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.

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473 Sibley St, Hammond, IN 46320

219-932-0711

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Springfield, TN 37172
BOX 200 Morogoro, Tanzania

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Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter: May God Get the Glory in Spite of the Chaos

Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter:  May God Get the Glory in Spite of the ChaosGreetings from COVID-free Tanzania, at least, that’s what the president declared last month. Life is back to normal with no restrictions; however, I do believe that, in general, COVID has opened the eyes of the folks here about being more aware of germs and overall cleanliness, so that is a blessing. We watch the news sometimes and take it with a grain of salt most times, but we do pray fervently for you all. We pray that God will raise up Christians who stand firm and that wisdom will be used. We are looking forward to seeing how God will get the glory in spite of the chaos.

As I said before, life continues. Ministry is going well. We continue to do what we know to do here, which is loving people and praying for patience. If we continue to do that, God will bless in time. These past months, we have seen three families come and join the church and start to get involved.

Fred is the designer we have used for many years for our church. He designs and prints our calendars, banners, etc. He wasn’t coming to church. We have invited him before and another member in our church who works with him has also tried several times. Well, he finally came last month, along with his wife and three kids; he was only expecting to come one time and be done. Well, the family came, got saved, eventually got baptized, and have been coming ever since.

The next family is Baba Rachel and his wife and two kids. They actually started coming back in May because their church closed due to COVID. They wanted to continue in church somewhere, so they came and enjoyed our church services. Once their church opened up again, they said they realized the doctrinal errors their church had and wanted to stay here in our church and be members.

Let me give you the background of this last story. So, some of our ladies were out soul winning in their area. During that morning, they met a lady who lived in the neighborhood, and they gave her a tract, inviting her to church. She told the ladies she was very busy, and they said, “That’s fine; you can keep the tract.” She yelled at them, cursed at them, and just carried on about her life and her problems and then just chased them away. Our ladies kindly left and moved on. Well, later that day, the lady felt so bad about what she had done that she found out where our ladies lived and went to apologize to them. She told them she was having family issues and really didn’t mean to snap. She told them that she would come to church the next time we had services, and she did. She also brought her grandkids, and now they come regularly.

Prayer Requests

• Please continue to pray for these families. They are new to Christianity and have a lot of zeal, which is good, but pray that they can continue. We know that the Devil likes to attack and destroy, so pray that we as a church can be a help to them as they grow.
• Pray for my wife, who is pregnant with Baby #3, due in February.
• Pray as we are trying to finalize our future plans due to the fact that Martha will be delivering Stateside.
• Pray for our upcoming election here in October that things will go smoothly.
We love and appreciate all of you. Again, we do pray for your ministries and families. Thank you for being faithful to the Lord.

Your missionary representatives,

Mshama, Martha, Esther, & Benjamin Kinyonga

September 2nd, 2020|Tags: , |
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