Report From The Tower
During each journey, of which there have been six separate trips complete with outdoor evangelism and church revival meetings, I always insist on two things: 1) I ask to hold home meetings in every city I travel to, and 2) I ask to visit the orphans.
There are many orphans every place you travel to in Africa. Societies and customs differ, but the orphans are everywhere. When I visited my first orphans in Africa, I began to talk with the Lord, as my heart was pulled on very hard by them. I pleaded with God that whenever He brings me in front of them, that I will always have money in my pocket to give for improving their situation, even if it is just a little gift. So far, The Lord has always provided for me in that way, and several times, in a miraculous way.
The pictures that follow show the orphans that I have helped in Africa through March, 2005. Where I do not have a picture, I have provided a brief discussion.
I will begin with David Walukhu's orphans. David is an apostle, and he is my coordinator for everything I do in Africa. He plans every trip, and I give him all of my money to spend. He is able to buy things cheaper, and in some cases, to avoid the "white man surcharge" that is common in Africa. David and his wife Selina have assumed responsibility for 68 orphans, in the area of Webuye/Chwele, Western Province, Kenya. I have personally visited and prayed for many of these orphans:
Next, let us take a look at the 30 orphans that are cared for by Bishop James Maumo Were and his wife near Webuye, Western Province, Kenya. The orphanage is new, and James lives there, on the site, with his wife. As you can see from the picture, I have visited there as well. These are some really great kids, and they love to touch and be touched. They love to pray.
There is another small group of orphans in Webuye, who are cared for by my friend, Peninah. She is an intercessor. Currently, I have no picture for this group, but I desire to support them.
70 Orphans-Milo-Bishop Alex Wabwile and Pastor Beatrice
These were the first orphans I met in Africa. I was able to minister to them and to their caretakers in the home of Pastor Beatrice. Bishop Alex is a dynamic man of God, and a great friend.
Ten orphans are cared for by a woman whom I know as "Mama" of Chwele. Mama cared for David Walukhu when he was a youth. I have a picture of Mama, which I will upload later. Right now, I don't have a picture of the ten specific orphans, but I have helped Mama with support.
68 Orphans-Webuye-Bishop Patrick Wachiye
Glory Ministries of Webuye cares for 68 orphans in and around Webuye. They are working on the acquisition of a facility. Presently, the children are cared for in private homes. Bishop Patrick is my spiritual overseer for my ministries in Africa.
My last trip to Africa carried me to Kigali, Rwanda. There has been so much written, and in the news, about Rwanda, and there are more orphans there than anywhere, or so it seems. I visited a group at a place called Masaka, on the outskirts of Kigali. Pastor John watches over them. There are 117 of them at this orphanage. I am pictured here, with them, after they performed, danced and sang for me during my visit there. They are precious.
50 Orphans-Kampala Uganda-Pastor Emmanuel Lubuulwa
There are 50 orphans who are cared for by Pastor Emmanuel Lubuulwa of Kampala, Uganda. I have no picture of the group, but I have helped these orphans on each of the two African trips I have taken. Hopefully, I will upload a photo of them in the future.
Finally, there are the orphans of Sowetto Academy, at Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. There are about 100 full time orphans at the academy, and 500 attend day school there. The orphanage was founded, and is operated by Chris and Joanne Okumu. My friend Chris is always working, and expanding the orphanage. He has many wonderful plans to help these people that seem to only be limited by funding.
As we reach more nations, we will reach more orphans and this page will expand. That is just fine. Whereever I meet them, I become one of their fathers. I cannot turn a blind eye to them.
Please help us to help them, in any way that you can. The Lord promises in His word that you can only LEND to them. You cannot give.......you can only LEND. He is their Father. Think about it!
Stephen L. Bening
My Africa Wish List Is As Follows:
Project #1-$100,000-For 100 water wells, beginning at Kittui. I am told we will have to drill 200 wells to develop 100 producing wells. This money will purchase drilling equipment and a large truck to carry it in. This week, I will shop for a small "Hi-Rider" truck for carrying men and fuel. We have already completed a geological survey at the Kittui site, and we have formed a team of seven members to work toward completion of this project. Received thus far: $7,000
Project #2-$5,000-Two, 250 person event tents-cost $2,500 each. I have already visited the tent manufacturer in Nairobi. We need this tent for holding bigger crusades in Kenya.
Project #3-$7,500-We need to purchase a sound system for use in the Kenya crusades. I am planning on being in Africa, four times per year. We rented the sound system for the three events we just held. We anticipate holding bigger events, and we will need a more powerful system. With the sound system, we need a generator to power it.
Project #4-$10,000-A truck for David Machimbo Walukhu, my missions coordinator, in Kenya. Right now, David has no vehicle, and travels by bus. I am shopping for one this week, for dual use with the water project. We have found a 2002 Toyota Hi Rider, for 850,000 Kenyan Shillings. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ITEM.
Project #5-$2,500-Repair for a large, panel Isuzu truck, that is currently sitting idle at Sowetto Academy, Nairobi. We will use this truck for hauling of tent and equipment. Praise God! Chris got this truck fixed.
Project #6-$5,000-Completion of the stone wall that will totally encircle Sowetto Academy. This is really needed to keep people from using walkways right through the middle of the school and orphanage. Right now, the wall is about 25% complete.
Project #7-$20,000-My estimate for the cost that it would take for Chris Ocumu to accomplish a second floor addition to the school building in Sowetto Academy. Praise God! This is almost complete on January 20, 2005. Only the roof is needed for $50,000 KSH ($600)
So, there it is: $60,000 for the equipment. Add in $10,000 for my airfare and costs for four trips per year, and $10,000 for flyers and posters and $20,000 for other event costs for the 2005 outreach events and you have $100,000. Jesus says, "you have not because you ask not". I say, Lord Jesus, I Am Asking!
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"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" Matt 4:4
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