Mshama and Martha Kinyonga2022-07-28T19:23:53-05:00

MSHAMA KINYONGA FAMILY

SERVING IN TANZANIA SINCE 2013

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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.

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Mshama and Martha Kinyonga Prayer Letter: 8th Anniversary Service for Grace Baptist Church

Mshama and Martha Kinyonga Prayer Letter: 8th Anniversary Service for Grace Baptist ChurchWe are soon ending our medical furlough out West. We head back to Tanzania on October 3. We received Sarah’s passport and were able to add her to our return flight, so we are all set. We want to thank all of you for your faithful support and understanding on why we have come back to the States for every pregnancy. You don’t want to have C-sections in Morogoro, and my wife’s sugar levels throughout her pregnancies have required her being put in the hospital every time to get them regulated. We are excited for the future in Tanzania and excited to be working together as a family and with you all. We thank God that the Lord has allowed us to travel out West and visit our supporting churches, as well as pick up some new ones. We do thank Him for His protection and provision thus far. We haven’t seen some of our churches out West in 10 or 11 years, so it was a joy to rekindle old friendships and make new ones.

Divine Appointments

We always need to be mindful of opportunities to witness. We were out in Mesa, Arizona, at a Chili’s restaurant, and our server Jocelyn was very friendly and chatty. She was a college student from Virginia, who had just started working there. Our conversation led her to ask what brought us to Arizona, which opened up a huge door to witness to her. She didn’t get saved that night, but we planted a huge seed and were able to leave her with the church tract. We pray that God will continue to grow the seed that He allowed us to plant.

We were in Reno, Nevada, helping at a Vacation Bible School with one of our supporting churches, and the pastor gave me some contacts to go visit because they spoke Swahili. So, my wife and I went to visit. Both of the contacts were refugees from Congo who came into Tanzania and then got asylum to come to the U.S. It was a blessing to be able to share what we were doing in the States and to listen to their stories as well. Both of the parents of the contacts we were given received Christ, and it truly was a joy to visit them and lead them to Christ. We told them that the Lord allowed you to go through all you have been through so you could come to the States to hear the Gospel and get saved. One of the parents actually works every day in the morning, but that day she had to go in later. God is good.

Church News/Anniversary

Grace Baptist Church in Tanzania celebrated its 8th Anniversary on August 7. There was a lot of preparation and prayer that went into it. Our men had an all-night prayer meeting. They wanted God to be involved, the Gospel to be preached freely, and things to go smoothly, etc. On that day, they had 539 in church with 1 salvation.

Even in our absence, the church folks continue to mature. We started a new Bible Club in one of our areas so that the children in Misongeni will be able to learn about the Lord every Saturday. Please pray that the Lord will use this new Bible Club for His glory. Pray for Mama Esther, the lady who is running it.

Appreciation

Thank you all again for your prayer and financial support. Thank you for teaming up with us as we serve in Tanzania. We are so grateful that you chose us. Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns with us. We are more than happy to answer your questions. Please know that we pray for you all; we pray that God will continue to bless your families and church ministries as well.

For His glory,

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

September 3rd, 2022|Tags: , |

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