I want to start this round of rambling and mental sponge squeezing with the following set of emails from Africa. These emails came in over the past 3 days from Bishop Cleophas Makona, Rev. Sabila Adams (who leads the East Africa ministries for Simplicity) and John Juma (my driver in Uganda). These emails give a brief glimpse in the rear view mirror and also point to the destination for my work, they are filled with prayers, promises, passion and prompting:
Our beloved friend willis,
In II Corinthians 11:23-29, Paul the apostle demonstrated his commitment to Jesus Christ by listing a number of the hardships he have suffered . If nothing else, such ongoing mistreatment and deprivation revealed Paul’s perseverance. Let us seek to imitate Paul and his faithful commitment to Christ.
Jesus Christ in (John 7:2-9) experienced ridicule and rejection from his family . His brothers did not understand what God was doing in or through him. Therefore Jesus obeyed the will of his father in heaven instead of bowing to the pressure of those in his family. Like Jesus, we need to make sure that we are following God’s plan for our lives rather than following the dictates of people who do not know that God has planned for us. We must know God’s word and have a close relationship with God, nurtured by prayer and Bible study. Staying lose to God and remaining focused on his purpose for our lives will help us make good decisions and preserve our spiritual growth.
The enemy knows what you are doing for God, so stay focused on your calling , Jesus will never forsake you. Even at times your really own can not understand what calling you have.
God knows it, persevere dear, remember Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego and finally Daniel. They risked their lives in obedience to God’s will to them to die was better than to live with the quilt and shame of disobeying God. Like these three friends, we must determine to stand up against those who tempt us to turn from God’s will. To them to die was better than to live with the quilt and shame of disobeying God. Like these three friends , we must determine to stand up against those who tempt us to turn from God’s plan. We must follow God – no matter what cost.
In (Daniel 3:1-30) , we face situations in which we are tempted to do things that are wrong . Sometimes there are consequences for not going along with the crowd. This fact is clearly illustrated in the story of the fiery finance. The penalty for not following the crowd was death – a horrible death of being burned alive. When we stand for what is right and refuse to yield to peer pressure , we may suffer persecution, but we must stand firm in our faith. God will reward those who remain faithful to Him.
The enemy is after you, many in east Africa are being saved and rejoining the kingdom of God,AS YOU SAID THE WISE WINS SOULS. Many unreached souls have been reached and the neglected and unloved in the community have hope now through your regular support you are sowing to this mission . God is about opening bigger doors of provision through you for His work in Africa, just wait upon His timing and be sensitive in hearing His small voice and obeying every direction He leads you, He has a PURPOSE AND PLAN for your life on earth.
This can be one of the church’s finest hours in all history if we respond correctly. The Bible tells us that “ all things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28)”
That includes uncertain times like these. Christians simply must not miss this opportunity to tell those who are looking for answers that JESUS IS THE ANSWER.
In fact, if we falter, I believe God will hold us responsible.
This is divine moment. Today , we can reach multitudes that we could only dream about a few years ago.As a mission we are intensifying our efforts to reach as many souls for the Lord as possible. I have asked our staff to pray more than they have ever prayed before, and I am asking you to join us and do the same. Through you, I’am asking you to sow the best seed you can to help us reach these multitudes who are looking for the Lord. You are the backbone of this mission and millions of lives are depending on your continued obedience during these great days of opportunity.
Every gift you sow into this mission is used carefully has stewards of God and wisely to help reach a growing multitude of souls all over the globe. Thank you for making a difference.
This are August prayer requests:-
i) Pray that God will provide for this two meetings to hire PA system and transport . August 13th to 17th ,09 – Kisumu and August 19th to 23rd ,09 – Kuria on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.
ii) Pray for the feeding programme for orphans and widows that God will provide , for us to buy beans.Psalms 145;1-21,146:5-9. Thank you for now till next , God bless you dear servant of the most high God.
You are loved and appreciated.
All the Best.
Dear Rev Carl and Simplicity Church
Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful bright day here in Africa and the lord has wakened us up again well.
We bless the lord for what He is doing and what is a bout to do. We had a wonderful church service yesterday at our church in Kitale and the lord did move in a mighty way. The lord led me to share a bout healing the wounded spirit; I was so moved when I saw people moving a head to the altar in tears seeking God to heal their hurts. I saw this woman rolling down in tears and her mouth moving up and down but she could not speak out. When she spoke she said loudly I forgive you JOHN for hurting me and breaking my heart!
I called her latter to see me before she goes to her home. In our face to face talk she told me that she had been separated with her husband for four years a go and she left with two Sons which she is taking care. She had loved her husband so much and when the incident happened she could not believe. She was also rejected by her relatives and she decided to move to town to work as a maid.
She told me that as I was ministering it was like I knew everything which she had gone through in life. She said a heavy load was lifted out from her chest and she felt free and light than never before.
I saw such a radiance of Gods Glory in her face as she shouted a gain Hallelujah to God and saying I have forgiven you JOHN my husband, I don’t hold you any more in my heart. I let go of the past hurts and receive Gods healing Oil on my wounds.
Rev Carl, I thank God for allowing us to touch lives here. My prayer has been to God to do things that are beyond humanity and beyond Imaginations of men so that men may see it and says this is the lord!
Pray for me, I am on fire than never before, I have a heart to disciple nations and share my live testimony to the nations of the world. I believe God to pave and provide ways for me to contact leadership conferences, seminars and crusades for God and Simplicity starting next year 2010 across East and central Africa. I have already set up plans and many pastors are waiting for my first move to step out in the name of the lord. We want to plan churches as the lord leads ALL FOR HIS GLORY.
I feel the wave of Gods revival in my heart. Last night I was before the lord seeking His face over the work he has placed under my care and the Simplicity Church Network.
