By Fred Hegele, Board of Directors
Pastor Robinson had a great message on Sunday at the Nanyuki Vineyard Church based on the second chapter of the book of Ephesians. The Apostle Paul is counseling the Ephesians about moving from death to life, whereby we die through our trespasses and sins, but the God of mercy offers us hope.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, but this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works so that no one may boast. For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. –Ephesians 2:8-10
Pastor used a memorable metaphor about the monkey and the fish, which gives new meaning to the expression “a fish out of water.”
Our Imara family played a prominent role in the worship service with Mamaiyo, Sofie, Rose and Evalin singing in the choir, Sofie and Elsie ushering, and all the kids singing in the children’s group. Rose leads the choir and teaches Sunday School to the children. As representatives of the Imara Community in America, this mission team was mighty proud.
We have continued to prepare for the Imara Village groundbreaking event on Wednesday. Sandy and Carol have been working closely with Board Chair Brian, who has taken the lead on this event form the very beginning. We are setting 100 chairs and hope they are all filled. The Imara moms will wear their uniforms with ties, and the children will be in their Sunday go-to-meeting finest outfits. Kristine and Grace have been busy in the kitchen with bread baking and deserts.
Work at the Imara Home is continuing day by day. We had the birth of new baby girl sheep on Monday, named Jan, so it is good that we are expanding the sheep house to accommodate the family of six. Neal did another science experiment with the girls using litmus paper to measure pH and oil dispersion of shampoo—great learning! Neal reports the girls are making great progress with the new written material on their computers.
Our Tuesday team devotion asked, “Why not forgive?”
For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, you Father will not forgive your sins. –Matthew 6:14-15
We struggled a bit with the context of this scripture, ranging from a loving God whom we expect to forgive to our Christian need to continuously work at forgiveness. Carol helped us by noting this scripture immediately follows the Lord’s Prayer. It was noted that our actions are perhaps more telling than our words in a forgiveness situation.
Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.