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The following is for November 2018
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for November 2018
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – November 2018
1 Thursday (1) EA will be on leave this month so he has no public ministry. May it be a time of spiritual refreshing for him. (2) The TRAIN(Kenya) Board meets today in Pershore. The main purpose of the charity is to support the ongoing ministry of RBAK Churches in Kenya. Pray the Lord will use us to that end for the extension of His kingdom.
2 Friday This is the last Meaty Forum for 2018. Jeremy Pittsley (EBC), Michael Maura (Bethesda) and MI will be on the panel dealing with the subject of Death & Suicide. There have been high profile suicides in the country. Most Christians in Kenya believe that there is no way a believer can commit suicide and if he does he is damned forever. Is this the case? We aim to show that although death is an enemy, yet it is a defeated enemy and its sting is neutralized by Christ’s death. Go to www.facebook.com/themeatyforum.
3 Saturday KU is speaking at the monthly Norwich Bible Rally organized by a number of churches in the area. Pray that the word will be an encouragement and a challenge. Information can be found at www.biblerally-norwich.org.uk.
4 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi for the Adult SS Tonny Karwa starts a
series on Evangelism. MI is preaching in the morning from Hebrews 7:26-28. This series has been well received by members. John Thiauri is preaching in the afternoon. (2) KU is preaching morning and evening at the Norwich Evangelical Free Church, see www.efcnorwich.co.uk. May God accomplish His purpose through the word, both to save the lost and build up His people!
5 Monday About 20 delegates from 14 of the 19 members of the RBAK met 4-8 October. There were also others present interested to be part of the Association. There was encouraging ministry, and it was good to hear how the RBAK has been a blessing to many. Practically, it was decided to send a brother to Kapenguria (Pokot) to investigate church planting there and to report back. May the Lord use the Association in the planting of more churches.
6 Tuesday On 7 October in Kasei 6 new Pokot leaders were formally set aside, 2 each for the churches of Chepkinagh, Kamketo and Kasei. Each church has other churches (13 in total) and new areas of evangelism for which it is responsible, as well as Primary (13) and Secondary Schools (3) sponsored by TBC in which to minister. May these men be faithful to the Biblical gospel.
7 Wednesday The TPC classes begin again today until next Wednesday, with Oliver Allmand-Smith teaching two courses, on Reformation Church History, and Apologetics. Please continue to pray for these men that they will be diligent, giving themselves fully to the work to which they believe the Lord has called them.
8 Thursday Pray that MI’s time in USA will bear fruit. In California he preached and brought the report of God’s work in Kenya at the Reformed Baptist Church of Riverside and at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada. He also gave a comprehensive report at the Reformed Baptist Network and spoke at the West Coast Bible Conference at Sunnyvale.
9 Friday (1) Oliver continues to teach in the TPC on the Reformation. (2) He is also the speaker at the Dine & Listen event in the evening, where brethren are encouraged to invite relatives, friends and workmates to a meal and to hear the gospel clearly preached. May the Lord mercifully use it in saving power!
10 Saturday Today TBC members and TPC students go out on Evangelism in the neighbourhood. We encourage more of the members to be involved. Tonny Karwa is teaching on the subject during the Adult SS and we pray that this emphasis on evangelism will be the culture of TBC members. May God give an increasing love for the lost.
11 Sunday Ministry today: In Nairobi, we look forward to the ministry of Oliver Allmand-Smith who will be preaching both morning and afternoon services.
Today the church will be celebrating both the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and a few people will be received into the membership. There will be a ‘Tea-Plot’ after the afternoon service for refreshments and discussion.
12 Monday The TPC continues. Pray for Oliver in both his teaching and in his personal interaction with the students, a very vital part of the teaching ministry. At the end of the day there will be the usual debate designed to hone the speaking skills of the men, especially their ability to say things clearly without endless words, and convincingly.
[Many of the following requests are from the delegates at the RBAK]
13 Tuesday Siaya TBC (near Kisumu) is led by Charles Abwok. There are 13 members with others attending. Charles lives far away, and one of our Interns in Nairobi is praying about going to live and minister there. We are asked to pray for unity in this local church, especially that there might be reconciliation with those who left some years ago.
14 Wednesday The TPC finishes today. Pray for the men as they return home, for safe travel as some are going far, and for a continued determination before the Lord to be faithful in the studies knowing that they are being entrusted with the “mysteries of God”.
15 Thursday Korr TBC (Rendille) is led by Joseph Ogom with the two other Evangelists. There 16 members. Pray as they go regularly to many villages with the gospel and speak to the men in particular as they sit under the tree. There is evidence of a positive change of attitude by some and our longing is for some such traditional men to be converted and show it by repudiating their beloved traditions. The gospel is powerful enough to do this!
