Saturday, 20 May 2017

ALWAYS - WALK IN THE LIGHT

SOME OF YOU may recognise Mike and Dani Potter here.    This photo is probably circa 1988, and was probably taken the first time they visited us in Testimony House.     Love at first sight so to speak for all of us, and they have been part of our family ever since.    Both worked in Cavina School in Nairobi for the next ten years or so and then returned to Australia where Mike became Head of Tyndale Christian School in South Australia,      Almost immediately he and Dani began to consider bringing parties of Students from the School to Kenya and to US in Testimony Faith Homes, and now they are an Annual Event.
The photo to the right is of the 2016 Team.
Up to 30 or so students at a time plus some staff have been coming, and they come to WORK and to GIVE of themselves.    Most get 'out of school' jobs to earn the cost of their travel, food and eventualities PLUS something more to just GIVE to the ministry here.      It has meant a great deal to all of us, and especially to the children here.    THIS YEAR they will be here again in July.    Not so many this year but still more than a dozen expected.   Recently Mike has reminded us that when we have mentioned how we are supported, we have seemed to point only to friends in the UK - about fifty individuals and churches across the land contribute to us though the year.      I probably also mentioned a few others in Denmark, the Channel Islands, Northern Island - say another seven families in all.      BUT I had somehow 'forgotten' to mention the input from Australia!    This was not at all intentional, but I think it was because I usually give quite a lot of space to the Annual School Visit in the Blog, and then feel I have covered everything.    But I do see that this may, at other times, have give a rather lop-sided, or at least diminished picture of our financial affairs.     Also - this year - I have been unable to include a Statement of Account as I have been trying to do previously.     And of course I am no longer administratively involved in the running and day to day affairs in a regular way.       Most of our incoming donations are channelled through AENON Trust in England, amounting, on average. to about Ksh,14,000,000/= per annum depending on the exchange value of the Pound Sterling.    All other donations not passing via the Trust amount to approximately Kah.300,000/- per annum   -  approx. Ksh.14,300,00/- altogether.     ADDITIONALLY we have been receiving, for last ten years or so, help from World Families in Australia, via the interest of Mr. and Mrs.Potter, an annual sum of approximately Ksh.1,300,000/= and representing the individual interest of some 27 altogether.     Only some 12% of any of this income is guaranteed without fail.      So a total average income of Ksh.15,600.000 per annum to accommodate the general residential welfare, including food, clothing, medicare, and higher education of 140 children and young people in five residential houses, plus the general labour of some 40 staff including administrative, catering, and home care.     Currently this works out at approximately Ksh,305/- per day per person.        However,  since we do not appeal for funds when needed, and we do not in any way seek to find ways to underwrite our income apart from direct Application to our Father in Heaven, income does fluctuate from time to time, and we cannot control the volume or manner of receipts coming in.     We cannot be sure, either, WHEN funds will come in. It is an interesting situation which tries - in continuous and progressive manner - our level of Faith.   But, on the other hand, although this 'daily' bread may at times financially not be to hand, we usually find we have enough on hand to feed everyone, or else a gift of food or finance might come to the door to tide us over.     The miracle to us is always that our God is able to speak, without our assistance or intervention in any way, to those whose heart is open to Him, and that they hear and react to our unspoken (to them) need.        Every day our hearts go out to God, and automatically to each one who hears His cry on our behalf, and became with Him our Provision.   We can never take one of them for granted, or accept the tiniest Gift without appreciation.     SO, dear friends and 'Family in Jesus' my apologies if I may sometimes seem forgetful in not personally publicly show our deep awareness of your love and sharing in our needs here.       We DO remember where every Gift has ever come from, and how it was appreciated; we, and all those with us, with whom we share, never cease to remember and rehearse together the daily care of all for US, in Jesus Name.    And our love and thanks to you Mike for being a good friend and not holding back from sharpening stone, AND the countenance of your friend.

Esther and I follow a Daily Reading every day, and on the 17th of this month we were very encouraged by the following entitled 'The Brook Dried Up' 1.Kings

THE PSALMIST wrote  'Joyful are those...  whose hope is in the Lord their God'  -  Psalm 146v5.      One author writes:  'Sometimes when there's not enough money to make ends meet, people tell us to budget, and we chuckle.   We look at the situation and say 'No Way!'   THAT'S the time to trust God.   Your possibilities aren't limited by past or present circumstances.   If there's not enough to pay legitimate expenses, do your best - and then Let Go!   Trust God to supply your need, then look beyond your wallet.  Look to your source.   Claim a divine, unlimited supply.   Do your part.   Strive for financial responsibility in thought and action.  Ask for wisdom, and THEN LISTEN to God's leadings.    Then let go of your fears and your need to control.
We all know that money is a necessary part of living  -  and so does God.   F.B. Meyer said:  'The education of our faith is incomplete till we learn that God's providence works through loss....There's a ministry to us through the failure and fading of things.   The dwindling brook where Elijah sat is a picture of our lives!  "Some time later the brook dried up"  is the history of our yesterdays and the prophecy of our tomorrows.   We must learn the difference between trusting in the gift, and trusting in the giver.   The gift may last for a season, but the giver is eternal.   If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow of Zarapheth, he'd have missed something that helped make him a better man - living by faith.   Whenever our earthly resources dry up, it's so we may learn that our hope and health are in God.    1.Kings 1-2  /  Acts 2v22-47

