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Fredericks in June 2016

June 2016

Dear praying partners,

Praise the Lord that the rains have finally come and we have been getting lots of water. We are still in a water crisis but it is looking better with every rain. Like the weather, our ministry has come through a particularly dry patch but hopefully has turned the corner.

The young man who I mentioned in our last prayer letter has been faithfully attending services. He was also baptized recently. He won’t be able to attend Bible Institute because of his university schedule, but praise the Lord for a faithful young man with a desire to grow in the Lord.

Bible Institute: We recently finished our third semester. We have just started the first course of Systematic theology. It is a joy to teach eager students the Word of God and the importance of proper doctrine. Although our current students are all female, we praise the Lord for church members with a hunger for the Word of God. These young ladies will be part of a strong foundation for our church for years to come. Please continue to pray that the Lord will lead men to want to study God’s Word and have a desire for ministry. Most churches in Thailand have very few if any men. We do not want to be the ones who call anyone into ministry, but that the Lord would stir hearts.

Church Events: We recently had the privilege of traveling to another Northern province to celebrate the fourth anniversary of a sister church. We took nine of our church members with us to help the missionary pass out tracts and just try to encourage the new members of this church. All of our members that went paid their own expenses to be a blessing to this church, which is 5 hours from us. What a blessing to see Christians with a heart to reach and bless others. With that thought in mind, we are planning on a missions trip to Cambodia in January 2017. Each of the people wanting to go must fund their own expenses. It is estimated to cost about 10,000 Baht (about $280) each. We will be helping a missionary in Cambodia to distribute literature, work on the church property and any other things we can think of to be a blessing. When considering the cost, it seems rather cheap, but our folks average about 10000-15000 a month. So that would be like an American raising $4000 or more to go on a missions trip. A few folks that have found out about the trip have expressed an interest in helping. If the Lord leads to help, we would use any donations to help the group (outside of my expenses). We would ask that no one supports an individual, but helps the group. All are sacrificing. You can designate any special gifts to our mission board.

Missions Conference: As far as our missions program is concerned, we recently had a faith promise missions conference. What a blessing that our church was able to take on our second missionary. We currently support Tom Britten, who is sent from our church to England and we now support a missionary from the Philippines who is church planting in Thailand. Our church is small but has a huge heart for others and understands that we as church need to reach out. It is humbling to serve such a group of believers.

Truck: We praise the Lord for about $1500 that churches and people have given for us to use toward another vehicle. We are still need about $3500 in order to have an appropriate down payment. If anyone would like to donate to this project you can send funds to BWMOM and designate them as Frederick Vehicle. We are so thankful for those who have already given.

Please prayer for: Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation; backslidden members to return or find a good church; Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies; bible school students and myself (teaching them clearly); wisdom in ministry matters; results of outreach; and fundraising for Cambodia missions trip.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

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Muindis in May 2016

May 2016

Beloved Prayer Partners

Psalm 78:4-8 reminds us of the importance of the gracious works of God for each generation and the solemn and sacred duty of each generation to ensure that those coming after them would remember God’s gracious acts from the past. In essence, each generation should be motivated to place their confidence in God and His Word. Otherwise, failure to remember God’s gracious work would lead future generations to forget God and to repeat the mistakes of those whose heart and spirit were not right and steadfast before God. Note that 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 demonstrates the reason and the purpose for the written Word of God.

Discipleship ministries:

  1. Bible School Students – Simeon Koech, Mike Otieno, Silvanus Agisu
  2. Sunday afternoon Bible Training – Simeon Koech, Mike Otieno, Silvanus Agisu, David Ouma.

Church Ministries:

  1. We have continued to work closely with church families struggling in their spiritual lives and facing financial challenges as well as life decisions. Note that we are faced with cultural beliefs as well as prosperity or materialistic mindset in the lives of many. Biblical counseling is truly important in every ministry and growing believers.
  2. We have been faced with deaths in relation to our church members and we have been engaged in funerals one after another. Though a time to comfort, also opportunities available for us to share the gospel.
  3. Sicknesses have been a challenge with church members also following each other. Desmond Agisu/Roseline/Stephen’s uncle, etc.
  4. We have seen good progress in every department of ministry with new families, young adults, and children from the community joining the church. We have seen more commitment to ministry service and involvement. Pray for more desires and commitments.

Outreach Ministries:

  1. House-to-house visitation during Easter this year gave us a great opportunity to reach out to a great number of homes with tracts and invitations as we shared our faith without fear. We held an afternoon seminar on “God’s Provisions” at the time as well that has led to a continuous visits thereafter.
  2. Early this Month, May 8th 2016, David Ouma led our Youths on a mission to Sing’ore Girls High School where they shared the Word of God.
  3. Sayare Radio program continues to be a blessing and an avenue for us to reach out to the outcast of the city of Eldoret and the larger Western region of Kenya.

