TO ALL LIFESPRING CHAPEL REGISTERED MEMBERS
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
All registered members of Lifespring Chapel are hereby given notice of and Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Lifespring Chapel Sanctuary from 12:30pm.
The Agenda will be as follows:
- Call to order and determination of quorum as required in this constitution.
- Confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
- Presentation of the Chairman’s report.
- Consideration of the statement accounts.
- Appointment of auditor in accordance with Rule 10.
- Appointment of office bearers.
- Amendments to constitution.
- Such other matters as shall have been given in writing by a member or members to the secretary at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.
- Any other business with the approval of the elders.
We shall circulate documents for your prior perusal in due course. You will find the Lifespring Chapel Constitition at our website http://www.life.or.ke/about-us.
Please confirm your attendance. In case you will be absent but would like your membership renewed, send an email to email@example.com expressing your desire to remain in membership.
C. G. Maina
Secretary | Lifespring Chapel
Every beginning of a New Year there is a sense of heightened hope and confidence. This is fed on by the pressure to get down resolutions. Perhaps it is a good thing to set goals and seek them. The often challenge with resolutions, as has been the tradition, is that it is fodder for regret and disappointment at the end of the year if we did not achieve them. By all means we must have an aim. We should not enter into the new year without goals, but a caveat is to be careful what informs those goals.
Proverbs 16:9 says “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Any plans that exclude God are empty. God has a purpose and intention for every life. After all he is the giver of time. He has allowed us to see this year, wouldn’t it be wise then to ask him why? Do you desire to journey through the year in obedience? Does God speak? If he does, ought we not to listen.
As a nation there is a lot of uncertainty in this election year. Tribal tensions have been rife, there is underlying fear, the national and private economy has not been great, there is talk of corruption, election fraud, and many other negative things.
The Christian has been passive in the perception of many. Perhaps so, or misinformed. How then do we respond? What is the best way to get started with the year?
I think the best advise we can give is to direct you to our Maker. Seek first the Lord and be bold to obey. As a church we invite you to join in the 21 Day Fast Guide delivered to your phone by the YouVersion Bible App:
As is customary, we start off the year with a Prayer and Fasting Campaign. Let this be the first resolution to start and accomplish this year. Begin with seeking the Lord. We expect that he will guide our everything else.
As a church we will do it from Monday 9th January to Sunday 29th January.
This is an invite to you to consider participation. This is how
- Download the YouVersion Bible App
- Find the 21 Day Fast Plan and start the plan. [It is the one that starts with reading Daniel 10]
- Follow through the daily devotions and Scripture Reading. Journal daily on your experiences. Consider sharing with your LIFEgroup and friends.
Leave us a comment or ask a question.
C. Gacau Maina | Senior Pastor | Lifespring Chapel
Created for Significance When we were young there was a story we loved to received of Simon Makonde. A man whose life spanned a week. He was born on Monday and he was dead by Sunday. For a child’s mind this story did not mean much. This story elicited a feeling of sadness. Perhaps it […]
Judy: Day 13- 29th May 2016 (Sunday)
The service was amazing. We did our part, Pst. Zeph preached and the response was great. I enjoyed the service. Take home, transitions, if well managed, brings forth a beautiful end product. Consider the life cycle of the butterfly.
We later went for the food expo, we picked some samples form one of the people we were connected with by Mr. Chat. The place was so full. Thai people appreciate business.
We are leaving tomorrow, so we just slowed down as we reflected and talked of our experience so far.
Day 12- 28th May 2016 (Saturday)
Today we went shopping!! Bangkok has so many malls, very big malls. We managed to go to only one mall called Platunam… not sure of the spelling there. It was fun, I am so grateful to the Mundias for taking us. Shindi, the youngest in the family also volunteered to accompany us. We all agreed that we need to go back to Bangkok to explore business opportunities there.
We got home, had dinner and prepared for Sunday because we were to do three songs and Pst. Zeph was preaching. We actually practiced the songs we were to do, that was fun.
One thing I learnt, be proud of who you are and everyone has something to bring to the table. Many times we look at ourselves as Africans and want to emulate the guys from the west. When we first went to CCC, our first Saturday in Bangkok, when we introduced ourselves with our English names, they were surprised because they thought we had African names. We later explained that we have African names. This made me proud of who I am, I may want to talk like the white, act like them, dress like them, but then who will be me? A Kenyan girl from the Luhya community. I appreciated those who speak English with their mother tongue influence, we call it kung’oa.
Anyways, my point is that we looked for Swahili songs just so we represent Kenya well.
Judy: Day 11- 27th May 2016 (Friday)
Today we began with a meeting with Steph, a representative from A21 (Abolishing injustice in the 21st century). This is a global organization that works to prevent human trafficking, give protection to those who have been trafficked, go through the law to prosecute traffickers and partner with NGOs, churches and other organizations to fight against human trafficking and repatriation of those who’ve been trafficked. This was an eye opener for me, these things go on but we may never know about them. I need to find out about such organizations in Kenya and see what part I can play there. I realized that even those who beg in town may be victims of trafficking. She explained forms of abuse in human trafficking as sexual abuse, labor (especially child labor), begging, involuntary domestic service.
