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Muindi: January 2017

January 2017

Beloved Partners,

Today’s pastoral or missionary ministry faces not simple and few challenges. We should note issues related to liberalism, secularism, pluralism, pragmatism, etc., that continue to challenge orthodox Christianity and Biblical text of scripture in form of statements such as tolerance, interreligious dialogue, religious inclusivism, negotiations that require a measure of compromise, and the thought that truth is relative. Not only should we recognize the ecumenical developments that have led to theological syncretism, but more than ever, we should also note the outcome of theological compromise. In my recent class on “Comparative Religion,” I noted substantial advocacy for such religious tolerance and dialogue at the expense of Biblical truths. I trust that you and I could imagine the days of Noah before the flood, or the days of Lot in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, or the days of Elijah and the contest on Mount Carmel, or Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego, or Peter and John, or Paul and Barnabas and Silas, and today is your turn and my turn. Thus, we “walk in wisdom…redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5).

We thank you all for your prayers and financial support in ministry over the years. Your care for last in 2016 is a demonstration of your love and dedication to the true course of the gospel and church planting ministry, both at home and across the continents. It has been only by God’s grace that we accomplish what we have done and we give Him the glory. The year 2016 was with challenges but also good progress in ministry. We began with great anticipation to finish up our Church Building project only to have our builder change terms in the middle of the process. This has, not only, caused us delay but also demand for extra cost. We have managed to finish the roofing beams and ready for the ordered Iron sheets to arrive so as to finalize the roof and then focus on the electrical wiring, sounding, windows, doors, and the inner and outer final touches, which could be done progressively. It’s all about “God’s work, by God’s people, in God’s way, with God’s resources, in God’s time, for God’s ministry, to God’s glory.” Thank you for praying and supporting this great work: “It is worth the course.”

In our ministry and with the multifaceted roles to play, we have been able to see maturity and growth in numbers. The beauty of seeing dedicated men and women in ministry and engaging each other for spiritual growth and encouragement is evident. We have had testimonies of salvations, baptisms, commitments and ministry. We have witnessed babies born to our church family members, primary kids graduate for high school and those in high school succeed for College. These kids are those that we began the Church with in Sunday School 10 years ago. One of the joys to thank God for is the graduation of Simeon Koech, one of our deacons from a Bible institute last November 2016. Please pray for him and his family to have the passion for full time ministry service. We also anticipate to have Mike Otieno and Silvanus Agisu graduate in November 2017. Pray that God will continue to give grace, though with the much needs in their families but with great hearts for God’s work, to finish well. My great joy in working and training these men is to see them take God’s work seriously and to have an open mind to God’s leading in their lives.

We praise the Lord for every departmental ministry and with the help of every participant, we have great progress. Whether it is children ministry, or Lady’s ministry, or Men’s ministry, or church fellowships, or VBS, or visitations, or Youth ministry, or Church choir, etc., there is a delight of service to the Lord. Edna and I continue to engage members to take every available opportunity to serve and we trust God to build the desire in His people.

Besides the good progress, we have been hit by challenges regarding church members and need for counsel which sometimes are not taken kindly but God is always good in the process. We have members who have moved to other cities due to job transfers or employments or due family relocations but also new ones come in. We have been involved extensively with church family as well as our extended family challenges. Deaths and other special occasions became our opportunities to share the gospel in various regions and in different cultures. There has been good response from listeners of our local radio program, “The Bible in Your Hand.” Some have called for us to begin churches in their regions and we have been talking to ascertain genuineness as well as doing preliminary study of these regions. Please pray for us to have wisdom of where, who, and when to moving out to a town or village.

Please pray for us. We begin 2017 with so much on our hands. We are having our 10th anniversary since Elgon view Baptist Church began on 5th February 2017. We are working on the Church Building work. We are working on R-1 visa so as to begin our furlough in August 2017. Our kids, Ian and Regina will be done with high school in June 2017 and readying for College in the States this Fall of 2017. Stephen has post-graduate classes at Moi University that need to be done by May or June 2017. We desire to have churches communicate effectively regarding furlough report ministry schedule. Please pray for good transition here and back in the States.

