Searching for the Truth in the King James Bible;
Finding it, and passing it on to you.

Steve Van Nattan



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Misawa Omera- That is "hello, how are you?" in the Luo language of Kenya.
That is the tribe of Barak Obama, and, until we see his birth certificate,
possibly his national tribe. 

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Our Editor in Chief is
a former Carpenter
from Nazareth--
The Lord Jesus Christ

 Asst. to the Editor: Steve Van Nattan
   = World traveler - Author
   =No Mail Order PhD :-)
   =Approved by only one Fundamental
       Baptist (I couldn't talk him out of it)
   =Missionary to Ethiopia and Kenya
   =Pastor's Training School Headmaster
       in Kenya
   =Youth camp ministries
   =Pastor to four Bible believing
       churches in the USA
   =Piano Tuner
   =Cabbage farmer
   =Master Web Surfer :-)
   =Shortwave DX junkie--
       BBC being tuned in at the right
The radio is a Drake SW-1
   =Servant to all but slave of
       Jesus Christ only
   =Your editor is also a very
dangerous Fundamentalist

Shortwave BBC freaks from the 1960s hit here.

Contributing Editors:  Bible believers world-wide-- MAYBE YOU!
Our Bible and Policy Statement:  King James Version 1611  
Our Attitude:  Politically incorrect-- Biblically correct-- Blunt and Friendly

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Copyrighted by Steve Van Nattan-- 1996-2000
Copy only excerpts for research purposes.


To Make an Omelette....

The following is politically incorrect, definitely NOT the heaviest stuff in this journal, but it IS the truth--  well, sort of.  I really have NO respect for Americans who insist on being hyphenated, but, with due disrespect for all of you American-Americans, I give you here my qualifications to also be hyphenated.  


I am an African-American

I was born in the south suburbs of Los Angeles, California, which is African-American for sure.  My early days of scholarship included a stint at 79th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles.  That's hard core African!  To add a bit of hubris which will date me for sure, I'd like you to know that on one occasion I represented the Third Grade class at 79th Street School at Art Linkletter's Houseparty.  I was given a cardboard horsie and a set of Golden Books, and I messed my pants on the way home.  Aren't childhood memories a blessing.


Mount Longonot (left) and
Kijabe Hill (right)--
Kenya-- Rift Valley
I hiked across the bottom of the crater of Longonot with Bob Capen.

I also hiked to the top of Kijabe Hill--
just a stroll.

This was the view I had as I waited for the dinner bell to be rung by Allan Hovingh.
The dinner bell is just to the right
outside of the picture.

Photo of Longonot, on left, and Kijabe Hill, on right, taken by Mike Steeves, AIM Ministries.
The valley is the Rift Valley, and the Kidong Valley in this scene.
Large Background size version of this graphic.
You may use this but not sell it.

At age 11, my parents took me to Africa in 1954, where they were missionries for many years.  Having taken a slow freighter to Mombasa, they took the train to Nairobi, Kenya, and they left me in at Rift Valley Academy, in the Kiambu, right in the middle of Mau Mau territory.  I never saw Vietnam many years later, but in grade school I was guarded night and day by the King's African Rifles, including an African  member of the Queen's Royal Bodyguard.  He was a stocky Mjaluo who had a bren gun mounted in a shoulder stock--  honest.  Punji sticks, barbed wire, and sand bag bunkers were my play ground.  From that era onward, I lived in Kenya and Tanzania (then known as Tanganyika), a total of eight years while I was growing up.

The badge at the left was worn on our school uniforms. The girls' had a strange British type uniform which is really impossible to describe without a picture. The boys work khaki uniforms, with an Eisenhour jacket. The British boys' schools in Nairobi, Prince of Wales and Duke of York, were said to envy us guys for being allowed to wear the well known Eisenhour jacket rather than a dress blazer. A red tie was only required when a British colonial official or a big shot from the USA was on campus. The younger boys traditionally wore baggy walking shorts like the British, but once a boy was in about tenth grade, he would wear "long bags" of long trousers.

