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Joep de Kraker
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You can be part of the Local Body of Christ if you only want to be part of it. All it takes is to acknowledge that every Christian who lives in your locality is together the local Church. It's Jesus' prayer that we may be one as He and the Father are one (John 17:21 NIV).
In many parts of the world this can be done by contacting every christian within a neighbourhood through door-to-door ministry. The Local Body of Christ does this ministry. We want to see a Local Church set up in each neighbourhood.
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April 30th 2017
The unity of the Local Church. The Bible speaks in many ways about the Church. Well known names of the Church are the Bride, Israel and the Body of Christ. Jesus is the Christ. He is Lord. He is the Head of the Church and the first born of the church.
That's beautiful. He is the Head and we are His Body,remember abody needs each other. without one part of the body,the body can be affected that's why, The Head and the Body taken together is the full expression our christ. Jesus.
He preached about it a lot in the Gospels.for example, Matthew 13 has many parables about the Kingdom of heaven and other gospels like mark and Luke.
Local body of Christ is a wonderful ministry breaking bondages between religion having co- workers and leaders through the global.we welcome well wisers to come and be part of this wonderful thing God is doing in this ministry.we have also planted local churches in communities they live. God bless you
March 26th 2017
Our website had 96 unique visitors last 15 March. The views have gone up a little I would say. A week later now. Some other good things to report. All continent leaders are invited to become boardmembers. As long as they can meet the requirements for ID and proof of address themselves, I will apply to the Chamber of Commerce. It looks like that we will soon have at least 3 boardmembers. We can then apply for an ANBI status so that donations to Stichting Local Body of Christ are tax deductable. We have some new contacts again. In India and Ghana and also in South America in Nicaragua. This has been the first time that I have chatted in Facebook for 2 hours in spanish with a brother from South America. We have to look how things are going. We praise the Lord for the new developments. I have asked one person in India who is new to our ministry and brother Abel Odeke, leader LBOC Africa currently active with door-to-door ministry in Kampala, Uganda whether they like to help with administration and communication. They both said yes. Brother Abel is studying for administration. We look forward to establish a beter administration in LBOC and to improve the way we present ourselves to the public. A leaflet would be one of those things which would be good to have too for example. We started with businesscards but those were handed out during door-to-door ministry. A leaflet could find its way in other venues too like conferences.
A brother of Ghana is willing to join LBOC so it seems and we finally have somebody again for Ghana.
Please pray for wisdom and proper management of handling all things which are happening without giving way to compromises. Those leaders who must be given training, it is my responsibility that they receive it. Either directly or indirectly but most if not all receive it currently directly from me.
March 20th 2017
Wow. 4 weeks have passed since the last update. I have been incredibly busy and I didn't realize until yesterday that I hadn't updated the website yet. Many good things have happened. Many things. Yes. We can praise the Lord Jesus for that. This late update (1 month later instead of 2 weeks later) is one of the few things which didn't go well. Here is the list of things which we have a lot of reason to praise our Lord Jesus for that He has made these things possible. This sounds very optimistic so far and this might indeed be too optimistic. If the next weeks and months prove this to be too optimistic then I will have to tone down my enthousiasm and just continue to give thanks to our Lord Jesus for whatever He is doing even though it means that from a human point of view it doesn't seem to be all that well. The Bible says: Give thanks in everything. That applies always. It now also applies from a human point of view. Here is the list of nice things which we can report:
1. we are currently supporting 5 leaders financially for a variety of ministry tasks.
2. Brother Abel Odeke is doing door-to-door ministry in Kampala, capital of Uganda and reports properly with Google sheets.
3. Brother Sanando Nag has already contacted all homes with Christians in his village Penikona, Odisha, India and there is at the moment one church in which most if not all of the Christians of that village participate. They are a committed church with daily prayers. This leader is willing to set up local churches according to the format of LBOC. We are currently brainstorming what the best way forward is. We use the example of various Christian communities who function as a church for that.
4. Brother Sanando and brother Jimmy Felex Okullo (Lira, Uganda) have accepted to be leader LBOC village/town/city while taking care themselves of the funds needed for email communication and chat for fellowship/prayer.
5. Brother Sanando has regularly made internet calls at his own cost in order to discuss the ministry and have fellowship/prayer that way instead of via chat.
6. Brother Raphael Andende Oyombo has several international contacts for LBOC (about 80 he said of which we have received so far 18) which will be added to our database.
7. Brother Raphael was appointed to be leader LBOC Njoro (town Kenya) but he is willing to be leader LBOC Europe and this has been accepted by LBOC. Many people from Europe come to Njoro and the much bigger town Nakuru which is very close to Njoro. He will be able to get in touch with Europeans locally as well as through the internet.
