For years, Kenya, historically one of the strongest economic centers in Africa, has battled the rise of terror groups, such as ISIS and Al-Shabab, the difficulty of securing their northern border with Somalia, as well as meeting the needs of high volumes of displaced people groups throughout the country. Having spent collectively more than several months in Kenya over the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand many of the challenges facing Kenya through my work with The Oasis Network For Churches.
This week, the conservative news outlet, Faithwire, released a shocking video from one of my recent trips to Kenya in which I interview a high ranking Kenyan national security officer regarding border safety under the Trump administration. The story, which can be found HERE, picked up massive national reach after being tweeted by Tomi Lahren, a leading conservative commentator and Trump supporter.
“Actually in Kenya we say that, ‘Trump is God’s chosen.’ Because by him being there so many things to do with terrorism and the spirit behind the Islam has been restricted.” -Officer Harrison Gnota
The original interview, which was recorded as part of filming of Miles Away, a new reality documentary that follows my work with The Oasis Network can be found here:
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Well, for the first time since June 25th, I woke up in my own bed, without a mosquito net I may add. It felt great. I stayed up until midnight…which probably was a little late, but I wanted to do my best to beat the jet lag as much as possible from my return flight. Nairobi is a 7 hour difference, so as I write this it’s 10am in South Bend, and 5pm in Kenya…that’s enough to mess you up a bit. But surprisingly I slept through the whole night and woke up around 7:30am. Feeling much better, but I’m sure it’ll take a few days to get back into the full swing of things. I’m planning on preaching on Sunday at Oasis Granger, but other than that, I’m going to take a few days off to just relax and get reacclimated to the US, my family, etc. Additionally, I want to spend some time with my dad after his surgery and heart attack. I got to see him last night for a little bit, which was good. He looked even better than I thought he would. Thanks again to all that helped care for my family while I was gone…it means the world to me.
Regarding the trip again, I’m hoping to post some short video clips just to give everyone a deeper feel for the culture and the community there, but so far I’ve had some issue loading them directly to my blog…I’m going to look at taking them through Youtube instead….I’ll get them up as soon as I can.
It’ll be weird to drive today, something I haven’t done for over two weeks, especially on the right side of the road. It’ll also be strange I think to be surrounded by white people…even walking through the airport was a little weird yesterday. This trip was so different in nature, and due to all the initial problems we had, such as my dad’s heart attack, etc, John and I both agreed that it felt like we had been gone forever. As we were leaving Kenya, I told John it felt like we had been gone for a month or more due to everything that we did, now back home…Kenya seems like such a distant land….and I suppose it is.
Overall, it’s amazing to be home…there were a couple times on the trip, like after eating bad goat meatballs and having what I call the seasaw effect in the bathroom, aka coming out of both ends, for 24 hours, that I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to make it back here. But here I am…safe in my house, a little disoriented and tired, but excited to see everyone, get readjusted to the time change, and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Hope to see you soon.
Well, today we make the long flight home back to the US of A. It’s time, perhaps slightly over time, but regardless it’s still been a very enjoyable trip. Parts of it were very difficult, such as finding out my second day here that my dad had to have an emergency open heart surgery, getting violently sick the third day here (John was a good nurse, haha), we lost luggage, Robin and Ben our other two team members were late, our driver flipped his vehicle 3 times and ended up in the hospital, thankfully for us we weren’t in the car at the time, and thankfully for him he recovered fine and his vehicle was insured – a rare thing in Kenya, additionally, we faced 3 hour traffic jams, Robin and Ben had their car surrounded by amateur thugs demanding payment for their directional services, we’ve been pulled over 3 times by the police, none of which thankfully required any payment or much hassle, and that’s just off the top of my head…but beyond all that…we’ve really seen God at work. During our crusades we had over 2000 people a night attend to hear our testimonies and message of life. It’s a rough count, but we are confident that more than 200 people were added to the Kingdom as a result (hey 10% ain’t bad). I had some tremendous experiences ministering in the pastors conference and leadership training seminars that we held. Around 100 people attended those, including pastors from all over the country. As a result of our sessions, we had approximately 15-20 pastors turn in applications to become partners with OasNet and between them they represent probably around 100 churches….obviously I’ll have some work to do once I get home. They received the grace message quicker and more fervently probably more than anyone I’ve ever shared it with….it was undoubtably one of the most significant teaching experiences I’ve ever had. Probably even more significantly though, we also made some good friends. People like Pastor George, Josphat (who we call Martin Lawrence – see below for his picture and you’ll instantly know why, Bishop Stephen, Charles – who looks like a baby Shaq, and Peter Sidonge who traveled over 10 hours to meet with us. There are even more, like the staff at our hotel, Soccer Steve, the Browns, our driver James, and countless others. Overall, Kenya has been good to us…and I really believe that something substantial happened here…something changed and if we are diligent and are able to be good stewards with what God has entrusted us with, I believe that we have generations of ministry ahead of us in this beautiful country. Thanks for checking in on me along the way…I’ll try to post some more photos and videos upon my arrival. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Buffet style Kenyan Meal
Pictured – Bishop Stephens, Pastor George, and “Martin”, aka Josphat