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The following is for March 2019
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer For March 2019
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – MARCH 2019
1 Friday EA is preaching at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology on the sinfulness of sin. It will be a follow-up to a sermon preached on 28th Feb on the holiness of God. On Sunday 3rd someone else will preach on the remedy for sin. More than 500 students could attend the meeting.
2 Saturday The gospel work in Pokot North continues to expand and the demand to extend to other areas is growing. Much wisdom is needed to discern the best course of action since the six pastors are already having great responsibilities with a total of 13 churches and schools. Yet open doors are so inviting. Please pray for us all for discernment.
3 Sunday Ministry today in Nairobi. EA is concluding his SS lessons on Christian living and preaching in the morning on the 8th. Commandment. Last Sunday MI began a series of sermons through Joshua and is preaching in the afternoon. Tonny Karwa is preaching in Maseno University (Western Kenya) on the brevity of life. Dominic Kabaria will be preaching in Pwani University (Coastal Kenya) on victorious Christian living. What great opportunities!
4 Monday Thank you for your prayers regarding Grace & Truth Conference held in early February. We had just over hundred people attending. The presentations on the various aspects of the gospel were so well presented by the speakers. We had very good feedback from the radio ministry as well. Clearly too many people are steeped in the error of prosperity ‘gospel’ and desperately need rescue.
5 Tuesday This year’s AGM was so well attended and decisions were made easily. Dominic Kabaria’s name came up for Eldership consideration and there was visible support from the members. We released two of our sisters who have recently been married to other like-minded churches and excommunicated one older man. The giving last year exceeded the target for which we thank God.
6 Wednesday Report from trip to West Kenya. More than 10 churches were visited and there were over 15 meetings with church leaders. We also discovered a lot of unfaithfulness in the running of three of the churches and hope to address the matters decisively by recommending that we disfellowship from them. We received two requests for church planting and a few requests to help buy land and complete church buildings for others. The needs are great.
7 Thursday In Meru town there are a group of University students who meet every Sunday afternoon for Bible study. The church in Miathene is too far for them to attend regularly. There is a great need to plant a church in Meru. For a fuller report go to http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/meru
8 Friday Over night KU is flying to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please pray for Priscilla as she is left behind in Liverpool with one of the children saying with her. The main purpose is to be with AO and his family, and to encourage him in his radio ministry amongst his own S0mal1 people. This is a ministry that reaches far and wide beyond Ethiopia, and gives opportunities to visit neighbouring countries to minister to groups of Christians who meet under very difficult circumstances.
9 Saturday Mombasa on the Coast is in an area dominated by Muslims, although many Kenyans from all over the country have come to live and work here. Pray for Barnabas Olare and the Gospel Missions Agency Church as they seek to establish a reformed Church (see no. 3 at http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/safari-toukambani-pwani. Pray also for Mustafa as he seeks to bring the Biblical Gospel to students and churches and faces the disappointment of being rejected.
10 Sunday Ministry today. (1) Nairobi. Tonny Karwa is teaching the Adult SS, MI is preaching in the morning, while EA is preaching in the afternoon. (2) KU in Addis Ababa and preaching at the Addis Baptist Church which is just 5 years old. It is a small Reformed Baptist Church of about 15 people. Pray for that ministry and that the 3 TBC Nairobi members now in Addis will become part of this church. 11 Monday Dodoma Reformed Baptist Church is a Mission station of Lusaka Baptist church from Zambia to the City of Dodoma Tanzania. This work is still at its earlier stages, Brother Simon Patilo is the man on the field trying to explore the land, developing relationships in Dodoma. We desire to propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and by His grace to form the body of believers and to plant more Biblical churches in the region (go to their Facebook page).
12 Tuesday KU flies to Nairobi with AO this morning. Please pray for the next 10 days in Nairobi, the teaching of the TPC students, the encouragement of the Pastors, and fellowship with many of the brethren. It is a short time and much strength and wisdom will be required to keep going from day to day.
13 Wednesday The TPC classes begin today. We will study the Unit on Preaching, and half of the Unit on The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (or Salvation). It is intensive work for both teacher and student, from 10.00 to at least 17.00 with an hour’s break for lunch. Pray especially that these men will be taught of the Lord to faithfully and powerfully preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can only teach the mechanics of preaching; the Lord must equip and use these men.
14 Thursday A new lease of life has been injected into the Rendille work with the sending of Stanley Musyoki to work there. He is to be strengthening the hands of Ogom and Godana and Nadesol in their work of evangelism. Please pray that he will be a faithful workman who does not need to be ashamed but rightly handles the word of truth.