8. Brother Isaac Muthengi was appointed a task in relation to that of leader LBOC South & North America. He has been given funds for 100 sms's which can be sent to contacts in the Americas. He has also been given internet funds for the use of searching the web, for Skype calls and a subscription has been set up with which he can call 8 countries (USA, Canada, Mexico and 5 small island nations) to both landlines and mobiles. We have agreed that a total of 400 minute Skype calls will be made to Mexico and a total of 200 minutes to North America. These calls are to inform more Christians/churches/Christian organizations of our ministry Local Body of Christ and what we stand for and how we operate. This may lead to more members of our ministry worldwide and may lead to the first proper LBOC base in both South America as well as North America. At this moment we just have some contactpersons but no leaders and/or co-workers.
9. Brother Jimmy has been given funds to call brother Abel in his own country as a way of LBOC saying thanks to him for offering to take care of the funds himself needed for weekly email communication and chat.
10. Brother Sanando had been given funds to travel to 2 places which ended up being 3 places where contacts for LBOC have been strenghtened and/or set up. These are Kotikesvavaram (renewed contact with brother Rajeev who is still willing and able to be leader LBOC India region (5 countries) and Middle East region), Rajahmundry (city) and Chanthapalli (village/town in the mountains all of which 3 areas are in Andhra Pradesh.
11. Brother Rajeev has a new contact for LBOC who wants to be a leader or co-worker.
12. Brother Peter Daniel from Tanzania and brother Samson from India are close to receiving ministry funds from LBOC so that they can start ministry too.
13. We have a leader or prospective leader for each continent now. The difference between leader and prospective leader is a minor issue. They are all willing and depending on the funds which LBOC has available, we will be able to fund their LBOC ministry to a lesser or bigger extent.
We represent here our continent leaders:
brother Sanando, leader LBOC Asia
brother Samson, leader LBOC Australia
brother Raphael, leader LBOC Europe
brother Abel, leader LBOC Africa
brother Isaac, leader South and North America
We have set up a private fellowship/prayer chatgroup for them in which I (brother Joep de Kraker, leader LBOC world) also participate.
14. brother Sanando of all those leaders including myself has the best opportunity to be full-time involved as leader LBOC continent as he doesn't have rent to pay for the home in which he is living as it is his parent's home. He also is allowed to use a motorcycle for trips in the vicinity of Penikona like Rayagada which is a city with 1 million inhabitants at 30 km distance from his village. He also has the most stable internet connection of all the continent leaders and is able to regularly make long clear internet calls. He also speaks multiple Indian languages as well as English. This means that he could travel to Sri Lanka where they speak tamil. He also speaks hindi apart from his own local language so that he is able to communicate with people all over India. He doesn't have an income but lives from donations. He is married and has also 2 or 3 children. It would be the cheapest by far to support him fulltime as leader continent. We are considering this therefore.
15. Brother Isaac has started to learn Spanish.
16. Brother Raphael speaks not only english but also french I think and maybe a few other relevant European languages. I think he is curently the most high educated person of our leaders continent as he has studied medicine and works as a doctor of a certain speciality.
17. Brother Samson and brother Sanando are the only continent leaders who can provide a proof of their address which is less than 1 month old and do so free of charge. The others don't have an address so that it first must be registered which costs money. Brother Samson and brother Sanando are set to become boardmembers in LBOC. The application to the Chamber of Commerce will be filed as soon as one or each of them has provided the requested proof together with their ID (which they have too). Brother Sanando will be Secretary and brother Samson will be Treasurer. Brother Joep will remain Chairman.
18. Brother Abel, Isaac and Raphael will be allowed to join as boardmembers too as long as they will provide the proof of address of less than 1 month old together with their ID without charging LBOC for it.
February 22nd 2017
We had invested ministry funds into 4 leaders and we had a co-worker who was paying his own data fees to communicate with LBOC.
Shortly after 26 February I will try to call those who haven't communicated with me yet or with whom I need to communicate more. The situation is now:
leader LBOC town Njoro, brother Lazarus: temporarily unavailable for ministry. Consequence: We continue without him and we consider him again once he let us know that he is available.
leader LBOC town Kakamega, brother Obadiah: not available for ministry in Kakamega. He might be able to do it in the USA. He might be temporarily unavailable for Kakamega, Kenya. Brother David from Kakamega might be able to take over. This is all so unclear that unless they can be reached on the phone or they start to reply via email, we have nothing to rely on.
leader LBOC village in Odisha near Andhra Pradesh, India, brother Sanando: He has done part of this task but was not available for the full task due to illness but from now on he will be available again for this task.
leader LBOC South America, brother Isaac Muthengi: He has done part of the task but was not available for the full task due to the circumstances of his work and the location where he had access to Skype. If he can secure access to Skype through a desktop or smartphone, we will continue the ministry funds for data charges for him. In principle that means that he has to communicate to us when he is available so that we will wait until he is ready. We will still give him a call shortly after 26 February.
co-worker in Sapran, Punjab, India, brother Samson: We promote him to leader LBOC village Sapran. We are still working out the financial details of the cost of the data charges for his smartphone and for the internetcafé and commuting fee to it and back.
brother Raphael has been leader LBOC UK and was meant to be a co-worker while brother Lazarus was leader LBOC Njoro. Brother Raphael is willing to be temporarily leader LBOC Njoro town. He might also be willing to provide contact details of his contacts for LBOC in the UK and elsewhere in the world. We are still working out the financial details.
