Nairobi, Kenya, May 13, 2019 – “Tunahitaji hili haraka!” (Swahili for “We need this urgently!”) “Tunaweza kupata nini?” (Swahili for “When can we get it?”) These are just some of the excited responses heard at the dedication of the HELIOS CT Swahili project.
Bramuel Musya, the head of our Swahili translation team and the president of SPEAR Africa, invited dozens of pastors and Christian leaders from the towns and villages that he regularly ministers in, to come to a special dedication celebration for our HELIOS CT Swahili project.
Over 50 servants of the Lord came – some traveling hours to get to the celebration. The event started with morning tea time (remember it was a British colony), then a time of worship, a sharing of the ministry of SPEAR Africa, a time in God’s Word (with Bramuel’s pastor, Julius), a sharing of the HELIOS Projects, a dedication of the newly completed HELIOS CT Swahili project, and finally lunch together.
Somewhere between 50 and 100 million people speak Swahili and it is the official language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as being a recognized language in Burundi, Rwanda, and Mozambique. Over 85% of the national pastors and Christian leaders serving in these countries have NO Bible or Theology training.
Your giving to the HELIOS Projects made the celebration possible – the cost of translating and recording the HELIOS CT Project in Swahili; the tea-time and lunch for all the pastors and leaders; and the copy of a small book written by Dr. Kroll for each pastor or leader.
Enjoy the video or look through the pictures to “join” us for the celebration. To all our ministry donors, thank you for making this all possible. Praise the Lord.
At the end of April 2019, the Woodrow Kroll Ministries and North Syracuse Baptist Church sent a team of five to eastern Cuba to serve with a team of three from Havana and the Cuban Council of Churches.
On Monday (April 29), the U.S. team landed in Holguin and met up with the Cuban team who had traveled since the morning before and from Havana. The first distribution was that afternoon at a Friends (Quaker) church in Holguin.
On Tuesday (April 30), we stayed in the Holguin area. Our first distribution of the day was at a Nazarene church, the second was at a newer Baptist Church on the outskirts of Holguin. Between the two distributions, our group was able to join a few Holguin pastors on a mountain overlooking the city and to pray for Holguin (third largest city in Cuba).
On Wednesday (May 1), we drove from Holguin to Santiago (second largest city in Cuba) and then to Guantanamo for the afternoon. While we were not able to distribute any HELIOS units on this day, we were able to meet with three Guantanamo leaders and give them hundreds of units to distribute to the pastors and Christian leaders in the area.
On Thursday (May 2), we visited three churches (Pentecostal, Lutheran, Salvation Army) in Santiago for distribution. The second church was so packed that they had people sitting in every chair and every space of the floor (including the only aisle) from the platform through the foyer.
On Friday (May 3), the U.S. members of our team headed back to the United States and the Cuban members of our team headed back for Havana. In four short days, we distributed, or left to be distributed, 5,000 HELIOS units (Solar and USB) to our Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ called to be His servants in that country.
We praise the Lord for His goodness and we thank all the HELIOS champions who made this trip and distribution of 5,000 HELIOS units possible.
The first week of February a team of five intrepid Americans was in CUBA to distribute 4,000 HELIOS CT “Talking Thru the Christian Faith” Spanish devices. God’s blessing was evident every minute of every day.
We have been preparing for this week for more than 2 years. I made 2 exploratory trips to CUBA in 2014 to assess both the need of untrained pastors and the feasibility of distributing HELIOS CT throughout the island. Dr. George Miller III, Senior Pastor of the North Syracuse Baptist Church and the vice-chairman of the Woodrow Kroll Ministries board of directors, opened the doors for us with the Cuban government. He and his church have been ministering in CUBA for several years and he is well respected by the Cuban Director of Religious Affairs.
I wanted to share some of the photos that demonstrate both the critical need in CUBA among pastors and church leaders who are completely untrained in the Bible and Christian faith and the brilliant way in which The HELIOS Projects are meeting that need.
Of course, 4,000 HELIOS CT Spanish devices was only enough for the pastors in 4 of the 14 Cuban provinces. That means we must return in the fall with an additional 5,000 units.
Since the units are $120 each for an entire course of 199 sessions of teaching (each session being 20-22 minutes), we must find partners who have a heart for training untrained pastors in economically-challenged countries. Your partnership would be appreciated.
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