A Talk with Pastor Benson: Our With Open Eyes Mobile Messenger Trainer

Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they are connected with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work. Read more

Meet Pastor Daniel: A With Open Eyes Mobile Messenger

wednesday-october-26Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they are connected with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work.

Below, Pastor Daniel shares why 1 John 3:1 is a source of encouragement to him. He also shares about the church he’s planted in the midst of very difficult spiritual circumstances.

It’s great to meet you, Pastor Daniel! Can you tell me how you’re connected to With Open Eyes:
I serve With Open Eyes as a mobile messenger to reach those who are not reached and serve those who are not served and I’ve been doing it for five years now.

That is amazing! If you’re willing to share, how did you come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

In the year of 2000, I got very sick. And that’s when I met Pastor Simon. When I was sick, my family had no way to get me to the hospital, so they put me in a wheelbarrow to get me there. And Simon took me out of the wheel barrow, put me in his own vehicle and took me to the hospital. A few weeks later I got well, and started going to his church.

From that time I gave my life to Jesus because Simon mentored me. He taught me many things about the kingdom of God. But more than that, I came from a big family. In my family, my father has three wives and my mother is the last wife, and I am the last child. But I was the first person to get saved.

And from the year 2000 to now, all of my family – my brothers and sisters are now born again Christians.

It is incredible to hear how the Lord has brought your whole family to Him! As you’ve walked with Him, what is one verse or section of Scripture that you really mediate on?img_4304
Every time, when I read 1 John 3:1, I see the great love with which that God loves me. And it says because of His love, we can be the children of God. It gives me the assurance that I am a child of God. A son of God.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

Do you have any stories you could share about the work you do for With Open Eyes?
I have planted my second church in the Maasai land. And it’s known in the whole land as a place of witchcraft in the area. For so many years, no church in that area has been established. But I thank God, because He led me to that place to start a church.

With the help of God and the motorbike, I started preaching house to house, sharing the Gospel of Jesus. And I thank God because the church has started, and the members are coming. Plus the sons and the women of the witch man, because he has many women, have started to come to the church.

Also, I have members who are coming very, very far. They travel 5 kilometers to the church. It encourages me as a mobile messenger that people will come to hear the Word. There are many wild animals along their way, but I praise God, because He is doing something very particular in that place.

Lastly, how can we pray for you and your congregations?
I would ask to pray for God’s favor as I share the gospel to those who are not reached. And also for God’s protection upon me and my ministry and for my family as well. For the Lord to cover me, as I’m sharing the gospel. Protection from wild animals too, because where I minister is close to the national park.

For my community, pray for God to open their eyes – their inner eyes and ears. And for the Holy Spirit to do His work in my community. I know there are many things against the Word that they do – like marrying many wives and alcoholism. So pray that they would be able to hear the Gospel.

Catching Up with Pastor Simon: Our First Mobile Messenger

1nbr8440Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they work with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work.

Read on to learn how Pastor Simon came to the Lord, why he thinks humility is essential to service and how you can pray for him and his family.

Pastor Simon, you’ve been with WOE from the very beginning, working with our co-founder James as the first mobile messenger. And we’re so grateful for all the work you’ve done for WOE. But we’d love to hear how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and become a pastor?

It’s one thing to become a Christian; it’s another thing to get saved. My mom used to take me to church all the time. Even when I was growing up, I went to Sunday School; I had to read all the books and memorize so many things and recite them before the congregation. And I was really good at that. After primary school, I went to Nairobi to study with my brother. I realized I only knew Jesus in my mind and not in my heart.

I was going to church with my brother who was a born again Christian and the message was very, very clear. I realized I needed to be washed in the blood of Jesus. I kept asking my brother, “What is the difference between you and me?” And he explained so many things to me. One day I heard the message very clear that without the blood of Jesus, kneeling down and without accepting Jesus Christ, without knowing Him, really knowing Him not only in my mind but in my heart, there is no way I can go to heaven.  And at that moment I made the best decision ever and gave, surrendered my life to the Lord, and that’s when the calling of the Lord to become a pastor happened.

What an amazing revelation of how much we need Jesus and the power of His blood to make us clean and born again. As you’ve walked with Him, what is one verse or section of Scripture that you mediate on?

