Thursday, March 12, 2015

I am blessed to be a part of ELLS and would like to share with you who they are:

ELLS PURPOSE The Purpose of ELLS International is to serve and strengthen the church in remote areas of the developing world by equipping its leaders to effectively shepherd the flock of God.

ELLS FOCUS The primary focus of ELLS International shall be to provide church leaders in developing countries training and tools for feeding their congregations through expository biblical preaching and teaching and through appropriate application of the Scriptures.

ELLS VISION Under-shepherds in remote areas of develop-ing countries who in spite of limited resources, are able to shepherd the Lord’s flock well, feeding the sheep from the Word of God so that it gives life.

ELLS PARTNERSHIPS ELLS International facilitates local churches ministering to other local churches through facilitating partnerships.  It promotes churches working together to serve sister churches in remote areas. ELLS serves as a link between churches sending trainers and  resources and those sending leaders to be
trained. These partnerships are reflected through shared people gifted by God as trainers and administrators, shared resources, shared financial responsibility, and shared ministry.  God is glorified and the credibility of the Gospel  message we preach is enhanced when partnerships are forged between traditionally divided denominational and/or tribal entities as they host training events in the target areas.

Nehemiah 8:2-3 & 7-8 Ezra read from the law "…n the presence of all who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law." Then a number of Levitical leaders "…xplained the law to the people…They read from the book, from the law of God, explaining it to give the sense so that they understood the reading." The result was that the people "...understood the words which had been made known to them… and their lives were changed!

2 Timothy 2:2 "...and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

How you might contribute to the training of church leaders in developing countries:  
Pray for ELLS International trainers and for the attendees at the training conferences.
Sponsor one leader to attend a training conference by ELLS International by contributing $40.
Sponsor one leader to attend the full three year training in church leadership by ELLs International by contributing $120.
Contribute to travel expenses of the trainers
Contribute to help provide conference materials.

ELLS is a registered non-profit faith based organization

To Contribute:

ELLS International, PO Box 4148, Salem, OR  97302

Contact:  Pastor Stanley Myers  503-873-6095

Website is in progress:

God's healing and His love

Still trying to catch everyone up.  February saw me traveling up into a rural area of Kenya, to teach God's Word at a women's conference.   Oh how I love Jesus!!!!

Pictures will tell the story:  To God be all the glory

He is the great Counselor, and Healer
There was much brokenness the women live such a hard life, I have no words to explain the lives that they have, but God knows and He knows what they need.  We watched in humble admiration as the Holy Spirit lead them to repentance, healing, and restoration, and as He prepared them to hear the teachings Sunday on forgiveness.   Not only the women, but also the whole church.
                Sunday started at 5 am, for me, in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to put me aside and use me as His vessel to deliver His words on forgiveness.  We serve a Holy, Sovereign, Amazing God.  A time of worship, (one day you all will share in the worship with our African sisters, and brothers!) A time of teaching, a time of prayer, and a time of studying God's Word on forgiveness.   
He wants to heal His children, He wants His children to live in freedom, He wants the chains broken, and as the day moved forward He gave us the privilege of seeing Him do just that.  We couldn't end, He gave us the strength, the words, and the prayers to keep going until after 7 pm that day.  Praise His Holy Name.  It is only by His Amazing Grace. 

I know this is March, but the following is for January.

It has been quite a while since my last update.  Since returning to Africa, it seems like it has been a constant go, with areas of no internet and no way to update my blog.  But now I am in a slow time, with internet, so I am going to attempt to update you for January and February.

January saw me traveling to Uganda, to be a part of two pastor's conferences in different rural areas of Uganda.  Plus being able to be with the women, and Children and by God's grace to help them understand who they are in Christ.   So I will let pictures tell the rest of this story:

First Conference


Second Conference

They are so, so hungry for God's Word, to learn, to understand, to apply.  The teaching for the two conferences was the Old and New Testament surveys, in storytelling form.  Some of the challenges we face in these areas are: language, education, meetings not starting on time, teachings that have to be adjusted due to time or understanding, heat, no electricity, generators that don't always work, miss-communication, these are just a few, HOWEVER they are not challenges that our Lord and Savior has any problems with, He bridges them all.  He gives us wisdom, insight and discernment to know how to adjust, and language does not stop HIM.  And He allows us to be a part of what He is doing!  Thank you Jesus!!  HIS AMAZING GRACE.
                We take so much for granted, and sometimes we bring those assumptions with us.  In the US we assume everyone knows the story, of God's grace, Adam and Eve, the Messiah, how Jesus came so that we can be saved, that HE lives, and HE will come again, we know how the story goes (or we think everyone does).  Some have said the people here have nothing, well that is nothing by our standards, not theirs, if you could see the smiles on their faces, hear their laughter, see their eyes light up, feel the joy in their hearts, you would never say they have nothing, and then through His Holy Spirit they receive a deeper understanding of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Their worship and dancing brings glory to God.  What a humbling and amazing thing to watch as God continues to let us be a part of what He is doing in so many lives and the blessing He gives as He shows us some of the fruit. One pastor said "Now they can see Jesus in the Old Testament, this teaching has given them courage to receive more; a new revelation "mans sins." I could go on and on with testimonies of how the Holy Spirit opened their minds and their hearts to a deeper understanding.  Praise His Holy name!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014 in Review

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”  Acts 20:24
This is my life verse, and through 2013 and 2014 God has shown me that to testify to the gospel of God's grace, wherever I am,  is what my life is about.

