to Tanzania where we spend another two days with our brethren there. We did come back to Nairobi, a very encouraged and strengthened people spiritually.
We wish to inform all of you brethren that the work here is increasing by every day. But as we continually remind, we need more funds to meet the increase. Right now we are getting calls by every day, from Uganda, Rwanda and around here where we are serving more than twelve groups now.. Lets walk on our knees brethren crying to God for more provision, both physical and spiritual that we may fulfill this commission. Lets pray that we overcome ourselves more, that we don’t withhold any strength within our disposal to work the work of our master. Lets brethren do more self sacrificing in terms of finances as well as our own time, to study, to fellowship with one another, and even to reach more new places.
May the God of peace and love live with us guiding every inch of our doing, blessing every inch of our efforts and granting success as we strive towards entering his kingdom and inheriting eternal life.
His grace and mercy be with all of us.
Its again, Mutulu Reporting from this region of E.Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
|THE COAST TOUR|
Greetings once again Brethren. Hope the
peace of God and His gracious mercy continue
to abide with you all. We are very happy and
rejoice in the Lord because of his great
of preaching the gospel to all nations
continues to take its course. Last week, we
did the coastal region of Kenya tour where
we went meeting the brethren. We did begin
by one region in that area which me and
brother Goff have nicknamed “The Wilderness”
because of its remoteness and isolation from
most of the world. Even then, we have
believers there, as you will see in the
photos. Its one place where, most of the
traveling is done either by foot or a
bicycle if one happens to be what can be
termed rich, according to the
standards of the place. We were met with
great welcome by the brethren who were very
anxious to hear the spiritual news. Though
very dry, the place is packed with a people
who are zealous of the truth. We did expound
in deep details what the end time church is
doing in preparation for the second coming
meeting, we had one, a pastor of a main
stream Christianity group who had happened
to read our literatures. Even though he
holds a diploma in their kind of theology,
at the end of the meeting, he admitted he
has never found a people with this kind of
bible knowledge before. So, he was asking
where we go for our bible training. He was
surprised to learn that the church is the
only God's bible college on this earth and
that, by interacting and united bible
studies, god gives members the knowledge. By
the time we were leaving, he promised to
read more and was talking of quitting his
group to join us. He admitted openly that we
are not preaching about our group but about
Christ and the bible. Praise God that He is
opening people\s minds and more are coming
to terms with the true gospel.
After staying with the brethren for three
days, we left, on a Sunday morning. We had
to walk for four good hours to reach a point
were we were able to hire a motorbike to
another point where we were able to get a
minibus back to where civilization belongs,
I mean where communication is available. We
traveled and arrived at the coastal town of
Mombassa in the evening and did spend the
Monday morning we took off to another region
near the Kenya/Tanzanian border where we met
with another group. After a whole day of
fellowship, we retired to bed. In the
morning, I was joined by the area
coordinator who rides a motorbike. We
traveled to the next group but we could not
hold a general meeting since most of them
were somewhere working. So it forced us to
meet each family by itself and that exercise
took us two days. All the same, we were able
to meet everyone of them and did encourage
them in the faith. We also supplied them
with new booklets which we had received from
Leslie, authored by Brother Del Leger. We
found them to be very informative and
helpful to the church. We had to reproduce
more copies so as to have enough. Our main
reminder in all the groups was how we now
need to be truthful to the bible. This is
because most of us are used to singing the
scripture while having nothing to do with
the life they explain. Like, you will here
someone say, “Am not of the world". But all
that fills his thoughts, feelings, desires
and actions, yes all that occupies his life
from morning to evening is the cares of this
worldly life. Someone will say, “We do not
fight against flesh and blood"; yet all that
concerns him is, that person, blaming,
hating, fuming against another, gossiping
and the like. We concluded by this verse;"2
Corinthians.5:16---He died for all that
those who live may not live for themselves
but for him who died for them. So we
saw the need for everyone to stop fighting
for themselves if we are truly dead and
instead, fight for Christ. After a great
exhortation in fellowship, we ended our
coast tour with a reminder to everyone about
the coming Passover. We saw how there's need
for every Passover to find us nearer to
Christ than the past one.
Great thanks and blessings from our God and
savior, Jesus Christ be upon all of you who
have made this feeding of the flock
possible. As our Lord says, you brethren,
did comfort us with the comfort by which God
has comforted you also, thus, sharing with
us the goodness of God. May the grace of God
abide with you. We now intend to leave to
the western region, and further to Tanzania.
We are praying that God provides for the
funds because, right now, the church account
is very dry.
God continue to bless us and through as many
as have their heart in the work, provide for
Lord be with you all.
Yours in Christ’s
PROPHECY FULFILLED1/3/2011 Hello Brethren,|
Greetings once again Brethren, we always
thank God and rejoice in Him when we
remember His wonderful deeds. He has kept us
safe and walking his pathways up to now. We
hope He is doing the same with you out there
and that you brethren are in good shape and
very much in the ring.
Every sign that confronts us these days is
indicative of end times. As we continue
preaching the gospel in this part of the
world, we are now realizing that a prophecy
is being fulfilled before our own eyes, that
of,"Rev.10:11--Thou must prophesy again
before many peoples, and nations, and
tongues and kings". The whole of last week
but one and a part of last week saw us make
another trip to Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda,
after some who had read our flyer adverts
requested for a visit. We had made the same
trip in the past, as most of you may be
aware, and established some flyer supply
centers which functioned nicely and gave
birth to the need for our follow-up. Thank
God he has been blessing our work and thus
strengthening our desire to move more
On arriving at Kigali which is the capital
city of Rwanda, we were met by those who had
called and did arrangement for a meeting in
the following day. Come that morning, we
went hiring a hotel space where we had to
buy some meals for us to be allowed to meet
there. There, we did sit for a detailed
bible study which took us half a day. To our
realization, this was the first time this
gospel has been heard in Rwanda. We touched
on issues like, going to heaven, being
saved, being born again and who God is. To
begin with, all of them, four in number were
opposed to it because they thought we are
preaching our own minds and not the bible,
but when we opened it, at the end, they
realized that they have always assumed
things and followed their pastors and not
searching for the bible truth. It is at this
point that they now began to want to study
Here now came, what am calling a prophecy
fulfillment. Though these people are now
very ready to learn from us, we are faced by
a language barrier. Rwanda is a nation of
only two tribes, but its two by name only
since they speak the same language
"NYARWANDA". They are one people who have
never had a challenge to learn a new
language since they can easily communicate
in that on. At the same time, a great
majority have never had the chance to travel
outside the country. So, we were forced to
speak through an interpreter, one who knows
a little English.
This brought to light
the reason why our Lord and savior commanded
that we preach to peoples, tribes,
languages. Brethren, this is fulfilled now
as we talk, because we were after that
forced to seek a Rwandese who is learned to
help us translate our messages in to
Nyarwanda. God did help us get one and
fortunately, he is studying in a university
here in Nairobi, Kenya where we are
operating from. Right now, we are preaching
in five different languages.
The following day, we held another meeting,
this time with two more ladies who were as
the four men, amazed by the new truth. After
the study, when they learned that I was to
leave the following day they felt bad and
one of them was open to say that my being
with them those two and half days wasn’t
enough, because they need to learn to a
level where they can be able to clearly
explain to others. I did promise them our
continued visit and communication, and our
prayer for God to provide more servants,
that at last, they may have someone who can
visit and stay for a month or so.
