Thursday, July 20, 2017

July-August 2017 Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends,                                                                                         

ELECTION TIME
On Tuesday the 8th of August Kenya will be going to the polls to elect a new president.   Elections in Africa always seem to have the potential to be volatile and Kenya is no exception.  You may recall that in December 2007, Kenya held an election that went terribly wrong.  It resulted in thousands of deaths and nearly culminated in an all out civil war.  Nakuru, where we live, was at the epicenter of some of the worst violence.   As this election nears we are asking for you to make praying for the Kenyan election a priority.  We are not predicting a repeat of 2007, however there are those who have been saying that the possibility for violence exists.  Almost daily the newspapers are warning people to remain vigilant and have even mapped out areas of potential trouble.  Nakuru, as it always seems, is on that list of a potential trouble area.  As a church we have been meeting together every Saturday morning at 6:30 for a time of special prayer and will continue doing so until after the election.   Our desire is not only to see unity remain in the country, but also unity in the church as we are a church of many different tribes.  We will be posting updates concerning the election on our blog– mickeystokenya.blogspot.com.
TRIP TO KAZIMIA, RDC
I recently returned from a ten day trip to Congo which saw us take that long boat ride to the village of Kazimia.  Praise the Lord, there is a new and a bit more comfortable boat available than the last few times I went.  It’s still a long, hard trip but much more bearable.  We held a week of Bible College classes, teaching on Baptist Church Polity.  In all we had ten churches represented with nearly sixty people taking the class.  It was again an amazing yet humbling experience.  The zeal and dedication and long suffering of the Congolese people, especially those in the trouble areas, is something I can never get over.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

GRACE BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH - 20th ANNIVERSARY



On Sunday the 26th of March the Grace Bible Baptist Church will be celebrating their 20th anniversary.  God allowed us to see this church organized in the very early days of our time in Kenya. This church was birthed by our sending church, the Cleveland Baptist Church.
We have a special service planned and are expecting a couple thousand people in attendance.  We have not tried to have a big day in attendance since our building dedication in 2004.  On that day the crowd was so large we could not effectively minister to all who were on the property.  Since that time we have focused more on building people into a spiritual mature body then on trying to have high attendance days.  We always have visitors and our average attendance is over 400 each Sunday, but our emphasis has been on equipping our people spiritually to properly serve the Lord.  I believe that it is partly because of this decision that God has allowed the Grace Bible Baptist Church to have ministries far beyond what we ever imagined possible.
Preaching for us on this very special day in the history of this church will be our pastor, Kevin Folger.  We are excited that he will again be able to visit Kenya and see all that God has done in this land through a church that was birthed by the Cleveland Baptist Church.  He will also be traveling to the churches in Burundi and DRCongo.
The Grace Bible Baptist Church has birthed dozens of churches in several different countries, been a leader in promoting the cause of missions in Kenyan churches, and setting an example in both giving to missions and sending missionaries.  The church through their missions giving program has given over $115,000 to missions and regularly sends its members to other countries.  The church understands that missions is not just the obligation of “rich” churches, but it is also to be their purpose and biblical mandate
Much preparation is being done for this day but the most important part of that preparation will take place this Friday night.  The church will be holding an ALL NIGHT prayer meeting as we pray for many visitors to attend and for the Holy Spirit to convict those present and bring them to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  We will be praying by name for family members, neighbors and friends who have been invited to come to this service.
Although we do not expect others to join us in an all night prayer service, we are asking others to join us in prayer for the 20th anniversary service of the Grace Bible Baptist Church.  Please be part of that prayer team, praying for God to move mightily in Nakuru, Kenya on the 26th of March.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A NEW CHURCH BEGINS


 On Sunday the 29th of January we held the first service of the Habari Njema (Good News) Baptist Church of Kilgoris town.  The beginning of this church was a direct answer to prayer, a prayer that was first offered in 2001, when I knelt with Pastor John Nkome in Kilgoris town asking God to allow a church to be started in this important area that lies in the midst of Maasai country.
The first service saw 144 people in attendance, 38 adults and 106 children. This does not include the 22 people from the Grace Bible Baptist Church, or the 19 people with Truth For Today Medical Missions who were also present for the first service. I had great liberty in preaching and at the invitation time 11 Maasai adults responded to the need  for salvation.  I could not have been more pleased with how things went and I can truly say it was one of the best first service for a new church that we have had.
Pastor John Nkome will be sending several men from his church each week to help Pastor Wilson Ampani during the early foundational period of the church.  We will also from time to time be sending some men from Nakuru to help out.
That week we also hosted the Truth For Today Medical Team led by Dr. Greg Waller.  Dr. Waller is a former missionary to Guyana and understands the way to use medical missions to help to the local churches on the mission field.  This is the third time we were able to host them and look forward to doing it again as they plan to make a yearly visit to Kenya.
During the six days of the medical clinics, the team of medical and vision personal saw over 3,000 patients.  Each patient after being seen by a doctor, was brought to a soul winner who took the Bible and carefully showed them the way of salvation. The response was great and many received Christ.  It was a thrill to my soul to see an army of soul winners trained by the Grace Bible Baptist Church sitting nine hours a day carefully sharing the gospel with people who have had little exposure to the true gospel.
Please keep this new church in prayer as we look forward to it being a strong lighthouse for God among the Maasai community.


