I introduce to you Julius. Locally, musically, and now on YouTube, his name is Jully Eighty. I’m convinced the circumstances for us meeting were truly arranged by GOD, as I believe you will see in this story. This goes beyond good luck and steps into the realm… (read more)
of Divine Appointments!
Julius has a talent for writing and singing songs. His plan throughout his years of Secondary Schooling was to become a Musical Super Star. In his rural home he was rearing cows to give him the capital he needed for his musical career.
Once he graduated, it was time to leave home for the big city, Nairobi. There, he would meet the Music Producer he had spoken to on several occasions. Together, they would develop the plans for recording his first song, and also doing a video of the song. But Julius never made it to Nairobi.
His route to Nairobi led him to the City of Nakuru. It was here that he met a ‘friend’ who robbed Julius of everything. Julius went to sleep with high hopes of his future, but woke up and discovered his clothes, money, backpack, I.D. and friend were gone. He didn’t know anyone in Nakuru, and could not return home with this cloud of failure.
Possessions gone. Hope gone. Dreams gone. Desire to live, leaving. But GOD!!!
Julius was wandering thru the streets of Nakuru unsure what to do next. He was startled by someone calling to him by name. A young man named Hezekiah recognized Julius, one of his Facebook friends. This was their first time meeting in person. Hezekiah listened as Julius storied about the robbery that had just happened while he was sleeping.
Hezekiah was visiting his Aunt here in Nakuru, and was confident Julius could spend one night there while he set his plans for the future. This Aunt is my downstairs neighbor, and she did allow Julius to stay one night. That’s when Julius and I met, via my son Washington, and Julius has lived with us for 7 months.
GOD’s goodness, taking him from hopelessness to a bright future, was all Julius needed to desire a personal relationship with Jesus. This has also caused a shift from singing secular songs, the original plan, to singing to and about the Lord Jesus.
BMI Kenya has financed Julius’ first audio and video. The launching of his musical career at BMI Rhonda church was also a success. On the back of this poster,
Julius wrote a general translation of his song. You can also see this video on You Tube (search Jully Eighty). Other Actors on this video are the Boyz (robbing), Shakerz Maxwell and Benard (the dancing duo), and myself (papa). This is the translation as you watch the video.
KAMA SI WEWE
I remember the day I went out of my home to go to the City and develop my talent of music. I received a lot of money after selling my cows. Intention and my dreams being a Super Star, I faced disasters when I was deprived of everything I had. I was confused and I didn’t know how I could start again. I felt hatred so much, I remain blaming myself. Where will my support come from?
Who else will I love, if not You GOD. Whom do I praise if not You GOD. (3x)
Who should I love?
I wanted to poison myself so as to withdraw my life or be roaming the streets begging. But GOD You are there for me, and Your ideas are not like mine. I met a man who doesn’t know anything about me. With his love, he advised me and gave me motivation and he accepted me as his son.
Who else will I love, if not You GOD? Whom o I praise if not You GOD? (3x)
Who should I love?
You have loved me with the highest love. Now that am singing to You Creator and I’ll never look back again.
You have changed my cry into happiness. Now am singing to praise You and I’ll never look back again.
Who else will I love, if not You GOD? Whom do I praise if not You GOD? (3X)
Who should I love?
BMI Kenya is impacting lives, broadening horizons, and making disciples. Please pray that our actions continue to lead people to Jesus and break the yokes of poverty that has so many souls in bondage.
Here we grow again. However, I think I got it right this time. Instead of expanding from one apartment and renting a second, we have moved into a Townhouse. Our Californian neighbor, and his wife, informed us of this 2 story Duplex they had found. Both sides were vacant. They placed a down payment for one and suggested we look to acquire the other.
I took this as an incredible compliment to the Boyz. These neighbors have seen the Boyz in action for 20 months and still wanted us to be their neighbors. GOD has truly blest me with a good Krew of Young Men.
So my commitment to the Boyz, Nakuru, and BMI Kenya has increased. Both my previous apartments were furnished. However, I’m now buying furniture because the Townhouse is unfurnished. With this move we are also further away from the 3 Students’ school. That problem has been addressed and I’ll update on that later, probably with a Blog. Another casualty of the move is the view we had of the Nakuru Game Park.
So you may ask, “What are the advantages”? The two big advantages are Space and Security. We now have 4 attached bedrooms, a Study/Library room, 3 attached bathrooms, an Outside courtyard large enough to ride bikes, and an unattached room and bathroom with undecided use. The 3 upstairs bedrooms have their own verandas/porches. We have room for increased Occupancy if needed.
The Security advantages are many too. We have an eight foot cement wall equipped with 12 strands of electric wiring and razor wire woven between the strands. (There had been a few problems when the property was vacant) We have trusted neighbors on our side and the Landlord lives behind us. I believe this sets me up for more traveling within and outside of Kenya without being concerned about the status of the Boyz.
We will need some adjustment time as we explore this new level of blessing and responsibility. There are windows everywhere which need cleaning. We have a Courtyard to sweep and outside plants to trim. However, we are excited about this manifested blessing from GOD. Even with the increase of the Chore Lists, I still hear most of the Boyz singing, “Open the Floodgates of Heaven, and let it Rain”!! They know “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights”, and they want more.
This may be Residence #1 of the BMI Kenya Youth Homes. It would be temporary, because we don’t own the property. However, the vision remains. “Empowering souls to do the will of GOD”.
At BMIR the Assistant Pastor, Sammy, is a fundi (handyman). So being empowered financially he was able to replace a new gate. He also had one of our Teens to help him, and he too was paid.
Sidebar: The Teen, whose name is Brian, gave me some of the money he was paid to ‘bank’ for him. I have set up a banking plan for our Teens to save money for the Teen Rally events last December. Even though we/they know I will not steal from them, I have obligated myself to give them a receipt for each of their deposits. So even deposits of .10c, I must give them a receipt. This event was a huge deal for a “slum kid” who seldom gets across town to go half way through the country.
Meet David O.
I met David on my first visit to Kenya in 2011, but I didn’t truly get to know him until I returned in 2012. His love for GOD and soft spoken personality will leave you refreshed whenever you fellowship with him. Our relationship grew and David has become my first Kenyan Son.
It was David who prevented me getting hit by a car during my short 2014 visit to Kenya. I believe I would have survived the hit, but the hospitalization would have extended my visit many weeks.
Shortly after my move to Kenya in 2015, David joined me and has been with me. He has been a highly valued resource as I learn about the Kenyan culture.
During my 23 months here, the donors from BMI have been a great blessing to David. As he transitions into adulthood, he has been able to extend his schooling in the secular and religious arenas. The foundation of having a stable home has been a key to his progress.
Here are some of his accomplishments since March 2015.
3. He has completed job training as a Security Guard.
4. He has completed a Course in Entrepreneurship. This has led to income generating ventures such as the Motorcycle taxi business. One near death experience and a 4 day hospitalization, two separate events, led to the closure of this chapter. Presently, he is rearing livestock at his rural home, continuing his local neighborhood store in Nakuru, and working as a Watchman at a bank in Nairobi. The goal here is to have multiple incomes to reach financial stability.
5. He has completed Level 1 of the Sowers’ Ministry Evangelism Course.
Your financial support allows me to continue to empower David. He wants to be successful in life so that he can continue building into the eternal future of others.
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