July 2020

Dear ministry friend,

The fact that we have faith in God and the fact God is keeping us safe and secure in Christ Jesus does not in any way makes us immune to sorrow and pain. In fact, often we may go through situations that make us feel as if God is silent, deaf or even unbothered by our predicaments. Thank God that even then his word helps us to better groan and express our feelings, thoughts and ultimately faith in God. Psalm 22 seems to be perfectly illustrating this for us:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:1-3)

See the biggest dilemma for David is not necessarily his sufferings but rather that in all these sufferings, God seemed to be absent, silent, deaf and far removed from his cry for help! Have you ever felt this way? It is like God has abandoned David and left him to die. In fact, David feels that he is as good as dead:

You O Lord have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. (Psalm 22:15b)

Notice however, that even when David felt as if God had forsaken him, he (David) did not give up his trust in God. He confesses that God remains to be his God even when things are tough. Dear friend, this is a precious reminder – in your/my moments of possible doubt and feelings of being forsaken – that God is always worth holding onto. He remains our God in good times and bad times.

Family

The Lord has graciously kept us safe and provided for us. Ann and I are still learning and rejoicing in the gift of parenting. Praise God for the plenty of time we have had together, not just with the baby but also in meditation and time with the Lord as a family. Neema will be turning five months in a couple of weeks! Praise God for her growth and visible progress.

Bible studies

Our online bible studies are carrying on. We have done a number of Pauline letters. Among other things, Paul keeps exhorting us not only to treasure and live the gospel but also to keep and guard the faith that we have received.

Discipleship

My one-to-one discipleship has made some good progress. It’s been very encouraging to see the five young men grow in their love and knowledge of scriptures. Please do keep praying that the Lord will keep showing us more of Christ and that he will firmly hold these five and make them bear fruit.

Open doors!

Churches in Kenya have been gradually opening up since 14 July. However, children below 13 years old, adults above 58 years old and all those with pre-existing health issues are not allowed to be part of the congregants, as per the guidelines issued by the government.

School calendar

In Kenya, schools could be reopening in January 2021 as per the calendar released by the ministry of education! Pray for wisdom on how to make good use of this big holiday.

The needy!

It’s very distressing to see people struggling to put a meal on the table. Do plead for God’s mercy for all those in various needs.