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A Muindi Letter

January 2014

Dear Ministry Partners 

We thank God for your faithfulness in the agreement that exists between you and us in the matter of giving in partnership and participation in our common goal of spreading the gospel. We do also express our gratitude for your recent Christmas cards and gifts as well as your pattern of generous support for us and the missionary work here. It is our Christian mandate to reach out to the unsaved and be born again and to teach them to grow spiritually. We do appreciate your efforts, support, and understanding of the pain and agony that involves the process.

As we begin the New Year, 2014, we thank God for the opportunity and privilege to serve Him in the 2013. We look back at the things accomplished in preaching, teaching, Bible Studies, Fellowships, VBS, activity days, special days, positive response to biblical counseling as well as negative responses, financial constraints, pressures of life from within and without, national as well as international fears and challenges, etc., and we praise God for His strength and help throughout the year. We have been able to see changes in peoples’ lives toward maturity, salvation, baptism, and membership.

We have been privileged to present the word of God through a local Radio Station and it has been effective and encouraging. The growing children ministry demands for more room and we are thankful for the facilities we have at the moment, hoping for a better tomorrow with God’s help. 2013 ended on a high note with Children’s activity day, seven being baptized, and Christmas special service that were all well attended.

We began this month of January 2014 with evaluation of our opportunities and ministries and we are overwhelmed with what can be done. We are trying to spread out ministry work as we face the New Year hoping to see more involvement and commitment. This month has been focused on Sunday school teacher’s Training which ended on Saturday, February 1, 2014. We have seen the effectiveness of this ministry in reaching out to children and families.

Please pray for family strength in dealing with normal family needs and ministry needs as well. Pray for our aging parents as we trying to encourage and offer support in their late years of life. Pray for the process and the foundational work for the building projects this year. Pray for effective summer ministries with different groups joining us on a short-term basis this year.

Obtaining a work permit now in Kenya is becoming difficult and complicated with a list of demands. If one is issued  for two years, it is not renewable and you must demonstrate that no national can do what you will be doing and must be here to train someone to do that work after the two years. Also, one must prove with relative documents that he/she is an expert in the area of concern. Foreign missionaries and other non-government organizations are finding it hard to renew their permits. Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek and call for more workers in our field.

We thank you all for such a massive support in ministry despite challenges faced and obstacles of which God has triumphed on our behalf and for His glory. Your Christmas and family Cards were of great encouragement to us and your Christmas gifts met our family financial needs that have been pending for some time. We love you all and we do cherish your ministry support.

In His Wings,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
Ruth 2:12

A Holmquist Letter

January 2014

Dear Friends,

2014 has come in like a lion. We’ve had multiple car problems, a strange insect infestation, big ministry disappointments, periods without water and/or electricity in 90-100 degree weather, and unresolved health problems, to name some of the challenges. We understand that our situation could be far worse – we’ve read Adoniram Judson’s and Corrie ten Boom’s biographies. And we are definitely thankful for the blessings and victories God has granted in the midst of trials. But sometimes when you are in a pit, it is hard to recognize that the sun is still shining above and you must call out for help. So we come to you humbly asking for your prayers to God in our behalf. Our families, colleagues here and mission board, among others, have helped us tremendously already. As I said 2014 has come in like a lion – I suspect that behind many of the things that have happened there is the influence of a lion – a lion that walks about seeking whom he may devour. But we know that there is a greater Lion – the Lion of the tribe of Judah who is also our sacrificial Lamb, and nothing escapes His control.

Notes of Praise:

▪ Pastor Jose and I have been meeting with a couple (Antonio and Dalva) and studying the book of John. Some weeks ago they both bowed and trusted in Christ as Savior.

▪ One of two trucks was moved from the future church property. When the second truck is moved, we can begin construction of a wall around the property. We are still well short of the $30,000 Building Fund goal but we are encouraged by those who have been able to contribute.

