Envision The City

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BUILD, PLANT, INCREASE, SEEK PEACE, PRAY. YOU PROSPER, IF IT PROSPERS!

IF NAIROBI PROSPERS, I PROSPER

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32 Responses to “Envision The City”

  1. Pastoress,

    Your sermon today was sooo powerful, just brought tears to my grown man eyes. It’s unfortunate to know that what we witnessed on the screen about child birth at home happens every day and not just that, but a myriad of social injustices. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the series’ sermons, and pray that the word is planted in good soil where it will bear fruit, one hundred fold, sixty and thirty, Amen.

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  2. His Child - Just As I Am Says:

    This is my first time on the web site and first posting – hope I’m doing it right – can’t seem to find any other comments on today’s sermon yet so figure i’m one of the first. . . or maybe even the first. . .

    It was such a moving sermon I just had to post asap!

    . . . just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Pastor Linda for the sermon leo. WOW. When I knew we’d be talking about our city, I wasn’t too sure I’d connect with the sermon and the series but it hit my heart sooooooooooo very hard.

    I can hardly wait for next week and I’m praying God reveals a way I can be involved in making Nairobi prosper!

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  3. Luke records: ‘A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume…She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, ‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold…and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly. ‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus…’She has done a beautiful thing …The poor you will always have with you…But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you… wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her” (Mk 14:3-9 NIV). Joseph of Arimathea brought a hundred pounds of ointment to embalm Jesus after He was dead, and not a word of praise is spoken about it in Scripture. This woman brought one pound of ointment and poured it on Him while He was still living, and Jesus pointed out two things: (a) ‘She did what she could.’ Acts of kindness are usually not about doing great things, but about doing small things with great love. (b) ‘What she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’ What will you be remembered for, a life of service or self-centeredness? If you think good things about someone, tell them. Go out of your way to fill their lives with joy while there’s still time. Those expressions of appreciation, those words of forgiveness, that special gift you’ve had in mind, give it while you can. Don’t keep your love in a box!

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  4. Pastor Linda, that was phenomenal. I am sure many of us were shocked by some of the clips that were shown, unfortunately, that is the reality for so many Kenyans. About 60% of our population lives below the poverty line, unable to meet their basic needs. And most of those are children and young people. The tragedy is that we have become used to the situation, it has ceased to matter to us. Those of us in the middle class feel the whole mess is far from us, and that the government should put its act together and sort those people out. But is there really “them” and “us”? Our destinies are tied together, and when we realise that, then we will seek to do something about the situations we face everyday concerning the poor. When we read in the daily newspapers that over 2 million children in Kenya have been orphaned by HIV/Aids, and many households are headed by 15 year olds, we will not rush to the next article in the paper and forget the implications of what we have read. We will pose and imagine what those children have gone through, watching parents die slowly. Those of us who have young children will look at them and wonder how they would survive if left behind at such a young age. And all of us will try to see what we can do at an individual level to help these families. We will do our small part, and we will be making history. History is not made only by the big deeds, but also by the small and unseen things, we do everyday.

    Martin Luther King Jnr says this to his children in his biography, “I am going to work hard and see that you get a good education. I don’t ever what you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I donโ€™t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be”. We will never be what God meant us to be, when we allow so many not to be what God created them to be. My children will never be what God meant them to be, when so many Kenyan children are denied access to the basics of life. Stephen Lewis in his book “race against time” reminds us that when a society allows so many to live so poorly, die from preventable and poverty related diseases, never getting a chance at life, it SHAMES AND DIMINISHES US ALL. I totally agree with him. That is why the message is message is profound; when the city prospers, I prosper too.

    Therefore, I will rise up and take my place. All Mavunites, let us rise up and be counted. If each of us takes their place, Nairobi will never be the same, the nation will never be the same. Let us stop blaming history, the government, and whomever else we blame, let us write a better story for our children. Pastor Linda, keep preaching. I cannot even begin to imagine how the rest of the month will be. By the end of August, we will be on fire for Jesus!