In my personal devotions in the book of Mathew and the feeding of the four and five thousands (chapter 14&15), I heard Holy Spirit say this to me: “Place a supernatural demand on Jesus”
We all know the story of Jesus feeding the thousands in Mathew 14:13-21 and Mathew 15:32-39.
This seems to be God’s perfect timing to send His word out, to all who are moving forth in kingdom advancement in these days and our team at Simplicity. The need is plentiful and our God has storehouses to fund His work through His people, through supernatural means, etc. in other words, He is the God who meets all our needs that we need to prosper and do the work of the kingdom. So all we need to do is to listen to our Lord and obediently follow in faith. When He leads us out, as He did to the thousands who came to hear His voice, He will not fail to supply our needs. When evening came, the disciples and Jesus came to a deserted place, without adequate supply to meet the natural demand for food. The disciples answers was to look at the natural supply and simply acknowledge that the need was too great and the people should simply be sent away to go into the villages to buy the necessary food. But our answer is found in Christ Jesus so when He talks, we immediately listen and obey. Jesus is quick to say in Mathew 14; 16: “They do not go away. You give them something to eat”. Again in Mathew 15, Jesus commands the multitudes to sit down on the ground, and proceeded to seek heaven to multiply a natural supply with a supernatural demand of faith and obedience by the one in need. There was a divine connection of multiplication when earth aligned with heaven’s supply through faith and obedience. For many this will be a test of faith, for we are looking at a natural lack and can’t see beyond it to see that God will take what is lacking in the natural and multiply it with a supernatural anointing from heaven. How else did they receive all that needed to eat? Mathew 15:37 says: “So they all ate and were filled and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.” Mathew 14:20 says:
“So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained”.
I heard the lord peak to me loudly, Adams my Son! Heaven is ready to supply through supernatural means adequately and to satisfy your natural need. Now please understand my son, when I say ‘demand’ that surely implies that the desire has been initiated in my heart to supply what I desire to activate here on earth.
Thank you father I have heard you.
Stepping out in extraordinary ways in advancing my kingdom requires faith to see me work miracles to supply all that I am requiring all of you to do in these kingdom days. As you follow me obediently, expect heaven to back up what I have initiated in the heavenly realm for you. My son, fear not I love you so much that is why I chose you from your tribe (Sebei Tribe) to serve me. Before you were born, you were in my mind. Trust me Son, I will not fail you.
Thank you dad! I am ready to obey you are hear your voice. Amen
Simplicity, Let us wait on God, He is faithful He will perfect what He has began in us.
God bless you all.
Your humble servant and Son
Apostle Adams Sabila
Simplicity Church Network
Greetings once more.
I am glad to inform you that the lord has expanded our ministry greatly.We have planted three churches in My Elgon last three weeks.
I wanted to confirm first before letting you know a bout this move.I recieved a call from Pastor Charles from Elgon who informed me that they successful planted three churches in three weeks.
Every church has 50 church members and a bove.
I have been invitated to go on 15th August 2009.Please pray for the provissions of this trip.
I also wanted to ask you if there is a way we can get funds to help us here in Africa,God is opening great doors and weed funds.Like if I can get proposal asking grands in your nation.Can it be possible.if have friends or ministries that can help.
We need to meet the need of our colleges both in kenya and Uganda.
Hope to hear from you soon.
I am so happy again for this open hearted email you have sent.It makes me encouraged and strong and strong in faith,it has encouraged me to be sure that once our plans and imaginations have been committed to God through prayer,He is faithful to grant us the desires of our heart.
I want you to know that your last email really pushed me to seek the lord,because of you and the Simplicity ministry,I joined our church intercessors to fast and pray and we have heard the lord confirming to us that the plans and vision He has for you concerning many Nations Africa being one of them,he will protect and provide for you.Place be sure that you have dear once in Kenya Kitale.
The anointing service you held in Uganda,renewed my spiritual life,our church is now over three hundred members and we give all the glory back to God.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I have been wrestling with the challenges of what seems prudent and what is beyond the wisdom of man. God has been using emails like these to continue to relay a message of “trust Me” that has been spoken into my life for sometime now. I take great comfort in emails like these, because they remind me that my work is not in vain. They also give me hope for my work going forward. The waiting and trusting in my case are in the realms of finances. Many who could choose to walk beside me in a financial sense, simply have not felt God’s prompting to do so. Carol and I become more and more convinced each day that the Lord’s direction for me is not to spend my time and energies in corporate America as I have been seeking, but that shortly we will see the Divine enter into the dimension of mortality, creating unseen pathways of provision. I truly believe the Lord has already put the ingredients in hand (5 loaves and 2 fish), it is now the time when Jesus does His work and multiplies that which is already present.
The second point of expectation is here in Corpus Christi, Texas and the nation. I have been to India and Africa and seen the types of things these men describe in their emails. I believe in the not to distant future we will see God moving in the hearts of people here in a similar way. A prime example occurred yesteray during our worship time. I was teaching and a watched a man walking by outside. He continued to gaze at the building, smiled, looked up at the sign and passed by. Within a few moments, he had turned around, made the sign of the cross and entered the door. His name is Charlie, he wanted us to pray for his mother Sue, she had nearly died yesterday morning. As we prayed, Kim and I placed our hands on Charlie, he had already gone to his knees. In the name of Jesus we prayed for his mom, his pain and his trust. Just as quickly as he entered, he left, smiling and saying “God bless you” as he exited.
Trust is an interesting concept. The Lord has been showing me lately that He is faithful, but not according to our time table. This week, He placed two passages of Scripture before me, to remind me of what He is doing in my life:
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NASB)
2 Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.
3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
Psalm 145:15 (NASB)
15 The eyes of all look to Thee, And Thou dost give them their food in due time.