At this moment we have therefore one leader LBOC village in Odisha near Andra Pradesh, India, 5 hours/week minimum. He has 3 co-workers within walking distance of his home. Together with myself, the founder, Joep de Kraker makes 5 members who are active. All others are currently contactpersons but as explained above, that might change soon. In the next newsletter (you can subscribe to it on the homepage) we will ask everybody to respond and say whether they are interested to become a full-time leader continent and how much funds they need for their full upkeep so that it covers all of their basic needs like rent, electricity, water, food, health care and maybe other necessities which will have to be LBOC's responsibility incase these fees can't be avoided or when it is not desirable to not have those goods/services.
February 5th 2017
On 22 January I forgot to update the blog. Last week I have updated it so it is now 2 weeks later since 22 January.
On 16 January 2017 we received confirmation from brother Lazarus, brother Isaac and brother Obadiah that the ministry funds had been received. Since then none of them has communicated properly with LBOC. brother Lazarus made a so far empty promise that from last Thursday on (2 February 2017) he would send an email in response to the training emails. Brother Isaac confirmed by email that he had received the most recent newsletter so it proved that he had access to his email. It also proved that he didn't use the opportunity to explain his silence as to his task of calling countries in South America through Skype calls which we were trying to set up. Brother Obadiah has not communicated in any way at all. A friend's request was sent on Facebook to him which he hasn't accepted either. Funds were sent around 16 January also to brother Sanando. He has communicated with LBOC. Not in the required weekly way but still in an acceptable way as he is ill. The three who haven't communicated properly are all three from Kenya. By 16 February it will be one month after they got the ministry funds. If they haven't communicated properly by then, they will receive a phonecalls as soon as LBOC is able to spend funds on that. That will be either straigtht away or shortly after 26 February so still in February. Depending on their answers, LBOC will give ministry support for March or not.
A new person, brother Prakesh from Andhra Pradhes has joined LBOC together with at least 20 other people. They live within 100km of our brother Rajeev who was a high level leader in LBOC. Brother Prakesh will visit brother Rajeev in a few days time so is his plan. We hope that the contact with brother Rajeev will be established again as he hasn't communicated properly with LBOC now for a very long time.
We also have brother Samson from Punjab who is now a co-worker and who is willing to become a full-time leader LBOC Asia incase LBOC will support him fully. We have spoken at length about it. LBOC has the funds for that. He used his own data to communicate with LBOC about this.
We prefer to spread the risk of small ministry funds of data over several people like we are doing now with 4 different people receiving small ministry funds. If they are not faithful we can give ministry funds to other leaders to see if they are faithful. At a last resort incase none of them is faithful, we can consider full-time support for a leader LBOC continent.
It is clear that this is risky when it has been proven that with small funds none of them is faithful. The point is still though that with full ministry support and they being full-time involved, we at LBOC have dealt with certain risk factors so these factors are not applicable then anymore. We will start to look for other candidates too within our pool of co-workers, leaders and contactpersons within LBOC to see if there are others who are willing to become a full-time leader LBOC continent incase LBOC provides their full support. We will look at the following factors:
- have they communicated about this with their own funds?
- what is the total amount they will need each month?
- are they willing to move home and/or even travel continuously within their continent as long as LBOC provides all the funds?
- is the person married and has children? If so, what age are the children?
- Can they get a passport?
- how faithful have they been in LBOC ministry in the past?
- what are the opportunies for LBOC ministry in their country and continent?
- how many contactpersons, co-workers and leaders does LBOC have in their country and continent?
These are the factors which will decide whom we would want to support full-time as leader LBOC continent incase we have not been able to allow LBOC ministry to continue with small ministry funds for data for one or more leaders.