15 Friday The TPC continues for the third day. One of the great needs the students have is to de disciplined in their studies, to do the work assigned in the time given. They either waste time, or do not prioritize their studies so many of them do not complete the written work. The TPC is not just to fill their minds with theology, but also to develop their Christian character. May this be accomplished!
16 Saturday Evangelism in the nearby Kamola slum will be carried out by both church members and the TPC students. Our prayer is that the Lord may bring many to faith. It is part of the TPC training, but we would wish that many more church members were involved. (see 27th.) 17 Sunday Ministry today in Nairobi. Tonny Karwa is taking his 2nd. SS class today, and KU is preaching both services at TBC.
18 Monday The TPC resumes after the weekend break. We start to consider how it is that God saves sinners, beginning with election, then calling and regeneration, etc. There is so much ignorance and confusion about this all important subject. In fact I have started writing a book on the subject of True Conversion. Pray that these men will be absolutely grounded and unshakeable in the truth.
19 Tuesday Pokot North. The brothers are seriously considering a young man to help with the new work in Nakuyen. He will need to be trained theologically to be able to effectively lead this work.
20 Wednesday It is the final day of the TPC today. The students will return home this evening or tomorrow morning. They go back to their place of ministry, their family, and for most of them the work they must do to support their family. It is a heavy burden to combine all these things with the studies. Pray they will learn to maximize their time and so learn to accomplish much for the glory of God.
21 Thursday KU is flying back home this evening, with AO as far as Addis Ababa, and then on to Manchester via Brussels. There are sometimes good opportunities of witness in the airport lounge or on the flight. Who I sit next to is wholly in the Lord’s providence. Pray also for fruit from the visits to Ethiopia and Kenya.
22 Friday Pokot North. The need to construct two classrooms for the new Chelopoy Trinity Boys Secondary School is dire, as the school is now in its second year with more than 40 students. The School is sponsored by TBC Nairobi. For a few photos of these (see 19th.) go to http://trinitybaptistkenya.org under Pokot North ministry, Chepkinagh & Nakuyen.
23 Saturday Let us keep earnestly praying for the Lord to open the hearts of traditional men in Rendille. We know of hardly any who have given up the futile ways inherited from their fathers to follow Christ.
24 Sunday Ministry today in Nairobi. David Merck of Grand Rapids MI is preaching in the morning while Dominic Kabaria is preaching in the afternoon. There will be a Seminar on Biblical Counselling for the whole week beginning tomorrow to 29th. We pray that many saints will be greatly helped to be competent to counsel others.
25 Monday There is another Preachers’ Class in Liverpool tonight. 6-8 men come and we spend up to 2 hours discussing various aspects of preaching using brother Elly Achok’s as yet unpublished book on Preaching.
26 Tuesday The church in Olgumi has continued to meet through the leadership of Stephen Kakoiya (the pastor), although he is still unable to speak after the stroke of some years back. There is unity and increasing attendance although charismatic tendencies have crept in. The great need is for appointed leaders. There are 2 men who can teach and much wisdom is needed as they are considered. For the full report go to http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/olgumi-2.
27 Wednesday A door of opportunity is open in a school in the nearby Kamola slums. The New Beginning School consists of classes from Pre-school to Grade 5 (ages 3-12). Some brethren from the Church have been bringing the gospel to the children every Wednesday afternoon. They have to be simple and vivid in their teaching to capture the understanding of the children. Please pray. (see 16th.)
28 Thursday John Mutangili is pastor at TBC Kasarani (Nairobi) and acting director for Solidarity Child Rescue Centre.
29 Friday There are ministry opportunities at the neighbouring Donholm Primary School every Friday morning. 8 brethren from the Church serve in this ministry and focus on preaching the gospel to grade 7 and 8 students (ages 11-16). There are 8 classes each with about 70 students. The students are usually curious to learn God’s Word and are also taught to memorize Scripture. They listen keenly and ask valuable questions afterwards. There are also possibilities in a private school the other side of the church premises. May there be a great harvest.
30 Saturday TBC school start-up committee is working hard to restart the school in January 2020. They are meeting every first Saturday of the month to plan.
31 Sunday Ministry today in Nairobi. Robert Mwangi is teaching the SS, Dominic Kabaria is preaching in the morning service and Tonny Karwa the evening service. In the Book Clubs we hope to see the older church members joining up with the young adults. Nelson Munyiri preaches this morning at TBC Kasarani (see 28th.)