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  5. Pastor Linda,

    After listening to your captivating, articulate and timely message, I couldnt help to pour out my accolades to you for that, considering the miriad of challenges facing our urban areas. Water problem, power outages, food insecurity etc resulting from mismanagement of resources especially the environment and consequently giving way to starvation, sickness, poverty, insecurity, lawlessness, hopelessness etc. Cities are magnets of hope considering that since 2007, more than 50% of mankind are now living in cities and urban areas. This is expected to rise to 70% by the year 2020 with the highest figures being recorded in developing countries and emerging economies of China, India and Brazil. This leads to urbanization of poverty, mushrooming of slums and informal settlements, lack of basic facilities, declining economic opportunities and low life expectancy levels. In Kenya, at independence one out of twelve people (8%) lived in urban areas, now it is one out of three (33%) and by 2030 it will be more than 60%. Therefore it is our responsibility as mankind to strive to achieve cities that are harmonious as follows;
    -Economically harmonious cities – where everyone gets equal access to economic opportunities, remember Nairobi alone commands more than 50% of the national wealth. Cities to be more productive and equitable as they are engines of economic growth ie industries, banks, ICT, urban infrastructure, government offices, informal sector, local government etc, all catalysing economic development.
    -Socially harmonious cities – the need to built and develop inclusive cities for all the social classes such as access to water, sanitation, shelter, sufficient living space, security of tenure, infrastructure in slum areas and informal settlements etc, The need for empowerment of communities to promote equity in urban areas or tackle urbanization of poverty for the sake of inclusiveness.
    – Politically harmonious cities – Most political decisions and opinions are conceptualised and made in cities ie opinion leaders, Parliament, government agencies, civil society etc. Hence, people of diverse political opinions have to co-exist with harmony without what was witnessed in some parts of NRB early 2008.
    – Environmentally harmonious cities – harmonising the green and brown agendas for cities. Economic development without compromising natural heritage and promoting sustainable environments, for posterity under generation equity consideration eg Uhuru Park, City Park, Aboretum, Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi River, use of appropriate building technologies etc. How cities can promote use of clean energy alternatives, biodiversity, water, sanitation, transport, green building and biodiversity cities.
    – Culturally harmonious cities – Preserving historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Nairobi and other cities (eg old Mombasa etc). Cities are hubs of knowledge, art and culture ie each city has historical roots like Railway Museum for Nairobi. People from different cultural backgrounds co-existing together like ogiek, samburu, taita, kalenjin, luhyia, kisii, kikuyu, luo, kamba etc staying in one court, sharing other amenities, fellowshiping together etc.
    – Generationally harmonius cities – people of different generations and different ages co-existing ie the young, teenagers, youth, adults, old people all living, studying, working together while considering interets and roles of each age group in the society for past, present and future generations. I believe God has all the above intentions for our cities and at the end of your series, we know that our city will start changing for the better and that if it propers we shall also proper as urbanization is now a reality and is cartching up faster that we thought.

    M.E.

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  6. Pastor Linda,

    The issue of health care for Kenyans recently became a personal issue and I really appreciated being able to have good medical care; but my heart broke when I thought of many others who suffer and die from minor issues that can be easily treated.

    Thanks for the opportunity to have our househelps registered later this month. This is a good opportunity for us to take a first practical step towards helping our brothers and sisters. It is also a good chance to invite other friends to do the same as they come to church in the process. Incidentally quite a number of people this morning have already expressed interest in the NHIF registration process.

    Already some people are asking me; ” What if she leaves after I pay?” That just further illustrates your point that we seek to get the best possible bargain even when we cn afford it. (The Karate Stance). I pray that many including myself will graduate from the “feel good token” we are so good at, to more sustainable action against poverty and other social ills…

    If Nairobi prospers…. I prosper! Praise God for such profound revelation.

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  7. Pastor Linda

    Thank you and God bless you for delivering such a powerful sermon yesterday. I was incredibly struck (again – for about the millionth time) by the fact that we perpetuate injustice by seeking our own end.

    I pray that we’ll move beyond feeling uncomfortable because of sermons and translate our discomfort into action! We need to lead by example in all spheres of life, so I pray that this will be the final time we’ll squirm in our seats and go on to have a good night’s rest.

    Keep up the great work – and all the best with getting water for your court! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hi People

    Mine has nothing to do with the sermon. I have just broken uo with a guy. Feeling alot of pain and anger and numb, confused. It’s a long story but had prayed about and had believed that this was it as God had began to work things out. Just need someone to pray and stand in the gap for me now as am unable to that I would forgive, for healing and that I would move on quickly I don’t want to stay down for long

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  9. Simply me... Says:

    A little over 7 years ago, and on my birthday (coincidentally), I spent my day in the labor ward at the Aga-Khan hospital rubbing my wife’s back, among very many other duties that come with the whole scenario before child delivery. Friends, trust me, I heard all types of songs that day, in very many tongues that I couldn’t decipher! Eish! I don’t even think those keys she and others were singing in can be found on a keyboard!