16 Friday In Pokot North there are about 250 baptized members in the 13 churches. Many of the churches lack leaders so a Bible School for training in the Pokot language is set to start in Kasei in January 2019. This is all the more urgent as there are calls from further afield to bring the word of God (and schools).
17 Saturday Boyani TBC (near Mombasa) is led by George Mwanjisi and there are 44 members. Many are women and children without financial stability, and others are not consistent as they go searching outside for work. 10 more are considering baptism. The room in George’s house is too small and there is need to build a structure on the plot that the church has acquired.
18 Sunday Ministry today: (1) MI is preaching in the morning. (2) Eric Kahure is one of the pastoral interns and is preaching in the afternoon. We are thankful for these men who have been interns this year as they are prepared and equipped for the work of the ministry of the gospel. We need the Lord’s guidance as we consider their future ministry.
19 Monday KU has the second of three Preachers’ Classes in Liverpool dealing with the importance of systematic theology in preaching. There are 6-8 men who attend and our prayer is that God would enable us to be men who are “able to give instruction in sound doctrine” (Titus 1:9).
20 Tuesday Katilu TBC, amongst the Turkana of north-west Kenya, is led by Isaac Erot. There are 20 members, and another meeting place has been established. With his limited education we need to find the best way of providing training for Isaac. There is the specific need of obtaining a plot for the church building.
21 Wednesday Miathene TBC (east of Mt. Kenya) is led by Joseph Mucheru, and there are 2 other Elders. There are 34 members, with about 60 attendees. Another church has been planted in nearby Muthara. There is also a Bible study group in the Methodist University in nearby Meru town, with 20 now attending. This is where KU first came in 1968, and the place from where MI originates.
22 Thursday Kima TBC (near Machakos) is led by Donald Kivungi. There are 20 members, mostly elderly. Thank God there are new faces. The church plot was given by one of the members, and it is important that it has its own title deed, and that the pastor’s house is completed so that Donald and his wife can live there.
23 Friday Bondo Guildford Park Church (near Kisumu) comprises of 4 separate church meeting places. One of the leaders has been transferred to Nairobi with his job. The first meeting place at Maranda has a partially completed permanent building; another semi-permanent structure at Ndira has constant problems with termites bringing it down.
24 Saturday Funyula TBC (near Uganda) is led by Simon Ochieng’. After 9 years of expository ministry the church is slowly growing. There is need to complete the church building for which there is a basic steel structure.
25 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi MI is preaching in both services before going on leave in December. Pray that he will be spiritually and physically refreshed with his family after a busy year. (2) KU is preaching in Charlesworth and leading a Bible study in the afternoon.
26 Monday South Nyanza TBCs (south-west Kenya) had 4 congregations represented at the RBAK. They meet together for worship monthly. A total of 16 people are seeking baptism. 23 young people attended the recent Camp. Pray that the word of God will build up these churches.
27 Tuesday Migosi Calvary Bible Church (near Kisumu) is led by Ernest Oluoch. Both the Elders work full time in their secular jobs. There are 30 members and many children. They request prayer for church unity, for boldness in preaching, and for the completion of the permanent church building.
28 Wednesday Vote TBC (near Kitui) is led by Benson Nyamai. There are 8 members although 2 of them work outside the area. We are asked to pray for spiritual growth of the members, for commitment to evangelism, for conversions, and for the pastor to spiritually feed the flock.
29 Thursday KU is in Ramsbottom again, speaking at their Preachers’ Class on the way that preaching is to be presented. Every week a number of these men are out at different churches ministering, so these are very practical sessions. May the Lord use them to build up His work, for His glory.
30 Friday Chebang’ang’ Glory Baptist Church (near Kericho) is led by Geoffrey Ng’eny. There are 16 members with 7 more seeking to join. The former pastor, David Ng’etich, has been set aside to church plant in Kericho town where the great need is to secure a suitable meeting place.
EA = Eric Abwao, MI = Murungi Igweta (Pastors of TBC Nairobi), KU = Keith Underhill
TBC = Trinity Baptist Church; TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College
RBAK = Reformed Baptist Association of Kenya
You can get more information by visiting http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – October 2018
The following is for Oct 2018
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for October 2018
1 Monday KU & Cliff Barton return from the 10 days in Pokot North. They will stop in Kipsaos (after Eldoret) where one brother in the church has his ancestral home. With advancing years it is wisdom not to seek to do the whole journey in one day. But we are also anticipating the good fellowship.