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
Please pray for the following need – that funds will be raised:
We are seeking to urgently raise funds for Chelopoy Trinity Boys Secondary School in Pokot North, Kenya. The School began in 2018 and now has two classes with a total of more than 40 boys. At present the School is using the facilities of the Primary School. The need is to build 2 classrooms at the cost of about £16,500 total. If Trinity Baptist Church as the sponsor of the School is able to do this then the Government will come in and gradually put up all the further needed infrastructure.
Although the School is run by the Government, the Board Chairman is from the Church, and the Church is able to have a Chaplain and frequent access to the students for spiritual help. Eventually there will be four classes with a total of 100-150 students. What a wonderful opportunity to influence many young lives with the gospel of Christ. The Church sponsors two other Secondary Schools in the area, at Kasei for boys, and at Kamketo for girls.
The small Chepkinagh Trinity Baptist Church is responsible on the ground for the School. The Chairman is Pastor Andrew Chemolok, and the Chaplain is Pastor Samuel Waswa. You will find some photos of these men and the school at http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/chepkinagh
The following is for February 2019
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for February 2019
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – February 2019
1 Friday (1) All our energies are directed towards the Grace & Truth Conference next week. One of the speakers, Mike Reid of Grace Fellowship is arriving today with his wife and daughter. (2) Pray for the first Conference organized by the Addis Baptist Church in Ethiopia together with Amyand Park Chapel of London (see 23 & 24), yesterday and today. (3) AO is ministering to S0mal1 believers in a large town in a neighbouring closed country.
2 Saturday Seven Radio Programs on Biblia Husema FM and Truth FM will be aired live this month, on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th. Apart from the presentation of Biblical truths we shall allow call in listeners to answer pertinent questions they may have. We pray that this effort will make the doctrines of grace widely known.
3 Sunday Ministry today. MI is preaching at Truth FM from 7-8 a.m. EA begins a Sunday School series today, while MI preaches at TBC in the morning service. One of the pastoral interns will take up the afternoon preaching. Pray that through these many opportunities God’s word will not return to Him empty but will accomplish that which He purposed, as He has promised.
4 Monday The January TPC had Geoff Thomas of Amyand Park Chapel London and Bill Emberley of Grace Baptist Nova Scotia Canada teaching the eight students and a few other members who audited. We admitted 2 new students, Aloice Oginga and Paul Ruhiu. Please pray that these men may be faithful in their studies. We sadly had to request one student to step down for non-performance.
5 Tuesday KU is attending the bimonthly Liverpool Fraternal where up to 10 men gather for ministry and prayer. Most reformed Churches are small, ageing and struggling. Pray that there will be a renewed confidence in the gospel of the cross as the means God uses to save sinners and build up saints.
6 Wednesday Two radio programs are being done today on Truth FM and we pray that this will go well as Joe Jacowitz of Grace Bible Church Oakland, California, Austin Huggins of Christ Evangel, Florida, and a few others teach the truths of God’s word.
7 Thursday Grace & Truth Conference takes off today and we are expecting 200 to attend. We pray that the Lord may open their eyes to see the Righteousness of God which will be taught by Michael Maura. Joe Jacowitz will speak on the Person of Christ. Tony Okoroh of Sovereign Grace Bible Church Lagos Nigeria will be speaking on The Triumph of God’s Electing Love. There will be three workshops in the afternoon on One Gospel (Mike Reid), One Mediator (Michael Maura) and The Whole Counsel of God (Tony Okoroh). e following is for February 2019.
8 Friday For the Grace & Truth Conference Elly Achok will speak on Human Depravity in the morning and One True Repentance in the afternoon. The second session is on the Work of Christ by Joe Jacowitz. MI will speak on Definite Redemption and the Significance of the Resurrection in the afternoon workshop. Austin Huggins will speak on One Faith.
9 Saturday For the closing day of the Grace & Truth Conference Mike Reid will begin with the False Gospel and the Grace of God in the workshop in the afternoon. Austin Huggins will speak on the New Birth in the morning and EA will speak on Justification by Faith Alone. The last message will by MI on Glorification. There will be a Q & A session every day for panel discussion.
10 Sunday Ministry today. (1) Nairobi. Joe Jacowitz will preach on Sunday morning while Tony Okoroh will speak in the afternoon. Mike Reid will preach for Michael Maura at Bethesda Baptist the whole day, while Austin Huggins will be preaching at TBC Kasarani in the morning. (2) KU returns to preach at Charlesworth finishing a series of sermons on Hebrews 12. They have had the encouragement of two visitors for this small church. 11 Monday On Tuesday the 15th January there was a terror attack in one of Nairobi’s upmarket shopping and office complexes that left 21 dead and many others injured. While we thank God that none of our family or church members were injured, this incident has left the country very wounded by terror and fear. Unless people repent they will likewise perish. Reflecting on it with men at the church, we felt that the church needs to be prepared to come out to help when such disasters happen, to give the hope and to share the love of Christ.