As we said in our last report, that region
has been ravaged by tribal wars that have
left the people very skeptical. Most of them
would not allow me take them a photo. They
still suspect that I may use them against
them. So we skipped much of the snap taking
to save them that feeling. All the same they
did receive the challenge and we left some
booklets with that one man who will be
helping them. We did establish a fellowship
there and instructed them to be coming
together and make a group study of the
materials. After that, we traveled to
Burundi. On arriving there, we were met by
our respondent who introduced us to one
family. Burundi up to now is not peaceful.
There are occasional sparks of tribal
clashes. So the family warned me against
involving my self much, especially around
the end of the year when there are many
murders here and there. I did spend one day
with that family which also received the
challenge open-mindedly and promised to
search the scriptures and prove all things,
after which, they will call me and tell me
what their decision will be. I did give them
plenty of booklets, including the ones by
Pastor Legers which Brother Leslie had sent
It was from there that I went to Kampala and
was greatly welcomed by some two men who
were anxiously waiting for us. We did have
three days in study there and it was very
well received. Unlike the two other nations,
Uganda is a nation that is well learned in
English and so we had no problem in
communication. The two did accept the gospel
and like Rwanda, we established a
fellowship. The two men also admitted that
it was their first time to hear this gospel,
and that its what they've been looking for.
These two, especially are very zealous for
the truth and have right away committed
themselves to it and to furthering it in the
region. After the third day, we did travel
back to Nairobi where we are now planning to
move eastwards to Dar Salaam, in Tanzania.
WORK EXPANDED Brethren,
as you can see we have a lot to do. Should
we now relax and assume the work is over?
Suppose we did so and didn’t take this step
to reach these three nations; where will
these new brethren be? They will still be
there, agonizing in search of the truth.
They will be there suffering the tremendous
desire for this good life which we are
enjoying. Imagine those old
days when you were in their position,
looking for the truth, and going from one
group to another. Suppose the one who was
sent then by God to you said,” the work is
over". Where will we be today?
still be out there, suffering the want. But
as it is, those of our days obeyed and so,
the truth reached us, they sacrificed their
time and money, even their lives as it is
written: "Hereby, we perceive the love of
God, because he laid down his life for us;
and we ought to lay down our lives for the
Brethren, with this experience, lets
remember how there are our brothers out
there in these nations where the truth is
yet to be preached. They are crying to God
daily, and God is pleading with us to reach
them. Should we leave them to continue
suffering when God has given us the life,
strength and even money to reach them? I
believe no. Everyone who has the spirit of
God is getting what I mean, for the spirit
surely is desirous of all men here this
truth, “And to the ends of the earth".
Seeing that things are so, lets then
continue our good stewardship and reach
those sheep that are of this fold, and bring
them. We are now three countries more but
our funds have remained the same as when we
were serving two nations, i.e., Kenya and
Tanzania. Let’s remember that we have walked
through these open doors, and we did it by
faith. Let’s not lose that faith and
retreat. Let’s move forward. As we all know,
God has designed a way of funding his work,
which is the church tithing system and free
Brethren, tithes are not ours but God’s.
They are for tending the flock as well as
witnessing to the world. Let’s give it out
and not stock it as some may be doing. Why
should we not continue working for lacks of
funds while its kept somewhere in accounts?
If we don’t let it do its work, where will
we take it at the end? Brethren, I charge
you before God our Father, and before Christ
our Master that we stand out for him and do
I thank God very much for you, for the
strength that he has given us to extend this
far. We now need twice as much as we have
been spending. Let everyone think about it
and we sacrifice more to meet this demand.
Am very sure, with our willingness to do so,
God will enable us.
The flyer and booklet productions have
doubled; the phone calls and emails the
same, and so are the trips and time spent.
This of necessity is calling for more funds.
May we, for the love of our brethren who are
out there, who are co-sharers of the
heavenly invitation, sacrifice more and
reach them. Let’s with one accord pray and
thankfully finish the work. May God bless
you and keep with all of you, adding more of
His love to all of you that we may dwell and
walk in Him always.
The brethren here do salute
you in Christ’s love. Grace be with you.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Peace be to all of you from our God and
Savior Jesus Christ. Lets all with joy,
thank Him mightily as we praise him for what
He is enabling us to do as His chosen, the
church. Right now, before us is a continuous
fulfillment through obedience to his
command, of the commission that He gave us,
that of preaching the gospel to every
creature on the four corners of the earth.
The whole of last week saw us extending the
gospel to Uganda and Rwanda, countries
within the East African region. Seeing that
we don’t have representatives in those two
countries, we did try a new method of
spreading the Gospel there. We were inspired
to design some flyers posing the question:
"WHAT DO YOU
I did begin my journey from Nairobi, Kenya
on a Thursday evening, traveling by road for
fourteen hours to Arrive at Kampala, Uganda
the following day around noon. On arriving
at Kampala which is the capital city of
Uganda, We did walk up and down the streets
talking to some persons and at the end of
the whole exercise, we where able to
establish some three people, who work on the
streets, i.e. one is a newspaper seller, the
other, a mobile airtime dealer, and the
third one is a watchman/doorman in the hotel
where I slept the few days I was in Uganda.
Two of them have stands in which they stock
and sell their merchandises. These people
did accept to spread the flyers to
as many passerbies as will accept to receive
them. And this, they accepted to do on some
little payment. So we are using them as a
channel for broadcasting. Everyone involved is quite excited
as it will help them in making their daily
On these flyers are introductory statements
on what we preach and also have our
contacts, so that, those who read them and
wish to study the messages can either call
or write to us requesting the same. It is
those who will contact us, whom we will deal
with. Details of this will be shown through
the snaps, which we took during the
Since our prayer to God is: "Thy Kingdom
come" and again, if possible,”That all may be
saved”, I believe we will all join in
praying that God may raise pillars through
this work. For the few who read the flyers,
they commended them for the good points, and
said will write for correspondence kind of
After a two days stay, and after talking to
these few representatives, I set off on
another 13 hours trip by bus to the
neighboring country, which is Rwanda. We
traveled the whole night to arrive in
Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. There
also, I established a hotel where I was to
stay. After a short rest, I got down to
work. Though being ma first time to be
there, God gave me the courage to walk up
and down the streets, taking snaps and
trying to look for ones to help us supply
Rwanda is that country in E. Africa which
was affected by tribal war in 1994, where,
about a million people were slaughtered. I
was able to visit the genocide memorial
museum and did witness what hatred can bring
with it. Piles of skulls and bones, plus
written messages and video pictures where
all over. Surely, if there is any country
that needs this gospel of peace, it’s
Rwanda. Up to day, people their talk about
the war and fear. The great problem I faced
with the residence is their inability to
communicate fluently in English. They speak,
French, Rwandese and Kiswahili, but right
now, the president has declared English to
be the national language instead of French.
So the majority is now learning English.
At last, I did establish a taxi driver who
offered to represent us,
a very good young man, of the tribe that was
massacred most and had lost all of his
family. He felt the message may help
many who went through the same. He did show me around and I gave him the
flyers, advising him to target the
schoolteachers and those who can speak
English, so that, on learning, they can
teach the rest in their local language.
Even then, things weren’t very smooth for me
in Kigali. After taking several snaps in the
streets and about the genocide memorial, I
was spotted by either thugs or security
guys. At around 2:30 am, while asleep in Ma
Hotel room, armed guards, demanding me to
open my door, awakened me. Men
entered my room in apron kind of uniform and
straight away demanded my camera, saying
they have things to search. I had placed it
on a table by the bedside, as well as my
wallet. They never touched me; neither did I
resist them in anyway, but they did take the
camera and my money.
