I grew up in a home where we never talked about Jesus, never went to church, and never talked about Heaven and Hell. I was, however, taught many Christian principles, such as honesty, love your neighbor, and be kind to everyone regardless of their skin color, financial situation, or social class. For this I am very grateful. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I would hear anything about Jesus.
I met the person whom God would use to expose me to the Gospel early one Sunday morning. I was working at the family business, and I was introduced to a new employee. My life, from that moment forward, would never be the same. Standing at the grill making breakfast sandwiches was the prettiest girl I had ever seen. Over the next several months, I would get to know her to be much more than just beautiful. I had to ask her out. Surprisingly, she said “Yes,” and we started spending more time together.
She invited me to go to church with her on a Sunday night. I enjoyed the service but did not hear the Gospel. I started going to church every Sunday night and joined the midweek youth group meeting. I began learning more about the Bible but still did not hear the Gospel and was still on my way to Hell.
One Friday night there was a big youth activity called the Super Bowl. We watched a minor league hockey game, and afterwards the teens stayed behind and played some games. To end our time at the rink, they had a preacher of the Gospel come out and give the Gospel message.
For the first time in my life, I heard about eternity in a way that made sense. I knew I was a sinner and could not get to Heaven on my own. My stomach felt like it was on fire when the invitation came to except Christ’s payment for my sin. The thought came over my mind that if I did not except right then, I would never have another opportunity.
I got out of my seat and made my way up the aisle to the back where men were waiting with Bibles in their hands to tell us how to be saved. I accepted Christ and Him alone for salvation. It was like a weight was lifted that day. I was a different person after that point and realized my life is not about me, but Christ.
I began attending church when I was seven years old. Shortly thereafter, I accepted Christ as my Saviour during a children’s church invitation. I then began attending a Christian school. I graduated from there and went on to attend Hyles-Anderson College. I’ve had a strong desire towards missions since I was 11 years old, and I am excited to be used in reaching those to whom the Gospel is hid.
Our objective is to build on the work that has already been done, to establish an expectation among the national pastors of soul winning, discipleship, and church planting. To assist in this process, we will mobilize small teams to go out for a couple of weeks at a time to help these new churches and pastors in remote areas by teaching and discipling them. Later we will return on a regular basis to see their progress. We will then teach the national pastors and their people to do likewise.
For those who are called of God to be in full-time ministry, we will have a Bible college for more
in-depth training. This will enable the team to observe, train, and disciple these men for the
future ministry of pastoring and church planting. To encourage these national pastors from Kenya and neighboring countries, we will have an annual Pastors’ School, where pastors can pray together, learn together, and have a time of fellowship and encouragement with likeminded fundamental, independent Baptist pastors and missionaries.
We believe that this focus on soul winning, teaching, discipling, and local churches reproducing
themselves through the planting of other local churches and teaching Africans to reach Africans for the cause of Christ is the best way to fulfill the Great Commission. It is now time to start a
multiplication effect that will spread across East Africa and have an impact around the world.
God has been blessing the ministry abundantly the last few months. So often we labor and don’t see the direct fruit. Since we started the church 20 months ago, we have handed out more than 10,000 Gospel tracts. This April, over a 3-week period, we had 40 first-time visitors. Easter was one of these weeks. We had 58 in attendance, and the following week, we had 61 in attendance, with 9 visitors. One of these visitors brought 3 different invitations with him, which he had received from us since our beginning!
Kenyan children finish school in February. For almost two months, the children have very little to do. Many will stay in the house and watch television for hours. We started having a youth football day every Wednesday. We met at the local police post in their open field. The first week, many of the neighborhood children also joined us. Every week, we seemed to have more and more children. Our last week, we had over 50 children playing a combination of football (soccer), skipping rope, and “Sunday school” run by Annabelle. From this program, we have had around 30 visitors, many who are now faithfully attending. We will continue the ministry one Saturday per month while school is in session.
As Easter approached, we desired to start a choir to have special music. Being a young, small church, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was very pleased with the number who desired to serve in the choir and the commitment they showed. The spirit of the group was great. An added blessing was having my son Corey play the piano for us.
Selfa is a faithful member of our church with eight children. Her three teenage daughters sing in the choir. Her husband Chris goes to a Catholic church, where he is very involved. He does, however, attend our men’s Bible study. Selfa has asked me over and over again to pray for him to come to church. I encouraged him to come to church on Easter to support his daughters, and to the excitement of everyone, he came. Please join us in praying for Chris.
My assistant pastor David and I minister together every Tuesday and Thursday. We go soul winning, make house calls, minister to the youth, and do many other activities. He was excited recently to lead a young man to the Lord for the first time in some time. He stated that he has learned a lot over the last few months. It was such a blessing for me to hear him say that. He expressed that he has grown a lot in soul winning and in his approach. Praise the Lord!
As many of you know, the Lord has directed us to purchase land for the church. After months of searching and avoiding a few scams, we have found a place. God has blessed us with over 25% of the funds. We are grateful for all who have donated. If you would like to give to this need, the best way is to send a check to FBMI, note “Missionary #39,” and write Land in the memo. We are excited for all the opportunities having our own property will allow.
Recently, we started holding a teen service in a corner space of the hotel. Several of our regular teens are away at boarding school, yet we have been blessed with a high day of 8! Please pray as we reach and train the next generation.
In closing, we will be returning to the States in September for a three-month furlough. It has been three years since our feet have touched U.S. soil, and we are excited to see our family and friends again! Please consider us in prayer as we prepare our ministry for smooth operations in our absence.