I have had a pretty busy week between running around town with everyone and getting food poisoning in Nairobi, but I am finally back on line and feeling better.
Lisa Dees and I were invited to join the local women at a women’s conference in Mailisaba. We readily accepted and were delighted to attend. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the night before the event that we learned we were the main speakers for the five hour service. Oh my!
Lisa and I both love public speaking and were excited about the opportunity. We went home, prayed, studied Scripture, and gave a message the next morning that God had laid on our hearts.
It was real encouraging to see women respond to our message. However, it was disheartening when the third women came up to speak. She was a famous pastor and Kenyan musician who spoke on “loving yourself” and “believing in yourself,” and setting materialistic goals. The part of Kenya I live in is considered one of the most difficult mission fields to reach because they have been over evangelized with the prosperity gospel. I had spent the whole morning speaking about the sin of loving self (2 Timothy 3), the Whore of Babylon (Revelations), and the perversion of American prosperity gospel (Revelations), just to see another women encourage them to “love yourself,” “believe in yourself,” and “prosper.” Uhg! The sad thing was no one seemed to understand that what Lisa and I quoted from scripture was the exact opposite of what she preached.
We hope that some seeds were planted. It was still definitely a fun day of dancing, eating, singing and teaching.