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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
June 22, 2013 11:38 pm
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2ndpres1Former President Moi is still strong, mobile, and conversant at age 89. He served as Kenya President for 24 years before stepping down years ago. He told us he had accepted Jesus at age 10 in an Africa Inland Church in Kenya. He has been an AIC member ever since and a friend of the archbishop. Because the Archbishop of AIC-Kenya was our host for the prayer summit and because the Kabarak Guest House where we were meeting was only a mile away from the former President’s home (small mansion) we were invited for mid-morning tea with “The Second President.” Ah I should have packed at least a tie if not a sports coat.

On the way we drove through his farm with its large lush corn fields. Iowa fields could not have looked better but those flat topped Acacia trees reminded us we were still in Africa. A private, paved airstrip ended at his back door. Double gated security entrances with hand held radio communicators and tree lined driveway greeted us. Escorted into the formal sitting room of the guest house we awaited the arrival of “Your Excellency”. All rise. He greeted each one with a handshake and then sat in the large white stuffed chair at the end of the room. No photos they said. We had a mini worship service, introductions of the guests and a welcome speech by His Excellency.

2ndpresgroupDuring tea, our questions hoping to trigger some stories from his memoirs were met with appropriate but short replies. Too bad. Nevertheless it was a very memorable hour clad with history, nobility, kingly character, and the formal photo opps as we departed.

Former President Moi is still strong, mobile, and conversant at age 89. He served as Kenya President for 24 years before stepping down years ago. He told us he had accepted Jesus at age 10 in an Africa Inland Church in Kenya. He has been an AIC member ever since and a friend of the archbishop. Because the Archbishop of AIC-Kenya was our host for the prayer summit and because the Kabarak Guest House where we were meeting was only a mile away from the former President's home (small mansion) we were invited for mid-morning tea with "The Second President." Ah I should have packed at least a tie if not a sports coat. 

On the way we drove through his farm with its large lush corn fields. Iowa fields could not have looked better but those flat topped Acacia trees reminded us we were still in Africa. A private, paved airstrip ended at his back door. Double gated security entrances with hand held radio communicators and tree lined driveway greeted us. Escorted into the formal sitting room of the guest house we awaited the arrival of "Your Excellency". All rise. He greeted each one with a handshake and then sat in the large white stuffed chair at the end of the room. No photos they said. We had a mini worship service, introductions of the guests and a welcome speech by His Excellency. 

During tea, our questions hoping to trigger some stories from his memoirs were met with appropriate but short replies. Too bad. Nevertheless it was a very memorable hour clad with history, nobility, kingly character, and the formal photo opps as we departed.
June 21, 2013 12:05 pm
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Power chairIt could be a powerhouse of leadership but instead it is a powerhouse of prayer as presiding bishops from five of AIM’s partner churches gather with us for two full days of directed and Spirit-led prayer ministry. A session on forgiveness was deeply impacting to many. In this photo the “father’s lap” chair provides individual focus for ministry in song, prayers, Word, and tears as needy, wounded, and battle weary shepherds receive strength and healing. We are near Nakuru, Kenya.

June 16, 2013 9:15 am
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Road TripOn a recent trip, threatened by muddy and impassable roads, we prayed for God to hold the rain which was threatening, so that we could make the return trip from a remote area.  Praising God for His sunshine which had dried out the road surfaces, we met heaps of dirt piled on the single roadway to our lodging spot!   Apparently someone was going to repair and build up the road surface, but had not anticipated anyone traveling that way before Road tripthey returned!  Now we prayed for God to make a way through the tall grass and soggy soil as there was no way we could go over the loads dumped there!

June 11, 2013 9:13 am
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Mountain peopleAmong the high mountains of northeast Uganda, there is a little known group of people called the Ik, or the Teus.  These people are caught in the triangle formed by the nomadic cattle herding Karamojong of Uganda, the Turkhana of Kenya, and Toposa of South Sudan.  Ten years ago, the group was totally unreached with the gospel, but now a light is beginning to shine in the darkness there.   Praise the Lord that our recent visit revealed small fellowships gathering in a few Cassels trip pix 065locations, excited about the reading of the first translated book of the Bible in their language!  Here Kingdom seed-planting is being done.  Pray for the seeds to sprout and produce much fruit for the glory of God!

June 2, 2013 8:16 am
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revdev02Lake Navisha and its bird paradise hosted our AIM leaders for this rendezvous meeting. Informal but deep discussions filled out the otherwise relaxed agenda of fellowship, campfire stories and prayers, soaking up John 17, and a bird lovers boat ride.

revdev01This year our wives were invited which gave Phil his FIRST choice roommate.