Many of you have been following this blog for many years, so you know the journey.  2014 found me involved in Pastor's Conferences in Kenya and Uganda, women's ministries along with leadership responsibilities and working closely with the Logistics team at SIM-Sudan.  Praise God for His grace.

As 2014 continued I was aware that things were getting ready to change yet again.  God's Word says: "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9.

The chapter of my life that I had been in with SIM-Sudan was coming to a close.  And I was headed back to the US to receive surgery on my spine, and affirmation that God was directing me to join ELLS International and come back to Africa still with SIM but loaned to ELLS International.

So home I headed, surgery I had, and I thank God that all went well.  Through months of Physical Therapy, meetings, emails, phone conversations, I received affirmation that this was the way,  walk in it.

So what is ELLS International;  

2 Timothy 2:15 "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

ELLS Purpose

The Purpose of ELLS International is to serve and strengthen the church in remote areas of the developing world by equipping its leaders to effectively shepherd the flock of God.

ELLS Vision

Under-shepherds in remote areas of developing countries who in spite of limited resources, are able to shepherd the Lord's flock well, feeding the sheep from the Word of God that it gives life. To serve and strengthen the church in remote areas of the developing world.

We are once again on a exciting journey, and I am excited to have you along for this journey.  I returned to Kenya December 31, 2014, in preparation to move into this new ministry.  So what will I be doing:  .  I will be the person on the ground and will do Admin and logistics work for the Pastor's Conferences.  Working with the churches, the Bishops, and Pastors, praying with them, and the committees, along with follow up visits.  There are other ministries that God has opened and will continue to open through these pastor's conferences that give me additional opportunity to disciple believers in their understanding of scripture and their walk in the light and always to share the gospel!   Only by His amazing Grace!!!

Stay tuned as God leads me in this ministry.



2014 Pastor's Conferences in Kenya and Uganda

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Simply "Church"  Max Lucado

The church names we banter about?  They don't exist in heaven.  Because its not the denomination that saves you.  And I wonder, if there're no denominations in heaven, why do we have denominations on earth?

I know this is a crazy thought -- but what would happen if all the churches agreed, on a given day, to change their names simply to "church"?  And then when people chose which church to attend, they wouldn't do so by the sign outside, they'd do so by the hearts of the people inside.

And then, when people were asked what church they attend, their answer wouldn't be a label but just a location.  And then we Christians wouldn't be known for what divides us; instead we'd be known for what unites us -- our common Father.

WHAT IF??????

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Commit your actions to the LORD and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

September 9th, 2013; saw me and another missionary at the MAF hanger very early in the morning, preparing to fly to S. Sudan.  This was Stacey's first time into S. Sudan, and I was going with her to try and help her through all the travel needed to arrive at the Melut base.

What a priviledge and an honor, as I watched her sit in the co-pilot seat, with such excitement, I was reminded of the excitment I felt the first time I flew into SS.

It was also a change for me to go and see friends I haven't been able to see for awhile, to spend time with S. Sudanese people I love so very much.  It was a time of going in with no agenda other than to be there for Stacey.  But God had so much more in mind.  So I take you on a photo journey of my trip, and the things God had in store.

                                                      Villages on the side of the Nile

The beauty of going down the While Nile river in a boat.  The river was like glass, as you can see in this last photo, the clouds are a reflection in the river.   The boat ride from Malakal to Melut is about 4 hours.

 Enjoying our trip down the river, looking at all that God has created.  Even saw a Croc!!!!
     A wonderful reunion with a dear friend, she gave birth 3 days after I left to this beautiful,            healthy little boy below.

              A unexpected reunion with Abuk, one of the students I taught when in Thiangrial
           And another unexpected reunion with other students from my time in Thiangrial

                                                      Spending time with the women
 Spending time with our team
 Having God open an opportunity for me to go by river to Thiangrial, for those who don't know that is the first base I was stationed at.  Yea the boat was sitting kind of low in the water, with team mate Jon and his daughter Rose.

On the last night before I started my journey back to Kenya, the Master Painter (God) was painting the sky with one of His magnificent sunsets.

Thank you Father, for the time I had in S. Sudan, thank you for using me as your vessel, and for the things you showed me, taught me, and how you drew me closer to you every step of the way.

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.  The speak without a sound or word, their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone thoughtout the earth and their words to all the world."  Psalm 19:1-4

                        There is no one on this earth that has not seen the GLORY OF GOD!!!!!!!!