Jan. 25, 1998--  I am very pleased to see from my stats that I am getting a good number of visitors from Kanya.  Punda moja anasema, "Karibu."  Huna kazi siku hizije?  Si kitu-- Sukuma wiki hapa rafiki :-)  


Before I left Tanzania, my parent's home, I marched in Tanzania's first Independence Day parade. Later, while in college, I helped Kenyans celebrate their Independence Day at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Meanwhile; my Mom back in Kenya, was leading the choir in her home town in singing their new national anthem.  

I've hiked across Mt. Longonot-  across, I said- it was still an active volcano.  [See Mt. Longonot above on the right-- left peak] Read about climbing Longonot as a rite of passage. The line of march Bob Capen and I took would be right across the middle of the photo on the Web site linked. I have found Mau Mau hide outs. I have been stalked by leopards.  I have talked labor union dandies and Kikuyu rebels out of thumping me-- we ended up the best of friends.  All of the above WITHOUT Bud Lite!  





Years later,  in 1973, my wife (who was born in Tanganyika), and I went to Ethiopia as missionaries and added another African culture to our African-American heritage.  We lived in Eritrea (fantastic site-- please visit), Debre Birhan, and with the Arussi Galla.  Tenestelygn Zemedochay.  The Arussi clan in our area received us into full clan membership before we left them.  And, we didn't take our clothes off and run through the bush naked to receive that honor, like your garden variety National Geographic or Peace Corpse (yes) twinks.

At the right is the Ethiopian national dish, Injira b'watt. This is beug watt, or lamb. Also, lentil watt. The bread is like a very thin crape that was cooked only on one side.

We were at Lake Langano in Ethiopia during the Marxist coup (eat your heart out Shirley McPlain), when Heile Salassie was murdered by Communists, and we woke every morning to the sound of gun fire while those tender hearted Marxists killed most of the businessmen in Addis Ababa.  Don't tell me I don't understand Liberals and Marxists, friend-- I was there when Stalinist Menguistu Heile Mariam's mob destroyed Ethiopia with US jets and money supplied to them by Kissinger and Ford.  Ask former US ambassador Ross Adair how it felt to watch our best friend in Africa, Heile Sallassie, be ravaged by Henry Kissinger and the Rockefeller gang.  

TAKE NOTICE:  President Kibaki, Musaveni, and all democracies in Africa-- Beware of men from afar bearing gifts (IMF "loans") and guns.  


Heile Sallassie refused their bondage, and note what they did to him.  Any African leader who refuses the loans and financial advisors of the New World Order should double the palace guard at once.  Also, if you find oil in your country, don't tell George's Harlan Oil Company in Texas.   You might get "liberated" like Kuwait.  I keep wandering from the point, right?  

Being American and known as "Imperialist Running Dogs," we felt it would be prudent to leave Ethiopia and move to Nairobi, Kenya in 1974 :-)  After arriving there (kind of like going home), we were asked to go to Eldoret, Kenya to teach.  Kipchoge Kinyo, the Olympic gold medal winner, also called Eldoret his home town.

I taught in the African High School where my boss was an African Headmaster--  good man too.  On the side, I taught teachers to teach in a night school run by a Baluya friend.  We lived with four gasoline cans ready because that gentle Muslim soul in Uganda, Idi Amin, claimed that the area we were living in was his territory, and he intended to invade it.  The Israeli planes that rescued the Jews from Entebbe, Uganda, flew right over our house.  Hubris in large portions, all around, to you who read.  Hey, you Zionist boys in Jerusalem, I know about the deal you cut with Jomo Kenyatta ;-) 

Click the image of the Emperor, and read his life story.


Now, I don't want any wana-be African-Americans to get on my case about my attitude.  I do NOT believe in equal rights.   I have no rights myself.  You may think you are free, but I am a slave of Jesus Christ, and no Satan server is going to have space on this Web Page- be he Black, White, Green, or an ET rubber head.  Also, I do not want any small greasy Liberal scum attacking any of the Black folks to whom I give space in this journal.  Our editorial friends have met all of our requirements in Christ Jesus, and the percentage of melanin in their hide means absolutely nothing to us at Blessed Quietness Journal.  Indeed, if Uncle Tom were a   King James Bible believer, we would give him all the space he wanted.

