Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Strong Point Ministries is currently working in the Western Province of Kenya, leading personal evangelistic efforts, equipping the church to do evangelism, and caring for fatherless and needy children. We have a burden to go into very remote villages where the gospel has not reached and lead those precious souls to the Lord Jesus Christ. We also desire to help the local pastors and leaders become equipped to do the work of the Lord and preach the gospel. We are so thankful for the mighty ways God is moving in the hearts of people in the tropical, green hills of Western Kenya. Many are coming to Christ through the power of the gospel, and countless lives have been and are being changed. We have passed out tens of thousands of gospel tracts in this area and brought thousands of Bibles into this area where many cannot afford to buy a Bible due to the endemic poverty in Africa. Many have been saved through these efforts, and we expect to see many more brought to the Saviour. Pastors have also been taught many things about evangelism through conferences and personal discipleship that have increased their knowledge and zeal for sharing the gospel. We believe that personal discipleship to pastors is one of the most powerful ways to see a lasting change in Western Kenya. The Holy Spirit has put a burning desire in our hearts for the native people become equipped to do personal evangelism. Jesus said "GO YE into all the world and preach the gospel" so we desire to equip our brothers and sisters to carry out the great commission. There is a strong spirit of dependency in Africa, and this is a powerful stronghold of the devil to keep the church in Africa from being what God has called it to be. However, we believe through teaching these people and showing them the love and humility of Christ this nation can be changed, one person at a time.
The Bible teaches us that pure religion before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, that God is a father to the fatherless, and we are to defend the poor and needy (James 1:27, Psa. 68:5, Psa. 82:3-4). Therefore Strong Point Ministries has a true burden to care for the fatherless children of Africa. We have a children's home called Hand of Mercy Children's home in Mungatsi, Kenya where we house children who come from various backgrounds of poverty, suffering, and hopelessness. However, now they have been given hope physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our faithful and godly brother Pastor Morgan Otundo lives at Hand of Mercy Children's home, and is the spiritual father to our children. The children love him so much that they refer to him as "daddy." Hand of Mercy Children's home is not an "orphanage" but a loving family. We have taken children off the streets where they were daily surrounded with harsh conditions along with the terrible realities of drugs, alcohol, prostitution, which lead certain death. We have taken others who have been neglected or mistreated by their families. We have also taken children whose parents have died, and were left lonely, heartbroken, and confused. However, through Hand of Mercy Children's home our children now have a loving family, a safe place to sleep, and plenty of wholesome food. Children we have taken in who had no opportunity to receive an education are now some of the brightest students in their classes. Children who knew nothing about the love of Jesus Christ have now experienced His saving grace and are even leading others to Jesus. Our Hand of Mercy children are very fine preachers who go through the local villages sharing the love of Christ with many people, and many have received Christ through seeing the witness and testimony of these wonderful children along with the mighty miracles that God has done through Hand of Mercy Children's home. Our children attend church services each Sunday where they often lead worship, and every morning before school and every night before bed they have a Bible study, praise and worship songs, and prayer. These children are truly being raised up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Hand of Mercy Children's home is a very special place that God has His hand of mercy upon!
Bro. J.T told me that a door has opened for prison ministry, also. Please keep him and other brothers that will be joining him later. Be sure to visit the website @ http://strongpointministries.com/
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Two bands were playing at the Trial. I brought our cross with "Are you Ready? on it. I've been wanting to do this for a while. I bought a pack of 4" adhesive letters from Office Depot at lunch time Friday. This was inspired by Tony Miano, Paul Latour, and Vernon Costello. They use one that is smaller. I want to get one like theirs soon. Bro Gary held it up for most of the night. I preached first. Our first conversation was with a man named Jack. He was interested in what we were doing. He said that he family was not religious. We talked about the Gospel and how Jesus took our place. I gave him a tract before he left. We pray that Jack gets saved soon! Kenny came out to ask us if we were protesting. He is from Southern California where he said he had never seen what we were doing. Bro. Gary and Bro. J.J. told him that we were talking about the Gospel. He seemed to have his own brand of Christianity. He took a tract from all three of us. Bro. J.J. was able to preach for a little time before the first band played. Jerry came out and talked with Bro. J.J. for a long time. He, too, had his own way with God. A troubled young man came over to tell us that we weren't helping anyone and he was aggravated about what we were doing. He suggested that we pick up trash or wash someone's feet. He picked up some trash around us and some in front of the bar so we could see him helping out. I think he may have been on something. A another young man showed me his Jesus tattoo as he was going toward the bar. He had been drinking a few. After Jerry and Bro. J.J. finished their conversation, we called it a night. Where will you share the Gospel this week?