Meet Pastor Nicholas. Pastor Nicholas is a typical Samburu pastor. One year ago, his church was small and struggling. They met under a tree and wondered how much longer this particular work could continue. Last July, the MT4 project came to Nicholas’ church. In a 3-month period, 400 Samburu who were not followers of Jesus, became followers of Jesus. His … Continue reading
75 years ago, the Rev. R.R. Brown began the Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference. Dr. Brown was a radio preacher of some renown, and since Omaha in August is oppressively hot, the folks at WOW radio had an idea. What if Dr. Brown did 10 days of a conference that could be carried over live radio? And, what if … Continue reading
Here’s the congregational invocation prayed this past Sunday at the church Pete and I attend: Lord Jesus, Savior and King, speed the coming of Your Kingdom to the ends of the earth. By Your powerful grace, draw the world to willing obedience to Your reign. Overcome the enemies of Your Kingdom. Rescue what sin has laid waste, and repair the … Continue reading
Meet Pastor Kennedy and the folks in Naibor Keju. 3 1/2 months ago, there were no followers of Jesus in this village. Now, there is a church of 100 folks, 65 of whom have been baptized in the past 2 months. Pastor Kennedy was one of our distributors, and used the MT4 device to help him in his church planting. … Continue reading
Our methodology of taking training to oral-culture learners doesn’t just have application for the MT4 device. One of our partners in Samburu, Pastor Wilfred, has discovered another way to put orality into play in his ministry. A bit of background information would probably be helpful. Our Kenyan pastors, much like their American counterparts, have certain preachers they like and emulate. … Continue reading
If you drive around Lexington, KY (world headquarters of T4 Global) you’ll see some enormous church buildings. Some of them are lovely buildings, some are just big. One looks like an airport with multiple terminals. The same is probably true in most American cities. The fact is, we often forget that the church is not a building, it’s people. The … Continue reading
At an International Orality Network seminar, the speaker made a point of reminding us that if our indigenous friends laugh at appropriate times while talking with us, we’ve bridged the cross-cultural communication gap. Thankfully, we’ve done a pretty good job of communicating in Kenya.
The work in Kenya is going well. Roughly 4000 folks are listening to the devices each week. Elders from a village that didn’t receive the “redio” walked a great distance to ask one of the distributors when the “redio” was coming to their village. A great problem in ministering among the Samburu is the separation of men and women. As … Continue reading
We had dinner one night as a team in Maralal (actually, more like every night). Pastor James, his wife Veronica and their two boys joined us. Simon, the youngest, is a true Samburu. The boy can eat some goat. As I took this picture, his mouth was full of goat, and his face smeared with grease and grape Fanta.
I like the Samburu. They like to wear red, herd cattle and can eat their weight in meat. As I’ve said before, it reminds me of Nebraska. When we launched our listening groups in Samburu, we went first to the village of Nkeju Muny (or The Rhino’s Leg). We were invited to stay for goat that had been roasted in … Continue reading