Monday, June 22, 2015

You and Your Whole House

In August of 2013, Sean embarked on an exploratory trip to Kenya. We had already received the call a year before that, and we felt God was opening the door and saying "It's time to move forward." While in Kenya, the Holy Spirit ordered Sean's steps the entire time as he walked out the truth of Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

One of those divine appointments occurred on August 5, 2013. That was the day Sean met a man named Dennis. Here is part of my blog post recounting the story:
The other day, Sean and his friend Julius hired a piki-piki to take them somewhere. When the driver heard that Sean was going to preach on Sunday, he asked Sean to come and preach to him one day. So Sean decided that instead of walking to the meeting place on Sunday, he would hire Dennis to drive him there instead~that way he would be able to stay for the service.

Dennis had recently heard the gospel from another customer, and after hearing the same words from Sean he decided that God must be speaking to him! So he repented of his sins and joined the family of God! Later on, Sean visited Dennis' home and shared the gospel with his wife, who is a Muslim. Please keep her in your prayers~we are believing for this whole house to be saved! (Acts 16:31)

For those of you who took that prayer request to heart~God heard you!!! Dennis' wife Zena was baptized into the body of Christ yesterday. She had been raised a Muslim, but when she saw the transformation that had taken place in her husband~she knew that there was something to this "Jesus". Dennis no longer spent all his earnings on alcohol and partying. He no longer slept around with other women. He came home to his family every night and he began to behave like a godly husband and father. She asked many questions and listened to the answers carefully. She saw the power of God evident in the lives of other believers around her. One night she had a dream/vision that a man came into her room and said:
"I have come to cleanse your heart."
Not long after that she burned some very important Islamic papers she had been given that were supposed to provide protection for her. She began to attend our home fellowship, and received deliverance during corporate praise, prayer and worship on 3 separate occasions. God sovereignly moved without any help from us! It was amazing to behold.

Zena knew that she needed to take that last and most important step of being baptized, and after watching the 2 baptisms last Sunday, she finally decided it was time to take the "plunge"! Three other ladies also joined her. It was definitely a time of rejoicing! Please join us in praying for Zena to be strong in the Lord as she is already receiving opposition from her Muslim family. She is now harassed for being baptized~especially because she chose to do it during during Ramadan. Please also be praying for Zena's niece, Sharifa (shown in the picture above) and Zena's entire family to be saved.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

One year in Kenya

Life in Missions from Missions Machine on Vimeo.


Sorry it has been so long since I've done a blog post~honestly most days I can't put two coherent thoughts together!  I do update on Facebook more often, so you can stay updated better through our ministry page there (see the sidebar here on the blog).

We arrived in Kenya on May 14, 2014.  The past year has whizzed by so quickly, yet crawled by so excruciatingly slowly at the same time.  It's hard to explain.  This has definitely been the hardest year of our lives, but at the same time we have seen God do the most amazing things!

Our church family in Australia asked us to make a video about life in Missions.  I'm posting it here in case anyone has a half an hour to kill and you want to see me do the ugly cry.  We are planning on making another video soon that will cover the past year more thoroughly as to what God has had us doing here in Mombasa.

One thing we are so grateful for, is the faithfulness of God shown through the love, care, prayers and support of our brothers and sisters in Christ in America, Australia and Canada.  You have carried us through this past year in so many wonderful ways.  ASANTE SANA (thank you very much).  We love and appreciate you more than words can express!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thy Will, Not Mine


"I asked the Father for just one thing in this life...His perfect will in our lives...not the easy road."~Adeye Salem, No Greater Joy Mom

As I was reading Adeye's blog post this morning, this statement resonated deeply in my spirit. Before God brought us to Africa, there was a particular day that I felt compelled to get down on my knees and pray. It was one of those moments where you know the Father has something to say and you need to listen! So I positioned myself to hear His voice, and He asked me a question:

"Do you want my will, even if it's hard?"

