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Great Things in Maasailand

27 Sep 2002

Great things are happening in Maasailand. Pastor Daniel Kalasinga has been faithfully preaching the Gospel for 20 years, and we are now seeing the full fruit of this ministry. In fact that there are so many young Maasai men wanting to join our Bible Institute that we are now planning to open a branch in the town of Dol Dol (The focal point of commerce, education, and communication for one of extensive areas of Maasailand known as Mukogodo).

Maasai society is experiencing a radical shift away from the traditional warrior culture, and moving into the modern world. As Maasai youth embrace western education, technology, and ideas, we see a window of opportunity to fill their open hearts and minds with Biblical truth. The Maasai value system and world view is undergoing a mammoth change. Our Maasai Pastors have seen that this is the critical time to reach an entire generation for Christ!

This year’s Maasai Youth Camp went very well, although the number of campers was a slight disappointment. Only 150 youth attended this year – about half of last year’s attendance. We reckon the reason for the decrease was (1) The increased fee per camper. The Fellowship of churches and some individuals subsidized the camp’s costs heavily. But, the camp leaders felt that the campers should pay a nominal $1.30 each. However, for many, this was apparently prohibitive. (2) The current drought has caused many of these semi-nomadic peoples to move away from the permanent settlements in search of grazing for their animals.

But, God knows the beginning from the end, and perhaps the lower attendance was best for this year’s camp. Pastor Kalasinga, the senior pastor and keeper of the vision for our Mukogodo Maasai area, said that the spiritual impact on those who attended this year was much deeper! Over 60 made serious serious decisions of repentance and resolutions to go on to a higher level of devotion to the Lord. Perhaps the Lord knew that He could work more intimately in the hearts of these fewer youth, bringing them to a deeper walk with Him – which will pay even bigger dividends in years to come. Nine precious souls were also saved!

We’ve been given a choice 3 acre plot right in the heart of Dol Dol. The story of how God provided this land is a great miracle in itself!

Pastor Kalasinga, has instilled a vision in the younger pastors which gives me goose bumps! Their goal is to conduct THREE MONTHS of camps every year, so that during the School breaks the Maasai youth will be constantly under Bible teaching! The potential for future leaders in Kenya is unimaginable!! Jeremiah 33:3!!

God has given our Baptist Churches a window of opportunity to change the direction of an entire generation of young Maasai men and women in Central Kenya! Those who would like to be part of this pivotal moment in history are welcome to contribute to the “Maasai Youth Camp/Bible Institute Fund”. (See our Contact page for instructions). Surely God will reward this kind of concern to have a part in shaping a new emerging culture!

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Famine Update

15 Sep 2002

Our faithful Maasai pastor, Daniel Kalasinga, came in from the bush yesterday. He brought his wife, Mariamu, to the hospital for surgery. During our conversation he told about the pockets of famine which are emerging again in his district. Three centers where we have churches are particularly hard hit.

I truly love this dear old pastor, who has been faithfully preaching the Gospel in Maasailand for over 20 years. He has ten children, and it is his dream to have them all serving in God’s work. His first-born has graduated from our Bible Institute and is helping start a new church in our Provincial capital city.

Pastor Kalasinga doesn’t say very much – but “when he talks, people listen!” As he quietly told me about the emerging famine, my heart was gripped.

I rang the District Commissioner immediately to see if the government had plans for sending famine relief food to this stricken area. “We have scheduled a meeting for October 3rd to discuss the matter,” I was told. Knowing how slow the wheels of bureaucracy move, I realized that it will be two months, minimum, before the government rises to the the need.

I couldn’t resist Kalasinga’s plea for his people, and the souls of the unsaved in these three areas. Many souls have been saved in past Famine Relief outreaches. So, it really is an opportunity to reach the unsaved. We calculated the minimum amount necessary to provide very bare sustenance for the these communities for a month – 24,000 Shillings (About $310). All I had available was 18,000 ($230) – I wished I had more, but I knew even this small amount was taxing my resources. Even so, I gladly gave him that amount, knowing that he and his other pastors will use this food as a tool for evangelism as well as relieving the suffering of our believers.

We’re praying that: First, that souls will be saved, and believers will be encouraged; Secondly, that the government will act quickly; and Thirdly, that the expected rains in mid-October will be sufficient to revive the grass so that no additional animals will be lost.

May God bless you all for your concern as you join in praying with us.

Praying for Food

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