January 29th 2017
Sorry for the fact that we don't seem to have put a blog update on the site in the month December which I think we actually did. Somehow the blog entries got accidentely deleted I believe. The blog entry for 22th January I must have forgotten though. Writing the stories of LBOC we have yet to start with. We did start with something else though. We not only gave ministry funds to brother Sanando who has 3 co-workers within walking distance of his home but we also gave ministry funds to brother Obadiah of Kakamega town, Kenya who has a team of about 15 co-workers with him. We also gave ministry funds to brother Lazarus of Njoro, Kenya who has a similar sized team of co-workers with him within walking distance of his home. The ministry funds for the above-mentioned three brothers were funds for data to be used on their mobile so that they can give a weekly ministry report via email while using the Google sheets LBOC created for that which are the door-to-door ministry, church and fellowship sheets. So far only brother Sanando has edited the Google sheets. What is worrying is that brother Obadiah hasn't communicated at all after he confirmed having received the funds for the data and that is now about 2 weeks ago in which time he should have sent 2 to 3 ministry reports. Brother Lazarus was not in Njoro so that he couldn't train his local co-workers but he should have been able to show his ability to edit the Google sheets or at least his efforts to try to edit them. This he will do from this week's Thursday but we didn't give those ministry funds so that he would wait about 3 weeks before starting to communicate with LBOC properly. We also gave funds to brother Isaac Muthengi. This was for a modem with 1 Gb of data so that he would make Skype calls to landlines/mobiles for 2 hours/week in South America. He also has hardly communicated at all with LBOC. It is a very meagre result of 2 weeks that he has only been able to login once to the Skype account of LBOC in which he has sent a chat message to Joep de Kraker, leader LBOC world. We are glad that we haven't bought a Skype subscription yet as it would have been a waste of funds. We first must assure that brother Isaac will be able to use his own desktop together with the modem of LBOC and the 1Gb of data of LBOC to make a Skype to Skype audio call before we will buy a subscription for him to use on calling landlines/mobiles in South America.
Then there is also brother Samson from Punjab state in India who claims to have received support for his livelyhood and own ministry but who also needs ministry funds from LBOC in order to continue his ministry for LBOC as a co-worker. As a co-worker he is not entitled to receive ministry funds. He has served for some time as a co-worker with some communication although not regular communication via email for the ministry of LBOC. His emails were mostly about his own ministry and for prayer requests. Before we started to support brother Sanando, brother Obadiah, brother Lazarus and brother Isaac with some ministry funds, brother Samson was our only co-worker. All other people beside the founder and leader LBOC world brother Joep were not leaders or co-workers but contactpersons instead. Time will tell what brother Samson's will be in LBOC. LBOC intends to let him work as a co-worker but if he doesn't communicate and doesn't do LBOC ministry he will become a contactperson.
It remains to be seen what brother Sanando, brother Obadiah, brother Lazarus and their teams of co-workers will do in terms of LBOC ministry and in terms of proper weekly communication with LBOC. As for brother Isaac it is also quite a surprise that he has communicated with LBOC so little. If he is to receive funds after the 1Gb data bundle is finished, remains to be seen. It would only be a data bundle the 2nd time as he already has a modem then. We assumed that he has a microphone but if not, he will need one too. These can be very cheap so if he will communicate properly, we assume that we will continue the ministry support for him. The same is true for brother Obadiah and brother Lazarus but with the difference that their task for LBOC is different and is much more essential. The actual door-to-door ministry with the establishment of local churches and local fellowships.
January 9th 2017
Until yesterday we had one active co-worker. All other leaders, co-workers were made contactpersons because they were not communicating regularly with LBOC or were not providing the Google sheet reports for the ministry updates. Since today we start to give ministry funds to brother Sanando, Orissa, India. It is only the fund needed to let him update from his current mobile network to a better one and because it is such a little monthly expense I have made the first transfer from my private bank account so to save transfer funds as it can be sent free of charge with Money2India from a private bank account. They can't do it from a business account. A normal international bank transfer costs €6. Later on we intend to send it for a year from the business account.
We are working on a Google sheet Projects to see how much each project will cost. Brother Sanando will have good internet access from his mobile so we assume and he will be made a leader LBOC city/town/village and he has 3 co-workers within walking distance from him.
We are cataloging the situation in various places with various of our contactpersons. In Njoro, Kenya we have 7 co-workers within walking distance from a prospective leader. We have 40 co-workers within Njoro subcounty. It would be feasible to consider the whole subcounty with our present funds when we purchase a 2nd hand bicycle so to save a lot of funds on public transport in the long run. We got 100 minutes for free recently from Rebtel to call to Kenya. This was used up rather quickly regrettably and it didn't result in all the information we needed as we weren't able to contact several people in Kenya even though we had their phone number and funds to call. The network caused problems. We will buy Skype credit in which it will be a direct phone call to the phone number and thereby we will better be able to understand why a phone number is or is not working. This Skype credit if it will last (€10) will then also be used for those contactpersons in other countries.
Writing the stories of LBOC which have happened in various locations still need to be started. I expect to start soon with writing them.
