Answer to Prayer for Samburu Well Project

For several months, we at NHIM have been praying that the Lord would provide funds for a reliable vehicle for Michael Lolwerikoi in Kenya.  Michael’s presence is crucial to the success of the eight well sites (and counting!), and it has been very difficult for him to arrange transportation back and forth among the wells.  Yesterday we received word that a check was on the way to provide Michael with reliable transportation.  We thank God for this answer to prayer.  Please continue to be in prayer for Michael as he seeks to bring much-needed water, both physical and spiritual, to the Samburu people of northern Kenya.

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What Is Your Image?

All of us have morning routines for the day.  Hopefully, part of the routines include Bible reading, prayer, and spending time with our Lord.  The routine of spending time with Him should be the most important part of our routine for beginning the day.  This time provides opportunities for Him to help us readjust our inner being for this day as well as for eternity.  He is able to rearrange our heart, mind, and spirit so that we reflect Him in our lives every day.  In Genesis 1:27, we are told  “God made us in His image”, yet, do we reflect His image in our appearance on the inside as well as on the outside?

My daily routine also includes an outward preparation for the day.  Every morning I look in the mirror to check if my hair is properly combed and brushed, at least as best I can make it.  This is the same routine for any make-up I apply.  Then the mirror reflects if my clothing is modest, clean, and appears to match in color and style.  Why?  I suppose some people would call this pride. That could be part of the reason, although I pray not.  It’s just I believe my outer attire should demonstrate what Jesus desires my inner attire to reflect in my heart, mind, and spirit.  It is of the utmost importance to show Jesus from the inside of my life and not just how I look on the outside.

Once, while attending a camp meeting, I found this message written as “graffiti” on a wall of a girls’ dormitory.  This poem has been an important reminder for me.  Perhaps, you may desire this reminder also.

Portrait of a Christian
Not only in the words you spoke
Not only in your deeds confessed
But in the most unconscious way
Is Christ expressed.
Is it a beautiful smile,
A holy light upon your brow,
Oh, no, I felt His presence,
When you laughed just now –
For me it was not just the truth you taught
To you so clear, to me, so dim
But when you came to see me
You brought a sense of Him.
And from your eyes He beckoned me,
And from your lips His love was shed,
Till I lost sight of you
And I saw Christ instead.
(Anonymous)

~ Sue Lauter

Intern Update from Southeast Asia

“E” is a NHIM intern serving in Southeast Asia.

I work with an organization that brings the love of Jesus to victims of human trafficking here in Southeast Asia, and specifically acts to protect and rescue young girls from sex trafficking. We serve a range of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. I ask for your prayers as we seek to introduce these girls to their Healer, and their Savior, Jesus. I also ask for your prayers as we assist these young women in acquiring the skills and resources to grow and support themselves financially, thus removing one of the primary factors of vulnerability to this evil.

My role in this ministry is in transition at the moment. Until now I have been working as manager for a café that we started in order to have a means of support for the ministry, as well as an opportunity for skills training for some of the young women. However, I am glad to report that the opportunity for this role has been passed to a local person, who is doing very well. This change has also freed me up to become more closely involved with the ministry and the young women we serve.

Although I will continue to assist in the area of vocational opportunities, my new role is primarily to lead outreach and discipleship. I am excited for this opportunity, and thank Him for the blessing of being able to be involved in this way. Outreach means seeking out girls in need of rescue, and following Jesus’ lead as He creatively and uniquely works to free each girl. Once again, I ask for your prayers, for me, for the local team I work with (three brave young women who love Him), and those oppressed who are waiting for Him to proclaim His liberty over them.

Blessings,

E

The Temperature of Our Prayers

As I turned on the stove to heat some soup, I had three basic settings from which to choose:  low, medium, and high. I wonder if most of us have three temperature settings in regards to our prayers. The highest setting is most often for our temporal wants for us.  The medium setting serves for our prayers for our own spiritual good.  The most tepid of the three is often for a lost and dying world and the advance of Christ’s kingdom.

