Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Dear beloved: Thank you warriors so much for the prayers. My heart is very heavy today as many of you have heard the news about the terrorist attack here in Nairobi. Al Queda terrorists, some from the USA, took over a shopping mall not far from where I am staying and have killed many, and many more are wounded. At least 69 dead and possibly many more, the attack is still ongoing and God only knows how these people have suffered because of this. Israeli commandoes and FBI agents are also on the scene to assist the Kenya special police forces . It is a bloodbath, the greatest in Kenya since the American Embassy was bombed in 1998, and shows once again the true colors of these islamic devils, and what their true intentions and motives are.
The sad news is that one of the dead is the closest friend of one of our Kenyan campers who came to Kansas this past summer, and she is very devastated as you can imagine. Her friend was 6 months pregnant, and was a popular radio show host here in Nairobi. So please keep her lifted up especially in your prayers, along with the families of all the other victims.
Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears will reap in joy. v6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Yesterday we sowed many tears in the church service, we alternately cried and praised the Lord. But we bear the precious seed, the seed of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I didn't know if I would have the strength to preach because my own heart was so downcast, but the Lord gave me the grace to give the students a message of encouragement. The service was especially long, going from 9am until after 3pm, as many wanted to pray and sing their praise songs to the Lord. At times like this, it is only Jesus that can be of any help. All the Choirs here in Kenya sing a song that took on special meaning yesterday, " Niwewe, Niwewe tu Bwana", It is You, it is only You, Lord!
Friday night's mega keesha, an all night prayer and worship vigil that began at 8 pm ended at 5 am, was given to a packed hall of students from 10 colleges in the area. Then after catching a few hours of sleep, we went out to Daystar University one hour east of Nairobi, where I spoke to a group of leaders from all the campus ministries. So it has been a very productive weekend. The devil knows full well the Kingdom of God is moving forward here in Kenya, that is the reason for the thrust of violence and the spilling of the blood of the innocents at the mall. Pray for the muslims of Kenya and all over the world, that the Lord would reveal Himself to them, and they would come to know the true meaning of salvation, peace, and liberty. Pray also that the situation at the Westgate Mall here will come to a quick resolution as there are still many hostages being held inside. Today I will be meeting with the student leaders to evaluate and give them an apprecitation dinner, so pray that God will protect us as we move about Nairobi and seek His will for the future. Thank you again, God bless you, in Christ, Jim
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Dear beloved; The Lord moved in a mighty way in eastern Uganda, so hungry for the Word of God were the people in the Tororo area, and the Lord blessed them with many healings and deliverances. I spoke in two churches on \Sunday where many had been to the crusades in the previous days, and the testimonies could have gone on for hours and hours. One lady was so sick she thought she would die on the way to the crusade; she couldn't breathe, but the Lord touched her and healed her, her breathing problem went away totally! She was dancing and singing in the church. Another many told of his severe stomach pain that was healed and he aslo had the joy of the Lord back in his step.
I went back out to the village Sunday afternoon where the crusade was held, and though only expecting a small gathering because most attending the crusade had gone back to their villages, over 600 people showed up to hear the Word one more time. Before leaving, I laid hands on and prayed for all 600! It was a great way to say goodbye, and they also showered me with blessings and prayers, and I went home with two fat chickens as well.
While leaving Uganda yesterday morning, happened upon some baboons crossing the road in a forested area. Am used to deer in the headlights, but baboons, now that is a different sight. It's good to know they are doing well outside the zoos!
Keep up the prayers, as I am now in Nairobi and resting up for the meetings on two university campuses this weekend. The timing is the Lords, as this weeked is the Feast of Tabernacles, of Ingathering. I expect the Lord to do even greater things among the students, they are hungry for the Word as well. Pray that many will come to know Him, and a prayer movement will come out of these meetings that will go on for many years. May God bless you as you pray, in Christ, Jim
Dear prayer warriors: I am in eastern Uganda in the city of Tororo, you could say this is out in the country and wouldn't be far off. It is about 4 hours from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and many hours from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital to the east. But praise the Lord, Jesus knows where it is and He showed up in a mighty way in the meetings held here so far. The revival meetings were held in a remote village area about an hour west of here, out in the bush. But the Holy Spirit was moving and many came to know the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and many more got touched by His healing power. Many here are afflicted with various diseases as it appears medical care is not too frequent for the poor and needy; skin diseases, eye disease, and other afflictions abound. Many more are burdened down with spirits of witchcraft, alcoholism, and other evil spirits, but praise the Lord for the many who were delivered and set free of their chains of oppression.
Today is a day of rest for me, loafing around Tororo and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of Africa. Tomorrow I will be speaking at two churches, one in the morning, and another back out in a remote village in the afternoon. Keep up the prayers for my strength and health, as well as for souls, souls, and souls for the kingdom. The people here lead a life of much trial and tribulation, Jesus without a doubt is the greatest joy for many. It seems about half the people are carrying water, the other half are using it to cook rice, ugali cornmeal, and cassava root. The agriculture is very basic, the fields are alive with people using hand tools to cultivate and plant the land. The basic crops for survival are all here, corn, beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and a wide variety of fruits such as pineapple, mangoes, and oranges. Food is plentiful and nourishing, and the soil appears to be very fertile. The people are very strong, but the arduous life of toil wears them down over the years.
