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November for the McCoys

November 2019

Praises:
Successful church meetings
Support commitments
Safety in Travels

Prayer Requests:
Jon’s salvation
Witness opportunities/share Gospel
Meetings to present ministry
Raise remainder of support additional $1200 monthly
Housing in Costa Rica

Matthew 28:17-20
17 And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saving, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ve therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alwav, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Not a suggestion to us as believers but a command. I like the fact that all power is given to Jesus. That leaves none for me. Going and teaching is our part, changing hearts and minds and bringing folks to repentance, that’s His part. We are grateful that God chooses nobodies like us to be a small part of his kingdoms work. Every single one of us can go. Maybe across the street, maybe to the uttermost parts of the earth. Be willing to be willing.

October was packed with going. We were in 10 different churches. We were in a Bible conference for 2 days in our home church, Gulf Coast Baptist. We were in two mission conferences, one in Pace, FL at Grace Baptist and one in Crestview, FL at Vision Baptist. We very much enjoyed the hospitality, fellowship, opportunities for service and getting to present our ministry and spend time with other missionaries from all over. We also had the opportunity to help out Missions for Hope in Mobile, AL, which is a ministry to the homeless.

It was our privilege to help Pastor and Mrs. Aaron Burden with some home repairs for a couple of days. Pastor Burden was our youth pastor for many years and led our oldest son Matthew to Jesus when he was 14. We can never repay him and his wife for the investments they made in our kids but at least help them in their time of need. That’s the Gospel in shoe leather! Some plant, some water some do home repairs so others can go, so God can give the increase.

We think a lot about life on the field. In our travels meeting many other missionaries, everyone has wisdom and experience in different areas. One common topic always seems to come up, emergencies, medical emergencies. We felt the same and as a family took an emergency lifesaving class. Our family unit learned how to deal with many life threatening injuries that could happen anywhere. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Getting hands on training from a professional in that field gives us just a few more tools in our toolbox. Not just for us but for those we minister to.

Kevin also met with another administrator at a vocational college in Niceville, FL. This gentleman is also a brother in Christ and Pastors a small church in a rural area. He really sees the need for skills and trades training for those going into the ministry and has offered to help in any way possible to include contacts in the industry, curriculum options, possible start up grant etc. We will see what God does in the near future.

We are seeing the light at the end of the deputation tunnel. We have several churches and individuals committed to taking us on for support. Our prayer is that God gets us to 100% in the next 56 days. Then we could finish packing our remaining belongings in Jan and head out in Feb, Lord willing.

Thank you all for the prayers and encouragement and financial support!

In Christ,
Kevin and Sonya McCoy

Muindi Family’s Latest News

September 2019

Dear Partners,

“One man could . . . affect a whole nation . . . by multiplying himself and spreading his views by writing them upon fleshly tablets of the hearts of young and earnest men” (John Calvin). This echoes Apostle Paul’s statement, in 2 Timothy 2:2, that “the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” It is our prayer that the Lord might use us to do this as He leads the way, provides the means, strengthens the inner being with His sufficient grace.

We did arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, on 5th July 2019. We started our challenges with e-Passport renewal requirements which took us over a week in Nairobi to process but only to receive them in bits over the last three months. The e-passport became mandatory for traveling abroad as the Kenyan government tries to clean up the immigration requirements and procedures. Nevertheless, we praise the Lord for having received them despite the tedious process. We thank God that Ian and Regina were able to visit for three (3) weeks and encourage the youth ministry and the church here in Kenya. The church continues to grow besides challenges due to our time away. We thank God for Silvanus, Mike, and Simeon doing their very best to care for the church of God. Thus, we continue to assist them to grow in ministry and work on church plants as the Lord directs. Prayers are needed.

In the August 2019, the limelight was the Vacation Bible School. We ventured to assist the church to hasten the preparation and run a whole week of ministry with children. It was of great blessing to the church, the children and the community. We so and increase of children from 60s to over 100 during the week. Praise the Lord for salvations and great number of parents who attended both the program and the closing session whereby I gave the gospel. We were also able to visit two possible places for church planting work: Ngarua and Kesses. Your prayers are generously needed. Several visits to Nairobi for e-passports follow-up part of the challenges along with the new banking regulations for a lump some money withdrawals. The new regulations demand documentations for the source, purpose and reasons as long as you receive or withdraw over $ 10, 000 (Ksh. 1,000,000). We sincerely need wisdom in the use of every cent offered for ministry support though slowed down by such requirements. Pray for us as we progressively work on the church building though slowed also by lack of entrance to the Church facility from the newly tarmacked road. Both the city planner and the road engineer have visited to verify the need. The unceasing prayers are needed as ever.

