Mshama and Martha Kinyonga2021-03-16T14:20:16-05:00

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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 of Hammond
fbchammond.com
507 State St.
Hammond, IN  46320
(219) 932-0711

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801 Oak Ridge Dr.
Springfield, TN 37172
BOX 200 Morogoro, Tanzania

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Mshama and Martha Kinyonga Prayer Letter: Thank You for Your Prayers

Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter: Thank You for Your PrayersThank you all so much for your continuous prayers for our family and the ministry in Tanzania. We are leaving the States at the end of May, so we are down to the last few weeks. The Lord has been so good to us during this medical furlough. Rachel is growing well and finally gaining good weight. We struggled at the beginning of her birth to find the right formula that would agree with her system and with her acid reflux. We are planning to take some formula back with us so we won’t have to introduce her to a brand-new one right away. As far as the rest of the crew, we always take advantage of being back Stateside; we all go to the dentist, get physicals, etc. We love taking advantage of the good healthcare in the States. A few days before I had my routine physical, I noticed that my Adam’s apple looked crooked. Well, to make a long story short, I had a golf-ball-sized cyst in my throat and needed to have surgery to remove it. I’m doing well, and there have been no side effects. Martha was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so we have been going to many doctor’s appointments, getting educated on how to be a success with this disease, especially while living overseas. I cannot lie; it is challenging and not the easiest thing. But God continues to give us grace and mercy, and we know that we will be just fine.

Ministry

We had the opportunity to present our work in four churches. Two were new, and two we visited to give an update. We are always grateful for the opportunity to brag on God and to let people know how He is working in other parts of the world. Back home in Tanzania, things are going well. They had an all-night prayer meeting back in March, and 60 folks came out. When the pastor leaves, you sometimes wonder if people are going to leave too, but our folks at Grace Baptist Church remain faithful and continue to grow spiritually. We are grateful for the 340 people they have been averaging. Ministries are going on as normal: soul winning, bus, public schools, church services, etc. For Easter, our teens went to minister at our village church in Gairo. They sang and preached and had a good time celebrating our risen Saviour with those folks there. Back at Grace, 401 folks came, and they had a great day, with salvations and baptisms as well.

Prayer Requests

• Our president passed away last month. Please pray that things will go smoothly for the vice president as she transitions.
• As we head back, pray that we won’t have trouble getting in due to COVID. So far, there seems to be no problem, but the rules are changing daily.
• Pray that Martha’s and Rachel’s passports will arrive on time. Because of COVID, they said that they are not at full capacity in the office, and things take a little longer than normal.
• We need to take insulin back with us. Pray that the insurance will work with us to be able to take back months at a time.

We are always honored and grateful that you all would partner with us. Thank you for the cards, notes, and messages that we receive. They are very encouraging to us. Please know that we pray for you all and the ministries that God allows you to serve in. Also, if you ever change your email address, please let us know. We always want to be able to keep in touch. Our letters go out bimonthly, so if you haven’t heard from us, please reach out because we may have the wrong email. Again, we love and appreciate you all.

Your missionary representatives,

Mshama, Martha, Esther, Benjamin, & Rachel Kinyonga

May 11th, 2021|Tags: , |

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