Kenya Trip

October 31 – November 16, 2016 found Larry and me in one of our favorite places. We were able to go back to Kenya this year. The leadership school in Nakuru completed their classes and we were able to go and do a graduation. Our first graduation in Kenya! We graduated 8 students in the charter class at Calvary Restored Church in Nakuru, Kenya.

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Congratulations!

Charter Class of Word Fellowship Bible School International Kenya of 2016

These students have a very special assignment in Kenya!

God has called them to be missionaries He is going to send throughout Kenya and all of Africa. Jody Baker, founder of Word Fellowship Bible School International, went with us and commissioned them to do just that. As Larry and I have been a part of and watched this class grow through many struggles to continue the school there, they have faithfully fulfilled all the requirements and received their diplomas on November 13th 2016. It was a wonderful celebration of what God has done for these students and we know they will continue to be faithful to their call and continue their work for the Lord there. A new class will start on December 3, 2016 with an estimated 25 students this time! Praise God! Special thanks to Jody Baker, Pastor Henry Nyamweya of Calvary Restored Church and James Akenga our National Director in Kenya.

2016 Pastors and Pastors Wives Conference

While we were there we also held the second annual Pastors and Pastors Wives Conference. Rev Jody Baker, Word Fellowship International from Chouteau OK and James Akenga, LDT Ministries National Director from Nakuru, Kenya were the guest speakers. The theme of the conference this year was “Enlarge Your Tent.” There were a total of 63 pastors and their wives and some guests who attended. It was a great time in the Lord. We thank God for the Word that went forth, and the Praise and Worship was fantastic! Thank you to all who had a part in that! We were able to introduce the school to the pastors and many are interested in putting a school in their churches. There will be one starting in Nairobi in February. We are very excited to watch God move through these pastors to fulfill the plan of God in Kenya! We look forward to next year’s conference.

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Jody Baker teaching on Caring for your Garden

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James Akenga teaching on Enlarging your Tent

For LDT Ministries “Enlarge your Tent” meant to visit other ministries and to move out more into other areas of Kenya. We are so proud to introduce two other ministries that we were able to visit and we look forward to sharing more about them as well as helping them with some of their projects.

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Please meet Pastor Julius and his wife Tabitha!

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And their children! All 75+ staff and orphans of Quest for Happiness Orphanage and Christian Academy in Nairobi… I look forward to introducing this ministry more in my next blog. There is so much to share of this amazing couple and how God has used them to rescue and take in these orphans over the past 10 years. We are so excited to partner with them: Pastor Julius will host a Word Fellowship Bible School beginning in February. Larry and I felt a bond with them immediately and God grew that bond in the short time we had to visit them. We look forward to all that God has for us to do together for Him. Welcome Pastor Julius and Tabitha!

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Please meet Rose Bugusu; founder and director of Tumani Miles of Smiles Children’s Home in Malava, Kenya.

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This woman! How do we even describe this woman of God? We cannot wait to tell you more about her ministry. We thank God for the opportunity to meet Rose and help tell her story! It was a beautiful but very rough 5-6 hour drive from Nakuru, but so worth the trip! We can’t wait to go back. Her story is nothing but a testimony of God’s direction, her willing and obedience to hear and follow Him. I couldn’t help but to think of Mother Teresa’s ministry. We had such a wonderful, tearful and humbling visit of only 2 short days but what she filled us with will take many posts to deliver to you.

I look forward to the task God has given me to share more about all these ministries in the New Year, but for now we want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas, and as we head into this New Year may God “Enlarge Your Tents!”

Larry and Debra Titsworth

 

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October 31st-November 17
We are headed back to Kenya. This trip we will have the privilege to do the first graduation of the Word Fellowship Bible School International. These students have worked very hard and have successfully finished the classes required for the completion of this charter class which is a 2 year program of our Training the Trainers in Nakuru Kenya. Jody Baker, Founder and Director of Word Fellowship International will be traveling there with us to officiate the graduation. We believe this is the first graduating class of many to come!

