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July 2018

Prayer Partners,

Furlough travels has been and continues to be of great blessing to us in many ways: we are exhorting and challenging each other “to love and good works” (Heb. 10:24); we are fellowshipping and rejoicing together for what God has accomplished in our ministry in Kenya. However, furlough travels can make one weary, both physically and mentally. We learn to be content in all situations and grow the fruit of patience in our lives as we wait for churches to make decisions for support or increase of our support. “To be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint. A patient person is skilled at waiting through uncomfortable circumstances without grumbling or losing his or her cool…. Some waiting is uncomfortable because it is dull or annoying, but other times waiting is physically or emotionally painful. In any case, it is often difficult to endure such discomfort without complaining” (Spiegel). As we wait patiently, pray that God would provide for the support and ministry needs in His good time.

We have already been to thirty-three (33) churches in the last seven (7) months and about the same number is on our schedule by end of March 2019. Pray for safety and wisdom with family due to back to school schedules and needs. Ian and Regina begin their 2nd semester at Iowa States (ISU) and Rena begins her 9th grade at Ankeny Christian Academy (ACA). As you pray, remember three upcoming conferences on my schedule: in Sartell, MN (Oct. 21st-25th 2018); at FBBC&TS (Oct. 29th-Nov. 1st 2018); and Holmen, WI (Nov. 2nd-4th 2018). As we wait patiently, pray that God would grow us spiritually to be used in His ministry at the appointed time.

Here are some specific areas of our ministry that you might be led of the Lord to help. Please send your gift through Baptist Mid-Missions, indicating specifically what your allocation is.

  1. Church Building Project – $30,000 (to make current church building usable). New Church Plants will benefit from gifts to this account with basic needs: building (rent), hymns, chairs, etc.
  2. Bus Ministry (used Van) – cost @ $15,000 to $20,000. This will help with church ministry transportation and short-termers mission trips.
  3. Bibles – cost @ $12 a piece (This helps also with new church plants)
  4. Sewing Machine (Ladies ministry) – cost @ $250 a piece
  5. Radio Program Preaching – airtime fee @ $250 per month
  6. Bible and leadership Training (Mid-African Baptist College) – Development Funds

We trust that you are praying for Elgon View Baptist Church in Kenya. They are doing well and the three men; Simeon Koech, Silvanus Agisu, and Mike Otieno are doing a wonderful job. As we wait patiently, pray that we would “gladly spend and be spent” for the souls of others (2 Corinthians 12:15).

Prayer is an exercise of faith that reminds of our dependence upon God and the need for spiritual growth in humility with the progressive help of the Holy Spirit by the Word. John Calvin stated well, “It is very important for us to call upon him: First, that our hearts may be fired with a zealous and burning desire ever to seek, love, and serve him, while we become accustomed in every need to flee to him as to a sacred anchor. Secondly, that there may enter our hearts no desire and no wish at all of which we should be ashamed to make him a witness, while we learn to set all our wishes before his eyes, and even to pour out our whole hearts. Thirdly, that we be prepared to receive his benefits with true gratitude of heart and thanksgiving, benefits that our prayer reminds us come from his hand” (Calvin, Institutes of the Christian religion, 2:852). Thank you all so much for praying and giving your ever-needed support.

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Hebrews 12:1-4

The Fredericks’ June 2018 Letter

June 2018

Dear praying partners,

Greetings from the field. This edition of our prayer letter has both good and not so good news. I’ll begin with the good news.

Ministry: Our church has been very steady in attendance and giving and service. We are not a large church by any stretch of the imagination, but we are about average for a typical Thai church. Those that are studying in the Bible Institute are shouldering more and more responsibility. The young man in Bible school is still fairly young but he is eager to learn and help in many different capacities. During our church-wide soul winning almost all of the membership has been attending. Overall the church is healthy and eager to serve.

So what is the not so good news?

Missions: After many setbacks and difficulties, Tom, our missionary sent to Britain, finally left for the field. He is in England and is already diligently working to revive a church plant that has all but died. Please pray for Thomas Britten and his family, especially since his family is still in Thailand awaiting their visas. It has been a long and difficult road getting Tom to the field and we praise the Lord for allowing it to come together. Our church continues to give faithfully to missions through faith promise giving. (I stand amazed that God would allow our church to participate in the great commission when we are still trying to become self-sustaining ourselves.)

Outreach: Our church continues to be active in outreach ministry. We try to involve the membership of New Life Baptist in order to make soul winning and evangelism a normal part of our church life as opposed to an activity for the “professionals.” Recently we have distributed literature and checked blood pressure in local markets as well as running Facebook ads and doing a live question and answer stream every week. We attempt to tackle some of the questions that most Thai people have about Christianity in these short segments. We have had a good number of viewers but not a lot of interaction. You can view the segments on our Facebook page, facebook.com/newlifebaptisthangdong. Of course they are in Thai, but it’ll give you an idea of how we are doing things and you can also see current pictures and events form our church.

