Furlough travels has been and continues to be of great blessing to us in many ways: we are exhorting and challenging each other “to love and good works” (Heb. 10:24); we are fellowshipping and rejoicing together for what God has accomplished in our ministry in Kenya. However, furlough travels can make one weary, both physically and mentally. We learn to be content in all situations and grow the fruit of patience in our lives as we wait for churches to make decisions for support or increase of our support. “To be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint. A patient person is skilled at waiting through uncomfortable circumstances without grumbling or losing his or her cool…. Some waiting is uncomfortable because it is dull or annoying, but other times waiting is physically or emotionally painful. In any case, it is often difficult to endure such discomfort without complaining” (Spiegel). As we wait patiently, pray that God would provide for the support and ministry needs in His good time.
We have already been to thirty-three (33) churches in the last seven (7) months and about the same number is on our schedule by end of March 2019. Pray for safety and wisdom with family due to back to school schedules and needs. Ian and Regina begin their 2nd semester at Iowa States (ISU) and Rena begins her 9th grade at Ankeny Christian Academy (ACA). As you pray, remember three upcoming conferences on my schedule: in Sartell, MN (Oct. 21st-25th 2018); at FBBC&TS (Oct. 29th-Nov. 1st 2018); and Holmen, WI (Nov. 2nd-4th 2018). As we wait patiently, pray that God would grow us spiritually to be used in His ministry at the appointed time.
Here are some specific areas of our ministry that you might be led of the Lord to help. Please send your gift through Baptist Mid-Missions, indicating specifically what your allocation is.
- Church Building Project – $30,000 (to make current church building usable). New Church Plants will benefit from gifts to this account with basic needs: building (rent), hymns, chairs, etc.
- Bus Ministry (used Van) – cost @ $15,000 to $20,000. This will help with church ministry transportation and short-termers mission trips.
- Bibles – cost @ $12 a piece (This helps also with new church plants)
- Sewing Machine (Ladies ministry) – cost @ $250 a piece
- Radio Program Preaching – airtime fee @ $250 per month
- Bible and leadership Training (Mid-African Baptist College) – Development Funds
We trust that you are praying for Elgon View Baptist Church in Kenya. They are doing well and the three men; Simeon Koech, Silvanus Agisu, and Mike Otieno are doing a wonderful job. As we wait patiently, pray that we would “gladly spend and be spent” for the souls of others (2 Corinthians 12:15).
Prayer is an exercise of faith that reminds of our dependence upon God and the need for spiritual growth in humility with the progressive help of the Holy Spirit by the Word. John Calvin stated well, “It is very important for us to call upon him: First, that our hearts may be fired with a zealous and burning desire ever to seek, love, and serve him, while we become accustomed in every need to flee to him as to a sacred anchor. Secondly, that there may enter our hearts no desire and no wish at all of which we should be ashamed to make him a witness, while we learn to set all our wishes before his eyes, and even to pour out our whole hearts. Thirdly, that we be prepared to receive his benefits with true gratitude of heart and thanksgiving, benefits that our prayer reminds us come from his hand” (Calvin, Institutes of the Christian religion, 2:852). Thank you all so much for praying and giving your ever-needed support.
In His Care,
Stephen & Edna Muindi
Ian, Regina, Rena