Vol. 2. Issue 12
As we come to the close of another year we want to first acknowledge with gratitude the goodness of our God. The Lord of promise is always faithful to His own Word and work.
Once again we are reminded of His daily mercies and provision (Lamentations 3:22-23). This year the annual dinner raised an impressive £5077 over the two nights. Thank you to everyone who attended for your generous support.
In November we received word that missionaries Grace Sturm and the Dunlop family were granted work permits for the next two years. This process can be unnerving and slow but we’re thankful for the government approval allowing them to continue their work for the Lord in Kenya.
Also, just prior to publishing this Newsletter, we received confirmation that FAME has been granted charitable status in Canada. This will allow the Mission to receipt donations through 2018 and going forward. This is good news for supporters in Canada who are thinking about giving a year-end gift.
Thank you for partnering with us in 2018. Your contribution to the work of the gospel is so important and does not go unnoticed. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in the coming year. We pray God will continue to open many doors and hearts as we share the good news of His love and grace in a needy land.
May God bless you this Christmas season as you rejoice in the Saviour’s incarnation.
Glory to God in the Highest
FAME Mission Board
Report on Pastor’s Fraternity (EMU)
– Strengthening the Local Churches –
The goal of EMU (Evangelical Ministries Ukambani) is to help build healthy churches in this part of Kenya, in Ukambani. There are four main areas: evangelism, pastor’s fellowship and support, local church support, and the most visible, our new fulltime FAME Reformed Theological College.
It is our desire and goal that the local churches will eventually be able to support their pastors and take up the work of school and prison evangelism themselves.
At 9.00am on 15th November, around thirty-five pastors met for our quarterly meeting of our EMU Pastors Fraternity. It was a fruitful time of fellowship and, I believe, we accomplished a lot as we discussed how best we could accomplish our goal of building healthy churches. We have established an “Advance Committee” chaired by Pastor Julius Makau, and the brethren are eager to find ways to take the Church forward.
There are so many needs and we do not have enough resources, time, or personnel to accomplish a fraction of what we would like to do. One particular problem, however, in this part of Kenya is the lack of support churches give to their pastors. Most of the pastors have to work to support their families, and they are left with little time to study. We are encouraging the churches to work towards financial independence so that their pastors will have more time to study and to feed their flocks.
In the new year, Lord willing, we hope to begin a pastor’s academy once a month. Pastors will come on Friday evening. We will serve dinner and have a two-hour study period. On Saturday morning we will begin at 8.00am and have another two sessions before lunch, every two hours.
Pray for these brethren. They are eager for the opportunity to learn and serve and are happy for their churches to bear some responsibility and grow towards financial independence.
Report on College Buildings (EMU)
– Strengthening the Local Churches –
After months of repair work on the Christian Resource Centre, the building is now ready for use. Students used the building to sit exams in the middle of November.
This newly refurbished McCrea Memorial Christian Resource Centre will be used mainly for the college, EMU seminars and other special events. Builders are currently working on a new outdoor kitchen and dining area for the students, which will complement the design of the Resource Centre and the college campus, as we develop it further in the will of God.
The Resource Centre building will also house the library, which has been recently added to with a number of commentary-sets and other research material. A large classroom will also be available in the building and an office for the principal, Pastor Titus Nzoka.
Annual Dinner and N. Ireland Visit
– Rev. Titus Nzoka –
On 20th October 2018, I arrived in Northern Ireland where I spent two weeks at the invitation of the FAME Mission board, to attend their annual dinner. On the two evenings of the dinner, 26th and 27th October, we enjoyed a good time of fellowship with an average of 100 each evening. I was there specifically to report on the new FAME Reformed Theological College.
During the two weeks, I had a busy schedule, visiting various churches and reporting on the work of the college. I was glad to meet some of the friends and pastors I had come to know while I was studying at Whitefield College of the Bible. It was good to see some of my classmates. It was good also to meet the current principal of the Whitefield College, some of the lecturers and students and share some words of encouragement.
I thank the board for the invitation and I’m grateful to all who hosted me for their hospitality to me.
Rev. Titus Nzoka
– Reaching the Lost –
The schools closed for the year at the end of October, so I am unable to continue the School Evangelism Ministry throughout the rest of the year. I still continue to spend time with our own children here in the Centre throughout November in December and enjoy some more personal time with them. I miss being in the schools, but I enjoy the time with our own children.
Throughout the months of November and December, because I am not visiting schools, I have more time here in the Centre. I normally use that time catching up on Administration work, spending time with the children, and preparing more lessons for the children. I also continue teaching English Grammar II in the college.
Grace Sturm (Child Evangelist)
“the gospel in Word and Deed.”
Baby Moses Macharia is now one year and three months. He came to us in August, rescued from his mother who is now in prison. Moses had retarded growth and development due to lack of nourishment and general emotional and physical neglect. He had been treated at Mwingi Government Hospital, with no improvement. More recently we have sought a specialist’s opinion at Gertrude Children’s Hospital in Nairobi.
After several tests, including an MRI, we could find nothing. Although we are pursuing more tests, it would appear the cause of his retarded development is due to lack of motherly care.
Today, (30th November) he is being taken back to Gertrude’s for examination at the Infectious Disease Clinic. He needs intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and a solid nutritional diet. We now have daily therapy schedule for Moses and we are thankful to Grace Dunlop who has offered to make nutritional smoothies. He has been doing better in the past few weeks, and he has begun to smile.
