Friday, February 27, 2015

The Day the Sun … Spoke to Us

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the sky shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.  (Psalm 19:1-5)

But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings;…. (Mal 4:2)

Perhaps no one will understand, or even think we've lost our minds, but yesterday, February twenty six two thousand and fifteen, on a cool and crisp Kenyan morning, the sunrise spoke to us of the return of Christ.  

We want to share this experience with you, through these pictures we took, over a span of just under thirty minutes. It is not our intention for this to be taken as some visionary statement or eschatology prophesy. It was just a love note from our Heavenly Father, to some people who revere Him and are looking for His Son's return. Take it however you will. So... here goes! 

This morning James and I had to drive out to Solid Rock Christian Community to bring some supplies and breakfast fixings, to our beloved brothers who are working on our land.

James’s children Caleb, Blessed and Jeroge’s son Chege (who also happen to be some of my favorite Kenyan grandchildren) were out of school, so we took them along. We were up and moving at six A.M. and arrived on our land just before sunrise and… well…. experienced something spiritual.

When we arrived at the work site, we were surprised at how cool it was. It had to be at least fifteen degrees cooler at the higher elevation than where we live in Ponda Mali. Our apartment is only fifteen minutes away. Although there was enough light to see, everything seemed to be so cold…

So colorless…

…and drab.

Then, suddenly… something wonderful began to happen to the sky. Now you may say this wonderful event happens every morning, but on this day, we sensed this sunrise would be different. Something spiritual was about to happen.

All the light coming from the sun, that hadn't risen yet, began to form a huge mass and was rising in the sky. It looked like what I would envision, the ‘spirit of the sun’ to be. It very much reminded us of the Holy Spirit.

At this heavenly sign, all the creatures in heaven begin to move.

Then this mass of light exploded into a brightness that filled the sky.

Slowly the mass of light began to descend and unite with the rising sun.

When this incredible brightness touched the horizon  … the sun arose! For us… it seemed to show the heavenly Bridegroom coming out of His chamber made ready for His Bride.He who wore the crown of thorns returns for His Bride to rule the earth ... crowned with the Holy Spirit. 

Almost immediately, everything on the earth turned red … as if the whole world was being bathed in His blood.

Then golden light returned color to the earth.

Earth bound creatures, created to dwell in the heavens, began warming themselves in His light, and once again, took to the heavens.

Then everything began to fly in different directions, as if racing to the four corners of the earth.

Warmth again filled the earth …

We stood there gazing into the heavens, utterly amazed, and filled with His joy.

And the sons and daughters of men rejoiced…Our children were touched…

Then … as all good days should begin … the sons and daughters of God and men… started their  work…rebuilding the ancient ruins. (Isaiah 58:12)

 Jerusalem (the city of the great King) … She shall be inhabited!
Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,' To the cities of Judah, 'You shall be built,' And I will raise up her waste places; (Isaiah 44:26)
So … there you have it. We believe the heavens spoke to our hearts. He is coming… but first… there will be a sign in the heavens... an outpouring of His Spirit enabling all who are looking for His return… to finally become who they were created to be.
Press on Beloved … the Spirit and Bridegroom come!
The StoneHouse Family

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Solid Rock Christian Community Kenya

We are making a lot of progress on Solid Rock Christian Community. We've been working very hard almost every day and have accomplished an amazing amount of work, with a surprising small amount of money and in a relative short time. Just to give you a short picture, here is what we have done so far. First of all we have only one and a half more payments to go, till we have completely paid the property off.  

We have cleared the three places to build our houses on.

We've obtained hundreds of hand cut stones from our quarry and dug truckloads of sand from our land, for building houses and other structures.

We have almost completely finished the fencing on the lower portion of our land. We hope next week to be completely done with all fencing. When this is completed there is no way onto the land except through the gate...  and speaking of the gate…

We have installed an awesome, eight foot high, custom made, heavy gauge metal gate at the entrance of our driveway to stop the two and four legged traffic from meandering on our property. The cost of the gate … installed … was about two hundred and eighty-five dollars.  It’s really beautiful.

We completed the retaining wall and steps, necessary for leveling the ground my house will be built on. 

We have completed the construction of two huge custom water tanks at either end of the retaining wall, which are capable of holding over two thousand gallons of  water. They are positioned to catch the rain water coming off our main house roof. They also give the place… a bit of a castle look.

If we had bought similar sized black plastic water tanks, which is a must, because water storage is so crucial,  they would have cost about $650 apiece and lasted less than ten years in the baking hot equatorial sun. Our stone tanks will be there a hundred years from now and still keeping our water cool. The tank that James is standing in front of is about the dimensions of our stone tanks.

We hope to start the process of bringing city water to our land next week. We found and struck a deal with a local plumber who will run the pipes and connect us to city water for about $385.00 American dollars.

All of this... and our total expense to date for the labor and materials (including the gate) for all construction work done on the land … is only about $1350.00 American dollars. 
Now if that’s not amazing … I don’t know what is.

In addition to the progress on the land, the work is supplying jobs for two shepherds in our churches and two or more of our young men.

God has preformed some major miracles for us during these projects. We feel we are operating in the blessings of God. No one here can believe what’s happening and all of us are amazed. Our progress would simply be impossible without our Father’s constant intervention.

Part of why we are so excited is, that the local people are seeing God’s hand in Solid Rock’s building process. People have begun to come around and comment on how beautiful things are looking. We have always felt that one of the reasons for us being in that location, is to inspire those around us to honor God in all they do.  

Please pray for us at StoneHouse Ministries International. In two weeks we will be bringing together our fifth church family, in the impoverished area of Keptembwa.  And with one of our major players (my wife) in the United States there is a lot to do. 

James and I talked to the people of Keptembwa today and they are totally excited about beginning a church family where they live. Many of them have been seriously hurt and discouraged by fake churches and false teachers. Please pray for their healing.

Should our Father lead you to come and help us,,, please come! We would love to host you and we need workers of every description. Should He lead you to help financially, know that every dollar you send us, goes directly into the work of the ministry.

May God bless all those who have lovingly and sacrificially stood with us. God is blessing your prayers and faithfulness.

Lastly, we wish to give special thanks to all the people, who have been praying for our daughter Nikki. She is the one on the right and is responding to treatment and everything is looking good. Please continue to pray for her healing and strength for my dear, dear wife.

Much love …  David, Cynthia and the StoneHouse Family of Believers