Robert the Bruce,  King of Scotland, in defeat by the English, hiding in a cave, watching a spider climbing up a slender strand of silk towards the hidden ceiling, saw it fall, and then begin again.   This happened many times, but finally the spider made it and disappeared into the darkness above.     The story has it that The Bruce was enlivened by this observation.   Instead of giving up the fight, the King resolved to get up and try again to overcome his enemy - and again until he won.        No doubt something of the sort urged Sir Winston Churchill to urge the Nation of England to NEVER, never, never GIVE UP or give in.
IT IS EASY to be affected by life's circumstances.     Supply of what we need CAN dry up, and present the question ' What shall I do next '.      There may be many earthly possibilities, but only ONE is a winner - TO TRUST IN GOD.         WE have to admit that we have our days, even weeks when we see even more than one commodity dry up.    We always need your prayers at the back of us. It is easy then to be freaked out, put into a spin of despondency, and even put to flight!     But NO, we must stand our ground, look to God, waiting upon him until He shows us the next step and leads on to victorious security - until the next time.      All those who have been prompted to help us here in TFH, and acted to be our salvation in Jesus, have also been precious instruments in proving God's Faithfulness, and Power in delivering us time and time again from the hand of Doubt and Unbelief.     Thank you all in the Name of Jesus.   I know this has not been without sacrifice.

So let us ALL stand up to be SEEN; to be counted, heard and felt for God in Jesus, within our society.    Let us make our Mark  for God, for our selves, and our children and friends.   Let us not give up doing well; doing the BEST, and having done all that we can, to LET go and just STAND for God as an obstacle to all the Plans of the Enemy.         AMEN!

John, Esther and Daryl Green


Saturday, 13 May 2017

STRIVE TO LIVE IN UNITY TOGETHER!

WELL HERE I AM AGAIN.   This was taken for my 77th Birthday which fell on 11th May, as usual!    Had a recent hair cut which gave me a slight remission of the ageing process, but generally I thank God that I am fairly OK physically, though I am having a little trouble with my TOES!     No doubt part of this may be to do with my Diabetes.      They get very painful at times.   Never mind I still get around, just don't run and jump as I did when I was seventy.
AS YOU CAN SEE above I did have a Birthday Cake, but only with two groups of seven candles which I easily blew out in one blow!    Still plenty of 'puff'.    A dear friend arranged for us (me, Esther, Daryl and Carol, and their kids Becky, Erica and Jeremy, plus our Manu to all go out for a Chinese Dinner in the evening.   A truly happy time, and thence back home to Coffee and Cake together.   Two more photos to round off -  Me and the love of my life, dear Esther,above, and then a Group Photo of us all.


Me, Esther and Manu at the back.
Becky, Erica, Carol Jeremy and Daryl in front.

We missed the rest of the family - all in England - of course, but we were able to receive phone calls from all three 'families' and also managed a phone call to Jesse Green in Nairobi where he is studying full time on his Engineering Course.      SO in one way or another we managed to be all together for a rare moment in time.