We want to thank Pastor Henry Nyamweya of Calvary Restored Church in Nakuru who invited us to Kenya and welcomed the school into his church.  He, himself will be one of the graduates!  Congratulations to you Pastor Henry it has been a privilege to watch God moving in your ministry and we look forward to God bringing you many more students! It was your prayers that allowed God to open this door! Thank you!
While there we will also host a Pastor’s and Pastors Wives Conference, of which Jody Baker, Word Fellowship Ministries International from Chouteau OK, will be the guest speaker. This will be LDT Ministries second annual conference. Last year there were approximately 80 pastors and wives who attended.
We will also have the privilege to visit two ministries for the first time. We are super excited about that. First in Nairobi we will meet Pastor Julius Makathimo and his family and staff at Quest for Happiness Ministries. Then second we will travel to Malava, Kenya to visit Director Rose Bugusu and her ministry.  We are excited to watch and see what God has in store! We thank God for His connections and as we grow in Kenya we are thankful for your prayers and support!
You can help us pray for God to open the eyes, ears and hearts of the people in Kenya that He may accomplish all He desires to do there through this team and this trip. It will be unique! It will be unlike any other because He has planned and purposed this time for us and these precious people. We are humbled and honored to be a part of the mighty work that He is doing in all of Kenya!  He has given us a theme this year of “Enlarge your Tent!”

If you would like to help us with a financial donation to help meet the needs of this trip please find the information you need on the “Contact Us” page. We thank you!

 

Encouraged

The word Encouraged has been a big word for me this week. Everywhere I look I am encouraged and blessed!  I love it!  Encouraged means: Emboldened; inspirited; animated; incited! 

Our devotion today is in 2 Chronicles 15. I encourage you to read it.  This chapter is a prophecy given to Azariah for Asa to encourage him.

The first statement that caught my ear was in verse 2: The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you will dedicate your lives to serving him, he will accept you. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.

We are so blessed today just by that one statement if we didn’t read the rest of the chapter!  “But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.”  This could be a discouraging word from the Lord if you didn’t know we live in the New Testament under a better covenant which tells us; He will NEVER leave or forsake us!

How true is this statement by Jeanne Wilkerson! “The early church knew how to move cities and even nations for the kingdom of God, but through the years, the power of those miracles has diminished. Somewhere along the way, the church began to take the gospel for granted, failing to act on it in faith and thus missing many of the blessings God had for her.”

I2 Chronicles 15:3 says, “For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest who taught correctly, and without Moses’ Teachings.”  The people got so far from the Word of God because of no one to teach the Law of Moses to them.  That is not any different than us today, there are many, many great churches teaching the Word of God but there are also some who stray from teaching the true God or the true Word of God which has caused the people to fail to act on the Word in faith and miss many of the blessings God has for the church; as Sister Wilkerson said. Think of where we could be if this had not been the case from Old Testament times!

Verse 3: “But when they were in trouble, they turned to the LORD God of Israel. When they searched for him, he let them find him.”  Isn’t that interesting that it says, “He let them find Him!”

God wants us to find Him!  Even though they were in sin, He still “let them find Him” when they were in trouble and searched or His help. 

I heard a teacher tell this awesome example:

She was playing hide and seek with her small children and she made this comment.  As a child playing hide and seek she would find the most difficult places to hide to win the game.  But as a parent, she would hide in good places to be un seen…but she would be sure to leave an arm, or a foot visible so that the child could find her easily!  “Or I would be planning all day!” 

This verse says, “He let them find Him!” That makes me smile (makes me “emboldened,”) that our Father loves us that much to let us “win” and comes to our rescue when we seek Him, no matter the condition of our heart.  He wants us to find HIM!

Verses 5-7; Azariah continues telling Asa how God will help him if he “remains strong and not become discouraged. Your actions will be rewarded.” This no doubt made Asa “inspirited!” Meaning: to give new lift to

Verse 8-9 says Asa was encouraged by the message from God and he acted on what was said. This is the meaning of “incite:” To move the mind to action by persuasion or motives presented; to stir up; to rouse; to spur on. Isn’t that interesting!