12 Tuesday There has been contact with James Lual in Juba South Sudan and we hope to send MI this year to be of encouragement to him and the Trinity Baptist Church there. We believe that a Conference there may help in beginning some training for these men who desperately need both ministry training and sound resources. Please continue to pray for David Awan Malek in Malakal, for we have not heard from him for a long time.
13 Wednesday Stanley Musyoki, a third year mature TPC student, has been sent to Korr from Nairobi, with an aim of establishing a pastoral ministry there and building up the church of Christ. For the first one month he is by himself so that he may put things in place for his family. His wife and children will be joining him in March, God willing.
14 Thursday MI is travelling to Western Kenya and Nyanza today with a team from the church. Pray that this trip will bring much edification to God’s people. There are administrative responsibilities, such as land and buildings to deal with, but we pray that there will be many opportunities of proclaiming the gospel.
15 Friday Kevin Oruru Nyagaka has been employed by the church to help in the administration of the affairs of the churches and schools that look up to us for oversight. This is in order that the Elders may not be derailed from their primary task of shepherding TBC Nairobi. He is travelling with MI to Western Kenya in order to be introduced to these churches.
16 Saturday Continue to pray that the efforts to see to it a church is planted in Meru will be fruitful. A few brethren from the church are travelling to Meru today for the first Meaty Forum outside of Nairobi on the subject of Sexual Purity. Pray that the Lord may use it to reach the Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) and Meru University (MUST) students with clear message of salvation by grace that leads to holy and upright lives in this present evil age.
17 Sunday Ministry today. (1) MI will be in Siaya while other brothers with him will preach in Funyula and Bukhalalire, in Busia county. Siaya has had various challenges in leadership and we pray that being a town church, it can take off and bring many to the Lord. (2) In Nairobi EA is taking Sunday School and afternoon service, while brother Muketha is preaching in the morning.
18 Monday MI travels on to South Nyanza. Churches in this region have stagnated in growth for various reasons. One of the great problems here is an acute lack of trained men for leadership. MI plans to go with Charles Awelo, a former TPC student, who has been thought of as a possible Elder for Thimlich and to see if any progress can be made to this end.
19 Tuesday Thimlich will be hosting 2019 RBAK Annual General Assembly at Thimlich Ohinga Museum in October. Various preparations are necessary including making sure that facilities are in place for accommodation. Daniel Ngollo is one of the leading pastors in this area and needs every encouragement in these preparations, hence the need for this early visit.
20 Wednesday MI will be travelling back to Nairobi today, passing by Migori to visit Isaac Kelegwa of Nyamanga. He has been thinking of church planting in a nearby, and there have also been requests from Tanzania to help plant Reformed Churches there (see 25).
21 Thursday Educational needs are particularly overwhelming in January, the start of the school year. Many of the pastors who serve in our church plants depend on us to provide funds to pay fees for their children, something we have gladly done. We pray that the Lord may make it possible for this funds to be made available so that these children may not say in the future that they were unable to have basic education because their father was a preacher of the gospel!
22 Friday As the church grows in numbers, there is a need for more men to add to the Eldership. TBC has been earnestly praying so that the Lord may raise labourers to help in this course. Two men have been approached by the Elders and have accepted for the matter to be taken to the next level. We hope to mention their names at the AGM tomorrow.
23 Saturday (1) The Annual General Meeting at TBC Nairobi from 2pm. Pray that the Lord may give the necessary unity and love in discussion and that we may have sufficient numbers to form quorum for discussion. (2) KU is ministering this morning at Amyand Park Chapel in London (http://www.amyand.org.uk) on The Call to and the Call of Missions. 30-50 are expected to attend the Seminar.
24 Sunday Ministry today. (1) Nairobi – EA is taking the adult SS and preaching in the morning while MI is preaching in the afternoon, beginning a new series on Joshua. (2) KU is preaching morning and evening at Amyand Park Chapel. This where Geoffrey Thomas has now settled and we will be staying the weekend with him and his new wife.
25 Monday Contacts are being established from Tanzania in light of the planning for the APCs in September. We believe that there is dire need for reformed congregations there, and have only heard of one to start up in Dodoma. Surely there are many saints there, and we need to build network in order that efforts in Tanzania may be consolidated for the furtherance of the gospel.
