We have arrived in Kenya! It has been a long road getting to the mission field, but God was faithful to bring us where He called us.
Author: Jorah Benson
We spent the last few weeks getting settled here in Germantown. We moved into our new home and furnished it with the basic amenities. We picked up the college interns and got them all situated to start living here as well. Part of getting settled was getting an introduction to all of the platforms of ministry for this context. Jason took us around to see all of these. The above photo is Chey and I out at the farm. Also, on the farm property is the clinic that is operated every Thursday. Both the farm and the clinic are vital to the local rural village.
Even though we have just arrived and only been here for one month we have been given the opportunity to lead the weekly Bible Study. Tomorrow will be our third lesson to teach to the college interns. Our first lesson was on walking in the Spirit and how to do that – by faith. Our text was taken out of Galatians 2:20 – 3:9; Gal 5:16-25. I thought this was a pivotal subject to teach on first in order for us to be effective missionaries. If this one thing is in order, everything else will likewise follow. This applies to everything in the Christian life.
The purpose of us being here is more than to feed the hungry and care for the sick. Even though this is a part of what we do, we are here to plant churches among these unreached Muslim peoples. My heart is to see the world of Muhammad bow the knee to Jesus Christ! For this reason, I must learn to communicate the Gospel in their language. I have begun my study of my first ministry language – Swahili. I wonder what the future holds! Cheyanne already knows what I am currently learning, which afforded her the space to sneak a picture (Below).
We attend class with Grace at the school she started for the village children. When we are on break from language learning we get to play with the little children. As you can see from the picture below, they love being held. More than that, they like “climbing [me] like a tree!” This will be our life at least for the next four months as we complete our preliminary language study. Life could be harder!
Language class is from 9 am to 12 pm Monday through Thursday. At 1 pm Chey and I go out with a local to practice language out in town and to help us get comfortable with the city. What a blessing it is to have help the first few months – both classroom and immersion. My language helper’s name is Geoffrey and Chey’s is Agnes.
We had a fellow future missionary (Kristen), planning on working in a different part of the country, stop in and say hello. This was cause for some joyous fellowship for all of us associated with Bethany, both college interns and missionaries. Again, Cheyanne was not pictured due to her taking the picture. But if she were, her seat was to my right in the red shirt as I speak with Kristen on my left.
This first month on the ground here in Northeast Kenya has been going well. Yet, that does not mean that it has been with no difficulties. Two days ago, our water tank in the ceiling developed a clog in the overflow line. Instead of draining outside (indicating that the tank was full) it overflowed into the attic and fell through the ceiling causing the mess you see pictured. It will all work out. We choose joy in all situations.
Thank you for all of your support and prayers. Together we will link arms for the advancement of the Gospel among the unreached.