November 27th 2016
We have set up the Facebook group Local Body of Christ for the purpose of fellowship and prayer. We have had our first prayermeeting on 20 November 2016. We probably received some phone calls from Ghana for LBOC. A few new people have joined LBOC. The bi-weekly blog update here and the monthly newsletter are the things which are done by brother Joep and which are happening regularly. We have yet to call everybody who didn't reply to the emails LBOC sent to see how they see themselves and their involvement in LBOC. Some people are donating to LBOC at least so they say but as the donations are so low they keep those funds with themselves. They have just set it aside for LBOC. Somebody in Sri Lanka wanted to give a sizable donation but as his condition was that he or somebody else first must visit LBOC in the Netherlands, it is of no use at least for now. This person got his tourist visa rejected even in the court. He didn't show interest to apply for a visa by staying in a hotel/hostel/camping. We can't count on this donation therefore. For now the only regular donations come from brother Joep who pays for having the business bank account and for having a smartphone and unlimited phone calls within the European Community to both landlines and mobiles and an insurance on the expensive Samsung Galaxy S6. After this he is only willing to set aside €5/month for other LBOC expenses. These €5 will be used for the international phonecalls to the leaders/co-workers/contactpersons who receive the newsletter of LBOC and those who don't have an emailaddress but do have a phonenumber. We received a good report of a co-worker in Ghana by email. We are glad that this person was able to get an emailaddress which he didn't have up till then. We have completed the ministry report documents and the training of LBOC is now in the process of being standardized. Few have responded though. This means for now that those who are communicating regularly with LBOC are a handful or even less. For the prayer meeting of tonight (Sunday 27-11-16) we expect at least 2 people. It remains to be seen if others will join in tonight.
November 13th 2016
The ministry reports have been completed. They have been sent to all who leaders , co-workers and contactpersons of whom we have an emailaddress. The database is an ongoing project which continuously needs to be updated as we grow. I make a habit to add new contact details straight away to the database so that we don't lose the contact details in an obscure file or email or even worse somewhere in a chat message a long time ago. The ministry reports use Excel but Google sheets will be made too so that everybody with access to the internet can fill in a LBOC report. The training will be standardized and will be centralized from Almere in the Netherlands. There will be a weekly prayermeeting in a Facebook group of LBOC with a set day and time so that whoever joins in of LBOC can pray together. The focus is therefore to get the door-to-door ministry going on including the local churches and fellowships which hopefully arise from that. There will be little to no leadership training. We are located in various places around Africa and India and we will first see to it that the core ministry runs fine. After a couple of months of good experience with that, we can hopefully delegate responsibility to a leader who then trains co-workers too. I will also start writing the various stories which we have so that this can be used for a book whereas that book will be part of our fundraising strategy. We might donate funds to certain people and I will endeavour to call everybody in LBOC before the end of 2016. LBOC can set aside some ministry funds for those who have a stable monthly income of which they can pay their bills so that when they receive a donation of LBOC we can be sure that it will not be wasted.
November 2nd 2016
There is hardly no news. As long as the database and the ministry reports haven't been finished by Joep de Kraker, he can't focus properly where LBOC funds and time should go to. We have had a problem which should be big but which isn't perceived as big by LBOC right now as this problem doesn't have a bearing on finishing the database and the ministry reports. Our contactperson brother Raphael Oyombe, previous leader LBOC UK and our leader LBOC Australia have said contradictory things to LBOC so that it is proven that one of them has lied against LBOC. Another problem is a real problem though as it concerns the status of the right hand in the ministry who is also a close brother to brother Joep. This person hasn't made clear what he/she understands with those concepts 'right hand in the ministry' and 'close brother' whilst this person has been asked for quite some time now to clarify this. There is now a deadline set by 5 -11-2016 23:59 CET after which this person would lose this status incase he/she doesn't clarify his/her viewpoint on these two concepts. LBOC will continue with or without having this person as the right hand and close brother to its founder and overall leader, brother Joep but it would definitely be a tragic loss for brother Joep.
October 17th 2016
A church in the state Odisha, India has joined LBOC. We are in the process of getting all the contact details of all the co-workers which seems to be about 50 people. So far we got the details of about 5 of them. Another 45 to go in order to update the database properly.
Both our leaders LBOC Australia and LBOC North and South America, brother Isaac Muthengi has stopped communicating regularly with LBOC. With both of them it has to do with lack of funds. Brother Isaac Muthengi has to give 2500 KES to the leader LBOC Australia before LBOC will consider to send additional funds to brother Isaac for his task to get the LBOC materials and administration (contact details of 200 leaders and 10,000 co-worker) of brother Lazarus Oyombe. This was our previous leader LBOC Africa, who is now a contactperson . He has written some brief messages which were not very useful. Our leader LBOC world is working on getting the database and the ministry reports finished. After that he will write about 23 stories which LBOC has for ministry in various places in several countries. This might lead into a book and in fundraising for LBOC. After that, he will focus on writing a project to be used for the fundraising of LBOC. Our newsletter got hurt by many people who had put in entries at the blogs which LBOC previously had with Vistaprint. This turned out to be a way for them to advertise. We at LBOC thought that we could add them to our newsletter to let it spread to more people. We thought it would be justified to do so since they had expressed interest in one way or another in LBOC. It turned out to be a mistake as the number of hard bounces became so high that Mailchimp with whom we have the newsletter had taken automatically some counter measures which means that we can't add manually new subscribers but can only get new ones when they sign up themselves on this website. This is maybe after all not a bad thing.
