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.
As we prepare to return to the States for a short visit, we have many things to put in order. One of these things is our visa. We had a two-month delay getting some of our needed paperwork, which has now added stress to a difficult process. All our paperwork is submitted, as we wait on Immigration. Please join us in praying that this will not hinder our leaving and that everything will be situated for when we are scheduled to depart.
We have been very blessed with God allowing us to have our travel schedule set for our trip to the States. It was amazing to see how God opened doors to a few new churches and to many of our current supporters. I will just say that the schedule we have is not what I expected when I was planning the trip. A new church contacted us, requesting us to be at their Missions Conference. Praise the Lord! We needed a vehicle for our time in the States, and God opened the door for us to have a vehicle that fits our entire family for an extremely reduced price.
As we continue our regular ministry work, God is constantly showing us new ways to serve Him. Brenda, one of our newest members, has been a blessed addition to our church since Easter. She has made snacks, played football on Youth Day, sung special music, and brought friends to church. One of those friends is Anne. Pastor David and I had the pleasure of visiting Anne at her house recently. She does not live very close to the church, so it can be difficult for her to come regularly. If we had a church van, we could pick her and many others up. During our visit, we were able to give the Gospel to Anne and her 23-year-old son. Anne was already saved, but her son accepted Christ that day. Please join us in praying for him as we encourage him to do Bible study and grow in the Lord. I felt for him, as he seemed like he had no hope when we met him.
On August 14, we celebrated the second anniversary of Calvary Baptist Church of Ruaka. As a church, we have gone through many ups and downs. We started the church with only 3 people the first Sunday. We have had as many as 65 in our services, have seen scores come to know Christ, and have had many of those start discipleship. I was very encouraged with the participation of the church the day of our celebration. Many invited friends, ladies helped decorate, men provided the soda for our celebration meal, Bro. Eric took photos, and Pastor David led a man to Christ. A lot of preparation went into the service, and as we arrived home afterward, my wife and I rejoiced together in how God had blessed us with a great day.
Kenya is known as the economic hub of East Africa. With that being said, they are also known for rioting and unrest after elections. For the last five elections, the same man has challenged to be president, and for all five elections, he has lost. Each time he loses, he claims to have been cheated; and his supporters, about 45 percent of the electorate, riot and loot. We just had the latest election, and we had the same result. The election was held on August 9. It took one week for the results to be announced. Now I am certain that he will challenge the results in court, just as he has done after the previous elections. This will drag on for another three weeks. Please join us in praying for peace for the country. In some areas even now, more than a week after the election, 90 percent of the small businesses are closed, and people are staying home because of fear.
Brenda receiving a Bible after attending church for 10 weeks!
Ladies fellowshipping after church
Our children out in the community inviting people to church
Inviting the community to church as a family
Our family working together to invite the community to church
Teen-activity fun during the last break
Teens having fun at an activity during their last break
Having fun with the teens at an activity during their last break