26 Tuesday We thank the Lord for the open door of ministry among college students in Kenya. There have been requests from the leaders of Christian Unions requesting that we speak for them. This is remarkable considering the influence of the Word of Faith and Prosperity teachings. We pray that the Lord may turn things around for the furtherance of the true gospel in this country.
27 Wednesday EA has begun his online studies at Covenant Seminary with Sam Waldron. Much time is needed to balance the many responsibilities he has – his job at Rafiki School, the Eldership at TBC – without neglecting his family. Please pray for him that the Lord may give the necessary wisdom and grace.
28 Thursday Grace Baptist Church Kisumu has only a part-time Elder (Ken Owiti) after Sam Oluoch relocated to Nairobi to church plant. They have approached one of the members in TBC Nairobi to consider relocating to minister in the church. Once again much wisdom for the Lord is required. We pray for an increasing fellowship between various churches.
EA = Eric Abwao, MI = Murungi Igweta (Pastors of TBC Nairobi); KU = Keith Underhill TBC = Trinity Baptist Church; TPC = Trinity Pastors’ College AGM = Annual General Meeting RBAK = Reformed Baptist Association of Kenya You can get more information by visiting http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org
The following is for January 2019
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for January 2019
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – January 2019
1 Tuesday MI is resuming ministry after a break in December. It was not very much of a break with three weddings in the month, travelling to Kericho and Kisii, and an Elders/Deacons retreat. He has been working on his studies and has completed two units in the month. Pray for grace and wisdom.
2 Wednesday The Reformed Family Conference in Kisumu in December had about 200 registered attendees. Brother Barnabas and KU gave 12 addresses on the subject of the Church. You can view them on the YouTube of Grace Baptist Church Kisumu. Pray for more Biblical, stronger churches and for increased fellowship amongst the many Reformed Baptist Churches in Kenya.
3 Thursday What a privilege for KU to minister to 100 present and past students of the Mumias WTC on Saturday 15th. December. The students are mostly from a Charismatic and Word of Faith background whose lives have been changed by God through the ministry of Brother Elly Achok. Visit http://reformedgospel.org for more information of what the Lord is doing.
4 Friday KU preached to about 40 people at Kisumu GBC on Sunday 16th. December. Many years ago he preached when they met in a home; now they have their own premises. It was encouraging to be in a like-minded church with God-honouring worship. They are looking for a full-time Pastor.
5 Saturday Pokot North has had a number of events recently – a women’s retreat, youth camp etc., all of which were well attended. The desire for starting the Bible School in Kasei remains. There are urgent financial needs for Chelopoy Boys School. More boys have to be admitted and yet they have not a single structure of their own. This puts us under great pressure to provide yet presently with no resources.
6 Sunday Ministry today. MI is resuming exposition through Hebrews in the morning and a new series for the Adult SS. EA is preaching through Nehemiah in the afternoon. There are membership interviews in the afternoon before the service. We thank God that the church continues to grow.
7 Monday Recently our S0mali brother AO had the opportunity to spend a few days training some Musl1m background believers from a neighbouring country. Despite threats and persecution the Lord is at work and we must pray for wisdom and faithfulness for these brothers as they seek to spread the gospel in a hostile environment. Continue to pray for his regular radio programmes in the S0mal1 language to reach far and wide.
8 Tuesday KU and Mama are attending the Carey Conference until 10th. For details go to https://reformation-today.org/carey-conference. Previous years have been encouraging and past addresses can be listened at the above website.
9 Wednesday The need for more Elders in TBC remains the greatest need. The church has been in prayer. The Elders are narrowing down to two men who have both expressed a desire to serve the church in this capacity. More work is needed to prepare them and the church through the journey of inducting them.
10 Thursday A church plant in Meru town has been mooted because of the growing fellowship with students of the two nearby Universities (KeMU and MUST). Much grace is needed to work through the logistics and we trust the Lord to provide for this work. Pastor Mucheru needs much prayer to this end.
11 Friday The Rendille ministry desperately needs at least two men to help with the work. Stanley Musyoki is set to settle down in Korr and hopefully become one of the pastors there. We still desire another man who could help with the wider work as there are many open doors in the area.
12 Saturday Grace & Truth Conference is a new conference meant to stir biblical faith amongst former Word of Faith preachers. We have many contacts in the city and some brethren from the US are partnering with us to host the first conference. We hope to have radio programs, distribute many books and speak on the theme of ‘One true gospel’.