In Rwanda, those with
guns have different uniforms, because even
the common security guards have guns. So
it’s hard to tell who are the police or who
is who. There are so many with guns in
different uniforms, although no one in
Rwanda walks with a gun except the
authorized people. I
did inquire the hotel management to help me
understand why they allowed strangers in ma
room. They said the police here carry out
patrols and have the authority to search
houses at will.
Though I was thinking of going to Goma, in
Democratic Republic of the Congo and
Burundi, I kind of shortened ma trip.
Instead, we agreed with that driver to also
reach the Burundi and Goma for us, which he
agreed and is now doing as we talk.
This far brethren, as you can see, God has
lead us successfully and we are now in those
new regions through the flyers, preaching,
and soon, we expect respondents.
It was after this that I went back through
Kampala where I purchase a new camera and
took a few picks, so you could see the
I did arrive back to Nairobi safely and
praising God for His protective care.
Brethren, lets now join hands in prayer and
also in support of this. We need continues
supply of this flyers for some time. We will
need more booklets for those who will
request, and so are more workers to serve
the expanded region.
I believe it’s our joy and happiness that
the work is on and we are growing in it.
Times are here with us, when we should be
thinking more about the kingdom, loving the
Lord our God with all our hearts, thoughts
and souls, yes, seeking first the kingdom
and His righteousness. For this were we
called, and for the same, God is building us
into those spotless persons. Let us with all
our being yield to Him and to His word.
May the Good God who keeps us, His Israel be
with every one of us as we be with him in
His services. The gospel continues and I
believe, every one of us is greatly
encouraged, especially, spiritually.
The peace of God and his mercies be upon his
Mutulu reporting from Nairobi.
A Time of Great Inspiration
Many greetings to all of you out there and
we thank our Holy and Mighty Lord God for
the wonderful opportunity, which He has
given us. He has called us with a holy
calling and confirmed the same by giving us
of His holy spirit, which is also a
guarantee of the promised inheritance for
those who will continue steadfast in the
faith and sharing in Christ till the end. In
a world where helplessness and desperation
rules, Our God has given us a hope on which
we lean and so enjoy a peace of its kind, as
we await the ushering in of that kingdom
which is actually the inheritance.
Being a very concerned Father, our Lord did
see us gather this year in one site for the
feast of Tabernacles here in E. Africa at
the port city of Mombassa, Kenya, which is
on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is
here where our memories of the promised
kingdom were kindled. It all began with a
reminder of the world we are living in and
how its about to pass away, which was
brought to us by brother Bill Goff who had
traveled all the way from New Jersey to join
us for the feast.
He told us about you brethren, conveying
your greetings to us. It was a feast where
we felt your presence though very far. This
was as a result of the much information
which brother bill gave us about you and the
efforts you do put in helping the gospel in
this region, as well as assisting in making
the feast a success. We dined with you in
our hearts, and could imagine how you were
somewhere, having the same spiritual
experience with us - yes, we fellowshipped
Through out the feast, all the messages
focused on the right now world and the need
to come out of it while we commit ourselves
to preparing for the soon coming one -the
world tomorrow. It was so inspiring such
that not many did remember the problems they
left at home. We truly felt the atmosphere
of the kingdom as everyone tried their best
to please their neighbor and avoid every
form of negativism. We were treated to
outings, which included boat riding in the
ocean. Of the most spiritually uplifted
brethren were those from kisii, Kenya who
saw the ocean for the first time. One of
them did pose a question, wondering whether
this was not the same ocean on which Jesus
used to go on boats with the disciples.
Besides the boat-rides, there was also
camel-rides and swimming, with evening video
In the course of that week, the Lord added
to his church, four members who received
baptisms, while 5 more members had hands
laid on them.
Meals and beverages were in
plenty and the brethren ate to their
measure, and lastly, they carried the
leftovers back to their homes.
After the last day, after seeing all the
brethren off, brother Goff and I did travel
to the western side of the country, where we
visited with the overseer of the work in
that area, a Mr. Evan Ochieng. Afterwards, made a two-day visit to the
brethren at kisii.
From their, we came
back to Nairobi where we also visited a
school in the slums which is run by one of
our brethren, Mr.George Otara, and which
some of you out there have been assisting.
From that time of the feast, and concerning
what we have been discussing with bill, the
spirit expressly shows us to move in the
wider region of Africa and take the Gospel
there. We have therefore begun a plan of
sending some flyers we had designed to this
entire region. Our first move will be to
Rwanda and Uganda, where much fighting is on
from rebels opposing the sitting
Governments. So we prayerfully ask every one
of us to be committed to this work. With the
renewed strength, lets by prayer, and with
everyone employing their God-given talents,
reach those other sheep, which are not yet
in the fold.
The end has come, with everything Christ
talked about taking stage. Since He has
chosen us for the work of taking His Gospel
everywhere, and making disciples of every
nation, then I believe the feast, portraying
the kingdom had every inch of a reminder to
all of us on how we should be more serious
in accomplishing this mission.
We hope and pray that God will enable us to
truly pray: "THY KINGDOM COME", by our deeds
of love for the work and our fellow
Let me on behalf of all the brethren here;
convey our love for all of you and our
desire for more encouragement from you. We
look forward to meeting you one day, if not
here, at the greatest feast of all times,
the millennium rule of Christ and the
The grace of our Lord Jesus and His love be
with all of you always.
Yours in Christ’s
James Mutulu, of Nairobi, Kenya
Gospel Spreads in Perilous Times
Greetings in the name of our Lord and savior
Jesus Christ, who has united us, not in
human groupings but in his own word-the
truth. We can’t deny His
involvement in this plan since, before then,
we could not do what we are doing together
due to human reasoning. But
now, after a deep self-denial in every one
of us, here we are, a people who have
decided never to think of one's self-but
rather, think of Christ and him crucified.
We can’t forget to give him glory and honor
for this wonderful arrangement. In it, outside the self, we are able to
endure hardships, and more or so, to do
everything in our power to have Christ
honored, not only in our bodies, but more or
so, with our possessions. This commitment has seen the work
of spreading the gospel moving more
forcefully than never before, and during
these perilous times in which we are living. Now that the neighboring borders have open,
Somali’s are allover, even interior in the
villages, walking up and down in the name of
selling clothes, which they carry on their
shoulders. These are same Somalis who are
promising to attack. Homosexual
is everywhere in this country, even in
schools. Whenever two men are seen sharing
rooms, everyone thinks of, "They are
doing it". People are very
violent, so much such that, you can be
killed and nothing happens to the killer. Am
very sure, if it isn’t for God, we have
totally no protection. Generally, the atmosphere here is tense. On
Wednesday, the country will be voting in a
referendum to decide on a new constitution.
Some are speculating on violence on diverse
areas. There is also this threat by the
Al-Shabaab Algaeda-linked group in Somali,
talking of blowing Nairobi, at some unknown
soon time. We need to pray about it. Obama
talked of sending some troops to Somali.
They have return threatened to capture
Americans anywhere in Africa. But I don’t
think the threat is on us. We have a
powerful government, that of heaven.
This week, we did see us advance in the same
work, visiting the coast region of Kenya
where we have several groups whom Christ has
given us to feed. We began with one group,
which, on getting there, one would think
they are already in the place of safety.