Verse 10-12 shows us that God prospered them so that they could do what was right; sacrifice and give thanks.  As we find God, act on His Word, share His Word and give thanks and praise to Him…we watch God provide all we need and more; so we can continue moving toward His plan for us.  All that is required is that we seek Him first and then obey what He says to do (and Thank Him!)

Verse 13 tells us that there is death for those who don’t choose His life!

Verse 14, thinking of our life and what we want to represent to generations to come; as I consider what Sister Wilkerson wrote…I don’t take my oath lightly and choose to remain strong and to stay encouraged!  That is how we will not take for granted this wonderful gospel God has given us.

I love the last of this chapter which represents to us that there is a time to take a stand and to set your house in order. God reward Asa with no wars for years to come! Yep I am encouraged!  I intend to keep this in my face daily!  I choose to seek Him and go the direction He is and do what He asks of me and walk in peace, no matter what is going on in the world! 

I hope this has encouraged you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling defeated?

Then this is a powerful Word from the Lord you want to read and hear!

“God wants to lift the sound and wisdom barrier in your life:

The Spirit of the Lord is saying, “I have many things that I want to reveal unto you. I have much wisdom laid up for the last days. In the treasure chambers of the temple (which is the storehouse of God) there is much wisdom; there is much knowledge in store. But you have not come; you have not asked. Therefore, My storehouses are full, and I am wanting to give out these great treasures. I have much that I am longing to unveil and show you in many realms of the time and life on earth yet to come.

I have many places I want to take you. I have many days of power that I want to share with you. But your eyes are still clouded, too taken up with the things of time and the five senses. The Spirit is having difficult y getting through to you. It grieves My heart.

The time warrants that, of necessity, I call many of you out into certain areas now, to ask and challenge you to surrender yourself that I might shed this wisdom and knowledge. I am wanting to give light concerning the activities for nations. There is much knowledge of the glory of God that I’m longing to shine upon you. I want to stagger you again, not with unbelief, but with My glory. I want you to hear My voice. I want you to know that I am ready to move, to show, to reveal, to illuminate, to teach you wisdom, and to teach your hands how to make war. I want to instruct you how to go out effectively against the enemy in this hour, so that you will not come back in defeat time and time and time again. I am crying out to you: lift up your voice like a trumpet, and I will show you my salvation! It is ready to be revealed in the last days as men have never seen yet.”” Jeanne Wilkerson from the book Contact with God

She went on to say, “Prayer is an ongoing process, not just a one-time thing to do. Prayer is the lifestyle and practice of holding on to the things of God and letting those things of God hold on to us until, through us, Jesus can operate in the earth as He did when He was here in the flesh. Therefore, be diligent to pray, always believing that you’re also getting to know and communing with God. That is what prayer is all about: getting to know your heavenly Father.”

We are never done! We think we get it, but then we hear in the Word of God, His thoughts are higher than ours!  I for one am so thankful that His Word is truth yesterday, today and forever! It grieves my heart at the thought of me grieving His Heart. I want to be called out and to hear His instruction and I want to practice allowing my voice be a trumpet! I want to see His salvation in this world, in my life and my family; to be ready for these last days!

“impossible to deal with”

I am so in love with the Old Testament right now, God has had us in the Old Testament for all this year and we have enjoyed every page! Ha! Isn’t that an unusual statement! But the truth! There is so much in the Old Testament that shows me who God is.

Today we are in Deuteronomy 9; verses that stood out to me today are 3-6. (I like to read the Gods Word translation, it speaks my language!)

Realize today that the LORD your God is the one who is going ahead of you like a raging fire.He will wipe them out and will use you to crush their power. You will take possession of their land and will quickly destroy them as the LORD promised you. When the LORD your God expels these people in front of you, don’t say to yourselves, “Because we’ve been living right, the LORD brought us here to take possession of this land.” No, it’s because these nations are so wicked that the LORD is forcing them out of your way. It’s not because you’ve been living right or because you’re so honest that you’re entering to take possession of their land. It’s because these people are so wicked that the LORD your God is forcing them out of your way. It’s also because the LORD wants to confirm the promise he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So understand this: It’s not because you’ve been living right that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess. You are impossible to deal with!