    I was later quietly shedding tears in the delivery room, with my wife’s nails deep in my skin (I still have visible permanent scars on my hands) as I watched the events of our handsome son’s delivery unfold. What a way to spend my birthday! Any man who’s witnessed it can attest to what I’m saying. It’s the most moving sight you’ve ever witnessed, especially for a first timer.

    Yet all the while, I had some sense of peace deep within me, as the room was filled with all kinds of professional medical practitioners, from my wife’s gynaecologist to all manner of nurses, everyone moving up and about in a well-orchestrated and organized fashion, like a well-greased machine. I knew that they were all ready and very well equiped to tackle whatever may have come our way, (including the unlikely event of my fainting! ;-).

    During yesterday’s sermon, I really fought VERY hard not to shed tears as the sight of that lady in the clip was unbearable. It just hit me that it could very easily have been my beautiful wife in that situation. I mean, it’s painful and worrying enough to be in that situation, but without professional help around? In such miserable conditions? With a poor innocent-looking minor in the room, totally oblivious of what’s going on around him? Yet all it would cost to change someone’s life is a paltry two thousand bob a year? 160 per month? Yet I occasionally pay 170 bob for a Fanta orange???

    I’m taking this to the next level. How, you ask? Well, I’ve mobilized my entire family to get me the required documents from all their children’s care-givers, househelps, etc. I won’t just do it for my son’s care-giver alone. This is on me. It’s time to make a difference in a few ladies’ lives, because if not me, then who?

    Blessings…

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  10. Pastor Linda, that was an excellent sermon – hence my first blog post ever…(life will never be the same) your sermon was more than excellent it was heart rending, especially the clip on the lady from Kibera.. it brings a lot to mind – I will keep it short however. As a nation a society I look around and marvel at the grace of God that allows us to exist and constantly pray and hope that we will heed the warnings and repent while there is still time.

    You are right, we honestly believe that as long as I get what I want and can afford then I don’t care what happens to everyone else. An illustration; we build lovely homes with french windows – burglar proof them and place a huge perimeter wall with razor wire around the property and attempt to disguise it with shrubs. We then proceed to install entertainment options in the home so we won’t miss the view that should have come through the french windows. We also buy new cars (nothing wrong with that) that can get us safely from safe haven one (home) to the other safe haven’s we regularly visit (work, church, entertainment etc) and the more isolated we are the more “successful” we believe we are – how do we live like this?

    Quality of life doesn’t consist of the abundance of our material possessions does it? I believe it consists in how much you can truly enjoy your surroundings – God willing when I build my house I want my children to have a view that doesn’t involve razor wire and I would like to have french windows that I can use – a lot (no I don’t need deliverance from french windows in case your wondering). For me to enjoy a good quality of life I have to care about my neighbor.
    We need to begin to come against that spirit of individualism which is the root cause of tribalism and hate that individuals have for each other.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get health insurance for our house helps – I hope we can go one step further as the church and pay our house helps and the rest of our employees the right wages. How can we pay someone in this city, day and age Ksh. 3000 for a month of work? The excuse that they eat our food doesn’t apply – that’s less than Ksh 100 per day – I don’t think it costs Ksh 400 per day to take care of your house helps does it? Would it possible to address this as the church as we make a difference this month? This would mean paying our house helps more, or letting them go so they can work other jobs – real commitment to make a difference needs to translate into action that makes a difference right?

    Sorry this went on and on – its my first time ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a blessed week.
    PK

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  11. Aish Pastor Linda, waaarrrr!! Your preaching is as fresh as “dhania imelala kwa fridge’!!!
    That message was spot on like the white on rice! oh my when nairobi prospers i prosper! Pastor ahsante for bringing it so real so true!
    very challenged and very inspired. Then you are so real and true and thats just how god wants as all to be…real and true! you are a real blessing!
    Twangoja Sunday we be blessed more maybe this time it shall be if my neighbour prospers…..i prosper…..walalalala. AMEN!!!

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  12. Scaling heights Says:

    @Wangecii. Did u ask for someone to pray with u? I will. Believe it or not, i’m pretty sure i understand. My recovery hasn’t been easy but u need to know that God’s restorative power is amazing. Stand still & know that he is God.

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  13. Simple me….:- kudoz, am so proud of your initiative, indeed you are a true fearless influencer!

