A blessing...but not in disguise!

Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Wed, 27 Jan 2016 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Sunday 17th January 2016 began very early with the buzz of many people busying themselves to prepare a feast. Goats were slaughtered, buckets of potatoes and carrots were peeled, mountains of onions and tomatoes were prepared. Outside, massive saucepans you could bath a baby in, were sitting over open fires in readiness for the cooking to begin. 50kg of rice was bubbling away and the aroma of chapatis frying was tantalising!

Bishop Lenini had come to visit Oltiasika and there was much excitement as people began to arrive for a service with a difference. It began at the farm on the Centre, where a pen had been built to receive a new batch of goats. This was blessed by the bishop. He then moved on to a water tank, one of many which had just been repaired and now, following the heavy rain, was full to the brim with much needed water. He thanked God for the blessing of so much rain and prayed that these water tanks would provide many people with the precious gift of water.

We entered the church at around 12pm and the service began with just a handful of people. By the time it finished four hours later, there were about 400! It was an amazing experience to be part of such praise and worship with everyone singing, dancing and praying together. The bishop preached so fervently that many people were openly touched and it felt like the windows of heaven had opened and poured down a blessing on this tiny forgotten place in the Kenyan bush! His message was from Matthew 25:21

Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. (ESV)

For many years, this Centre at Oltiasika has had little attention or support. However, the few remaining staff have continued to be faithful with what little they had and now it is evident that God has plans to build it up and improve the quality of people’s lives and bring blessing to many in the area. This was a timely reminder to all of us that we should be thankful for the little we have and not always be looking for something bigger or better.

Everyone then trekked up the hill from the church to our new house. At this moment, the heavens did literally open and poured down rain! The bishop used his crook to knock on the door three times and we opened it to welcome him in. He then walked around the rooms sprinkling oil to bless our home and prayed that all who enter in would find a haven of rest. Then the feasting began and all went home to their villages well filled both physically and spiritually.

In the days after, the phrase we heard used the most was “we have never heard the gospel proclaimed so fervently, we couldn’t help but be blessed!”

Praise God for the opportunity to be involved in such an experience!

Comments

Jenny Christie said Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:13AM
Brilliant!! Delighted everything went so well - much love to you both and I hope the day-to-day stuff is going well too. Jen :o)
Roger Thompson said Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:03PM
Hello both! Great to read this blog - can't wait to be part of it when I come to visit in March! We have been praying for you today and yesterday here in the CMSI office.
ann browne said Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:22PM
it sounds as though you had a wonderful day great news to hear one water tank is full and heavy rain I'm sure new house is now well blest love to you both take care ann and harry xo
Paul Ferguson said Sun, 21 Feb 2016 06:07PM
Glad to see the "house that Ronnie built" We hope you are safe in it and that it is a blessing to all who enter. Roger left yesterday for Zambia and we know he is looking forward to meeting with you in March. Love and best wishes from us both. We were praying for you at our NW prayer group last Monday. blessings

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