A DREAM A REALITY
What began as a social friendship on facebook became a reality. The music began when Mark Bohr expressed his desire to come to Africa, and later, the music got into rhythm when he specified that Uganda was his first point of contact.
To me, Uganda would still be as far as Australia if I had not been invited. Yet, not only was I invited, but, to my shock, I was asked to go on a flight. Nothing seemed to be real until I had my ticket reserved for January 17, 2013, three weeks before the travel date.
God spoke to me early in my youth promising to take me to nations for ministry, so I looked at this as a fulfilled of dream. Being the first time aboard a flight, I knew this could only be step one of a long journey. Apparently, what was happening was not in the way I expected, yet coming in terms with scripture, (Isa. 56:8-9).
Often when we hear of flights, what quickly comes to mind is traveling overseas. Yet in God’s divine purpose, He wanted me to start from a neighboring country. The furthest I had ever gone was the passenger arrival or departure section of our international airport (J.K.I.A). The man of God had reached deep into his pockets to make all this happen.
MEETING THE MAN
I only had a half facebook profile photo of the man I was to meet in Kampala. Apart from that, my impressions and expectations were only but a guess. I thought it would be a huge bodied American size of a man, a tough looking fellow, or a man to himself, not quick to smile, and perhaps without humor. But the opposite was true! He was a simple lovely gentleman, a guy you would like to hang around with, but much more than this, a man with a big heart.
My greatest surprise was the reason this man of God had invited me and other Pastors to Kampala. His only motivation was to express his love to us, a love that we not only saw in his eyes, but experienced in his manner. He highly valued us as fellow servants of Christ, without the slightest sign of discrimination or partiality. We experienced it a lot more in the way he treated us, and cared for our stomachs and thirst in such a hot environment.
We experienced it at the table during meals, how he encouraged us to eat. As it was our very first time in such a Hotel, some of us did not understand the menu, not to mention our fearing the prices on every meal. Yet Mark would encourage us to choose whatever we wished to eat or even wanted to try. It was expressions such as these that made us eat freely and to our satisfaction. You would only imagine Jesus sitting with His disciples.
Many of us Pastors in Africa spend so much time struggling, without time to rest. But looking at what was going on, I told my colleagues that we were there for a picnic, a holiday, a time to sit, relax and treat ourselves. Therefore, we looked at this as a reward from God to us, for the labor and service we toil serving Him, and without anybody noticing.
True as the scripture says in 1 Sam 2:8, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, he seats them with princes and have them inherit the throne of honor.” This scripture replayed in our ears and before our eyes. The Hotel facility, the menu and everything else attested to the unfolding of God’s promises.
Mark leant us a listening ear at almost every moment as we sat around the table. We all spoke with a stammer, finding it hard to express ourselves and feeling overwhelmed with amazement. Our poor English with an African accent made it hard for us to find the right words to put in the right place. Yet, despite all this, the man of God listened and disposed all the skills you would think of a counselor, following every word to seek clarity and understanding. Even the pastors who did not have English as their official language were all keenly listened to as they struggled to voice their points through words, gestures and facial expressions. At one point we assisted each other in finding the right words to explain the points we intended to make.
Two things became clear about Pastor Mark’s heart and passion. One was his concern for the Pastors struggling with family and Ministry; and the other was the poor and needy children, i.e. orphans and destitute children.
From a facebook contact, to a friend in Diaspora, now comes a real partner and co-worker in God’s kingdom. It is my prayer that God, who has brought this great dream to materialize, will in His divine way build on the trust and confidence we have so far established in the hearts of each other. May this bring great transformation in our lives, Ministries and throughout Africa. God bless Mark, God bless us!
Rev. Alfred Kitui Linyulu, Nairobi, Kenya.
Pastor Isaac Khaemba
I am Pastor Isaac Khaemba, I am married to Eunice, and God has blessed us with 5 children, and 2 orphans that live with us. Since I have come home, I have been preaching the word of God in my church which I acquired from Pastor Mark Bohr.
Since our time together in Kampala, his prayers and his prophecy for my life (that 2013 is my year), I have been seeing big changes through Pastor Mark’s support. I have hired 1 acre of land and will soon prepare for God to open ways for me to farm this land and harvest enough food to feed my family. My first born daughter is studying in high school, also through Pastor Mark’s support.
Since the time we came to know him, I have founded the ‘New Christian Church of Kenya’ ministry. My wife and I have opened four churches, two are in rend houses and two already have built semi-permanent churches. Our people have been uplifted in serving God wholeheartedly.
Pastor Mark, we are grateful for you giving, and helping orphans and those who are in need with their education in both Kenya and Uganda. You only came for a few days, but you took the time and were eager to meet all of us, and we are still crazy for your teachings and preaching in Kampala.
From your testimonies, many people now have the desire to hear your teachings. But above all, we are praying for you, that you may accomplish the purpose that God sent you to Africa. May you blow the trumpet that is in Jesus to the whole of Africa. We pray that we may also be able to teach the true word of God to our people, so that they too can be uprooted from wrong doctrine. We are praying for you and the good plan that you have for us.
Pastor Isaac Khaemba