Ministry in a Ministry
The past two months we spent a lot of time on the ministry within the ministry while doing the ministry. What I mean is that we have spent much time in working with and helping all our team members get situated. (PRAISE THE LORD!) The Howells came in from language school the end of November; then the Straders arrived right after. They all had need of orientation to Malindi and where to buy what, as well as getting phones set up, PO boxes, government documents in process or checking on the progress of paper work. We set up language class schedules and ministry schedules for the past two months all the while continuing to meet with the churches on the weekends.
We took the month of December as we reported last month and visited all the churches. This helped everyone to meet the churches and get the chance to be with all the people we are currently working with. We have had multiple meetings talking about finances, language, culture, short-term goals, long term goals, vision, team, and being missionaries. It has been awesome but again it has been a ministry in the ministry while doing the ministry.
We finished up the Eyes on Christ clinics the first week of the month with Julie Shoeff and Tami Jo Rayle. As we reported last month it was a complete success. We are so grateful for the Eyes on Christ ministry and would highly recommend them to other missionaries and for support by the churches. firstname.lastname@example.orgImmediately following the Eyes on Christ departure we moved right into the Fisher Family survey trip. Ben, Anne, Noah, Annabelle, and Rianne are members of Life Point BC Washington, PA. We have been talking with the Fishers since Anne came on the 516 missions trip this past summer. God is moving in their hearts, and they are seeking His calling for them as a family. They came to Kenya as a family this month feeling that God could be calling them to join East Kenya Missions and the work God is doing here. We had a great time with the Fishers during their survey trip and while they were part of the Eyes on Christ Team.
The survey trip went very well, I think that Ben and Anne were able to get answers to a lot of the questions that they had as well as get a picture of the vision for the work here. Clayton, John, and I had several meetings together with Ben and Anne talking over different aspects of the ministry and things they might consider if God is indeed calling them to work with us. Please pray for Ben and Anne, their church, Life Point BC, and pastor Aaron Johnson as they seek God’s will.
Our last visitor was our long time friend Greg Simo. This was not his first time to Kenya or even the coast. However, this was his first time to come for his ministry Tech Fundi. Greg has sent over some equipment already and brought some equipment this trip to help pastors set up businesses to support their families. The Lord has blessed him with contacts that have donated old laptops and projectors that he has turned into blessings and avenues to preach the gospel. I appreciate Greg letting the Lord use him and trusting Him to supply. God made Greg’s trip possible in every way and blessed his obedience. I know those Greg worked with and blessed will use the opportunity for God’s glory.
Language School TanzaniaWe were sorry to see the Straders leave this month, but we are glad to see them taking the next step in their journey. Clayton and I traveled with John, Amber, and Ellanora to Morogoro, Tanzania to help them get set up at their language school. Pray for them as they study over the next four months.
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This month was busy for sure, but God has definitely been working. We always try hard to let our kids know that they can be part of the ministry that we do anytime or in any way they feel God wants them to. One thing that has been very helpful for them to engage is Swahili classes. When our kids were small we didn't speak Swahili to them for fear that they would be confused and never even learn to speak English. We now know that we were wrong. Kids have an amazing ability to learn many languages up to the age of 4 or 5 without even being taught in a classroom setting. Once we moved to the coast we started Swahili classes with the kids. So now the older ones are fluent and the younger ones are getting there. Josiah has no problems speaking, reading, and translating Swahili; he loves to talk. Abigail, however, has never been confident in speaking Swahili. She is fluent in her understanding of Swahili, but she doesn't like being laughed at when she speaks and makes a mistake. So she has always held back. This year, though, she has gained confidence in many areas including Swahili. She translated some this summer with the 516 groups. This month she translated for Ms. Tami Jo and really enjoyed it. I started out translating, then she began to help at the end of the first day. On the second day she said, "It's okay Mama, I got it from here." Abigail is growing and changing so much. I know these next couple of years she is going to blossom into a great young lady, which she already has. Lydia, Sarah, and Samuel are quickly becoming fluent as well. Not too long ago a man was teasing Samuel as we were taking a walk and Samuel said something to him in Swahili. I didn’t know one of the words. When I asked Samuel about it, he said he called him an avocado. He had learned the word for avocado, which is not a commonly used Swahili word, they just say avocado. He is quite a firecracker even in Swahili.
We also had a first this month. The Fishers’ youngest child is 6 like Samuel. She and Samuel were like two peas in a pod while they were here. When we were in the villages, I don’t know who got dirtier. They were for sure perfect test models for laundry detergents claiming to fight tough stains. One day one of the kids came to tattle on Samuel for kissing Rianne on the cheek. I quickly went to find out what was going on, fully intending to let Samuel know that he should save all of his kisses for his future wife. I told him to go sit under a tree, and I would talk to him. When I began to ask him about it, I had to hold back my smile because upon further interrogation, he said with the sweetest heart, "Well she's just so much fun to play with and I like her except right now she's not being very nice." It was the cutest thing. And they were quite a pair, playing happily one minute, and then next you could see Rianne giving him a piece of her mind while Samuel sat there digging in piles of dirt most likely tuning her out. We had a very nice talk about other ways to let Rianne know how much he likes playing with her. Samuel is very rough and tough, yet somewhere in there is a real sweetheart.
The biggest, probably happiest news, well for Josiah at least, is that he got his braces off this month. He is a very happy young man with a beautiful smile.
God has blessed us with some sweet kids. I pray that He will keep their hearts pure and sensitive towards all that He has for them.
Thanks for reading and praying.