April 2016 Ministry Update

April 2016 Ministry Update

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April 2016

Greetings from Kenya. Our tour first began with Dr. Solomon officiating the wedding of Rev. Daniel and Lydiah Mathuva. Daniel is the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church where we have our office/missionary residence. I baked their wedding cake. Making a wedding cake in East Africa is challenging as electricity is rationed without notice. Preceding making the cake we were without power for 30 hours. My stove has gas burners and an electric oven. When the electricity came on at 11:30 AM on Sunday, I started the cake and finished it at 6 AM the day of the wedding, 21st of March. Then I needed to transport the cake 16 kilometers east of Nairobi, being careful as it is hot and the cake can melt.

April 16th we will host and orientate 30 rural pastors who are potential students to start courses this September. Pastors, Sammy and Mulwa will have finished their course and will monitor the program we are using from Christian Life Educators Network (CLEN). Students watch a DVD with a workbook. When there is no electric power, they read the textbook. Sammy is pursuing a BA and Mulwa a doctorate. The class is geared for pastors who seek to deepen their knowledge of Scripture and be better equipped “handling the Word of Truth.” Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.

Ogla Karani is a Kenyan woman, one of the many women our ministry empowers. She loves Jesus Christ and seeks for His Name to be glorified in the country of Kenya. Her daughter, Sharon is receiving her Masters in Theology to work with youth in Kenya from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before our trip to Kenya, Ogla came to assist Sharon who had a knee operation. During her stay we helped Ogla as she cared for Sharon. Ogla is deeply involved with Kenyan politics and seeks to have godly men and women in leadership of the government. Our involvement is to support her to achieve these goals. Women in Kenya are often held down.

We return to Dallas May 7th. We will again visit Georgia to further our partnership with Carver College. It is through Carver that we will receive accreditation and students may receive higher degrees and graduate from Carver. I will be in Minnesota in June. I look forward to seeing many of you in person.

In the fall we plan to host Rev. Jim Krapf in Kenya. He is the great, great, grand nephew of Dr. Krapf, the German missionary who came to the Kenyan Coast in 1841. He was the first white man to see snow on top of Mt. Kenya and is responsible for naming Kenya. Every Kenyan school child has studied Dr. Krapf. He was the first missionary to Dr. Solomon’s tribe, so Dr. Solomon attributes his faith in Christ to Dr. Krapf’s missionary efforts.

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Prayer Requests:
Please pray for safety in travel by plane and by auto.
Pray for speaking and ministry opportunities for Rev. Jim Krapf while in Kenya in the fall. We plan to take him to his uncles’ church in Mombasa, built in 1889.
Pray for the building plans we are making for our complex at Muumandu. We have met with Chinese builders to see if this is a possible fit.
Pray for needed finances to complete the vision of building our Leadership Center, school and church.

Sincerely,

Lila Farmer
Coordinator for International Ministries
Solomon Home For Children, International (USA)
Solomon Center For Leadership (Kenya)
10239 Deermont Trail, Dallas, Texas
Cell: 214-385-6363
lilafarmer@muumandu.com

 

 

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April 19, 2016