Family challenges are also added to our responsibilities. Both Edna’s dad and my parents were sick, and we had to care for them after hospital treatments in the month of September 2019. Not only are they struggling with arthritis but also eyesight, high blood pressure, swollen feet, etc. Please pray for them as well as we to do our best care at such a time in their lives. Pray for Ian and Regina as they study at Iowa States University. God’s care and godly friends and believers be positively influential. Distance could cause a lot of fears and struggle due to ungodly friends. We believe that the Lord will direct their path. Rena is doing well with us at the moment here and trying to catch up with the rest of her former friends at school and church. We have had several funerals in the month of September 2019 and also visited Ogembo, Kisii region to see some unfortunate pastor and group trying to deceive one of our churches for financial gains. Pray for God’s ministry in Kenya since there are deceitful people in the name of ministry.

Please pray for our Radio Program “The Bible in Your Hand” at 7.30 pm on Fridays. We have a baptismal service for 5 adults and additional memberships on 27th October 2019. Pray for growth and maturity of the church and the church leadership with church planting opportunities. Pastors and teachers, please help with downloadable materials for ministry training. Pray for Stephen having classes with so much in ministry work and responsibilities. Pray also for 2020 summer ministries. We thank God for His sustaining power.

Our field address and contacts:
Stephen and/or Edna Muindi
P.O. BOX 987 – 30100
Eldoret, Kenya

Phones: (+254 768447828 – Stephen) and (+254 701 567266 – Edna)

Email address: stediarrem@gmail.com.

Pray for God’s care in our monthly support. Recently a church communicated their stop to support missionaries due to financial struggle and with possibility of closing. We will have less support of $100 from our monthly support. All in all, we trust God for His care and provision in His work. Pray for how you provide any support for literature, Bibles, radio program, Bible College training, and other ministry support, please send your gift through Baptist Mid-Missions office. Thank you so much for your faithfulness and love for God and His work. “Desire all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

In His Care,

Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena
1 Timothy 2:1-4

The McCoys in Oct. 2019

October 1, 2019

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

September was our busiest month yet. We continue to make steady progress in raising our monthly support. We were in 12 different churches in the past 3 weeks and had the privilege to present the ministry 6 times. The vision of a vocational school for those going out into the Gospel ministry really seems to be catching on quick. Just last week a single donor committed to fund the rest of the items, totaling $30,000, needed to finish the 50 x 100 school building in Atenas, Costa Rica. Thank you, sir, for being God’s answer to that prayer. Now we should be able to get settled in, finish learning Spanish, and get started on the curriculum instead of finishing the building ourselves. Our monthly support inches up a little more each month. This month 2 more churches and 2 more individuals committed to partner with us financially. We need your prayers more than anything and do appreciate them more than you can know. Two weeks ago a brother bought all of our extra tools and misc. items we could not take with us. What a blessing to not have to list on Craigslist or Marketplace and deal with all that is involved with playing salesman.

Our kids are doing well with a new school year. One of Jon’s teachers incorporates Spanish in the lessons, so he is picking things up pretty quick. Bethany has turned into quite the fisherman. She takes little brother out on the lakes here at the temporary house as much as she can while mom and dad do deputation stuff. She even baits Jon’s hook and takes his fish off. He’s the baby and rotten. Our son Matt got engaged last week to a wonderful young lady he met several years ago at The Wilds in NC. We are thrilled for them. Now to git er dun so we get to Costa Rica and not have to come back for no wedding. HAHA!

We’ve had several opportunities for home missions this month as well. Our home church helped one of our missionaries with a much needed roof project. We were able to help SWAN ministries with a work day getting many projects done at the airplane hangar. We helped a church in Panama City with permitting and associated paperwork for their rebuild after Hurricane Michael. Victory Baptist should be back to 100% by the end of the month thanks to missionary builders from Minnesota. Kevin also spoke at the Men’s Barn Meeting in Laurel Hill, FL., an outreach focusing on unchurched men.

We continue to work with a realtor in Costa Rica on housing. There are several options on the table as we write this letter. Please pray with us that God will give us wisdom so we choose well as we could have to live there for 1-3 years depending on the contract agreement. We continue to be amazed at how God continues to provide through his people and guides us every step of the way. Thank each and every one of you again for your prayer and financial support.

May God richly bless you all.

In Christ,
Kevin & Sonya McCoy

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