International Church of Berne
Apegei, Kenya, March 2012
Apegei Mission Report by Henry Musana, Uganda
We thank God for the mission to Apegei Gospel Restoration Church in Busia, Kenya. We arrived at our final destination on the 6th March at 6:00pm. We were given an African VIP welcome by women running around our car and giving a shout of joy. We had a place specially organized for us to lay our heads, so these saints put in a lot of effort to prepare a place for us. Though the room where the three of us (David, Patrick and I) stayed was very small, we enjoyed the welcome and the hearts of the people. I came to learn that this was the place where Rev. David was to come last year but then was delayed until this March, which helped in a way that by now these people were truly ready for the meetings. I also give credit to Pastor Patrick who did a lot of work coordinating this seminar. I have coordinated seminars myself and know that it is not an easy thing, but glory to God that He enabled Pastor Patrick to do the job.
Rev. David started teaching on the 7th March at 11:30am. This was a little bit later than planned, but this is mostly what happens in Africa, even more so in the villages. People first go to their gardens, and those who have animals, for example cows, first take care of them before they can come to meetings. In the beginning there were about 50 people, but at the end of the day it was a fully packed house with 100 people or more.
The weather was very hot and it was not easy for the people to stay awake, but God gave Rev. David effective ways to keep the crowd awake.
Every day the Lord would use His servant to deliver the truth that is in God’s Word. Many were blessed. I told David that I was happy that I made the trip from Uganda to Kenya for this seminar. Though I was helping in prayer and other ways, I was being blessed myself. In one of the sessions David used an expression of breathing in and out. And he said that if we only breathed in, we would die. We need both breathing in and out. I am happy that this seminar was a “breathing-in” experience for me. I had just come from Burundi from a mission, so I felt like I had breathed out everything in me, but after this seminar I was rejuvenated.
Another credit goes to the interpreter Monica. She was such a good one and the participants appreciated her work. You can have a great message, but if you have a poor interpreter, it can get distorted. So we thank God that He provided such a wonderful interpreter.
Challenges on this trip
There were a few challenges that we faced, just like it happens during every successful trip, as you can imagine:
In one of the airports Rev. David’s bag was broken into and some of his things were stolen; that was not good at all.
I had a cold that really disturbed me in the beginning of the class, but I thank Pastor Patrick and our hosts who worked so hard so that I could get some medicine that helped me.
Rev. David had some problems with his stomach, but it was amazing: Even though he felt ill while leaving our room - as soon as he got up to teach, it did not bother him anymore. I think this is the grace of God, that He supplies support for His servant and also answers the prayers of the saints. Then you can be used even when you are not at your best.
Of course, three people staying in a very small room was a challenge, but in this too we thank God that He gave us the grace, and we also thank the hosts Pastor Edmond and his team who worked tirelessly so we could have comforts like a sit-down toilet and a shower.
Conclusion of the seminar
Though we had those challenges, the seminar went very well. On the last day, which was a Sunday, Rev. David concluded the seminar with a Holy Communion service. I want to say this was the climax of the seminar. The teachings were very clear that day and before we had the communion, five people gave their lives to the Lord - what a joy it was to see our brothers and sisters cross from death over to life! The church was packed so full that other people had to peep through the openings to catch what is happening inside the church.
When it came to the communion we had about 400 adults. (All the children had their church service before the adult’s service, as there would not have been enough space for everybody.)
I had to leave for Uganda after the service but Rev. David had another day to minister before returning to Switzerland. On that day he went to meet some leaders.
In conclusion, this was a very successful mission. I want to appreciate those who prayed and those who supported us financially on this trip. May the Lord cause you to share in the same blessings as us who were there.
I also want to thank our congregations that we pastor in Uganda, Kenya and Switzerland for allowing us to travel and do this mission, also also not forgetting our families that allowed us to go.
God bless everyone.
Apostle Edmond Owire Inya, Pastor Gospel Restoration Church Apegei
My dear brothers and sisters, I have no words to express my thanks to God for what He has done to us through His servant David Mantock from 7th-12th March in Kenya.
First I would like to thank Beatrice his wife and also the ICB for sacrificing to send their loved one to come and teach us. Busia, my home town and surrounding area, really needs to be reached with more teachings.