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GOD DOES NOT SMILE ON DIVORCE.     In sharing this view from the Bible from time to time, I have found myself in the midst of heavy criticism.     I was born into an England - in the 40s -  that did not smile on divorce and made it VERY hard to obtain one.    Perhaps the British Law was then more influenced by the Word of God than it has now become.      And of course this affected the entire society who had to abide with tighter morals altogether.     NOW we have progressed to a more open and licentious world society that allows practically everything, and frees us all from having to deal with guilt, and responsibility for a great deal of unhappiness and hurt - not only in respect of marital relations.       There is a chapter in the Book of Malachi in the Bible's Old Testament, the last Book in fact.    In chapter 2v16 says there ' The Lord, the God of Israel says, I hate divorce and marriage separation...' (The Amplified Bible).        It is not said that 'divorce' is SIN, it merely says that God does not like it.   He does not approve it; He is not made happy by it.     He has ALLOWED it, but only because of the 'hardeness' of our hearts, and only then when one or the other party is found unfaithful to the other.     TODAY  you can find a way of divorcing for almost ANYTHING.   God permitted it, but as Jesus said, 'It was not always so from the Beginning'.       Only because of the fallen nature of Man did He permit it, but he never approved of it since it was against His own nature. There have been many times that God separated Himself from Israel, always with a plan in view to bring them back to Him and to restore the prospect of a Marriage relationship.     God values Truth, Honesty, and Faithfulness in a relationship.     When we stand at the altar and SWEAR before each other in Marriage that 'We will never cease to love and care for one another in Sickness and Health, in Poverty and Wealth, For Better or for Worse' we also call God to Hear us, and to Witness our Promise.      When we fail to make it, and our Promise is broken it, we have  not only broken our word to our partner,but we have made God a Party to it.       God NEVER breaks His Word.    This is something about God we need to know and understand ever more deeply if we want to let HIM LIVE IN US.
In Hosea 4v2 it is written that 'adultery' is one of the contributing causes of the whole nation to suffer the judgement of God.     In v.6 God says MY people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge, and a rejection of knowledge (of ME),       Our most needy occupation throughout our lives is to SEEK and discover all we can about God, His nature, character and spirit.    In Jeremiah 9v24 God says 'LET him who glories, glory in this - that he understands and knows ME, and that I am the LORD, which exercise loving kindness, judgement, and righteous in the earth; for in these things I delight saith the LORD.'        And all of these last words sums up GOD's main essence - LOVE.     Divorce, separation, and a sense of giving up or of turning one's back on another just IS NOT the Love of God.
God has demonstrated clearly that He will go all the the way, do all that takes, and inconvenience Himself however long it takes, to mend and restore His relationships -   THUS, he let Jesus die on the Cross for the very worst that might be found among us.      That is GOD's WAY.       And Yes it is - since the Fall of Man - NOT our way,       We see and look upon life quite differently, and our compassion and mercy and forgiveness is all based on how WE see it - and WE would NOT die for an enemy, or unworthy, unprofitable neighbour.      We would not be willing to suffer long for him or her - we would break off the business relationship, the friendship, the engagement, the marriage.     AND of course there will be instances where this might improve our personal happiness, peace of mind, and even general prosperity, and thus encourage us to lean to our own understanding and condone our own righteousness.       We are geared to this attitude, and it may even see just and right. BUT we are wrong.    We have gone our OWN way.    Put our own happiness first, rather than God's. WE have not understood that our current perceptions have all been tampered with, and our mind set put askew from the ways of our CREATOR.       In the Beginning there was God, but NOW there is only MAN        
I cannot see God loving divorce - even though he loves the divorcee.     But surely a man and a woman have the right to be happy?   -    I used to believe this wholeheartedly when I was growing up.
Has Man any rights?     Perhaps only the Right to SERVE God who made him with a purpose in mind.       All the other 'Rights' that we hear about today are Man made Rights, made with only himself in view.     Selfish Rights.      
Because God is unwilling to joyfully condone Divorce, the Promise Breaker, the Adulterer, THEN He becomes a spoil sport, and set on Man's unhappiness..,,,,,,,,,,,,,AND the Devil has from the very beginning used this argument to turn us all OFF from listening to and heeding God and what HE is saying.    SATAN will still say even in your ear and mine - 'HAS GOD SAID........'   With all that this might lead to in changing the Rules and Laws of the Kingdom - IF that were possible.

BUT God has not Himself cursed the Divorced among us, but he will allow us to suffer the results of anything we do that in any way hurts another human being.     Especially in Marriage.    God will not expect us to be happy with the status quo - with the continuing growth of a 'root of bitterness', irritation, aggravation, or unforgiveness that will deepen the rift, widen the chasm between us and another person.        God looks for a forgiving heart that will seek after the one chased away, or who has just run away.   He will seek them,  in order to heal the wound, bind up the broken heart, and finally bring them back home.       Esther and I might have found any number of differences in each other that might have ended up in us seeking to be rid of each other, but for every upset, misunderstanding, and imperfection we felt we were confronted with, we STAYED together, and in staying learnt to FORGIVE, and in forgiving learnt to LOVE the more.
46 years will have gone by, God willing, this coming August.      TWO individual, very different people, with different ideas and concepts that have made us collide often, continued to suffer, bear and love each other, and with no regrets that we did not run away.   We put up with each other, learning more about each other.       

Some couples have re-married and are very happy.     I do not think that God expects us to undo such happiness.    But if we have not remarried He will look for us to find out His Will now in our present situation.    Remember it has to be His Will presented against what we KNOW about Him  -   NOT about what WE feel or know about ourselves.       MARRIAGE world wide seems to be failing, if not disappearing as something recommendable, or even feasible.      Yet a good, steady and strong Marriage is what is needed to provide a sound foundation for children to grow up in.    We need to support what is GOOD and not applaud what is undermining our civilisation, and human society.  
I hope you will forgive me (if you decided to read).       I am not trying to make a Pharisaical judgement, but in love I want us all to be willing to appraise what we allow in our lives for Christ, for WE will all have to answer to HIM for how we allowed His life in us to continue HIS EXAMPLE to those we also live with.       

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On Sunday we received news that Allan Nicholls at AENON Trust had sent another Gift to us, and we were totally without funds that day.     Another Wonder Answer to our prayers, and we do Thank all those who made the Gift possible.       Updates and Thank yous to soon be with you.  The general scene here is increasingly difficult with the Government and other problems with the Drought continuing to spiral upwards the daily cost of living.     Since we came in 1968 I do not think we have seen the economy in such a mess, and the general well being of the man in the street so threatened.

On the 10th The  Public Health Dept visited and Inspected us.      They seemed favourably happy with what they saw, and we will soon have their written Report.     This will be the last document we need to include for our already overdue Application for Re-Registration of TFH.   A great relief.

