Missions News

Kenya Students Christian Fellowship – Maasai Associates Team” (KSCF-MAT)

KSCF-MAT is a student movement that supports spiritual growth in the secondary schools in Kenya. The organization is inter-denominational, non-profit, and non-political in nature and activities and is registered with the government of Kenya. Philip and Mary Kishoiyan are our advocates for this organization and share recent activities:

Associates Thanksgiving Day took place on 7th January 2016. The venue was Ngong town, Kajiado County. A total of 32 associates attended the meeting. The objectives were to:

  • Thank God for a successful year of 2016 in school ministry, the climax being the 2016 December conference.
  • Recruit the former high school students to the team before they join universities and colleges.
  • Dedicate the year 2017 to God and pray for all the planned activities.
  • Communicate to the associates the expectations of the team as far as school ministry is concerned. Update the members on planned activities at the local and national level.

By the grace of God, the above objectives were met and we give God all the glory.

Leaders Training Day was held on 4th February 2017, at Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) church in Ngong. A total of 180 Christian Union leaders from different schools attended. Topics covered included Leadership by influence, conflict resolution and security in schools.

Campaign for peaceful cohesion and peaceful elections (cancope): As Kenya prepares for the forthcoming elections in August 2017, KSCF- MAT fully supports the need for peaceful elections and cohesion in this region. The team was able to send 20 students and 5 associates to the launch of this campaign. The event was held at Nazarene University, Kajiado County on 11th February 2017. A total of 300 participants attended. The objective is to sensitize the youths and students on the need to advocate for peace during this election year.

National Prayer and Fasting Day: One of the most important teachings of KSCF- MAT is the need to pray and fast. As a team, we always believe that whenever God finds His people praying and carrying His burden, He marks them and works through them to accomplish His purpose. The first Students’ Prayer Day this year was held on 24th - 26th March 2017 at Limuru in Kiambu County. A total of 150 Christian student leaders turned up and took part in 3 days of intensive prayer and fasting.

The annual student leaders national convention: The National conference will be held on 10th - 16th April 2017. The venue will be Kilifi Township in Kilifi County, Coast region of Kenya.

Prayer requests-

  • Thank God with us, all our term (trimester) one 2017 school activities have been successful.
  • Pray with us for the KSCF national and Regional student’s Conventions being planned for the year 2017.
  • Pray for peace in Kenya 2017 as the Country prepares for general elections in August 2017.
  • Pray with us for the high school students as they resume studies after the holidays.

As a team, we give all the glory to God for the far that He has brought us. We continue to thank all the like-minded partners in students’ ministry. Our special thanks goes to the Church of the Good Samaritan for your prayers and financial support which has enabled us to continue with the work of student ministry. God bless you richly.


Tammy and Rusty Firestone in Bolivia

The Good Samaritan advocate for the Firestones, Larry Colletta, sends along these prayer requests from Tammy and Rusty. Also, at the end of the prayers is a newsletter “Marshmallows and Missions,” which includes many of their recent activities. They also report that financial support through their mission-supporting agency SAMS is running low. Although through our mission funds, Good Samaritan provides financial support for the Firestones via SAMS; if individuals are interested in providing further support, the newsletter includes a link to do that.

Prayer requests from the Firestones:

  • We praise God for growth in La Trinidad, the Puntiti Church plant, and our ministries, including:
  • The restarting of the adolescent group on a new night that is better for the schedules of kids at Niños con Valor.
  • A second youth mission trip – this time to Santa Cruz to encourage the youth group at Cristo Luz del Mundo and show the congregation how to do Messy Church (a public way to celebrate the church and especially Easter). Twelve youth and adults formed the team, which also incorporated two new youth and was as much of a blessing to La Trinidad as it was for Cristo Luz del Mundo and their church plant.
  • The renewal of La Trinidad's Praise Night, the first Friday night of every month – fruit of what God is doing in our Worship ministry.
  • God's gracious provision of half of the $10k we need for the anticretico lease renewal in Puntiti through a sister congregation, allowing us to sign a new contract.
  • Continued growth in our Sunday morning services, the church plant in Puntiti, and new outreach cell group at La Trinidad.
  • The Anglican Church in Cochabamba celebrates its 23rd anniversary on June 11th (Trinity Sunday). Please celebrate God's faithfulness with us as you remember us in prayer. Pray in particular for Yerson and Marco, two youth who will be confirmed on the same Sunday.
  • Please continue to pray for Juan Cris as he finishes up a mandatory, five-year licensing as a school teacher while having a broken right arm. He presents his thesis defense this month and graduates June 6th, allowing him to take on more pastoral responsibility both in Puntiti and at La Trinidad. Please lift up his whole family in prayer, including his wife, Jahel, and two daughters, Lucía and Valentina.
  • Please continue to pray for our youth ministry at La Trinidad. Pray for Natalí and her family as she has restarted the adolescent group and leads the youth and young adult ministry. We ask that you also pray for the renewal in our youth ministries in the Diocese of Bolivia and for the formation of leaders among young adults.
  • Our Tuesday night cell-group is made of up individuals who do not attend La Trinidad. Please pray that the participants will come to know and be disciples of Jesus. Also pray for Karem and her family, hosting the group, and that this cell-group will reach others and multiply.
  • Pray for the leadership team of La Trinidad, as they direct and pastor the congregation and its ministries while Rev. Tammy accompanies Thomas to university and assists her mom in the month of August.
  • As you remember our family, please continue to pray for Thomas as he enters his last weeks of high school and moves to the US in a few months to attend Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. This will be a huge transition for him, since he has lived in Bolivia his whole life! Pray for our family during this time, especially for our time together now, good communication, and discernment. Pray for Maddy as she becomes an only-child at home. And we ask for special prayers for the health of Tammy's mother and her residential decisions, as she has suffered a mild-stroke and may no longer be able to live alone. We ask that God would make clear to her the best place for her to live and that we all would grow in trusting God as we go through significant life changes.
  • We as a family and at La Trinidad give thanks to God for your partnership with us in the Gospel through your encouragement, financial support and prayers. We thank God and ask you to pray that He would continue to bless the congregations and individuals who support our ministry and the ministries of all missionaries who serve in the name of Jesus.

