Sunday, September 23, 2012

Training Servant Leaders

178 village Bible studies
400 Bible study leaders

This means we need on-going leadership training!   We have seven seminars for leaders planned for this year.  About sixty leaders attended our fourth and  most recent one in Mongango the end of August.

 The three-legged race is a good place to begin, in discussing working together as leader and assistant. 
Prayer is the natural follow-up as the leadership teams discuss problems and bring them to the Lord.
Choosing the ONE THING that is important in your personal life (Luke 10:38-42)
Working closely as leader and assistant.
Depending on the Lord in prayer
Good lesson preparations
Practical responsibilities of leaders
These are the topics we cover, using Scripture, games, and illustrations. 
The leaders are eager to share their songs and dramas that are a part of the Bible studies they lead, and we share a great day in fellowship.

Thank God with us for raising up leaders who love the Lord and His Word. 

Pray that each one would grow in their relationship with Jesus, and in their ability to teach others the truth of God’s Word.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tabitha Seminars Impact 2100 Women

Praise the Lord!  He did great things the week of July 2 when Mary Whelchel came to speak at five seminar locations to Tabitha Ministry Bible study members.  I wish you could have attended the meetings with us to catch the joy and energy of God’s people worshiping, and drinking up teaching from the Word.  

Mary Whelchel (right) of The Christian Working Woman ministry in Chicago, came for her fourth year to visit Tabitha Ministry.  Peris Rotich (left) my assistant in Tabitha, translated for her and did very well.

Monday – Kitoben – We had around 500 women come from the area, eager to worship together and hear the Word of God.  Even those standing in the back were actively listening, taking notes, learning how to take a short passage of Scripture and find application in it for themselves.  It was wonderful to see that most of the women had Bibles, and most made a commitment to feed themselves on the Word every day. Pastors came with the leaders from the newest area where Bible studies are multiplying, in the Nyongores area,  and they were thrilled with the practical teaching on how to feed yourself from the Word.

Tuesday – Goitabsilibwet – Around two hundred women came from an area where studies began in 2011.   Some eighty-year-old women were the most eager to testify as to the importance of the Word in their lives.  We had to talk with the pastor counselor in this area to tell him to slow down on his rate of opening new studies, so we could assure that the leaders would be mentored and supervised.  He is very enthused!

Wednesday – Kaparuso – We drove an hour to get to this village, seeing gorgeous views as we drove, of ridges of green hills.  From the second and third ridges, women walked, some of them 3-4 hours, to get to the meeting. The drama of the Gibeonites from Joshua  9  was hilarious, with good explanation of the application to life.  Around five hundred women came, but out of the 500 there, maybe only ¼ of them had Bibles. (In this picture, the women standing have not yet received Bibles.)  We came away with a real sense of the need of God’s Word for every family, and a desire to have God provide funding for Bibles so we could distribute more.

Thursday – Silibwet – Here at least 550 women gathered from 40-50 studies. Some have been in the studies for years, and others are just beginning in this area.  Women crowded at the doors and windows to listen (pictured above).  Again, the response was moving, to see them stand in commitment to read the Bible every day so that they can grow in Christ.

Friday – Njorwet – The 350 women plus men who attended here packed out the small church in the morning so we moved the meeting outside.  These studies have started because of the work of God in one poor woman, named Betty (pictured above).  She was desperate in 2008 when, estranged from her husband, she moved to find a job picking tea.  While there, she prayed earnestly to know God and His Word, and she came upon a Tabitha women’s Bible study.  She drank up the teaching and quickly earned her own Bible. When she returned to her husband and his area in 2009, she began studies, backed by the local pastors.  Now there are ten active studies going, and many, many women learning God’s Word because of Betty’s faithfulness to share with others what she has found in Christ and in His Word.

Overall, it was a fantastic week.  I thank God for all the leaders who worked so hard to put it together, organizing their members to feed the crowds each day, and enthusiastically welcoming us wherever we went.  They love the Lord and His Word, and their joy is in Him.  I am thankful for Mary’s ministry to the Kenyans, and to me, as a personal friend and encourager in this ministry.  And most of all, I thank the Lord for His work during the week.  Many, many women whom I have talked with since are using Mary’s practical pointers and reading the Bible each day.  They will be growing in knowing Jesus, and growing to be like Him. This is our goal.  Colossians 1:28,29. Your prayers are making a difference.  Praise the Lord!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012


We continue to see God touch lives through the Tabitha Ministry.   We are so grateful for you who are partnering with us in prayer and finances.  In this way, you are part of touching people like Janet, Benaline, and Betty, in the stories that follow.

“When I see this cow, I understand that God loves me and cares for me.” 

These were the words of Janet Chumo last week at the church service where a gift cow was presented to her and her children.  Her husband left her fifteen years ago, and she turned to the Lord and began to follow Him at that time.  She says God has been faithful to her in the difficulties.  She is now an energetic women’s leader in her church, and has raised six children on her own, most of whom are following the Lord.  She led the women singing a song she had helped write from Ps. 33:1-5 and 20-22, especially emphasizing the verse,  “In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name!”

I didn’t realize what a treasure the Bible was until I had my own, and could study God’s Word.  I am learning so much…Ladies, even at this time when there isn’t much food, sit at the table and read the Word of God.  He will bless you. 
This was the testimony of Benaline Maritim who  became a Bible study leader last year.  She was attending the church service last Sunday at Kipsimbol where we presented 34 Bibles to women who had earned them.  Among the recipients were three sisters in their eighties, the oldest of whom gave a stirring testimony of the importance of God and His Word in her life.

                                         Bibles for Kipsimbol

                                          John and Betty Langat and children

I was longing for Jesus, and I found the women’s Bible studies where I could get to know Him better.  My life is His!

Testimony of Betty Langat, one of our poorest Bible study leaders, yet so rich in spiritual fervor for the Lord.    Estranged from her husband several years ago, she moved to a village where one of our Bible studies was going.  She joined, and has been active since.  She eventually returned to her husband, starting several studies along the way.  In March we gathered to dedicate their new house, built by her local church with the help of Tabitha Ministry. In the crowd that gathered to celebrate were one hundred ladies who had earned their Bibles, from nine different studies started, because of Betty’s testimony.  Praise God!  We need to pray for her husband John to come to the Lord.

Thank you for the many who have contributed to Tabitha Ministry fund over the past six months.  We have been able to  distribute 840  Bibles, purchase  12  cows, and help with  12  houses since November 2011, in addition to other practical helps.  We have about 150 studies in the villages each week now.   Praise the Lord!  We desire to help with two cows and two houses per month but don’t have the funds to keep up with that, nor the funds for Bibles for the rapidly growing movement of local studies.  Don't you want to be involved in touching needy people like this for Jesus?