Unless we are submitted to God and realize He will do it or not as He plans and in His timing, we are useless in that situation.  Many times I get in His way and that makes me “impossible for Him to deal with!” In His eyes! Yikes!

Nothing we do can in our own effort, will cause Him to succeed!  Everything He does causes us to succeed!  We are the physical vessel He uses to operate in this world.  Can you imagine; you need to be in control of your car when all of a sudden your car decides, the path you want it to go, is not the best way to get there and just takes control and changes direction on you!  THAT would be impossible for you to deal with!

Sin is sin!  God removes sin from His path with a Word!  He absolutely and completely causes that sin to be no more in front of us if we allow Him the control of our life. In these verses I can see that as we try to clean ourselves up so that He can see the good in us He will reward us by going before us and work on our behalf! Nope! He operates through us to go “clean the land!” Because He hates sin and will remove it by our faithfulness and obedience to keep moving forward with Him!  We carry the power, the anointing of God within us to use.  We only need to be obedient to, doing what He is asking.

I have a WII unit I like to exercise on.  The balance games make me crazy!!! Sometimes I get on that game and I just breeze through it; other times I can’t get far at all before I am “out of balance!”  I smack right into the wall and before I know how that happened I have to start over!  Sometimes there are things set up in my path to distract me or to attack me which are designed to cause me to fail.  I can see that in this verse; the things that are set by the enemy to distract and destroy us, God goes ahead of us to wipe them out!  Like a raging fire!  We all know that a raging fire leaves nothing behind. But then He says there are times that we are impossible to deal with!  As I stand on that game and try to balance, I know which way to go in my head but all of a sudden my flesh gets distracted by something and I lose control making me out of balance. I get confused and bam! Before I know it I smack into the wall and am destroyed!

After that happens, I have an option to “retry”, or to “quit!”  Isn’t that just like the Word?  God said “I give you this day life or death, please choose life!”  I seriously think about that when I get to that question of that silly game!  I refuse to quit untill I reach my goal.

I also understood this from these verses today.  The Old Testament is full of testimonies of how God dealt with sin.  The Holy Spirit helped me to see that sin is sin!  Sin is still the same sin now, as it was then.  God still hates sin, just as He hated it then.  We are redeemed from sin, thank God, but sin still exists. Our choices every day are still simply “life or death!”  If we choose death…God says, “You are impossible to deal with!”  Which stops the flow of blessing and life to us from Him, until we repent and move back into life choices; can it be that simple? I absolutely think so!

We need to “Realize today that the LORD your God,” sees us as vessels following Him, which allows Him to go before us and wipe out all that stands in our way of success or He sees us as, “You are impossible to deal with!” when we are rebellious and even quit. He then has to stop and wait for us to get back in balance with Him, start over choosing to be His vessel again.  Life or Death!  He cannot operate in death! Yep…that simple!

So this, helps us to understand the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”   Many times we get out of balance from distractions and fear causing us to run into a wall.  Praise God we can simply choose life and repent, retry and move right back into our place behind that “Raging fire,” who goes before us! Or we can choose death and quit!  Here’s the Truth! Choose life! Don’t be impossible for God to deal with!

“It’s also because the LORD wants to confirm the promise he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!” Deut 9:5. God is so faithful, even when we are impossible to deal with!!! So I challenge you today and even into everyday!! Make this a thought you consider when you are making choices in your day!  It has changed my mindset, I know if you prove this in your life; it will change yours!

Get those Socks off Me!!!

When I was in labor with my first child Kaci, my Dr. said something that still sticks in my mind and I use his words for situations like this past year!

I remember asking him every time he came in to check my progress, “Almost time?” He would smile and say, “When you are ready you will let ME know!” I wondered what he meant by that until the next time he came in to check, as he left he said “Not Yet.” It seemed forever, but as he entered my room, he heard me yell this to the nurses, “Get those socks off me and take this blanket, it is so hot in here!” He walked in and said to the nurses without even checking me, “Get her to delivery! She is ready!” Isn’t that crazy!