October 8th 2016
Our leader LBOC Australia didn't comply with the verification checks. The food support ended therefore and he was given three choices.
1. to stay with our leader LBOC South and North America and continue to receive 15,000 KES/month which is for him and his family as well as for our leader LBOC South and North America
2. report to our leader LBOC South and North America to get verified that he isn't living anymore in the rented home he had when he signed a contract with LBOC and continue to receive full food support.
3. continue the way he thought it best but not receive food support and only receive direct ministry support
He chose option 3. The contact with him has been lacking even though he received 1400 KES recently with which he could communicate regularly with LBOC which he didn't.
As such we don't know how the ministry is going in Free Area and whether he has continued with it.
Once we have ministry reports for Excel and/or Google Spreadsheet ready we can use a uniform approach for all leaders and it will be a lot easier for us to see who complies with the ministry tasks and who don't.
Currently we are working on making our database more complete.
Somebody in India has joined LBOC together with his whole church. New data on that will hopefully come soon. This happened today.
September 18th 2016
Our leader LBOC Australia has done door-to-door ministry in Nakuru, Kenya where he lives. He has visited the part of Free Area which lies between Smiles Pub and Hillcrest Secondary School. This can be seen on Google Map. There are many Christians in that area and many of them are interested in a local church in their area. None of them were according to the latest report not interested though in having that local church in a home or outside or in a local public building for which they have to pay the rent themselves. 3 of them were interested in a local fellowship (not a church) and 2 meetings have happened which took place in a home. The content of those meetings was according to the latest report a combination of spiritual and leisurely activities. The first meeting was in the home of our leader LBOC Australia. The 2nd meeting was in the home of one of the 3 persons interested in a local fellowship. It remains to be seen yet whether more people are interested in a local church or local fellowship in the area he visited as he has done some follow-up which seemed to confirm that more people are going to meet locally for either a local church or a local fellowship. He started this month September with it. He will proceed in a new neighbourhood as well as seek to establish one or more local churches as well as one or more local fellowships.
Our leader LBOC South America and North America has brought LBOC in c ontact with an external consultant with whom we are communicating now about fundraising (not among private people but with companies/organizations).
our co-worker in North India needs prayer for his wife who had fallen and has quite severe back problems now. The ministry seems to have halted until November upon which brother Samson hopes to continue LBOC ministry again in Saprai Kothi where he lives.
Other people in our ministry (brother Obadiah of Kakamega) has had phone contact with our leader LBOC Australia in which he received training and in which they had fellowship. Brother Obadiah has a team of about 10 people. It is unclear how they are doing with the ministry. The things he shared show that they try to do LBOC ministry but it is not clear yet whether it is done according to the LBOC vision.
September 4th 2016
We have a couple of new people in our ministry. A leader LBOC Kakamega town in Kenya. He has a team of about 10 people with him. We also have an external consultant who has offered to help LBOC with fundraising. He is not part of our ministry. He is like a mediator between LBOC and those organizations who want to donate. We also have a new person who has a degree in theology and who is single, unemployed and without funds but who is willing to get a job as a theology teacher in order to be able to funds LBOC with at least 15,000 KES (€130) a month. We are working with contracts and digital signatures now. We have sent our first newsletter in years. Please pray for everything to go forward. Our leader LBOC Australia is doing fulltime door-to-door ministry in Nakuru, Kenya and he and his family are fully supported with food since 1-9-2016. He became homeless as part of the contract as he was 5 months behind with the rent. We praise the Lord for his commitment. His neighbour has taken him and his family into his home. We don't know if that is temporarily or for a long time. We trust that the Lord will provide. Please pray that the various things which are happening will work out properly. A link to the newsletter can be found in the Facebook account of Joep de Kraker and another link will be put on this website later on too if it works out.
August 22th 2016
I have sent an email on 18 August to brother Lazarus (previous leader LBOC Africa and now a co-worker) and to brother Isaac Muthengi (previous leader LBOC Kenya and now leader LBOC South America). In this email it is explained what and how brother Lazarus has to give back all things of LBOC including materials, funds if any and administration including contact details. He has to do so before 1 October 2016. Failing to do so would mean that he had cheated LBOC and that the 5000 euro funds donated to him over the course of 2 years have been a waste of money. It also would mean that he hasn't done a lot of ministry for LBOC during those 2 years. I expect and trust that he will not cause me to make that conclusion and will act properly in the hand over of these things. One month later after a good hand over he can be reinstated as leader LBOC Africa.
I am glad to say that we have 2 other full-time available leader LBOC continent. One for Australia which is brother Samuel from Nakuru, Kenya and one for South America which is brother Isaac Muthengi whom I already mentioned in passing. We also have a leader LBOC UK , brother Raphael Andende Oyombe (bloodbrother of brother Lazarus) which is great as I have done ministry in the UK at the start of this ministry and it is close to my home and I have an unlimited subscription to landlines and mobiles in the UK also while being there. We also have a new person in our ministry called brother Obadiah who is now leader LBOC Kakamega, which is a town about 100 km north-west of Nakuru in Kenya.