Lydiah (Compound Manager)
“”the gospel in Word and Deed.””
At the end of November, the Children’s Office at Kyusu rescued a little child from starvation. The authorities had gone to the home to rescue another child that had been delivered into a pit latrine. While at the home they discovered the emaciated frame of little Mary, a nineteen-month-old, weighing only 3Kg. Mary had lost her mother when she was one month old, and she was being “cared for” by her mother’s sister. Evidently, the aunt was struggling to care for herself and other family issues complicated the situation and Mary was suffering in the mix. Mary is now safe in the Cole Baby Unit and doing well.
The Song of Moses…and of the lamb
“- Revelation 15:3 -“
Throughout the book of Revelation, there are a number of insights into heavenly worship. In chapter four, for example, “a door is opened in heaven” and John experienced something of the sights and sounds of heaven. Again in chapter fifteen, John hears something of the sound-track of heaven—”the Song of Moses and of the Lamb.”
It is not that the inhabitants of heaven are singing the same lyrics as Moses and the Israelites did (see Exodus 15:1ff). This song of Moses and the Lamb is one song. It is a song of glorious triumph over the enemy. Moses had stood by the Red sea, redeemed through the blood of the Passover lamb and triumphant over the enemy that God had cast into the sea.
In his vision, John saw the saints, also standing by a sea, triumphant through the blood of God’s Lamb. It was a sea “of glass mingled with fire,” a picture of the righteous judgement of God which will be made manifest—the (transparent) glass.
Christ has gloriously triumphed for us. This subject will occupy our vocal cords throughout eternity. It is the song of the redeemed. The enemy had pursued to repossess (Ex. 15:9)—just as he had “desired to have” Peter (Luke 22:31)—but God brought relief. Christ has prayed for us, and He will bring us to glory. The Song of Moses was also a song of retribution—praise in the destruction of the enemy. The Lord is a “man of war” (Exodus 15:3) and his ways are “just and true” (Rev. 15:3).
” – “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all they ways.” Psa 91:11 -“
Throughout Kenya each day, coaches and buses ferry thousands of passengers between the main towns and cities from early morning and late into the night. These coaches and buses have the right of way on the road! Not legally, but by their sheer size, speed and unrelenting determination to get to their destination, with as many passengers as possible, loaded with as many goods as possible and faster than the other transport companies.
This makes travelling on the roads extremely dangerous. Back in August a school bus crashed in our local town killing 13 children. Just last month a coach crashed west of Nairobi and fifty lives were lost.
This waste of life has precipitated a “crackdown” on illegal drivers and vehicles. Dozens of matatus were impounded, cars stopped along the road. In our area travel became difficult, many people were stranded because illegal drivers and their cars or matatus were parked up. Crowds of people gathered at the taxi stand waiting in vain for a taxi. Those that could use the road took the opportunity to “make hay” and hiked their prices, some to double the regular price.
But this crackdown revealed another problem, “the rampant corruption” in the traffic courts and among the police. Legal vehicles and their drivers had to run the gauntlet. On 14th November, I had to take one of our children to a hospital in Nairobi. I was warned that the police are checking fire extinguishers, first aid kits etc. in the vehicles. I made sure that morning I had everything in order as I left with the child and caregiver. Before we got to Nairobi, we had passed at least six checkpoints and been stopped and questioned at three.
At one of the checkpoints, the officer was enjoying too much the authority vested in his uniform. He tried unsuccessfully to extort a few extra shillings to supplement his Christmas income. In September our family had gone to Uganda to renew our visas on re-entry. On that trip, I paid out around US$150 to the “rampant corruption” of the traffic judiciary—part of life in Kenya.
” – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Col 4:2 –
The Board of FAME is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Garrett as it’s new Chairman at a meeting held on Saturday 8th December 2018. David has been a director and Deputy Chairman of the Mission since it’s commencement and has been a tireless worker on its behalf, having visited the Field on numerous occasions with first-hand knowledge of the work. We would take this opportunity to wish him the Lord’s richest blessing and help in his new role and would covet your prayers to that end.
News from the Field
- The Rains – The rains have been delayed about four weeks. These past few days (the beginning of December) it has rained a lot. Pray that there will be sustained rain to bring the crops to harvest.
- Christmas Feast – We finished up the year with a Christmas feast for the children. Every year the children are given new shoes and a new outfit (made by our dressmakers at the FAME centre).
- Christmas Period – About forty children remain at the centre over the Christmas period. These have no family at all to go to, the others have gone to aunt and uncles, grandparents or parents who cannot sustain a constant care for all the children.
- Good Health – The Dunlops are thankful for continued good health for the children. Also, for Work Permits which were granted in November after a few months of doubt.
In the Reformed and Evangelical tradition, FAME is a “word and deed” ministry bringing the hope of the gospel into the poverty and famine of eastern Kenya. Water wells, famine relief, child rescue and medical facilities constitute our main humanitarian work, through which we have won the confidence and ear of the people. This, in turn, has enabled us to carry on an extensive program of evangelism in remote villages, local schools, and in prisons across the Eastern Province of Kenya.
At our Resource Center and FAME Reformed Theological College, we come alongside local pastors, elders, and Sunday school teachers, helping them to establish local Churches and strengthen the body of Christ.