Sunday, August 23, 2015
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Monday, April 20, 2015
THE PEOPLE OF MT ELGON, KENYA
THE PEOPLE OF MT ELGON, KENYA
We are staying in a guesthouse which is quite nice and comfortable for us. It is run by a man from the Netherlands and his Kenyan wife. We are enjoying our time of fellowship together. We have so far had two days of teaching the people in this area. There were 76 who had signed up in advance to attend the classes but half have shown up. This isn't surprising since some come from 40 km away and must walk over the mountains. They are very anxious to be taught. These people have been subjected to all kinds of tribal violence and wrong teaching by so-called prophets. For an example, some in this area have been taught that it is a sin to use soap, either on themselves or on their clothing. So far I haven't
noticed the odor :) They are great people and receptive to the truth which makes them very special.
For me personally, the greatest thing has been watching the men who came with me teach their countrymen the truth. It has been very powerful in the lives of the ones we are ministering to. I told the men before we left that it would be more important for them to teach than me because they are able to teach in their own language and relate better than an outsider. We have four sessions a day and each of us teach a session. We start with the basics and explaining the foundation of the gospel and the cross. I was thrilled yesterday during a break to see Harrison answering someone's question. Before I knew it 15 people gathered around trying to hear what he was saying in spite of the heavy rain pounding on the tin roof. He was having such a great time answering their questions that we had a hard time getting back for class.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
ART AID FOR KENYA NOW"In Kenya, an estimated three million, mostly poor, people live with intellectual and mental disabilities, according to NGO and United Nations figures. At the same time, the ratio of psychiatrists to the population is dismal -- just one psychiatrist to half a million people."
Those who have survives the many terrorist attacks in the last two years need care now! Through training local caregivers how to use simple art therapy activities, they can offer counseling anywhere, anytime with the simple tools of crayon and paper.
With your help ART AID for KENYA will put together art kits and training books to be given to all those who attend training workshops. They in turn, will return to their villages and begin their own art therapy counseling program and train others in their communities.
|Student being helped after the latest April 2, 2015 Garissa college massacre.|
|Some of the faces of those who lost their lives in the Westgate Mall attack 2013|
|Students who survived the attack April 2, 2015 at Garissa college being taken to safety.|
|Plain clothes policeman help rescue woman and child from Westgate Mall 2013|
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
|The boys at Dixon's graduation |
Brothers-not by blood by by a bond that developed
|Isaac and Derick in the rural area where they will attend boarding school.|
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 1:51 PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
FLOODING AT REDMILE FARM: Some of you know Gabriel from the many stories we have told you. He was a farm pastor and encourage families living through the darkest days of Zimbabwe's farm invasions and land redistribution.
|MANY WHITE FARMS WERE BURN WHEN OWNERS REFUSED TO LEAVE|
|FARM CHILDREN AND TEACHER|
|GABRIEL TAKE ME ON A TOUR OF REDMILE AFTER THE FARM INVASION|
|ZIMBABWEANS LIVE IN RONDOVALS. THE FLOODS DESTROYED MANY|
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Friday, January 2, 2015
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WHY DO CHURCHES SUPPORT MISSIONARIES WHO ARE SERVING IN ALREADY CHRISTIAN AREAS MORE THAN MISSIONARIES SERVING IN NON-CHRISTIAN AREAS?
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 9:48 PM
Monday, May 26, 2014
Pray for the safety off Joseph Leleruk and his travel companions as they ministry in the hostile area of Baragoi-many massacre have taken place in the area.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
CROSSROADS NAIROBI YOUTH RETREAT 2013
Many Kenyan children grow up in poverty and never have the opportunity to travel out of the city where they can breath fresh air and see first hand, the wonders of God's creation. This was truly a blessing!
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 10:51 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Please keep Stan Frederick, Crossroads Africa president and Nairobi resident in your prayers. He lives in a densely populated Somali area and many there are fearing retaliation by Al-Shabab for the Westagate Mall attack and for the raid on the Al-Shabab compound in by Navy Seals. Also, remember ALL those serving in 'harms way' in Kenya and other insecure places around the globe.