School is going on well, and generally we are at peace.    There has been continuing RAIN, generally at night, and the day having plenty of sunshine.     Very good, and everything fresh with newness of grass and flora.    We are blessed.

Daryl is travelling to Nairobi on Monday with Dan, this time for a Second Examination prior to finally deciding on surgery.     They will be travelling there and back in a minibus from town.    Long and tiring journey.     So Dan has been well, and we are hopeful for further good news.

Thank you ALL for the many Birthday Greetings received via E-mail, Face book, and ordinary mail.  I was quite overwhelmed and filled with joy.      Love you all.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

THINGS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE - REALY?

YESTERDAY I was writing to friends saying that the RAINS had come at last!      TODAY the Weather Men are telling us it is NOT so.    The Rains they say have failed and, though there may be a few sporadic showers and heavy thunder storms, the HEAVY  RAIN is not coming !!   INSTEAD  we are to expect a prolongation of DROUGHT,   food shortages and rising prices - in fact FAMINE threatens.   The old lady in the photo to the left is one of many who are already finding life impossible.    She cannot afford the increased price of basic foodstuffs.   How will she feed her family?   How will she feed her self?
in 1972, just 45 years ago, Eldoret had plenty of water.   True there were only 40,000 people here then, but the Rain Fall was immense, regular and predictable.      Then, within a few years, the huge areas of forest were cut down.     Nothing of any significance was replanted.    President Moi made an effort to reverse the trend, and personally encouraged tree planting.      But it did not last, and the trees gave place to small scale farming and a slow and steady reduction in RAIN.  
Because of the increase in population, and the desire for LAND to live, the forests have been sacrificed, without so much as even a moment's regret.   Successive Governments seem to have been unable to plan for the future; for the ongoing increase in population, and its needs.   Kenya grows Tea, Sugar, Maize, and even some Rice.    But today it is all  generally exported, and we have to import OUR need from other Countries.    NOW, suddenly, prices on all these basic commodities are shooting up.    This week Sugar has been increased from 200 to 395 shillings per  2 Kilo  pack, more than 100%.     WE usually by 50kgs per week which means for US an in increase of of more than 4.000/- per sack, (approx 30 Sterling) per week on just ONE commodity.    Generally the supply of maize, beans, milk, vegetables, tomatoes and onions among other food items dwindles almost daily, thus encouraging hikes in prices.     Currently there is still food to buy - but due to the price increases no money to buy it.    This will, expectedly, bring famine.   The President has announced that salaries should be increased be 18%.    Yes, most people employed do not have enough to live even now, it would be good to get a pay rise - but most employers will be unable to pay it - for us, if we were to raiser ALL our salaries for those working in the Homes by 18% we would have to find another Ksh.117,000 or nine hundred pounds a month.
FOR OURSELVES in TFH this is a Challenge both sudden and unexpected at this time.   Currently we are spending on Groceries and related provisions to cover three basic meals a day for 130 children plus 10 staff, approximately 300,000/- per month.     Daryl has just dropped in to say that after discussion with some of his Staff, they were considering taking ONE meal away each day from each person.     WELL,  yes, one should consider how to deal with inflation I suppose.    BUT reading and listening today in our media, it seems we are facing civil unrest, increasing inflation, famine, and continued drought.     IF we face it all head on then it is likely we shall feel overwhelmed, and maybe forget GOD is with us!!!         What is it the Scripture says in Philippians 4v6 -
'Be careful (anxious) for nothing;
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your heats and minds through Jesus Christ'

This does not promise going through life unscathed, but it DOES mean without fear and trembling.The Scripture continuing tells us NOT to be AFRAID!   Why, because GOD is with us, those of us who are believing in His very REAL Presence with us; - If GOD be with you, WHO and WHAT can (suceed) against you.        Hallelujah!      We need to work at letting these TRUTHS live in, and with us moment by moment.     Remember, the Word of GOD is TRUE, and will  not deceive us.    Only BELIEVE.

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Since 2011 The Lord has guided us and prospered us in setting apart two plots for Market Gard-ening.    With little rainfall and limited underground supply we have seen very good returns of vegetable crops, plus onions and tomatoes.    Thank Lord for open-ing our eyes and walking with us.

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A dear friend of ours wrote today of her husband, now 85.   She writes '......Our travelling days seem to be over as 'D' has reached the stage where all he wants is home and his chair. He will be 85 in a few months and having problem with balance and travel generally.'
I shall be 77 this month, and although I still get about the compound and the Town,  I am not as energetic as I was, and am beginning to look for MY chair, and more of a 'stay at home' with my computer and books.

To hear that Prince Phillip is 'retiring' at 96 rather puts us both in the shade.    A man of indomitable spirit.  But on the other hand we are all different, and he really has been and is a man apart.     He will be missed. He has been so faithfully there, 'the Man behind the Monarch and the Throne' for all my lifetime.   Even in hearing he is slowing down, almost to a standstill, seems to mark the immanent end of an Era.   But then the whole world is poised for CHANGE - we must indeed be prepared for it.      AND I thank His Royal Highness for doing his Duty through the years, and thus being an Example to all who might care to take notice.     He has been, and remains, an Encouragement.     We remember Her Majesty as she now must face public life without him; without the knowledge of his presence just behind her; without the fortitude and and strength engendered by his just being 'there' for her.    And she is 91, not out!     Well we are told there will be a family 'stand-in' but it will not 'feel' the same.

