Mshama and Martha Kinyonga2020-03-27T09:42:44-05:00

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MSHAMA KINYONGA FAMILY

SERVING IN TANZANIA SINCE 2013

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Mshama Birthday 05/12
Martha Birthday 06/23
Mshama & Martha Wedding Anniversary
Esther Birthday 03/06

My name is Mshama Kinyonga, and my wife’s name is Martha. We both graduated in May 2009 from Hyles-Anderson College. Our goal is to reach the people of my home country of Tanzania.

I was saved at the age of fifteen and had a desire to serve God with my life. I attended Faith Baptist Church in Morogoro, Tanzania, and it was there that my desire continued to grow. My pastor, Jerry Wyatt Jr., influenced me to get involved in the ministry. I taught a Sunday school class for children at church and the Bible in the public schools. I also worked in the Puppet Ministry, where we used puppets to go to different public schools, in the Bible Clubs, and in open-air evangelistic meetings. We were able to draw good crowds to present the Gospel. I even had the opportunity to work in the Village Ministry, where we would go to different villages and present the Gospel. The Lord has allowed me to see many people get saved and have their lives transformed in our ministries. In 2005 the Lord gave me the great privilege of going to Hyles-Anderson College to further my life’s calling.

My wife Martha was saved at the age of six. She, too, had a great desire to serve God with her life. She had the opportunity to teach second grade in Kampala, Uganda, at a Christian school. There in Uganda her desire for the African people grew strong. She not only had the privilege to teach English, science, and math; but she was able to teach Bible Clubs too. Throughout her ten-month stay, she was able to capture her students’ hearts; however, the ministry was continuing to capture hers. When she returned to the States, the Lord allowed her to enroll at Hyles- Anderson College, where He would continue to direct her steps.

During our time at Hyles-Anderson College, not only did the Lord bring us together, but He also allowed us the opportunity to get involved in the ministry of First Baptist Church of Hammond. I worked in the Bus Ministry all four years of college, as did my wife. The fact that God gave us a chance to influence people and to bring more sinners to the Saviour was incredible. I thank God for this great college, which trained us to be full-time in the ministry. Not only did we learn practical skills, but also our hearts continued to be softened to the needs of people.

My wife and I are excited to be teaching the people in Tanzania. Our focal point is to transfer the knowledge we received at college to the Tanzanians so they, too, can train others for full-time Christian service.

First Baptist Church

473 Sibley St, Hammond, IN 46320

219-932-0711

fbchammond.com

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Springfield, TN 37172
BOX 200 Morogoro, Tanzania

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Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter: God Is Still Working–In Spite of COVID-19!

Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter:  God Is Still Working--In Spite of COVID-19!To say that this year has had some twists and turns worldwide would, I believe, be an understatement. It is almost the end of June. The year is already half over—and “WOW” is about all I can say at the moment! It is good to know that God is the same, and He alone brings peace in times of trouble. We are in good hands with the Lord.

COVID-19

We ended up having 20 cases or so in our town of Morogoro. Most of the cases in Tanzania were in the much bigger cities; but the government didn’t stop public travel on buses and such, so the virus ended up spreading to the smaller towns. Our president here said we all needed to take three days and pray that God would show favor to us in Tanzania. That was May 17-19. Because of that, I had the opportunity to pray for our nation live on TV. Since I had five minutes or so, I prayed that God would protect us from COVID-19, but I also gave the full Gospel presentation. I then had the opportunity to be live on a radio station as well and give a ten-minute or so devotional talking about overcoming fear. So, God was able to get the glory in spite of the pandemic. As of June 1, Tanzania has opened up the universities and is allowing the sporting events like soccer. On June 29, schools for all grades will resume.

MINISTRY

During the month of June, we brought back our Sunday school hour, and we were able to split again and start up or our married Sunday school class. It’s a blessing to be able to bring back slowly some of our regular things that we had to stop before. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially during the month of June, we have been averaging 380. Before the Coronavirus, we averaged 320. That means that in spite of the pandemic, God added 60 more people to our church, and because of that, we had to increase our buses by two. The Roberts, a couple from our church, invited their neighbors. Their neighbors came for a few weeks, liked it, and kept coming. They got saved and baptized and are now members here at GBC. God is still doing great things everywhere. Even though we see and read negative things, God is still busy adding to the church.

I want to take this time to thank the churches that gave so we could buy another church bus. It is so encouraging to see that folks love the Bus Ministry. We were able to purchase another 27-passenger bus-/van-type of vehicle. It allows us to save money so we don’t have to pay to rent a bus for at least two of our routes on Sundays and Wednesdays. We also want to thank the church that gave money for us to help our folks during the COVID-19 crisis. We were able to purchase each family a complete meal. COVID-19, for the most part, has hurt folks here by way of work. Things aren’t coming in to sell and people aren’t building, etc., so food is the biggest need. We appreciate that nice gesture to help our families here. Please know that we fervently pray for America, the government, and the churches. We pray that God will show mercy and that the Gospel will spread quickly so that real change can happen. We love you all and thank you for your faithfulness so that we can continue to be here.

Your missionary friends,

Mshama, Martha, Esther, & Benjamin Kinyonga

June 24th, 2020|Tags: , |
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