Dear Praying Friends,
On Monday Daniel was a great blessing to me when he
volunteered to go to Gatukuyu and got the main table painted and
cleaned all of the chairs in preparation for Sunday's opening
service. I had planned to do so but was still very tired from the
weekend activities and Sue and I had things to do in Thika.
The rest of my week was busy but not too exciting:
Sermon preparation (English and Swahili), work on Greek PowerPoints
for my Greek Exegesis class this term, and begin reviewing Greek
notes for Introductory Greek next year.
Saturday was our last Saturday "children's
lesson" because we switched them to Sunday. This will allow us
more time to do visitation in the Gatukuyu area. On Saturday we had
53 children come for Bible story, singing, games and coloring. We
also set-up our "Three Things God Cannot Do" board at the
market and gave out tracts and invitations to the first service of
Trinity Baptist Church.
On Sunday, our children's SS ran from 9 am until 10:30
followed by our adult worship service until 12 noon. We had a GREAT
start to SS with a total of 25 children eventually making it to
class. The first worship service was not as exciting - only one
adult came and ten of the older children stayed for the service. I
have often said we will minister to those God gives us and we will
now seek to reach the families of the children He has sent our way.
Pray for us as we serve the families of Gatukuyu.
This morning I used PowerPoint and preached on "The Way to Get to
Heaven From Gatukuyu." Aaron led the singing, Daniel
played keyboard and sang a special. Pray for Daniel as he prepares
to preach next Sunday.
Without the rigors of long distance traveling on
Sunday I had no problems climbing the steps for the afternoon
service at Lighthouse Baptist Church. Today Daniel preached on
I of the Storm"
from Mark 4 and Matthew 14.
Please remember to be in prayer for Kenya's
presidential re-election. The current plan is to vote for on
Thursday, October 26th. There has already been demonstrations that
have turned to looting in the run-up to the election.
Rick, Sue, Aaron and Daniel Simonsen