Time to close again.      Thank you all for your prayers through the week.   We are encouraged and strengthened!    The Lord, our coming King, persuade you of His Nearness always.

Lovingly in Him
John, Esther and Daryl Green

























Saturday, 29 April 2017

WHERE DO WARS AND VIOLENCE COME FROM?


ENGLAND 1943!    I was not quite three years old.


'Under the Table'

Under the table , John!
Get under  the table NOW!
She grabbed me by the hand.
Desperately!
Under the square wooded table I found myself.
My teddy-bear hugged to my heart, wide eyed'
I was hugged also, close to my Mother's heart!
The room was getting dark.
It was early evening,
Outside the street was filled with noise;
Shouting, screaming, sirens.
'Take cover!    Take cover!......

 I did not know the terror of that moment.
I felt uncertain by my Mother's sudden distress.
But I felt no personal danger.
There was a strange sound in the air above.
A kind of whirring sound.
It seemed to come nearer, nearer -
It was right over us!.
I looked up - the noise stopped!

In the Silence, I heard my mother whimper -
Then an ear splitting explosion of sound;
of breaking fabric, breaking glass,
Fresh air opened up all around us, mixed with smoke;
acrid smoke and dust.


I scrambled from under the table.
My mother and I stood and looked out upon the street.
The sitting room wall had disappeared.
The Old Vic public house could be seen murkily opposite.
People were running, some stopping to peer at us as they passed.

This was a moment etched on my memory.
The flying bomb, or 'doodle-bug' 
could have killed us - did kill others.
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NO MORE WAR!     Surely no more war.     People had declared WAR was ended at the close of the First Great War in 1914/18.     But a Second and worse World War was to be unleashed in 1939/45.     When I was twenty two, in 1962, and working in the City of London,  there came a day when Russia and America were poised on the brink of yet another war - this time threatening to wipe a a good part of the Western World.     I remember the day when at Mid-day we might have only seconds to live;  people walking during their lunch hour stopped to look up expecting DEATH to pour down from the sky.      It was an awful moment - but it passed. Nothing happened.

TODAY the world is once more threatened with WAR and by the 'Brinkmanship' of two world leaders who both are such a mixture of volatile showmanship as to bring the world to anxious nervous tension.         And these Powers both have weaponry that can blot huge populations out of existence totally, without survivors, and expose the rest of us to such injury and hurt than even Hiroshima has had to endure - for generations.
It IS a terrible thing that the civilised world seems quite unable to outlaw WAR, and those who might want to make War.

JESUS told us all in the Gospel of Matthew 24v6    -   IN THE LAST DAYS  -  ' You shall hear of wars and rumours of wars -  for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against  kingdom.   There shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in different places - THESE ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.
TAKE NOTE my brethren, that these are but the beginning of sorrows.      There IS worse to come........

Jesus continues, and says in Matthew 24 v9 . 'THEN shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations form y name's sake.   AND then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, land shall hate one another.   AND many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.    AND BECAUSE INIQUITY shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold    --  BUT he/she who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.      
World Society is already making great inroad in rejecting GOD in their thinking and life style.   God is in fact more and more VISIBLY attacked on every front.    And as we see Christian concepts being set aside, so we shall increasingly find the Committed, believing Christian being seen as an Enemy of the State and of the World.     And indeed I believe this will be the experience of ANY man or woman who is sincerely seeking God in their lives.

THIS IS THE TIME for the Believer to HANG ON, and to re-commit themselves to putting GOD, and His Law FIRST, at home, at school, at the work-place, and wherever he finds himself.       If we do not encourage ourselves and harden ourselves to taking up our cross and dedicating our life to GOD, then we shall find ourselves induced to run from God, and to even DENY that we have ever known or wanted to know God.         WE need to know that when we say we Love God, and His Way for our life, we have to mean it to DEATH even.       We should set our face, our life, as a FLINT to go the whole hog, and all the way to the END without despair.      We have to REMEMBER that we have to ENDURE to the end, if we want to realise our Salvation.

AND we have NEED to go on REMEMBERING to ENDURE.      Things are NOT getting better.    They WILL get worse, and I would be untrue to God's Word if I were to say otherwise.      


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THE RAIN has begun, and we are GRATEFUL to God for it.      Right now, as I write it is raining, and been heavily raining since mid morning.     The sky still looks heavy with RAIN.      Hallelujah.        Esther and I also Thank God for bringing us through our respective heavy colds - or 'flu.     We are both much better than a week ago.
Next week School begins again.      
The Primaries for the General Election scheduled for AUGUST have now finished.      It has not been, generally, an easy time, but at least, finally perhaps, less violent than expected.     We trust that from now on things will settle, and that by the date of the Election the Nation will rejoice in calm and peaceable voting.