2 Tuesday MI returns from the States today where he visited several churches across the country, preaching and presenting the report of God’s work in Kenya through TBC Nairobi. We trust that the Lord will use the visits to encourage those churches in their zeal for the cause of Christ across the world. MI was himself very encouraged by the interest shown in prayer and financial support.
3 Wednesday KU taught the TPC last month on the Doctrine of Man, and part of the History of the Early Church, especially on Augustine. There was excellent interaction in the class. However, a number of students did not come because of struggles at their home – such things as having to be responsible for siblings because parents are deceased. For many here life is a continual struggle, but we pray that through such their faith will be strengthened.
4 Thursday The RBAK is an Association of about 20 Churches that subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. These Churches send delegates for annual meetings every October. Today many are travelling from different parts of the country for this meeting. The focus this year is on Evangelism with an aim of killing any aspect of Hyper-Calvinism, whether perceived or practical, and to spur the Churches to be more aggressive in the spreading of the gospel.
5 Friday (1) RBAK has its first full day today. There will be 4 addresses, on Preaching Christ and Him Crucified (KU), the Examples of Jesus (EA) and Paul in Evangelism, and the question, What is Wrong with our Evangelism? (MI) (2) The Meaty Forum last month was very well attended with 150 present. Please pray that it will continue to be a means of reaching out to many young people.
6 Saturday TBC is celebrating 40 years of God’s faithfulness and grace. Many who have been involved in the life of the church have been invited and we trust that the Lord will use this occasion for His glory. It is very easy to blow our own trumpet but we want many to be challenged to love and serve the Lord more.
7 Sunday Ministry today: KU is preaching in the morning. One of the TPC students and a member of the church, Nick Okong’o, will preach for the first time in the evening. There are also the Sunday School classes before the morning service, and the Prayer Meeting before the afternoon service.
8 Monday (1) RBAK has had meetings from Thursday, and today will be the Annual General Assembly, discussing the business of the Association. We desire to grow in fellowship and in numbers as there is a lot of work to be done across the country. (2) KU & Cliff depart to return to Liverpool, arriving Tuesday morning.
9 Tuesday KU spent some time in TBC Nairobi and found the Church at peace and delighting in the Lord as He speaks through His word. Some of the older members are struggling. Some of the newly married have also shown less commitment. But it was a privilege to preach to more than 150 in the morning and to interact with many throughout the day who are earnestly seeking to follow the Lord.
10 Wednesday We thank the Lord that Priscilla’s visa in order to remain in the U.K. has been granted. This will last for 30 months when the final application will be made and we trust that then she will be granted ‘unlimited leave to remain’.
11 Thursday TBC Nairobi’s need for Elders remains the greatest need of the Church as we see it. The existing Elders have a responsibility to identify, nurture and recommend those men in the Church who could be added to the Eldership. Thankfully, the Lord has provided a number of men who have a desire to join the ministry. There are also a number of mature men who are to be encouraged to take up this responsibility in order to serve Christ.
12 Friday We have seen a few conversions recently and so a number of people have been baptized. We desire that the word preached may bear more fruit and that there would be yet more conversions, especially the many children who attend. May the Holy Spirit move mightily to reveal the rich grace of Christ.
13 Saturday (1) An enlarged issue of our Grace & Truth magazine (no. 130) has been printed. It was for the occasion of the Church anniversary and we also wish it to be distributed amongst the Churches and further afield. (2) KU is attending a day Conference near Liverpool which is held annually, God’s Glory our Joy.
14 Sunday Ministry today: (1) Nairobi, EA will preach in the morning on the Law of God, where he is preaching through the Ten Commandments. MI resumes ministry in Nairobi after being away for a month in the US. He will be preaching in the afternoon from the series on ‘Back to Basics’ and deal with the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. (2) KU is preaching in Ramsbottom in the morning and giving a report of the recent time in Kenya in the evening.
15 Monday Please pray about the financial needs, especially for support of labourers to be sent to places that are crying out for ministry of the word. David Ng’etich plans to church plant in the town of Kericho. Charles Awelo is waiting to go to strengthen the work in the Osani/Thimlich area. We continue to pray for a
mature man for the Rendille ministry. And there are still others.
16 Tuesday There are two young men from Korr, Rendille, in TBC Nairobi. Although there are Churches working in the area as well as TBC, they lament how few people are converted, especially the traditional men. Because of their hardness it is the women and especially children who are targeted. But is our gospel not able to save even the chief of sinners?
17 Wednesday There are a number of Book Clubs members have organized in different parts of the city. One has been considering an issue of the Free Grace Broadcaster on The Sinfulness of Sin. This was an eye-opener to many, and led to the conversion of one who had been a member of the church!
