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I love this article by Blackaby and I am adding it here because I think this is an EXCELLENT thought on Discipling people. I am big on the Missional type of church and that church focuses on Discipleship and the Kingdom of GOD.
So, here is the lesson…
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 1:28)
Discipleship is personally transferring the full dimensions of your relationship with Christ to the person you are walking with. It is not the imparting of spiritual disciplines as much as it is acquainting another with a Person you love. Paul said that he would teach and urge with all his strength that every person God placed in his life would come to a complete experience of the person of Christ (Col. 1:29). He was not satisfied with people becoming partially like Christ. He would not rest until those around him were perfect, or complete, in Christ. That is, that the fruits of the Spirit were being fully expressed through each life and the character of Christ was reflected in each person (Gal. 5:22).
We can mistake Christian activity with becoming like Christ. Christian activity and Christlikeness are not the same things. We must not assume that because our friend attends church and reads her Bible, she is growing as a Christian.
Christian activities are an important expression of your relationship with Christ. They can lead you to a relationship, but the danger is assuming that your religious activity is the relationship. If you are only encouraging those around you to attend Christian activities, then you have not “discipled” them the way Paul did. You do your_fellow Christians an injustice by teaching them that Christian activity is equal to Christian maturity. Do not rest until those around you have become “perfect” in Christ. If God has put new Christians under your care, you have an obligation to “stay with them” until they have reached Christian maturity.
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I have been having a real time trying to get funds to Kenya until TODAY! And you know what, I found out that this group is great for many other countries as well. I may have just found the answer to the problem that has been long plaguing the work I do.
So, I am adding a link here:
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I just got off the phone with Kenya.
Their churches are now into the fourth day of fasting. They have spread the message through all media possible. They now expect thousands to come and there has never been a crusade to this area before. They are praying for salvations.
They are again praying through the night for us.
Would it be possible church to begin to pray for them with fervor? These wonderful people pray for us through the night and day after day and fast for GOD’s blessing on us, can we do the same for them?
I am asking that we pray. Can we stir ourselves up in the night season? Can we pray for repentance to come on their land as well as ours? Can we pray healing from the fighting that they had two years ago? Can we pray for GOD’s mercy to run through the land? I am stirred inside as I hear their voices. They are so very excited and desire to connect with you all in prayer.
Can we pray?
Can we pray for the same fire in America?
What if the truly is Revival? Could this be the time that GOD has called us to our knees? Could it be that our brothers and sisters from Africa heard the call long before us and are moving to rend the heavens? Can we humble ourselves and recognize the day of GOD’s visitation?
The harvest is truly ripe. The workers are truly few.
Let us pray…
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand…
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This is a GREAT email I just got from the pastors in Kenya. They are excited as we approach our coming crusade and events. Keep us in prayer as we eagerly approach the 31st. OK, folks, step up the prayers… We are one week away!
read below for their latest update…
Praise God man of God,
We salute you in Jesus name!!
words can not express how happy we are here, we thank God who Has provided this devine connection through His son Jesus Christ, it’s owesome my brother.
I apologise to have a wakened you such bad time, am so sorry!!! It was 8 :am here in Kenya. Let me bring to your attention that, all our arrangiments are okey and in place, part of what we have done is, we have hired a specious hall where we will conducting our daily programs, also we have hired powerful sound P.A system that can reach as many people as we want.
Rightnow the enviroment here is a were that something unique is gonna be a round by the help of the Holy Spirit of God. As am writing the circulation of posters is going on in a coverage of four districts of Kisii namely, Nyamira District,Kisii District, Masaba District and Gucha District.
Also media advertisement will biggin on wedsday this week also road advertisment will be on suterday,sunday and monday respectfuly.We are expecting you to meet between 1000 to 1500 delgates in the conference who will come to listen from you.
We will come to Nairobi to welcome you with some members of my board after wich you will meet the leader of Microfinance. I am sending you a sample of the poster today through e-mail.
It’s going to be a great moment to have you in Kenya-Kisii.Please hope to hear from you soon.
Pastor Onesmus Mark Omesa.
