I was raised in a good, moral home. My parents started going to church when I was quite young, and I can recall them both getting saved. A short time later (at about age nine), I made a profession of faith. After moving to Xenia, Ohio, under the preaching of my former pastor, Dr. David McClellan, I felt great conviction from the Holy Spirit within me about my relationship with God. I truly accepted Christ as my Saviour while sitting in an Arby’s restaurant with my pastor in August of 2002. Anyone who knew me at this time, I believe, would testify that the fruits of the Spirit began to show in my life.
I was raised in a Christian home. My parents were both saved before I was born. I was in church every time the church doors were open from the day I was born. By the age of four, I had heard all of the Bible stories, and one day I asked my daddy how I could go to Heaven. We went to my room and knelt by my bed, and my daddy told me how to go to Heaven. I was saved that day and have never looked back.
My name is Andy Richey, missionary to East Africa. I work with Peter Morris, a veteran missionary of this field for eighteen years. Since working together, God has allowed us the blessing of starting many churches while working with national men. We have also held training seminars across Kenya. Those with whom we have worked are begging us to do more to train their people in biblical doctrine and church planting.
Our desire is to move forward in this work. Our plan is to start a pattern church, start a Bible college to train nationals, and then set up mobile training seminars to reach into rural areas and villages throughout East Africa. Though many churches have been started, much more needs to be done. This is a necessary progression to have any hope of fulfilling the Great Commission across this region!
This will take much work and sacrifice, which we are ready to do. We invite you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in this effort through prayer and finances. Please contact me if you would allow us the opportunity to share our burden and calling with you and your church.
We praise God and thank you for your continued prayer and financial support of the work here in Kenya! God is blessing, and souls are being saved and discipled, but not without some challenges. Lighthouse Baptist Church, as a new work, was just starting to build momentum, seeing as many as 7 visitors for a Sunday service; then the government issued a directive because of COVID, ordering all churches to close, lasting 1½ months, which followed the previous lockdown of 2 months. When we were able to resume meeting, we had lost about half of our people for various reasons. To be honest, the decline and loss of momentum really pushed my spirit down. Through soul-winning and outreach ministries, though, God has proven that He is still in control and worthy to be served! New converts are joining us through hard work and the faithfulness of our core members, and we rejoice to see souls saved and people growing in faith and sound doctrine. No doubt, we are in a spiritual battle against satanic forces, but with the power of God’s Word and the salvation message of Christ’s blood, our lighthouse in Kamiki, Nairobi, Kenya, is on the winning side, Amen!
Our church members are regularly mocked for their faith in Christ alone for salvation and for their relationship to a Baptist church. I thank God for some rock-solid disciples, who have become key to our growth and success in seeing souls saved post lockdowns. On occasion, I have referred to “my Peter” (real name Fred), a reference to the Apostle Peter because he is never at a loss for words or opinions and is quite outgoing in nature. Then we have “my Andrew” (real name Charles), who is quiet and reserved and will keep his thoughts and opinions to himself unless I pull them out of him. Both of these men have begun replicating the relationship we have as teacher/mentor with others. It is a wonderful joy to see my disciples now leading others to Christ and discipling their converts! Just after we had finished the Sunday service, Charles started teaching one of his converts, Prosper, biblical truths about the Holy Spirit and how to distinguish “another spirit”!
Connie has been working with a lady, Irene, who owns a sewing shop. Connie’s purpose is to be able to teach church ladies how to sew with the things available to them locally, so they can have a way to support their children. After working together for a couple of weeks, Irene began talking about the godly music Connie was playing at the shop. This led to a discussion about Heaven, which Connie used to lead Irene to an understanding of salvation. Every week they do a Bible study, and she has already finished Level 2, praise God! Upon seeing what was happening to his mom, her son Johan asked about salvation. Connie led him to Christ also! Now I have a weekly time of Bible study with John also.
In closing, please pray for:
1. Our newer converts to grow and remain faithful.
2. God to raise up strong families and future leaders of His work.
3. Wisdom in leadership to accomplish these things.
4. Patience for me, to depend on God and His timing, and not my own.
5. Our son Stephen and his wife Jennie are expecting again and due in February. Please pray that this little one can grow to term.