18 Thursday MI’s time with the brethren in East Haven, Connecticut, was very encouraging as this church has prayed and supported the work in Kenya for a long time. They expressed their interest in continuing. Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, was so excited to hear of God’s faithfulness in Kenya and one couple expressed an interest to come to Kenya and serve in the children’s ministry.
19 Friday KU is spending the weekend in Viborg, Denmark, with Johan and the Kristuskirchen Church. This is a small Reformed Baptist Church, one of the very few in Denmark, which is such a needy country spiritually. Please pray that the two men who lead the Church, Eric and Johan, will be encouraged to be faithful, and that the Lord will add to them in days to come.
20 Saturday The TBC school committee is seriously planning to restart the school for 2019. They have been spurred on by the fact that many families are starting in the Church. We pray it will get off the ground, be a thoroughly Christian School, and be a witness in the neighbourhood and even beyond.
21 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi, MI is preaching in the morning continuing his series in Hebrews, while EA is preaching in the afternoon. (2) KU is ministering in Viborg, Denmark, at Kristuskirchen. May those who are present in all places be doers as well as hearers of the word, by the working of the Spirit.
22 Monday MI preached in the Reibers Church on 9th September and gave a brief report. Charles Fitzpatrick has now retired and the Church is bringing in a new pastor. May his ministry be most fruitful for this small Church. Grace Church in Cleveland is the church where Jonathan Underhill and his family are members and MI was there on 12th Sept. both to preach and to report on the work in Kenya.
24 Wednesday EA is at the Jomo Kenyatta University Christian Union, speaking on Christian Stewardship. He is to address the concept of stewardship, helping the needy, right ways of earning and gambling, and the gender biases in work. Quite a tall order! But how needful all these things are.
25 Thursday Friday & Sunday EA will be at Kenyatta University Christian Union, preaching on the Holy Spirit. Hopefully this will address the huge misconceptions held by a largely charismatic student union.
26 Friday 7 members go each Friday to the nearby Donholm Primary School, and each preach to a class of about 70 students (= 500 students!). This PPI (Programme for Pastoral Instruction) takes place in every school in the country each Friday as an opportunity the respective Church to teach its doctrine. For us our doctrine is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
27 Saturday KU is speaking to the Young Life group in Liverpool on Romans 5:111. The group comprises of 10-15 young people, including a number from our own Church (Belvidere Road). It is encouraging that they are serious enough to be going through a book of the Bible like Romans week by week.
28 Sunday Ministry today: Nairobi MI is preaching in the morning from Hebrews while brother John Muketha, one of the Deacons, is preaching in the afternoon in his long running series from 2nd Corinthians. There is always the danger that brethren who came so enthusiastically to the Church begin to take the ministry for granted and become careless.
29 Monday KU has a further opportunity to speak to 6-8 of the men of the Belvidere Road Church Preaching Class. The next 3 classes will be on Preaching and Systematic Theology. I believe it is so important that preaching brings out specific doctrine and that this is tied to the whole system of doctrine in the Bible, the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”.
30 Tuesday Each Wednesday three brethren, Nick Teka, Emma Karuri & Ronald Bargebo, go to the nearby slum of Kamola for ministry in a school, another providential opportunity to bring the gospel to the community.
31 Wednesday (1) KU is again in the small Pershore Evangelical Church, reporting on the recent ministry in Kenya. They have been prayerfully and financially supportive over many years. (2) The next day is a regular meeting of the 6 trustees of TRAIN(Kenya) in Pershore to deliberate on how to continue to support the work of TBC Nairobi and the RBAK Churches.
EA = Eric Abwao, MI = Murungi Igweta (Pastors of TBC Nairobi), KU = Keith Underhill
TBC = Trinity Baptist Church; TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College
RBAK = Reformed Baptist Association of Kenya
You can get more information by visiting http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org
The following is for September 2018
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for September 2018
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – September 2018
1. Saturday – There is a scheduled members’ meeting of TBC Nairobi this afternoon. The church is seriously thinking about expanding the Eldership from amongst many brethren in the church. Thanks be to God for His faithfulness to the church for the four decades of existence as a church.
2. Sunday – Ministry today. (1) Nairobi MI is preaching in the morning from Hebrews 7. Tonny Karwa is preaching in the afternoon. Mark Mujivane, one of the members who is gifted in music, is teaching on distinctiveness of congregational singing. (2) KU is preaching again at Christ’s Church, Deeside, in the morning.
3. Monday – MI leaves for 4 weeks in the States. Pray that he will be spiritually encouraged by the exposure, and that he will be a blessing wherever he goes. One of the purposes is that greater exposure of the work in Kenya will bring more to fellowship with us. Pray also for TBC Nairobi and his family in his absence.
