Mshama and Martha Kinyonga2021-01-01T09:16:56-06:00

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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


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




You can financially support our family and ministry by giving here online, or you can mail checks to FBMI, 507 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320, and designate your giving to Missionary #162.


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Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter: An Amazing Month!

Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter: An Amazing Month!We serve a mighty God, don’t we? His mercy truly is new every morning. Can you believe that 2020 is wrapping up? I truly don’t think anyone from anywhere could have guessed a year like this, but we serve a God Who knows everything, and that in itself brings tremendous peace. We are always excited to tell you what has been going on in Tanzania through the prayers and financial support that you all provide.

Due to COVID, we had to cancel our Teen Camp. We were all disappointed, but what can you do? Our teens understood, and we explained to them that life can be unpredictable. The president said we are now COVID-free; but school and everything were back in session, and there was no time to have camp. We then had the idea to have an all-night teen activity at the church. We had games, food, preaching, etc. We told them it would just be a time with our teens at GBC and a time to grow closer together. We had 65 come, and God blessed.

We also wanted to do something for our kids at GBC and in Morogoro as well. We had our annual Kids’ Day. It was like a one-day VBS. It was the typical preparation, and we were excited and ready . . . or so we thought. We printed 500 flyers. We knew some wouldn’t come, and we knew some would just take the flyers and do whatever with them. However, that day we ended up with 812 kids! There were kids everywhere! Just trying to play tug-of-war and feed all of them rice and beans was very interesting. We probably looked crazy, but our church members hung together and stayed calm. And even though we all collapsed later, it was worth it because 234 trusted Christ.

On December 5, the Saturday before we left, we had a ladies’ meeting. The theme was “Being a Godly Example.” We had three ladies from our church speak. There were games, food, door prizes, etc. We printed 150 flyers. We also asked who would be in town due to the Christmas Break. That day we had 300 ladies, with 22 salvations. That was the biggest attendance we have ever had. God continues to show us that He is in control, no matter what. Many ladies called and texted to say that they wanted more information about the church.

Not that we haven’t been busy, but we topped off all that with two weddings. One was a middle-aged couple who have been coming for a while. They knew they were wrong for living together but not being married, so they wanted to make it right. We married January (yes, that’s his name) and Elimaria on November 18. The other couple was Amani, who grew up in our youth group, and Leokadia. It was a blessing to be able to marry them on November 28. Watching Amani grow up into a godly man and then marrying him and Leokadia was a great privilege for me.

We arrived safely in the States on December 9. Everything went well, for which we thank God. Only one suitcase was missing out of nine—not too bad. We are excited to be back. We can enjoy Christmas here Stateside. We pray that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We love and appreciate all of you. Thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry here in Tanzania. We are glad that we can share about the fruit that has been added your account. Thank you all for the cards and emails that we get. It is encouraging to know that we are a team and not alone.

Your missionary friends,

Mshama, Martha, Esther, Benjamin, & Baby Kinyonga

December 23rd, 2020|Tags: , , |
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