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  14. @Wangeci,
    praying for you.

    @pst. L, yaani you touched the core of my heart.

    I just need to echo that as we do the various actions to bring justice and equality, let us pray.
    I challenge us to come for the breakthrough services and pray with others on the various issues. There’s one at 0730 and another at 1030 each Sunday at the tents at the back. Action + prayer = transformed society
    We need to make a difference.

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  15. @ wangeci..i m praying for u and with u.it will be well.for Jesus is the healer and the comforter of our souls.be still.

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  16. Hi Pastor Linda, Until you mentioned that most of the Bible was written to a society living in an urban setting, It had never occurred to me. Your message was the clarion call we needed as a church. I am passionate about social justice but I’ve not risen to the task because I am often overwhelmed the magnitude of the task I ahead. Anyway as the sages of old said “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

    Thank you for getting us started by organising for the registration of our house-helps on NHIF. The Nairobi City Council and the Nairobi Metropolitan Ministry are charged with many the huge task of transforming the city. Now, the activist side of me is wondering, Is it possible to invite their representatives to brief the church on how we can partner with them? UNHABITAT too.

    I am presently jobless and can offer my skills in strategic planning, policymaking, community mobilization etc wherever needed. Probably, there are others like me in Mavuno who could volunteer or give specialised skills necessary in this city. Please advise. If not us, THEN WHO?

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  17. I am part of those visitors who have been visiting Mavuno for a while now! Much has been said about the Sermon on Sunday,but for me, the application part is the harder part. I know what am supposed to do but mainly do not jua where to start. I am tired of the famous line”…ninaonelea serikali yetu itufanyie….” kindly direct us on how to act and mimi nitakuwa memba!

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  18. As you rightly put last Sunday, every time you keep on seeing a problem, it reaches a point when you no longer see as so and it becomes part of the usual. The logical consequence could even be attempts to justify the situation, while not sure whether or not it will serve the purpose, yet deeply concious that the status quo is not the optimum option. After listening to the service of last Sunday and reflecting deeply on the social properity of the city, the role of the Church in general, and Mavuno specifically, am constrained to associate myself with the following; having attended your services for a year, I feel obliged to ask for people’s opinion about the mode of dressing in Mavuno Church. I stand to be corrected, as there could be a big disconnect or a dichotomy so to speak, between the mode of dressing and one’s spirituality, but remember perception. I know this is not the first time the question is coming up and can also confidently confirm that you havent heard the last of it. The Bible is very clear on the mode of dressing when going to the house of the Lord.

    I am not sure whether it is a coincidence that one comes to Church dressed funnily yet the same person dresses decently when going to office or visiting the father/mother in-law. Pastors, kindly guide your flock and if need be please tell us whether it is proper to be decent when going before other humans yet be betrayed by your memory on decency when going to the house of God. I put this to the good leadership of Mavuno, that complacency and procrastination on this matter is not the option, even if the spill over effect would result into the unintended consequence of losing part of the congregation.

    Pastor Linda, Pastor Simon etc please let’s hear your take on this since Pastor M has already made his stand known sometime last year ie if my memory is not betraying me. I believe this appeal is not only in consonance and congruency with the current series, but also reasonates with the social properity of the city which Pastor eloquently articulated during the last sermon.

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  19. @Unknown – powerful words indeed! Helps us to understand that making a different, starts with the steps we can take at this very moment – little acts of kindness that are genuine and sincere. Then our hearts will begin preparing for the great acts we need to accomplish in order to change and prosper our society.

    @Wangeci – am praying for you that God may grant you peace, a forgiving heart and heal you through this brokenness. May He also speak to you and show you the lessons you need to pick from this. Hold on to His promise in Jer 29:11 – His plans for you ARE for good and not for evil, to give you a FUTURE and HOPE! Be blessed.

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  20. @wangeci,i know it is difficult and it must hurt,but keep the faith, God is all mighty n he will see u through in Fact He has already started.Praying 4 U.

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  21. Hey Chica,
    I think thats a great idea Am on staff. Is it possible to enagae more with regard UNHABITAT on info@mavunochurch.org

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  22. to Kyambi, that is so striking!! that we’ll never be what we ought to be until they are what they ought to beโ€. We’ll never be what God meant us to be, wen we allow so many not to be what God created them to be. My children will never be what God meant them to be, when so many Kenyan children are denied access to the basics of life. then my life has to count for something and make a difference in the life(ves) of as many as i can reach.so help me God!!