In Christ's love, Tammy, Rusty, Thomas, and Maddy

More about the activities at La Trinidad, as well as ways to help with financial support are found in their newsletter: Marshmallows and Missions


Father Richard and “Rooted in Jesus”

Late June into July, Richard Morgan will be in Kenya leading two conferences related to “Rooted In Jesus.” Richard shares this information about his trip and the organization.

Rooted in Jesus is a Missions Organization that we support as a church. It is a collaborative venture between the African and English church that was created to address a need for discipleship in the African context. Rooted in Jesus is a 2-year discipleship course, which is designed to be delivered by priests and lay evangelists within the context of small groups. The course is introduced to a Diocese by invitation of the Diocesan Bishop with a 4 day conference. The conference is led by a team. Previously, I was part of a team in South Africa – in Johannesburg and then St Mark’s Diocese and also in Madagascar in two Dioceses there. Two years ago I lead a team with Jeff Moretzsohn and Nicole Arthur from here and a young Kenyan lay-woman where we led two conferences in Bondo Diocese (near Kisumu in the west of Kenya).

This year I have been asked to lead a team along with a Rector from the UK, and a Kenyan priest from the Diocese of Maseno South to the Diocese of Butere. This is also near Kisumu. I fly out of Philadelphia on Saturday 24th June and will arrive with the team in Butere on the 26th June. The first conference will run Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th June, and the next conference will be the following week: Monday 3rd July – Thursday 6th July. I fly back from Kisumu to Nairobi on the 7th and to London on the 8th. I’ll have a rest day in the UK on Monday 9th and then fly back to Philadelphia on the morning of the 10th.

We will have 150 people at each conference. The goal is to equip all 300 of these priests and lay evangelists to go and lead a small group of 10-12 people to help them grow as disciples of Jesus. You can learn more about Rooted in Jesus at: www.rootedinjesus.net - the leader of the organization is my step-mother, Revd. Alison Morgan.

Although as a church, through our mission budget, we support the Rooted In Jesus organization, Richard is doing fundraising for his travel and on-site experiences. If you would like to support Richard financially in this effort, you can write checks to the church making sure you include “Rooted In Jesus” in the memo line. Or you can give online via the church website here.

The online link also describes a fundraising dinner Richard is preparing (for Saturday, May 27.) At the registration site, you may register for the dinner (with $10 to cover costs) and/or skip the dinner and make an online contribution.

Please pray for Richard as he plans this trip and mission work. Pray also for his family as they think ahead about his absence.


Short-Term Missionary Trips/Projects

The Good Samaritan participants in the CCO sponsored missionary trip to India are still in that country. They are fine, but currently in remote areas so communication is sporadic. Kylie Roberts is leading the group, which includes Hannah Schmitt, Brooke Scott, and Brandon Fornio. Please pray for them while they do their missionary work there. The group is to return Thursday, June 1.

Hank Davis is doing the necessary physical and spiritual preparation for a missionary trip to Peru late July/early August. He is traveling as part of a missionary-sponsoring group E3 Partners.

Hannah Johnson will be working in needy areas of Philadelphia, June through August, on projects organized by the “Center for Student Missions.”

People on such trips always appreciate knowing they are surrounded by the prayers of their church family!


Reminders

Sex Trafficking: From June 7 through July 9, People’s Light and Theater in Malvern is presenting “Project Dawn”, a play about the Project Dawn Court, which is a diversion program for repeat prostitution offenders founded in Philadelphia. More about the program and tickets are on the theater’s website.

Fair Days: Volunteers are needed for various aspects of Fair Days – June 9 and 10 – and there are sign-up sheets in the atrium. Sponsors, either by businesses or individuals, are needed. These sponsorships make a great financial contribution to not only the expenses of the Fair but especially to the projects Fair Days supports. You can find more about Fair Days sponsorships on the Good Samaritan website. All proceeds from Fair Days go to two of our major mission efforts: “Food for our Neighbors” (via the Good Samaritan Food Closet) and “Clean Water for the World” (via Water Mission).

Please come and support Fair Days even if just by your presence. It’s a great way to get to know a few visitors and tell them about the good things happening at The Church of the Good Samaritan!