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