The oldest of our two vehicles for the Homes - Nissan Caravan of great age, many times given a makeover - now seems to be at its last gasp.      We shall do what little we can to keep it on the road, but we will value your prayers.  It has been greatly used and daily in almost total use.       It has endured well, and now it really seems to have come to the END.       It has earned our Praise and Thanksgiving as a Gift from God.

God Bless you all.      Do not allow anything I have written to day depress you or make you feel that we ourselves have lost hope!     Our HOPE is at its brightest and most enduring.      I write not to depress or weaken your faith, but to ALERT you, and to ENCOURAGE you to STAND FIRM.        WE none of us stand alone when we BELIEVE, and He who Stands with us, will never leave our side, and has promised to bring us through.

Our love in Jesus to you all,


John, Esther and Daryl Green



Saturday, 22 April 2017

A FAMILY OF NATIONS NEEDING TO BE ONE




THIS IS A PHOTO TAKEN FROM THE KENYA DAILY NATION YESTERDAY.  The Headline was -
PROTESTS, CHAOS!
As Jubilee Party Polls
FLOP in 21 Counties
in the wake of major irregularities.

Generally this is very disappointing, but not unexpected.     As an observer of political and other social behaviour since 1969, there has been little change in the way things go.    Riots, Civil Strife all seems to end in human rampage in word and action, in the cities, universities and wherever there is need to argue a point.      Of course there is an educated strata who refrain from getting involved in politics, and other areas of social fracas.     They are not small in number, but seem to shrink from putting themselves forward to challenge the greater mass, who are by comparison less educated and less informed than themselves.      This is a great pity.     Tribalism, and ignorance encourage dialogue and argument that ends up generating a totally immoderate and inflammatory use of words and personal opinion.     Thus finally those vying for power and position do so more from a desire for personal aggrandisement than for the good of the Nation as a whole.       And of course 'tribalism' has been and continues to be one of the major hindrances to national unity, and to a common respect for every one IN the Nation.       TEN years ago Kenya was shaken by violence during an Election throughout the whole Country; violence basically encouraged and engendered by Tribalism.     The suffering caused, and the set back, at that time, to National Unity took time to settle - indeed perhaps it is still seen to be under the surface.       That the Ruling Party - the Government - of the day could have taken so little trouble to ensure that we entered this current Election Year (they are scheduled for August) so haphazardly and without due regard to proper planning, seems quite amazing.      BUT perhaps the main danger has been the decision, after 2007, to chop the Nation up into Counties; Counties that are quite heavily populated on a tribal basis.     Instead of encouraging a National Spirit and  fostering the view that we are Kenyan, we still are constantly reminded of our TRIBE, and in doing so are tempted to evaluate each other on the basis of Tribe rather than our KENYAN nationality.      After so many years this is more than sad, it very regressive.

These current 'Primary Polls' have not so far  produced a lot of hope for a quiet and peaceful year.
The instability of the Voting population, together with a divisive drift in the Country to go away from cohesion towards - in some areas especially -  a kind of dispersion, back to ones tribal root and geographical origin.       I do not say it is wrong to be aware of ones history and heritage, but surely we are not to expect Peace or UNITY for ourselves as Kenyans when we put out ETHNIC root in front of the NATION being built?      I have married a wonderful woman from one of the Tribes of Kenya.    She has given me wonderful children who although they have inherited very different cultural genes, have not hung on to being more one thing than another - they see themselves as Kenyan.     In the Children's Homes that my wife and I have run here in Eldoret since 1972  filled with children from all over the STATE, it has been our joy and privilege to watch these children learn to cross all boundaries and to live together - more than 13 different ethnic groups (some of them not normally used to each other) as a family, seeing each other as 'brothers and sisters' without rancour.     More than three hundred of them.        Seeing this,  and living in the midst of it, we KNOW that it is possible for ALL Kenyans, indeed all of Mankind, to be able to co-exist together with respect and honour.       BUT God needs to be in the equation and the experience.      WITHOUT God perhaps it will not, cannot work.           God does not see Tribe or Race.     He sees Mankind, and HE loves each and every one of them, working for their good, regardless.

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Dear Friends I must end this week.       I have been battling with a heavy bout of influenza over Easter, and it has truly put me physically down.     But I am recovering and already feel much better. God Blessed our Easter time together, and we know many of you will have been praying for us.
We send you all our Love in Jesus Name.     God Bless, Comfort, and Encourage you all day by day.

