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

Students Graduate From Bible Training

pic 2In 2015, With Open Eyes partnered with Leadership International and Serge to pilot a comprehensive Bible training program in three locations in Kenya. Many students walked for miles to class, some walked for days, to attend a week-long intensive Bible study each month for a year. While their dedication was unrelenting, we are proud to say the last of the trainees have now graduated. Some already in pastoral roles, they are all eager to go and fulfill the Great Commission.

After the graduation, there were many celebratory ceremonies within their own communities.  The latest celebration was held at a church in Meto, which is on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, where 24 students marched into the church wearing robes of many colors. While many students are awaiting transportation to become Mobile Messengers, three graduates were commissioned with motorbikes allowing them to now reach remote locations in minutes and hours, not days. With Open Eyes has commissioned a total of 260 Mobile Messengers to-date throughout Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, DR Congo and Ethiopia. Read more

Mobile Messengers Among the Maasai People

DSCF8692The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. It is estimated that there are approximately 1 million Maasia people in Kenya and Tanzania. However, the real number is unknown, as many Maasai see the national census as government intrusion and often miscount their numbers to census takers. Some want to be counted as many as ten times, while many refuse to be counted at all.

The Maasai live in “kraals,” or villages, arranged in a circular fashion. The fence around the kraal is made of acacia thorns, which prevent lions from attacking the cattle. It is a man’s responsibility to fence the kraal, while women construct the houses. Traditionally, kraals are shared by extended family.

Livestock, such as cattle, goats and sheep are the primary source of income for most Maasai. Livestock serves as a social utility in the culture and plays a vital role in the Maasai economy. Besides livestock, children are highly valued and add significance and worth to the Maasia. “Meishoo iyiook enkai inkishu o-nkera” is a Maasai prayer which translated means, “May Creator give us cattle and children.” Read more

Here We Grow Again

Blog 6 photoThis past Saturday we were thrilled to add to our number of Mobile Messengers as our Bible School graduation was held in Namanga, Kenya. Among the graduates were three new Mobile Messengers from neighboring Tanzania, who were commissioned to go and share the good news of Jesus among their countrymen.

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Tuesday Testimonies

Remember those old time testimony services churches used to hold from time to time? I remember leaving those services encouraged and emboldened in the Lord by the testimonies I had heard. We pray these few testimonies of God’s goodness and grace from our Mobile Messengers will bless you as much as they have us. Enjoy!

“Serving God in the remote areas of South Sudan where there is no school, medical center, money and water is quite challenging. What motivates me to press on is when I see a soul coming to Christ.”   ~ Mobile Messenger Alex, South Sudan

“I was Muslim since birth and am now married. My wife requested me to gather with you but I refused. Today I am pleased to give you my thanks for your evangelistic outreach; my life was transformed some weeks ago. In fact, the Holy Spirit of God arrested me and transformed my life.” ~ Shabani, a former Muslim as shared with Mobile Messenger Jean Baptiste

 

 

How Far?

The thought occurred to me early this morning: “How far would you walk to share the good news of Jesus?” It has bothered me all day because I’m afraid I know the answer. In Africa, many pastors walk for days to reach remote villages to share the gospel. It takes dedication and true passion to do what they do. No one walks for hours or days to share something they aren’t passionate about. I don’t think I will ever forget what one pastor currently in our Bible training class in Namanga shared with us as he described walking many miles each week:

“What God is doing is not in vain. It is our life. It is not simple.”

As this pastor and numerous others complete their training in March, we are looking forward to helping them to accelerate their preaching of the gospel by equipping them with motorcycles. By adding training and mobilization to the passion God has ignited in them, With Open Eyes is reaching the unreached and seeing thousands come to faith in Christ. Your prayers and financial assistance will play a direct role in the work. Please consider a generous gift to help us accelerate the sharing of the gospel.

Helping Heroes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. My grandsons are enamored with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Thor. As they get older their idea of what heroes are will change. For many, we find our heroes throughout the pages of scripture. Abraham, Moses, David and the Apostles are all larger-than-life figures we come to admire greatly.

Last week in Africa we spent our time with a group of heroes. Pastors Simon and Ben in Kenya, Morris in Sudan, Levi in South Sudan, Ananie in Rwanda and Sosthen in Uganda along with the 257 Mobile Messengers they lead are being used mightily by God as they take the gospel message to their countrymen. They are truly modern day heroes of the faith and the real heroes of With Open Eyes. We marveled as we heard story after story of hardship, persecution and monumental challenges being overcome in order to advance the message of hope.

We’ve shared the story of Sosthen’s move from South Sudan to the refugee settlement in Uganda because of fierce tribal conflicts. Also from the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, Pastor Morris and his wife were able to join us for part of our time. There they shared with us the many difficulties they face in their day-to-day lives, often having to flee their home to hide in nearby caves to escape the bombings. But they and their group of Mobile Messengers remain steadfast and undeterred. Instead of bemoaning their situation, they continually gave God glory for what He is doing in their lives and ministry.

What a privilege we have to partner with these heroes. The opportunity before us is great. The Lord is using our army of Mobile Messengers. Our desire is to resource them for the work before them and to see the Lord raise up even more heroes to be a part of this great ministry. We invite you to join the team of With Open Eyes with your prayers and financial gifts to help these heroes advance the light amidst the darkness.

Mission Possible

You may remember an old television show called Mission Impossible. More recently, it’s been turned into a popular movie franchise. In the TV show and movies, agents receive their orders for a specific mission through a recording that self-destructs after they’ve listened to it. Then the theme music begins setting a tone of intrigue and suspense. Typically, the mission is difficult and fraught with obstacles.

Similarly, our Mobile Messengers have received a call to mission, but not from a recording.  They’re called by the the true and living God. They’re tasked with a mission filled with almost constant difficulties and trials. Some face severe opposition to the message of the gospel. Others face ethnic and tribal conflict. Economic hardship is a part of their daily lives.  Read more

On Mission – Week 3

Your support of With Open Eyes will help us to reach the unreached people in east Africa. Hear Pastor Sosthen talk about his God-given mission to bring more Mobile Messengers into a camp in Uganda, where approx. 40,000 refugees from South Sudan now reside, most of whom have not even heard the name of Jesus. Can you imagine?

A new Church

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Gen. 50:20

After being forced to flee from their homes to a refugee camp in Uganda, our mobile messengers began to build this church. Rather than focusing on their circumstances they seized the opportunity to reach the tens of thousands of hurting souls all around them in this camp. It is a beautiful testimony to the faithfulness of God to use “all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.” This morning there were 145 people worshiping together in the newly built church. Praise God! Thank you all for the prayers and financial support that helped build this church and continues to support ministry opportunities in the camp.

 

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