“Jehovah Sneaky”

Delights in Our Journey

I think I first heard Bill Johnson identify God’s surprises as the work of “Jehovah Sneaky” and it made me laugh out loud! We are becoming very aware that there are times in waiting on God… that He sneaks up on us. These past few months have been “Jehovah Sneaky”, at His best.

 There’s been a whole lotta sneakin’ goin’ on.

Just to refresh your memory or bring you up to speed, if you have not been following along. This past February God snuck up on us… big time. He nudged Pastor Wycliffe Khaemba to invite RevivalHut Ministries to Kenya for Pastor’s Conferences and Crusade meetings set for April 27-30. 

A week later God ”spoke” Ron’s name to Pastor Allan Mugoha in a dream and told him to make connections as soon as possible. When Pastor Allan woke up, he tracked ”Pastor Ron Bateman” down on Google and contacted him through emails. The following day Ron’s spiritual mentor encouraged him to spend at least 2 weeks in Kenya and establish a ”bridge” with the Kenyan pastors. He said he felt like this was a “Divine set-up”. Pastor Conferences and Crusades were put together and God was opening doors that no man could shut. Within days money came in without even asking, schedules were established without any difficulty and off we went for a powerful adventure in East Africa.

Meanwhile: 

While Ron was still in Kenya we watched a unique door open in the nation of Pakistan. The invitation to come to Pakistan was two days prior to Osama Bin Laden being killed and our ears perked up to another Jehovah Sneaky moment. Several Christian Brothers are in contact with Ron now almost daily, working toward details for what will most likely lead to a trip to Pakistan in September.

A New Directive:

Back in the States, yet still living in the excitement of the trip to Kenya, many of the leaders sent emails to Ron sharing how blessed they were in Eldoret, Webuye and Mt. Elgon Regions, having received Ron’s messages. Pastor Allan commented that he believed Ron was not done. ”You are a leader to pastors my brother and we need your voice among our fellowship of churches,” wrote Pastor Allan.

Pastor Wycliffe calls Ron at least once a week, just to hear his voice and get some advise or encouragement in the ministry. Almost daily emails are traded or phone calls are answered in the wonderful aftermath of God’s new directives for RevivalHut Ministries.  

Jehovah Sneaky” gets us again:

Up until now the scope of influence had been mostly Kenya, with a possibility of a trip into Pakistan, but God is looking for more. Ron received an e-mail from Pastor George Marabu. This Pastor lives in Kisii, Kenya, but has many connections in Tanzania and Uganda.

Hello Friends in the Lord,
I am Rev. George Keengu Marabu  from  Kenya, I am looking for God’s servants, who may accept to work together and plant more churches here in Kenya. But since God is so merciful, He has given  me your Ministry as I was searching the internet. Therefore the Lord put great interest to my heart to write to you and your ministry. Therefore Brother amd Sister in the Lord, I request you to accept my desire for affiliation to your Ministry.
Ron and I checked out this email and wondered “how does this work?” We began praying and Ron realized that God had placed him in relationship with 7 key pastors in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Since the number seven means completion, our thought was again that God was up to something. All 7 of these pastors communicated through email regularly and seemed to want Ron’s ongoing input and leadership.

Following God’s Heart:  

Ron shared the testimony of what it looked like God was doing and a friend pledged a $1,000 towards a return trip to Kenya. His spiritual mentor said “I think you need to go back in August and get things set.” All this happened on a Wednesday night before Bible study and when Ron shared testimony with them, 2 people in the Bible study pledged $100 a piece. This was so similar to what happened in the Spring, we knew God had His finger on it.

Next Steps? 

Daily “Jehovah Sneaky” has been wooing us into His plans and bringing about provision. Please pray for us in this journey. It looks right now like we will be opening an Apostolic Training Center in the region of Western Kenya, to serve as a platform for training leaders and gathering resources for orphan and widow care. One very important need among the leaders is a place to develop resources for training. Bibles, books, media and technical supplies are in short supply or very expensive, so this would be a wonderful blessing for the region. We really believe Ron should go back to Kenya the end of August and spend another couple of weeks, meeting with the pastors and confirming what God is placing on our hearts. Please, pray for wide open doors and continued provision as we follow the Lord, our wonderful God, ”Jehovah Sneaky”.

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