Why? Its one place, which is
almost cut off from the modern society,
situated some 50 kms off Mombassa road and
surrounded by Ranches on one side and, a
national park on the other. Means of
transport are almost not there. We have only
one Mini bus, which leaves in the morning,
and goes back in the evening. The only other
means is by some Charcoal trucks, which may
be, or not depending on whether the charcoal
is available. Due to excessive poverty, the
brethren there depend on cutting trees and
burning charcoal, something that has made
the area even drier.
Bordering the national park, they are ever
being invaded by herds of elephants and
buffalos. Whenever there is rain, their
crops are in most times destroyed by these
animals and they rarely harvest. Here we had
four families which fellowship with us but
as the demand for self denial deepened, some
two families have gone slow and kind of
loved the world more than the truth.
Otherwise, we have the remaining two
families, very strong in the faith. This is
where we made our first stop. A son of one
of the families met me at the local shopping
centre, one you will see in the picks
carrying a bag and walking.
Arriving late towards the evening, we had to take an hours walk through the dangerous pathways, to arrive at their home at around 7.30 pm. We were met by a jovial husband and wife, a Mr. & Mrs. Moses Kangari, and did spend the night there, in the house you will also see in the picks. We fellowshipped, digging deep into the knowledge on why we need to deny self more this time than never before. In the morning, we left after taking some light breakfast. We could not even shower because; water is a rare commodity in that region. They have to travel miles only to bring a 20 gallons container, which has to take two or so days before they can go for another one.
Kangari's son leading Mutulu to their home.
One of the houses.|
On reaching the other family, we were met by the mother and kids. The husband had gone fetching water. We shared with them that day, encouraging them in the faith, and proving from the Bible how life is not consisted in the problems we get nor the wealth we possess but rather, in living the right way, for our Lord says: "the life of man does not consist in the abundance of his possesion-Luke.12:15"
On the third day, we could not catch up with the early morning mini bus. But by God's help, a lone motorbike, which somebody had hired from the main road, came to ma rescue. After exhorting the brethren, I did bid them bye and we agreed to meet at the feast in Mombassa.
On reaching the main road, I took ma second leg to Mombassa town where I arrived in the evening and spend the night there. It was in the morning that I caught a bus to another group, which is at the coastal Kenya/Tanzanian, border and there found the brethren in good shape and very much in the race. We did spend some good time together.
In the evening, I did leave and proceeded to a third group, Elijah’s home. This is also deep in the interior but with some means of transport. Elijah is our coordinator in that region. Having several groups three, which are some distances apart, we did purchase a motorbike for him, which enables him to make occasional visits to them. After spending three days with the brethren, I did finish ma coastal tour and left the brethren very much awakened.
Brethren, this is the work you and I are supporting in this part of the world. As you can see, there is a lot to do. Now, the tomorrow's week will see us turning westwards, and on to Tanzania. We are ever duplicating reading materials because of the increased demand. Our brothers, Mr. Les and Mr. Richard can witness to this based on the kind of calls they are receiving from here, with a people requesting for visits and Biles, which with time, we will supply. We can’t fail to thank God who is using them in introducing more new groups. Its like they are with me here because they keep sending me new contacts every now and then. And so is our brother Mr. Goff who is also working tirelessly to coordinate the work. May God bless all of you for this deep-sited commitment.
Brethren, as we said with the brethren here, so we say with you there. If we will finish the work, which God has placed before us, we need to increase in self-denial. It is the self that gets tired; its the self that feels the pinch when one is helping, especially parting with money; its the self which brings divisions and suspicion among brethren, thus weakening our drive towards accomplishing. We therefore need to unitedly pray more, that we may say no to it and give ourselves more to the work. Those of you, especially, Goff, Les, and Richard, who are directly contacting with people here, can confirm to you how the work is increasing by everyday with more people coming into what Christ is forming through us. I may not have the right words to say it nicely, but the truth is, we need funds to enable us have some food (spiritual) in the house of God. All of us now know what the church is. So, am not talking about the vitwcog, or Rcg, or, cfcog and the like. Am talking about the church of God, a spiritual people that Christ is building, which consists of those who have been baptized into to the truth-Christ.
Lets be very happy and thankful to God because what He has started through us has never got stuck. It has continued to grow and expand. Be encouraged and let everyone who is involved put more strength and devotion to it, knowing that it is not in vain.
May God continue to guide all of you, blessing you in all your endeavors and giving you, all the success, in both the spiritual and physical levels.
Receive greetings from the brethren, who are very thankful for all that you are doing to them. We welcome all of you to Africa and pray that God may enable you.
The grace of God be with you and His mercies, for now and forevermore.
Yours in Christ’s service
Mutulu, reporting from Nairobi Kenya
Doors Opening for the Gospel|
Greetings to all of you. We here are very thankful to God who has kept us this far. His mercy and love is being displayed in His church, seeing that He continues to bring us together in a very selfless way. Since He began uniting us we have seen quite some measure of His blessing, especially concerning the work in East Africa, and its continuous move forward. We are very grateful to Him for what He has enabled us to do together.
Now, as we continue to work, we have seen something new unfolding which we very much believe to be His design. Since the starting of the preaching the gospel here in E. Africa, it has only reached Kenya and Tanzania. The Gospel began spreading into both of those two countries back when the Radio Church of God was broadcasting from the powerful antennas of Radio Luxemburg. Even today, as a result of that and the heavy presence of the WWC in the past, there are many “members” of the COG (Including all the splinter groups) here in Kenya, and part of Tanzania. But not so, in the other neighboring countries, the true Gospel hasn’t spread there as of yet. Much of this has been due to the border barriers, lack of paved roads and also financial limits.
But as we talk now, many changes are taking place. For one, China has moved into E. Africa and has paved many of the main roads, which connect the different countries. This now enables easy and fast movement for those with the Gospel to easily move about.
Also, on July 1 2010 borders opened throughout much of E. Africa and we are now able to freely move into surrounding countries, having even the right of residence in all of them. These are, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Southern Sudan. After this, we will be bordering Ethiopia, Somali, Drc,
Malawi, Congo, Brazzaville and Zambia.
If you look at the design, then we are not wrong to say that God is opening the
door for the gospel in those regions, where the true gospel has never reached.
Much of what is known there in those other countries is the traditional
We have therefore planned to begin advertising in all those countries, using flyers, which we intend to dispatch by roads, using transit good transporters who roam the entire region. This way, we will reach the entire region, sending our contacts. And it is also affordable, unlike TV or radio, which are very expensive, and unlike Internet, which is not widespread in this region. Brethren, this will cost us much printing and also paying the drivers who will be going through the towns and roadsides dropping the flyers. (It’s something we have tried before and have seen it to work very well).
We therefore are prayerfully requesting you to support this new venture as you have always done, that we may walk through the door and finish the work which the church had began, and so be the faithful servants who are following their Master’s voice. Remember, He told us “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” Mt. 28:19. Also, concerning the laborers and the spreading of the Gospel, He tells us: “So the last shall be first, and the first last” Mt. 20:16. Who is more last and downtrodden, then those living on the continent of Africa?
The signs of the times indicate in every way, that we are very much at the end, and we believe it is one of the big reasons why God is opening this door for
"THE GOSPEL SHALL BE PREACHED TO ALL NATIONS, AND THEN THE END SHALL COME."
Here we are brethren, witnessing the increasing speed at which doors are opening for the Gospel to move into all areas of East Africa. Remember, as a church we are the body parts, and each part has its function so that with every part working and being joined by ligaments, the full body may function to the full working, even the building of Christ's body.
It's my prayers that God will give us the power to act urgently and have the ball rolling. Not that we are not doing it brethren, but only a matter of increasing our speed and distance, by adding some financial support to cope with the increase.
