Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
We thank God for his traveling mercies and for having brought Pastor David Olatona and his team from New Rochelle safely across the Atlantic, through Amsterdam to Nairobi. The team consisted of Pastor David Olatona, Pastor Reford Mott, Dr. Joy Howell and Ms. Adachukwu Uzondu, the Mission Director of Dominion Faith International. Again, God was faithful in delivering the team smoothly and safely to Eldoret, the city in which we would be ministering.
We began the first portion of the meeting in Eldoret at the Garden of Faith Church with the first of the leadership meetings. On day 1, Pastor David Olatona ministered and taught on the importance of leadership. He explained why leadership is critical to the growth or success of any organization or group of people. The essential characteristics all leaders must possess include vision, innovation, compassion for people, the ability to create new futures and the ability to influence people. He defined leadership as: the ability to influence others through inspiration generated by a passion, motivated by a vision, produced by conviction, birthed by purpose. On a very personal note, Pastor David shared his vision of seeing the continent of Africa transformed by empowering individuals thus reducing poverty and by bringing the good news of the gospel to as many African nations that would receive him!
Each afternoon, Sis. Ada led a vocational training workshop where she demonstrated and taught members of the Huruma community how to produce a variety of goods that could be used for economic empowerment. These included:
- Day #1: Vaseline , hair cream (grease); bleach and toilet cleaning solution
- Day #2: Perfume and insecticide
- Day #3: Disinfectant and liquid soap
The attendees were actively engaged and eager to participate. Many of them thanked Sister Ada for her engaging and effective teaching style.
Thereafter, the first day of the mission trip closed with the destiny encounter service held in Huruma. There, Pastor David Olatona brought forth the word of God and began a three part series that addresses:
- The problem of man (Sin)
- The Solution to this problem (Jesus and his death on the cross)
- The power to maintain victory over sin (Holy Spirit)
Powerful and effective teaching and preaching were delivered in this dynamic service.
On day 2 the Leadership Summit continued with Pastor Mott ministering further on leadership after sharing his history and providing the context for how and why he came to be interested and passionate about leadership.
His text was taken from II Kings 20: 16-19 and his subject was Generational Leadership. He used Hezekiah as the basis for today’s lesson on the importance of generational thinking in a leader. He taught us that in addition to vision, one cannot lead without generational thinking. He helped us understand that God is a generational God and that He desires to bless us.
Although Hezekiah was a great man and was one of the better kings of Israel, he had some wrong thinking. Wrong thinking, leads to wrong actions and wrong actions will bring us down. Awareness of the following will prevent wrong thinking:
- You are not immune to falling/failing God just because you’re anointed
- You are not immune to falling/failing God just because of your great works
- You are not immune to falling/failing God because the favor of the Lord has been on you. In addition, we must never allow pride to control our actions or our choices.
Pastor Mott closed challenging us to not just focus on becoming great but rather focus on making other people great; reminding us that we are stewards of the talents and skills God has given us and that they are to be used for his glory; admonishing us to bear the future in mind as we make choices and to always see ourselves as examples of Jesus.
The afternoon vocational training segued into the evening where Pastor Mott taught on the importance of forgiveness. We generally have a fair understanding and appreciation for our need for forgiveness but we rarely acknowledge or discuss the importance of forgiving others. Pastor Mott took his text from Matthew 18. He began by pointing out that on the occasions where Jesus taught His disciples to pray, included was the model of asking God to forgive our sins as we forgive those who have wronged or offended us. Even as the nails/ spikes were being nailed into His hands, Jesus was praying for his persecutors to be forgiven. We need to appreciate the importance of forgiving people and forgiving them quickly. Unforgiveness is a major reason why our prayers are not answered. Forgiving others is one of the single most important things you can do and does more for us than for our offenders. Forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a choice; and a choice that must be made by faith. We must trust God to be a God of justice and be mindful that if we don’t forgive people quickly, we cannot expect God to forgive us.
On day 3 of the mission trip, Pastor David gave a rich “introduction” to the main message, which was delivered by Pastor Mott.
Pastor David asked the question, “What is the one thing that I must do to be an effective and successful leader?” He answered that question with the statement that successful leadership is a process and must be respected as such. It requires time, patience, diligent study and personal growth. Pastor David reminded us that God doesn’t need our help; rather we must simply trust God to do a work in and through us; stand in truth, live in truth, walk in the truth and let God do the rest, according to His will and in His timing.
Pastor Mott then spoke on the topic of personal growth, using as his text I Timothy 4:14-15. In this passage of scripture, Paul told Timothy to immerse himself in the gifts that God had given him. Why, because growth doesn’t just happen; it is the result of deliberate action. What are you doing to develop yourself? What are you doing to develop others?
Pastor Mott taught that personal growth is something that we must commit to; it is not simply understanding, but rather something that we must practice and live out. There are specific rules/ laws of personal growth including the Law of Intentionality and the Law of the Mirror. The law of intentionality teaches us that personal growth doesn’t just happen; you must take the time and make the investment in yourself. The Law of the Mirror speaks of the fact that you must value yourself in order to add value to yourself. There are some natural gaps or barriers between learning and applying what we have learned. These include the assumption gap (assuming that change will happen spontaneously); the knowledge gap (doing nothing because you don’t know how); the timing gap (the excuse that it is not the right time); the mistake gap (doing nothing because of fear of making a mistake); and the inspiration gap (needing to feel good before taking action/ accomplishing as opposed to accomplishing things in order to feel good).
