25 May 2011

Outbreak of War in Sudan

People of Abyei, meeting in church to pray.

People of Abyei, meeting to pray and decide what to do.

Just recently, FRM sent relief to the people up in Abyei, Sudan. They are located on the border between the North and the South (which is the place with the greatest oil supply). We just received word that the Arab North invaded Abyei, declaring war. The whole community we were reaching out to are now in hiding in the bush. Our chaplains working there had given us word that everyone is safe, but they are all in hiding. They made time to assemble in a small church for prayer before having to flee. We know that all great revivals come in when the people travail in prayer even to the point of tears. Will you please join us and fast and pray for our brothers and sisters in Abyei right now?

17 May 2011

Potatoes for Grandmothers!

Here are some pictures from the "Potatoes for Grandmothers" outreach in Russia!

Food being divided and organized for each family!

stockpile of food to be delivered to families!

woman overjoyed by the amazing blessing of food supplies!

One of the families who received your gifts and blessing!

Russians in Kenya

How amazing is the Lord!!! I want to share with you about the team from my home church, Calvary Chapel Vladimir… The Lord opened a door for them to come and serve long side of us in Nairobi…You can only imagine how excited I was when I saw them at the airport in Nairobi. Seven people came on this first teamJ. It was very cool to see how they ministered to the kids (they had two VBS’s and FIC kids concert.  The FIC Youth concert went very well too).  We were able to go and witness to the people in the slums of Kibera and Kawangware. Everybody on this team recognized that the people are very open to talk about and listen to the Gospel! So, we used every opportunity to share the Gospel and you know what…one lady from the team, Tatiana, could not even speak English…her desire to share the love of Christ with the Kenyans was so encouraging… she learned a few words in Swahili and was so brave to use them!!!
It was great to see how the Lord used all of us for His glory, and how faithful He was when we had to be flexible in changing plans in ministry… You have to do what you have to do… For me personally, to see my family here was very special… I was very tired physically but spiritually I was so fired up…

Tatiana is inviting people to the FIC concert

VBS in the slums of Matumba

Edick was painting kid's hands and faces in the slums of Kibera...

This verse from Isaiah 6:8 “Whom shell I send and who will go for Us…” became alive once again…To see these guys step out in faith…was great!!! My prayer for them right now is for them to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus and share His love wherever they go…

09 May 2011

Update: from Extreme Missions Training Student, Christina!

A few weeks ago on our day off, Jamie and Natasha took us to a place near Nairobi, where a huge amount of tea is growing in the fields.

It was a relaxing day of fellowship and afterwards I felt spiritually and mentally uplifted. We are usually doing ministry six days out of the week, so it's good to spend our day off just relaxing and having fun with the team.

In celebration of Good Friday, we planned a day of food and fellowship with the ladies of Calvary Chapel Nairobi. In Kenya, eating chicken is considered a luxury, and killing a chicken is only affordable for special occasions. In order to have enough chicken for all the ladies, we had to kill and prepare three chickens. Jackie, Ana Marie and I learned how to cook chicken literally from scratch! It took a few hours to prepare along with some traditional Kenyan side dishes, but at the end we had a feast in honor of Good Friday. Before we ate, we took time to pray, sing a few worship songs and then Jamie read a passage of scripture about His death and resurrection. It was a good time of fellowship, and an opportunity to continue to get to know the ladies better and build relationships with them. My favorite part of that day, was seeing the reaction of the ladies as we helped them prepare the food. They were blessed that we were willing to learn from them and to prepare the food the way the Kenyans do. Even though it was more work than we are used to in our fast paced Western culture, it gave us the opportunity to spend quality time with these ladies.
On Easter Sunday, we hosted a party for the FIC (Fellowship in Christ) youth group at the church. Our vision for this was to allow the youth to fellowship in Christ, while at the same time challenging them to learn more about Jesus. We had them play games to challenge their knowledge of Bible scriptures and also to remember the significance of what Easter means to us as Christians.

We've spend a lot of time these past few weeks praying and preparing for the arrival of the Russian team that finally arrived a few days ago. They will be serving here with us for about a week and a half, and so far they have been a total blessing to Calvary Chapel Nairobi.

Yesterday, the Russian team lead worship alongside Natasha and the entire church was blessed with the worship they lead in Kiswahili, English, and Russian. After service, they held a special concert for the children of Calvary Chapel Nairobi, as well as the children we handed out flyers to in the slums behind the church. The children enjoyed a variety of singing, games, puppets, miming, and even rapping, all relating the gospel message that Jesus is the way to life. It has been a blessing so far to work with the Russian team, and fellowship with them at the guesthouse. I have the opportunity to learn about Russian culture, while living here in Kenya.

Our schedule over the next week and a half will be filled with evangelism, outreach, home visits, debates, and children's programs as we serve alongside the Russian team. Please continue to pray for Jackie, Ana Marie and I to finish strong and to serve well as we are sometimes distracted with thoughts of what the next season in our lives will bring.

Pray also for the family of the lady I am discipling named Damaris, that her husband will be saved. Please also pray for:
1. Team Unity with Russian Team and Jamie, Natasha, Ana Marie, Jackie and I
2. Good health and specifically for Ana Marie's health to improve
3. Wisdom for Pastor Dave on decisions of where we do outreaches
4. The Holy Spirit to help us bring people into His kingdom with the many outreaches this week!
5. God's provision for moving back to America:
If you desire more details please contact my friend Diana Gutierrez for more details on this via email dianagutierrezsd@gmail.com

In His Service,

06 May 2011

Construction Team Needed!

Hello! We are looking for a team of guys and gals with construction experience and skills to go to Sudan for the last 2 weeks of August. Please contact Ed Gauntt for details by emailing him at ed@frmusa.org or calling 951-677-4474.

Thanks! And God bless you!