Building Project:

  1. Faced a challenge with the builder and have come to an agreement with a new builder who is ready to finalize the work.
  2. Financial challenges exist but we thank God for the progress. Although not much, the church is making their building contribution as we progress. On May 2016, the church will be putting together the collection from different departments. Pray for success and commitment of all.
  3. We desire to begin the final part of roofing after the heavy rains that continue around the country. Pray and support this progress with whatever God lays in your heart for God’s glory.
  4. We desire to officially dedicate the facility in February 2017 along with celebration of our 10th Your support is appreciated dearly.

Family Life:

  1. We thank God for His provision and protection under His wings. Ian, Regina, and Rena are keeping on with school, this being their last semester for this school calendar year. Pray for them as they get into their final year of High school (Ian and Regina) and Rena going to her final year of elementary (primary) school.
  2. Edna continues to be a blessing to us all at home, church, and in ministry. Apart from taking care of her family, she serves as a Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, Lady’s Bible Study leader, etc. amongst others.
  3. Stephen is busy with preaching and teaching and leadership of the ministry apart from dealing with legal issues and building project and weekly pastoral duties. Pray for us daily.

We, thus, pray to our Lord and savior, “Spur my desire to search this work which you’ve finely wrought, Frame my poor mind to comprehend its treasured fill, Mold all my heart to love the truths you’ve kindly taught, Grant me the faith to do your good and perfect will.”

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Ephesians 2:10

Muindis’ Latest News

January 2016

Dear Ministry Partners

It’s important to note that the foundation, the progress, and the future victory of God’s people rests in God’s Word. Liberals may try to destroy the foundations of Christianity, but all the foundations of God stand sure (2 Timothy 2:19). Just as God warned the nation of Israel against their disobedience, unbelief, and rebellion that led them to captivity and destruction, so should we be warned, for these are the days when righteousness is perverted and the righteous are despised. God stated that “…My people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge….” Further, He noted, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing that thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). The psalmist did ask a very pertinent question for us to answer. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). In other words, what are the children of God to do? First, we must exercise a deep and ever-deepening faith in the indestructible Holy Scriptures. Second, we must earnest contend for the faith…once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

We praise the Lord for your prayers and support over the years. Our lives and the ministry here have been made possible by your commitment and desire to reach out with the gospel. Some of you have supplied us with training materials and financially supplied for ministry equipment. We are so thankful for your Christmas Cards, greetings, letters, and gifts. You mean a lot to us and you truly refresh our souls and make us re-energized for another year. God bless you so-so-so-so-so… much.

We praise the Lord for keeping and sustaining us by His grace through the most difficult moment in our ministry in 2015. The process of church discipline was so painful to us as well as the church family. We continue to pray for repentance and restoration of those who are being deceived by the evil one and their own desires for the pleasures of this world. Please continue to pray with us for God’s help and faithfulness in the teaching and the preaching of God’s Word. We continue to train men and women for ministry and truly looking forward for a time that we will have a Bible College established.

We praise the Lord for the progress of Elgon View Baptist Church auditorium facility which is at the roofing stage. We hope to see the roofing done by June/July 2016 and the metal doors and windows and wiring and sounding, etc., by December 2016 as finances avail. If all goes well as we anticipate and with God’s help in meeting the financial needs, we should be able to plan for an official opening of the facility and dedication service during the 10th Anniversary in February 5, 2017. Please send your gift toward this project through Baptist Mid-Missions indicating “Muindi Building Project,” and make it part of your prayer for this project to be accomplished in His time.

We praise the Lord for the three men (Simeon Koech, Silvanus Agisu, and Mike Otieno) who are attending a local Bible Institute under my tutelage. We continue to see a good progress in their lives and families and trust that the Lord is leading them into ministry. We have truly begun to see the fruits of our patience in faithful teaching and preaching as we train others for ministry. Please pray for them on daily basis and for God’s leading in their lives in ministry.

Every New Year comes with desires and strategic plans are made. Some of these plans are either long term or short term. Please pray for such short term plans to be in line with the long term strategic plan and accomplish the purpose of our ministry goals.

Pray for us to be faithful and vigilant in our walk with the Lord; for our kids to keep on well in school, home, and church; for Bible Training with four men every Sunday afternoon; for faithful and effective preaching and teaching through the weekly Radio Program; for progress in laying a foundation for a beginning of a Biblically founded and Christ-centered Bible College to serve in a vital place of need; for numerical and spiritual growth of Elgon View Baptist Church along with the needed facilities for Sunday school teaching and Bible College Training; for peace in the country as political temperatures rise toward elections next year; and for a fruitful 2016 regardless of Church Building Project and weekly ministry demands.

Pray for Ian and Regina as they progress in school to 12th grade this summer and thus a year away from college. This will further place more constrains on Mom and Dad financially and planning for our furlough beginning August 2017 through August 2018. Ian and Regina have to make career their choices and we should be making some considerations. They have always desired to go into medicine and may be someone out there can assist us in those areas. If you are considering having us to be part of your ministry during our furlough, please let us know as we begin to make our schedules for 2017-2018. We long to see most of you during that time. But hopefully, we trust that we can see some of you come visit with us here before our time with you there. We thank you all again for praying for us and with us and for your unceasing love and support in ministry. Blessed 2016!!!

In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Psalm 11:3

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