I would also like to humbly offer my services to the NAACP as a consultant on African affairs.  After all, I am more "African" than all the civil rights leaders in America rolled together.  All I ask for my services is half as much salary of Jesse Jackson gets.  I could probably get along fairly well on that.  My offices would be in Loitokitok, Kenya on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and I would insist on a guest house or two where African-American civil rights leaders could stop for a visit.


This is a "matatu." You must hit the link!
The inside of the vehicle is packed full of passengers, and the ones on the outside are paying customers. One of them is a "tani boy." His job is to collect the fare and push as many passengers in the back door as he can. He is also responsible for loading the luggage on the top, which often includes an occasional goat and basket of chickens. The "tani boy" will not get on the vehicle until it is moving, which is some sort of show of zeal and bravado. The vehicle is a Peugeot of course. That is the ONLY vehicle which can take this punishment. This photo was taken in the Eldoret area of east central Kenya. For the record, I never heard of a Peugeot breaking a rear spring. Which is why the French car company is world famous.





Balaam's Ass is talking
back to heretics and
church house creeps


Finding those who survived
hardness in the past.....
getting ready for hard times


Keep informed of the battle
and our adversaries in


A blog for children and
grandchildren of former
colonial civil servants,
and missionaries


Satire, old and new....
Ready to load and haul


Leading you straight to the
world's premier idiots


All things regarding the
blessed brew


History shorts that any
Christian homeschooler
should know about



Bible history with observations


Similar to
Old Testament Times


Steve shares his gardening
experiences in the
Texas Hill Country and
other Southwest states


The White Race media totally
ignores the rest of the world.
Let's fix that.



Hazards and medical myths,
and alternative
medical options reported


For friends in Kenya,
Tanzania, and Uganda


The journey of a Sumerian
god from Nippor to Mecca

This is a great place of
fellowship and help for
home makers.


Biblical perspective
from down under




Check out how the Matatu fleet
has changed in Nairobi today !!


You will have to drop these GPS numbers into Google Maps,
zoom in and out, and figure out where each one is. Enjoy























Kenya Highlands photos:

Mud road in the central highlands
Boy relaxing by building
Boys at school classroom door
Playing football (soccer)
Street scene in Gilgil town
A typical Kikuyu houses
The suspension bridge near Karuri
People listening to speeches at a public event
Dancing at an opening ceremony
Village elders catching up on highland gossip

Here is a very intersting Web Site on Africa BY Africans

Photo of Kijabe vacinity where Rift Valley Academy is

First President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta,
was a common man who understood his people.
This photo was from pre-independence days of course.

Read about Jomo Kenyatta's leadership in Kenya--
Photos of his era as patriarch of Kenya

Gallery of great photos of Kenya and Kenyans
Patience please-- I had to rescue this at the Wayback Machine which is slow.


Modern safari in Kenya

Check out the photo here (text content is pointless)--
This is the red dirt of the Kenya Highlands.

Another Missionary's Kid who has a very graphic intensive Web Site

Read stories from my past in Africa at this page.


KENYA-- Just north of Eldoret:
Going and coming from home to boarding school I rode a train like
this on the East African Railways and Harbours.
We spent all of two days on the train, and then we took the lake steamer
around Lake Victoria, which is the size of Ohio.
The "Lunatic Express" moved at a roaring
slow trot. You could hop on the moving train above our school and ride to Nakuru to
visit the shops. The grade was that steep. Coming back, you jumped and
rolled into the bushes. Beware of the wait-a-bit thorns.
The train had to go somewhat slow downgrade to prevent a run away.
The trian we were on was once arriving late to board the lake steamer in Kisumu
on one journey from school to home, and the engineer gave it full throttle. We did a bit of
math by clocking mile markers for ten minutes, and came up with a whopping 54 MPH.
We could look out of either side of the coach and see flames coming out of the fire
box in the engine far up ahead. The whole train was rocking around violently.
The stories were many and weird from those days. One derailment was included.



