Peace and grace. In Samburu land, we have just held a women’s conference with 380 participants. The speaker was Claudia Moore from Kentucky, a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. The Samburu Well Project is doing well. We have seven wells – five with diesel generators and two with solar power pumps. The pastoral Samburu people are rejoicing with gratitude to our mission partners, because they have clean, safe drinking water.
Please pray for reliable transport for the water well ministry. I am finding it very difficult to travel to different regions to plant churches and drill wells without reliable transport. Some areas are very insecure to travel by public transport. Pray for a 4-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser that is reliable and useful for the wells project.
The camel project is also doing well. We have assisted 5 families with milking camels. These families are grateful and say thank you to the mission partners.
~ Michael Lolwerikoi
Someone once said, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and how this was true for Shoemaker Ridge Church. When Roy returned from his first trip to Shoemaker Ridge, he shared with me the pictures he had taken. These pictures displayed the scenes of burnt rubble, trash, crumbled ceiling, smoke-charred walls with windows broken out and glass all around this current Shoemaker Ridge Church. As he showed me pictures of the devastated structure, my heart was also devastated. These ruins had been a church.
Once it had been a sacred place where the presence of the Lord had dwelled. At one time a congregation had gathered each Sunday to worship. The people had prayed, sung hymns of praise to the Lord, and listened to the message of holiness as it was preached from the pulpit. This had been a place where sinners had been saved, Christians had wept tears for loved ones as well as for themselves, and gave praises to Him for answered prayers. No doubt people had worshipped the Lord “in the beauty of holiness”. Now…nothing left but the ashes of what used to be. Without a vision the people perish and they had perished.
However, one man had a vision of rebuilding this structure into a dwelling place for the Lord. He shared his vision with others. Just as in Isaiah 41:6 & 7, men encouraged one another to put their talents to work for the Lord. The place of worship was restored on Shoemaker Ridge. On Easter Sunday, in a matter of months after seeing the devastated building, we worshipped again in the beauty of His tabernacle. He had raised this church out of the ashes and once again, people came to lift up His name above all names at Ridge Chapel on Shoemaker Ridge. With prayers and supplications, this time Ridge Chapel will not perish.
~ Sue Lauter
In recent months, NHIM has worked along side of Pastor David Spencer in opening a church on Shoemaker Ridge. The church is located in Lee Co. in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. A few months ago, David called me and asked for help in restoring ministry on the ridge. A fire had closed the small church over 20 years ago. David began to visit the ridge and discovered that approximately 85 families lived on the ridge and had no church. As the burden for the people on the ridge increased, so did David’s determination to open the church. His burden became a burden that NHIM shared. Space does not permit telling the whole amazing story at this time, but I want to share just one ‘miracle’ at this time.
Joe Hardman, a NHIM Board member, accompanied me to the mountains to look at the project and take some financial help. While we were there, David, showed us a newly discovered problem. The sewer line from the two small bathrooms simple ran to the hillside beside the church and emptied raw sewage over the hill. An adequate sewage system had to be in place before the work could proceed. The money we took was enough to cover work already completed, but we didn’t have the funds for the septic system. On Sunday after our Saturday visit to the ridge, Joe and his family and Sue and I were eating lunch at a local restaurant. Joe and I were discussing our dilemma and committed to pray and ask the Lord to help us raise the needed funds.
When we were finished eating and stood to leave, a man seated behind us motioned for me to come to his table. He apologized for eavesdropping and then told me that the story of Shoemaker Ridge had touched his heart. He then told me that he would pay to put in the septic system and he did! Is that not miracle? The church opened on Easter Sunday afternoon and NHIM Board Chairman Matt Kinnell, Joe Hardman, Sue, and I joined in the celebration of the resurrection of a church on Resurrection Day!
~ Brother Roy
On Easter Sunday, April 8th, NHIM celebrated the resurrection of a church on Shoemaker Ridge in Lee County, Kentucky. There had not been a church operating on that ridge in many years until Pastor David Spencer developed a vision of planting a church in the burned-out shell of an old church building. NHIM was able to help contribute to the renovation of the building, and we rejoiced along with the people as the building was dedicated and the new ministry at Ridge Chapel was inaugurated. (You can read more about this project here.)