Later after lunch we visited Pst. Tim and his wife Debbie. They are going through a tough time so we thought of visiting as an encouragement to them. We purposed to minister to them but the Lord ministered to all of us. They had planned a quiet time for us from the book of Mark 4:35-41. Four things the Lord spoke to me there:
– The Lord is more than what I have ever seen, known, imagined or heard.
– Be always at rest because God cares.
– Keep going until I meet with Jesus/die, the world is a battlefield.
– Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?
The evening was relaxed
Judy: Day 10- 26th May 2016 (Thursday)
The day began quite early, we needed to be in town by 8 am so to beat traffic, we had to be out before 6:30. We were attending a service run by a ministry to the night ladies called night light, founded by Annah and Pst. Jeff. They target ladies who are working as prostitutes at brothels or in the streets. Most of these ladies are trafficked and for them to survive, they have to sell their bodies. Some are Thai ladies who leave their rural homes to look for a way of survival to support their families. Night light provides employment for them, Thai ladies. For those who have been trafficked, they are given shelter because they do not have work permits to be employed. Trafficked ladies are not exposed to the public because they are at risk. Therefore, the service we attended was for Thai’s only.
Not everyone in Night light is a believer though a majority get to know Christ in the process of transformation. Among the forty ladies at night light, about eight are not believers. It’s an amazing way of reaching out because one is not recruited on the basis of faith but need then in the process of interaction they get to know Christ. Among their projects are a coffee shop, bead work and bakery. They are all required to attend the service on a daily basis from Tuesday. The service is run in Thai, the ladies are taught how to play the guitar and lead worship.
It’s amazing what God is doing here, so amazing. Whatever the Lord puts in your heart to do, do it. We are all ministers, ministry is your way of life because you are an ambassador of Christ wherever you are. Walk in obedience to the Lord, ministry is not tied within the four walls of the church. It’s time for us to lift up our eyes to the fields, the harvest is ripe but the laborers are few because we are all focused in one direction. May the Lord open our eyes to see the ministry opportunities around us. I do not need to wait for the ‘Church’ to begin a program, a ministry, I can step out and begin it myself in obedience to the Lord’s leading, and find support from the church. This is so empowering, what if we all reached out where we are? Then the church would be full of believers because we would be fishing them in. Oooh Lord help me, help us, and forgive our limited view.
We then took a sky train to the airport to meet Pst. Zeph. I had never been in an electric train before, the technology in Bangkok is at another level. It’s important to note that they are also a developing country as we are. We kept asking ourselves then how the United States is like, if Bangkok is developing and yet in our eyes, it’s in a very high level.
We later met the Kenyan Ambassador in Thai. We had a very long talk, he was the one talking most of the time. I learnt a lot of things, most important, that I do not know my country, that I need to be more patriotic and change begins with me. I resolved to be watching news, to get more familiar with our constitution and to be concerned with the current affairs of my country.
We later joined a Burmese bible study at Chaengwatanna Community Church which began from a ministry to teach English called English as a second language (ESL). This involves having classes to teach English to Thai’s then in the process introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wow, amazing!! Who’d ever think of such as a ministry? May the Lord truly open my eyes and give me courage to follow His leading
Judy: Day 9 – 25th May 2016 (Wednesday)
We got home quite late yesterday from the bible study. Our bodies are now demanding rest, we pray for strength from the Lord to carry on to the last day. Today I really longed to sleep in, but we had to be up early because we were having lunch with some Pakistani families so we had to start preparing early. We prepared Kenyan food for them, I was tired but as we prepared lunch, I was revived probably because of the chit chat in the kitchen as we cooked. It is always said that Africans are not good in keeping time. Well, I don’t agree with that, but one thing on this side of the world, people are very sensitive with time. So before the agreed time, they began arriving. We had two Pakistani refugee families and a couple that runs a refugee ministry, Rick and Lisa. One thing that caught my attention, refugees have a lot of challenges and at times they just need someone to listen to them not necessarily solve their problems. It was sad to know that their children cannot access education until they get correct papers. I pray the Lord enables me to be His hands, feet, eyes…
We later went for a food expo. It was interesting to learn that every week there is an expo about something. I think Thailand is very serious in pursuing business. The organization at the expo was exquisite, very detailed and professional. I imagine how much was put in preparing all these, the décor, the display, the stalls… it was amazing.
I had mentioned earlier about Chokchai Agricultural Machinery Company and that the CEO was not around when we visited. He came at the food expo to meet us. Wow, talk of persistence. We sat at a restaurant and talked about his products and the possibility of exporting them to Kenya. I am really interested in Agriculture, I hope one day I will breakthrough in this field.
