AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Doug Boren, idawn kunda, iMichele Poague, iGrant Dickinson, iPeggy Schmuldt, iDouglas Skopp, iBatya Casper, i

  Home > Inspirational > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 7,838 Titles
· 41,508 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Fellowship with God Bright lights on the path leading to Jes
by Henry Miranda

We all search for answers and wonder why a loving God would allow certain things to happen in our life. God loves us so much that he has to have, what we call tuff love, ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Future Hope ITP Book One (Formerly ITP: Future Hope)
by David Gelber

Future Hope is a work of science/speculative fiction that examines future earth and the conflict between science and religion..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan


A Pastor's Musings (Entry Five, From Kenya, Africa)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, July 20, 2009

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

Pastor Bruce Bilkey writes from the field, as he and a team of his workers and volunteers help spread the love/message of Christ in Kenya, Africa. They are having a marvelous time.

 

Eldoret, Kenya, Africa, Tuesday, July 21, 2009~

Dear Journal~

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  (Or as they say here, Jambo!  Habari Gani?  M'zuri sana, asante sana!  Translation, that means, Hello!  How are you?  I am fine!  in Swahili!)

I am Pastor Bilkey, and this finds us in the little Maasai village of Eldoret, which is northwest of the capital city of Nairobi.  We have been here in Africa for the past few days; we have at least another week and a half to go before our work is completed.

It is quite cool here, actually, and quite arid.  Not bad most days, but at night, it gets downright chilly, to the point of needing blankets and heaters to keep us warm as we sleep.  We sleep in furnished cabins or, if none are available, we sleep in the open, underneath the stars, and pray that no predators find us or eat us.

We have been having services; our first ones were Saturday and Sunday.  Never have I seen so many needy, hungry souls!  And the response to the altar calls after the services have been nothing short of extraordinary!  The presence of the Lord has been awesome; we have even seen some people delivered/healed!

Case in point:  a woman brought her little baby son to the altar for prayer on Sunday morning.  The little guy was clearly sick:  pale, in a weakened state, skinny to the point of emaciation.  He looked terrible.  I and my partner, Tobias Mwatumbwe, laid hands on the child; we prayed for him, and right away the little guy perked up and started laughing.  The woman started screaming out praises to the Lord; she immediately knew her child had been healed.  It was incredible!  There wasn't a dry house at the church building!

Another girl, this one in her teens, was possessed by demons.  She was crying, screaming in a terrified state; it was frightening to witness.  Tobias and I laid hands on her; she bucked and thrashed as we ministered, prayed over her, but we didn't give up until the last demon had left.  She then started crying and laughing and soon was running all over the place in a fit of pure joy.  She flung her arms around our neck and in a flurry of Maasai tongue, she began praising the Lord.  She had been delivered, too.

Who knows what the Lord has planned in future services?  It is exciting to think about!  :)

Yesterday (Monday), it was a day of rest; we had been going nonstop since stepping off the plane.   I didn't get out of my bed until noon; I was a real sleey head.  My wife didn't get up until three.  And our kids didn't rise until four.  LOL 

Seems we just got to bed when it was time to get up; we were right back at it today, sharing the love of Christ, praying for people, helping build a church, helping the Maasai people learn about Christ and ministering to them in all areas of their lives.

Some of the stories we've heard so far would break your heart.  Some were so tragic, like the little boy named Isaiah who was an outcast of the village he lived in, simply because his parents couldn't afford to get his burned face fixed.  The child's face was a mass of scars; he had difficulty in eating and was pitifully thin, not to mention, extremely shy.  He couldn't have been more than three years old.

We offered to pay for the boy to get his face fixed.  Oh, how the parents cried!  Oh, how we cried when we realized just how needed we were here in Kenya!  It was miraculous!

I am sure the parents, Osomo and Tahiwe, are still crying with joy at the prospect of their only child getting the miracle they prayed so hard for!  The boy will probably go to Nairobi next week, where doctors can evaluate his situation and then repair his damaged, burn-scarred face to the point of where he would look like any other three-year-old little boy.

We felt we had to help, so we did it out as an act of obedience for the Lord.  "Bless others, and you will be blessed", as it says in the Word.  This is the love of Christ in action; this is what we hope others will see as we share the gospel.

Well, it is time for lunch here.  We are getting hungry.  We are going to a Maasai celebration; they are holding a special welcoming lunch for us.  There will be much music, dancing, joy.  We are looking forward to it; the Maasai people seem friendly enough.  We will get a clear taste of the Maasai way of life; it is going to be very interesting, not to mention, educational! 

I will write in here again soon; if I don't write while we are in Africa, I will most certainly write again when we return to America with a full report on our trip.  I pray the Lord continues to provide, bless, sustain us as we go about doing His work for those who need it most!  May God bless you always, and please keep those prayers coming; we appreciate any and all prayers we do get!  Thanking you in advance~

As always, Pastor Bruce Bilkey, Christ Community Aseembly of God Church, Nashville, Tennesse (writing via Kenya, Africa).  :)


Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/25/2009
So touching . I can actually see all this happening karen.. A great sharing and teaching write!....M
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/21/2009
Well done, Karen.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 7/21/2009
A wonderful story of faith, Karen...
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/21/2009
And the Word will get spread like the Lord said it would, as on earth walks a just man.

Georg

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/20/2009
An excellent, faith building story - well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/20/2009
Wonderful Story. Patrick
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 7/20/2009
What an wonderful pastor. Such faith and love! Loved this Karen.

With Love,
Cindy
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/20/2009
Karen I love your stories, thank you for this important write
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/20/2009
Karen, this is such an interesting and exciting story! You did a fantastic job of writing here!Kudo's!

Love and prayers,
Eileen


Books by
Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado



with a little help







One Year of Daily Prayers by Victoria Burks

One Year of Daily Prayers is a book created to inspire the believer's faith in the promises of God...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Mediocrity to Maturity by Frances Seymour

Book Release Date: 08/10/10 Mediocrity to Maturity,A Journey from Despair to Repair. You can place your order through this link.....  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.