Ethiopian flag from
the era of
Emperor Heile Salassie












Danish site
: The photos are exceptional


I am a Dutch-American

My ancestors came to America from the Netherlands in 1695 and settled in upper state New York (condolences accepted with thanks), and they promptly got into a family feud.  Mario Cuomo's clan was still rolling out pasta in Venicci long after my American roots were established.

The old patriarch of my ancestors came home one day and said that my great, great, great grandfather was not sired by him, and the kid walked out the door and promptly changed his name.  That's the kind of nice story you get from checking out your family tree.  Do you see why I prefer to be known as an African-American?  

One redeeming note.  Our Dutch gang produced five Civil War Chaplains.  We know how to keep out of trouble when Yankees and Rebels get their noses out of joint. Open the church house, and ring the bell.

I have made the pilgrimage to Amsterdam.  I am a Haji Hollander.  I have walked the charming streets and floated down the canals, and I think Amsterdam stinks- physically and spiritually.  Volendam was nice, and there we ate Pelinge (smoked eel)-- it gives you bad breath.  But there is a limit in returning to one's roots-- I could eat fried flying ants in Africa, but the sight of dignified Hollanders tipping their heads back, precisely at 4 PM every day, and sliding raw slimy fish down their throats was hard on my zeal.  Having seen the Netherlands up close, I prefer Arizona, Michigan, or Sultan Hammid any day.  

I lived through 17 years of Western Michigan winters where thousands of real Dutch high browed Calvinists live, yah?  I have resisted their cold Dutch theology and I am still born again in spite of it, Praise the Lord. Calvinism is like mackerel in the moonlight--  it shines and it stinks.  My favorite Dutch writer-- one of the late Christian era's genuinely godly thinkers-- is Leonard Verduin-- Anatomy of a Hybrid and The Reformers and Their Stepchildren.  

I have seen Amway's New Jerusalem, in Ada, Michigan, and I worked for that famous Hollander, Rich De Vos-- autographs on sale in the foyer.  Am I not a Dutchman of the Dutchmen?  My wife cooks banket and olie bollen, and I love to drain puddles and plant tulips there.  Do you know why the Hollanders wear wooden shoes?  Answer:  To keep the wood peckers away from their heads.  I can tell Dutch jokes because I am a Hollander :-) 

Dutchman, Dutchman, belly full of straw; when he laughs, he goes Yah, Yah, Yah.

A truly great Hollander from the era of my family heritage in 1690 in Upper State New Amsterdam (profanely known as New York). The Van Nattans married into the Roosa family, which had kinship with uncle Peter. One of our family painted his portrait before he donated one of his legs to the sharks in the Caribbean battle zone. You may not know yet, but Peter passed on some time ago, followed by his wife and all of his children-- It was dreadful. I trust you did not miss the viewing. I was unable to make it to the funeral due to scheduling conflicts and applied Calvinism. Peter was never very close to me anyway.


I am a Native-American 

My Grand Daddy on my Mom's side was about a quarter Cherokee.   I say "about" because there is said to be Cherokee blood in both of his parents.

He worked hard from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida taking care of his family. He never asked for special treatment, and his mother was skinned out of some prime real estate in downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma by a shark Gringo. You White folks owe me one. But, never mind, you can keep Muskogee if you like. Just give me fishing rights if you please.

My grand dad owned the hamburger stand above in Corpus Cristi, Texas in 1948. He clamed that, during that time, a shark came into the harbor and was making life terrifying for the swimming vacationers. He took a winch, bolted it to a dock, and put a chunk of meat on a hook on the end of the cable. The shark went for the bait, and my grand dad winched the shark in.

Usually, the porpoises kept the sharks out of the harbor, but they had been frightened off by the size of the shark. Porpoises will kill a shark by swimming at full speed (up to 50 MPH), and hit the shark in the belly from beneath. On this occasion the shark must have been big enough to frighten the porpoises off. 


I am a Scottish-Irish-American

My Dad's side, though partly Dutch, also included a bunch of potato chewing Scottish Irishmen.   Benjamin Franklin called the Scotch-Irish "White Savages." Well, that is OK with me-- the likes of Davey Crockett, Sam Houston, Joe Walker, and Andrew Jackson were better men than the Freemason womanizer, Ben Franklin. My people were Methodists, though I suspect they were Scot's Kirk originally, maybe even Orangemen.  