John, Esther and Daryl Green


Saturday, 15 April 2017

THE TRUTH AND REALITY OF EASTER

AT THE CLOSE OF FRIDAY AFTERNOON THEY CARRIED THE BODY OF JESUS TO Joseph of Arimathaea's tomb, and rolled the STONE over the entrance, and let the High Priests guard SEAL it in place, leaving the Guard to GUARD it.
The Jewish PASSOVER WAS NOW IN PROGRESS  -  nothing more could be done further before Sunday morning.    
SATURDAY must have sat heavily upon all the Disciples.   A day of deep distress, and sense of immeasurable loss;  a day of FEAR.
Certainly NOT  happy day of frivolity for THEM.
Here in ELDORET we have been quite amazed to find that many Churches had no Service on Good Friday.     We had a few 'pastors' attending ours!
AND TODAY some are already rejoicing over the Resurrection!   A day of FUN, and LOUD rejoicing.      We wonder what will happen tomorrow!      Such a CHANGE.     There could have been NO resurrection without SACRIFICE.
SATURDAY has all these years been a very QUIET day.     Shops have opened, but generally there has been a kind of subdued sense of impending desolation - at least for some.

The Hymn writer, Robert Lowery, writes of the hours immediately following the Death of our Lord -
'LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY, 
Jesus my Saviour!
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus my Lord.

Yes the FINALITY of the STONE in front of the TOMB must have encouraged a lack of belief in His Life.       He was DEAD, even the Soldiers at the Cross believed it.    Pilate, the Priests, even Joseph of Arimathaea believed it.     Life for them seemed to be at an end.    Nothing would be the same again.

BUT ON SUNDAY morning the Women went back to the tomb and found it  EMPTY, the STONE rolled away from the Entrance - And the hymn writer says =
UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE,
with a mighty triumph o'er his foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He AROSE!     He AROSE!
Hallelujah!  Christ Arose!

Mary met and spoke with Him before running to tell the others.     Peter and John ran to find the tomb EMPTY.      Two men walking home that morning also met Jesus, and took Him home with them. They did not at first know Him, but then as they ate breakfast together   they saw the 'nail prints' in His hands - and then He appeared to the Disciples in the Upper room where they were hiding   Yes He was not Dead but ALIVE, and is alive today, and soon to come again to gather all those that have believed in Him, both dead and living, to take them to be with Him Forever.

Easter Sunday

for us, this year will see us joined together for our
Resurrection Service 
which we hold in the School Hall at 10.30 a.m. our time.
ALL our Staff and children, and young people.
 from the  three Homes and two Hostels will be there.
I shall be leading the Meeting.
First we shall have a time of Praise and Worship
Then Breaking of Bread.
Thereafter perhaps some testimonies
plus Bible Readings, Hymns and Choir pieces
THEN, finally
Pastor Wykliffe Ondanga
will bring the Message for the Day.


We shall be giving Thanks for our Father's Providence
and Love to us all 

We trust that this Easter will also be Meaningful , and especially a Blessing to you all,  You will all be in our prayers, trusting that Jesus will give you new proof and evidence of His Risen Presence with you all.

Lovingly in Him.
John, Esther, and Daryl Green
 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

EASTER WEEK is about to commence.....Some years ago we began to remember Maunday Thursday in our family program for Easter.  The photo shows Staff and Children on that first Remembrance among us.    We all sat down together to Remember that Last Supper, just before Jesus was offered up as God's Lamb.  It was a truly wonderful occasion.    Ever since then we have 'remembered' in each of our Homes and Hostels on Maunday Thursday.       ONCE when at home in the UK with our son Steven, went with him and his family to celebrate Easter.  He and his family at that time were attending an Anglican Church in Baxenden, near Accrington, in Lancashire.     The Congregation came together on the Thursday night to share a simple meal, and prepare themselves for Good Friday.   We were so impressed and moved by this, that it encouraged us to bring it home to TFH here in Kenya.    It has really become a precious prelude to all that follows.
In fact we have been surprised by how this initiative has proved popular in every house, both with staff and children.     We had at first wondered if it might be just a little too much, but instead it has seemed to open up a whole new vista and understanding about the Crucifixion, and the Gift of God.      Each home usually eats supper about 6p.m. our time.    We spend about 30 minutes before just reminding ourselves about the meaning behind the food to be served and eaten, and all that Jesus tried to show His friends about Himself, and why He had to die.
AFTER the meal we also take a little bread and water in a prelude to teaching the whole truth about the Communion.
and Breaking of Bread.    Then a short prayer and a hymn.     It truly draws families together, and at times old boys and girls might drop in to share with us, and even one or two of our day workers.. This year the senior Greens are having their little daughter Helen and granddaughter Abigail with them, and hopefully even Daryl, Carol and their children.     Pray for us as we also will be remembering all of you as we join together.     A time to Forgive;  a time to reach out to each other in Love.

The School has closed yesterday for the Easter Holidays - four weeks - and so all our children once again at home all day and keeping their Parents busy and on the alert.      Esther and Daryl are away today as well, attending Carol's fathers funeral some three hours driving distance away.     I would also have been with them, but I do not travel easily these days, so I have remained at home with Helen and granddaughter.     It is cloudy, cool, and showing signs of RAIN today.     It may be that RAINS will start earlier than predicted, and there will be great Relief and Rejoicing if they do   We shall be just ourselves, otherwise for Easter - a small family community of 140.     I am due to share on Good Friday, and our Pastor on Easter Sunday.    -   THEN expected Visitors through to the end of the month.        I am thinking of a simple word on Good Friday.    We shall  have some four Bible Readings and then the Word.
Good Friday.
On the way to Jerusalem, to attend Passover, Jesus said
'Father, save Me from this hour!
But for this reason I came to this hour.'

