Start to Pray for Liberation Now

Carolyn Overway

READ : Acts 12:1-11 The church never stopped praying. (v. 5 CEV) In Kenya each village has a chief. Many a chief resembles Herod. He struts around wearing a special uniform and carries an AK 47 assault weapon, often pointing it directly at the person to whom he is speaking, even during friendly conversations! A chief likes to show how powerful he is. Each day the men gather at a meeting place, maybe the center of the village or down …

Steady Beams or Flickering Light?

Carolyn Overway

READ : Matthew 5:13-16 Make your light shine, so others will see the good that you do. (v. 16) My husband Bill is the Headmaster of Churo Secondary School of the African Inland Church, Kenya. On his first day the students went on strike. They murmured about the food, the lack of trained teachers, no scout uniforms, and the list goes on. Disputes continued over stealing books, money, or uniforms. Bill and I pondered in pain-on Sunday should these students …

"Shine, Shine, Shine, I Want to Shine"

Carolyn Overway

READ : Philippians 2:12-18 Shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life. (vv. 15, 16) One of the songs the students in our Kenyan tribal village like to sing is: “Shine, Shine, Shine, I Want to Shine.” These little nursery school children are among the best examples of reflecting Jesus. Every weekday these darling black Kenyan children get all shined up with Vaseline on their skin and in their hair! They put on their …

When Our Plans Crash

Carolyn Overway

READ : Proverbs 19:19-29 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. (Prov. 19:19 NIV) All of my reflections for Words of Hope were entered in my computer here in African bush country in a remote part of Kenya. I was proud of my accomplishment. It felt so good to write devotions from a missionary’s perspectives. Shortly afterwards a thief broke into our truck and took the computer. I was …