Mshama and Martha Kinyonga2023-01-25T09:51:01-06:00




Mshama Birthday 05/12
Martha Birthday 06/23
Mshama & Martha Wedding Anniversary 05/30
Esther Birthday 03/06
Benjamin Birthday 06/11
Rachel Birthday 01/28

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
507 State St.
Hammond, IN  46320
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Springfield, TN 37172
BOX 200 Morogoro, Tanzania




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Mshama and Martha Kinyonga Prayer Letter: God Is in the “Small” Things Too!

Mshama and Martha Kinyonga Prayer Letter:  God Is in the "Small" Things Too!We pray that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now enjoying the Christmas season. Celebrating Christmas in 95-degree heat is always fun. Listening to Christmas music about snow and fires when you’re sweating is different, but we are so grateful that God has allowed us to minister here.

Over these past months, we have been busy. As you remember in our last prayer letter, we had some projects going on around the church, and we praise God that those are done. We will finish up our village church, Lord willing, at the end of this month. Ryan Stricklin, a visitor from college, came to visit us for two weeks. He had wanted to see Tanzania for a while, and we were honored to host him.

We had an all-day teen activity with preaching, games, food, etc. We haven’t been able to have Teen Camp in a few years due to COVID, so we wanted to do something fun for them. They went on a one-day trip to the ocean as well.

Our annual Family Picture Day was the first week of December. We challenged our members to bring their family and friends who wouldn’t normally come. Everyone received their family picture, and it was a great opportunity to present the Gospel to folks.

God is so good to us! I am always excited when God is in the “BIG” things, but I am equally excited when God is interested in the “small” things. Some of my staff men and I were traveling to our village church in Giaro to see how their new church building was coming along. As I was passing a few semitrucks, the brand-new tire I had just bought the night before blew up just as I finished passing the last truck. I thank God that we didn’t flip. I was able to regain control and change the tire. Then we went on our way once again. God is in control of everything.

Our English Sunday school is also going well. We average 12 kids. We sing songs, play games, and do crafts. I am grateful that my kids can still learn and grow in the Lord while they are learning Swahili.

We will end the year with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day services. It is always a special time to come together as one. We are looking forward to next year and seeing what God will do through us. We thank you all for the emails, cards, packages, etc. We are so grateful to team up with you all. Thank you for investing in us as we reach this generation and the next generation. So far in our church this year, we have had many new babies: Yohana, Kevin, Joshua, Baraka, and Steven; and we have three more ladies who will deliver next year. We do thank God for life, for He is the ultimate giver of life. We are looking ahead at how God will use these young ones for His glory. Who knows what the future will hold for these guys? We pray that God will use them greatly.

Again, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

For His glory,

Mshama, Martha, Esther, Benjamin, Rachel, & Sarah Kinyonga

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