4. Tuesday – Chris Herwig a student in Liverpool and church member, is in Pokot North until 20th. He is getting some experience of teaching at the Kasei Boys Secondary School, and of the ministry in our churches. No doubt there will be many challenges, but pray it will be a real blessing in his life.
5. Wednesday – The first stop for MI is at Grace Fellowship in East Haven, Connecticut. We have been in fellowship with this church since the 1990s when Sam Owen, who used to be with us in Nairobi, returned to America and became the Pastor there. Recently, Ken Kiambati has been there while studying at Yale, and is now on his way to Puritan Seminary in Grand Rapids.
6. Thursday – A new door of opportunity has opened in Pokot North, at Nakuyen near Kacheliba on the Uganda border. The community have invited TBC to church plant and sponsor its school as they have seen what we have done elsewhere. Today and tomorrow Andrew Chemolok will be making this second monthly visit to preach the gospel and to chart the way ahead.
7. Friday – The Meaty Forum panel discussion is entitled, ‘Porn Again Christian’. Attachment to pornography is a real problem for young people with their attachment to the social media. Many in TBC are struggling against it. May the Lord give the panellists boldness and wisdom. It starts at 6 p.m. Kenyan time and is live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/themeatyforum.
8. Saturday – We are so thankful to the Lord that in the last five years, 50 believers have been added to the membership of TBC, Nairobi. A few others have left the church, but we now about 130 members. Two may be received into the membership of the church. One is an older man who has attended the church for over 20 years!
9. Sunday – Ministry today. (1) Nairobi. EA starts Adult SS, Dominic Kabaria is preaching in the morning, and John Muketha in the afternoon. (2) MI is at Grace Baptist, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a church that has been involved with our ministry in Kenya for more than 4 decades. He will be speaking at the Adult Sunday School on Kenya. In the evening he will preach at the nearby Reibers Reformed Baptist. (3) Tonny Karwa is ministering in Grace Baptist Church, Kisumu.
10 Monday – MI has an interview with Chris Arnzen of Iron Sharpens Iron Radio about the gospel situation in Kenya. We hope that this will bring to light what the Lord is doing in Kenya, as there has been a remarkable interest in Reformed teaching. It is also an opportunity to make an appeal to those who may be interested in any kind of partnership in the work, whether a church or an individual, so that the gospel may speed ahead and be honoured.
11. Tuesday – KU and Cliff Barton from Liverpool are travelling to Nairobi. Cliff is going on behalf of the Church, and the charity TRAIN(Kenya). He has been to Kenya many times and was a teacher there back in the 1970s. It will be a busy 4 weeks, but we want to be an encouragement to the many brethren we meet, and wish to assess how the work of the gospel is progressing.
12. Wednesday – (1) The TPC begins today with teaching on The Doctrine of Man, with emphasis on sin, both total depravity and total inability. Pray for KU who has the full teaching responsibility. (2) Apur is hosting the monthly joint service for all the Pokot North TBC Churches. (3) MI is at the Grace Church of North Olmstead, Ohio, for their evening meeting. This is the church where KU’s son Jonathan and his family are members.
13. Thursday – Recently the Bible was commissioned in Rendille language. We pray that this will give some impetus in spreading the gospel in the area. Our brethren, Ogom, Godana and Nadesol, continue to labour hard, going out to the villages twice a week to preach.
14. Friday – MI was in Tanzania between August 13th. to 25th. There were 4 APCs, in Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Tabora and Arusha. This was done in partnership with Pentecostal churches, since there is no Reformed work. The main language spoken in Tanzania is Swahili and with very few English speakers it meant that preaching had to be done through translation except for MI who is Swahili speaker. They also could not benefit from the books being sold and distributed for free.
15. Saturday – Evangelism efforts have been redoubled in an effort to spread the honours of Christ in the neighbourhood near the church. We are yet to see direct fruit of these efforts, but we continue to diligently preach the gospel, for we know that it is God’s power for salvation for everyone who believes. Please pray that there would be more people who would join us from Donholm area.
16. Sunday – Ministry today. (1) KU has the privilege of preaching again in TBC, Nairobi both morning and afternoon. (2) MI is ministering at the Reformed Baptist Church of Riverside, California. It is a church that has recently become closely involved with the work in Kenya, and it has invited MI for this visit. Pray the ties will be more firmly cemented for the cause of the gospel of Christ. 17 Monday The TPC resumes today on the Doctrine of Man, and also aspects of Early Church History that are relevant to it, such as Augustine and the Pelagian Controversy. One emphasis will be to make them think – one false doctrine has many implications and never stands alone. There will be the usual debate at the end of the day to seek to sharpen their ability to present views convincingly.
