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February 2018

Ministry Partners,

Job delights in God as his salvation despite his friends’ counsel that he is an evil doer before God. Our conscience must be right before God and before men in what we do and Job 13 is a great passage to read. The only solution that Job puts forward to his friends, “I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God” (Job 13:3). We believe that we all have concerns in life but remember that we must take them to God Almighty. He is concerned about our lives. many people around us would question God and be bitter regarding issues of their concern, but note, “Though he slay me, I will hope in Him; yet I will argue my ways to His face” (Job 13:15). Please do that with me before the Lord this month.

We did arrive in the States on November 1, 2017, but we had to go back to Kenya (12/14/2017) for about 10 days for Edna’s Mom’s funeral. We did return to the States on the eve of Christmas (12/24/2017). Truly God has been faithful despite the change of weather, readjusting to the American life and food but in all we are fairly well. Ian and Regina are freshmen at Iowa State University and with great desire to become medical doctors, if God wills. They are studying biology as their major and hopefully to be able to take some biblical courses in the future from Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Rena is already going on with her schooling at Ankeny Christian Academy. They are all actively involved with the youth ministry at Ankeny Baptist Church, which is our sending church. We are so thankful for their getting friends and being around other believers for their spiritual growth. Pray for them to grow in the Word and that God’s will and purpose be fulfilled in their lives. Ian has eyesight struggle and needs to get glasses sometimes soon. Edna and I are doing well but dealing with colds and coughs. Edna is on antibiotics for an ear infection and trusts that she will be well soon. We have settled well so far at 4208 65th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322, which is a beautiful church’s missionary house. We thank God for this provision.

We have been speaking in some churches and working on furlough schedule. We have already covered five churches by this month of February 2018 besides speaking at the Seminary two times and attending the Refresh Conference at Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary. It has been challenging this time to schedule because many churches have removed evening services and spreading about fifty churches over the year for morning services will go into early next year. We don’t know if that is the trend around the country or not. Please pray for God’s leading in the scheduling. Pray also for safety during our travels as we crisscross the States around the country.

Because of schedules for our travels and school for kids and their work (at Hy-Vee), we will have to try our best to navigate this diligently. Ian and Regina were required, by Iowa laws, to hold on their driving permit for at least 12 months or when they turn Eighteen to receive a full driving license. At times I will be forced to travel alone, without Edna, because of the kids’ school and work schedules. We need God’s wisdom in what we want to do for the ministry and for the family, too. The travels will be very tight with almost every weekend going to a church. We are trying to do more around the Midwest during winter and begin traveling through Iowa in the summer (June-August 2018) and then back to some more Midwest churches later during the year. Our support currently is about 88% due to increased insurance and losing three supports, i.e. two individual supports by death and one church closing up. Pray that this support would come in soon. Please direct your monthly gifts, as well as one time gifts for ministry, through Baptist Mid-Missions.

The ministry in Eldoret is truly going on well. We communicate with our men and church members and they seem to be doing a great work. We believe that they will demonstrate good leadership in our absence and that will help them, too, in taking over the church, or some moving out with us in the future to start other church plants. Pray for the church growth and maturity, and that some of these men would sense God’s call to ministry and move on to the next opportunity of ministry. The building project will hold on for some time because of finances, but the church in Eldoret continues to give towards building as we ask friends also to support the project as much as they can. We have received already gifts of $1400 dollars towards the building project. Please pray that this project will come to completion as we move to the next ministry opportunity by God’s grace.

Pray for peace in Kenya. Political temperature affects ministry opportunities and we want to be available and a blessing to those who need the Word. Pray for good health for our aging parents back in Kenya as well as some of our siblings to walk with the Lord and others to come to know Christ.

Pray for an effective ministry here in the States. Pray that men and women and couples would join us in the field of Kenya, whether it be in short-term or long-term, so as to train more ministry leaders in the work of ministry. We desire to grow in the Word as well so as to be a blessing to the pastors and churches we attend. We desire “to preach the Lord Jesus,” that “the hand of the Lord” be with us that others might see “the grace of God” in us, and that we “remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.” (Acts 11:20-23).

In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
1 Peter 4:17

The Fredericks in Dec. 2017

December 2017

Dear praying partners,
Merry Christmas!

We are blessed to be able to spend this Christmas in the states for a few weeks to be with our children and grandchildren. We will return to Thailand on January 9th after 7 weeks in the states.