What hour was he talking about?  The hour of his DEATH, of His Crucifixion -  He shrunk from it.

The LAW of God says - 'The soul that SINS shall DIE'
The man, woman, or child that does wrong - does what is opposite to God's Will and Purpose, WILFULLY, will face DEATH.      BUT none  of us are MEANT to Die'  IT IS not GOD'S WILL, He has no pleasure in any one of us actually dying.     He longs to give us  Life - Ezekiel 18v32      BUT, yet again, God cannot alter His own LAW.    And all mankind HAS gone astray and followed his OWN way instead of God's.    Thus we are ALL now sentenced to death, for we HAVE all sinned - Yes!  All of us.

We are told ' 'SEE no evil, HEAR no evil, and SPEAK, no evil.'    This Maxim derives from Confuscionist Philosophy,  not from Christianity.      The PROBLEM is evil is in our flesh, and lives in us.     ST.PAUL tells us that SIN lives, dwell, exists, in our FLESH, and has done since Eve allowed herself to be tempted by Satan, and together with her husband stopped listening to God, and gave in to their personal desires instead.    From that moment all mankind has been born, prone to SIN, and with Sin.
BUT GOD, our Creator, LOVES US, and has no pleasure in seeing any one of us die.    But HOW can we be saved?   What can take AWAY our sin, and purchase our forgiveness having sinned?
And the Voice of the Word of God said ' PREPARE ME A BODY...and I will go and SAVE them'
God prepared a body in the womb of Mary, and when the child was born He was given the name of JESUS.      
And so the WORD was made FLESH and came from Heaven to Earth to live and die among us.
He came first to show us how GOD is, in His Nature and Character, and how a Child of God should live, and then to DIE on our behalf, standing as our Substitute ,and bearing in His own Body our Punishment, so that WE could be forgiven, and receive a NEW life - HIS sin free life - from God.

HE did this for the Love HE had for God, His Father, AND for the love His Father has for Mankind.
He, who was Pure, and Holy, and without SIN,  came to put OUR sin upon Himself, counting them as His Own, taking away OUR Condemnation sand Punishment and suffering instead of US.

BUT He did not go to the Cross without fear.      He, as a man, would have AVOIDED the pain and the shame of it.       He said again to His Father, as he prayed in the Garden the night before Judas came with police to arrest Him......' Father, if it be possible.......YET not my will but YOURS be done.
HE WENT TO THE CROSS out of Love for His Father, and His Father's love for us.      As he hung, nailed to the Cross, He was heard to cry out ' My God, my God why have you forsaken me?   Perhaps the most dreaded and AWFUL moment had come, the Moment when God looked away from His Own Son because of the Sin of All of US that covered up and HID him from view.      We cannot imagine the terrible, devastating, isolation and loneliness that came upon HIM then - a deep despair that would otherwise come to each and every one that dies in UNBELIEF of God's Way of Salvation;
of everyone that dies uncleansed and unforgiven of their sin.

SOME people seem unaware and unconvicted of their being anything wrong with them.    They might even declare that they have no sin, and have no need of forgiveness or God.    
THE BIBLE tells us differently.  
St. JOHN who knew and loved Jesus the most, said in his 1st Letter 1v8-10
IF we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, 
and the TRUTH is not in us.
IF we say we have not sinned,
we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.

BUT - v.9 - 
IF we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
FORGIVE us our sins,
and to CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness.

Just because a person has not been caught Stealing, or Murdering, or committing Adultery, does not mean they have never had an evil thought, or seen others doing wrong and been unwilling to report it. Some people feel that you can LIE but it doesn't matter, or even pilfer and take what is not yours.   They are not convinced it is wrong.     Their CONSCIENCE is not working.
EVE only took a fruit that was offered to her.      She had been warned by GOD not to even want it.
It looked harmless, even desirable to her - so why not - may be God was just a 'spoil sport.'
SO she took and gave also to her husband who was with her, and they both enjoyed the fruit.   It did not seem something VERY important - but it cost them EVERYTHING.    They were condemned to DIE.       They could have lived forever.     Instead they brought Death upon themselves for a moments happiness - and brought death upon ALL of us as well.

And God grieved, and finally had to see His own Son die so that WE might be saved   -  but remember NOT all are saved.     ONLY those who believe in God's Plan of Salvation in Christ.
Be VERY careful, and faithful to God in what you LOOK at!
Be VERY careful and faithful to God in what you LISTEN to!
Be VERY careful and faithful to God in what you SPEAK and SAY.

Will you not say with me today
THANK You Father for allowing Jesus to come to change places with me on the Cross.
Thank you Jesus for going through my punishment, and for sparing me from being separated from God.
THANK YOU for taking my condemnation altogether upon yourself
and for giving up in every way your Life for me, that I might LIVE.


WE all wish you a VERY Blessed Easter, full of Peace, Joy, and Spiritual Renewal..

John, Esther, and Daryl Green