18. Tuesday – Out of a population of about 12M in South Sudan, 4M are either displaced internally, or are refugees in neighbouring countries. In early August another peace deal was signed. Pray for David Awan Malek and the Trinity Baptist Churches of South Sudan and for the possibility of visiting and training leaders should the peace hold this time round.
19. Wednesday – The TPC finishes today. The students return to home and ministry, and have much work to complete in the next two months. May they learn increased organization and self-discipline, rare qualities, yet essential for the work of a faithful pastor.
20. Thursday – KU and Cliff Barton travel to Pokot North for the next 10 days. We expect to visit most of the 13 centres where there is a church and accompanying school. There will be daily opportunities to preach to church members, the wider community, and to school children. We also pray to be a great encouragement to the leaders of the churches.
21. Friday – Please remember the work of the gospel amongst S0mal1 people. There are the regular Grace & Truth radio broadcasts done by AO, and the consequent wide visitation of contacts. There is a weekly study in Ethiopia led by AO on the Confession of Faith with the long term goal of church planting.
22. Saturday – Internship program at TBC. There are six members of TBC who are being trained at TPC for ministry. How we pray that these men would soon be sent out to labour for the cause of the gospel. The gospel needs are vast in the country.
23. Sunday Ministry today. (1) In Nairobi, EA is ministering both morning and afternoon. (2) KU is in Pokot North, in the Chepkinagh area. A recent report has told of 54 baptized on profession of faith in Christ! (3) MI is preaching at Trinity Baptist, La Mirada, California today. While we do rejoice in all these opportunities the Lord is giving the purpose of ministry is that hearers will be blessed, both saved and built up.
24. Monday – MI is at RBNet (Reformed Baptist Network) until 27th. He will have an opportunity of giving a report on the work in Kenya in order to increase interest in the work. We pray that a closer fellowship and partnership in the gospel will be born, and a sustained effort to see Christ known will be established.
25. Tuesday – The main administrative centre for the whole of West Pokot County is Kapenguria (Makutano). 10-20 meet here each Sunday for worship and we are praying for a spiritually mature couple to go here to establish the work. Our Lord told His disciples to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). There are many other places in Kenya with a similar need – Kericho, Muthara, Olgumi, Thimlich, for example.
26. Wednesday – EA visited Funyula and reports: “The church has remained faithful in preaching the gospel in a setting where pressure to compromise in order to have more people attending is high. Simon Ochieng’ continues to labour there. He is praying that God would provide another person to labour with him. The church building remains incomplete. It has a good roof but needs walls.”
27. Thursday – 2018 marks the 40th. Anniversary of TBC Nairobi. There is going to be a special day of celebration on 6th. October. We pray it will be an opportunity for thankful remembrance, for renewal, and even ministering to some who have been influenced in the past and have gone backwards.
28. Friday – In Pokot North there is a huge hydro-electric scheme on the Turkwell (Suam) River. Last year a couple from the church in Kapterema moved to this area. Through their witness many in the area are calling for help from TBC. All these opportunities highlight the need to train men in the local Pokot language. There is the plan to open the Bible Light School in January 2019 at Kasei.
29. Saturday – A special issue of our Grace & Truth magazine has been produced for the 40th. church anniversary. You can read it at Here. A number of church members have contributed and look back on their experience in TBC Nairobi. We usually print 1,000 copies and distribute it freely.
30. Sunday – Ministry today. (1) Nairobi preaching. Nelson Munyiri in the morning, and Huston Malande in the afternoon. (2) KU is in Pokot North, and during a joint service for all the church there will be the setting aside of church leaders in the 3 well-established churches. It has taken almost 20 years to reach this point. (3) MI is speaking at the West Coast Bible Conference to at Providence Bible Church, Sunnyvale. He is also preaching at Christ Bible Church, Dublin, CA..
EA = Eric Abwao, MI = Murungi Igweta (Pastors of TBC Nairobi); KU = Keith Underhill (Liverpool, UK)
TBC = Trinity Baptist Church; TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College
RBAK = Reformed Baptist Association of Kenya; APC = Africa Pastors’ Conference
For more information visit http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org and http://www.trainkenya.com
The following is for August 2018
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for August 2018
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – August 2018
1 Wednesday Please continue to pray for the need of additional elders at TBC Nairobi. MI (full-time) and EA (part time) bear a lot of responsibility, including shepherding the flock and providing oversight to many churches across the country. God has opened up wide doors for ministry and we long for more fruitfulness in the advance of the kingdom of Christ in Kenya and beyond.