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 11:43 AM
Monday, September 16, 2013
*** THE BRIGHT SIDE OF MISSION ***
THE BRIGHT SIDE OF MISSIONS - aka-"The Brilliance of Amazing Grace" poured out, overflowing, never ceasing and sometimes in the form of a Spiritual Hero
I didn't want to post "The Dark Side of Missions" without also posting the most significant side-"THE BRIGHT SIDE OF MISSIONS"- filled with grace...a "Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need“, a "My grace is sufficient, for my power is made perfect in weakness" kind of grace which missionaries rely on. The marvelous thing about grace is...it's there when you need it and sometimes shows up when least expected. When we forget the promise of grace, it's triggered by a Bible verse we memorized as a child, the tune to a hymn we can't get out of our minds, or in the face of an inspiring hero.
Growing up my heroes were the spiritual types...not just the dearly departed saints of the Bible but those still alive. I loved the stories of Billy Graham and Corrie ten Boom, after all, I was a Baptist, but the grace reminder, the faces of heroes that to this day, still pop into my head, are Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming. The five brave missionaries who were killed by the Aucas Indians in 1956.
Their faces are vivid because I know them...though they were born and died before me...I know them through the stories. They represent courage, a devotion to seeing God's will through to the end, without limitations, a life dependent on a never-ending supply of grace.
My senior year I ended up living near Wheaton College-the college attended by my "spiritual heroes." My parents wanted me to attend Wheaton because it was a great school and I could live at home. I'll never forgot the first time I walked through the HALL OF MEMORY and saw the beautiful paintings of legendary Wheaton alumni. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Billy Graham, and Elisabeth Howard-Elliot were among them. At that moment I knew God had a purpose for my life.
YES! There is a BRIGHT SIDE TO MISSIONS - just ask those serving in today's mission field. Through loneliness, physical danger, disease, and unbelief they are sustained by grace. Sometimes it arrived when they least expect it - in the nod of a local who for the first time, understands the gospel message or in the face of a spiritual hero from long ago. The Brilliance of Amazing Grace, poured out, overflowing, never ceasing, is God's gift to all believers and will forever remind, the BRIGHT AND SHINNING SIDE OF MISSIONS.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF OUR FAVORITE MISSION GROUPS - MASTER'S MISSION
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Stan moves AGAIN!
Like we've said before, one thing you have to be in Africa is FLEXIBLE. Stan Frederick, Crossroads man on the ground in Nairobi, has moved again. When we all lived in Nairobi last year we needed a larger house but after Cliff and I came back to the states, Stan felt he should move into a smaller place that would be more cost effective.
He now lives in an area of Nairobi called, Komarock. It borders the upper slum area Kayole so it can be unsafe if the security guard falls to sleep on his job.Middle class housing areas are gated with 24 hour security. This is not the type of security gated communities have in the west but it's better than nothing.
Nairobi is divided into two main areas: The Westlands, the population is predominately white and Indian. It is where the expats, aid and mission headquarters are located. The Eastlands is predominately, black middle to lower class.
There are pros and cons to living in Komarock. Pro-The Crossroads Bible Institute is located in Kayole so it will be a short distance from where Stan teaches. Con-two hour taxi ride to the Westlands where expats have to go to do certain business (fill out paperwork, etc.) AND it can be unsafe.
Please pray for Stan's safety as he walks to the shopping areas, bus and to the bible school.The photos below are Stan's new place and neighborhood.
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 10:01 PM
Thursday, July 25, 2013
SAMBURU PASTORS SEMINAR-Northern Kenya 2013
While we were ministering in Northern Kenya, Cliff had a two day seminar for Samburu pastors in the little town of Suguta Mamar. Pastors cane from far away to hear the Word and fellowship. Pastors in Northern Kenya do not have an opportunity for formal training so this was a great blessing.
Posted by CROSSROADS AFRICA EXPEDITIONS at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Cliff Taylor, Stan Frederick and Paula Taylor traveled to the Rift Valley in May to hold a pastors teaching seminar. It was the ultimate African adventure-camping, cooking on a campfire, and fighting mosquitoes and flies. However, none of the inconveniences compares to the great blessings. Cliff was privileged to be able to teach Maasai pastors who walked great distances, some form the border of Tanzania, to hear the Word of God. Hundreds of churches have been planted among the Maasai but few have trained pastors.
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