13 Sunday Ministry today. MI will take the adult SS and morning service. Teka, a second-year TPC student and an intern, will preach in the afternoon for the first time. The need to develop these men to be faithful preachers of the gospel cannot be over-emphasized. There is a celebration of the Lord’s Supper before the afternoon service.
14 Monday The RBAK sent David Ngetich last November to Kapenguria and a good report was brought about the possibility of a church plant. Manases and his wife, Gloria, from TBC, visited in December with an aim of possible ministry there. Pray that the Lord will provide someone to labour in establishing a church there.
15 Tuesday We hope to strengthen ourselves as church in this much needed area of Evangelism. The need to mobilize the church to be more evangelistic is great. Memory verses to encourage evangelism will be done for the second year in a row. More tracts will be produced for the members to distribute.
16 Wednesday The TPC starts today with Geoff Thomas and Bill Emberley teaching the Unit on the Letters of Paul. There are two new students. We trust the Lord to use these two experienced brothers to shape and fashion these men to be effective tools for the propagation of the gospel.
17 Thursday The APC management has requested TBC to take over the running of the Tanzanian Conferences and so plans are in earnest to source for Swahili books and resources to distribute there. A committee has been formed at TBC to work on conferences in September. Two speakers have confirmed their availability – Elly Achok and Michael Maura.
18 Friday The main financial supporter of the TPC silently withdrew last year and there is a need to develop new partnership to continue this work. The need for this kind of training is so great and we trust the Lord to provide for His work. We charge the students a token amount and provide accommodation and reading materials for them.
19 Saturday Charles Awelo is still willing to work in Thimlich though we lack the funds to send him. The need in South Nyanza for more trained and faithful men is great as Daniel Ngollo is the only trained man serving four churches (along with other men). Thimlich will be hosting 2019 RBAK Annual General Assembly.
20 Sunday Ministry today. Geoff Thomas and Bill Emberley are preaching in both services. In addition, there will be Men and Women fellowships in the afternoon. We do not want to take it for granted that such experienced men will automatically be a blessing. Without the Lord we and they can do nothing.
21 Monday The TPC resumes today after a busy weekend. May the students see each N.T. letter as a whole instead of just having proof texts, and so understand the doctrine, and preach it clearly and powerfully. Today the students will hold a debate and the end of the teaching in order to sharpen their speaking skills.
22 Tuesday The Pokot North ministry continues to grow not just numerically but also geographically. There is a great need for more gospel workers especially for these new areas. We pray that the school work may gradually go to the Government hands financially so that some of the resources can be freed up for the emerging regions. Much wisdom is also needed in the distribution of resources in order to meet the vast needs.
23 Wednesday The TPC January classes come to an end today. We pray that the students will faithfully work on their studies and submit their work on time before the next classes in March. One of the major concerns is the failure to discipline themselves and submit their assignments as planned.
24 Thursday This evening KU is ministering at the Ramsbottom Preachers’ Class. Pray for UK that the Lord would raise up more preachers and empower them. There are many vacant pulpits. Pray that again God’s people will be convinced that it is not new methods that are needed, but a return to the Biblical gospel preached in the power of the Holy Spirit.
25 Friday An Education Committee is now constituted to help with the school fees support work that had been started by KU and Mama Matthew. We pray that the Lord provides a strong team and resources to sustainably assist the many needy people, and especially children of our church leaders who we do not want to suffer because their fathers are devoted to preaching.
26 Saturday The Deacons are busy organising the annual financial audit work. We are grateful for the monies that the Lord provided for ministry in 2018 and pray that we will be faithful stewards of the resources and opportunities that God brings to TBC in 2019.
27 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi EA is preaching in the morning while MI will begin a series on the book of Joshua in the afternoon. (2) KU is in Bebington for the morning service. See https://www.grangeurc.org.uk. This is a faithful church in a denomination that has almost totally become unfaithful to the gospel.
28 Monday David Ng’etich continues to visit the town of Kericho regularly with an aim of establishing a church there. He believes that now is the time he should relocate there and this needs some money for rent and to settle his family. He now has a few reliable contacts with whom the church can begin.
29 Tuesday The Rendille ministry. We thank God for Ogom, Godana and Nadesol, who have been faithfully visiting the villages and sharing the gospel over and over again to men under the shade of trees, women in their goobs and children. The grace of the Lord has indeed been sufficient that they have not been discouraged. May there be fruit, especially in the conversion of traditional men.
30 Wednesday Pray as the Elders share the 2019 goals with the church. Pray that they will be wise and winsome and that the church will grow spiritually. In addition, the preaching schedule for the first half of the year will be started.
