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Busy Month!

24 Jan 2004

January has been a very busy month here in Kenya! Our new School year opened with many new students. We are praising the Lord for over 50 students who accepted Christ as their personal Savior during the first two weeks of school! God is good!!

I went out to the Maasai Region where we are building the new Youth Camp and Bible Institute. What a priceless tool this is going to be in reaching the next generation of Maasai for Christ! The believers out there are so excited. The Maasai culture is rapidly changing in these modern times. Many of the young people who were following traditions of their tribe just a few years ago, are now coming to Christ. Others are just coming into the modern world with all the trappings that involves. We are so thankful to have dedicated Pastors out in this remote region of Kenya who are concerned with reaching these young people for Christ and training them to follow Him.
Thirty new students just entered our Bible Institute, and we no longer have room to accommodate all of the students in our main B.I. facility. Therefore, the Maasai Camp complex is badly needed so that we can open a branch Institute to relieve the overcrowding. Many of our new Institute students come from our Maasai churches, so we can see God’s perfect timing in this project!

I also traveled out to another remote area where our newest missionary, John Longisa and his family are laboring. I visited with them in their home and was thrilled to see the joy of the Lord in their faces as they told about the work God is doing in their area. They have sacrificed such good jobs with good incomes in answering God’s to preach the Gospel in this remote area! They’ve already filled up the temporary church facility in Rumuruti trading centre! John also travels to several other Centers during the week, conducting prayer meetings and evangelism. He has been there less than a year and is already discipling a number of young men who are candidates for further studies in our Bible Institutes.

We desperately need financial help to continue with these two important new projects. Thank God for many praying friends of this ministry around the world!

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19 Nov 2003

The new work in the remote area of West Laikipia District continues to grow. 30 people have been saved in the new church in Rumuruti Town, with 9 people baptised recently. We deeply admire John Longisa and his family, our missionaries in that difficult area. They left the comforts and security of good-paying jobs in Nanyuki to follow the Lord’s call to the bush country. God’s hand is upon John and Lucy. In addition to the town church which they have planted, John preaches in many other settlement areas, and has established several other mission congregations. John is a natural leader, commanding peoples’ respect. He has a dedicated group of young men whom he is discipling. Lucy’s health has been adversely affected by the move to that harsh climate.

Construction of the Youth Camp/Bible Institute in Maasailand has progressed well. The first dormitory is finished and the dining/assembly hall is almost finished. Our funds are finished too!!! So, we will have the wait for the Lord’s provision before continuing.

What a blessing this camp has already been to the Maasai youth! We know that it is going to make a huge impact on that whole area, with far-reaching effects beyond.

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Missionaries Sent Out

28 Mar 2003

Missionary sent to the Bush

After months of preparation, John Longisa and his family were formally sent out as missionaries from the Mt. Kenya Baptist Church to the wild bush country of West Laikipia District four weeks ago. MKBC members gave them a wonderful send-off, giving John a new bicycle, other household items and a large cash offering. The church is supporting the Longisa family monthly. It’s not enough to live on, but the Longisa family are confident in God’s provision. They found a small two-room house to rent in Rumuruti, the main town in that large expanse of bush country. It’s like an old “wild west” town, with constant insecurity. The second week in their new home, the Longisas were startled by bandits, who swept through the town, killing and robbing. Still, John and Lucy are radiantly happy to be in the place God where wants them to minister!

They have already started Sunday services, and are looking for a larger place for the new church to have more room to grow. They need lots of prayer as they look to the Lord for their daily protection, provision of their financial needs, and fruit in this new ministry in such a difficult place!

New Government trying to keep commitments

The newly elected President of Kenya seems to be making every effort to follow through on his campaign promise to end corruption. There are positive signs at every level of government! We continue praying for a “new Kenya,” which will rebound economically and be able to send out more missionaries around the world!

Timau Mosque situation update

Thank the Lord that there have been several good responses to our appeal to purchase the plot next to the Timau Bible Baptist Church which will prevent the establishment of a Mosque on this strategic ground, and also will enable the Timau Church to expand their vibrant ministry! We know these are difficult times economically, and most responders were able to “only” assure us of their prayers. But, “only” prayer is still the greatest weapon in our arsenal!! Thank God for all of these prayer warriors!!! Others have indicated their intention to send financial help. We have been so encouraged that we have moved forward and signed the purchase agreement!

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Trip to Dar es Salaam

30 Jul 2002

We have just returned from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. God gave us a wonderful Bible Institute session with all of the advanced students from sister churches all over Tanzania. I was a bit nervous about my Swahili because the Tanzanian coast is where Swahili originated, and where it is spoken in it’s purest form. Well, God answered the prayers of many people who were praying for me back in Kenya and my Swahili rose to a new level! It was exciting to see the eager response of the Tanzanian students. God’s grace is marvelous!

Our hearts were touched by the great need in the sprawling city of Dar es Salaam. This key East African city is at a crossroads, and our missionaries down there are looking at what might be a brief window of opportunity to plant new churches in this stronghold of Islam! How exciting that our Kenyan churches in the Mt. Kenya region have just sent our first foreign missionary to this needy city! Joel and Pauline Muli had been on the field for just six weeks when I visited their simple, but happy home in Dar es Salaam. They were glowing with excitement over what God is already doing through them to reach Tanzanians with the Gospel. I was wonderfully surprised at how quickly they have made the adjustment from a quiet rural life in Kenya to the big city of Dar.

Back in Kenya, another fine African man with a wife and four children has just surrendered to leave our town church and go out into the wilderness of West Laikipia District as a Missionary. John Longisa and his wife, Lucy, both have good jobs in town. He is one of our fine deacons. But God has touched his heart for the neglected areas of Kenya, and he is willing to give up all the security of his city job and comfortable life in order to respond to God’s call. Whew! That kind of commitment is so rare!!

How wonderful it is to see our people maturing through the steps of discipleship, reaching that all-important step of full commitment to world missions! It gives me goose bumps! God is so good! And, we are so blessed to have such wonderful supporters back home which makes all these victories on the field possible!

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