Report From The Tower
Randy Mckee and I are going on mission together. The plan has been set, and the tickets are purchased. Now, all we have to do is coordinate with the Kenyans who pick us up at the airport. It seems they have trouble figuring out what day we arrive.
On the last trip, they had thought that I was arriving one day earlier than actual. I just received email from David Walukhu today, and he was again, mistaken in his understanding, except that this time, he thinks we will arrive two days earlier than actual. I guess those fellows like to hang around the airport.
Randy and I are excited about the propects of ministering together, in three African nations, for more than six weeks. We realize that there are more signs than you can shake a stick at that the day of the Lord is at hand, but we also believe that God is going to allow his remnant to prosper, and to carry out the great commission as times grow tougher and tougher. I expect, by faith, that God will bring us there and bring us back safely.
David Walukhu has, once again, been doing great work in coordinating our steps. The plan is for ministry in the following places:
.............Misikhu, Western Province, Kenya, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic crusade for five days. I preached in a church there on my last day in the Western Province during the last trip. The people were dancing and praising the Lord so exuberantly, that they kicked up a tremendous dust cloud in the mud floored church.
............Kampala, Uganda, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic crusade for six days, in conjunction with Friends of Christ Ministries and Pastor Emmanuel Lubuulwa.
............Chepsaita, Western Province, Kenya, near Mount Elgon, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic crusade for five days. I travelled there on my first trip to Africa back in September. It is a very small place, with no electricity. It is an hour from "civilization". In the past, it has been very "hard" ground for other ministries, SO PLEASE PRAY. Chwele was hard ground before we reached there too, and God gave a great harvest too. Chepsaita is 45 minutes West and North of Chwele.
............Bujumbura, Burundi, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic crusade of an undetermined length at the present time.
............Kittui, Eastern Kenya. This is in somewhat of a questionable status right now. I had hoped to be arranging for the drilling of a water well in Kittui right now, but the money has not come in yet to do the job. I really cannot do an outdoor evangelistic crusade in that place, where people walk five hours for water, unless I deal with the need for water first. We have the geological survey, and we have purchased the permit to drill. Now, all we need is the $12,500 to drill the well.
................Nairobi, Kenya. There is a plan in the works for an evangelistic crusade on the edge of Kibera Slum. I am excited about this. While in Nairobi with brother Chris, we will no doubt travel around to many rural churches.
As usual, my team in Kenya begins to get worried because God always seems to provide financially at the 11:59 hour. I am trusting that all our needs will be met, as they have been in the past.
Randy and I have purchased our air tickets. My cost was about $1,200 and his was $1,500. We are flying together from Miami, to Amsterdam, and then on to Nairobi.
Previous experience has taught me that my expenses, including the monies that I give to orphans and the poor, usually amount to $2,500 per week when I am there, ministering in the crusades.
You might wonder what we spend the money on? Well, they buy lumber and build the platforms that we preach and praise from. Posters and handbills are printed for each event, and we economize as much as possible by printing them all in Eldoret, Kenya, where David Walukhu can make the best bargain.
We also buy food for the participants and ministers in the conference, and we have to rent bed rolls for the workers who will stay the entire time and watch over the equipment. Then, we have gasoline and car rental costs, as well as costs for renting sound systems.
We stay in private homes, for free, whenever possible. We never pay hotel bills during these events. So you can forget any ideas you might have about luxury accomodations for Randy and I. I have stayed in homes without electric power or running water.
God is my supply. He has miraculously sent me on two of these trips. I have had no money to do it, but he always provides, from somewhere. It has been miracle after miracle.
I have been noticing that TBN is on a financial stampede to shake every last dollar out of their viewers. I won't do that to you. But please, if God puts a burden on your heart for Randy and I, and you want to help with the evangelism, water wells or with the support for the more than 500 orphans that we help there, we need your support and help. Both of us are walking on the water again with this trip. Our eyes are on Jesus.
Please do not assume that because Randy and I do not write long messages about financial giving and support that we have no need. We do have need, but we trust the Lord, and we trust each of you to hear His voice, and then, to please obey, for your benefit and ours.
Once again, I thank everyone who has helped with the previous two missions. God bless and keep you one and all.
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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