I am often asked, “Why does Jesus not do today the things He and the Apostles did in the
Simple answer, “He still does.”
Case in point: the ministries we have been a part of in Kenya since 1981.
One group of churches our Transforming Prayer Team has been working with is Gospel Field Evangelism led by Ben and Mary Bahati. We have assisted them with leadership
training in western Kenya and recently also partnered with their ministry in
GFE’s motto is WE GO TO THEM. And go to them – the poor in Africa – they do!
Eldoret (where GFE is based) is a sprawling country town of 1 million+ surrounded by large urban slums the conditions of which are nigh onto indescribable.
Ben and his team have been effectively carrying the Gospel into those slums for years.
A few months ago during a property dispute, an adversary of GFE bull-dozed their metal building (which seats several hundred people). While the dispute was being litigated,
the church temporarily met in a large tent.
Recently the Spirit prompted Ben to use the tent to conduct a series of ten “slum meetings”
in a circle around the edge of Eldoret. The second of those crusades ended a week ago.
Ben emailed a report to us. I am copying the relevant portions of his report below as
we received them. (I’m sure you’ll forgive the rough nature of the text.)
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From: Benedicto Makani
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:11:37 -0700 (PDT)
To: Richard Cazzell
Subject: No regrets for $ 2000
|Dear … Richard and Cathy…,
Once again this is Ben and Mary from Kenya East Africa. Thank you very very much for praying for us , this last Tent Revivals that just ended on the 25th September has left us amazed .
The Lord has used us in a great way , our team who are under training about 57 young men and women teamed up with us to help where in the meetings and helped things move even faster with a lot of unity and co operation.
The tent was erected on Tuesday in the heart of a slum known us Langas in Eldoret town in the Rift valley of Kenya.
[NOTE: Richard and I led a two day Pastors Conference in Langas slum in 2010. Langas was a primary site for horrific tribal violence and killings during Kenya’s post-Election violence in 2008.]
The surrounding and environment in the area is unbelievable. Drugs, alcoholics, prostitution, witch craft , thugs, robbers, reports of people owning guns illegally etc.
We saw the walls surrounding and binding these people flattened down by the power of the Almighty God in the Tent Revival.
We had two teams this week Willy and Kevin and a team of 4 others were doing film shows (Jesus Movie) and school meeting and thousands are hearing the good news and coming to Jesus.
But for Mary and I and another team 57 bombarded the Langas slum with the good news of Divine Change and following them up.
The 1st day of the Revival was Wednesday a report came to us the police just arrested one gun robber in the area. The 1st day we did three sessions from 3 am to 7 pm. …after all the messages 200 came on the front and knelt down on the the dust of the ground in the tent on their own and acknowledge that they turning to Christ and that they got what they were desperate for change and now they got what they needed. Praise God.
On Thursday we did the same with Three preachers including Patrick , Joseph Omondi and myself another 125 came on the front to be prayed for to receive Christ.
On Friday Morning asked people with needs for more prayers and testimonies for praise God to turn up and i will be waiting them as from 7 am. and 30 turned with
By Sunday 507 had prayed to receive Christ.
In these meeting some of my disciples were there to help, Joseph Omondi, Joseph Mbai, Peter Wafula, George Kemos , Patrick Asava, Moses Otieno , Opiyo Dickson Liboyi , some church Elders and Women from Spiritual Life Center, Choir and other musicians too.
Here are Testimonies that are just a few , we can not finish, it is like a continuation
Here it is: ACTS OF JESUS ACCORDING TO LANGAS TENT REVIVAL IN THE CITY CONFERENCE TESTIMONIES WITH GFE KENYA TEAM.
As you read these testimonies i wanted you to know that if God would have only touched one of the the following people , just one,with all the energy, time and funds that we used , i would still be contended and not complain.
All the $ 2000 that you gave to be used in this meeting was accounted for and we will be glad to forward the breakdown to you. God bless you as you read.
ALICE NAFULA – 35yrs old
ANGELINA MSANGA – 50yrs old
SATINA MMBOGA – 55yrs old
BENJAMIN KYALO – 24yrs old (picture 5)
GIFT OBONDO – 8yrs old
MARGRET MASINDE – 30yrs (picture 7)
FREDRICK KHALISA – 32yrs
PAUL OTIENO AND ANN AKOTH (picture 11)
EMILY KHAVUGWI (picture 12)
LILIAN MUSIMBI – 25yrs (picture 14)
MARTHA MUTHONI – 15yrs old
ELIZABETH MUHADI – 17yrs
MARY NDUTA ( 18 yrs)
MARY KALALI – 20yrs (picture 19)
[Ben Bahati] Thank God for all these and many others we have not shared here, after this 2nd tent meeting 2 home churches have been born in Eldoret.
I just wonder i God would have not used the Business man that invested the $ 2000 to enable us go To Langas what would have happened to these wonderful people?
last Sunday we baptized 43 and 120 visitors came to our Sunday church service
We have a request , we have passion and a vision of doing many of these projects of the tent , we want to see Jesus at work, We are Trusting God for another $ 2000 to be able to do this Jesus stuff again next month.
May God bless you as you pray about it.
One thing i a sure Our Kenyan team after seeing all this that the Lord Did they all went on their knees and prayed for your business, and that what ever your touch with your hand it flourishes.
Nothing dies in your hands, you a covenant brother from another mother. We love
Today i am in Pretoria , South Africa…,
God bless you and hoping to hear from you soon,
Ben and Mary Bahati
PS We will email photos soon. www.gfekenyaa.com +254 718 969079.
[Doug] Jesus is still doing the same things he did in his brief time on earth in the 1st century (see Luke 4:16ff):
Evangelizing the poor
Healing the sick
Sending crushed ones away in release
Peeling the darkness off people &
Declaring that God’s grace-favor are ‘in season’.
Jesus is also still doing what He did in the 1st century: delegating His remarkable ministry to faithful, capable people who love and serve Him out of good hearts. (see Ephesians 4:11-16)
You might like to get in on this Jesus-action in East Africa. We – and they – can use plenty of help.
Email me (Doug) at email@example.com for suggestions on how you might grab a piece of the action.
Doug and Richard