May the gracious God and our Savior, Jesus Christ abide in everyone of us, and give us more power to deny self, that we may find it a joy to serve Him, even with our material things.
The brethren here say hello and also are very thankful for your love.
The blessings of our God abide with all of you.
Yours in Christ's service,
Greetings from the brethren in Embu|
April 20, 2010
Ma trip to Embu was very safe as well as successful. We did have a wonderful Sabbath, going into detailed bible study about how the church functions and what guides us into those functions.
Ours was to have the brethren cemented in the word and not anything else. With people used to man-made regulations, we are encouraging the brethren to have their entire lives directed by the word and not what one sees or thinks to be good.
I had humble time to visit the homes of the brethren and discovered a family, which is widowed and orphaned at the same time. I mean, a grandmother (window) with her grandsons and daughters whose parents are dead. At age 78, she is the one struggling to take care of these kids. She has no land and lives in the shopping centre, depending majorly on good wishers. Even then, they are a very happy family and looked to have much trust in God. I did assist them a little and promised to give their report to the church
From there, I was able to travel back to Nairobi, where I am now preparing for the second leg, which takes me to western Kenya, then Tanzania
God's work continues, will be leaving for Western Kenya on Wednesday
Your brother in Christ.
The Way of Give|
We are here again after a long week of traveling, visiting and strengthening the brethren in various regions. Our God is merciful and loving in that He saw us through, safely and successfully. The brethren allover the areas we toured are growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ
I began with the Rongo group in western Kenya where we had a two days bible study with a group of eight people. Five more people where not able to attend because they were out of the area at that time. Among the eight who attend were two ladies who came in a mysterious way. Our coordinator there told me how they were in a meeting one Sabbath and the two ladies just entered the hall, sat down and listened to a message he was reading from one of the materials we had sent him. After the service, they followed him and wondered what our church is. Since that time, they have become zealous brethren and are now with us. God is working in some ways we can’t even think, adding to his church every day
From there, I proceeded to Tanzania where Brother Martin joined me and we traveled together to the new group, where we spend the Sabbath and the following day with them. They also expressed their gratefulness to God who has enabled them to join the truth, which we are preaching. It was after those two days that I came back to Kenya, visiting the Migori group where we fellowshipped with Rose and the brethren, after which, I began ma return journey to Nairobi. This far, God is doing his wonderful works and we are thankful to Him for it all
Now, a wonderful love is developing among the brethren here in E. Africa. Thank God who has used you, the international brethren in teaching us the way of give. Around the end of last year, the coast brethren did donate some two sacks of maize to the brethren in Eastern Kenya who were suffering a great drought then. This time, last week, the brethren in Eastern, who were blessed with some maize harvest, have donated two sacks of maize to the Embu brethren who didn’t harvest. Is this not a fulfillment of the scripture, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ"? Was it not you brethren who planted this seed and the spirit of God is now having it germinate in the hearts of the brethren here? Praise God we are becoming sincere in our love for one another.
I did take pictures of the Rongo brethren and will send them soon. Could not take pictures from Tanzania (my batteries had gone low by the time we arrived) since it was deep in the interior and has no adequate transport and takes a whole day to reach there. The vehicles make one trip per day
This is your brother in Christ reporting to you from Nairobi, Kenya.
Passover/Night to Be Much Observed|
April 3, 2010
Greetings in the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord. We can't fail to be happy seeing what God is doing concerning his work. The whole of last week, beginning with the Passover saw us visiting the coast region. We did share a moving Passover, added to the inspiring night to be much observed which saw us sit until up to 2a.m. We were able to share a lot of spiritual experiences, which were very uplifting to many, especially, the newly converted. Through the help you international brethren sent, we did enjoy some delicious meals, which added color to the entire spiritual picture.
It was in this extended evening talk in the night to be much observed that caught a certain A.I.C protestant pastor, who has been reading with us and now, decided to visit and see how we go about our holydays, right in the heart. He has always been opposing our teaching and has been going round, trying to convince people against our teaching. But that night turned him completely until, in the morning, he did confess that he was fighting against God ignorantly.
We therefore did welcome him in the church, this time, not as a pastor but a mere member. Having been a protestant trained minister did not bar him from abandoning the position and humbling himself.
After a full day service in the first day of unleavened bread, we did, travel again to Lungalunga, a town at the Kenya/Tanzanian border, where we met another group which had half heartedly accepted our gospel because their leader, an SDA man was confusing them, believing that America was the beast with two horns, a teaching of Helen G White.
When we reached them, they welcomed us nicely with delicious meals, thus continuing our feast atmosphere. We did spend the whole day in bible study and discussion. It reached a point when he felt cornered and bust with wrath, causing the discussion to come to un end. After the tempers cooled, we were able to tell him how we never wrote the Bible, and how we only read what is written there. After another short while, the man changed completely and said he was very sorry to have opposed the scriptures and is now submitted fully to God. We did lay hands on him and his wife and they joined the rest of the group, thus confirming a newly born group in that region. We truly saw how the spirit of God works, especially when we stand firm on the truth. All who saw this acknowledged how it is God who changes people and not any effort by us.
Brethren, the work, which you have been supporting for several years now, is moving ahead, and this time, gaining speed by every day. We have in last two months expanded with four new groups of brand new people being added to the church by Christ.
We were able to come back to Nairobi safely and are now planning for another missionary trip soon. For this reason, as we continue to thank God, and more or so for you brethren, for the self denial which you have exercised in supporting this work, We also request every one of us to devote more time to prayer and to practicing this truth that God may strengthen us more and continue to equip us with what is necessary for the progressive witnessing of His truth as He is already doing. We believe that his grace will continue to abide in every one, that his spiritual and physical blessings will abound the more.
Now that we have confirmed our commitment to Christ’s death, may we in this period of unleavened, be reminded of the need to quit sin and so be zealously striving for perfection in true righteousness and holiness, without which, no one will see God.
The brethren here salute you with great love and we all wish you a happy feast of UB, as well as the coming Sabbath. We pray and do believe that, one day we will meet, if not here, in the kingdom. God bless you and his love be with all of you forever.
Your brother Mutulu is reporting from this Eastern Region of Africa.
The First Being The Last|
We have completed a very successful mission to Western Kenya and the Eastern part of Tanzania. God did see us through a very safe and encouraging trip
We did meet some interesting brethren in Tanzania who formerly belonged to the Pentecostal apostolic church. These are a people who have never been in contact with any church of God group before. It was very uplifting how, after giving them the basis of the true gospel, they easily understood and wanted to straightaway learn, acknowledging without any difficulty that they have been living a lie and are now repenting of it.
They were so much interested that it forced me to take them with me the following morning so as to keep the Sabbath with them at Migori, the Kenyan side where we have another group. We did spend the whole Sabbath with them, studying allot, and at the end of it all, they believed. We have given them materials to study and understand the details about baptism, after which, we will now go and baptize them.
Something strange is happening brethren. I am comparing it with the Israelites who left Egypt. We all know that the older, the mature people who left Egypt died in the wilderness and not one of them entered Canaan except two, i.e., Josh and Caleb.
It’s the young and new generation that entered the promised land.
Lets look at it brethren please. Am not ruling but there is much of that in the church today. Most of the people who began the worldwide Church of God today seem to have turned from the truth to endless fables, and have become rich in knowledge that, very few would accept either learning or being corrected.
Now, God seems to be raising a brand new generation who are coming with allot of zeal and also with readiness to learn, who are going deep into the word and are ready to live by it.
