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Muindis’ April 2018

April 2018

Dear Ministry Partners,

Because of his obedience to God and his faithful efforts to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel was truly “a servant” of the Lord. The Lord gave Zerubbabel a place of honor and authority and referred to him as a valued “signet ring.” As a governor, God had “chosen” Zerubbabel for a unique and noble purpose (Haggai 2:23). Pray that our God, whom we serve, who chose us, will make us “A Signet Ring” on His finger.

In February the month begun with “Refresh Conference” at Faith Baptist Bible College. It was a good time for spiritual nourishment and touching base with many friends and students. It was good to speak at the Seminary chapel and interact with the professors. We were able to visit the following churches: Murray Baptist Church, Murray, IA; Calvary Baptist Church, Rochester, MN; and Adelphi Calvary Baptist Church, Runnells, IA. We thank God for safety in storms and on slick roads, and blessing the churches’ ministries. Thank you all for your hospitality, financial support, and prayers.

In March we had the opportunity to fellowship in the following churches: First Baptist Church, Yarmouth, IA; Oakland Baptist Church, Oakland, MN; Calvary Baptist Church, Forest City, IA; First Baptist Church, Monroe, IA; and Faith Baptist Church, Cambridge, IA.  We truly feel honored to present ministry updates regarding our ministry in Kenya so as to rejoice together in what God is doing. I give thanks to the pastors for opening their pulpits for me to share God’s Word, too.

It was also a blessing to attend the “Men for Christ” rally at IARBC camp in Clear Lake, IA and there after attend the IARBC annual conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, IA.

In this month of April, we look forward to meeting some of you from the following churches: Faith Baptist Church, Fort Dodge, IA; Calvary Baptist Church, Webster City, IA; Faith Baptist church, Albert Lea, MN; First Baptist Church, Bloomfield, IA; and Faith Baptist Church, Hermantown, MN. Please pray for God’s guidance and help for faithfulness, boldness, and effective ministry throughout our furlough.

Pray for our family as we keep adjusting to the weather, travel schedules, school and work schedules for the kids until they get their driver’s licenses at the end of September 2018. It is one of our main challenges that we long to overcome. We shall be forced to split the family sometimes so as to meet the challenge and sometimes Stephen will have to travel alone. It is not our best desire but, we will have to accept it for now. Keep praying for good health and for our extended family back in Kenya. Pray for God’s work at Elgon View Baptist Church, Eldoret, Kenya. We do desire to finish up the Church Building Project, but finances are challenging. If you would like to give toward the church planting Building Projects in our ministry, please, send through Baptist Mid-Missions and make a note, “Muindi Building Projects.” Just imagine if 100 churches gave a one-time gift of a thousand dollars. We would have enough to finish the work and move on. A one-time gift of any amount would be a blessing to our ministry.

On the other hand, our “Monthly Support” is at 88%. This is the first time we are experiencing this deficit in our support. We do ask you to partner with us in prayers and financial support. We want you to be part of what God is doing in Africa as you participate with us in the establishment of Biblical churches that each truly preach, teach, and reach the world with God’s Word. If you have not been able to hear about our ministry let us know how we could make contact with you. Even Wednesday prayer meetings could be of great opportunity to know what is happening in Kenya, Africa. We gladly want to spend and be spent for saving and edification of souls (2 Corinthians 12:15).

In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Haggai 2:23

Robert Johnson’s Latest News

March 2018

Dear Friends in Christ,

It is a joy to write to you once more. In the past few weeks since our last letter God has blessed in many ways. As always when a problem comes our way God already has the answer and supplies our needs. Our motor home which we use to travel to the churches is past getting old. On our last trip through Georgia and Tennessee the engine was tired and demanding attention. God gave us a great mechanic to repair it and our home church paid for parts and labor. So we are continuing to visit churches for God.

Please pray God will continue to use us as we present missions in the churches. This is a wonderful ministry God has given us, but it is sometimes a hard ministry with all the travel. Also, Louise and I both had the flu in the past few weeks along with a stomach virus, but we seem to be fine now.

Please pray for
1. our President and leaders of our country,
2. our supporting Pastors and Churches,
3. our Missions Boards and Mission Leaders,
4. our Senior Missionaries that they receive the respect they deserve and not be pushed into retirement, and
5. new missionaries – we must have them!

Yours in Christ,
Bro. Bob & Louise
Dr. Robert W. Johnson

David Divakar in India

February 2018

Greetings,

We want to thank God for His mercy and goodness to us. We had six young men graduate from the Bible Institute last Sunday. It was a glorious time with about 350 people in attendance. We had lunch for everyone, which is always a good thing to have. As the people were going home four people stayed back and wanted to talk to me. These four had attended services before but were not regular. They wanted to know what they needed to do to become Christians. I was happy to spend the next hour with them explaining that true Christianity is not just a religion, an identity, or a series of rituals, but rather, it is a relationship with Christ. I explained to them their need for salvation because we all are sinners, what Jesus did on the cross by shedding His blood to provide that salvation and that they needed to repent. All this was truly new to them, but I was happy to see that they understood everything I was telling them. In the end all four of them opened their hearts and accepted Christ. I was overjoyed. Just as they were leaving, two young men, one in college and one in high school, wanted to talk to me. They had been attending services regularly for the past few months and they too indicated that they wanted to be saved. I spent almost an hour with them as well, making sure they understood what it meant to be saved. In the end they too made professions of faith in Christ. So that day there were six people whom I believe made professions of faith and asked Jesus into their hearts. Praise the Lord!

On the 23rd of this month we will be taking a five-month furlough to the US. Please pray for us as we make preparations for the trip. I am happy that God has raised a group of leaders within the church in Mysore, India, who are able to take up the responsibility in our absence. Please pray for them. If any of you would like for us to visit you when we are in the States please let us know. We can be contacted by email at bimidavid@yahoo.com or you may leave a message for us at our mission board: Baptist International Missions Inc. at (423) 344 5050, or at our home church: Stanley Heights Baptist Church (423) 867 8060, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Joanne and I are praising the Lord that our older son Michael will be graduating high school this year. He is registered with Temple Baptist Academy in Powell, Tennessee, and will be receiving his diploma there. This is part of the reason for our furlough. Michael believes he has been called to full time ministry and plans on coming back to India with us and study in the Bible Institute here. Please pray for him.

Please pray with us as we have to get several official things taken care of with the government here in India. As you can imagine, it is not easy dealing with various officials. Please pray that God would give us peace and prosper what we venture to do for His glory. I can’t go into great detail in a prayer letter, but it has to do with the buildings on the property, with a couple of registrations that are needed to make things more official and thereby hopefully run more smoothly. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. It is much appreciated

In Christ,
David and Joanne Divakar

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