We would like to thank everyone who has been praying for us while we were on our trip to Kenya. We arrived back in the United States a couple of weeks ago with no issues. We were able to get much accomplished regarding the paperwork for our residency and locating a future home. Our paperwork has already been filed and, at this rate, should be approved by the time we move, making our move a much easier transition.
I also want to give a huge thank you to all the churches and individuals that donated Bibles. God had His hand on this project from the very beginning. In just under three weeks, we able to get 400 Bibles and almost the entire amount needed to ship them. This was far more than we anticipated and brought a bit of worry. My biggest fear was about arriving in Kenya. I thought they would either confiscate them or charge us an outrageous amount to bring them in. After arriving and collecting our crates, I believed we were in the clear. However, at the last stop before exiting the airport, one of the agents pulled me aside and began questioning me about the crates. The lady who checked our crates began saying she might have to take them. When she asked what they were for, we told her they were gifts. She asked if she and the other two agents could have one. They were so happy to receive these Bibles that our other bags were never checked, and they let us go.
In total, we visited two major cities and a few village areas in Kenya. The first person we had the opportunity to lead to Christ was a young woman by the name of Nora. Her family was one of the families that received a Bible. She stood silently as she heard about Jesus and His salvation for the first time. Just a few moments later, I watched her weep as she received Christ. There is an endless amount of opportunities for ministry work. My wife and I were both invited to a school, where we had the opportunity to give the Gospel. By the end of our trip, we had the blessing to see 38 people receive Christ.
The original estimation for our move to Kenya was November 2020, but due to COVID-19, the majority of our meetings have been canceled during this time. We have done several meetings remotely and will be rescheduling the others for a later date. As of right now, it seems unlikely that we will leave in November due to this disruption, but God is ultimately in control of everything.
In His service,
The Newton Family