31 Thursday TBC has employed Kevin Oruru to assist the Elders in serving the churches planted by TBC. This is help sorely needed by Pastor Murungi and we pray the Lord will use brother Kevin to encourage these churches to be faithful.
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 You can get more information by visiting http://www.trinitybaptistkenya.org
The following is for December 2018
It can also been seen in a printable landscape A5 folded format: Prayer for December 2018
‘PRAY FOR KENYA’ – December 2018
1 Saturday MI will be officiating and preaching at the wedding of Innocent, a church member, to Noelle. Other than the church members, many relatives and friends are expected to attend. We pray that the life-giving Spirit may open their ears and hearts to hear, perceive and receive the gospel and respond by faith in Christ.
2 Sunday Ministry today: John Muketha is beginning a series on Promoting Healthy Relationships in Church at the adult Sunday School classes. EA has the morning preaching on the 10 Commandments (the 5th.). In the afternoon, Manases Bor, one of the Interns, is preaching. Sunday mornings are packed while the afternoon services are not so well attended. May the Lord kindle a greater appetite for his word whenever it is taught whether in the morning or in the evening.
3 Monday (1) MI begins his annual leave for the whole month of December. Pray that this time will be useful for refreshing him to be more effective in the coming year, and especially that time with family will be profitable. He also hopes to work on his studies. (2) KU is taking a third Preachers’ Class in Liverpool on the importance of Systematic Theology in preaching.
4 Tuesday EA was on leave for November. He is back and labouring hard with other brethren who are helping. The need for more men to serve in the eldership cannot be over-emphasized. The church is much in prayer regarding this matter, trusting the Lord of harvest to raise up more labourers for his church.
5 Wednesday Oliver Allmand-Smith taught the TPC students on Reformation History and Apologetics. 8 of the students attended and a few others audited. Two potential students were interviewed for 2019 admissions. Pray for the students as they seek to do the work assigned by the time they return in January 2019.
6 Thursday Today the High School Camp begins. Many young people aged 14-18 will be hosted in Nairobi up to Monday from sister churches in different parts of Kenya. The theme: Putting on Christ and Putting off Sin (Col. 3:10-15). This provides at time to teach them the gospel and to encourage fellowship among them.
7 Friday (1) The last Meaty Forum was on the subject of ‘Understanding Death and Suicide’. The Forum was well attended and interactive, with so many firsttime attenders. The venue also changed to a more comfortable place. This event has a lot of potential and more efforts are being made by brethren to revamp it. (2) EA is preaching at the medical school of the University of Nairobi
8 Saturday (1) The church will be fasting and praying today regarding the need for more elders to shepherd the flock of God. (2) The Christmas Cantata is one of the events organized to help the church spend time in worship as we thank God for the incarnation of His Son. See the Facebook page for Trinity Baptist, Nairobi.
9 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi. In the morning John Muketha continues in the Adult SS and preaching through the Gospel of John. In the afternoon Dominic Kabaria is preaching. Four new members will be received today during the Lord’s Supper. (2) KU is in West Park, Wolverhampton, preaching morning and evening (http://www.westparkchurch.co.uk).
10 Monday Pray for KU as he travels today to Kisumu (Kenya) for the annual Reformed Family Conference, until Friday. He is the main speaker on the subject of ‘The Church’, together with Barnabas Olare from Mombasa. The Conference is organized by another grouping of Reformed Baptist Churches, and the stated aim for the invitation for me to minister is for a greater expression of unity.
11 Tuesday KU is scheduled to arrive in Kisumu at 07.20 and then has the first session on ‘The Church’. Having preached Sunday, travelled all day Monday and overnight, you know what to pray for! Pray that those at the Conference will not only be taught Biblical truth clearly, but that the local churches represented will grow to be more Biblically mature.
12 Wednesday As the year comes to the close, the Elders need to make decision regarding the pastoral interns and their future. This is a daunting responsibility and much wisdom is needed. One of the great struggles is assessing their faithfulness in their studies accurately, as the basis for entrusting them with more.
13 Thursday TBC premises have not been seriously maintained for over twenty years. The Deacons are working on renovating the buildings as well as constructing the parking lot, because of growing numbers. We hope that brethren in the church who have the necessary expertise will be contracted to do this work. Thankfully, the Lord has graciously provided most of the funds for this work.
14 Friday Today is the last day of the Family Conference. The topics for today are Worship, Unity and the Future of the Church. Pray especially for Brother Olare as he preaches about Unity, that the Lord will give him great wisdom, so that we all may be convinced that unity is something to be actively pursued.
