Kenya Covenant Leader Visits Iowa Farms

Simon driving the WD- sm

Simon getting instructions to drive the old WD

Pastor Simon Kamau, President of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya, visited several Iowa farms a couple weeks ago.  Simon came to the US to take a course on pastoral counseling at Denver Seminary.  We got the pleasure of hosting him on his way to Denver.  We of course took him out to see my brother Dean’s pigs (see below).  There he also got to drive the 60 year old Allis-Chalmers and the Bobcat. Simon driving the WD  Fun.

We also took him to Dean’s neighbor where he saw a cattle feedlot.  And, we stopped briefly and looked into a turkey barn.

He enjoyed these visits and asked lots of  how and why questions,  He was particularly struck by the fact that the old WD is still working remarking that no vehicles in Kenya are kept working that long.

In the two evenings he was in the area he was hosted at an open house at the Lanyon Covenant Church and then a meal and

Sharing a meal at Pomeroy Covenant

Sharing a meal at Pomeroy Covenant

conversation with the Pomeroy Covenant Church missions team.  We had great conversations as he shared about his life and ministry in Kenya.

After the visits to Pocahontas and Pomeroy, we drove him to Des Moines.  We visited Twin Lakes Christian Center on the way where he got to see the Swede Bend Covenant Church, which was the first Covenant church.

In Des Moines Congolese refugees from the Bukavu area of East Congo hosted a meal at the Urban Heights Covenant Church.  These refugees are relatives of many of the Congolese that Simon and the Kitengela Covenant Church have hosted in Kenya.  Conversation focused on hearing some of the story and needs of those in Congo and the refugees in the Des Moines area.  We learned that there are up to 700 Congolese refugees in the Des Moines area.  WOW!  Eugene Kiruhura is the leader of the group at Urban Heights.

Simon in Swede Bend church

Simon in the pulpit of the Swede Bend Covenant Church

Simon and Eugene [800x600]

Simon (L) and Eugene Kiruhura

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