Monday I will be taking a bus to Kisumu, Kenya, then fly to Nairobi for the next series of meetings, I will be speaking at two different university campuses in Nairobi. I am looking forward to working with the students in Nairobi, and see what the Lord has in store for me there. Thank you again, warriors, for your prayers. I tell these precious people in Uganda that the people in America love them very much, the fact that I am here in this out of the way place is a testimony to the love that God and you prayer warriors have for them. God bless you as you pray today, this day of Atonement on the Hebrew calendar. Shalom from Africa, in the name of Jeshua the Messiah, Jim
Dear beloved: Spent Sunday afternoon for several hours at the Global Prayer Room at the International House of Prayer,praying for the Africa crusades coming up in Uganda and Kenya. At about 4:30 in the afternoon a prayer focus came up on the screen, the first of the afternoon. The prayer focus was this: pray for the fatherless in Uganda, of which there are about 4 million. Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.; v6 and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. The Lord knew I was in the prayer room that afternoon, and He gave me many prayer warriors at IHOP to encourage me in the task at hand. I pray that many fatherless will show up for the crusades and find out about the love of the heavenly Father, whom they can call Abba Father. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unsppotted from the world.
I will be landing in Kampala, Uganda tonight and then going out to Busia in eastern Uganda tomorrow. Pray for souls to be brought into the Kingdom of God, and that the fatherless in that area will come to know the Father of all. Thank you for the prayers, God bless you, Jim
Monday, September 2, 2013
Dear beloved: Time is rapidly approaching for the Gather the Outcasts Africa Crusades 2013, and I am very excited to share with you prayer warriors the itinerary, and wrap up some final thoughts before flying over to Africa. I ask that you post this message in a convenient place where you can look at it and pray at the appropriate time, as prayer in the battle is what brings on the greatest victory! I look forward to a great harvest of souls, as well as signs, wonders, and miracles to follow my footsteps every place my feet go in Africa. Much preparation and advance prayer have already gone into these crusades, and so I ask that you join in and keep these events lifted up and bathed in intercession.
As many of you may know, rebel attack on the city of Goma, Republic of Congo, has caused great shock to the city and the surrounding areas. There is already a refugee crisis rebuilding around Goma, as well as a United Nations offensive against the rebels, so that city of one million people where we ministered just a year ago is in a state of turmoil. For that reason I am not planning a Goma crusade, and will be leaving a few days later than planned, but I thank God for He was looking out for my safety all along. Please pray for the precious saints in Goma, for the uprising to be put down quickly, and for strength to endure hardships that all this brings on the saints in Goma.
So my itinerary looks like this: I will be leaving Norton September 6th for Kansas City and spend a couple days at the International House of Prayer prayer room. I will then fly from Kansas City, to Detroit, to Amsterdam, to Kigale, Rwanda, then to Kampala, Uganda. From there will go by car to Busia, Uganda for a three day crusade and pastor conference September 13-15, hosted by Pastor David Odong and Pastor Lucas Obanda.
From Uganda I will go to Kisumu, Kenya to fly to Nairobi, Kenya on September 17th. I will be speaking at Daystar University in Nairobi on Sept. 18th, then conducting a 3 day crusade at Polytechnic University in inner city Nairobi September 20-22. We will also have an outreach to a local prison and an orphanage as part of the crusade, as well as training for leaders of the Christian Student Union, hosted by Brother Duke Umbagi of the Union. It is interesting to note the Lord's timing in all this, September 14 is the Day of Atonement, and September 19-20 is Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, of the Feast of Ingathering. This is the feast of the greatest harvest in the agricultural activities of Israel, when the last of the grapes and grains were brought in and stored for keeping.
A brother at the prison was given a vision of two giant demonic angels who were dressed in traditional African dresses; bright colors with headdresses, they were standing as if watching over a principality. I came into the area operating under the power and authority of Jesus Christ, and the two entities fell over; they could not stand against the power of the King of Kings. Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. May God grant this servant His power and anointing to accomplish all that He has planned for these crusades.
Pray for safe travel, good health, and souls, souls, souls, for the Kingdom of God. If you would still like to contribute to help bring in this great harvest, the Lord would bless you accordingly with the measure that you measure out. At this point I am about at break even, but could use some more provision for contingencies, and to bless the saints over in Africa with bibles and and other necessities they can always use. If you would like to donate, my contact information is: Gather the Outcasts Ministry, Box 92, Norton, Ks. 67654; you can also go to the website www.gathertheoutcasts.com and make a contribution safely through PayPal. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. May God bless you as you pray, in Christ, Jim