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I am adding this post because I am planning a trip to Kenya if the LORD allows it this year. With that said, this is the Kenya Advisor site and it has tons more great stuff. If you want, you can click through to it with one of the links below…
Six Travel Tips for Kenya Adventures
The tourism market in Kenya is quite competitive, and cheap flights to Nairobi can be found relatively easy.
Here are six tips to get the best deal. So don’t let the distance to Kenya stop you from planning an exotic vacation. The basics about air connections to Nairobi – including a list of all air companies who fly there – are on the flights to Nairobi page.
1. Shop Around
Tourism to Kenya has been growing for years and the sector is very competitive. So it pays off to shop around for cheaps flights to Nairobi. Start your search early, compare rates, play around with the dates if your schedule is flexible, and try alternative routs to get cheap flights to Nairobi.
I especially use two search sites to find the lowest air fares to Nairobi. Kayak.com searches 140+ travel sites for the lowest air fares in just moments. It gathers and brings back data from all the big travel sites and networks, such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, so you don’t have to lose hours visiting all these sites yourself. Vayama.com is especially of use for travelers to and from the US or Western Europe. Vayama instantly collects data from more than 100 airline sites and, on average, brings back more flights to Nairobi than any other site. Both have plenty of flights to Nairobi.
2. Book Seperate Flights
There are few, if any, direct air connections from North America (as well as Australia) to Kenya. From the US or Canada, you will usually have to go past one of the European hubs (often London, Amsterdam, Brussels or Zurich). Because of this, you can sometimes save money buy booking separate flights: a cheap flight to your European hub (for which there are many options), and from there the best deal you can find to Kenya. Use Kayak.com and/or Vayama.com to find them.
3. Book Chartered Flights
One of the best ways to get cheap flights to Nairobi, is to book a chartered tour. By buying up multiple seats at a time, the tour company gets a better price, which can mean savings for you. These deals often include accommodation, but it won’t be the first time that together they are cheaper than a regular flight-only. And you are of course not obliged to use the accommodation, so if you don’t like it, you just move into another place.
Some charters don’t fly to Nairobi, but directly to Kenya’s second city Mombasa (at the coast, where the popular beach resorts are). Even if Nairobi is your destination, it can pay off fly over Mombasa and from there to Nairobi. Four companies fly between these cities: Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, Mombasa Air Safaris or Safarilink. There’s also a night train (taking about 9 hours) and a very cheap bus connection between Mombasa-Nairobi.
4. Go With Flying Blue
The main Kenyan carrier, Kenya Airways, has joint ventures with among others KLM, Air France and Northwest Airlines. It’s part of the Flying Blue program of KLM, Air France, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, , Northwest Airlines, CZA Czech Airlines, Aeromexico, Alitalia and Korean Air.
If you travel with them, you are awarded air miles. As you reach higher levels, you can get better deals with tickets and hotel nights, free upgrades, better service etc. Dutch KLM has daily flights to Nairobi in a joint venture with Kenya Airways, and Amsterdam is a hub both for North American and European air travelers.
5. Book A Round-The-World Ticket
If you plan to visit Kenya as part of a much larger trip, then a round-the-world (RTW) ticket may be best for you. With this, you only have to book the first outbound flight now, and then book other flights as you go within a period of either 6 or 12 months.
There are conditions for RTW tickets and you’ll have to do quite some research. Some RTW tickets are mileage based, while others allow you a certain number of flights (within a minimum and maximum) or set clear time limits. You can typically only book flights from companies who are part of an alliance or network (i.e. the Star Alliance in which 19 air companies take part). You often can only travel in one direction (east or west) and the final destination has to be your point of departure.
6. Time Your Trip
Ticket prices go up in the tourist seasons, which for Kenya are July-August and December-January. You’ll increase your chances for getting cheap flights to Nairobi if you look outside tourist high seasons. Prices of accommodation are lower then, too.
You’ll typically pay less if you include a weekend day, because if you don’t the airlines assume you’re a business traveller who doesn’t mind the costs. But while, including a weekend day IN your itinerary, you should avoid flying on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays (i.e. the typical days on which working people leave on a holiday, and return). It’s busier then and prices go up. Also, choose a flight that leaves extremely early, or late in the evening. Less convenience means lower fares. Another timing consideration is when you buy your ticket. Prices tend to go up as you approach the departure date, so cheap flights to Nairobi must be booked early.
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