James 4:3 informs us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your own passions.”  Is our highest prayer setting for those things that satisfy the temporal wants?  Even when our prayers are for spiritual things, are they mainly concerned with our own personal spiritual desires?

John in his 1st Epistle gives us this wonderful insight into effective prayer,  “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22)  John continues clear instruction in chapter 5,  “ And this is the confidence which we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the request made of Him.” (1 John 5: 14&15)

Oh Lord, give us the passion and insight of the Holy Spirit to pray, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” May our highest prayer setting be for His will for our lost world, the oppressed, the broken and wounded, and “the least of these.”

~ Brother Roy

Samburu Well Update

Dear friends,

Thanks for your prayers and support. On Monday this week, I travelled by public means 160km on dirt and dusty road to go and meet with the driller who was coming from Nairobi. We agreed to meet half-way, since he wanted to visit the proposed eighth water well site.  Because of the condition of the dirt road it took us 12 hours to arrive at the proposed water site. We were welcomed by the community who are thirsty and very hopeful for the clean water from the well. The driller made an assurance that in two weeks time the drilling process will start. Please pray that the drilling process begins well.

Pray also for a reliable 4-wheel Land Cruiser for our Shalom water ministry. It is very difficult to depend on public transport which is not always available at the scheduled time. Please pray also for our next eye clinic operation which will be in August. We have received a lot of requests from many patients with eyes problems, mainly with trachoma cases. The Tenwek Eye Unit have agreed to come to Samburu for a four-day eye clinic. Please pray for their transportation, accommodation and allowances for nurses/patient assistants during the eye clinic services.

Blessings,

Michael Lolwerikoi

“If I Had Not Come”

What if Jesus had not come?  That is a question so chilling that it’s hard to even let our minds go there.  There is a strange old legend noted by Dr. Hallock in the Encyclopedia of Special Days.  In the legend, the world grew colorless overnight.  The clouds became lifeless, spongy vapors. The ocean waves became pale and motionless.  The fire fled from the diamonds. Rubies and sapphires turned grey.  Rainbows faded from the skies, flowers became dull and drab, hues vanished from sunrises and sunsets.  The dewdrops vanished on sunny mornings.  The blue of heaven turned to lead and the cold breath of death blew across the insipid earth.

If He had not come…” crying would replace laughter, fear replace security, hatred replace love, disease replace health, starvation replace nourishment, and greed replace honesty.

If He had not come…” there would be no Virgin Mary, no baby Jesus in the manger, no wise men, no Calvary, no forgiveness from sin, no solution for guilt, no relief from fear, no heaven to anticipate, and no eternal life.

“If He had not come…” the fear of the grave would haunt us, hell would be waiting for us, the devil would torment and destroy us, the demonic would stalk us, peace of heart would escape us, and true love relationships would elude us.

But He did come, and because He came we can have forgiveness from sin, freedom from guilt, peace in our heart and life everlasting.  We can have a friend that sticks closer that a brother, fellowship with other believers, answers to our prayers, and  bright hope for tomorrow.

Has Jesus come into your life? If not, come to Him with this simple prayer, “ Lord Jesus, I know that You died for me, and I place my trust in You.  Forgive my sins and save me from the judgment to come.  Help me turn from my sins and live my life wholly for You, seeking to be obedient to You in everything.”  

~ Brother Roy 

Asbury Meets Southwest

God moves in small things and big things, small people and big people. God has called us to be his people, to exhibit the message of Christ, and to live our lives for him. Those in Asia and in Europe, those in North America and South America, those in Kentucky and Arizona, and every believer in between, we are all part of His Body. A passage that I thought about a lot on this trip, Colossians 3:1-17, speaks to this.

This May, New Hope took a team of eight Asbury University students to Southwest Indian Ministries Center in Peoria, Arizona. Having met in Cincinnati, the eight of us stepped out of the mild, humid air into the Airport. Several hours and a few thousand miles later, we stepped off the airplane into the hot, dry air of Phoenix, Arizona. After a short drive, we arrived at our new home for the next few weeks: Southwest Indian Ministries Center. Formerly a Native boarding school, SIMC is now a hub for Native ministry in the area. Home to many WGM missionaries, SIMC is also the site for many child and adolescent camps.