Bible Institute: Upon returning to Thailand Bible Institute will be back in full swing.  I will be teaching Greek II and Hebrew Poetry.  I am thankful for the faithful students who are eager to learn.  The first two courses have been recorded and uploaded for the online Bible School.  We are still in need of funds to purchase three computers for video editing, recording, and for the students to use. We are making due with what we have, but really need new systems quickly. We additionally need fund to purchase sound equipment and microphones that we will use to mix and record the sound. If you can help, you can designate a special gift to us through our mission board or contact me directly via email,  phone, or Facebook (info is below).

Ministry: Our thirteenth anniversary celebration was a great success. Our guest speaker did a great job of challenging everyone about being a light to the world. We are looking forward to many more fruitful years.  While I am away, I am pleased to report that the ministry is still on tack. People are faithful and those teaching in my place are doing an excellent job.  On Christmas Eve, our church will have a Christmas celebration.  This is a good evangelistic opportunity for our church and we would ask you to pray for fruit from this outreach.

Other: On a positive note, I have been asked to return to teach at our local university.  This has been a fruitful ministry and I am looking forward to extending it.  We currently have two students that are members of our church and we are looking forward to reaching many more.

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; the Britten family as they make their final preparation to go to England as our churches first missionary family, especially for their visa application.

We are truly humbled to be a part of your mission’s program and look forward to many more years of service together. May the Lord bless you as you faithfully serve Him.

For Christ in Thailand,
Mike & Francis Frederick  Facebook:  66-86-183-1575

Stephen Muindi: December 2017

December 2017

Dear Ministry Partners,

The purpose of God in the incarnation of His only begotten Son is that Christ would give His life “as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). In other word, His “blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24), that is, in Christ, God chose us “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). The ultimate goal for the first coming of Christ is to redeem humanity from the inevitable wrath of God that is to come upon the ungodly. It is because of God’s ultimate purpose that we are saved and called unto His ministry of proclaiming the good news to all creatures (Mark 16:15).

We thank you all for the much prayers and support over the last five years of ministry in Kenya. Despite many challenges that we face in ministry today in our modern world, “we preach Christ Crucified…the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:23-24). As one of your sent-out pastor/missionary on a mission to establish God’s church in another, yet a different society, continent, we look forward for time of fellowship and praise for what God has done during our time away. Please let us know your possible dates that you desire our presence with you. We know that you want to know what is going on there and ask questions and we do too desire to tell you the story, answer your questions, and tell you how you could be involved in both locally and foreign missions. The church in Kenya, Elgon View Baptist Church in Eldoret, is under the leadership of three able men, who have graduated from a Bible Institute under my tutelage for the last five years or more. Please keep on praying for them, namely, Simeon Koech, Michael Otieno, and Silvanus Agisu. They are truly precious to us and the ministry in Kenya.

We did arrive on 1st of November 2017 after a long time of documentation process. We are thankful for your prayers and for the ministry of BMM in making sure that all was in order as we waited for God’s timing. We have been settling down and working on various logistics with family and ministry plans. We praise God for the beautiful home provided us by Urbandale Baptist Church in Iowa. We are thankful to all who made the house ready for us and the wonderful reception we received from both churches; Ankeny and Urbandale Baptist churches respectively.

Please note our current address: 4208 65th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322. You can also call or text on the following cell numbers: (515)777-9312 (Stephen) and (515)777-9352 (Edna). Our email, remains the same.

We praise God for both Edna and I getting Driving Licenses and for Ian and Regina getting their Driving Permits as well. We praise God that we got Rena back to school at Ankeny Christian Academy for this school year as we look forward for Ian and Regina to start their studies at Iowa State University in the Spring. Please pray for them as they adjust themselves to the States life, with school and work schedules, yet remain faithful and active in ministry. We praise God for a purchased Toyota Siena Van for ministry and family use as well as an extra vehicle provided by Gary & Ruth McConeghey from Ankeny Baptist Church.

Having been away for the last five years, our financial support has been affected by increased cost of life, churches with financial constraints, insurance cost, ministry needs, etc. After the review with BMM office, our financial support is at 88%. We will be asking for your support in order to meet the needs. Your monthly support is highly appreciated as well as your one-time gifts towards building projects in the mission field. Please partner with us in this ministry by sending your gift and your commitment with us through Baptist Mid-Missions.

It is our desire that by the proclamation of “…Jesus Christ and Him crucified. … in demonstration of the Spirit and of power…faith might rest in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:2-5). May God’s goodness and His power be known through you all during the 2017 Christmas ministries. We wish you a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2018.

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

Matthew 1:21

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