Date: November 10, 2002 01:31AM
<<Does anyone know any specific details re. his past and present role, if any, that he really played in Africa,etc? Anyone know about the "awakening brethren?"
funny you should ask. I have several contacts who are well connected with Christianity in Kenya. One of them, a Brethren pastor, who also happens to have a large computer concern in Kenya, is VERY well connected. This person used to be in the Omaha assembly back in the late 70's, early 80's. When I told him that George was in Kenya every year he was quite surprised, because he knows these people.
Don't misunderstand, George really does go to Kenya, but he does not make much of a splash. In fact, some of you may recall some names:
Katy Gloeckler, Brother Godfrey, Bro. Bethwell, and a few others, whose names I will recall later. These people have all come to seminars in Fullerton.
These people all have nothing to do with George. In fact, they have actively spoken out against him.
Ed Limo, I THINK, has little to do with George, except as a person who shows him hospitality. Tim G. himself told me a few years back, when all the names I mentioned above stopped being listed on the prayer requests, "East Africa is Dead."
What really happened is that "East Africa" did not want to be controlled by George. The awakening brethren are still around, and doing OK without George, who never played much of a role besides guest speaker anyway. A good friend of ours from Calvary Chapel goes to Kenya for months at a time, as a missionary, in Eldoret, where Limo lives. She knows when an american preacher comes to town, and she has never heard of George...
George has a very lax schedule in Kenya, but he always manages to go on Safari.
I seems that Herbert and Emily are always, "struggling." I don't know why, but we all know that in the Assembly, struggling need not mean that someone's faith is weak. It often means that there is a problem with control.
I don't know anything about Nigeria, except that I have met Samuel, and he seems like a GREAT guy. When a person is isoloated from day to day control by the Assembly, things are different.
All in all, from what I have discovered, Africa serves mainly as a forum for George's ego. Also, in spite of himself, George really does have a desire to do great things for God, and his trips to Africa may help him convince himself that he is doing just that.
However, whirlwind speaking tours are not the same as taking up residence and working with the people, which is what the real missionaries are doing.
Terry, you are absolutely correct. The greatness of the African journies have been greatly exagerated.
With regard to life insurance. Did you know that there is no record of George ever "managing" a New York Life office? That is what he says he did.
I worked as a gopher in construction one summer...did you know that before I was a leader in the national Chiropractic profession I was a contractor?:D