My immediate response, only by the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit:

"Yes, Lord! Only because I know that you will give me the grace and strength I need. You will help me!"

In my journey with Jesus, this has always been my desire~even though I haven't always been successful at it~to know and to do the will of God. Since we arrived in Africa, I have had my moments of struggling~desiring to go back to the "ease" of Western living. But then God gently reminds me of the above exchange and I say, "Oh yes, I signed up for this!" His grace truly is sufficient.

Yesterday I was talking with a dear friend who is going through one of those trying times. Though she desires a certain outcome, she shared that she was at peace with praying, "Your will be done." I had to smile, because she is exactly where she needs to be. She is acting just like Jesus! In the absolute most agonizing time of His life here on earth, He was crying out to the Father..."Get me out of this, if possible! Nevertheless, not my will, but YOUR will be done." How can we do any less as His disciples?

Thy Will Be Done by Derek Webb
Words by Charlotte Elliot, Music by Justin Smith ©2009 Justin Smith Music

1. My God and Father! while I stray,
Far from my home in life’s rough way,
Oh! teach me from my heart to say,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

2. If Thou shouldst call me to resign,
What most I prize, it ne’er was mine.
I only yield Thee what was Thine;
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

3. If but my fainting heart be blest,
With Thy sweet Spirit for its guest,
My God! To Thee I leave the rest,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

4. Renew my will from day to day,
Blend it with Thine, and take away,
All now that makes it hard to say,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

5. Then when on earth I breathe no more,
The prayer oft mixed with tears before,
I’ll sing upon a happier shore,
“Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I would gather children

Some would gather money
Along the path of life;
Some would gather roses,
And rest from worldly strife.

But I would gather children
From among the thorns of sin;
I would seek a golden curl,
And a freckled, toothless grin.

For money cannot enter
In that land of endless day;
And roses that are gathered
Soon will wilt along the way.

But, oh, the laughing children,
As I cross the sunset sea,
And the gates swing wide to heaven
I can take them in with me.

-Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Overseas Missions Q&A video

One of our brothers in Australia asked Sean to make a video answering various questions about Overseas Missions. There is a slideshow at the end!


Overseas Missions Wallacia from Missions Machine on Vimeo.

Friday, June 20, 2014

To our beloved followers

As you can imagine, most of our energy right now is taken up by simply trying to do daily life and the ministry that God puts before us. Because of this, for now we will be posting the majority of our updates on Facebook. Our ministry page is here: Living Isaiah 58

If you are not on Facebook, you can visit our website at: A People For His Name  and sign up to receive our newsletter (we plan to write the first newsletter this week!), or you can just bookmark the website and check there for updates.  Our Facebook  posts are automatically uploaded to our website, so you won't miss a thing!

We don't want to lose touch with anyone, so if neither of these options suit you please let us know and we will try to work something out.

Upendo na baraka kwenu! (Love and blessings to all!)





Thursday, June 12, 2014

Update on Janet

In my last post I told you about Janet, the pastor's wife I prayed for who recently lost a baby. Yesterday, Janet and her husband came to visit us and I learned some very encouraging news. She had been having severe back pain for quite some time that hindered her from running the family business. When I prayed for her, I prayed for her back as well as her whole being~physically and spiritually. While my prayer was full of compassion and empathy, at the time it did not seem that she had even been a willing participant, let alone a recipient of any kind of answer.

Yesterday I learned that after that prayer, she had only a few twinges of back pain and had fully recovered and was able to do everything she needed to do to resume caring for her family. Basically before that she had been bedridden. She was very happy and thankful to feel well again. With her husband's help, I was able to share the Psalm that God had given to me for her (and myself) after our last meeting. We were both so thankful for God's goodness and faithfulness to us!

I share this because I hope to encourage you in the Lord~don't let anything stop you from reaching out to and praying for those who are suffering. It doesn't matter if you feel unqualified, or like a failure if you don't see the results you desire. God will take your obedience and do whatever He wants with it. Trust Him!

And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. 2 Cor. 3:4,5