This being the last warning by the seventh angel messenger, and it is the new generation which is heeding to the voice, thus being the only people who will be prepared by it and made ready to meet Christ in the air at His second coming, Don’t we think it, a history repeating itself? The old generation perishing in the world safe a few, and the new generation entering the kingdom and reigning with Christ? Lets meditate on this please, and wonder whether we will be Joshua and Caleb or, the stony hearted majority who will perish in the today’s wilderness.
The work of Christ doing the final touches in his church building is on. We thank God for all of you brethren who have committed themselves to being used as instruments in doing it. But we should remember the danger that faces us. That of: "after preaching to others, we ourselves be rejected", for being speakers of the word and not doers.
The cry "Behold he comes", is very loud right now and its ma prayer that we all heed to it and open our hearts for Christ to come in and accomplish us according to his purpose of calling us. Lets get courage and surrender fully, and let’s also, like Gideon’s army, move forward and fight. ” For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but one of power, love and self control.
We still are in need of more Luo and Swahili bibles because most of these new comers don’t own one. In a group of 10 people, we can find two or even one bible.
Lets pray for god to open more resources that we may help the brethren in that direction.
Who is happier than we are? Who is more thankful to God for the ability? Who is more encouraged by the wonderful deeds of love that you international brethren are according to us, enabling to fulfill the spiritual desire to reach God's people in all corners? Brethren, we are in all things very grateful and do pray for you day and night as we rejoice in your wealth of kindness. God bless you and energize you to, with us, complete the work set before us.
The grace of God be with all of you, even His Church.
It’s your brother in the faith reporting.
More Baptisms At Mombassa|
We did make a very successful trip to Mombassa, arriving there on Friday in the morning. After a short rest, I proceeded to meet the brethren whom we were out to baptize
After some hours of counseling and discussion, I found the brethren were very ripe. So we did baptize them, after which we bought them some Swahili bibles. Later in the day, we went meeting another family, still in Mombassa town who had been reading our web. On counseling with them, they also proved to be people who had read deeply and are conversant with our faith. They plan to be attending services with us
From there, the following day which was a Sabbath, we proceeded to Elijah's area. On joining with Elijah, we went visiting some other two families who live near the Kenya Tanzanian border. We did spend the Sabbath with them and found one of them to be deeply devoted to our faith
After spending most of the day with them, we came back to Elijah's, after which, I had to leave back to Mombassa where we did spend the Sunday with the newly baptized members, encouraging them and discussing on how and where they will be fellowshipping
I did leave for Nairobi on Monday, arriving on the evening and found ma family in good shape. This is how the work is going here in E. Africa. God is still calling more new people to His church. There are those who have thought that the work of preaching the gospel is over. But the truth is what we are reporting here. So many people here are interested in listening and studying the gospel for the first time in their lives. A great majority of them are proving to be more zealous than some of us who have been since long. "The first is becoming the last and last first". Lets continue to pray that God keeps this open door till we reach all
We intend to turn to Tanzania now where more new people from Pentecostal churches are calling. There is need for bibles and more Materials since most of those coming don’t have any. We thank God who so far has enabled us to supply to as many as do request. May we all pray that He continues to guide his work and also empower us to do it
Praises, glory and majesty be His forever and forever, AMEN.
Your brother in the faith reporting.
Greetings to all,
Glory be to God our maker who has kept us in good health and unity, the whole of this Roman year. The work of preaching the gospel did spread with a speed we've never seen before, and this time, with great demonstration of love, yes, selflessness in the part of most of us brethren
Though a very tough year here in Africa due to extended drought, and occasional political violence, we of the church of God saw the great hand of our creator who sent his angels, in the being of you our international brethren and has delivered us from most of the problems
We can't fail to acknowledge you all for your willingness to be used by God in that way. May His grace abide in all of you who have missed their sleep and at times their normal joy to come to our rescue
The year is now ending. But it never went without achievements. As the gospel region enlarged, we were able to build a network ,especially on the communication side of it. Through your tithes and offerings, we were able to purchase mobile phones for each new group in the various regions, thus enabling us to be in touch throughout
We also did purchase a motorbike for one of our coordinators whose area has four groups which are scattered over a large area. This enables him to visit easily and get to encourage them. We were able to aid a slums school with books and some funds to help pay the teachers.
And above all else, we were able to send relief to the brethren almost throughout the year, proving the Godly outgoing concern which the spirit of God is developing in as many of us as are being led by it.
Last week, we did make our this year's last trip to the coast province of Kenya here in E. Africa. As usual the trip was greeted with great enthusiasm from the brethren who continued to talk of how the church is coming together, and we all feel its a sign of the re-gathering prior to Christ’s return.
We did meet brand new people who have never belonged in any of the churches of God and who are now seriously searching the Bible to prove for themselves. We had a chance to visit each family and got to know their living conditions. I was able to spend some nights with most of them in their homes and realized that the areas is packed with mosquito’s. No wonder its one of the malaria zones here in Kenya. The scaring thing is, the brethren have never had the opportunity to take preventive measures. I myself did got some malaria as a result of the mosquito bites. After discussing with them, I realized that there is need to help them with mosquito nets. These are things they have never used before but we felt it was high time we introduced the same to them.
As we discussed with them and our brother bill Goff, we found that we need some 50 additional mosquito nets.
Brethren, this is what we achieved and
discovered in our missionary work this year.
As I always remind you brethren, you are not laboring for nothing. Your efforts have brought this great change in the lives of the brethren here. It has strengthened their faith in the God whom you have been preaching to them.
We all know how, the aim is not the physical but the spiritual, that of being born in the kingdom of God. But as it is, You have demonstrated through your ceaseless love, how the spiritual is manifested in the physical by your giving attitude.
As we end this year and begin to approach the spring holydays, I wish you all the godly spiritual and physical blessings. Our prayer is that we continue to unleaven our lives. We need to overcome till we reach that level, whereby,"....nothing can offend us",and this is only possibly if we crash the self completely. It is the self that feels the anger, the hatred, the lustful moves. Lets prayerfully strive to crash it and so be made fully one in Jesus Christ our Lord. Lets pray for one another, and for the work.
I wish you all success in this spiritual journey. We have great hope of meeting all of you sometime, if not in this life, in the coming kingdom of God.
Thanks once again for the support, the encouragement, and the fellowship which has kept us awake to this far. Let the grace of God, and his love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord be with you, now and forever.
Its your brother in Christ's service, James Waema Mutulu, reporting from E. Africa, Kenya
Greetings comes to you from Nairobi Kenya. We thank God very much for what he is doing, both in our lives and the lives of as many as are relating with us. The whole of last week and a portion of this week saw us furthering the gospel message to parts of western Kenya and Tanzania
We went encouraging the brethren, and reminding them of the need to continue burying the self as we let Christ do His finals in completing his spiritual building which is us, His church
On arriving at Oyugis, we did take our brother Crispin who joined us in the journey to South Nyanza, Rakwaro where we where met by our brethren and some other people who waited to here our message. Among them was a Pentecostal pastor, who listened keenly after which he had some questions, which we answered from the bible. At the end of the talk, he did admit that our bible knowledge is advanced and we need to have more time to teach people. Two of those who were present requested to be part of us and we gave them our literatures which they are busy reading now. We also did buy some Luo bibles for them
From there we continued on our trip and joined the brethren at Migori where we spend a lovely Sabbath. There also, a new member from the united church of God joined us and after listening to our teachings, he decided to be with us. Brethren, this is a show of what work God is doing through us as a church.
