As part of the opportunities for experience in practical
ministry at Pinecrest, students are encouraged to participate
in one of the several trips which are taken each year to the
foreign mission field. These are unforgettable, life changing
experiences which help to prepare the students to be able
ministers of the Gospel. The following account is by a first
year student who participated in the trip to Kenya, East Africa
during the third quarter of this school year.
Hear my cry Oh God
Listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to You.
I call as my heart grows faint,
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I
For You have been my refuge,
A strong tower against the foe,
I long to dwell in Your tent forever
And take refuge in the shelter of Your wings
For You have heard my vows, O God
You have given me the heritage of those
Who fear Your name.
These verses have meant a lot to me. While I was in Africa
we did a lot of sharing amongst the different tribes. The
Lord laid this on my hart, reminding me where I came from.
As I shared this text I wept in tears. I praise Jesus for
taking me from a place where I was in much bondage to being
more liberated in the Spirit. I used to cry out to the Lord
for a greater reality. He truly heard my cry and led me to
the Rock that is higher than I. The Lord has put me in contact
with a people at Pinecrest who have a real walk with the Lord.
The Africans were really blessed as I shared my testimony.
Many of them had come from heathen customs and were also in
bondage. They were touched by this testimony. Praise the Lord!
He never lets go of a hungry heart.
Brother Arthur Leis, a beautiful brother in the Lord, was
our missionary director on the trip to Africa. Our team consisted
of eleven people, all of them having hungry hearts for the
Lord. We were truly united as a team and the Lord blessed
each one of us greatly. We stayed in Kenya for about six weeks
and traveled to many different fellowships that had been established
by Arthur Leis and Brother Simion, who is the director in
At first I did not think I had anything to offer to the Africans
because I am young in the Lord; I do not play a musical instrument,
and I do not know how I could possibly be of help to them.
The Lord blessed me with a ministry to the youth.
Kids . . . you cannot help liking them! Do you know that
Jesus liked them too? He talked about them often. “He
sat down and called them around Himself and said, Anyone wanting
to be the greatest must be the least--the servant of all.”
“Then He placed a little child among them, and taking
the child in His arms He said to them, “Anyone who welcomes
a little child like this in My name is welcoming Me, and anyone
who welcomes Me is welcoming My Father who sent Me!”
“Let the children come to Me, for the Kingdom of God
belongs to such as them! Do not send them away . . . I tell
you as seriously as I know how that anyone who refuses to
come to God as a little child will never be allowed into His
Kingdom! Then He took the children into His arms and placed
His hands on their heads and He blessed them.” (Mark
In the tribes that I went to there were children who wanted
attention. I would sing with them, and walk and talk with
them. Some of the children looked very poor and dirty, some
had runny noses and pot bellies, others needed discipline,
and some were very shy. I loved them in all conditions. They
wanted attention, love and affection, so my heart went out
to them. I learned much from the simplicity of these children.
I saw things in me that I did not think I had. The Lord truly
opened my eyes to a deeper reality of His working in my life
among the African people.
There is much false religion in Kenya, therefore much teaching
of the truth is needed. I pray that the Lord will send willing
souls to teach in truth to these natives.
The Africans in Kenya are very open to the Gospel. If you
preach in the market places there will be crowds of people
listening to you. They are hungry for the reality of Jesus
Christ. Once the African makes a commitment to the Lord it
is a solid commitment because he truly commits his life to
the Lord. He realizes that the commitment is for real and
he knows that persecution may follow from the heathen tribes.
I appreciate the child-like faith among the Christians. Watching
women dedicate their babies to the Lord; helping with Sunday
School; witnessing some wonderful baptisms; seeing the natives
bend down in repentance towards the Lord, asking for prayers
and healing and seeing their openness towards the Lord truly
Not only were they overjoyed because of our presence with
them, but we ourselves were much impressed. Their preparation
and their giving from the little they had blessed me a great
I thank the Lord for taking me on a mission trip such as
this. Much has been imparted to my spirit by the Lord. I would
encourage anyone to go. Give with what you have and I guarantee
that you will receive so much more.
Kenya is a beautiful country. Driving through the open country
and seeing all the wild animals freely roaming the land impressed
me. We saw animals such as giraffes, zebras, monkeys, hyena,
astrajis and gazelles. It is truly awesome. The country is
gorgeous; the high mountains and valleys, the different kinds
of trees. Wow! What my eyes have seen. All that the Lord has
shown me teaches me to trust my Creator for all I did not
Crossing through swamps; dry fields and tall grasses by foot;
130 degree weather, mosquitoes; lizards on the walls; sleeping
in mud huts, driving long hours, and many more adventurous
experiences was worth it all. The Lord gave us the strength
and His grace that we needed. I had an attitude of overlooking
the rough areas and seeing what the Lord was teaching me.
Many times I was surprised and I truly enjoyed every bit of
the trip. The Lord’s hand was on me and He protected
and blessed me the entire time.
Oh, I praise my God for showing me the reality of Himself
in a different land with the people there. The Africans love
it when you come and share the Lord with them. Not only are
they blessed, but you too are blessed. If the Lord places
a desire in your heart to go--go for it. The best and most
beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or touched,
but are felt in the heart.
I thank my Lord that even though I am only one person and
I cannot do everything, I can do something. What I should
do and can do, by the grace of God, I will do!