While at SIMC, our time was split between helping prepare campus for a summer full of camps, ministering to kids on the reservation, or having “team-bonding” (i.e. playing crazy games).  It was inspiring to see God’s hand moving through all of us on this trip. God’s work was clear in the way our team drew closer to each other, and let that energy, closeness, and affection spill over to others.

A lot of the time we were in Arizona, we were helping prepare for summer camps. SIMC is a busy place in the summer. By the end of the summer, SIMC will have held camps for high-schoolers, middle-schoolers, and even elementary kids. God’s love will have been shown to children of all ages throughout a weeklong camp for each age group. SIMC recently finished the construction of a new recreation hall on campus. The building is in the finishing stages, but needs approval by the city to be used.  Our team helped do some cleaning to prepare for inspections. We also spent time cleaning and preparing other buildings around campus for the barrage of children they will see this summer. We also had the chance to help decorate the buildings for this year’s theme: The Armor of God.

In addition to preparing the campus for the summer, we also got to meet some of the kids who will be attending (along with many others!). Our team went to a church on the reservation, that one of SIMC’s staff pastors. We drove through the reservation until we came to a small church. We got out and went in to start getting ready for the children. After we had set some stuff out, we waited in eager expectation for what was to come. The van arrived, and what seemed an endless number of beautiful native children came rushing into the church. Some were shy, and some we personable, but all of them were grinning and smiling. While we were there we hung out and ate pizza with these children of the area.

We had several Education majors on this trip, and so being good Asbury students, we naturally had a nice, organized night planned out for the kids. We were going to have three stations of games for the kids to play, and have it all tie back into a devotional thought. Yeah. That didn’t happen.

We learned how to go on the fly. I think that we were planning about how we would do it in our churches. The problem is, we were in a different country. We may still have been in the United States, but it was explained to us, the reservation and the people are totally different. In a lot of ways they are different, but there are some similarities. Most of the kids there at church that night came from broken homes and bad situations. They may have rough lives, but they play, laugh, and smile just like any other kids. They also still need love. Love is a universal language. Kids everywhere can respond to people showing an interest in them and loving on them. We had plans. God showed us how to be; not how to plan.

We picked it up quickly, and were better prepared for what was to come that Sunday when we led children’s time again. Our team split into two groups. Each group went to a different church pastored by SIMC staff. By showing kids love and spending time with them, God’s love was shown through us. It was amazing and humbling to see the changes in the kids from the beginning of the time to the end. Both times there was significant changes. The way the kids who were shyer opened up was wonderful to see. Witnessing the joy that something as simple as our presence brought to these kids, is beyond words. As hard as it was to leave those kids behind, we had to go back to the Center.

Another way we helped out was through training.  We had the chance to witness and to help minister to upcoming leaders in the Native Church. Several “Leaders in Training” participated in an overnight training seminar. These teenagers were selected for training because they showed promise as leaders in the church. They are going to get first-hand ministry experience this summer when they are counselors at the young kids camp. We went around campus with them listening to talks on leadership, doing service projects, and hanging out.  It was really something special to see all that God is doing throughout the Native Church in Arizona, and especially amongst the children. The Churches there are helping to provide a warm, safe environment for the children to help them and show them God’s love. This is clearly reaping benefits, as seen by the fact that they are able to have teenagers in positions of leadership.

Sadly, we had to say good-bye to Arizona. This time when we stepped off the plane, the humid Kentucky air greeted us. We returned, only ten days older, but our hearts were still warm as Arizona with God’s love. We all miss the time we had in Arizona, the laughs with each other, and the kids to play with. We hope that this trip will always stick with us; just as we know that the love we showed will always stick with those kids.

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, But Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put of love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(Colossians 3:11-18)

May God continue to bless Southwest Indian Ministries Center,

~ Caleb Blankenship  (On behalf of: Sam Beckler, Charles Delp, Kirstie King, Ben Marchal, Jessica Nusbaumer, Kaity Scanlan, and Samantha Underwood)