Our leader LBOC Asia and financial leader, brother Sansigithan is busy trying to get proof of his legal citizen status in India. He has been able to brought that issue to the high court in India which is a blessing. In the Netherlands he is an illegal and in India he should have Indian citizenship but he has never been treated as such as they consider him a Sri Lankan refugee. Whatever his status is in India will be provided with proof and dependent on that, he can decide whether he has a future in the Netherlands or that he can go back to India. In the Netherlands they consider him as a citizen of India which they shouldn't given that his citizenship in India has reached the high court. Whatever they decide is going to be binding. Please pray for brother Sansigithan to either get a full Indian citizenship or to get a residence permit in the Netherlands.
I had sent a policy change report to all the emailaddresses in my administration. Just about 60 emailaddresses. I have given a time limit till 1 September 2016 before which they have to respond. Failing to do so would mean that I put those out of their leadership or co-worker position and make them contactpersons. I don't have a ministry obligation to contactpersons. They are just handy to have and might lead to more leaders and co-workers in our ministry. So far only 3 people of those who were meant to respond have responded. 2 others responded too which was nice. It was not completely clear to me what the status was of everybody I emailed in relation to LBOC. Their repsonses were nice and made that clear. It looks though that our ministry will be very small considering the extent of the claims people in our ministry has made according to the size of it. I will base the size of our ministry upon facts and if there are reports indicating that our ministry is a lot larger, then that is just something we hope to see proof of soon. Up till the moment that proof is provided, our ministry will be the size it has based on proof which is currently very small worldwide. It will be much easier to decide who is worthly to get ministry funds from LBOC and who isn't. In this way we can ensure that our ministry will grow in a way which is provable.
August 10th 2016
As of today 15:05 CET, Anjere Lazarus Oyombe, known as brother Lazarus is not leader LBOC Africa anymore. He has disobeyed the leader LBOC world, brother Joep. He has been given 3 chances by way of official warnings. Today he got his 3rd final official warning. He will continue as a co-worker in Njoro, county Nakuru, Kenya under the leadership of the nearest in level leader which is according to my knowledge the leader LBOC subcounty Njoro or otherwise the leader LBOC Kenya which is at the moment brother Isaac. He will become leader LBOC South America though. When that happens, brother Ken will become leader LBOC Kenya. Brother Lazarus will have to give back all LBOC materials, funds (if he has some funds left with him still of LBOC if any) and he has to hand over all administration including all contact details of the 200 leaders he claims has come to be part of our ministry LBOC through his efforts mainly across Kenya but also in Uganda and a total of actually 14 African countries. He will receive instruction later this week (before Saturday 23:59 CET) through email how he has to hand over all these things and to whom and when. The main reason for putting him out of his leadership position leader LBOC Africa is that he didn't submit himself to the leadership of brother Isaac and that he didn't submit himself to be part of a committee consisting of brother Isaac Muthengi and brother Samuel Wangonya (both locals in Nakuru county and part of LBOC) for acquiring signatures for the registration of at least some of the estimated 5 leaders and 100 co-workers who are in Nakuru county according to brother Lazarus. As he refused to cooperate in the manner he was asked to, he makes it impossible to get a clear picture of the extent of his ministry for LBOC in Nakuru county. As that is where he lives, this was the first place to gather proof of the extent of his ministry. His claims as to the extent of LBOC ministry is said to be approximately 200 leaders and 10,000 co-workers across 14 different African countries. He has been our leader LBOC Africa for 2 years or maybe 3 years by now. He has received over 5000 euro in LBOC funds for direct ministry and for his upkeep. I regret that it had to come to this. I had hoped him to be leader LBOC Africa for the rest of his life but as he didn't obey and caused it to be impossible to gather proof of the extent of his ministry for LBOC in Africa, this was the only acceptable outcome. He can show to all the leaders and co-workers in LBOC that he has done a beautiful ministry for LBOC in those 2 years by acting correctly with handing over all materials, funds if any and administration including all contact details of the app. 200 leaders and contact details of app 10,000 co-workers or ways to get in touch with them through certain persons who have spoken on behalf of many co-workers. If he fails to do that or if he would only give a few contacts, that would show that he has deceived our ministry and has committed treason to our ministry LBOC and that the over 5000 euro funds have been a waste of funds which should never be allowed to happen anymore. Our leader LBOC world, brother Joep who lives in the rich country the Netherlands but who is on benefit, would have been able to save that amount of funds in 10 months with a good income like he has had while he was working in the administration and was living with his parents. He was able to save 500 euro each month then. In his current situation with a stable benefit he could also save 5000 euro in 10 months but only if he doesn't spend anything else besided his bills. He has currently several other expenses which makes saving 5000 euro a task which would take at least a few years if not several years. Let us hope that the bad example brother Lazarus has given us, doesn't extend to the ministry he claims to have done in the last 2 to 3 years for LBOC. It is in his hands to show to all of us IN LBOC that he has been a good leader or that he has deceived all of us and got lots of funds of LBOC which he misused for his personal benefit. If he acts correctlty with handing over all materials, funds if any and all administration including all the contact details of the app 200 leaders and 10,000 co-workers across 14 African countries, it will be a temporal situation in which he has found himself. He can become leader LBOC Africa later again in that case. Some time ago he proved himself not trustworthy with finances. He had received funds for a conference but as the conference turned out to be a scam (brother Lazarus as well as brother Joep were victims in this), I had requested him to give back the remaining funds. He didn't give those funds back but used them instead on the school fees of his children and/or other personal expenses. From that time on, the commitment I had to guarantee his monthly upkeep stopped. As he had broken his end of the promise, I wasn't bound anymore to guarantee his upkeep from my end. For LBOC this was a good thing as we got far more funds available for direct ministry. It was frustrating to realize that after 2 years of full upkeep support (so that we could have brother Lazarus as fulltime leader LBOC Africa ,the first and up till recent the only full-time leader/co-worker in our ministry) it was still not clear that the ministry for LBOC was done in the way it was meant to be done as the communication with brother Lazarus was still not set up properly due to all sorts of problems. We will keep you updated.