Judy: Day 8- 24th May 2016 (Tuesday)
We had a slow day today, though very productive. Slow because we did not have an early morning. We began the day with devotion from the book of Mark chapter 2… about the paralytic carried by his four stretcher bearers, the calling of Levi, question about fasting and Jesus being the Lord of the Sabbath. One thing that stood out for me in all these is that our Lord is more focused on what is happening inside our hearts because transformation begins from inside out. As he healed the paralytic man, his statement signified that. He also said in another part that it is not what goes into the mouth that makes a man unclean… (Matthew 5:11 ), A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45).
We later had a debrief and talked about our experience so far at a personal level, we affirmed each other and prayed.
We then went to a jewelry shop. We later realized that he sells wrist watch, wall clocks and bulbs. We ended up buying bulbs… yea, I didn’t expect that too. His jewelry is good, but mostly for commercial purposes. This is how it went, he welcomed us, showed us the jewelry, showed us the wrist watches, then as we were almost leaving, he showed us the bulb.
What actually caught my attention is the fact that this business man doesn’t stop at only one product. Which is good and bad, but in my opinion, mostly good. This is because it is good to cast your net far and wide, you never know how much fish you will catch. In our case, we did not buy the jewelry, we bought bulbs! Pretty interesting. He was very hospitable too; he gave us lunch, Thai food. At this point it’s important to note that Mr. Chat, I earlier mentioned him, is the one who provided his van and his wife gave us company to this shop. I am so humbled by the hospitality of the Thai people. I am challenged as a Christian to be open to the relationships the Lord brings my way… to treat every person as God would, I am His ambassador. Ref 2nd Cor 5:11-21.
Our God is truly not limited, we can never box God in any way. We attended a bible study in the evening, a friend of Lucy invited us. Only the ladies attended because the men also were invited to a men’s bible study with Pst. Tim. That meeting was very interesting, I had never attended such a meeting before; we meet, begin with prayer and worship, and then allow the Lord to minister for as long as He wills, if time allows we do a study. The meeting isn’t only for women, it’s a mixture of men and women. It came about after a revival meeting in Thailand, a group of believers thought there is need to continue meeting and experiencing the power of God together. Therefore, a lot of prophecy happen here. It sounded creepy at first for me, but my spirit agreed with what was happening; I ministered to the Lord in worship, I listened to testimonies and was so encouraged, then the Lord confirmed to me, something I was struggling with, through a certain lady…. these events were strange but had the truth of God in them. Wow, what an experience, one Father, one Lord, one Spirit but different parts of one Body with different gifts and functions. I was so blessed. We later learnt about our identity in Christ… we first become and then we do. We are therefore not accepted and loved by God because of what we do, but because of who we are. Therefore, let us live as Christians from a position of being loved by the Lord, being sure that nothing we do can change His love for us, His love and acceptance is unconditional
Judy: Day 7- 23rd May 2016 (Monday)
We visited Kenyan women prisoners today. It was interesting to see them having a very positive outlook on life. It isn’t easy to be in prison, more so in a foreign country. They received us with so much joy, I guess because they rarely get visited. One of them mentioned that when their names were called they jumped and shouted with joy, they didn’t know who was visiting and they didn’t care really, so long as they have been visited. This made me appreciate freedom. It is commonly said that you may never appreciate what you have until it is taken away from you… I agree with that.
We visited five Kenyan women prisoners, not so mature yet they have been sentenced to life imprisonment. All of them were lured into drug trafficking by Nigerians. They do not come from poor family backgrounds. In fact one of them began this when she was in her 2nd year in the university, she’s now in her late twenties or early thirties. It is sad to imagine that they may spend the rest of their lives detained; really sad. They face many challenges, most of them common to prison life but the saying that East or West home is best also applies here. They long to be transferred to Kenya to face their time there. I pray that happens. It was good to hear that they have chapel time and Bible study time there. Well, being a country with less than 1% Christian population, that encouraged me.
I actually haven’t visited Kenyan prisons so I wouldn’t know how to compare this with those in Kenya. However, I must say their environment and organization is commendable. We had lunch in a nearby restaurant and headed home.
In the afternoon we went to visit a factory for Agricultural machinery called Chokchai. Truth is, I only got a fraction of what the attendant explained; language barrier is an issue but more so because machines are more like rocket science to me. One machine that caught my attention was the power tiller which is used for ploughing in preparation for planting. I would love to own one of those, very convenient to a small scale farmer. I think Kenya can benefit from it.
In my observation, Thai’s are very hospitable. I mentioned earlier about Chat and his family. The reception in this company was amazing; very professional indeed.
From the time we stepped in, the tour around the company, the power point presentation, the refreshments, the discussions… if I had money I would have bought one of the machines. I felt like a dignitary. A great lesson for me, everyone is a potential customer so they are to be treated professionally, with respect.
We later joined the Parkers for dinner. Well, we got late because Chokchai company was a long journey. We found them having a massage, with the three of them having their own masseuse. I liked how they have fun as a family… I think it helps in connecting; being one. Dinner was delicious, we had chicken soup, bread and vegetable salad. Then we watched a movie as we had dessert. I think family times are very important; because we spend time with the Parkers, we feel like we belong, we’re part of the family.