I also thank God for our brothers and sisters all over the world who offered and dedicated their time to pray for the successful seminar in Apegei - may God bless you mightily and expand your boundaries.
The seminar was full of deep truth that God revealed through His servant for the Church to be edified.
I am very blessed that God keeps sending His faithful servant, who obeys the voice of God and pours out his heart to God's people, to remote villages where other people fear to go.
The lesson CONTEND FOR THE FAITH really blessed my heart. David taught us that it means fighting for the faith, while God is cheering and encouraging us to keep on fighting until we win the war. He also keeps equipping us with all the necessary weapons of war. That is great. David also said it means listening to the instructions from the commander-in-chief, which is God, and that God rewards a good and skillful fighter.
THIS DO AND LIVE FOR I FEAR GOD is another subject that touched my heart because we heard that the fear of God leads to life. Also, when people fear God, they depart from evil.
I have a lot to testify because I am lifted up by hearing these teachings all week, but I can only write a few lines.
May God's grace be with you all who pray and support God's work in the world, AMEN.
Pastor Patrick E. Osili, Kakamega
I thank God for his servant Rev. David Mantock. For sure when he taught about FORGIVENESS, I was relieved from the wounds I had from my wife. In fact, since last year I have not been talking to my wife, since we picked some domestic problems. But today we are free people, we can talk and even share everything.
Thanks be to God.
God bless you, David.
Actually all the twenty-one lessons/teachings have reformed me. Most impressive to me was lesson no. 8: Forgiveness of sin and thoughts referring to this are of great value to me. Lesson no. 15, Love without hypocrisy, has given me light. The teaching on marriage brought me to comprehend marriage as concerning born-again Christians. May God bless you, your wife and the church you are leading and also enable you to have a safe journey back home and a prosperous life for your expected return to Apegei, Kenya in four months.
Yours in love.
Peter Rasmo Ebukoro, Church Treasurer, Apegei
I had developed a spirit of anger due to some people who were a problem to my marriage. Whenever I found a lady to marry, they hindered me. I remained in the wondering field for many years, alone and being laughed at.
On 14 December 2002 I finally married a lady, having previously failed to do so because of these people. With a family now of four children I received salvation in Nairobi. However I still hated these people, so that we were unable to sit at the same table or even greet one another.
Pertaining to the teachings that I have received from Pastor David, they have built me up spiritually. This teaching alone (that if you want to be forgiven you must forgive others) has freed my heart and I have forgiven my friends who were blocking my marriage for many years.
May the man of the Lord be blessed for the message that contained all that pertained to my heart. I am healed now. Amen.
Pastor Dennis E. Ocokuna, Gospel Restoration Church, Amukura
Having attended this seminar, it is true that I have been taken to another step by the teachings. This is one of the best seminars and teachings I have ever attended.
As a minister of the Word I have known the key principles I should stick to in order to move or come out from stunted growth and a stuck point.
1. I need to be a forgiving servant.
2. I should be a loving servant in order to be known as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
3. I should serve and work in the fear of the Lord.
4. Sin must not be named/seen in me.
5. It is good and necessary for me to celebrate the Lord's table.
I have been really blessed. May the Lord bless his servant David Mantock for his sincere dedication and commitment to be with us and facilitate the seminar.
Pastor Collin Oens Ausi, Gospel Restoration Ministry of East Africa
Dear brother, I am compelled to write to you my testimony on how your teaching has really transformed my life. Especially I would like to write about what you taught concerning money, that the love of money is the root of all evil.
I had this misinformation that those who are blessed financially are the blessed ones. And that they have no worries. Brother, I learned that being contented with Christ is the best by far, regardless of whether one has prospered financially or not.
Besides, I learned that there is nothing like modern life, it is either you are with Christ or without him in this life that we are living.
You also taught that we should focus on Christ and exalt him beyond our physical needs. And that our present suffering cannot be compared to the eternal glory that we will inherit.
To this I thank the Lord so much for sending his servant all the way from Switzerland to come and teach me this truth. God bless you.
Christopher Emsse, Gospel Restoration Ministry, Apegei
Surely servant of God, you have helped my life, your coming here is not in vain. On Thursday you taught about forgiveness. A long time ago my elder sister offended me seriously. We became enemies sometime back. I did not want her to step on my compound. Sometimes we do fellowship in one church which is the headquarter, but that enmity was just there, so we did not greet one another until Thursday this week when you were teaching about forgiveness. My heart was touched. When I went home that day, I really called her to my place, we reconciled the matter and we fogave each other, and right now I have my peace.