Pastor Mott then paused to answer questions and the final meeting of the leadership summit closed. It was clear from the questions asked and answered that the attendees avidly embraced the information delivered and valuable pearls of wisdom were both delivered and received. To God be the glory !
The final destiny encounter service was held on Saturday evening in Huruma. Following the vocational training, Pastor Mott taught on the topic of “How to keep the doors to your life closed to Satan” and used Luke 4: 18-19. He taught us that there are legal and illegal means by which Satan gains access to our lives. He reminded us that we are God’s property and that the closer we are to God, the more resistant we will be to the devil. However, if you give place to the devil, we give him legal right to mess with us. How do we give Satan access to our lives? Through:
- Willful sin
- Inner vows
- Generational curses
- Spiritual and emotional trauma
The spirit of God truly moved in that place as the congregation was asked to confess and close off any doors open to the devil. Souls and lives were touched and transformed. With this service, part I of the mission trip came to a close.
JUA KALI, 2014
DAY 1, JUA KALI
As we began the second part of this mission trip we were thankful to God for the opportunity He has given us to serve His people and be instruments of His will. We joined the congregation at JCC in the praise and worship that was already in progress upon our arrival; then we were welcomed by the pastor and Pastor Kemboi. Pastor Kemboi introduced Simon Andiki who shared his role in Life Ministries and its mission to equip and assist churches as they seek to fulfill the great commission. Pastor David Olatona brought forth the morning message, “The Mark of Authentic Leadership”.
He enlightened us by sharing that the church is at the brink of a generational shift. Between now and 2020, there will be a need for new leadership in the church. The question is where will we find the leaders of tomorrow?
Evening Destiny Service
On the first night of Destiny Encounter services in Jua Kali, Pastor David used as his text Mark 5:21. He taught us that today’s prosperity teaching would lead us to believe that if you are holy enough, you should have no problems.
Pastor David took us through the Old Testament to the story of Esther and Mordecai. Despite our familiarity with this story, how many of us noted how Esther went before the king. Esther went before the king in her royal apparel. The royal apparel was the glory of the king. It was the same apparel that Vashti refused to wear. We must be mindful that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people and that by assuming a posture of worship and praise; we invite God’s blessings and favor.
DAY 2, JUA KALI
The Success in Life Summit started with the school of leadership as Rev. David Olatona ministered on the topic, “How do you identify a servant leader” and the scriptures read were Luke 9:37-50, Philippians 1:4; 1:15-27; 2:1. He commenced with a question, “What do you look for in a servant’s heart?” The answer was given in his statement, “Everyone that has a servant heart has a humble heart.” He buttressed this point by saying that we must be men and women of integrity, honesty in all of our thoughts, ways and actions.
The Vocational Empowerment program started with the separation of stain remover from toilet wash. They were packaged very well. Sister Ada taught on the production of body perfume and insecticides. Sample products were packaged and given to the pastors that were present. All the products made previously (petroleum jelly, hair cream, stain remover and toilet wash were distributed freely to all participants. Vocational Empowerment program ended with the total attendance of forty one people.
The Encounter Night commenced with Rev. David Olatona asking, “Who do you go to when you have challenges?” This question was used to explain the point that the help we are looking for is not in the hands of men, but in the hands of God. Fifty people were in attendance. It was indeed a time of refreshing and revival for the Kenyans.
DAY 3, JUA KALI
The School of Leadership started this morning as Rev. David Olatona continued his teaching on “Servant leadership”. Leadership is so important that everyone is looking into it. Some people said that leaders are born while others said that leaders are raised. Whether born or raised, we need leaders. We need selfless leaders, honest leaders, generous leaders and leaders with good character. God did not make you a leader just for yourself. God made you a leader because of others. There were twenty three people in attendance.
Sister Ada taught the production of Disinfectant during Vocational Empowerment program. There was a total of forty-four persons were in attendance and the products made were freely distributed among the participants.
Rev. David Olatona continued on the topic he started previously during the Encounter Night. He continued with the story of Jairus and narrated how Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood went looking for Jesus. It is what you look for that you will receive. The Summit ended with the total number of forty nine people in attendance. Lives were touched and the people were thrilled.
DAY 4, IN JUA KALI
Rev. David Olatona taught on the topic, “What is expected of a servant/steward.” The best way to describe a steward is a person entrusted with another person’s property, and just as Paul always called himself a servant, we are all expected to be a steward/servant of God. 1 Cor. 4:1-2. The principle requirement of every servant/steward is to be faithful.
LEVELS OF FAITHFULNESS
First level of faithfulness: It is required of you to be faithful in the least.
Second level of faithfulness: You must be faithful with money.
Third level of faithfulness: Be faithful with another man’s property.
Five areas that God expects you to be faithful are Finances, Family care, Use of your gift (both natural and spiritual: natural gift for serving God and spiritual gift for serving others), Use of your time, use of your body (keep your body healthy and holy), and Faithfulness in your career. Pastors and leaders who received their certificates of participation were thirty-two (32) in number.
The products produced during the Vocational Empowerment session on this last day was liquid soap, called Carlisto Soap, named after one of the participants. Certificates were awarded to the total number of seventy four (74) learners/participants.
At the Encounter Night, Rev. David Olatona concluded his ministration saying, “Speak what you want to see, it is what you say that you will get.”