Prayer Requests:

▪ A young man named David Forbes has been with us for about three weeks for a mission trip before his last semester of college. He’s definitely not getting a sugarcoated view of missionary life! His flexibility and help during these times has been a blessing. His messages have ministered to my heart even as I translated them for some of the churches in Rio and I know they have ministered to the people here in Brazil. Pray for God’s future direction for his life.

▪ Pray for Rio’s Annual Youth Summer Camp that will be held at the end of February.

Love in Christ,
The Holmquists

Muindis in Kenya

November 2013

Dear Ministry Partners

Apostle Paul noted in Philippians 1:21 that, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” We do believe that Christ could come at any moment because of what the Scriptures say. But before then, and as long as we live, we have duties to perform. C.S. Lewis stated well, “The world might stop in ten minutes; meanwhile, we are to go on doing our duty. The great thing is to be found at one’s post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though our world might last a hundred years.

Beloved, we are very thankful for all your support and prayers you offer daily on our behalf. We have seen good responses to the gospel and restoration of erring believers. We have seen an increase in the children, youth, and adult ministries as well as our services. We anticipate having a baptismal service on 15th December 2013 for those that have trusted Christ in the recent past and have shared their testimonies with the church and are ready to be obedient and declare publicly, by way of baptism, their relationship with Christ. Our monthly fellowships with different groups continue to be a blessing to the church family. We had a wonderful Corn Sunday Fellowship that was attending by many with several visitors. We are blessed to have some American families attending our church services in the recent months and we hope that they will make this their church while in this region. Stephen continues to meet with three (3) men every Saturday afternoon for an in-depth “Bible Training” and to preach on a regional radio Station on Saturday evening on the program “The Bible in Your Hand.

We have been blessed as a family to enjoy each other and this ministry together. We just celebrated Rena’s 9th birthday on 28th October 2013 and in September, 28th 2013, we graduated Ian and Regina into their teenage years. On 15th August 2013, we counted 15 years of marriage. All these are some of the blessings to thank God for and to thank you all for being part of our lives which entails, marriage relationship, parenting, Christian living and maturity, and ministry service. Time goes so quickly from childhood, teenage, young adult, couple, parenthood, and in a moment be called granny, then deemed “retiree” and finally “the late” when death come. King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Pray for Stephen’s parents. His dad just went through a double surgery for Hernia and Hydrocele. November has been a month of medical challenges and Stephen’s mum is having sight problems and she needs surgery as well. Family demands along with ministry challenges have been a great burden on us this last quarter of the year but our God is good and faithful.

Please pray for all these ministries: monthly fellowships as we come to the month of December which is the most busy time of the year; continuous growth and maturity in the children, youth, and adult programs which require dedicated teachers and leaders and space for the growing classes; Pray for the five (5) American families who have been attending our church for over two months to make decisions of being part of our church; our children’s church with over 50 kids at once have no space in the smaller rooms to accommodate the number; we are having a growing youth ministry with average 10-15 young people that need closeness in teaching and counseling; pray for growth and maturity of men and women in ministry as we elect deacons and other leaders for the next year of 2014; pray for God’s grace and strength as we search out the details for the church building and gathering of the materials and planning for the summer ministries from Ankeny, Iowa; Lagrange, Ohio; Winter garden, Florida; and Duluth, Minnesota, in the months of July and August 2014; pray for the upcoming kids activity day (12/12/2013) and Christmas Special Service (12/22/2013); pray for the Radio Program and the Bible Training on Saturdays. Please note that your financial support for any of our ministries or projects is highly appreciated. Please do so through Baptist Mid-Missions with a note indicating what project or ministry with the Muindis in Kenya. Please pray for truly called men and women who are dedicated and committed in raising up future generations of Christian leaders and Christian families in Africa. We needed them yesterday but still praying and waiting today with much hope for tomorrow.

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena

Matthew 6:5-6

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