They tried to raise sheep in Colorado before deep wells were invented.  One relative, Harry Castle (see photo) , ran the rodeo in Grand Junction, Colorado so that he could cheat at the horse pull event.  He trained his horses to back up and jerk the big sled. He was the nice guy-- the rest of the Castles were hard rock miners!  

The bear in the photo was not shot, it was roped by Harry who dragged it until it was unconscious! He then rode to town, bought a hunting license, and killed the roped bear with a jack knife. He took the bear to a butcher shop and had is slaughtered and gave the meat to friends. The Castles are said to have moved from Kentucky to Colorado to work in the mines. Harry married Lenna Van Nattan, my Dad's aunt.
Read about Harry Roping the bear

I like my Scotch-Irish roots real well, and now that we live in Sam Houston land, the Republic of Texas, I feel pretty much at home.


I am a German-American 

I am a true WASP.  Saxony is in my blood.  Does that explain some of my tender hearted editorial? Probably.

One of our cousins on my Mom's side was out of work, and, as is want to be done by those who live on "unemployment," he decided to follow back the family tree. When he called me one night and gleefully announced that we were related to the Kaiser Wilhelm, I said, "Ach tung, turkey. Stop before you get to Der Fuhrer already."


All of the above is pure vanity
And will get me nowhere with God.

If it charms you, go ahead and copy it, and sign your name to it.  At 63, I couldn't care less.  I am a true gong and trinket man.  My time in Africa, and my living room walls, validate my story, so you will have quite a time trying to counterfeit the heritage God has given to me.

What am I proud of?  Nothing.  It is only by the Grace of God, and the Precious Blood of The Lord Jesus Christ, that I am what I am.

Brother Martin Luther was a real tiger when he nailed his complaint against the Pope to the church house door. He cried, "Sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, and sola Cristi." But, brother Martin forgot one, "Sola Hema"-- Only by the Blood. The Reformed Church never has finished the job of Reformation of the Whore of Rome. Indeed, they are returning, on the run, to Mother Whore. The Baptist zeal of Roger Williams was the true message of the Gospel, and the Blood of Jesus Christ was his message.

That is the message which saved me when I was seven years old. Through the witness of my Dad and Mom, and through the children's radio broadcast of Theodore Epp, I heard that I was a lost sinner, and that the Lord Jesus shed his precious Blood to wash away my sins. I believed that, and my Mother helped me confess my faith in Jesus Christ, and I have been saved ever since. Since the day I was born again, I began to have an eternal history in Christ. Do you have a history? If not, you can repent of your sin and confess your faith in Jesus Christ for your salvation, and your history will start and last for eternity.

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;.......

I am also a bigoted "racist."  I believe that the only "race" that is right is the Royal Priesthood, the Chosen Generation, of saints who are in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 2:9).  I sincerely hope and pray that you, whatever your human heritage, are also in that "race" of the Redeemed.  If not, why not? When you come into Christ, you come into the only non-political body on earth that will truly love and nurture you without racial or tribal prejudice.  

But then, your soul's destiny is YOUR choice.  True Bible based Christianity is the only religion in the world that invites you to choose, and if you reject the Gospel, you can go right to Hell, with bells and whistles, without any of us standing in your way.

So, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and tell Him so NOW, or agree with him later when He sends you to the Lake of Fire.

"This is my story,

To God be the Glory;

I'm only a sinner,

Saved by Grace."


Editor:  Blessed Quietness Journal--  Steve Van Nattan


Time spent in Eastern Tennessee in the shade of "Applacha", town of "Kangston" not fur from "Murvul," the home of Davey Crokett.
While we were there one of the Houston boys shot the depy sharuff
who come out on South River and tried to git the Houston boys ta pay a traffic fine.

We had some of the best neighbors in Green Acres that we ever had anywhere.

Wrote GTT on the front door and moved to Texas.

Finally, I am a Texas-American (Tejano)
from the great Republic of Texas.....

Steve and Elizabeth are now living in the Hill Country of Texas

Don't Mess With Texas

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