We agree with so many of you that ministry is difficult but joyful. If we keenly look at the scriptures, every successful ministry leader had unbelievable challenges to face. We have been reminded this month of the following: We need to utterly depend on God; we need to remember that we are dealing with people who are unpredictable and with overwhelming needs; we need to remember that we have our own struggles, fears, and failures; and we need to know that we have an enemy whose desire is to derail or make us stumble. With such understanding, we must set our minds and hearts focused on things above (Colossians 3:1) and keep on serving our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24).
Our travels are going on well besides the occasional demands to have family splits for ministry effectiveness, school and work schedule for the kids. We look forward for the end of Ian & Regina’s Spring Semester this week until Fall Semester. Rena still has slightly over two weeks and we look forward to her to be home, too. Edna and I keep on visiting churches together whenever possible with the children but with much around their lives, we are trying our best to make adjustments with our schedules and family. We do thank God for His gracious care throughout the month of April 2018. We began the month at Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa, with a sweet fellowship with the church family followed by our presentation and the preaching of God’s Word. Although without a pastor, we were truly blessed with their love, faith, and hope in the Lord. We also made it to Calvary Baptist Church in Webster City, Iowa. Pastor Davenport and Pastor John with the church family were so kind to us and blessed our lives. We delighted sitting together around a table for lunch and encouraging each other, even as Pastor Davenport made a contact with a man seated alone at a table in the restaurant. This meant that every time is an opportune time.
Did you know that I was geared to run 17 miles Zumbro marathon in Minnesota on April 14, 2018? Unfortunately, they cancelled. I don’t know if any one said there was a Kenyan. No. Truly, my schedule at Faith Baptist Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota, was in God’s hands. Pastor Seiler and I were not only ready for the ministry on Sunday but to run the race and finish well. The race was cancelled because of the terrible storm that covered the region and so were churches, schools, etc. All in all, God is sovereign, and we are subjects of His purpose to His Glory. From the north, we made it well to the southern Iowa, First Baptist Church in Bloomfield. We thank God for Pastor Matthew and the church family who been a blessing over the years and seeing the wonderful ministry they are doing. We had a wonderful time with Gary from Ankeny Baptist Church traveling with me to Hermantown in Minnesota. Pastor Brian Wiita with his wife Melissa and the church family were beyond measure a people to fellowship and minister alongside. The month of May 2018 was a blessed month, too. Beside one church in Michigan that cancelled the appointment, we began well in Des Moines, then Carroll, then Hudson, and finished well in Mt. Pleasant – all in Iowa. We truly thank God for the pastors and the church members who opened their homes and provided for us during the month. We thank you for amazing hospitality and care offered with prayers and financial support.
Our furlough ministry is beginning to spread out as we travel to the West to Washington and then to Indiana States in June 2018; to Ohio, New York, and Maryland in July 2018; and Florida, Alabama, and Kansas in August 2018. Our children will be involved with VBS at Ankeny Baptist and then going on a mission trip to Cleveland, Ohio in June 2018, and youth camp in July 2018. We covet your prayers on daily basis.
Pray for the church in Kenya as they continue to serve God and being faithful in ministry. Silvanus, Michael, and Simeon are doing a wonderful work besides Simeon’s wife Roseline being unwell with blood clot on the left foot. Pray for our aging parents. Stephen’s parents had been admitted in the hospital for high blood pressure and pneumonia, then later Stephen’s dad was readmitted, but doing pretty well now at home. We do trust God for His care and sufficiency in such a time of many needs.
Please make your monthly financial support for us or one-time gift toward our ministry to Baptist Mid-Missions. We trust that God will raise our support to the required amount with your prayers and giving for His name sake. Please GIVE and PARTNER with us and SUPPORT Church Planting Ministry and the nationals in Kenya.
Please let us know if we can be able to share our lives and ministry at your church, if you have not connected with us. We would love your church family be exposed to what is happening around the world and specifically in Kenya. Someone in your congregation could be interested in missions and Kenya, or Africa could be their interest. Please call (515)7779312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be glad to have you visit our mission field as well and be part of us as God leads in ministry.
May God be our vision, our daily thought, and His presence be our daily light.
“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light” (Dallan Forgaill).
In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena