Monday, March 30, 2015

Mission Trips Change Lives Part 1!

Mission teams are a vital part of Real 4 Christ Ministries.  Each team is very different but they all go to Kenya to share the love of Christ with the Kenyan people.  Here is a great story of how God touched Courtney's life and changed her direction!
Courtney and Morgan at Mbewau

Loving on the children of Kenya.




Six years ago I saw a video that would change my life forever. My friends David and Kim Hayes had just returned home from their first mission trip to Kenya and they were excited to share their experiences with me. From the moment I saw pictures, heard the voices of the precious children singing, and saw the work that the Lord was doing through Chris and Lisa Moore and Real 4 Christ Ministries in Kenya, I knew God was calling me to go. It would take two years for me to work out the logistics and finances, but in June of 2011, I was on the plane headed to Mombasa, Kenya, and my life has not been the same ever since. 

As soon as I began spending time in Kenya, I fell in love with the Kenyan people and children, with the country, the language, and the culture. I fell in love with my community of friends and teammates and with Chris and Lisa Moore and the work God was doing in and through them and REAL 4 Christ Ministries. But most of all, I now know I was falling more and more in love with the Lord. He met me in a new way, showed me His deep love for me and others more tangibly than I had ever felt, and He radically changed me in the villages of Mombasa and Shimba Hills, Kenya. And it was there where He began to form in me a heart for missions and for ministry. 

As soon as I came home from Kenya that first year, I knew God was calling me to work in ministry somehow and someway, but I did not know what that would look like or where to even begin. It's a good thing God knows what He is doing and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Because He began to do just that in my own life, however it would not look that way for awhile. I was laid off from my job in radio promotions in September of 2011. I was unemployed for three months and began to apply for all kinds of jobs in ministry, attempting to follow God's call on my life that I felt in Kenya just a few months prior. However, nothing seemed to be working out and as I began to get discouraged, I took a temporary job at Dallas Baptist University (my alma mater) in their Marketing office. 

While I was at DBU I was introduced to a Christian ministry in West Dallas called Brother Bill's Helping Hand, an organization that served the low income area of West Dallas by seeking to meet the physical needs for food and medical care, while simultaneously seeking to meet the greater spiritual need for Christ. I began volunteering on a regular basis and Dr. Cook, the university president, asked me to coordinate recruiting volunteers from DBU and serving alongside them at BBHH each month. As I volunteered each month, the Lord continued to stir my affection for Him as I saw the work He was doing in and through BBHH, the neighbors of West Dallas, and in the volunteers serving the community. I began to once again feel the love of the Lord so authentically and see the Spirit working so visibly, just as I had my first year in Kenya, and I knew that Brother Bill's Helping Hand was where God was calling me. Not long after I felt this clear tug on my heart and nudge from the Spirit, I learned of a job opening at BBHH. I applied for the job, interviewed, and got hired on as the new Volunteer Coordinator. It was such a tangible way of seeing God clearly orchestrating my steps all the way from the villages in Kenya into the job at Brother Bill's Helping Hand and I have been so blessed to work there and get to share God’s love with the neighbors and volunteers every day since. 

I still have such a special place in my heart for Kenya, for the Moores, and for REAL 4 Christ Ministries. I have been so blessed to go to Kenya three times and I hope I get to go back many more. Frederick Buechner once said "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." For me that is Kenya, for me that is Brother Bill's Helping Hand. It is anywhere my affection is stirred for the Lord as I share His unconditional love and salvation with those who are longing to be filled, not just with bread alone, but with the satisfying word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). I am so thankful for my friends in Kenya, for my friends in Dallas/Ft. Worth, and for my friends all over the world who are ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation, allowing God to make His appeal through them, and who have encouraged me to do the same (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)! And I join Paul in thanking my God every time I remember them. "In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!" (Philippians 1:3-6)

Working at Brother Bills

Working at Brother Bills

If God has "messed you up" on a mission trip to Kenya and you would like to share your story please contact David Hayes @ dkhayes1@gmail.com

Monday, February 9, 2015

2014 A blessed and successful year.

Ministry in Kenya can be very challenging.  2014 had its challenges but God has worked in our churches, schools and feeding programs.  We wanted to share with you the successes and blessing that God allowed Real 4 Christ Ministries to be a part of in 2014 and give you a glimpse into what 2015 holds.





Decisions for Christ:
Mbewau 85 salvations and 8 baptisms.
Maasai Corner Ministries (our church in a predominately Muslim area)
64 salvations and 23 baptisms.

Lisa and the medical team treated over 4000 patients.













Funds were raised and staff housing was completed.

The child sponsorship program has grown in a big way.  We ended the year with 200 students being sponsored through this program.  If you would like to sponsor a child please visit www.real4christ.com and click on the sponsor a child tab.  

The feeding program served over 12,000 meals a month and over 150,000 for the year.


2015
Construction continues on phase two of the Maasai Corner School project.

Chris is working with several men to begin new Bible studies close to the Tanzania border and these works will be our next church plants.

5 Mission teams will be visiting Kenya this summer and fall.

The Adams family will be moving to Kenya on May 13 and joining our ministry team here.



Thank you so very much for your prayers and support.  The work being done in Kenya could not continue without your help.  God bless!





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Graduation Celebration

The last day of school for our Kindergarten Class in Kenya is quite special!!  We throw a party, we have cake and fruit juice.  We dress up in awesome caps & gowns.  And we have a huge celebration ceremony for all these 5 & 6 year olds who have accomplished great things!!  This year we closed both of our schools with three separate ceremonies.  Primarily, Muslim mothers fill the seats, anxious to hear and see what their kids have learned this past year.  It was a busy two days but well worth it.  The kids will have the next seven weeks off and return back to class on January 5th.  Thanks for supporting Lisa & I as we get this amazing opportunity to help change children's lives forever!!!

































































Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Church Plant!!



From L to R: Pastor Hesbon Kioko, Pastor Rasto, Mr & Mrs Mangwabi (owners who donated the land for the church and borehole)


After 7 years of working with MBEWAU Church, God has allowed them to start their first "baby" church. The new church called "Makuhuru Fellowship" is located approximately 5 miles away and is in an unreached area.

It is exciting for me to watch these young churches get to the place that they are now mature enough to recognize the need for an "extension" of their own ministry. I am honored to work with Pastor Rasto as he now mentors Pastor Hesbon Kioko in his new role. Just one more GREAT reason for Lisa & I to be here in Kenya!!!

Mr & Mrs Mangwabi donated the half acre land for the church and borehole. In the next few months we will build a simple mud church and dig a community borehole. I know God will do great things on this "holy ground" HE has provided.

Pastor Hesbon graduated Crossroads Bible College in Vipingo earlier this year. I had the opportunity to teach him in a few classes over the past 3 years. He is 27 years old, single, from Kakamega and works at the Vipingo Sisal Plantation. I am excited to see what God has in store for him @ his new church, Makuhuru Fellowship!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Work Continues

The work continues at Maasai Corner Ministries.  Tile is being laid in the classrooms, the water tower is being repaired and the church sign has been painted. The staff housing is coming along great!  God is so good!


































Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I feel like I’m stepping into a place of hope!



Hi! In case you don’t know me, I’m Jacqueline, Bob Nicol's, youngest daughter. I was finally able to accompany him to Kenya this summer! After years of hearing stories, seeing pictures, and watching videos, I am finally here, experiencing all of it with my own eyes, ears, mouth, nose, hands and heart. And what an adventure it has been! I have tried a lot of new foods, played soccer barefoot in the sand, built a mud hut, peeled a coconut with a machete, shared the Gospel with Muslims, snorkeled and fished in the Indian Ocean, and ridden on the back of a boda boda (motorcycle) and a camel!
Along with all of this excitement, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and see some beautiful places. It has been so neat to be able to meet and interact with the people that my dad has worked alongside all these years. I have seen a number of the wells that he and his team have drilled and have met people in the communities that they serve. It has been so neat to see and hear their appreciation for the work that my dad and R4C are doing in their villages. I honestly cannot imagine life without clean, pure water available always, but that’s the reality of life in the bush. Water is a necessity of life, which my father, and each one of his supporters, are providing to thousands of people in Eastern Kenya. Not only are they bringing life in the form of water, but they’re also sharing it in the name of Jesus, and it truly doesn’t get better than that!





































