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The Enfingers’ Dec. 2015

2015

Merry Christmas from Lamar and Dian Enfinger

 

Dear Pastor Cooley and Church Family,

Another year is almost finished. How time flies especially when we are getting older, but still have the burden in our hearts to volunteer in Christian camps.

Our year started out with an illness of Acquired Hemophilia and a 3-1/2 weeks hospital stay. This illness actually started while on a Mission Trip in November 2014, but the results of what was actually happening to me was discovered in January 2015. I was simply sitting on our couch having a cup of coffee and my knee began to swell very big. Ouch, this really began to hurt. I called for Lamar and as soon as I was able to get off the couch and with much effort we were on the way to the ER. When the Dr. drew out the “fluid” with his long needle, the fluid tuned out to actually be blood. He did this three times and still blood came out. I was soon sent to Sacred Heart Hospital as the lab technicians felt the machines at West Florida Hospital were not working. I waited in the ER room at Sacred Heart Hospital until a call from Dr. Malhotra said for me to be admitted. To make a long story short, the next morning in the hospital Dr. Malhotra came in my room and told me he had been up most of the night on his computer and talking to other doctors and it was evident that I had Acquired Hemophilia. He also said only 1 in 1-1/2 million people get this illness at my age and there is no cure. After a few moments of silence I said, “I am a child of God and He does heal.”

As soon as Pastor Cooley and family heard the news, prayers started going up immediately. Even though Lamar and I did not completely understand this illness we, after talking to our Lord and Savior and holding each other with tears shed, accepted that God knew what was best and asked for complete peace that this was His choice in our lives and we needed to give it all to Him. What more could we do but again realize that we need to take things one day at a time. Everyone was wonderful to us and even though I still can’t remember everything that happened in the hospital I do know there were so many blessings that it was hard to complain. A lot of plasma was placed inside my body, a couple of blood transfusions and then Dr. Malhotra started me on chemo.

How thankful I am that Lamar, my wonderful husband, was there by my side as much as possible. Family, friends and so many prayed and stayed with me when they could.

Now almost a year later, in December 2015, I am on chemo prevention every two months. Also during this year when Dr. Malhotra gave us our first 6 weeks between chemo because my numbers were normal he said, “Now you can get in your RV and do some mission work.” Yes, he knows about our lives and he has shared some of his. We believe God chose Dr. Malhotra to take this illness and give his best to heal me with God working through him. Lamar and I left in October and volunteered in two different Christian camps in Tennessee and also visited our daughter. Then in December our doctor stretched my chemo treatment to 2 months. We took advantage of this time and called our children and said we want to go to Orlando and just have some fun. How privileged we were that all of our children were able to go with us and the four days of early family Christmas vacation was simply and absolutely wonderful. The weather was beautiful, God gave me strength to walk around with what l call my magic cane and we laughed, talked about so many things, and this time was an indescribable exciting loving trip we hope to never forget.

ln November, 2015, our Mission Board Program of MMAP closed the doors. There were not enough volunteers to keep our office open. But this has not stopped many of us involved in this kind of volunteer work. Lamar and l are now Independent Mobile Missionaries. Already many of the camps we have volunteered at have contacted us to please come back and help.

Lamar and l still plan to do the same kind of volunteering and hopefully get back on the road in April. The next three months are full of appointments and we plan to do some needed work around our home and get some repairs fixed on our 9 year old RV.

Thanks to all for all of your prayers. God isn’t through with us yet.

We would like to mention that this year our son also got married to our most wonderful daughter in law, April. How blessed we are to have been there at the wedding. Sometimes we think it can’t happen to us and that we will keep on living even though we know there will be a time when God calls us home. When that time comes for us to leave this earth please make sure that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He died on the cross for you and all He asks is that you believe in Him. Confess your sins and trust only in Him. He did it all for us.

Proverbs 3 2,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on to thine own understanding ln all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” To Lamar and I this verse is so powerful in our lives.

Again thanks most of all for powerful prayers. Remember God is always listening!

The Fredericks In Dec. 2015

December 2015

Dear praying partners,

Merry Christmas from Thailand.  Our winter has finally arrived and the weather has cooled considerably.  It is finally into the 60’s at night.  Our church has been continuing Bible memorization in a systematic fashion.  Many of our members have memorized Isaiah 53, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, and we are now beginning John 1.  It is a joy to see Christians committed to learning and memorizing God’s word.

Our Bible Institute is finishing the second term.  It has been a great two first terms.  We have now finished a survey of the Old and New Testaments.  The next term, which starts in January, we will start hermeneutics.  This is one of my favorite courses to teach, so I am looking forward to it.  Three young men have recently contacted me about studying with us.  This is a great opportunity and is an answer to prayer.

