Report From The Tower
June 17 to June 19, 2005-Meeting of WPA at Atlanta, GA (The Land-Woodstock, GA)(confirmed)Click here to read about the upcoming meeting
April 24 to June 10, 2005-Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi (confirmed, on the ground in Uganda)
August 8 to September 1, 2005-Kenya, Congo
November 4-6, 2005-Meeting of WPA at Monteagle, TN (Dubose Conference Center)(Confirmed)
December, 2005-Kenya, Tanzania
This report covers two weeks, and much has happened of course, but some things have been revealed by God that have surprised me.
At the close of my last report, we had just departed from the bush of Uganda, where God had done outstanding things, and I simply thought that things must be headed down from what must have been the mountain peak.
We stayed several days in Kigali, Rwanda, and as it is a city with more of a European feel, it is somewhat easier on the flesh than the rest of the places we go in Africa. There are french restaurants in Kigali, and you can obtain a good cup of coffee, and a fairly good steak. So, we took advantages of these, and healed a bit from the illnesses we had picked up in Uganda, which is usually always a rather tough place on me.
One night, while we were holding a small pastors conference in Kigali, the Lord spoke to Randy McKee, leading him to Psalm 78:49. Randy had been inquiring the reason why Africa had been more cursed than any place on Earth. The Lord's answer was found there: that God had unleashed evil angels in the land.
The next morning, we had some rest time, so I was seeking God, and the Lord led me to study in Psalm 78. While I was looking at verses 41-51, the Lord spoke to me, and said that He had sent His two kings Moses and Aaron into the land of Africa almost 3,500 years ago, and they had levied curses against the river, animals, people, land, insects and weather. Those curses are still in effect to this day, and since the river Nile has its source all the way South in Burundi, those curses affect the whole Nile drainage basin, which involves more than 1/2 of Africa.
I excitedly ran in to share this with Randy, and I wanted to know whether the Lord wanted us to do anything with this information, or do anything about these curses. Suddenly, the Lord spoke, and said: "you have already been doing it".
We have been going through the countries, making decrees that insert grace into the decrees made by Moses and Aaron. God will now deliver Africa from bondage by His sovereign grace, and this is not dependent upon whether they will worship and serve Him. They will be set free from these curses and those evil angels. They will be pulled out of the deep pit they have been in for 3,500 years. Then, they will make their choice: will they serve the Lord, or will they not?
This revelation was the subject of our remaining time in Kigali, and then we travelled down to Bujumbura, Burundi for the first time. It sits on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika, and it is very hot. Fortunately, I had a shower in my room, and I took about five showers per day, as we were drenched with sweat every time we preached.
We hosted a pastors conference in Bujumbura for about 200, and then began the three day journey by car back to Western Kenya. We arrived back last Saturday, and each of us preached in different churches here on Sunday.
I have been a bit ill the last few days with stomach ailments, but Randy is quite well. Tomorrow, we begin a five day evangelism crusade in Kapkateny, on the slopes of Mount Elgon, in Western Kenya.
Yesterday, we purchased our very own sound system for the crusades. We have been in the hands of men here who want $200 from us for rental of a sound system that they use in their churches. All of us agreed that it was time that we must purchase our own system. So, I am out there again, financially walking on the water. The system cost us about 110,000 Kenyan Shillings so far, which at 78 KS per dollar, is about $1,300. I know it is the right thing to do.
Our team is strong in the Lord, and the work is good, valid and powerful. God is promising to increase us greatly in the near future.
Last night, we toured the hospital in Webuye, Western Kenya. We prayed openly and loudly in the name of Jesus in every ward. The hospital is large at three floors, but there are no screens on the windows. Most of the people in the hospital are there for treatment of malaria, and the mosquitos make sure that anyone who does not have malaria when they come to the hospital will have it when they leave. 72 beds in the hospital have no mosquito nets. It was quite appalling, and Randy was in tears. I held myself together enough to do the praying. The images will stay with me for a long time. They tell me that it is a "clean hospital" for Africa. Wow!
Well, I will leave for now. Please keep us in many prayers, and we have many adversaries. My coordinator just suffered the theft of his cellphone on our trip here to Eldoret. God is poised to do something incredible here. I just know it.
God bless you all,
Stephen L. Bening
MISSION PLAN FOR April 24, 2005 to June 10, 2005
David Walukhu (African Mission Coordinator) 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.
............Kigali, Rwanda, where we will take part in an outdoor evangelistic crusade for five days.
............Bujumbura, Burundi, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic crusade and pastors conference with 200 pastors of an undetermined length at the present time.
............Kapkateny, Western Province, Kenya, where we will hold an outdoor evangelistic revival, called an "International Prophetic Explosion", for five days.
................Muhonja, Western Province, Kenya, where we will hold meetings for five days.
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.
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 to $1 million-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. The first well in Kittui can be done for $20,000, if we hire the job out to a drilling company. We have already completed the geological survey, and we have obtained the drilling permit.
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.
Jesus says, "you have not because you ask not". I say, Lord Jesus, I Am Asking!
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