August 2nd 2016
Family circumstances caused a delay for this update. We now have somebody who is willing to be leader LBOC Australia and another one who is willing to be leader LBOC South-America. The plan is to focus on the ministry in Nakuru county in Kenya and to focus the available funds on that. The other location where actual ministry is being done is in North India with brother Samson. Ministry might start or continue again in Tanzania and Ghana but no funds are set aside for that right now until we have more funds available and it depends on those LBOC leaders/co-workers in these 2 countries whether the ministry will start/continue soon or not. I haven't heard a lot from them so I believe it is halting.
In Nakuru county, Kenya there are app 5 leaders and 100 co-workers. I want to focus on getting all of them involved and not being merely numbers who seem to be williing to be part of LBOC as a leader or co-worker. Up till now, the impression I definitely get is that our leader LBOC Kenya has done all ministry by himself and that has to change. He has brought a lot of people in contact with LBOC and many people have joined our ministry but they must start doing ministry and that is what is lacking now. Our current leader LBOC Kenya I am communicating directly with too for this very purpose. I am also communicating with our upcoming leader LBOC Australia who lives in Nakuru city, Kenya. He started as a co-worker but soon expressed his desire to get involved as a leader LBOC continent and this means that his focus is now on Australia instead of Nakuru county. Even he has to start a local church or fellowship to be able to speak from experience. That willl be done or tried in his own neighbourhood. Apart from that it remains to be seen whether it is good to involve him in the local ministry or to get that ministry going through the other 5 leaders and 100 co-worker none of whom I have contact details from. It remains to be seen when I will get those contact details as our leader LBOC Africa who has those contact names and contact details has a reason not to be able to give them or not be willing to give them. I do have the right to ask for these details as leader LBOC world but for now I choose another way to get verification of the extent of this ministry in Nakuru county.
July 4th 2016
A complete month has passed instead of the 2 weeks I intended. I got a request from one of our leaders to send a regular newsletter. I will consider to do that. I have informed him that I do my best to update this blog bi-weekly.
We have a business bank account now and I am administrating all expenses thoroughly. I am also investing strategically in leaders and co-workers in Nakuru county, Kenya where there are according to our leader LBOC Africa about 5-10 leaders ((I don't know the exact number) and app 100 co-workers. I have direct contact with a new co-worker and with the leader LBOC Kenya. Our leader LBOC Africa seems to be critical of our leader LBOC Kenya whereas I am not critical of the leader LBOC Kenya. We are working on this issue. We trust we will work it out properly.
I will focus on allowing as many as possible of the leaders and co-workers in Nakuru County, Kenya to get involved in the ministry. Until now, the impression is that our leader LBOC Africa has done all the ministry and that nobody else has been involved. That is not acceptable were it to be true. He believes to have a good reason not to provide me with all the contact details of the leaders and co-workers in Nakuru county. The risk is that these people will leave the LBOC ministry. Whether they are staying or leaving is therefore dependent on the diplomacy of our leader LBOC Africa. This is not an acceptable situation but I give our leader LBOC Africa de benefit of the doubt and I have given him free reign to sort it out. At the same time, I can't accept any longer to be lacking of clear proof of the extent of our ministry. Therefore I will be directly involved in the training of our leader LBOC Kenya and that of a co-worker and in funding their ministry expenses. At the same time our leader LBOC Africa needs to train our leader LBOC Kenya and they should have regular fellowship and prayer through the phone for which I have provided our leader LBOC%2
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