I asked him later why that triggered his response without him even checking me. He said with a wink and a smile, “When you started out in labor, you were freezing; needed socks and heated blankets to make you comfortable. You wanted to be covered completely for visitors who came to see you.” When I heard you say get the socks off and get rid of the blanket I knew you were in full work mode and you didn’t care who saw what was going on; you were ready to get that baby delivered! I knew it was time.”

To this day, many years later I still refer to that statement! That is how I have felt about the past few years of our life. Larry and I knew God was preparing us for something new and we were in the process of “giving birth” to a new ministry. (Us!) A year ago on August 29th we finished a season of what the Lord call “cocooning up with Him!” We felt interrupted from our life that we had settled into and loved in St Croix US Virgin Islands, but we knew it was time! (You can read all of my past post in the archives to catch up on that time of our life.) We were changed!  We had separated ourselves from family, business and friends, to find what God wanted from us. 

God completely headed us in a new direction and we have not stopped since. As I consider how to share what this past year has meant to us I can truly say; A year ago we threw off our socks and got to work! We weren’t sure where this was going but we were sure it was what God asked us to do. As I chuckle…it is hard to believe it has been that long since I have updated you. (Sorry…but we have been busy laboring and delivering this next phase of our ministry!) We did it!! It’s here and after a bit of catching up physically, adjusting to state side living and renewing wonderful family and friend relationships, God says it is time once again to step it up, change directions and let’s get to work. So we are full of anticipation and excitement to see what this next year is going to bring.

God has been so faithful and gracious to us as we have sought to follow after His plan. We have learned so much and our motto is now, “It will not look like what you think!” We thank God for that! It is looking so much bigger and better then we could have ever thought. His thoughts ARE so much higher than ours!

When we went to Kenya, we totally followed the Lord there by faith; not knowing what to expect, who we would meet, why we were there…just that we were to go and see! We said “Yes Sir!” and found ourselves on a plane taking us to another country within a few short months. We still sometimes have to pinch ourselves. We have been to Africa twice in 7 months! In our own understanding we still ask, “how did that happen?” Only God could have put this all together in every area.

This past year we have seen things we have only heard about and what we had heard doesn’t even compare with what we have seen. We found a nation of the most beautiful, humble, loving people who love The Lord. God said He would give to us nations as an inheritance if we ask. We did and accepted His plan and now this nation is our mission; to help in whatever way God directs us to help them. For as long as He wants us there. It has not been hindrance free however! But “We are still here!” (Joyce Myers)

Those of you who have known me for many years…do you remember the ladies meeting we had at Word Fellowship Church (I can only guess how many years ago…!) We were asked to write our life statement. OMG! At that time my life was a mess! But I remember being determined to figure out what my life statement was! I spent hours in the Word and with God! And this is what I wrote as my life statement.

“Just Balance with Boldness, Openly and without being

Interfered with or Hindered, All to the Glory of God!”

 All I can say is, I think I hit it!! This still is my life statement! Do you remember I began a newsletter and called it “Talanton” which is the Greek word for balance? I was struggling to find balance in my life and this assignment changed my life and I became more determined than ever to find it. I think it is time to pull out that newsletter and get it working again. In this newsletter I will highlight some of the people, issues and projects God has directed us to as we began our ministry in Kenya, Africa. There are many faces in this story, I look forward as a proud mom, to introduce you to this nation and the people, who God has blessed us to be a part of in this journey to His greater plan for their lives there!  While we were there this last trip, they named me, “Strong Kenya African Woman!” I can safely say that was by faith on their part!  It takes strong to be African and you will meet the STRONG as I introduce them to you! 

Come and follow me as we begin this journey to Africa, Kenya Africa to a Nation living in Kaptemtbwo, one of the largest slum areas in Kenya. It is not about us, Larry and I but it is about giving All the Glory to God because He is doing some amazing things with some amazing people all over the world! And we get to be a small part of what He is doing in Kenya.

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What do you think about the name “Talanton” for this newsletter?   Wow! I haven’t pulled that one out in a while, but I think I like it (again!) More