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  23. @ Martha – i felt the same after the sermon.what can i do to make a difference? LIFEGROUP!!!my lifegroup members reminded me that
    (i)one attempt to do something causes a ripple effect that spreads further than i can see
    (ii)start in your house/area and talk to househelps/askaris and sign them up for NHIF

    Join a lifegroup where other like-minded,equally challenged people can help you figure out how to apply what you’ve heard.

    kuwa member wa lifegroup

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  24. we have an audience of over 2,500 people and still counting…m deeply passionate about the free and fair elections and that’s where i want to give myself to to make a difference. m NOT looking to b a politician or anything like that, but more to empower the citizens to be more responsible in the electoral process.can anyone direct me to a place where i can be useful in this area?? we can start with this audience at Mavuno, then go to schools,then reach more through organized groups…we need to take care of our country so it can be a better place to live for us and for our children.
    Mavuno, let us run this race set before us. that all who come behind us will find us faithful! that the power of our devotion and commitment will light their way!! that the footprints that we leave will lead them to believe in a bright and promising future. that indeed I prosper if my neighbor prospers.
    SO, who’s knows where or who i should be trying to work with to this end??

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  25. @squeaky – I feel you about the need for free and fair elections. Our people perish for lack of knowledge! Its time we raised the bar on the values we need our leaders to embrace. A critical mass of like-minded people is necessary to move this country forward. May be its worth convening a forum for people who have a heart for this issue.

    @Al I’ll write you about UN HABITAT

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  26. Amen Pst Linda! Thank you for coming into our jikoniz and upsetting our hidden secrets of not being equitable esp when dealing with our house helps!

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  27. Didnt make the sermon but the bloggers have been mine…guys my job is so hard n so far…i just want to quit but am afraid..its breakin my heart..didnt knw where else to turn..please pray for me…i want to be in another job sept 1st..thanks

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  28. hi guys,
    you know, am bila words 4 what the Lord has done 4 me since jan this year.
    Pst L,u ev no idia wht u r doing in the lives of people thru u a work.
    i visited mavuno as a passerby in jan this year coz l had felt unfulfilled,dissapointed,frustrated n betraied in ma life in wwhat i was doin n had always had desired 2 do slnce i was a kid………n u nu what was this?..bn a church minister…….n surery i come thru life n i worked 2 the top…infact,am a presibyterian church minister,odained n licensed …a prety fine one….but i av been wondering then what? l was depressing fast n i feared getting out coz guys wud think am nuts…oh ma God,l visited mavuno n i ev basically never missed an activity…i ev no idea whether God is up 2 something special ln my life but am deeply convicted am now in the LORD’S direction,am at peace like never b4 ma passion is back like an ox,n am picking up ma spirit again n capturing God’s vision. i now know why God had 2 take me alll that round………am humbly alining ma personal vision 2 a greater vision n i nu doors will open 4 Gods work. Pst M,S n L u guys r special from God 4 Africa n u r taking us somewhere guys. thu i ev ma gud parers 4 theology n other diciplines,am saying like Paul….consindering them nothing 4 the sake of christ. i ev gone thru mizizi n i couldnt believe it…ev joined a life group n l am growing like never b4. intrestingly,nobody i ma group hu nus hum i am,coz i ev been looking 4 an opotunity 2 grow not 2 minister 2 people. i am so blessed n i wish n desire i wud just bring everyone in ma church in here 2 know what i now know.
    howeva i dont nu if am fair 2 hold it from ma group 2 nu wwhat i am n i was b4.
    Blessings

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  29. Ghettofab,Will pray for you.God will come throu.please hang on. He is faithfull.

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  30. @Ghettofab – may our Father who provides us with everything, be fair and merciful and miraculous in your job situation!

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  31. Marion Ngure Says:

    I am not a member of your church but I have been able to listen to sermmons posted on your Web. The messages are great and they have been of great help to me and also to my church where I get the opportunity to teach them. However I feel concerned that you no long put the current sermmons on your web which am sure are reaching many globally and doing more than you can even imagine. May the Lord richly reward you for the good work.

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  32. @Ghettofab..its 5th September..where are you?
    I want to say I totally feel you,am learning that as long as there’s a lesson I need to learn,niko hapo hapo so please learn the lesson so as you move on to you are a bigger,better kenyan.Y’know,God delights in sorting us out,He does not ‘give us stones when we ask for bread’ in a manner of speaking.We belong to a loving,just Father.Despair not.

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