Friday, December 18, 2015


Hearing the uproar over Netanyahu's speech before the U.S. congress was both saddening and exciting.  In Matthew 24, the disciples come to Jesus and ask him to tell them "when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"  Jesus goes on to describe in detail that many false prophets will come in His name, that there will be wars and rumors of wars, and there will be famine, pestilences and earthquakes in many places. The verses that have captured my attention in the last month is verses 8,9: "All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." Jesus gave us the signs but he did not tell us the exact time and event that will signal the rapture and the beginning of the tribulation period (v.36) but with the deaths of Christians around the world happening in vivid color right in front of us on our electronic devices and the rise of violence and unrest in the world who cannot say that it seems that the rapture is near. 

As we look at current events, one missionary in Kenya put it this way: "The 'labor pains' are increasing in closeness and intensity." In this time of uncertainty what are Christians to do? Matthew 4: 42 tells us to "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." We need to watch and notice the signs that relate to Jesus' teaching. Verse 44 tells us to also be "ready". The explanation seems to imply that to be ready means to be faithful and wise with the time, abilities, and finances that God has given to you.

What will the result be if we as Christians stay faithful and wise?  I think we find it in verse 14: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations..."

This is the primary mission of The Hope Foundation to help meet spiritual and physically needs of people in Kenya so that when the end comes many will know Christ as their personal Savior. In many cases we meet physical needs to save a physical life so we can have the opportunity to save a spiritual life. Meeting felt needs gives us an open door to share the Gospel to a whole family or even a whole community.

We are excited because we have been given a donation to start a new kindergarten at the Injili Baptist Church in Kisumu. Now more people will be impacted with the message.  We have been given a donation to start the construction of a girls dormitory at the high school. Now more people will be impacted with the gospel.  We have been given a donation that covered the cost of the new database system which enables sponsors to send emails directly to their student. Now more people will be impacted with friendship and the gospel. We have been given a donation of shoe box presents for all of our students plus more for the community. Now more people will be impacted with the love of Christ. 

The time may be short but the great task is still before us.  We need believers who are serious about getting the message out. We need to use our mouths to tell people about Jesus. We need to use our abilities to tell people about Jesus. We need to use our feet to tell people about Jesus. We need to even use our wallets to tell people about Jesus.  

Easter is a great time to invite someone to Christ not just to church.

"He which testifieth these things saith, 'Surely I come quickly.' Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." (Revelation 22:20,21)

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