2 Thursday Isaac Erot greatly needs help in ministering at Katilu and Kakorilemu. They also need to put up a church building on their own plot. He also needs funds to pay fees for his firstborn son, Kevin who has been invited to Moi University to study Statistics. For a report of MI’s recent visit to Katilu and photos go to http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Katilu-Trip-2018..pdf
3 Friday The Meaty Forum today will be on subject of ‘Undercover Cults’, having put 3 on the flyer, Prophet Owuor, Seventh-Day Adventists and Roman Catholics. We trust that Ken Mbugua (Emmanuel Baptist), Michael Maura (Bethseda Baptist) and MI will expose both false teachings and teachers in order to turn many to the truth as it is in Christ. https://m.facebook.com/themeatyforum/?ref=bookmarks where it is live streamed.
4 Saturday We are a church of many Young Adults and they will spend time together in fellowship today at the home of members Robert & Jenny Mwangi with their 3 children. Such occasions provide opportunity for fellowship and bonding. And through these efforts, some have come to find their spouses!
5 Sunday Ministry today: (1) Nairobi. MI is preaching in the morning while EA is preaching in the afternoon. A group of Christian volunteers from Ireland will be visiting along with their Kenyan team who reach out to the children, with an aim of establishing a working relationship with vision4kids.org (see 11th.). (2) KU is preaching at Belvidere Road, Liverpool in the morning on evidence of being filled by the Spirit (Eph. 5:19). The pastor is away ministering in Arad, Romania.
6 Monday Thank God for the teaching of Troy Lamberth and David Marauri on Early Church History and the Doctrine of God during the July TPC classes. 10 of the 12 were present they enjoyed close fellowship with their teachers. They all participated in the door-to-door evangelism on the Saturday.
7 Tuesday Troy and MI visited the church in Miathene and had an opportunity of bringing the Word of God to the brethren there. Joseph Mucheru continues to labour here along with Paul Kianji and Joshua Kairithia. They also visited the church in Muthara which has a great need for a settled pastor to develop the work.
8 Wednesday MI had an encouraging time with Andrew Chemolok and Samuel Wafula at Chepkinagh and nearby churches of Apur, Kwirir, Tarakit and Wasat at the end of June. The church met and agreed that the two men should lead the church. There were good opportunities of presenting the gospel to the high school students at Chelopoy (10 of them) and the primary school students at each place.
9 Thursday Pastoral Internship is gaining ground in TBC, with six men who are members of the church. They need to learn many things to be effective in the ministry. We trust that in due course a number of them will be used locally, be sent out to shepherd other needy churches, and to plant new churches.
10 Friday The APC Nairobi had more than 70 church leaders attending. The speakers, and books that were supplied for free, supplied a full diet for pastors’ spiritual vitality, strengthening of their churches and promoting the glory of God. We had a good number of Pentecostals join this gathering.
11 Saturday The largest community in Kenya is the Kikuyu who live in central Kenya. While we have many of our members from this community, we have yet been unable to plant a Reformed church among them. We have now been invited to consider church-planting in a village near Githunguri town.
12 Sunday Ministry today: (1) Nairobi. Dominic Kabaria will be preaching in the morning while MI will preach in the afternoon. Much grace is needed to serve a full spiritual meal in order that the saints will be built up in our most holy faith. (2) KU is at Belvidere Road, Liverpool, preaching on Eph. 5:20.
13 Monday The Vacation Bible School (VBS) begins today until Friday. We pray that many children from the neighbourhood, even whose parents who do not attend the church, will come and be taught the gospel. Please pray with us that the Lord may bring some of the children to faith and repentance.
14 Tuesday Continue to pray for trained men for the work in Rendille. The 3 evangelists in Korr continue to faithfully lead the church and proclaim the gospel around. We pray for at least one trained man to oversee the work and help to establish a gospel presence in places like Farakore, Lekuchula and Losidan.
15 Wednesday The annual Men’s Retreat for the churches of Pokot North begins at Kasepa today. Men are typically fewer in churches, being tied to traditional ways. There are almost no old men. Such a ministry to men is vital in order to reach more, and to teach those in the churches the Biblical lifestyle.
16 Thursday Continue to pray for S0mal1 believers who met in Sweden last month and for AO and his regular gospel broadcasts. Despite the threats and even martyrdoms, many are enquiring about the faith and are secretly gathering at various locations in the horn of Africa.
17 Friday There were four other APCs in Kenya in July – at Eldoret, Machakos, Mombasa, and Nakuru on the same theme of ‘Preaching Salvation’. About 500 church leaders were reached with the truth. We believe that many sermons are seriously lacking in soteriology and an urgent remedy is necessary. At https://www.facebook.com/africanpastorsconferences you can see pictures.
