Recently we were blessed with having our field director, Bro. Jeremy Snipes, and our future Team East Africa member, Charles Newton, visit us here in Kenya. They were able to visit an inner-city church, Greater Vision Baptist Church, in the lower-income area of Nairobi on Sunday and then a couple of one-on-one Bibles studies on Monday before leaving for Bungoma up-country, about an eight-hour drive northwest of Nairobi on Tuesday.
In Bungoma, we had a seminar with 28 pastors attending. We taught on the need to teach their people such things as correct doctrine and soul winning and the need for local-church Bible institutes. We left them some materials and promised to return soon for a longer period to help them set up a program to teach their people correct doctrine, soul winning, and discipleship.
From Bungoma we moved to Kisii (five hours south), where we met with the elders of a church that is pastored by a young man I led to the Lord a few years ago. They moved from a house to an outside, makeshift temporary church building made of tree branches and then to a rented building that they have filled with blue plastic chairs. I asked him on a previous visit where all the chairs came from, and he said each member buys their own chair. It is a blessing to see the personal sacrifice church members are making to see their church grow. Unfortunately, the pastor was not there this time, as he has moved over 400 km away to take up a job so that he can feed his family. I am hoping to hear soon that he has returned to his church and his family. I am excited about the potential of this church and, at the same time, concerned about the financial distress that poverty can bring these families in low-income areas of Western Kenya. Please pray for this young pastor and his assistant as they work together to keep this church going.
We drove along extremely difficult roads to visit a church in Nyamira, where five local churches gathered. On Saturday, we taught on “The Importance of Soul Winning and Multiplication,” “How to Lead a Person to Jesus Christ,” “The Need for Correct Doctrine,” “The King James Bible,” and “Eternal Security.” We also handed out discipleship materials. On Sunday, we saw 30 call on Christ to be saved, including at least 2 undertrained “pastors.” This was our first opportunity to teach and preach there, and we have been asked to return on a regular basis. Our objective is to start Bible institutes in these churches.
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We have the following three prayer requests:
1. We have had our 4WD vehicle on loan from a businessman here in Nairobi since we arrived in April. This obviously has been a great blessing. However, the time has come where he needs us to return the vehicle. Hence, we ask that you pray that the Lord will supply another 4WD vehicle that will allow us to continue to access remote areas to plant new churches and start Bible institutes.
2. Please pray for our health and our finances.
3. Please pray for the Lord to raise up some Kenyan men of integrity whom we can work with in the ministry.
May your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations be a blessed time for you and your families. Thank you and God bless you.
Your co-labourers for the cause of Christ,
Peter, Melody, and Lindsay Morris