15 Saturday (1) There are about twenty-five Reformed Baptist congregations in Western Kenya as far as we know. Some of these churches are fledgling while others are progressing well. The need for qualified, that is, godly and well trained church leaders, is crucial for this work to flourish. (2) KU is spending the day in Mumias with Brother Elly Achok. There will be two sessions with the Wisdom Training Centre (WTC) students, perhaps 80 of them.
16 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi. Dominic Kabaria is preaching in the morning; EA is preaching in the afternoon. The church continues to know much numerical growth. A few of the members have not been very faithful prompting the church to discipline them. (2) KU is preaching at Grace Baptist Church, Kisumu.
17 Monday KU is flying early to Nairobi to spend the day with the brethren there and then returning home to Liverpool on Tuesday. 18 Tuesday The evangelistic dinner, Dine & Listen, held on November 9th., was attended by more than 100 people. 26 were non-members. Good gospel conversations took place. Oliver preached from Ecclesiastes, on ‘Futility, Foolishness or Fullness’. The sermon is available at TBC Facebook page.
19 Wednesday At http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/kapenguria-church-planting is the report about church planting in Kapenguria, West Pokot County. It concludes that there is a great opportunity with a number of people, originally from TBC Churches in Pokot North, ready to commit themselves. Pray for a suitable man to go there, and for the finances needed.
20 Thursday James and Cetric were medical students at Kenya Methodist University (in Meru) where they came to know of the doctrines of grace. They began a Bible study with fellow students. After graduation they came back to Nairobi and have been received into membership. They visited this group on the 24th November and found them continuing to meet. Joseph Mucheru of Miathene, about 20 miles away, is closely involved with them. Please pray that a church may soon be planted in this great town of Meru.
21 Friday There is an Elders/Deacons Retreat to praise the Lord for the past, plan for 2019, and pray for God’s guidance and blessings. The whole day will be spent together to this end, where the two elders and eight deacons will be together.
22 Saturday Chelopoy Boys Secondary, Pokot North, took off at the beginning of the year but they still do not have a single classroom of their own! With the 2019 admissions, the need for two classrooms is dire. The community has donated the land, but still nothing has been constructed as we have not received any funding. Andrew Chemolok feels the pressure from the community because the government will not help unless there has been some effort by the church to begin the work. 23 Sunday Ministry today in Nairobi: In the morning EA is preaching on the 6th. commandment. In the afternoon Eric Kahure, a TPC student, is again preaching. It is easy in a church used to preaching to take it for granted. May the Lord Himself speak through the word.
24 Monday The number of children in the church has greatly increased so that the nursery is overflowing. On Sunday 18th. November, 15 children and their mothers had MI preach from Psalm 127:3-5 on the blessing of children. The need is to tap this opportunity with children, so that that they may be well instructed in the sacred writings which are able to make them wise for salvation.
25 Tuesday EA will be preaching at the Christmas service on the ‘Appearings of Christ – Past, Present & Future’. There are always those who make a special effort to be present on this day of the year!
26 Wednesday The desire to start a theological training in Pokot is great, where instructions can be given in the vernacular Kipokot language. Joshua Sitet is spearheading this and we trust that something can begin in 2019 at Kasei. They have done a lot of work on their church building in readiness for this.
27 Thursday The church in Boyani has been steadily growing and their pastor George Mwanjisi reports that they are no longer fitting in the room where they meet at his home. They are reluctantly considering having two services to accommodate everyone. We bought them a piece of land a few years ago. The need for church building is great. See http://trinitybaptistkenya.org/reports.
28 Friday Pray for EA who hopes to begin academic theological studies in January 2019. With his job, ministry and family, this seems like a daunting undertaking but our prayer is that the Lord may give the necessary grace and discipline.
29 Saturday Pray for the Elders MI & EA as they prayerfully plan for 2019, the areas of ministry focus and the preaching schedule for 1st half of the year. The need to build up the Eldership is at the forefront. We thank God for the unity and good spirit in the church, and as we begin the new year, and we trust upon the Saviour to lead like the great and good Shepherd that He is.
30 Sunday Ministry today: (1) In Nairobi – In the morning EA is preaching on the 7th. commandment. In the afternoon Dominic Kabaria is preaching. (2) KU is preaching in Charlesworth in the morning, and then leading a Bible study after lunch. May the word be fitting for the year’s end.
31 Monday TBC has been requested to help run the APC conferences in Tanzania especially because of the need to use the Kiswahili language. This is a huge responsibility, and we trust the Lord to give the wisdom to know how best to do this. We pray that the contacts here will embrace the doctrines of grace.
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 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.