Thứ Ba, tháng 4 14, 2009
African Mission - Gordon Kalich - ELMI -Kenya
AFRICAN MISSIONS BLOG #1
ETERNAL LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Missionary-Evangelists: Gordon & Emie Kalich
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” ---John 3:16 [Please continue to pray for the anointing, protection and provision for us to powerfully and effectively share the gospel and lead people to Jesus.]
Greetings from Africa, it is my prayer that God will continue to bless, encourage, and strengthen all of you who read this news blog. God promises He has a good plan for your life which offers you a future and a hope. And Jesus said in John 10:10b: “…I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”
In the past few days I and the pastors I am working with, have been blessed to see dozens of African men, women, and children pray and receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord during the village crusades where I am preaching in the outlying part of Kakamega, Kenya. We have had a large percentage of men come forward in these gospel sharing meetings and many of them came to my sponsor’s church service yesterday for the Sunday service on April 5th.
From 4-1 to 4-5 I was privileged to minister 13 times in Seminar meetings, crusades, a city wide church fasting and prayer gathering, and the church service. Today, Monday, April 6th we drove about an hour, much of it on dirt roads and some more like a cattle trail. Pastor James Mabwa and I---spoke to a small church in the outlying farmland area. A few pastors from other churches attended and even though it was a small group, the presence of the Lord was there in a special way and the people’s lives were blessed as we shared from God’s word and testimonies of how the Lord has specifically touched certain people’s lives.
I first arrived at the in Kenya Africa on March 17th and ministered to churches in the modernized capital city of Nairobi for a few days. Then on April 25th, I flew to Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo to visit missionary friends Pastor Felicilda and his wife Rhory (who are from the Philippines). They are being used by God to train & equip Christians and have taken leadership over a dying church there that was down to only 2 members a year ago and are now approximately 100 attending, counting the men, women, and children. I was able to minister to some of the churches there and was the guest speaker to their graduating class of 1st year Bible School students. The conditions in the Congo are much less advanced than in Kenya. One example in that here is not one ATM machine in the whole country, there is a lot more corruption, and complications in entering the country.
If you read the Lonely Planet’s travel guide commentary, one of their statements in [Introducing Democratic Rebublic of Congo]is: “…the country remains closed to all but the most brave-hearted travelers. The nation’s history reads something out of Dante’s Inferno…” The U.S. Governments comments for American Citizens in regards to going to the D.R. Congo are also not too encouraging. However, I personally found the trip to be safe--- and it was a blessing to be used by the Lord to share encouraging and exhorting Bible based messages that were really appreciated by the people who the Lord opened the door for me to minister to. It was a fruitful trip and I am willing to go back again in the future as the Lord leads.
I am scheduled to minister in the Western Kenya area of Kakamega until the 16th and on the 17th I am scheduled to fly back to the capitol city of Nairobi and minister there for 3 days and then fly back on April 21st to Thailand and then the Philippines.
In the Philippines, my wife Emie has said they are experiencing revival and that many good things are happening in the ministry outreaches. I will share more about that in a future blog.
My wife and I are in contact by phone as I am in Africa and she is in the Philippines and we continue to pray for all who receive our written monthly newsletter and all who receive this blog-letter/commentary. May the Lord richly bless you always and may His encouragement and strength and joy---touch your life in a special way today and in the weeks to come.
In Christ’s love,
Gordon & Emie
P.S. Please continue to pray for what was requested at the top of this newsletter. Also please pray for God to raise up 100+ new ministry intercessory prayer partners to help lift us up in fervent and effective prayer. If you know of sincere and effective Christian prayer intercessors who you think might be willing to help back us in prayer, please forward this blog-letter to them and ask them to prayerfully consider doing so. Powerful, faithful, and effective prayer support is extremely helpful in all missions and ministry work. Thanks for your help in this area.
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