|My Dear Pray-ers,
I am in the air on the way home from Kenya when you are receiving this, so, hopefully, this is a short diary of what has transpired during these 9 days.
Thank you for praying for me. And if you haven’t, that’s okay, BECAUSE our God is outside of time, so you can pray for me now, and I think He’ll hear and respond as if you prayed last week.
Blessings my friends,
Day 1 Comments:
A day of BIG decisions, like which Kenyan shirt I’ll wear?
Also looked at photos of men and women in Kenya handing out our “Save-The-Date” cards for the War Room Prayer Boot Camps that we would do.
And then of course I needed a photo of the stone animals I have already brought home so that I dod not duplicate what we have. These are stone, heavy and too cool.
Oh yeah. The blue shirt won!
While I was in the air, a friend found this quote and put it up, in preparation for my visit
Day 2 Comments:
Sometimes the littlest things are the most exciting.
Like seeing that after 24 hours of traveling I’m only 12 minutes from my destination. HOORAY!!!
The “Save-The-Date” cards that were being handed out are below:
Day 3 Comments:
My driver and EXCELLENT host, who knows TONS of things about his country, picked me up at my hotel and we drove to Nakuru where I had scheduled a prayer meeting, seeking the Lord for where I believe the Lord is stretching Common Thread Ministries.
There’s something about seeing Zebra along the side of the freeway that just makes you want to say, “We’re not in Kansas Toto!”
Arriving that night, besides my permanent team members was Pastor James and his “Tuk Tuk” that 4 people squeezed into.
The evening we spent in prayer focused upon an elderly pastors ministry that we will call the Ezekiel Ministry. Click HERE or the photo to go to the link where we start to explain this ministry.
Day 4 Comments:
The Kendrick Brothers’ War Room and Claude King’s Prayer Boot Camp arrived in Kenya where 50 people were blessed by the movie and, I believe, had their prayer lives challenged.
I am so honored to teach on prayer.
At dinner Rebecca Shahasi showed me her In Touch Messenger. I gave some to my permanent team members. She said that when she wakes up anxious she either puts the Bible reading on or she puts the Swahili speaking Dr. Charles Stanley on, and immediately has peace and falls asleep.
Later in the evening we continued our prayer meeting for the elderly pastors. Besides my two prayer teachers, young men I’ve been pouring my life into for 3 years, two Kenyan senior pastors were there. Lots of questions were asked and then when we were done praying I felt compelled and so we gathered around David and Lawrence, laying hands on them, sending them out to teach prayer, SO THAT the elderly pastors can marshal the elderly of their villages into prayer warriors.
I believe God is up to something. We need your prayers.
Day 5 Comments:
Another long day as we begin in Nakuru speaking at Lanet Baptist Church.
This is how the pastor and his wife arrive, in their “Tuk Tuk.”
I fell in love with the kids. I always do.
But this one was really special. In fact, I probably need to confess that I now have a girlfriend. Her name is Grace and the expressions she can make. I’m afraid that we interrupted people who were supposed to be listening to the service.
Oh well, her and I had fun.
Speaking before the congregation at Lanet Baptist Church. The Pastor’s wife is translating for me.
Pastor David Lyle from Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Duluth GA purchased this microphone and cord for Lanet. And here they are asking the Lord to bless it’s use. These folks are so appreciative of the littlest things. It is very humbling, and exciting.
I shared with these folks my burden for the elderly pastors. In attendance were Baptist executives leading Nakuru County and pastors who gave up their pulpits to hear the message.
Again, very humbling.
And in case you are wondering. They are Baptists through and through!
We then left for Nyeri, which is at the foot of Mt. Kenya, where I would speak before returning in the morning to do another Prayer Boot Camp.
But FIRST, we had to cross the equator.
Hmmm. Maybe we are in Kansas, Toto.
Day 6 Comments:
The host church for today’s Prayer Boot Camp
Through the back window of my hotel in Nyeri.
And then up the road, looking at Mt. Kenya.
Can anybody guess why I took this photo of a Baptist Church?
It was kind of funny. I felt like I was being flanked by bodyguards walking thru Karatina
Yes, Starbucks is everywhere. Even in Karatina
David Karanja and Lawrence Onunga are my two Prayer Teachers in Kenya. Here they are setting up for the movie.
Prayer time during the Boot Camp in Nyeri.
Everywhere I go I get to enjoy the kids.
Lydia was a huge point of encouragement to come to Nyeri. You’ll see her earlier in this E-Letter handing out “Save-The-Date” cards
Let me give you part of Zipporah’s testimony. She sent it to me today.
“I thank God for the relief I feel in my heart. I had lived under captive nature of blaming myself and even my Creator. I had not known the secret of letting God’s will happen. . . .”
This woman walked out of the Boot Camp a COMPLETELY different person than when she walked in 4 hours earlier. It was an incredible testimony to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. It was incredible!
Day 7 Comments:
Yuk! It’s time to go home.
Day 8 Comments:
This is the serious team in Nairobi, Ruth, Eric and Antony.
But this is who the they REALLY are.
Day 9 Comments:
If you would pray. Pray for me that:
- I would be able to return in February
- David and Lawrence will befriend elderly pastors
- Antony will find the right youth to pour his life into
- Eric will creatively handle the IT items he has responsibility for
- Ruth would be able collate all of the ministry items
- And that people touched this week would become devoted to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2)
As always, we trust God for the finances.
Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker for Common Thread Ministries