Soopa Oling

Sorry for missing yesterday’s blog post. Yesterday I woke up feeling nauseated and after our trip to the village I went back to bed. I have not slept well during much of this trip, but thankfully it hasn’t affected the trip. Yesterday we went to a small village called Olopitidongoe. When we arrived at the village I talked to a young man by the name of Joel. Joel told me of how many in the village were saved and were going to church there in the village. Joel served as an elder in the church. Unfortunately, there were NO nyankusi believers in the village, and all of them refused to believe in Jesus, saying that Jesus was for women and children only. This situation is not uncommon in several Masaai villages, and is the exact reason why Calvary Road Mission exists – to bring the gospel to the Nyankusi through the witness of older men to the Nyankusi (who are all 70+ years of age).
God was greatly glorified that day. After we told the men the stories, 17 (!) men, ALL nyankusi, raised their hands to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This was the result of many years of prayers by those in the village that were already followers of Christ. The men listened intently to what was told them by all of us, but especially to Dr. Paul and Tom, since both are of the same age group. Through their testimony, God opened their eyes that the gospel was not only for the young, but also for the old.
What was also interesting that day was when Dr. Paul started his teaching – a group of 20 to 30 sheep nearby started to make a loud noise. After several minutes someone finally took the sheep out of their pen and led them away where they would no longer be a distraction. Almost immediately after they were led away and the noise quieted down, a group of cows from behind us…and I’m not kidding – it was immediately after the noise from the sheep quieted down – came up to the fence just behind where Dr. Paul was teaching. Each of these cows had a bell attached to it and all were making a loud racket. Again, another young boy was dispatched with a stick and escorted the cows to another area where they were no longer a distraction.
Today we went to a large boma in the village of Olooltrot. There we discipled 8 men and 16 women. It was a long ride, but the teaching and fellowship were good, and God was glorified in our efforts. I was thankful that I wasn’t nauseated today on the ride, which was a good thing because the car ride was particularly long. I realized that the reason I was sick yesterday was that I had taken Naproxen before I left, and I forgot the effect that medicine has on our stomachs.
We also visited Peter Karia’s church today. We will be going there tomorrow to worship. Tom will be preaching a message on something—he refuses to tell us. Again, we are able to give glory to God because just last year at this time we were praying that Peter would get a church. Now, he has one… and it already has 100 (!) members.
Please continue to pray for us as we serve our God in evangelizing and discipling the Masaai people. Also, PLEASE continue to pray for rain. By the way, “Soopa Oling” means..”Hello, I’m very good”.

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