Let me finish with reference to where I started. We need to understand from the Christian viewpoint what is happening in the world. We must help those in decision-making capacities to recognize the implications of the issues we face together as human race but most importantly as true community of believers in Christ. Christians should prepare to take the lead in giving direction to our cultural change. We should be consciously preparing the next generation for the new battles it will face in regard to moral and religious issues raised by new developments in the form of democracy and technology. We must be ready for the battle (Eph. 6:10-17) and train others for the same (2 Tim. 2:2). Finally, pray for us to do God’s will (Eph. 6:18-20).

In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi

The Fredericks in Oct. 2016

October 2016

Dear praying partners,

I am currently preaching through the book of Jeremiah for our Wednesday evening Bible studies. It is an encouragement to know that the success of our ministry is not measured by numbers but by faithfulness. May the Lord find us all faithful about the task He has called us to do.

Church Events: We have received many special offerings to help with the expenses of the Cambodia missions trip. We are very grateful. The cost for those going will be almost half of what they were initially expecting. Even though the trip is several months in the future, please pray for a fruitful trip.

Vehicle: We praise the Lord for the many special offerings for our vehicle. We are shopping and will see what opens up for us in the near future.

Outreach: The semester at the university is in full swing. We had a special game night at our church for the students. Unfortunately, no one showed up. It can be quite discouraging sometimes. But it isn’t uncommon to plan an event and for whatever reason have many come or none. We will continue to plan monthly events to make personal contacts between our church members and the students. The Facebook ads have been well received and we are continuing to pursue this avenue of sharing the Gospel. After many years of trying to be a witness to the man who cuts our grass, I was finally able to spend some time with him sharing the Gospel message in a very brief, but clear way. He has said he really desires to know more and has said he will come to church. Lord willing, he will. Please pray for his salvation.

Bible Institute: The first course of systematic theology is almost complete. In a few short weeks, we will start part two. The students are energetic and diligent. I praise the Lord for those that desire to know more about God’s word and spend the extra time to come to classes.

Please pray for: Mike’s students and fellow teachers for salvation; a man who comes regularly but has yet to be saved (pray for his salvation); backslidden members to return or find a good church; Hannah, our youngest daughter, for her college school bill and her university studies; Matthew, our oldest son, while he is deployed; bible school students and myself (teaching them clearly); Al Allshouse ,our associate, for ability in learning Thai; wisdom in ministry matters; results of outreach; fundraising for Cambodia missions trip and funds to purchase another vehicle.

May God continue to bless you as you serve Him

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick

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The Muindis in Sep. 2016

September 2016

Beloved Partners,

The early church demonstrates the importance of Biblical training in the process to making disciples. Note that those that “gladly received his word were baptized… added to them… continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine…” (Acts 2:41-47). Barnabas exhorted the Church in Antioch “that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord” (Acts 11:23). Barnabas sought Saul of Tarsus and taught the Church of Antioch to the point that “the disciples were called Christians” (Acts 11:26).

We are blessed to have you partnering with us. It is not taken for granted that you pray and support us and the Church planting ministry in Kenya. We want to share together and to rejoice for the fruits of our labor as well as to yield our petitions and requests to the Lord. Thank you all for you unceasing love and care.

Please note the following praises and prayers:

(1) We are seeing a good progress with the church building project. We have been challenged in the area of finances but mostly with the builders, who have promised us much, but delivered just the very minimum on many occasions. Although we are still in need of substantial funds to finish up the project, we do know, and hold to the fact, that God provides and His timing is best. Please pray and hold hands with us as we progress toward our 10th anniversary on February 5th 2017. We do have the desire to do the dedication of the building then, if God wills;

(2) Pray for Pastor T. J. Klapperich and his son as they plan to visit with us in January- February 2017. We trust that they will be an encouragement and a blessing to us and the church;

