Our team has finally arrived back in Nairobi after a long and productive week in southern Kenya. As you've read from the previous posts, we held two separate medical clinics and church-planting missions. This was the first year that we were able to accomplish this feat, given the the size of our team. Fortunately, we prepared months ahead of time and God blessed this journey. All of us have been particularly impressed by the Kenyan team and their level of organization this year. When we arrived at the clinic sites on th first day, they had already done so much work in advance that it made our week go very smoothly.
There are so many stories to tell. Of the patients we saw. The lives that were changed. How God stirred the hearts of our team. The unexpected joy. The new friendships that were made. I am hoping to share these stories with you in the coming days and weeks. Just too much to lay out in one blog post... on an iPad... in a Nairobi Inn. Suffice to say that it was a remarkable week in many ways.
I guess the best place to start describing the week is to start at the end... the final results. Two successful medical clinics in Mwatate and Bura. Gospel shared with every patient. Two sets of nightly crusades and revival meetings. Day trip to the Loitoktok Masai orphanage. Two new churches built and planted. Two pastors installed. 1,924 patients seen between the two teams. 437 professions of faith in Christ, most of whom accepted Christ during the clinic days.
That's not including the young Taita woman and child that prayed to accept Christ during our church installation ceremony. Two of the construction workers on the Bura church building accepted Christ. The owner of the hotel where our Kenyan team stayed in Mwatate accepted Christ.
Some may look at these numbers and be surprised. First, it is obvious to us that God moved in extraordinary ways and He was the one calling people to Himself. Second, I believe this is this result when people lay down their schedule, their time, their money, and their hearts for Kingdom-building activities. God does all of the work. We don't save anyone ourselves. It's the work of the Holy Spirit. So when we come and give of ourselves, I believe God uses it for His purposes. Now, don't get me wrong. We worked hard. We had long hot and humid days of clinics and crusades. But God is the one who coordinates it all, weaving together a tapestry of willing servants and lost souls, that when complete is a beautiful picture of Himself, a living, active, personal God advancing His Kingdom in dark places.
Lastly, NOW is the time for you to partner with Jesus Harvesters. This mission was a turning point for the ministry overall in many ways. In terms of scope of work, we are seeing multiplication of our teams and ministry projects. The Loitoktok orphanage near Kilimanjaro is becoming a reality, and now has an even greater vision than what we ever expected. (I'll have a separate forthcoming post about the orphanage.) The water drilling equipment is ready for work. The leadership structure here in Kenya is stronger than ever. Our focus on missions and church-planting is laser-sharp as we continue to target the unreached and unengaged. In coming years, we plan to go to Mt. Elgon in western Kenya near the Ugandan border. We also are developing a strategy to reach the Somoli tribes in eastern Kenya. NOW is the time to join us. Whether you want to go on a mission trip, support a church we have planted, teach in the JHM Bible College, build a church building for a fledgling church, or support the Loitoktok orphanage, we have numerous ways that you can join us. There are some of you who are reading this that have supported JHM in the past. NOW is the time to jump back on board!