Hands raised expressing need for salvation at the first service
Pastor Wilson leading the singing


Djuma(from our church in Congo) leading a Maasai to the Lord

Children's service

Pastors Oloo, Mickey, Nkome and Wilson

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MEDICAL CLINICS AND NEW CHURCH PLANT



Dear praying friends,

Tomorrow we will be leaving Nakuru with a group of forty people and traveling to the town of Kilgoris.  We will be accompanied by nineteen people who have traveled to Kenya from the United States with Dr. Greg Waller who heads up Truth For Today Medical Missions.  During our eight days in Kilgoris region we will be holding six medical clinics, offering both medical and vision needs.  Each person who comes to the clinic to be seen by the doctor will also be seen by a soul winner and will be given a clear presentation of the gospel.

This coming Sunday will be the first service of a new church being started in Kilgoris town.  The Habari Njema Baptist Church (Good News Baptist Church) of Kilgoris town is being started as a joint effort of the Grace Bible Baptist Church of Nakuru and the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Olorupa (a village outside Kilgoris).  The Lighthouse Baptist Church is pastored by John Nkome.  We have had a close relationship with Pastor Nkome for sixteen years and have seen him grow and mature in many ways.  He is a long time student in our bible college and has always taken what he has learned and applied it to his church and life.

Pastor Nkome is of the Maasai tribe, and Kilgoris town is a predominantly Maasai town.  The Maasai people in many ways have remained true to their cultural traditions from manners of dressing to ways of living.  Certainly there is nothing wrong with staying true to one’s culture but unfortunately much of the Maasai culture is steeped in animism and ungodliness.  For this reason they are not as evangelized as some of the other areas of Kenya. 

It is our desire to see a strong church planted in the midst of this region that can be a Lighthouse for the cause of Christ.  We are excited about the opportunities to reach deeper into this community for Christ.  Several men have been saved in Kilgoris town and we believe many more will be added to that number.

Please be in prayer for the medical team as the serve the physical needs of these people and be in prayer for the team from Grace Bible Baptist Church as they work to present a clear presentation of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  Pray especially for this coming Sunday, the 29th of January when the first service of the new church plant will be held.

Grateful for you prayers,

His for Kenya,
And the Regions Beyond,

Robert Mickey Jr. and family

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016 PRAYER LETTER




WORK PERMIT UPDATE
We are happy to report that our work permit was finally approved.  The problem was exactly as explained to us, a misplace file.  We were able to have a temporary file opened and when the old file is found they will combine the two files.  Our work permit is valid for a period of three years.  Now that I have a valid Kenya resident permit I have also been able to get the necessary permits to again travel to Congo and Burundi. Thank you for praying concerning this issue.

NEW CHURCH TO BE STARTED
Maasai house

Maasai men
We are planning a new church plant in the town of Kilgoris.  Kilgoris is a predominantly Maasai town about 250 kilometers from Nakuru.  It sets very near the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve.   The Maasai tribe is one of the most culturally traditional tribes in Kenya.  Because of this you will often find them clinging on to many of the old ways and unfortunately many of the old way are steeped in ungodliness.  The Maasai people still practice wicked cultural customs such as polygamy and female circumcision.  You will often find the Maasai wearing their tradition clothes and living in a boma (house) made of cow dung.  We have trained several Maasai men in our Bible College and one of these men will be the pastor of this new church,  the Habari Njema Baptist Church ( Good News Baptist Church).  A Bible study has already been started and is meeting every Wednesday.  This new church plant will be a combined effort with the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Olorupa and the Grace Bible Baptist Church of Nakuru.  The Lighthouse Baptist Church is a Maasai church pastored by John Nkome who has also been trained in our Bible college.  Pastor John is a man of good character and has taught his church well.  It has been our prayer for nearly fifteen years that a church could be started in the town of Kilgoris and we are so thankful that God is about to answer that prayer.  The official date for the first service is the 29th of January.   We will be hosting a two day medical clinic in Kilgoris town on the Friday and Saturday before the start date as a way to advertise the new church.  We believe through the medical clinics and the ongoing Bible study that many will have the chance to hear the Gospel.  Please keep this new church plant in prayer.
Room the new church will use
Building where new church will meet





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE FIRST FRUIT OF SALVATION- BAPTISM


Life has its ebb and flow. This phrase means to decrease and then increase, as with the tide. Life has its times of decrease, followed by times of increase.   Ecclesiastes reminds us that there are different seasons and different times for different purposes. The ebbs, and flows of life.


The same thing takes place in churches and ministries, there are times when things seem to not just be going as well as they should and then there are times when the increase is evident.


For a while it seemed that the Grace Bible Baptist Church had gotten into a rut and was somewhat just going through the motions of duty. This was evident in many areas of the church. Whenever this happens in a church, it is always a dangerous time. 


However recently it is becoming evident that the church is beginning to enter one of those times when the blessings are flowing.  There is a growing excitement in the church that can be seen in the people as they serve the Lord in their ministries.  Prayers are being answered and people are recommitting themselves to faithfulness.


This past week saw a number of our church member see salvation decisions made amongst their family members.  It is always a time of rejoicing when someone makes a decision for salvation but it is a little extra special when it is a family member.  I always rejoice in the decisions but I wait until I see the fruit of the decision before I get real excited.  This past Sunday was cause for great excitement as we were all able to witness the first fruit of genuine conversion- baptism.


·       The husband of a church member was baptized.

·       The daughter of a church member was baptized. 

·       The brother of a church member was baptized.

·       The mother of a church member was baptized.

·       A father and daughter where baptized.  



Thank you for your continued prayers for the Mickey family and the work here in Kenya and the Regions Beyond.


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Part of our Sunday Morning crowd