Happenings Update May 25 – June 3

11 Jun

Happenings Update May 25 – June 3

 May 25 – What a long day!  I flew from Cincinnati to Boston to Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro to Dar es Salaam!  It took a little over 24 hours!  My body wasn’t built to be on planes that long!  Praise God I was able to switch to a seat with no one next to me so that I could sit side ways and not have my knees jammed in the back of the person in front of me for 15 hours.  After arriving into Dar es Salaam Kelvin and I waited for Matt to arrive from Zanzibar and then headed to the hotel.  We got there about 10:30 PM.  I was then able to get on the Wifi and catch up on email etc., plus talk with Masami.

Meet Bridger from Liberty University!  Very hard worker! 

May 26 – We left Dar at around 9:45 AM and got to Morogoro around1 PM.  We repacked our bags to make it lighter, ate lunch and got on the road for Mikumi National Park.  We got here around 5:30 PM.  We’re all pretty tired so we ate dinner at 8 PM, it was supposed to be7:30 PM but we were all looking at wild honey badger, civets, porcupines and a small lemur looking monkey that was cute as anything.  On the way in we saw vervet monkeys (a lot), about 6 giraffe, a wart hog and a bunch of antelope.  Tomorrow is when we’re going on the jeep ride through the park!  We’ve not even gone into the official park.  What a blessing this is.  We were joined by a young man who’s a student at Liberty University on this trip.  It’s good to pour into him as well.  Before dinner I was able to share the Gospel with the head of the camp and a family of 3 who also work for the company that runs this campground.  They were seriously touched.  All of them, except for the child, were drinking and smoking.  When I shared the Gospel with them they all lit up.  Everyone of them.  The lady who runs the place told me how special that was.  I pray that they know Christ though and not just a good story!  Please pray for them!  When we asked our waiter how we could pray for him, he teared up!  He even stayed with us while we prayed for him.  That was very special. 

May 27 – Amazing day!  We went on a safari.  I’ve never done anything like this before.  It makes the zoo feel sick!  I can’t tell you how many giraffe, elephant, impala, baboon’s, wart hogs etc. we saw.  We saw only one lion, but he was only 20 feet away and we were in an open sided car!  CRAZY!  Our driver and guide were super sweet, we had a great day with them.  I think our guide was a Christian, we prayed with her.  It was hard to communicate, but I did share the Gospel with her and the driver.  She had a huge smile on her face while I was doing this.  Our “host” or manager at the place we stayed on the other had was tough.  I shared the Gospel with her last night and she was very happy.  Today I showed her some of the Fast Facts video’s and she loved them and even told other guests about them.  She was just a hard person for me to relate with.  She was very demeaning to the Tanzanian people and made comments that I had to just bite my tongue to not respond to.  I think I blew it by not responding on one in specific.  She made the comment that last week 9 locals were killed while poaching an animal and that she was happy about it  Now, don’t think I approve of poaching animals, BUT to be happy that people were died that were trying to feed their families?  I’m not in.  The man we prayed with last night and I had a great conversation.  He told me that he works 3 months, 7 days a week, 14 to 16 hour days and then has 2 weeks off!  He doesn’t make enough to support his family working like a dog!  I understand why they would be driven to illegally hunting animals.  Again, I DON’T agree with it.  But it’s pretty frustrating to not be able to do something to make it better for folks in a material way. 

I would NOT want to get bit by this vegetarian! 

May 28 – Today we drove back from the park to camp.  It was a very lazy day for sure.  Our poor driver got 2 speeding tickets while he drove us over the last few days.  We paid for them and treated him right.  I don’t know where he was spiritually.  Again, it was really hard to communicate.  We shared the Gospel with him, prayed with and for him and had a great time together.  Please pray for John.  He dropped us off at camp and headed home.  We got settled in and I continued working on the talks.  We had dinner in an Indian restaurant and played pool!  I know, I’m Baptist and not supposed to do that.  It’s just what they do here.  It’s a VERY different game here.  No many exchanged hands so we’re o.k.!  It was just down time.

Our “set” for Academy of Hope* – What About . . . Human Evolution?

May 29 – Today was the day.  SUPER BUSY!  I filmed 4 Academy of Hope* classes on Human evolution and worked like crazy on the talks.  About half of the pastor made it to the evening service.  There’s going to be even more than they thought.  We’re now pushing 500.  What’s amazing is that this is a conference that has been prayed over for years and they’ve never been able to pull off.  It’s the biggest meeting this camp has ever done and they have people from 4 countries here.

My “office” where Eugene and I did most of the translation on the talks!

May 30 – Today was another BUSY day.  I filmed 3 more Academy of Hope* – Human Evolution classes so I’m halfway finished.  By the way, 2 pastors from Kenya were put in jail yesterday because they didn’t have a stamp on their travel papers!  We found out today that they were being released and will hopefully join us tomorrow.  The pastors from Kenya traveled fro 2 days to get here!!!  Unbelieveable.

Eugene and I!  Pray for him, I gave him 9 of my talks and have tried to prepare him to be the one who does these in the future instead of me!!

