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REV MCCAMMON REPORTS ON TIME IN KENYA
It was a privilege to be asked by the Mission Board to visit our mission field in Kenya. It was a pleasure to be able to spend five weeks in that part of East Africa. I appreciate also the kindness of my congregation in Gilford, in not only allowing me to have time off from pastoral duties to make the trip, but also for the amazing volume of prayer that I know they raised for me while I was away.

It was about 13 years since I last visited the country and it was good to see that so many still go on with the Lord. It was especially encouraging to renew fellowship with several young ministers who were students in the BCFC Bible College those 13 years ago.

It was a different time of year than in 2005 and therefore I found it cooler with much more rain. The flooding in the country has been unusual this year, and sadly there has been much loss of life.

In some ways the country has changed. Roads have much improved and areas like Eldoret have vastly grown. Traffic seems to have multiplied, especially motorbikes. You have to have your wits about you as much as ever driving through towns and cities. Nairobi is beginning to look like a modern city with new building, good roads and skyscrapers, including the new Nairobi tower with its twin peaks. Reaching 300 metres in height it is the tallest man-made structure in the whole of the African continent.

The welcoming kindness of the Kenyan believers however has not changed. They remain poor in earthly goods in the main but display no poverty in hospitality and in their appreciation for our services in ministering to them the Word of God.

Much of my time was spent in transit between our Mission stations in Kitale and Kakamega. Four of the Sabbaths I was able to spend in Nyaporo near Mumias. The morning and afternoon meetings had encouraging numbers. The believers there seem very desirous of becoming a Free Presbyterian congregation and long for a Pastor. Miss Kathy Walker was heavily involved in this congregation with the ladies and the Sunday school. They feel it sharply that now Kathy has retired from the work. It was a blessing that I was able to meet Kathy for the first time and I found her assistance in the Kakamega area more than helpful. Sadly, while I was there she received news about the health of her father and had to leave the country earlier than anticipated to return to Florida. The denomination, I know, greatly appreciates her 13 years of faithful missionary service. Kathy also managed the bookshop in Kakamega and has trained a young woman called Josephine to look after it in her absence. In the bookshop Kathy had also commenced a weekly afternoon Bible study. I was able to conduct this every Tuesday. About a dozen young people attend. Many of them attend during their lunch break and some come from the local university. All manifest an appetite for the Word of God. It was a shock to them to learn that Kathy was leaving. Plans however are in place that the Bible study continues.

The bookshop has been a great witness and a means of not only spreading Reformed literature but also a centre for making contacts with men of sound faith. Some local pastors use the bookshop including some who have left behind their 'prosperity gospel' roots and have embraced the doctrines of grace. It was a joy to be able to visit a conference in Mumias organised by such a Pastor. The theme was the Supremacy of Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Several Kenyan pastors spoke at it. In attending the conference and hearing reformed Kenyan pastors faithfully preach it occurred to me that this was what Kenya needed more than anything, namely, native Kenyan pastors preaching faithfully the Gospel. Sadly, most preachers in Kenya do not preach soundly the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a change an army of faithful preachers raised up by God would make to that geographically beautiful but spiritually barren land.

A new area for me was a rural area beyond the city of Kisii. Here for some time a little nucleus of believers have had an interest in the Free Presbyterian church witness. They organised a two-day conference which I was delighted to be able to speak at.

Miss Margaret Russell labours faithfully in Kapenguria. She also worked hard at keeping me safe and organising my itinerary. God's servant perseveres and remains as cheerful as ever despite the discouragement of seeing colleagues, in the will of God, depart to other fields of service. The work load, especially of the Christian School, has intensified for her. She is burdened for labourers to be sent by the Lord to West Kenya. I know the denomination prays for her and I would encourage the faithful continuation of that.

There are certainly many needy gaps in this Mission field and wonderful opportunities exist for young men or women seeking God's will, and to any whom the Lord may have given a missionary heart. Kenya is still saying, "come over and help us".

Rev. G. McCammon
MISSION NEWS - MAY 2018
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