(3) Radio preaching program has been very successful. We are having at least four areas that people have called with a request for us to start churches. Pray for wisdom and pastoral call and desire for such places. Pray that such “Macedonian calls” would be God’s leading for the establishment of biblical New Testament Baptist churches with qualified men for ministry;

(4) Church ministry numerical growth and maturity is truly progressive. We see growth and maturity, and some indicate desires to join the church. Besides, there are some out there with fear due to their distorted understanding of what the church is: They think that we are there to raise building funds or manipulate them with modern prosperity or a wealthy and healthy gospel as others do. Note that many churches in Africa are involved in such malpractices. Continue to pray for effective preaching and teaching ministries from the pulpit, weddings, funerals, family gatherings, special invitations, hospital visits, and by our radio program every Saturday 8:30 pm our time;

(5) Successful VBS in August 2016. Kids kept on increasing for 6 days as follows – 69, 76, 86, 98, 108, and 122 on Saturday besides the parents. Pray that these kids and parents would respond to the gospel. We have also been doing house to house visitations and we do see new faces each Sunday;

(6) Numerical growth in all our church departments: Children, Youth, Women’s and Men’s Fellowships. Discipleship ministry and biblical counseling are keys to our ministry programs. We note the importance of God’s grace and our teaching duty in 2 Timothy 2:1-2. Pray for God’s help in raising godly families, church leaders and pastors;

(7) Bible training of our Bible School students continues as we seek to equip them well for the ministry as they respond positively to God’s call: Simeon Koech (graduating 26th November 2016); Mike Otieno (graduating November 2017); Silvanus Agisu (graduating November 2017); and David Ouma is part of the class although not in Bible School. I do meet with them for two hour every Sunday afternoon so as to deal with some theological challenges facing churches today and to solidify Baptist beliefs and theology in our context. We trust the Lord that we will have our own Theological School here someday in the future;

(8) Generally, we have been of good health as a family. Nevertheless, our extended families have been stretched with challenges of sicknesses and deaths. I lost my aunt three months ago, my uncle one week ago, a mother in-law to my brother admitted and both sides’ parents (Edna’s and Stephen’s) are challenged with age and sickness. Agisu’s son, Desmond, has been diagnosed with blood cell sickness, Roseline’s cousin admitted to ICU, two mothers gave birth last week and this week, respectively, and two other mothers are expecting to deliver soon. Pray for God’s sufficient grace;

(9) Ian and Regina just joined 12th grade and Rena in first year in High School and thus more responsibilities for them as well as parents in encouraging them and seeking God’s direction for college next year. Their interests are in medical school. Pray for God’s direction;

(10) Furlough is coming up as soon as August 2017. Reaching out to churches and planning for travels and settling family and transitioning to US is not easy. We hope that churches communicate in time and that scheduling goes well for effective ministry;

(11) Pursuing PhD program due to Kenyan government demands for qualified pastors from government registered institutions in churches and with the desire to establish a College that could offer BA as well as Associate Degrees in the future. I have begun this PhD program at Moi University which could take between three (3) and five (5) years. This is also a requirement for anyone wishing to establish an institution in Kenya. Please pray for God’s help with finance and decisions we make for ministry purposes and to God’s glory;

(12) The Kenyan government has laid out legal requirements for religious leaders (training from accredited and government registered institutions) and religious institutions (registered churches with licensed ministers), and that Churches must have their properties registered in their name and making annual returns. There are legitimate reasons for the government interventions but remember that they also are financial and legal challenges to the faithful church planters;

(13) The church being in the city is faced with challenges relating to relocations due to work, sicknesses & deaths with church members and relatives, financial constraints and needs due to joblessness and corruption, and political issues that the common citizen is affected by in one way or another.

These are summaries of major areas of our concerns and trust that they give you a glimpse of our ministry which involves government legal demands, cultural issues, contemporary challenges, theological challenges, etc. But remember that the church was to be the one with the power of witnessing and outreach with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena

Romans 12:1-2

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