Unlike other times, our trip was encountered by heavy rains and this time, most of the areas in the country are expectant of harvest, unless otherwise. Even then, the famine isn’t gone as yet till sometime late in January. As usual ,we did share whatever we had with the brethren, giving some assistance as per the needs of those we met. Thanks to those of you brethren who are tirelessly sending funds for this course. God bless you, and we also the recipients bless you too with our good wishes and great thanks.
From there, we did proceed to Tanzania where for two days, we did share with the brethren and supplied some Luo bibles too. We were able to return to Nairobi safely, and are now reading ourselves for the last trip this year, which will see us go to the coast, Shimba Hills.
In all the groups, one thing is evident. The brethren are seriously striving to become of one mind. In every place, members are remembering this year's feast which helped a lot in bringing them closer to one another. All have acknowledged the difference between this feast and many others in the past, acknowledging a spiritual growth, especially in the change of attitude in the hearts of many. Love of many is growing and people are missing each other, just as you brothers are out there.
We now request the devoted prayers of all of us that we may enter this being fully committed in this final stage to perfection and be ready when Christ returns. So far, God is doing his work and a strange thing is happening. In the past, people of different groups of The churches of God would meet only to argue but it is no longer so.
Everyone this time seems to be interested more in the truth than in fighting for his group/her group. There is also this willingness by many to assist, even when they don’t belong in the group they are assisting, something they would not do in the past
Brethren, isn’t this a sign of Christ re-gathering his church in the truth, the original foundation which makes us one? It really is encouraging and we are very thankful for it. Lets continue in this selfless behavior and grow till we at last become the one church which Christ is building and is about to complete. God bless all of us and thanks once again for the good work.
May his grace abide with everyone of us and may we continue the fellowship till Christ returns.
Its your brother in Christ’s service, reporting from Kenya, Nairobi.
From the ways things look, the thirst for the word of God is brewing in the hearts of many in the today's world. Recently, we did visit a brother who had migrated to a new region where Sabbath keeping is least known. When he arrived there, the residents began to wonder what kind of life he leads. So he invited them in his place with the intention of giving them the details of their desire.
We found this to be a God-given opportunity to take the gospel there which we did. On arriving there, we found some 10 families gathered at his home and we were able to socialize with them for a whole Sabbath and half of the Sunday. Those gathered there where Catholics, Protestants and Pentecostals. But unlike other times when we meet such people, who come straight defending their faiths, these people were very good listeners and received the gospel attentively. We showed them how the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just anything one can imagine and believe but rather a message from our creator which reveals to as many as do accept it, the purpose of our lives and how we can achieve it. We abolished from their minds, the thoughts of denominations and challenged them to think of the life of God which is meant to be our lives and which, if one accepts, makes him/her a Christian.
After a detailed explanation of the same, all saw the need of researching to prove what we said and borrowed our literatures for more studies. This is what made us feel that God is stirring the today's people into thrusting for the truth and allowing the gospel to spread as a witness before the soon coming End. After that, we did as Jesus during that time of the 5,000 multitude which gathered around him. We did treat them to a lunch meal which we had prepared. The area is among the most dry areas in the country and there is quite some famine. So, this meal was quite a flavor to the message which we gave. They really recommended our brother as one of the most loving man they ever met. We also were able to give those who were heavily pressed some little assistance as we were able. So, as we spread the gospel, we are also demonstrating physically, through theses assistances, what the life of outgoing concern is all about. Unlike many others who preach the gospel and ask the people to contribute funds, we do give freely, asking nothing from them, proving the saying of Christ; “its more blessed to give than to receive". God truly is enabling to leave those we come across with something to think about.
After this we did make our trip back to Nairobi safely, feeling highly encouraged by the way God is holding the whirlwind and paving way for the gospel to move smoothly. Thus was the experience of this trip and we believe it was as a result of your continued support both in prayer and financial support. Lets keep moving that direction brethren and fulfill our mission of reaching the four corners of the earth. We thank God for enabling us this far and also giving us this united front in doing it. Grace be with all of you.
Mutulu, the overseer in Africa, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya
Hello, and greetings from us here in Africa, E. Africa, Kenya.
Our Lord did give us one of the signs of his coming and the end of the age as the preaching of the gospel to all the world. This is evident with us here in Africa.
We are just arrived back in Nairobi from a gospel mission which saw us venturing into one of the most remote and also primitive areas I have ever seen. We did spend some five days combing the area with visits to individual families, and also discussions in town centers. Most of the inhabitants of the place are Muslims with few protestants of different denominations. There, we have four families which have been reading our materials for quite some period and have been requesting a visit. And now we had humble time living in their homes and they helped us go round in the region, talking to people and expounding to them the meaning of life and where it will all end up, as is explained in the gospel.
Even though, heavy criticism abides, especially from the Seven Day Adventists “SDA’s” who live there, we were able to have some few who received the gospel and are now seriously reading our materials to prove all things. We were also able to witness the hardships of doing the work of God as Paul did. The place is a wilderness kind of an area, with no means of transport. It is also bordered by a national park and so packed with Elephants, Lions, and Buffaloes which are very dangerous. Since the only means of going around the region is walking, and long distances.
In our third day there, as we walked back to where we were staying, at around quarter to seven in the evening, we confronted a herd of Elephants which chased us and blocked the way until we could not get home. We were forced to stay awake all night in a small shopping area of one of the Villages because there were no guest houses. This is on top of walking long distances and staying long times without meals. The place is so dry that the only means of anyone earning his daily bread, is to make burning charcoal to sell. The trucks which come to buy the charcoal are the same that bring food to the people which is normally very expensive.
Thanks to God for those of you who have been sending relief to this region. We were able to buy some supplies to the brethren and also support the family where we lived with food in the days we stayed there.
With all these difficulties, we did reach the people with the good news of a coming kingdom and a very good life in which peace abides. From the way thinks look, God is now doing his final recruitment, choosing to add up to the number of his cabinet in his soon coming kingdom. The gospel is thus gaining ground in brand new areas and I believe, very soon, it will reach the four corners.
Thanks allot to all of you brethren who have supported this work to this far. Were it not for your contribution, we wouldn’t have the books, the transport, and the supplies to keep us going. We were, by the same assistance, able to supply Bibles and reading materials. This is how much you brethren, though very far, are seriously working out here through us and we thank God very much for you.
We are now going round tirelessly, to see to it that we fulfill the mission which God has put in our hands. We hope you will also continue to do what you are doing now until we together as the church of Christ finish the work which he sent us to do.
We are now back in Nairobi for a few days, readying ourselves for the next trip which will see us going the Eastern region before we proceed to the western then on to Tanzania, the neighboring country. We request the prayers of every one of you, that God may enable us with the wisdom and the will to do so. May God bless you very much for accepting to assist us in serving him.
This is Your brother in Christ, James Mutulu, reporting from Nairobi, Kenya
Brethren in E. Africa ready to keep 2009 FOT|
I hope this letter finds all of you in good spiritual health, as the end of this age nears and the “Day” approaches. I wanted to update you concerning the work that our Creator has us involved in over there in E. Africa and also here at home in our daily lives
Currently our brother in Christ James Mutulu has been making the rounds to visit all of our scattered brethren around Kenya and in Tanzania. James is making the final arrangements for the brethren to meet together in Mombassa
for this year’s feast of Tabernacles. As many of you know, we were able to
contract an establishment for all of us to gather for the feast. This will
be a wonderful opportunity for us to be together and focus our minds on the soon
coming Kingdom of God that is approaching
Thanks to the donations and love that has come in from you brethren, the brethren in that 3rd world country will be able to assemble together for the feast of Tabernacles, and have plenty of food (both spiritual and physical) to consume at the feast
Here are some of the recent E-mail that have come in from James Mutulu as he makes the rounds. You can seen that life there in E. Africa continues to be a struggle for our brethren, especially as the drought intensifies
Beginning with yesterday, we are having power rationing here in the country, which is affecting the whole part of day light. Dams, which are producing the electricity, have dried up; even the biggest is now closed down. Cybers and other businesses are highly affected. I found this one, which is using a generator, so we can communicate via E-mail for the moment.
