Please pray for me and my teammates, Gene and Melba Morden. We will be meeting with the District council of the Community Christian Churches this Saturday. They are trying to discover how they fit with us CMF missionaries and how much of what we do they can control. Mostly they are wanting access to some of our funds so they can control how they are used. Their desires are at odds with what we perceive as best for them and the churches. We have a lack of trust in some of our leaders due to sins that they have not addressed. So, we will be trying to help them see some of their attitudes and behaviors in light of Biblical truths. This can be very difficult. So, pray for our wisdom. Pray for all of us to bear with one another properly, forgiving where needed and being broken (them or us) where needed, but united in love above all else. This seems to me to be a situation that many parents face when their children begin to want control over their own lives. It is a good sign, but sometimes the parents need to be really wise in what control and responsibility they hand over to their children. I am not saying the Turkana churches are our children, but we do have some responsibility in guiding them as they determine their future.
Another prayer request is for rain for Turkana and all of Kenya. We have not had any really good rain here since last August. It is time for the rains to begin, but they have not arrived yet. So, pray that the Lord would open the heavens and let the rain come so that the land and the people can do more than just barely survive.
Pray for me also, as I prepare for my next English language class. It will begin next week. I am in the process of making lesson plans and getting materials ready for my class. Pray for my students as well. Pray that they have retained what they learned last month and will be excited to learn even more next week. Thanks so much for supporting me and the ministry in Turkana in this way. Prayer really does make a difference!
One last prayer request is about the increase of tension in Kenya. There have been recent developments that could lead to major upsets again. Pray for the leaders of this country to have a true concern for their nation more than for their own enrichment and advancement. Pray that they would be convicted of their sins and turn from corruption, greed and envy that threaten to cause great physical and spiritual harm to them and their nation. Pray for God's people to stand up for righteousness and to speak out against the evil that others might want to commit. Pray for God's intervention in the lives of those who are using the unrest from last year to fuel their own personal vendettas and hatreds so that they might be released from the spirit of bitterness and hatred. Pray for God's peace here.
Thanks to many who have written in the past week. Easter blessings and birthday blessings have really encouraged me. The wonder of what our Lord did and how much He loves us has once again caused me to drop to my knees in thankfulness. He is powerful and mighty. He has redeemed us and set us free so that we might live life in abundance - even in the midst of problems and seemingly hopeless situations. He is our hope and our salvation. Christ is Risen! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!!!!!!