Bible Institute: This term we are teaching Greek III and Romans/Corinthians. We have two students taking the Greek series and four students enrolled in the Romans/Corinthians course. We are recording the sessions but unfortunately our computer that we used for editing has died. We are keeping the videos while waiting for the opportunity to buy another computer. We are continuing to try to raise funds to update and replace our equipment. If you feel led to give you can designate gifts to Frederick Computer or add a note with your gift. You can see the school at chiwitmai.org. or take a look at the videos I am preparing on YouTube https://youtu.be/E-izRYNyhYw or search for New Life for Thailand Foundation THEO413.

Please pray for: Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation, salvation for a man who still comes regularly (more than two years), Hannah (our youngest daughter) for her college school bill and her university studies, wisdom in ministry matters, results of outreach, and a young lady in our church who is really struggling spiritually. (Names are not included for privacy reasons. I hope you understand.)

We do not take you for granted and appreciate the honor you have bestowed on us by allowing us to represent you in Thailand. Please pray earnestly for the spiritual needs of this dark land. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,

Mike & Francis Frederick
www.thaimissions.org Facebook: thaimissions.org
mike@thaimissions.org
66-86-183-1575

Muindi Family in May 2018

 May 2018

Dear Partners,

We agree with so many of you that ministry is difficult but joyful. If we keenly look at the scriptures, every successful ministry leader had unbelievable challenges to face. We have been reminded this month of the following: We need to utterly depend on God; we need to remember that we are dealing with people who are unpredictable and with overwhelming needs; we need to remember that we have our own struggles, fears, and failures; and we need to know that we have an enemy whose desire is to derail or make us stumble. With such understanding, we must set our minds and hearts focused on things above (Colossians 3:1) and keep on serving our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).

Our travels are going on well besides the occasional demands to have family splits for ministry effectiveness, school and work schedule for the kids. We look forward for the end of Ian & Regina’s Spring Semester this week until Fall Semester. Rena still has slightly over two weeks and we look forward to her to be home, too. Edna and I keep on visiting churches together whenever possible with the children but with much around their lives, we are trying our best to make adjustments with our schedules and family. We do thank God for His gracious care throughout the month of April 2018. We began the month at Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa, with a sweet fellowship with the church family followed by our presentation and the preaching of God’s Word. Although without a pastor, we were truly blessed with their love, faith, and hope in the Lord. We also made it to Calvary Baptist Church in Webster City, Iowa. Pastor Davenport and Pastor John with the church family were so kind to us and blessed our lives. We delighted sitting together around a table for lunch and encouraging each other, even as Pastor Davenport made a contact with a man seated alone at a table in the restaurant. This meant that every time is an opportune time.

Did you know that I was geared to run 17 miles Zumbro marathon in Minnesota on April 14, 2018? Unfortunately, they cancelled. I don’t know if any one said there was a Kenyan. No. Truly, my schedule at Faith Baptist Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota, was in God’s hands. Pastor Seiler and I were not only ready for the ministry on Sunday but to run the race and finish well. The race was cancelled because of the terrible storm that covered the region and so were churches, schools, etc. All in all, God is sovereign, and we are subjects of His purpose to His Glory. From the north, we made it well to the southern Iowa, First Baptist Church in Bloomfield. We thank God for Pastor Matthew and the church family who been a blessing over the years and seeing the wonderful ministry they are doing. We had a wonderful time with Gary from Ankeny Baptist Church traveling with me to Hermantown in Minnesota. Pastor Brian Wiita with his wife Melissa and the church family were beyond measure a people to fellowship and minister alongside. The month of May 2018 was a blessed month, too. Beside one church in Michigan that cancelled the appointment, we began well in Des Moines, then Carroll, then Hudson, and finished well in Mt. Pleasant – all in Iowa. We truly thank God for the pastors and the church members who opened their homes and provided for us during the month. We thank you for amazing hospitality and care offered with prayers and financial support.

Our furlough ministry is beginning to spread out as we travel to the West to Washington and then to Indiana States in June 2018; to Ohio, New York, and Maryland in July 2018; and Florida, Alabama, and Kansas in August 2018. Our children will be involved with VBS at Ankeny Baptist and then going on a mission trip to Cleveland, Ohio in June 2018, and youth camp in July 2018. We covet your prayers on daily basis.

Pray for the church in Kenya as they continue to serve God and being faithful in ministry. Silvanus, Michael, and Simeon are doing a wonderful work besides Simeon’s wife Roseline being unwell with blood clot on the left foot. Pray for our aging parents. Stephen’s parents had been admitted in the hospital for high blood pressure and pneumonia, then later Stephen’s dad was readmitted, but doing pretty well now at home. We do trust God for His care and sufficiency in such a time of many needs.

Please make your monthly financial support for us or one-time gift toward our ministry to Baptist Mid-Missions. We trust that God will raise our support to the required amount with your prayers and giving for His name sake.  Please GIVE and PARTNER with us and SUPPORT Church Planting Ministry and the nationals in Kenya.

Please let us know if we can be able to share our lives and ministry at your church, if you have not connected with us. We would love your church family be exposed to what is happening around the world and specifically in Kenya. Someone in your congregation could be interested in missions and Kenya, or Africa could be their interest. Please call (515)7779312 or email stediarrem@gmail.com. We would be glad to have you visit our mission field as well and be part of us as God leads in ministry.

May God be our vision, our daily thought, and His presence be our daily light.
“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light” (Dallan Forgaill).

In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena

Philippians 1:12-14

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