The rest of the day was meetings and working with Eugene to translate the talk.  We finished translation at 1 PM.  We ended up with over 470 pastors attending.  MANY traveled for 36 hours to get there.  On a BUS!  With NO air conditioning!  One of the pastors was speaking with me and I joked with him that he wasn’t going to be able to stay awake after such a long trip and the heat!  With all seriousness he told me that they traveled that long because they were spiritually HUNGRY and wanted to be fed.  And when you are hungry you can’t sleep!  I spoke about “Genesis Matters” to set the foundation for the rest of the week.  Many times what I do people focus on the creation/evolution aspect.  In my heart though, I believe that what I’m really doing is encouraging the Body of Christ to be able to accept the Word of God from the first book.  Creation/evolution is not the issue, it’s the tool that’s being used to get a generation to doubt.  That’s the real issue.  The responses were good.  My approach is very different from what they typically get over here.  I interject humor, poke fun at myself etc.  It took work, but finally my translator Eugene was able to convey to them my personality.  You could see guys catching on as we went along.  We spoke for 2.5 hours!!!  Talk about beat.  When I was finished I was toast.  It was an awesome, LONG, day though.  I had also filmed 3 Academy of Hope classes in the morning which is what helped make the day so long.  You cannot believe the responses after the talk.  I don’t think folks were ready for what I did, this is just not a topic that many churches talk about.  My hosts say apologetics has never been introduced here.  I gave them a homework assignment!  Yes, I did.  Take a look, you can do it if you like as well.  If you do, contact me and I’ll talk you through it!

There were a bunch of men who spoke with me and encouraged me after the session because they say this IS an issue especially with the younger generation.  The school system here in Africa is aggressively teaching the students that the Bible is not true.  Tanzania is considered a “Christian” nation.  They have the same issues we do.  Suicide among teens is 12.1 per 100,000 in the United States.  Tanzania is 20.0 per 100,000!  They totally connected with my talk today called Genesis Matters!  That set the foundation for us to talk about fossils tomorrow.  I’ve been up past midnight every night since arriving.  Tonight I am FRIED so I’m going to bed and it’s on 9:30 PM.  We’ll start filming again at 7 AM so I’ve got to go to bed!  Thank you all for helping make this type of ministry possible!  These guys have nothing.


May 31 – Today I gave the second talk to the group of pastors from all over Eastern Africa.  Eugene and I worked for an 3 additional hours in the morning after breakfast and after filming 4 Academy of Hope classes to finish the translation of today’s talk, “What About . . . Fossils?”  The pastors got it!  Big time!  After this session there were a number of men that came up and spoke with me about how the children in their church were dealing with this issue RIGHT NOW!  One pastor told me about his son and daughter who are in school and being challenged on this issue and he had no answers, until now!  Today was a really blessed day.  Super tired.  I’m up at 6 AM, study, breakfast, film, translate, fellowship, speak, fellowship, translate, study, CRASH at midnight!

June 1 – Wow!  We filmed 3 more Academy of Hope classes this morning after breakfast!  Then translated todays talk, “What About . . . Human Evolution?”, 4 hours!!!  BUT, the responses were HUGE!  Today was the real break through because you could see the men light up!  After today’s talk I started getting invitations to go and speak next year in Kenya.  At least 5 requests came in to speak at pastors conferences there.  We’ll see.  I’m trying to train my translator Eugene so he can go do the talks instead!  It has been a real blessing because I’ve had 3 young men here that I’ve been able to pour into.  It really feels like I’ve been able to disciple these men and it feels great.  They’re hungry, want to learn and are taking these things in.  I can’t wait to see where they go with it.  Again, I got to bed about midnight.  Long days.

June 2 – Thank you for making it possible for me to be able and do this trip!  After my talk today, “Racism and Evangelism”, the men were on their feet!  I filmed the last classes for Academy of Hope in the morning and Eugene and I worked on the translation again for around 4 hours.  I think the one conversation that I had that would encapsulate why I think this was so successful was a pastor who told me that he’d wanted to address this issue for a long time.  He’d purchased a book on the topic, read it, but didn’t feel comfortable addressing it.  He is now going back to his church and addressing the issue.  He told me that he now feel confident enough to take this on.  PRAISE GOD!  Mission accomplished.  THANK YOU!

June 3 – The pastors took off for home as did I.  We left camp at 10 AM.  I finally got to the airport at 7 PM.  My flight for Amsterdam left at 11:10 PM.  I sure don’t want to sound like a whiner, but if I NEVER fly another KLM flight it would not bother me.  Their airplanes are the pits!  They sincerely are the most uncomfortable planes I’ve ever been on.  My body was killing me when I got to Amsterdam!

June 4 – I got to Amsterdam at around 7 AM, my flight for Boston left at 10:30 AM.  I was so thankful that it was a Delta plane!  I arrived in Boston around 1:00 PM and left at 6 PM arriving home at 8 PM smelling like a moose.  I had been traveling for close to 36 hours by that time.  The men in Africa had also been traveling the same amount of time.  On a bus, with no air conditioning, and I was complaining!  I’m weak!

June 5 – Today is crazy day.  I’m trying to catch up on everything, send out a video thank you that I made for folks, catch up on mail, you name it.  God is good, you are a blessing, Thank you!

May the Lord continue to richly bless you and your family.  Thanks again for all of your support.  Until next time,

Blessings and . . .

Stay Bold!

Carl Kerby

Carl Kerby

Carl Kerby is an inspiring, motivating and highly respected Christian speaker. With more than 20 years of ministry experience, Carl shares his extensive knowledge and understanding of God’s creation in his presentations, outreach events, books and other resources as the President and founding board member of Reasons for Hope, Inc.