For me, it is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which talks about if God’s people who are called by His name will humble themselves…and always I think about that. I reflect on the humbleness of Jesus Christ and the way He lived. I think that’s where we need to start. His humility in washing the disciples’ feet. He did everything in a very humble way. He left the glory in heaven and was born in a manger to the earth to serve and save people like me and you.

And I think wow. I always think – Simon, you have to humble yourself so that you can serve others. You know, we call ourselves Christians, which attaches us to Jesus Christ. So we should be doing things the way He did.

Do you have any stories you could share about the work you do for With Open Eyes?

In the history of the communities, if you choose to become a pastor, people will look at you as the poorest person in the whole world. But now, they see as our pastors get a motorbike, they start to see things in a different perspective.1nbr8460

They see that pastors can go from house to house, they see the good things that God does for you – it changes their hearts. It brings a new testimony, and they feel like they have to listen to the pastor. They look at the messenger himself when he comes with a motorbike or the Bible that they give the community for free. And people are amazed and become very accepting of hearing the Gospel because most people come and sell things. But the motorbikes are a huge thing that God has used. It has changed the perspective of many, many people. Even the Chiefs, who is the head of the village. The Chiefs are starting to ask questions because they’re seeing their people taking to the pastor. They see the pastor as different. And when we say God can provide, they see the motorbike as proof of that, and it gives us a chance to share God’s word.

Lastly, how can we pray for you and your congregations?

Sometimes my schedule can be very tight and very busy. So I’m praying God can show me how to balance my schedule and time with my family. I believe it’s God first, then family, then the ministry. I need balance so that I don’t have so much time away from my family, from my wife. So just to pray for me to balance that time together.

For number two, I get many calls from many mobile messengers. Especially when they are walking through tough things, hard things they call me. And the burden is very heavy sometimes. Even if I’m happy on the outside, I have a very heavy load on the inside. Because it can wear me out, to carry the burden to pray for my brothers and sisters.

A Trip to Uganda: Wendy’s Story

Earlier this week you read about our coworker and friend Savanna who is on her first trip with With Open Eyes. Today, we’re so happy to have our friend and faithful ministry partner, Wendy. She shares about what she’s looking forward to this week and how she became connected with WOE. Read more

A Trip to Uganda: Savanna’s Story

This week, we have several team members traveling to Uganda to aid in work happening in refugee camps. We are grateful for their hard work and covering them with prayer as they come alongside pastors and churches who are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ under difficult circumstances.

Our team is also taking the time to offer humanitarian aid to Uganda. We’re helping those who need medical attention in the refugee camps, as well as ministering to women and coordinating outreach to children and teens. We are expectant that our team will come back with stories of impact to the glory of Jesus!

But this trip is special for two women who are traveling with us this week. Savanna and Wendy are first-timers in traveling with WOE. Because they’ll offer fresh and unique perspective on this trip, we sat down with both of them before they left and asked them a few questions about how they were feeling and what they were looking forward to on this trip.

Savanna’s story is below, and we’ll share Wendy’s later this week! We’ll also be catching up with both women after they get back to hear about all that God did on their travels! Read more

Mobile Messenger Training Update

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God will stand forever. ~ Isaiah 40:8

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  ~ Hebrews 4:12

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UN and Ugandan government cut food rations amid influx of South Sudanese refugees

A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

(Photo: A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson)

 

A recent article on UN.org reports that the UN and Ugandan government cut food rations amid influx of South Sudanese refugees. It goes on to say – “Around 200,000 refugees who arrived in Uganda prior to July 2015 will have their food rations or cash assistance reduced by 50 per cent from this week,” according to a joint press release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister. Read more

Tickets Are Now Available – On Mission Benefit

Please plan to join us for our

2016 With Open Eyes On Mission Benefit

Thursday, October 20  6:00pm

Featuring Special Guests: 

Grammy Award Winner  Michael W. Smith

NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Goff


McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square Charlotte, North Carolina

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All proceeds from this event go to help With Open Eyes in assisting indigenous pastors to reach unreached and underserved people groups. Learn more at WithOpenEyes.net

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James Harrison Legacy Award

 

First Annual James Harrison Legacy Award Presented

 

“Legacy” is more than just a word to us at With Open Eyes. Legacy is a vision, and a way of doing ministry. While by definition legacy emanates from the past, the legacy of James Harrison as cofounder of With Open Eyes lies before us, guiding us in our purpose of accelerating the sharing and teaching of the good news of Jesus Christ among the unreached and underserved people of the world. Read more

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