It is raining a little in Maasai land. Praise the Lord! Keep praying for rain! However, the effects of the drought will linger for many months. It will take time for crops and cattle to recover. John Rampei and I have decided that the best way to help our brethren in Kenya is to buy goats for those recovering from the drought. If we were to distribute food, the food would only last a few weeks. Giving goats gives them the ability to see their goats multiply and to sell them or use them for food. There are three primary areas that have been the most adversely affected by the drought: they are Lerujat, Suswa, and Leshuta. The goats will be distributed through the pastors of churches, who will seek out those in the area of the church who have the greatest needs. They will be invited to meet at the church, where our pastors will share the gospel, pray for them and give them the goats.
The Bible says, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” (James 2:15-17 NAS95)
Let’s show our faith by helping those who are in need. Right now goats cost around 3000 Kenya shillings. So, for every $35 given we can buy a goat. (We will also be buying a number of male goats for each area at around $50 ea.) We are challenging all of our partners to pray about helping us buy at least 100 goats for each of the three areas. This could be an excellent thing to challenge Sunday School and small group classes to do; youth and children’s classes could participate. For only $100 in donations, we could give a family a goat in each of the three areas. Donations should include “drought relief” in the memo line. We are hoping to send the first funds to Kenya sometime in May.
March was a great month for CRM. Four teams launched the use of the Chronological Bible Stories among the Apache, Pueblo, and Navajo Native American Tribes in New Mexico! Blaine Anderson, CRM Regional Director, and his wife Delores, our treasurer, spent 10 days in New Mexico, helping do the training for two locations and meeting with team leaders in the other two locations. All together over 40 pastors, church leaders, teachers, and members were trained in the two weekends.
Our teams going to Kenya and Zambia in June are busy preparing. We will be training teachers in Kenya and Zambia to use the stories in their classrooms. For the first time ever, we will be doing a Veterinarian Clinic for Maasai in the Bush. We will be sharing stories with those waiting to have their cattle vaccinated. We also have two more Bush Evangelism teams going this summer.
Work is being done on numerous translations for the stories including Spanish, Bemba (heart language of Zambia), and languages in Asia. Some of the work in these areas will be launched in 2015, and others in 2016.
Some things to pray about: Pray for rain and that we will be able to send enough money to buy hundreds of goats for each area in Kenya. Pray for our teams as they prepare. Pray for CRM’s missions among the Native Americans in the US, in Zambia, and Asia. (I just received word about one of the missionaries we support going to Nepal in a few weeks and will include Story Cloth training while there.)
Pray that our monthly giving to our general fund will remain strong so that we can continue meeting the needs of our operations and the people “on the ground” who are vital to our missions. Some of them have special needs beyond our monthly support. If you would like to donate to these needs, just put “mission support staff” in the memo line. Please note that these individuals do not include those of us who volunteer our time in serving our Lord through CRM.
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Calvary Road Ministries
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Above everything, pray that He who has begun a good work through CRM will complete it until the Day of our Lord through the faithful giving and going of His people. (Philippians 1:6)
Seeking His face, Sharing His grace (Psalm 67:1-2),