A CONVERSATION WITH PASTOR STANLEY
Bungoma, Kenya, Africa
One of my facebook friends who I regularly chat with and pray with is Pastor Stanley. He is a great encouragement to me. He and his wifeís sacrifice and labor of love for the Lord inspires me. They have a little boy, Ezra. Here is some of the conversation that we had recently through the miracle of the internet and facebook.
Pastor White: Tell me about your living conditions.
Pastor Stanley: Bungoma is a city of 800,000 people. I live in a long building like a train, and it is cut into small little rooms for apartments. It is built up with mud and roofed with tin sheets. We do not have a bathroom. When we want to take a bath, we wait until night for privacy and bathe in the street. We do not have a toilet and have to go to another apartment where there is a toilet. We have to walk about 50 meters (.3 mile) to the community well.
Pastor White: Itís 10AM here, what time is it there?
Pastor Stanley: 5PM. I will have to go soon and walk back home before it gets dark. I pay to get on the internet at a cafť. It takes me about an hour to walk home. Iíve been praying seven years for a bicycle. I trust God for a bicycle.
Pastor White: How much do bicycles cost in Bungoma?
Pastor Stanley: $110. You can get a real good one for $160.
Pastor White: I will pray too that the Lord provides a bicycle for you and your ministry.
Pastor Stanley: Thank you.
Pastor White: What will you have for supper when you get home? How many meals do you eat each day? Are you able to have meat?
Pastor Stanley: My wife is fixing Ugali and Sukuma. We only eat two meals a day because of the starvation and no money in our country. I occasionally can buy meat. It is expensive here so I only buy it when I have money - maybe once or twice a month. I like it so much.
Pastor White: What is Ugali and Sukuma?
Pastor Stanley: It is a type of cabbage.
Pastor White: Tell me about your ministry.
Pastor Stanley: My church is 14 miles from my home. Right now, I donít have a transport to get there Sunday. Please pray that I can get to my church. We meet in a home and have about 17 people present. The Holy Spirit blessed us last Sunday with healings. We have few doctors and cannot afford them. I have seen the Holy Spirit heal our people. We meet in a home and are trying to build a church structure. My wife and I also have an orphanage of 40 children. She has a secondary education. I have a primary education. She taught me English. The schools in Kenya are not free. People I know give us money for school, monthly rent, and the $120 a year orphanage tax that I just paid. I borrowed the money for the tax and paid the tax before the government officials left.
Pastor White: The government charges an orphanage tax?
Pastor Stanley: Yes, our government is very corrupt. Recently they came in our orphanage school demanding money for the tax, and when I said that I don't have it, they said they will close it.
Pastor White: What would they do with the children you and your wife care for?
Pastor Stanley: They donít care about the children.
Pastor White: Wasn't there a time when Kenya could feed it's people?
Pastor Stanley: There was food in the past but not currently. Many people are suffering. Others die. I have seen with my eyes government officials eating and throwing out food that people scavenge for. I have to go now before it is dark. Thank you for your friendship, prayers, and encouragement. I am praying for you too.
Pastor White: Thanks Pastor. My church will pray for you. You are an inspiration to all of us. Blessings and peace in our Lord.
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