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  • Dallas Turner
  • Kelsey Heine
  • Janet Kendrick
  • Jessica Liptak
  • Hannah Olson
  • Becky Patton
  • Chris Ryan
  • Julia Thomas
  • Dennis Wall
  • Randy Wright
  • Elizabeth Wright
  • Blake Wright
  • Dallas at St Dallas school entrance
  • Julia giving soccer ball to school
  • Canteen for school lunches
  • Overflow crowd at Headquarters Conference
  • Becky teaching with Blake, Amanda, & Hannah
  • Janet Kendrick
  • Chris building a wall in a classroom
  • Painting school office
  • Kari Challgren, Kelsey Heine, Jessica Liptak, & Hannah Olson
  • Pastor Geoffrey Kurgat teaching at conference
  • Dallas congratulating Geoffrey on his lesson
  • Dallas giving cell phone to contest winner
  • Chris teaching men at new church
  • Hannah teaching children
  • Julia at Pastor Stanley's church
  • Helen Chizambo with new pews
  • Dallas with some of the school orphans

Kenya - June, 2012

Fifteen volunteers were in the area of Mombasa, Kenya, in June to have bible conferences in churches and share the gospel of Christ.  The team was large enough we could split to minister in two churches at the same time.  The whole team ministered during the two-day conference at the Headquarters which filled the hall to overflowing.  People traveled great distances to attend. 

Normally, we spend the majority of our time teaching bible lessons to the children, youth, women, and men.  On this trip we added two work projects for the younger volunteers to do.  They spent part of a day at the Headquarters' school painting the office and constructing a brick wall in one of the classrooms.  Conferences were also held in several churches where we had never ministered.  As a result, a new church was planted.  Many more churches have joined our Association of Churches and have given support to developing the ministry.  This provides OBM with spiritual oversight to several thousand church members.

There were also opportunities to share biblical truth in schools.  We gave testimonies of our faith in Christ and taught a variety of bible lessons.  It is refreshing to walk into the office of the headmaster of a school and be welcomed without reservation.  Because English is taught as a second language in Kenya, we are able to communicate easily with the students without an interpreter--though a Texas accent can sometimes be a slight hindrance.  

Churches in the U.S. have generously contributed to orphans who attend the school at our Headquarters.  The school is ranked first in academics nearly every year by the Government due to a committed teaching staff.  Volunteers hold special sessions for teacher training to enhance the expertise of already excellent teachers.  Thoughtful donations by churches provide funds for school fees and uniforms as well as giving the orphans meals in order for them to continue to excel in the classroom.  Some of the funds have been designated for textbooks so the teachers can give assignments.  

Volunteers often bring money for bibles to distribute to men and women who had not previously received one at earlier conferences.  We provide the noon meal for those who attend conference because many come at great sacrifice.  I give a cell phone to the person who brings the most guests on each of the days at the Headquarters.  It is an incentive to increase the number who will hear the Word being taught.

Every trip becomes an exercise in faith.  As we trust the Lord to be our Provider, we are never disappointed when we are assured it is the Lord's will to participate in a mission trip.  The team in June represented significant answered prayer, sacrificial giving, uncomfortable travel, being stretched spiritually, and working hard, but they experienced circumstances and opportunties indelibly carved on their memories of making new friends, sensing the Spirit taking us beyond ourselves, and engaging people of a vastly different culture heart-to-heart.