Friday, February 26, 2010

Franklin Update in Kenya

Salamu !
Just a quick update from across the globe.
Thanks for praying for sunshine, especially while in Kibera. The Lord answered. It was still very sludgy but not as bad as it could have been if it were raining! Today is sunny also and mild temps. We have been so blessed. I cannot imagine how Paul was managing two bible schools and teaching! It was God's grace that kept him going. I am trying to sort through paperwork and create files for new students and eliminate old files. This is a task because some students attend both schools so their file could be in either location. I hope to finish before we leave. I take attendance and grade tests, homework, and notebooks each week. After grading everything then have to document everything in the different spreadsheets that Paul has created for each semester.

The students and Pastors are wonderful. I am trying to build relationships with these beautiful ladies at the schools. They are very humble and such servants. They initially would not let me help with anything but then I just picked up a mop and began to work right along with them. When we went down for tea I refused to not help wash and dry the cups....they let me dry them and then help put them away. I want them to know I am not here to be served but to serve along side them. They are very curious about our ways, what we eat, how we live, etc. It is very cute.

Ray is enjoying the fellowship with the Pastors. They always bring him many questions about the teaching which is wonderful for Ray, it lets him know that they are listening and wanting to learn.
I would like to ask if you could lift up one Pastor here in prayer. His name is Samuel and he was our guide in and out of Kibera but is not able to now. He is very sick and they think he has typhoid. He is on medication and has to go get a shot everyday but is not doing well and is very weak. They take their commitment to heart and will do what ever they can to make sure they are in class. I think they would have to be in the hospital not to come. He has a family and needs a healing touch from the Lord. It would be wonderful for him to hear that people in the United States especially from our church were praying for him.

Please pray for continued good weather. Especially on Wednesdays because that is when we go into Kibera. Kibera is already wet with waste and when it rains it makes it very difficult to walk to the school....
Pray for continued good health and protection
Pray for travel mercies each Wed and Sat. The traffic is very bad and very dangerous since the Matatus are back on the roads.
Pray for me to learn the administrative functions quickly
Pray for Ray to have fresh insight into God's word as he prepares his teaching
Pray for Ray to be anointed as he teaches the students
Pray for our continued building of relationships with the Pastors and students
Pray for continued good health and protection for the Cowley's'
Pray for Pastor Samuel's healing
Tell everyone there Salamu (greetings) from Nairobi.
Love and Blessings, Lana and Ray

Friday, February 19, 2010

Last Haiti update

The DIRT team just arrived in the DR to work one final day. The photo
is of a lady in the tent village with one of the Proclaimers

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Haiti cont'd

I've been asked to keep people up to date on the Haiti team so here is another update!  The DIRT team finished the debris removal of a plot of land so they can place a medical tent to treat the locals.  They've asked for prayer that they might be able to local a big tent to serve for that purpose.  All is well.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Latest word: all is well, one more day and they head to the DR to work with a hospital in the Baharona area on Friday. 

Haiti cont'd

Oh, in case you are wondering the D.I.R.T. Team  is working at the tent city located along side a collapsed hospital. In this "city" are many injured Haitians, a make shift hospital and volunteers who are there to help. The team has been helping to expand the area, clearing land and obtaining more tents. All are doing well and staying healthy.  Keep them in your prayers!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Haiti Team update

Brian called today from Haiti giving an update on the team. All is well,
they are enjoying the Haitian people. They said they are super friendly
and surprisingly joyous given the tragedy that has come on them. Sue
Richards forwarded this pictures of one of the team members giving a
tetanus shot after puncture wound today. The team was setting up
potable water stations for the tent city that is forming around the
Calvary Village. I am not an expert, but it looks like they might be
hurting him worse than the tetanus. The second photo is of one of the
Proclaimers being used -a Proclaimer is from
and is a way to get the Bible in oral form into the hands of people who
don't read so good. (uh, I mean, well).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Haiti Team

FYI: our Haiti team is on the ground and running, meeting up with Pastor Serge.  But all is well.  Cuba team is on their way home. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Great Event-Free!

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is Worldview Matters with Brannon Howse.  Really an amazing guy who has his pulse on what is happening in America in politics, culture, education and religion.  His objective?  To get people thinking with a biblical worldview.  I really recommend his worldview weekend seminar coming to Tampa March 21st. It is free too!  Click on the link and register! Or check out his web page at

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Our Haiti team leaves on the 13th.  If anyone has access to 4x4 gauze pads, high blood pressure meds, asthma meds/inhalers, antiobiotics, etc, please bring them by the church.  We are sending a bunch more supplies down as well as some more water filtration kits.

Prayer and Praise for Missions

Join us this Tuesday the 9th for a night of prayer and praise with Andy and and Gen Falleur from CC Ottawa, 7pm, in the main auditorium.  Invite a friend!