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.
Praise the Lord, we recently held our first Baptism Sunday! Three of our children, nine-year-old Vivian, who is the daughter of one of our faithful men, and a young lady named Yvonne were all baptized to show their decision to trust Christ. We had several other young people desire to be baptized, but their father, being a devout Catholic, sadly would not allow it. Pray for Chris. His family would love to have him join them at our church, and we are praying for God to touch his heart.
Pavil, a young man in our church, started Bible college and is thoroughly enjoying it. He signed up for one semester, per my encouragement, and has since then surrendered to full-time service. He would like to team up with a missionary, who is currently serving in South Sudan, when he finishes college.
We are making slow progress on our church registration, and we are praying that God moves quickly with the remainder of the process. All of our forms have been submitted, and we are now just waiting on their approval. What should have been a month’s process has taken more than three.
We held our first Child Dedication service. This allowed children of all ages, who had not been dedicated as babies, to be dedicated to Christ. Culturally, babies are dedicated by the church at three months of age, which happens to be the age that they first leave the home at all. We had a birth in our church this month, so in a few months, we should be doing another dedication service.
Tragedy struck our church on July 7. Yvonne, the young lady mentioned above, was hit by a car while walking to church with her two younger sisters. We received a call within minutes of it happening, but by the time we arrived on the scene, she was already gone. We’ve had to navigate a lot of new things culturally, spiritually, and mentally through this devastating time. Yvonne was a promising young lady. She was to graduate high school in November and had plans to attend Bible college. Please continue to pray for her mother Irene and her siblings, Gloria and Naomi, who were left behind.
Amongst the regular ministry work, we are actively working on our upcoming Teen Rally. We are so excited to offer this event as an annual occurrence for the youth in our area. The theme of our conference is, “For What Is Your Life?” If you visited Kenya, you would see that there are churches of all kinds on nearly every corner, yet if you take a single moment to look at the moral condition of the people, you know that even basic moral teaching is completely non-existent. The people in Kenya, as in many places around the world, desperately need Christ’s love. They need to know that they are valued by Him and that they have a purpose beyond the day-to-day eat, sleep, and work. God has blessed our church with a steady group of young people, whom we pray we can influence and start breaking the cycle of immorality and broken families.
We have a few new ministries we are praying about and are in the early planning stages of. If you could, pray that God would lead and direct in the ways that He would have us minister to the people here. Pray that He would provide the right people to assist with the planning, as well as the necessary resources.
Regarding the purchasing of land, we were told in June that the land we were saving for had gone under contact and was no longer available. After a week of looking at other properties, we received a follow-up call that the deal had failed and that our land was once again for sale. Praise the Lord! As much as we do not want to rush God’s plans, we also know that we must be good stewards of the opportunities He gives us, or they will pass. Please pray that the will of God will be done as we seek Him and slowly save for our own place.
In His service,
Kenya, East Africa
Yvonne singing in church
Pavil, the young man i our church who is attending Bible college