The Feast site is on a church-owned property and therefore most of the attendees were accommodated in tents and a few in self-contained four small panda houses constructed on the church land. This is the eighth time the Feast has been held at Ogembo.
The attendees had a wonderful time together and enjoyed each other as they fellowshipped together for the eight days (Hebrews 10:25 Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
American King James Version×). For the first time it did not rain, as is the nature of Gusii Land and therefore all had time to sit around the fire late as they fellowshipped. Since the tents used were purchased over 10 years ago, they are not in good shape, so we were thankful that God intervened and it didn’t rain as usual.
Services were conducted in English and Kiswahili, so that all could follow the messages, which were spiritually inspiring. The senior pastor Monte Knudson came to the feast and gave a sermon and a Bible study.
The family day was held on Friday where the children were given special treatment. And there was a special dinner for everyone.
Most food that was prepared was contributed by those who attended using their second tithe and then prepared by professional cooks in the church-owned kitchen (Deuteronomy 14:22-26 Deuteronomy 14:22-26 22 You shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field brings forth year by year.
23 And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of your corn, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herds and of your flocks; that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
24 And if the way be too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from you, which the LORD your God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD your God has blessed you:
25 Then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go to the place which the LORD your God shall choose:
26 And you shall bestow that money for whatever your soul lusts after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your soul desires: and you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household,
American King James Version×).
We had very few cases of health challenges like colds and fever, in children, which were handled by the qualified first aid personnel.
The other challenge was that we ran out of water. The main source of water supply is from rainwater harvest and stored in tanks. However, this time the little we had stored was used to complete the building of the panda houses. Therefore, we had to go out to buy water from vendors for the kitchen, bathing and washroom.
In conclusion, all went very well. Most of the attendees have confirmed safe travels back home.
Glory be to God for the success.