Can you believe February is over?! This is our first letter of the new year, so we pray that all is well. We do thank God for all of you, and we are honored that we can write and report to you what God has been doing. We made it safely back to the States mid-January, and we are settling back into Wisconsin life well. The weather was definitely the most eye-opening, but we can’t complain. We have been busy with doctor’s appointments and such. We are looking forward to having the newest Kinyonga with us mid-March.
We ended the year with some exciting times. Christmas was celebrated together at church. We had many visitors, and we were glad that we could celebrate the birth of Christ together at church. This year we had our first kids’ Christmas play. We had been practicing for weeks with our Wednesday Bible Club kids. They were excited to dress up and act out the birth of Christ. It was a joy to see the faces of the kids as they portrayed the shepherds, angels, wise men, etc. We continued with the tradition of providing a huge Christmas meal for everyone and eating on the church grounds.
The following week, as you know, was New Year’s Eve. We had an all-nighter at the church with singing and preaching, followed by ringing in the New Year on our knees—and let’s not forget the food! It was a fun and memorable time.
We didn’t have a lot of time in 2022 before we were planned to leave for the States on the 17th. We had some goals in mind of what we wanted to do and some things we wanted in place. We had been praying about starting a new Sunday school class for single ladies ages 18-30. Our assistant pastor’s wife, along with another lady, had a burden for helping these ladies. They average 20-25 or so every week, and there is a sweet spirit among them, which is growing.
Our village church in Giaro, Grace Baptist Church, was able to purchase some of their own property. They have a little less than an acre. Some of our church members were able to go out there and see the land and celebrate with them. We prayed over it, and our church gave them some money to help buy some bricks. It is exciting to see what God will do there. We pray that many new folks will get saved and grow in the Lord on that property.
Lastly, we started a new Saturday Bible Club. It is in a completely new area. We have some church members who live out there. It’s a new area called Kiegea. The area is heavily Muslim, but the folks are open to the Gospel. Please pray that this little “Light” that we planted will grow and that maybe one day, we will need to start a bus route out there.
Thank you all again for your prayer and financial support. We know all the sacrifice and hard work it is to give to missions. Please know that we don’t take your willingness for granted. We truly love and appreciate all of you—from the youngest to the oldest. Your heart for God and our people is felt. If we can be a help to you, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for taking your time and reading about what God is doing here.
For His glory,
Mshama, Martha, Esther, Benjamin, Rachel, & Baby Kinyonga