Kenya Prayer letter
SIMONSEN’S MARCH 2018 PRAYER LETTER
We are seeing God’s hand of blessing at Trinity
Baptist Church in Gatukuyu. The boys have been a great
help in song leading and special music, and they also share in the
preaching ministry. All three of us are developing PowerPoint
presentations to go along with our messages, and we find this an
excellent way to reinforce the truths that we are seeking to
We have 25-30 very faithful Sunday school children coming each
week, and Sue does a great job of putting together a weekly program
to teach them the Bible. She is also using PowerPoint, and we find
that it really helps to hold the children’s attention. As a general
rule, village children are not as well disciplined as town children
tend to be.
Getting adults to come to church has been a more difficult matter.
Some parents even bring their smaller children to church on Sunday
and tell us how happy they are that we have started the church –
but they themselves do not see their need to be in church. Pray
for George and his family and Elizabeth to develop faithfulness to
the church services.
Our college year has started very well. Dr. Jim Van Gelderen
was the speaker for our annual Spiritual Life Retreat
to kick-off the tenth year of Independent Baptist College
of Ministry. Our friend, Dr. James Kimotho, donated five
goats for the first day’s feast, where we also invited college
graduates and their wives to join us.
This year, I am teaching first-year Greek all three terms, Hebrew
and World History during the first and second terms, and Bible
Archaeology during the third term. This will be a very busy
year after a limited schedule last year.
Lord willing, Aaron will graduate with a BA in November and Daniel
is in his second year of college. Both are excellent students.
Gatukuyu is a developing area but still far enough away from
Kenya’s metropolitan centers that Swahili is still the primary
language of ministry. For this reason, we feel that it will be
necessary to delay our furlough for a year or more and will likely
be unable to travel as a family any more – someone needs to stay back
and keep the work moving forward. We had planned a 2019 furlough
but have delayed that to 2020. As we get nearer to that time, we’ll
re-evaluate the situation and make a decision as to when we can
I want to thank all of you who have been praying for my
recovery from knee replacement surgeries. I have now fully
recovered and am pain-free in both knees. I am still working on
various exercises to strengthen my left leg. For twenty years, I
have favored my right leg, and the left one got very weak from lack
of use. I also continue to have back pain since my back surgery in
2005. Disc replacement might relieve some of the pain, but that
will be only as a last resort. By planning ahead and trusting the
Lord, I’m able to get along quite well as it is.
The rest of the family are doing very well health-wise, and we are
all rejoicing in the Lord’s using us in His work.
In Kenya for Christ,
Rick, Sue, Aaron and Daniel Simonsen