I have now reached the Coast and there are a few families here like the one we visited last time, and Elijah’s family, which are a bit stable. But other people like Moses and many of the other brethren are needy again. Could be you can consult with Elijah and know from him. Otherwise, I know that a great number of them don’t have income that can sustain them through the drought. Like the last time we were there, I / we spend a whole Sabbath without meals. We had to lastly buy some milk and make some tea. It’s only that as i told you, they are not a people who would want to ask every time for help, but if we can assist them again, this would be good.
We were able to assist those brethren in need with some relief from the donations that many of you have been sending, and the brethren over there are very appreciative. Mutulu is taking pictures as he travels, and I hope to send them to all of you soon as we receive them.
This lady watches, as her cow dies from the drought. I’m told that some areas in this part of Kenya haven’t had rain in five years.|
Now concerning the upcoming fall feasts, Mark Rusinko from Trenton New Jersey will be giving the message on the feast of Trumpets, Friday Sept 18. The new moon for the seventh month is on that Friday Sept 18th (Although most in the different churches of God are following the Hebrew calendar and will be keeping Trumpets a day after the actual new moon, on Sabbath Sept 19.) The Hebrew calendar is off by one day this fall, but not due to their “Postponement rules” this time, but because when Hillel II drew up that calendar approximately 400 years after the death and resurrection of Christ, he used the same new moon dates that were on the Babylonian calendar that was in existence at that time, and those new moon dates are not accurate, and are called “fictitious” by onrUniversities in the world “Utrecht University” in the Netherlands
Many misguided ministers will tell you that the Bible contains no calendar within its pages for the keeping of God’s Holy Days, but to believe that lie would be total foolishness. God’s calendar is in the pages of His Bible, and quite simple to comprehend, if one approaches the subject with obedience and an open mind to His Word. The new month begins in the same manner that the new day begins. When the sun falls below the horizon and its light disappears, it is the beginning of a new day. The same holds true for the new month. When the light shining on the moon goes out, it is called “New Moon” which is the same exact Hebrew word for “Month.” “New Moon” – “Month” same Hebrew word. So when it is new moon, it is also a new month.
Doyle Carlisle from Brackettville Texas will be giving the message on the “Day of Atonement” Sunday Sept. 27th. (The 10th day from the new moon) On both of those Holy Days, we plan to have a telephone hookup. If you would like to join us, please see the attached paper for details. There is no cost to you for the call to connect with us, but you may want to call in on a “Speaker Phone” so you will be able to easily hear the messages
Now aside from the work that God has us involved in over in E. Africa, and aside from the commission that the church of God has to preach the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God, let us also remember the big work that our Creator is performing in all of those that are His. He has called us to glory and virtue, to holiness and perfection. But accomplishing those goals includes much participation on our part. It includes the utilization of His Holy Spirit. Yes, that Holy Spirit of His that He gave us at our baptism has to be used, it has to be exercised, and it has to be flowing because it is alive. It flows from the Father Himself into His children and then back out again in the form of good fruits like: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith
Are these fruits flowing out of each and every one of us brethren? If they are not, then let us remember His instruction in Mt.12:33 “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”
Our Creator is looking for our fruits, and fruits can only be produced on branches that are connected directly to the vine. That vine is Christ Brethren; let no man or organization come between the One and only vine and His branches. Let us move on to perfection, let us continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our soon coming Lord of Lord and King of Kings Jesus the Christ. Let us prepare to keep the upcoming fall feasts not only physically, but also in spirit and in truth.
|Update On Our Brethren In East Africa|
Brethren in E. Africa ready to keep of the Passover
By bill Goff
Thanks to the love and concern from you who have been contributing your prayers and financial support to assist the brethren there in Kenya and Tanzania, they are now physically prepared to keep the Passover on the upcoming 14 of this first Month
James Mutulu and George Ortara have just completed making the rounds visiting nine of the COG groups that we are associated with over there in that part of the world. Along with bringing them much needed food assistance due to the continued drought, they were also able to bring the Passover supplies. Most of our brethren there have no way of purchasing the wine needed for Passover service, so Mutulu and Ortara made a special delivery to all nine of the groups there. The brethren also had no flour to make their unleavened bread, but they do now, thanks to the continued concern from a number of you
Now it is just a matter of the brethren there (like each of the brethren here) to be spiritually prepared to take the Passover, and that’s a matter of self-examination. A resent message given here in the States was also shared with our brethren there, concerning the self focus that each and every one of us in the COG need to be doing at this time as we approach the Passover. Self-examination is to thoroughly search ourselves. It’s time to take a good look at our behavior, our conduct and to thoroughly examine the areas where we are still falling short, and then, condemn and set right whatever we find wrong
Over there in Mombassa, Kenya there are also a few who have been counseling recently for baptism. James Mutulu has now traveled there to conclude that counseling and to perform those baptisms. So there will be a few more members of the Body of Christ, the church keeping this years Passover with the other brethren in that area
We do hope that all the members of the church of God from around the world have a good and prosperous Passover and feast of Unleavened Bread. We will also report again on the fate of our brethren there in E. Africa soon after the spring Holy Days.
By bill Goff
Our brethren in E. Africa continue to suffer in their everyday life, as some of them are now going a day or two per week without food. It is hard for some of us to comprehend this, but it is reality for our brethren living there where famine is steadily increasing due to a lack of rain
Kenya said on Friday (January 9) it would declare a national emergency over a drought that has left 10 million people needing food aid in East Africa's richest nation. The arid, northern areas are the worst hit in Kenya by a drought that is causing hardship around the East and Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia and Ethiopia.
"The Government is to declare a National Emergency in regard to the prevailing drought and famine situation in the country that has rendered nearly ten million Kenyans food insecure," said a statement from President Mwai Kibaki's office. Source: Reuters Nairobi, Jan. 9, 2009 (Reuters.)
More than three million Kenyans are threatened with starvation after a series of droughts, according to the World Food Program.
Kenya is suffering one of its worst droughts in decades.
Seasonal long rains failed this year and in the northern and eastern regions of the country 80% of the livestock has already died.
The puty country director for Kenya, David Fletcher, says people are selling their camels, cattle and goats for knockdown prices. "In some parts some people are down to their last goat," he said. Many of those affected are pastoralists who graze cattle and goats in the semi-desert scrub.
Kenyan TV reported that more than half of Kenya's population are facing the famine.
We have a good network set up in E. Africa for a few years now where we stay in constant contact with approximately 12 Church
of God groups there. James Mutulu, the overseer based in Nairobi also travels to visit each group from time to time.
Most of our brethren living in Kenya and Tanzania are hard working peasant farmers, but have no control over the current whether conditions.
If you can possible help our brethren there, please send that help to:
We started “KHOH” a few years ago to try and raise funds to help our brethren who are living in that 3rd world Country. We are 501c3 Tax-Exempt and will immediately send you a receipt for any and all donations.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at the phone number below if you have questions.