Thursday, September 29, 2016

October 2016 Monthly Partner Update

Please keep us in prayer:

Personal

  • Brad had a very encouraging and productive visit to Kenya in September.  We are feeling the attacks from the enemy but there is plenty to rejoice about.  We will not allow Satan to steal our joy.  God has opened doors for us and continues to encourage us to move ahead. 
  • Moving back to Kenya fully in January 2017 - travel, airfare, re-adjusting, only 3 of us.
  • Pray for a smooth process in the renewal of our residency/work permit in Kenya - Expires Nov 2016.  Our paperwork is submitted and is being processed.
  • Abby in Bible School - studies, work, finances.

On the Ground in Kenya

  • Hatua Community Centre - Pauline as she manages ongoing ministry; that she would be encouraged and see God's healing, protective, providing hand
  • Pastor David and family -  that they would be encouraged and see God's healing/protective hand.  We/they are experiencing strong spiritual opposition, manifested in physical ways inexplicable medical conditions. God has healed.  Pray for spiritual protection over his family.
  • 24 Bible school students beginning the final term for the year.  Pray for next years applicants, that we would have a good number of committed students.
  • 2 new churches have just begun.  Planted by 2 of our Bible school students - Florence Oduor and David Simidi.  Please pray for their spiritual protection, endurance and encouragement.
  • For clarity of the Gospel to be freely understood with each of our steps.  We are continuously  up against blinding spiritual evils, false teaching, animism and prosperity faith.  Pray that we would hold strong to putting on "the armor of God" (Ephesians 6).  This continues to be true.

Needs

  • We are at 70% of our monthly support needed.  (Give) - Field Coordinator Ministry - Preferenced for the Matlacks.
  • A 4WD vehicle to help us access muddy roads and rural areas and for better safety on the roads.  $25,000. We are at 20%.

Upcoming Travel in the US

  • Camie will be in Orlando, FL October 11-18th focusing on Girls With Vision bead work.
  • Philly area, PA-  October 20-23
  • D.C., Northern VA - October 23-26

HATUA COMMUNITY CENTRE

HATUA is the Kiswahili word  for "step".  It is the name of the community centre in Ngando, Nairobi, Kenya.  This word helps one to define the vision and describes what the focus is all about - helping someone take the next right step. 


The focus is to seek transformation for our community through working with the local church(es).  At Hatua we seek to develop a framework to reach people where they are at in their discipleship or transformation journey - presence, relief, rehabilitation or development.  The work and relationships go through the local church, local pastors, helping them reach their community for the sake of the Gospel.  We position for discipleship through the discipleship/development cycle.  This work needs many hands and has many faces looking for the next right step. 



Here are a few practical examples:
  •  a young single mother trying to make ends meet finding a community with counseling and vocational training
  • an HIV positive widow who is abandoned and without a family finds a caring community that will commit to walk with her
  • a man or woman addicted to drugs or alcohol escaping reality and prostituting themselves to support their habit finds new purpose and recovery
  • an innocent child hearing of hope through a Bible story
  • a pastor who never had a chance to finish their education, gets a chance to formally study and understand the Bible and now fights against false teaching, witchcraft and prosperity faith
  • a community seeing God's healing through a visit by a good doctor
  • the local church, walking, taking the next right step with people



Monday, September 5, 2016

September 2016 Monthly Partner Update

Please keep us in prayer:

Personal

  • Brad is traveling back to Kenya September 12-23 -  travel, meetings, renewing visa paperwork, ongoing ministry at Hatua Center, finalizing practical details for our full return.  There is a lot to try to accomplish in this time.  Pray for physical and spiritual protection.  Would you please commit to praying daily for us during this trip?  Please let us know!
  • Moving back to Kenya fully in January 2017 - travel, airfare, re-adjusting, only 3 of us.
  • Pray for a smooth process in the renewal of our residency/work permit in Kenya - Expires Nov 2016.

On the Ground in Kenya

  • Hatua Community Centre - Pauline as she manages ongoing ministry; that she would be encouraged and see God's healing/protective hand
  • Pastor David and family -  that they would be encouraged and see God's healing/protective hand.  We/they are experiencing strong spiritual opposition, manifested in physical ways inexplicable medical conditions.
  • 24 Bible school students beginning the final term for the year.  Pray for next years applicants, that we would have a good number of committed students.
  • For clarity of the Gospel to be freely understood with each of our steps.  We are continuously  up against blinding spiritual evils, false teaching, animism and prosperity faith.  Pray that we would hold strong to putting on "the armor of God" (Ephesians 6),

Needs

  • We are at 70% of our monthly support needed.  (Give) - Field Coordinator Ministry - Preferenced for the Matlacks.
  • A 4WD vehicle to help us access muddy roads and rural areas and for better safety on the roads.  $25,000. We are at 20%.

Upcoming Travel in the US

  • Philly area, PA-  October 20-23
  • D.C., Northern VA - October 23-26