Posts Tagged ‘Bill Coble’

United Methodist worship in Kenya

January 18, 2015

I was talking about the words, “hallowed be thy name,” in today’s sermon—the second part of my series on the Lord’s Prayer. Since the focus of the sermon was worship, I showed the following movie in the service at 9:00, although technical difficulties prevented us from showing it at 11:00. It’s a worship service I was part of in Nakuru, Kenya, in September 2012.

As I said in my sermon,

I’m about a thousand times wealthier than my fellow pastors in Kenya, but, brothers and sisters, I realized that I was poor in comparison to them! And I felt my spiritual poverty most acutely when I worshiped and prayed alongside them! Honestly, I felt like a fraud! My praise was play-acting in comparison to theirs.

My friend Bill Coble on the attacks in Kenya

September 24, 2013
My friend Bill Coble was interviewed on a local news broadcast in North Carolina.

My friend Bill Coble was interviewed on a local news broadcast in North Carolina.

As I’ve shared on this blog several times, I had a couple of life-changing experiences in Kenya over the past year. Last weekend, Islamic terrorists violently seized control of an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi—a mall that we had visited on our trips. A local TV station in North Carolina interviewed my friend Bill Coble, the United Methodist missionary who heads up Start With One Kenya, which organized the classes I taught there.

Bill posted the following on his Facebook wall on Sunday.

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I hope you’ll join me in praying that the standoff will end and the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Pray also for the victims’ families.

Two of my heroes

June 17, 2013
Kenyan UMC pastor Paul Matheri speaks at the North Georgia Annual Conference in Athens, flanked by Bill and Chat Coble.

Kenyan UMC pastor Paul Matheri speaks at the North Georgia Annual Conference in Athens last week, flanked by my friends Bill and Chat Coble.

The theme of last week’s North Georgia Annual Conference in Athens was “Bridges to Mission.” My friends Bill and Chat Coble, UMVIM missionaries, talked to the 3,000 or so people there about their work in Kenya. They also had a question-and-answer session last Wednesday evening, at which Kenyan pastor and district superintendent Paul Matheri spoke.

Yesterday, Bill and Chat gave a testimony in both Vinebranch services about their work in Kenya—and I’m sure they inspired some of my congregation as much as they’ve inspired me. They are two of my heroes. Find out more about  their ministry, Start With One Kenya, here.

I put together the following video, which I showed in yesterday’s services. In the video, Chat is teaching a church in an IDP camp about the life-saving water filters that their ministry distributes.