March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019
Greetings from Snowy Spokane,

This week I am wrapping things up in the office and will be heading out to Kenya on Monday, March 11. I have to admit it will be nice going to hot weather, this winter has been colder than usual with more snow than we have had in a few years.

Lynette Zapara will be traveling with me and helping me with the work on that side. We will land running, I’m afraid. We will have a day and a half to unpack, repack, and prepare to head out to the Mara. Friday we have a morning appointment with the Conference personnel in Nakuru, a 3 hour drive and then we will head to the Centre, arriving late Friday afternoon. Sabbath, March 15, will be a high day for us as James Maako (the former sorcerer) will be baptized along with other members of his family. It was reported to me that they are hoping to have a baptism of 50 people on that day. We praise God for His Mercies and what His Spirit is doing in Maasailand.

The first couple of weeks will be busy getting our reports ready for the Auditor, and then on to the Non Government Bureau for our non profit organization status to continue for another year. Then, we will be preparing for our Maasai Community Conference that was mentioned in last month’s newsletter. We are bringing in all of our 26 lay pastors to join us for the conference. It will be a very busy time but one that we are all looking forward too. I also found out that a Member of Parliament will be coming out to visit our Centre and taking part in the opening ceremonies, for which we are excited about. But no matter how well laid are the plans, we also know that unless God is in the planning and implementing, that we are wasting our time. We would solicit your prayers ,along with ours, for this program. Not only do we want to make an impact in the community, but also for the education of the community on such touchy yet important subjects, and more importantly, we want them to see Jesus in all that we do and say. I believe that God is going to use this as an opportunity to touch the lives of those who are searching for Him in various ways. The dates are April 8-11. Please hold us up in your prayers as we approach the conference and while we are in the midst of it.

Happy, Happy News! Our tractor arrived on Friday!!! We have been praising God. Many of you will remember that in September when writing the newsletter I shared a picture of a John Deere Tractor that we had agreed that we would purchase. When I arrived in Kenya and had the money to pay for it, they told us that another dealer had come in and sold it out from under us. Oh, was I ever disappointed and could feel myself getting upset, so I determined in my mind that if God saw fit to give it away, then it must be because he had something better for us. Well two weeks ago, I received yet another picture of a tractor. This one was a bit smaller, and a Massey-Ferguson, but it was brand new where the other was used. It also came with the mower and plow for less than the other tractor, not only that, but there was enough money left over to have it transported out to the Mara, which is quite an expense. When I got the news, I just smiled and thanked God for His Mercy. God even made sure we had the money for transport! It was delivered to the Centre on Friday, February 28. Everyone is so very excited! Thank you to each of you that made this purchase possible. What a tremendous blessing!

In the month of February, three of our branch Sabbath Schools were recognized and dedicated by the local conference as full fledged conference churches. More blessings!

Thank you to all of you for sponsoring our children, lay pastors, and support for our various needs. God has used you to bless MDP, our workers, children, administrators and various communities that we have been working in.

Jan Latsha
Founder/Director
Maasai Development Project


Jan Latsha