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Kathy Wozniak is an experienced missionary who the Lord in His mercy sent with us to Kenya.   Through her ministry, Shofar Sounding, she has traveled to various areas of India and Nepal.  Prior to forming her own ministry, she attended Bible school in Australia and made trips to the Philippines and India.  Today, she ministers not only overseas but in churches here in the U.S. 

Kathy is an accomplished musician who is known as a composer, teacher, vocalist and worship leader.   Her most recent album, Kathy's Call is a beautiful collection of hymns done with her own original arrangements.   But, it was in her capacity as "experienced missionary" that God used her to keep us mostly healthy and functioning in Kenya.  She quickly became part of the God's Word to Women team and we expect to continue to minister together in the future.  The following is her perspective on our trip to Kenya. 

Kathy on Kenya

“The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host.” Psalm 68:11, Amplified

When Pat Joyce first told me of the proposed trip to Kenya, two responses came.  First, I was thrilled and tickled to see such a transformation in my friend.  This same lady once said, “I am not called to go; I’ll be glad to send . . .” She was very adamant about it back then.  Now, more than 15 years later, my friend was like a young child getting the most precious gift for Christmas and enjoying every minute of it.  The second thing I felt was a tug in my own heart saying “I want to go, too.” However, being already committed to another country, Nepal, going to Africa seemed financially impossible, not to mention impractical.  When she invited me to join the God’s Word to Women team, I said “No.” Fortunately, she listened to God and called me back.  This time I stopped listening to “the practical voice” and actually prayed with a “listening ear” to the Holy Spirit.  God said very definitely, “Go.” I am still finding out some of the reasons why I was on this particular team, and some of the reasons why we went at this particular time.

Let me say, this experience has been wonderful! To be part of a team of strong women—women who have no problem knowing they are, first and foremost, called by God.  These women know they were formed as women and move in God as the woman He created.  This fact has been “eye-opening” and freeing.  Some might consider it a challenge.  I consider it a timely grace.

When I went to Bible College in 1985, I was taught: “ ‘Ye are dead and your life is hidden in Christ...’ Col. 3:1-3 What sex does a dead person have? What feelings does a dead person have? Dead is dead.” According to Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ.” If God calls you to speak, do so; and don’t let your sex or age be a deterrent.  I never realized that what I did in order to live out this teaching was to think of myself in the “neuter” sense where “the ordained minister, Kathleen Wozniak” was concerned and a woman the rest of the time.  I was totally unaware of the dichotomy I was living within myself.  I have followed what the Lord has asked me to do but tried to do it as if I were “neither male nor female,” and resented the constraints others have tried to place on me because they saw me as a “female.” It’s been an interesting walk.

When we started this trip, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I have known Pat since she was my mentor in 1981.  I knew her to be a strong and outspoken woman; but I had only met and worked with Barbara once last year.  I had no idea what a strong person and woman she was.  To watch her “in action” was “a real kick!”

These two women knew that in order to speak to the African women, we had to have the support of the male leadership.  Otherwise, we’d have something like the French revolution on our hands which would benefit no one. That fact did not deter them from bringing correction to both men and women who kept clinging to their cultural traditions rather than the word of God by their actions.  We even used those “incorrect actions” as teaching points to illustrate the way Satan has corrupted God’s original intent.

We see God’s original intent was to give dominion of the earth and the animals to both male and female in Genesis 1: 27-28.  GOD never intended to give dominion to a human being over another human being.  The domination of male over female was a consequence of the woman’s turning away from God and turning to her husband.  That turning to “man” instead of to “God” would result in the man taking dominion over the woman and being as god over her. 1   Today, God is restoring things to His original intent, and shared dominion is not the final step.  The final step is the unity of each member of the Body of Christ walking in complete yieldedness to God.   (Ps. 133; Eph. 5:21; Eph. 4:12-16)  The style of ministry and the changes we made to our format of teaching demonstrated God’s calling us to this unity and yielding to His Spirit.

When we started teaching in Kitale, each spoke as an individual, bringing the message imparted into our lives on The Biblical Equality of Women.  Although good, it was not “the perfect will of God.” Rom. 12:2 "God is," as Pat kept saying, “restoring all things,” and we are at the point of seeing the unity of male and female being “one.” The Hebrew word is echad-- the one in unity as seen in Deuteronomy 6:4 which speaks of the unity of the Godhead.  That kind of unity can’t happen with a single, designated person “having it all,” as the saying goes, on any one subject.  The body of Christ is made up of “many members,” (1 Cor. 12:14), and the message can only be properly brought forth by the multiple voice sounding as one.  That principle began to work out in the meetings at Watoya in the Bungoma area.

Instead of each person taking a topic and teaching, the three of us sat together.  Whoever had the leading of the Holy Spirit to begin did so.  As the Spirit prompted another of us to speak, we would stand and the person speaking would complete their sentence or thought and sit down to let the other speak.  By the end of the trip, it felt quite natural.  Again, a beautiful visual aid to Paul’s recommendation “whenever you come together, each of you has a tongue…has a revelation…Let all things be done for edification…” 1 Cor. 14:26-33 came forth.

Although this style continued in Webuye, those in leadership were not all “of one heart and one spirit” as we witnessed in Watoya.  Where unity among all the leadership was present, God moved powerfully! Here, leaders who wanted the preeminence caused more of a struggle for us to present God’s desire.  However, our hosts, Wambeye and Loice, had open hearts and friends with whom they shared a likeness of heart who heard the Word and recognized the actions.  We know their “ground is good” which will yield a crop of 30-60-100-fold.  For the others, God will deal with them, for He has called them to salvation.  He will never tire to bring that call to completion.

Was it a good trip? Yes, in every way.  Were there challenges? Of course there were-- both going and coming back.  Did we do it perfectly? Of course not, but we did yield and God did have His way! We were simply the imperfect vessels the Perfect One chose to use, and we are blessed He did.
 

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