Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I can't believe it's been two months since I sent an update to everyone. It seems more like a week or two. Time is flying by and in two weeks I will have been in Kenya for one year! I am enjoying life here for the most part. The water and electricity rationing has ended for now although the electricity still goes off occasionally. I know many of you were praying for the Masaai and the Samburus because they were hit so hard by the drought. Well, that has now past and the rains have come so they are now in the process of recovering. Joseph, the Samburu man, is coming to Nairobi today and we are meeting this afternoon so it will be good to see how he is doing and also to help him in his ministry there with his people.

The classes here are going very well and as it progresses the students are understanding things more and more from a grace perspective. They are learning what it means to live the spiritual life as a result of God's Word established in their hearts by the Holy Spirit and not from their own works. I am getting a lot of feedback that these pastors and leaders are beginning to see through the false teaching that is so prevalent here in Africa and see how they need to change their approach.  I really don't get involved directly in their churches or what they are doing. That is between them and God. I just continue to teach them as God gives me strength and the Holy Spirit leads. But I do see a great change coming over them and it is very gratifying to see.

The young people who come to class on Sunday afternoon are special to me. Many of them have just finished their national exams. Here in Kenya their educational system is different in that their placement in high school is not dependent on a continual grade system like in America, but rather on the European system where they are given one final exam which determines everything (sort of like taking the S.A.T.'s in the states to determine which college you'll get into). So it was a really big deal leading up to the exam. The exam itself took several days. Now they are on holiday until January when they will hopefully be able to go to high school somewhere. Joshephat and I are praying that one day we will be able to have a school for them and keep them together so we can continue to develop them spiritually as well as mentally.

I want to tell you about Dixon, one of my students who is already in high school and is faithful to come to my classes and growing spiritually. He is very bright and has gotten into a school here in Buruburu. Dixon has no father and his mother is not able to provide a stable home. He somehow exists day to day by the grace of God. He came to my house one day and didn't know what to do because the school was needing money for him to continue. (Here education is not free. The government pays part and the parents pay part. Some simply cannot afford it.) So I have made a deal with him - he comes to my house once a week after school and works for a couple of hours doing lawn work or laundry (both of which are by hand - no lawn mowers or washing machines here) - and I give him some money for his schooling and meals. He was thrilled and so this has come to be mutually beneficial.

Pray for Dixon as he continues his education but especially as he develops spiritually. Also pray for the students who have completed their exams and are now looking to an uncertain future. I am concerned that if they go off somewhere to high school that they will no longer be able to take advantage of the Bible classes here. God knows but please pray for them as well as the pastors and adults in the classes as well. Don't forget to pray for me as I teach and minister.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The next time you want to argue to prove your point with a fellow believer... think about this...

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22


It has been a few days since the last blog entry. For us here in the states we become involved with daily duties and relationships and our brothers and sisters in Africa seem far away.  Then we quickly return to them in our hearts through a simple faith-filled email.

We pray for Joseph and for our return to the Samburu-Joseph prays for us and that we will return to the Samburu-AMAZING, the wonderful grace gift of intercessory prayer-Thank you Father.

From:  Joseph Leleruk
Subject:  Re: THANKS
Date:  Fri 10/30/2009 05:39 AM
Hi Cliff,

First,  warm greetings in the name of our lord  Jesus Christ. I am hoping that you are okay through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am also quite fine and I thank you for the gift you sent me.  God bless you. I am doing well and happy to let you know that my people in my ministry are growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to tell you that they have a need for Bibles in Swahili. We pray it will be on someone's heart to give.
I am also happy to inform you that we have received rain. We thank God for the rain.
I pray for you to have another trip to come to the Samburu.

Greet Paula and your children, and may the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Yours brother in Christ,

 Joseph Leleruk

"Love is not written on paper for paper can be erased. Love is not etched in stone for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever."

Monday, November 2, 2009


Another weekend of classes completed. It was another good weekend of teaching and am preparing for the coming weekend. I am still in the process of teaching dispensations and just finished teaching about the tribulation and millennium. These things are eye-opening to the men as they have not been taught this systematically. I am now going back and teaching the Old Testament and the concept of law as contrasted with grace.

I am also starting a survey of the entire Old Testament but with emphasis on categorizing it to get an overview. Most survey courses don't really categorize the OT so it is understandable from an overall perspective. It is good they are beginning to understand the dispensations and realize they are not responsible for keeping OT law. Before, they were trying to keep the law of the Sabbath, give a their tithe, etc.

One of the young people asked about the Sabbath the other day so we spent some time going over the principle of rest.  I explained why today the church worships on Sunday. Anyway, it was good that they are asking questions which gives me the chance to explain.

It's been raining which is good as they are still rationing water but it doesn't affect me much as I have a big water tank. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when I have water the tank fills up and I just use water from the tank for the rest of the week when I don't have city water. The only time I have a problem is if I try to do laundry or something on a day when I don't have water and use all the water in my tank. 

Speaking of which, Dennis and Dixon were both here yesterday. Dennis did my laundry and Dixon finished my lawn after school. Now Dixon has money for his school fees,  Dennis for his needs, my house and clothes are  clean,  and my lawn is cut. Life is good here in Nairobi and in the will of my Father.

Tonight when I got home the house was dark. My electricity was out again. This time it stayed out all night but it on today. That's the problem, you never know if it will come back on in 15 minutes or 15 hours. There was a full moon so I just sat in my backyard with Rafi and watched the moon and clouds. Stan

(Christian Apologetics Research Ministry) "Upon the completion of Creation God rested... on the seventh day. But, since God is all powerful, He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t need to take a break and rest. So, why did does it say that He rested? The reason is simple: Mark 2:27 says, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." In other words, God established the Sabbath as a rest for His people, not because He needed a break, but because we are mortal and need a time of rest, a time to focus on God. 

In this, our spirits and bodies are both renewed. The Old Testament system of Law required keeping the Sabbath as part of the overall moral, legal, and sacrificial system
by which the Jewish people satisfied God’s requirements for behavior, government, and forgiveness of sins. 

The Sabbath was part of the Law in that sense. In order to "remain" in favor with God, you had to also keep the Sabbath. If it was not kept, then the person was in sin and would often be punished (Ezekiel 18:4; Rom. 6:23; Deut. 13:1-9; Num. 35:31; Lev. 20:2, etc.).

But with Jesus’ atonement, we are no longer required to keep the Law. We are not under Law, but grace (Rom. 6:14-15). The Sabbath is fulfilled in Jesus. He is our rest. We are not under obligation, by Law, to keep it and this goes for the Sabbath as well. It is not a requirement that we keep the Sabbath. If it were, then we would still be under the Law, but we are not.

I hope this is evidence enough to show you that the Bible does not require that we worship on Saturday or Sunday. If anything, we have the freedom (Rom. 14:1-12) to worship on the day that we believe we should. And, no one should judge us in regard to the day we keep. We are free in Christ, not under law (Rom. 6:14).  Today most churches around the world have their main service on Sunday because of tradition and the labor force,  work week.