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The following is for Sept 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.