October 20, 2014

A-MAIZE-ING WORK DAY


Last month, we had a maize shelling work day here in Kenya. As many of you know, it can be very time consuming to load pictures where we live, so I apologize for the late posting. 

This was my first experience with shelling maize, and with everyone working together it turned out to be a lot of fun. I was forewarned that I might get some blisters, but I am happy to report that I did not get any blisters just sore hands. The reason for the sore hands, is because we shelled by hand! Imagine that.  It's the easiest traditional system for shelling maize, you simply press your thumbs on the grains in order to detach them from the ears. I used a knife to help remove the first row of grains, it was a very useful tool. Cindy Carrier is an awesome teacher, and definitely has more experience in this area then I do. 

Here at Kingdom Driven Ministries Kenya, we help with the various needs of the poor in our area. To help the hungry we provide farming training, and vocational skills. We also grow food and maintain stores of grains for our needy neighbors. I can't stress enough what a great experience we had working together for the common good of others. After all, as Christians we are called to love our neighbor as ourself. (James 2:8)

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With Love,

Natasha

October 02, 2014

You say rightly that I am a King!

Wow the last 6 days have just been an amazing ride the Lord is doing wonderful things! For the last couple of days I have been in Dar Es Salaam attending a missionary gathering I was asked to come speak at. So this afternoon I was given the floor, to share what is on my heart and I want to share it with you as well.

Over the years many have gone out evangelizing to get people “saved” and yes salvation is a wonderful and beautiful necessity in the gospel, but it is not the focus. We have taken salvation and placed it at the front in an effort to seek and save the lost at the cost of losing sight of the very reason Christ came to this earth, which was for the sake of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the entire vehicle by which God is saving man. Simply put salvation is God salvaging some and making them capable of expressing his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

When we remove Christ’s Kingdom from the gospel and put salvation at the front it’s like a man who takes an old rusted car and restores it to a new creation and then it just sits in one place, there is nothing to propel it forward and eventually over time the car once again begins to fade, rust, and drift into the background. We have created all sorts of crafty ways to go and salvage people, but we haven’t delivered the goods to them.

In parable of the talents Jesus gives a teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus says the Kingdom is like a man who was going on a journey so he delivered his goods to his servants. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, and to another 1 talent, and immediately he went on a journey. So the one who had 5 earned 5 more, and the one who had 2 earned 2 more, but the servant who received 1 talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his lord’s money. So when the lord of the servants returned and settled accounts with them, two of the three servants doubled what they had been given, and their master said well done good and faithful servant enter the joy of your lord. But to the servant who knew his master to be a hard man and fearful of him said look here is what is yours take it. You wicked and lazy servant you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed… Cast him into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The entire parable is in Matthew 25:14-30.

What is Jesus telling us here? A man delivers something and at his return it is to be handed back over to him… Christ himself is that man who came and delivered His goods to His servants and then went on a journey and one day He will return to receive back what he gave His servants. But what are the goods or talents delivered in the parable? It is the Kingdom of God, Jesus himself came into this world and proclaimed the message of the Kingdom. He delivered it to His disciples and they passed it on to their disciples, and on and on. Simply put Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God and it is fully established in heaven and being established on earth, and Jesus is calling you to become a citizen of that Kingdom, because in that Kingdom is life. We can’t look at Christ as our dear sweet Savior without honoring His Kingship.

It is the very purpose Jesus was born TO BE A KING! If we have not surrendered to His Lordship by walking in obedience to the decrees of our King we can’t call Jesus our Savior. Jesus wants us to step into His kingdom and with everything we have STRIVE to inherit that Kingdom, He says if we put our hand to the plow and look back we are not fit to be a citizen in His kingdom

Are we going to be the servant who receives the Kingdom and goes and buries it in the ground to keep it safe for when the master returns? Or are we going to except the responsibility Jesus Christ has left us with, to expand His Kingdom by walking in obedience and making disciples that follow in the footsteps of the Master.

For His glorious Kingdom
Charlton

September 29, 2014

THE INSIDE NEEDED TO BE HEALED!


"Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?" Luke 11:39-40

 
I would like you to meet a joyful mzee (elder man) named Joseph Gamubaka, I also want to tell you a little of his story I hope it may bless you as it has me.

Joseph has lived without full use of his two legs due to polio since his childhood. In Africa the disabled are looked upon as less than human and cursed. As Joseph grew older many “faith healers” told him he could be healed and delivered from this curse, one day there was a healing crusade nearby and a minister told him you need to come and be healed… Joseph proceeded to tell me he understood he needed healing, but not physically… Inside he needed to be healed, his heart needed to be changed. He told the minister what good is it if I can be healed and walk. Will I be like others who receive healing then I walk away get drunk and do whatever I want? The healing I need you cannot offer me. Later in life Joseph found that healing that only can come from God through Jesus   

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

To this day Joseph is still disabled physically, but blessed beyond measure he teaches a sewing class inside an old abandoned building to other disabled individuals so they can learn a trade to make a living for themselves and not be idol. It was amazing to see how they all work and live together on this small block of buildings, they all have various disabilities, but Joseph and others repair clothes, one man washes and dries the clothes as a living and the mamas have an ironing business. They also meet together for prayer and worship regularly!

I was blessed to be in fellowship with them on Sunday, such a humble group I can only think of God looking down as a proud Father and smiling at these beautiful individuals and the love they have for each other.
 

This is one of many stories I hope to post over the next week or so as I continue my journey around East Africa, I’m still in Uganda for a couple more days then I will travel to Tanzania and from their back home to Kenya.

God bless you as you walk in obedience to Jesus Christ.

Charlton