Our church continues to engage in various outreach ministries.  The blood pressure checks are a great opportunity to engage people one on one.  We use a short spiritual survey to break the ice and virtually everyone that stops by willingly listens to a presentation of the Gospel.  The best part is that it is our church members who are engaging the lost.

Camp.  Camp was a great success. Missionary Michael Sullivant preached very timely messages.  We were a pretty small group but there was a great spirit and everyone was challenged by God’s word.  A young couple in our church was married at camp.  It was a special event.  Please pray for this young couple as they grow together in their marriage and serve the Lord together in whatever capacity the Lord leads.

My wife and I have the opportunity to spend our first Christmas in 13 years with your family in the states.  We will be in the USA from December 15th to January 17th.  It is a short trip strictly to be able to visit family.  We now have four grandchildren and want to try to maintain a relationship as much as possible with everyone.  This fall, our first missionary sent from our church went to the states in an attempt to try to raise support for a future church planting ministry in England.  Thomas Britten has been a blessing to our church and we are excited about his future ministry.   If anyone is interested in having him present his ministry at your church, you can contact me directly and I will be happy to relay the information to him.

Please pray for Tom, who will be preaching for me while I am in the states.   Pray for salvation for the many people we have contacted and specifically for Mike’s students.  Pray for the men of the church to be faithful. Please pray for other locations to show movies (so far we have met only closed doors) in various neighborhoods and fruit from evangelistic outreach.  Also please pray for our daughter Hannah as she starts her second term of her sophomore year at Christian College; that she will continue to make the transition to the USA and college life and for her tuition (for which we are falling further and further behind).

Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

 

Muindis’ Latest Letter

October 2015

Dear Ministry Partners,

“The world’s philosophy condones self-seeking. The world’s philosophy stipulates that wealth and possessions offer security and happiness. The world’s philosophy targets sinful pleasure as the ultimate thrill. The world’s philosophy insists that ‘you only go around once in this life, so reach for all the gusto you can.’” On the contrary, the scripture exhorts us in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” In this regard “success demands teamwork.” We must “stand fast,” that is, refuse to desert our posts and stand firm in the heat of battle having the same attitude, and struggling or striving together in “the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27). We must be steadfast in resisting the opponents of the gospel. We thank you all for being a great ministry team. You have continued to pray, to supply training materials and ministry equipment. You have given your counsel, offered financial support and sponsored ministry projects. You sent birthday, anniversary, occasional cards and greetings, etc. You have truly been our God’s chosen team for ministry. We praise the Lord for you.

Thank you all for praying for us and our extended families. We thank God for the opportunity and support available to serve Him here in Kenya. Our children are doing well both at school and at church and soon they will close for the Christmas break. Edna and I keep on with our parenting and the ministry duties on daily basis. Continue to pray for our parents: Edna’s mom continues to struggle with her replaced knee cap while the other parents are dealing with arthritis, eye sight, etc., as they age. We do have unsaved family members and we truly ask you to pray with us for their salvation.

The Church roofing is going on and we have struggled a little bit with the contractor in the way things are being done and we hope to have this sought out. Pray that this will work out well sooner than later so as to keep the progress on. We will be having a whole church building fund raising on 11/29/2015 as an encouragement to our members to keep on being part of the building progress besides the monthly pledges made by individuals in this regard. Please note that you can be part of this by giving your gift through Baptist Mid-Missions indicating “Muindi Building Project.”

We do thank God for our repainted pick-up truck and the new tires. Of course you know how it is to be in the garage here almost on a daily basis. But we are pleased to see a renewed vehicle ready for much more work. This reminds us of the renewal of many lives under our care on weekly basis and how we need some time to take time off for spiritual renewal.

Beside our usually weekly ministries (teaching, preaching, radio program, visitations, and monthly fellowships) we have been able to attend 3 funerals where I have been privileged to preach to huge crowds of people from around the city and beyond. These were church member’s relatives who requested me to speak during the funeral. It was also a privilege for me to preach and to participate at Janet Koech’s wedding and to see her make vows of marriage life. Interesting enough, Janet got married to Immanuel, then, a newly born boy to David and Lucy is named Immanuel, and shortly, we will all be celebrating the birth of our Lord in December. Yes. His name is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” Truly God has been with us.

Mike Otieno & Silvanus Agisu just finished their 1st year in the Bible Institute, while Simeon Koech has finished his 2nd year. Pray that they keep up the good work as I train them in various theological and contemporary issues in our society today. Pray for those who have erred in their walk with Christ to repent and be restored into fellowship with the Lord and other believers. Pray for our leadership election and Christmas programs on the 6th and 20th December 2015 respectively.

Pray for our government leadership as they face terrorism, corruption, economic challenges with the weakening of the Kenyan shilling, inflation in prices, El Niño rains around the country, etc. We thank you all again for praying for us and with us and for your unceasing love and support in ministry.

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Matthew 7:7-8

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