In addition to seeing the wells, I’ve been able to spend time at the R4C properties, both of which completely surpassed my expectations. Maasai Corner and MBEWAU are absolutely beautiful – the buildings, the landscape, the staff, and the children are all wonderful. Sadly, I have to say that this is not my impression for all of Kenya. In fact, these places are blatantly different than the cities and the streets in which they exist. When walking through the gates of Maasai Corner and MBEWAU, I feel like I’m stepping into a place of hope. Spending time in the classrooms, the clinic, the soccer field, and the sanctuary, I am aware that I am standing on holy ground. It is evident that this ministry has been blessed by God and that it is being used to shine hope and bring life to these communities. The Lord is clearly at work here through Chris and Lisa and the staffs they have assembled. Although I have not been privileged to watch the ministry’s work play out over the course of its existence, I am able to see the light that it is shining, in stark contrast to the darkness that surrounds. This glimpse only serves as a promise of more hope and light to come. God is surely at work, but is nowhere near finished with this people or this place, and I am so excited to see what else He will do.


Thus far, during my time here in Kenya, I have learned a number of things, a few of which I will share. First of all, I am inexpressibly proud of my dad and the work he does. I am thrilled that from now on when he calls me from here to tell me what he’s doing, where he is, and who he’s with, I’ll understand it all. Secondly, the missionary life is not particularly glamorous. From my few short weeks here I can only understand one tiny sliver of what this life is like, but I am certain that it is not for the faint of heart. I have learned that it is lonely to live in a foreign place with a different culture and language, and it is exhausting to be consistently attacked by the devil for fighting to glorify God. I will forever admire and do my best to encourage and support those who have been chosen by God and called across the world to spread his love to the nations. And lastly, as everyone who has been on a mission trip of any kind can understand, I am blessed beyond words. For living in America, for growing up in a Christian home, for having shoes to wear and clean water to drink, for being educated, for being healthy, for being loved and cared for all my days, I am blessed.









Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blinded By The Enemy





R4C Board Member Bill DeFrees has been in Kenya the last week. They are having a great trip and he wanted to share some of the things God is doing there in Kenya.

Today, members of our team had the incredible opportunity to baptize 10 new believers at Maasai Corner Church. I never get tired of seeing the excitement of those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior come out of the water with great big smiles on their faces. It reminds me of the Awesome power of God and how He continues to change lives every day. At the same time, I have a heavy heart for the people of Kenya. There is so much poverty and despair. I had a 21 year old young man tell me that he wanted to kill himself because he cannot find work and he is tired of not having any money or food. He was a Muslim and had no hope. As we talked he told me that his dream was to go to America, the land of opportunity and he wanted me to "sponsor" him. I told him that I couldn't do it, but I know some one who could. We talked about Jesus for a long time and he prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior! I visited with a Muslim woman in her mud hut who did not want to hear about Jesus. She had given birth to 10 children but only 2 are living and now she is raising some of her grandchildren. She has no money and no hope. We have talked to several Muslims who have told us that they pray to their god and we pray to our God so it's ok. It is not ok. These people are so blinded by the enemy. They are so faithful to their religion. Right now they are celebrating Ramadan and go to the mosque to pray 4 times a day. They also fast from sun up to sun down, for what? They are not experiencing the abundant life that the people who were baptized today will experience. We drive through the cities and villages and there are men everywhere on street corners because they have no jobs. Some are drunk or high and continue to have no hope. We see children without clothes and the whites of their eyes are yellow. Most do not go to school. If they survive, there is not much of a future for them. Chris an Lisa are doing incredible things here in Kenya, but they need help to reach more families to feed and educate children, to spread the good news of Jesus and to help families to be self sufficient.

God Bless!
Bill DeFrees