Pastor John Ogema
1. Actually man of God, you have blessed me so much on this topic about forgiveness of sin. You have healed the wounds that were in my heart. I say this because I used to take a long time to forgive anybody who wrongs me, but now I am a different person, because I have received the full dose from you.
2. Another topic that has given me a way forward is about love without hypocrisy. When you read in 1 Timothy 1:5 that the end of the commandment is love - pure and sincere, I learnt that love brings a lot of changes in the life of a Christian (myself).
3. This topic about love of money being the root of all evil, it has also made me be focused about money, because most of the time I miss to have money. The devil gets a position in my life and makes me lose the peace in my house (between me and my wife). But at this point I say that evil has no more opportunity in me and my house, because I have received enough substance to change the situation.
God bless you and your family, plus the church you are leading, and let God enable you to have a safe journey and prosperous life.
Thank you, man of God, for all the topics that you tackled with us. Servant of God, I'm really blessed and changed through the topic of forgiveness of sin, sincerely in my heart.
There was a person who had been backbiting me, using my things without my permission, hating me, for example I had a notebook where I had written good notes, to my suprise he tore it up and used it as toilet paper. Sincerely man of God, it touched my heart badly and I really hated him. But because of this topic you taught on forgiveness of sin, I have forgiven him totally, from the bottom of my heart. As you were teaching on this topic, it really touched my heart as a hot hammer of fire, until I cried. When it reached evening time, I called that person and I told him, I forgive you. After forgiving him I felt the power of God come upon my life in mighty ways, even upon me, afterwards I felt that I was set free.
I thank you for coming to our place to change my life. I have a lot to say, but God has made me to testify this before you. Thank you man of God, God bless you and your family and the church you are leading.
My name is Monica Atyang. I had the privilege of interpreting for Pastor David during all the days that he ministered while in Busia. I am amazed at how much God spoke to me in such a wonderful way through the blessed servant of God. Indeed he is a man full of God's Word.
I came to know how God wants to reveal himself to his people in diverse ways, since as humans we sometimes expect God to work in us in specific ways. I therefore learnt never to expect God to just work in one way, since he can speak in whichever way.
Through this great man of God I have also changed my way of prayer, because as Christians we sometimes pray amiss, but all in all God knows our needs even before we ask, therefore all we need to be a glorious church is to wait patiently for the will of God to prevail.
I have never heard the message of faith being preached in such a mighty way. As a matter of fact, I feel more rejuvenated and my faith has been stirred again. I feel more and more urged to march on and on as a soldier in the army of the Lord.
This is just a very small fraction of all that I got from this man of God. Indeed this man was sent to Africa for us, and may I say we never had enough of you. We will always remember you in our prayers and trust God that you will come again and again. God bless you richly, Pastor David. We love you, and please pass on my regards to your church back home.
Dear Pastor! I wish to express my sincere gratitude for your coming. I was unable to attend your lessons from the start for I was engaged in an intensive program. Nevertheless for the two days that I have listened to your teachings, I am really encouraged. Your teachings have actually made a great impact in my life.
The topic on fogiveness has really challenged me. Many people have wronged me and I have exercised forgiveness, but at times I find myself recalling infliction caused by their evil deeds to me. But through your teachings I have been lifted up. It is almost natural to Africans that after forgiving, they still tend to remember. But through your message it teaches me that love does not have a black book where mistakes of people are written for reference. Love is God and He Himself is able to save because of forgiveness and forgetting. God bless you, servant of God.
Pastor, another topic you have really helped me with is the teaching on marriage. Every man despite the headship given to him to head his wife, is not supposed to express brutality and do what annoys his wife. This is because Jesus has never practiced such leadership in the church that he heads. I am just one year old in marriage and I wish to say Pastor, you came at the right time. What you taught is exacltly what I needed. Thanks very much. I believe my house shall stand in Jesus’ name.
Otherwise, man of God, your teachings are not only carrying information but transformatory inspiration. My heart is boosted up. I will miss you big. Greet the church of God in Switzerland and greet your wife.
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