Kenya Prayer letter
Quarterly Prayer Letter
Dear Praying Friends,
I will use this prayer
letter opportunity to give you a review and summary of our year.
has been an unusual year for us. I taught Greek Syntax and Bible and Science first term and Greek Syntax third term, but I did
not teach a course during the second term. This is the first time
in well over a dozen years that I had a term off while we were in
Kenya instead of on furlough.
primary reason that I removed myself from the college schedule was
so that I could have my second knee replacement. The surgery was
scheduled for early in May but was delayed by three weeks due to an
infection. Recovery of strength in my knees after this surgery has
taken much longer than after the first surgery. This is primarily
because the first surgery was done on an already much-weaker knee,
and this second was done on my “good” knee – at least good from a muscle
strength point of view, not so good with regard to arthritis and
pain. I have a daily physio-exercise regimen, use the treadmill
when I am able and do between sixty and ninety minutes on my
exercise bike most days. My strength is recovering, but slowly.
as I was able to be out and about, our family began surveying areas
around Thika for a possible new church plant. After much prayer and
looking seriously at seven different locations, God led us to begin
Trinity Baptist Church in a market town called Gatukuyu. For years,
I have been telling others that someone needs to go there to start
a church, and the Lord decided°enough talk, time for action. I put
out a fleece before the Lord by saying that we would start a church
there if we could rent a room on the market square. I was told
finding such a room would be impossible because they are in much
demand for various shops. I sent our house worker, Isaac, out to
Gatukuyu to ask about a room, and he immediately found a lady who
had just built a rental room just three shops off the square!
committed ourselves to a six-week ministry series at Bethel Baptist
Church in Nairobi but the following week, October 8, we started
Trinity Baptist Church. It has been a great blessing to share the
preaching responsibilities at the new church with Aaron and Daniel.
Both feel that the Lord has called them to serve Him in Kenya and,
by God’s grace, perhaps one will become the pastor of Trinity
Baptist some day.
very first day, we have had about twenty-five faithful children
attending, and we are doing what we can to reach into their homes
with the Gospel. Few adults have come to the services, but Daniel
was able to lead a man named George to Christ. He has been
attending faithfully, has brought his wife and children to church
and is doing a discipleship Bible study with Daniel.
December, we showed the Swahili version of The Pilgrim’s Progress film in three
segments with preaching related to the film. We had as many as
eight adults attend the services. This included a new family and
some mothers of our Sunday school children. Pray for further
opportunities to minister to these families.
December 2, we held our Bible college graduation with fourteen
students receiving Bible certificates or degrees. This was our
largest graduating class so far and brings the number of graduates
to thirty-nine. Please pray that many will continue toward a
higher level of education and that the Lord will bring in others
for us to train. 2018 will be out tenth year of running the
Bible college, and we will be sponsoring several special events to
commemorate the anniversary and to promote the college program in
family is doing well and we are all keeping busy. Daniel has
completed the first year in his Bachelor’s program, and Aaron will
graduate next year with his Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Sue, Aaron and Daniel Simonsen