18 Saturday Dominic Kabaria, who leads the children ministry in TBC, is responsible for the training of Sunday School teachers. We believe that children need to be taught the Word of God well and be urged to believe in Christ for their salvation while they are young.
19 Sunday Ministry today: (1) Nairobi. EA is preaching in the morning while brother John Muketha preaches in the afternoon. (2) MI is in Dar es Salaam Tanzania preaching with the APC team on the same theme of ‘Preaching Salvation’. (3) KU is at Belvidere Road Liverpool in the morning for the last time, on Eph. 5:21, a third evidence of being filled by the Spirit.
20 Monday The opportunity to know the state of the gospel penetration in East Africa has been provided through the APCs. We have not known much of what is happening in Tanzania but now with MI in Zanzibar (13-15), Dar es Salaam (1619), Mwanza (20-22) and Arusha (23-25) this information will be better known.
21 Tuesday The church in Olgumi is really struggling without a pastor. It is even suspected that it may be sinking spiritually and turning to be influenced by the Charismatic faith. We pray that the Lord may provide a man to settle down there urgently so that this situation can be arrested. Although we also know that the Lord is at work to care for His church.
22 Wednesday Aluvisia and Kamau visited Kamketo to bring the Word of God to bear among the Kamketo Trinity Girls Secondary and the Primary School children. On Sunday July 1st, MI left Chepkinagh for Kamketo to chair a second congregational meeting to appoint the pastors of the church. Thomas Lokerisa and Patrick Odhiambo were unanimously appointed.
23 Thursday We thank God that www.trinity.or.ke website has been revamped with more resources. We trust that many would be helped by the resources and be directed to the church. Please visit there and give your comments.
24 Friday There is a youth camp planned at Osani in South Nyanza beginning today to Monday. Tonny Karwa from TBC Nairobi will be the main speaker. The area has been ravaged by HIV/Aids and there is a need to warn the younger generation of the salvation that there is in Christ so that they may escape this corruption in their neighbourhood. We pray that these young people will turn to Christ for their salvation.
25 Saturday The TPC students have returned to their homes and ministries. They have much work to complete in terms of reading and writing, which they find difficult, but more self-discipline is needed. The teachers have the responsibility to mark the work that was handed in by the time they return in September. For the students this is part of learning to cope with the regular demands of ministry.
26 Sunday Ministry today: (1) Nairobi. MI is preaching in the morning and Elias Otieno (one of the deacons) will take the afternoon. (2) There is the monthly Joint service of all the churches at Kasepa, Pokot North. We believe in the power of preaching and so we trust the Lord to bless these efforts.
27 Monday A special issue of Grace & Truth, no. 130, is underway to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of TBC. We hope to review what the Lord has done over the decades and give thanks to Him. This will clearly show readers what the church stands for. At http://www.trinity.or.ke/grace-and-truth you can view all issues.
28 Tuesday South Sudan continues to struggle towards peace. We have not been able to keep close contact with David Awan, nor visit in order to encourage. One of the other pastors in Juba has written of the great need for pastoral training, and that some people are leaving the church for other churches. The country clearly has a great spiritual need for the life-changing gospel.
29 Wednesday In Pokot North the Kasei brethren are seeking to complete the church building, including toilets, in readiness for opening of Bible Light College January 2019. There is the desire to train men for church work who cannot make it to the TPC in Nairobi because of their lack of knowledge of the English language.
30 Thursday Gaitano Mbati and Diba Isakh went to Kasei and spent time with the students at Kasei Boys Secondary and preached at the church there. MI and his team went on Sunday 1st July and chaired the third meeting in the day to appoint Joshua Sitet and Isaiah Juma the pastors of this church.
31 Friday MI met with all the TBC pastors/leaders to think, plan and pray about the state of the churches under the oversight of TBC. The consideration of the various ministries necessary in the church such as the worship service on the Lord’s Day and upholding the regulative principle of worship, conducting church business meetings, weddings and funerals was dealt with. The time of prayer was very rich as we thought of God’s faithfulness to us over the years.
EA = Eric Abwao, MI = Murungi Igweta (Pastors of TBC Nairobi); KU = Keith Underhill (Liverpool, UK) TBC = Trinity Baptist Church; TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College RBAK = Reformed Baptist Association of Kenya; APC = Africa Pastors’ Conference For more information visit http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org and http://www.trainkenya.com
TBC = Trinity Baptist Church, TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College
References such as ‘2016 Number 8.1’ refer to ‘Pray for Kenya’ reports posted on the website www.trainkenya.com under Keith’s Prayer Letter.