What a year it has been as God has been moving like a fire in the wind! Since my trip to Kenya last year God has birthed a “Life Changing Ministry” that is far beyond what my imagination could have thought of. While I was in Kenya, a Pastor and I were connected by the Holy Spirit that became a bond of love like no other I have experienced. His church is in Embu, on the eastern side of the country and his name is Sammy Kinoti, a well-educated man of God.
After I was home a few months, he contacted me and said he and his elders had been praying and fasting about the possibility of following the doctrine, the vision and leadership of LCM. We had talked for hours together while I was there about the corruption in the churches in Kenya and the needs of the people. Sammy has the heart of Elijah, wanting healing in the land. MY heart had witness to His heart and we moved forward in the process. He is now also Director of all LCM International Kenya churches.
Our vision there is to teach Pastors that the same God that they worship is the same God we worship, and that He has promised to provide for us to have life in abundance and take care of our physical and emotional needs (not a prosperity give-to-receive perspective). We are not there to support the churches financially, that is God’s position; we are there for them to learn how to trust Him instead of looking for man to provide in a myriad of ways. Another purpose is to teach them administration skills so they can operate transparently for accountability. There is a great distrust of people in Kenya, maybe worse than America, which we hope to break within the LCM family of Churches by teaching the Love that looks to a brother’s needs before your own, and to learn to Love like God does by having a love-inspired desire for God.
This vision has blown over the area of Meru, just north east of Mt. Kenya. We accepted three churches there four months ago, and they are reporting that by the small changes so far, God is doing supernatural things there in peoples lives and in their church. Good news travels fast, within a forty-mile range around their Churches, six other Churches have joined LCM through a very thorough vetting process. We don’t want churches just to have churches; we want the witness of LCM’s vision and doctrine to stand for what Jesus stands for throughout eternity. There are many hireling Pastors who start churches to make a living. They are very easy to discern. We want only Pastors who have been called of God who would starve to death before they would give up on their church.
That makes eleven Life Changing Ministries Churches. These are all independent churches who have seen the doctrine, spiritually seen the Vision, and have read the constitution of “Life Changing Ministries International” and ask to be a part of holiness which is pleasing to God.
IF you would like to be our prayer partner and are willing to lift this ministry up at the least in weekly prayer, we would be so blessed. We will not succeed without many people praying for a change in the country of Kenya. We together can be like Gideon’s army and conquer the curses that are so prevalent there. Also, even though we don’t support the churches financially, we do not forget the many orphans, widows and single moms there who struggle to just barley keep alive without enough protein to stay healthy. We also have administrative costs to operate a ministry like this. God has given us favor in America with the people who have been chained with addictions and incarcerations, among many other curses, but we have enough resources here to minister effectively. In Kenya it is a different story, we need your financial help and there is not one person receiving a salary out of your donations. It will go to the people who have dire needs and to help us operate the ministry.
Just to show you part of our vision that is already in place at the Embu church, we have rented land to raise enough food for every person that has nutritional needs that aren’t being met. the Government just announced that 1 million will die from starvation in Kenya this year. We hired the plowing; the people of the church have already raked it out ready for planting, they have planted the seedlings and are fertilizing to reap a crop large enough to feed their own people and to sell what is needed to buy seed and fertilizer along with the rent for next growing season.
Will you help in our efforts to help the churches be the church that God wants them to be? We would appreciate all you can do, first in regular prayers and then in regular financial partnership. You will be every bit of what is being done as anyone else.
In the Love of Christ,
Pastor Tom Gregg
P.S. Please pray for us and the team of five who will leave for Kenya in April to work with the pastors and people in the churches to realize they may live in a third world country, but more importantly they live in a First World Kingdom, because they are children of the Most High God. they have an inheritance that non-believers don’t have!
...As the trip went on to various churches and orphanages, spending seven days with leaders of the Christian faith and watching their life styles and the power they preach in, God did something amazing. He showed His pure love to Pastor Tom and Brian while they bonded with the children, adults and leaders. (click here to visit the Kenya Trip 2018 photo gallery)
Over the months that passed since the Kenya visit, Pastor Tom continued to encourage and share many things of God with some of the Kenyan leaders. Sometime in March one of the Bishops from Embu Kenya asked to see the doctrinal and belief statements of LCM. He also wanted to know about the leadership structure and accounting process of accountability.
Thankfully, God had shown this young Bishop named Sammy Kinoti an attribute of God that was missing in Kenya; complete honesty and accountability and through-out the whole time of communication since God had been working on a vision that both Pastor Tom and Bishop Sammy have always shared.
Bishop Sammy K. then went to his leadership and discussed the idea of following the model of LCM at their Embu Kenyan church. It was unanimous that they wanted a church that stood out in the community that portrayed compassion, love and peace, without compromising truth or accountability.
Bishop Sammy then contacted Pastor Tom and asked if they could become the first church in Kenya and to fly the banner of LIFE CHANGING MINISTRIES and all that it stands for.
Pastor Tom already had received confirmation from the Lord and welcomed such a move. Then he and Bishop Sammy began the process of registering the name, the doctrine and the constitution of LCM and received approval to allow “Life Changing Ministries International” to operate churches in the country of Kenya.
Life Changing Ministries of Kalamazoo will provide ministerial support, ministry leadership, administration, church structure in a family friendly environment and guidance in Church plantings.
Three other churches have heard about what God is doing with Life Changing Ministries' church in Embu and have met with Bishop Sammy and are in full agreement with LCM’S way of operating, the beliefs and constitution and have been approved for membership in the Life Changing Ministries International family of churches.