Vol. 2. Issue 6
The mission is regularly contacted by the local authorities asking us to help rescue children in dire situations and take them under our care. Read the latest report highlighting the need for continued sponsorship as many of these children such as Kilungya stay in the care of the mission for months or even years.
In this issue, you will be introduced to Pastor Elijah Maluki and learn of his role in the mission. Elijah is a very good translator and assists as Chaplain in many different aspects of the ministry.
There are specific matters for prayer in the ‘News from the Field’ section. Please take note of these important needs and bring them before the Lord in the coming days.
Remember also the preparations being made for teams travelling to the Centre this summer from the United Kingdom and North America.
FAME Mission Board
Missions in History
June 19, 1834: Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers and orators of the nineteenth century, is born.
Evangelical Ministries Ukambani (EMU)
– Strengthening the Local Churches –
A Visit to Kiisu IPC
On the 27th May Aaron preached at a Kiisu Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC), about fifteen kilometres from the FAME Centre. This is one of our EMU churches which FAME assisted many years ago to build the pastor’s home. This is a relatively new congregation and for the past eighteen years, the people have gathered in a mud hut, their first meeting house. However, they are currently working on a new building project. The roof is the next phase which will cost about US$1000.00. One of the bicycles that we have purchased, mentioned in the last newsletter, will assist the pastor of this remote church.
– – Reaching the Lost – –
Pastor Elijah Maluki was employed by FAME Mission, in 2014, to be our Centre Chaplain. Elijah is the pastor of a local Baptist Church. He is married and has 3 little boys. As our Chaplain, he has many responsibilities in the Centre including, assisting in staff and children devotions and providing daily devotions for the vocational students. He also assists in other work relating to the college, and evangelistic and pastoral follow-up for our clinics
Elijah’s main role, however, is assisting Grace Sturm with child evangelism in the school outreach ministry and the prison ministry. In this work, he either preaches himself or translates for Grace as she speaks to the children. This translation work is invaluable in this part of Kenya, where English is the third language after Kikamba and Kiswahili. Pray for pastor Elijah and Grace as they travel around the school and prisons.
– “the gospel in Word and Deed.” –
In our last month’s newsletter, we reported of a nine-year-old boy with a poisoned foot. We want to update you on this story because it is indicative of so many success stories from the clinics. The photos speak for themselves. We should also commend our clinic staff for their expertise and continued care.
The boy is the last born of the family, members of a local Baptist Church pastored by our chaplain. At first, the mother was concerned about the spread of the poison and considered taking him to Nairobi. But she found the treatment of our staff to be more than satisfactory. When she visits with her son now, she is much more at ease and very thankful for the help.
– “the gospel in Word and Deed.” –
In the middle of May, the Mwingi Emergency Rescue and Rapid Response for Children contacted us about two children living on the street with their mentally disabled mother. We were expecting them the following day, but a relative was contacted in Nairobi. As it turned out, the relative could not take the children until July and the children were still on the street. On the 7th of June, the Mwingi authorities contacted us again to take the children. They come from a Muslim background.
Special Report on Kilungya Kavata
– “the gospel in Word and Deed.” –
Kilungya is the youngest of 3 siblings. He and his siblings were living with his grandmother because their father had died and his mother abandoned them. The Grandmother was also trying to care for 6 other children, who were the cousins of Kilungya. Among the 9 children, there was only one remaining mother and the Grandmother to care for the children. They had no reliable source of income. The area which they were living was struggling with bandits coming at night to steal their crops, so at night the family was sleeping in the bush. The time Kilungya was rescued was also a time of famine and food was scarce.
FAME Child Administrator made a visit to the home and found that it was not safe for Kilungya to stay with his Grandmother. Kilungya was at risk of malnourishment as well as sleeping in the bush. FAME was concerned for the well being of the child as well as seeking to ease the burden of the Grandmother so we asked the local Children’s office to seek a court committal to rescue Kilungya and 3 of his cousins.
The court committal is for 3 years, after which time, FAME will evaluate the home situation to see whether Kilungya and his cousins will be able to return back to their Grandmother. Kilungya was rescued on 20/7/2010. He has settled in well at FAME Child Rescue Centre. He is now in class 4 at the local primary school. He is doing well in school and enjoys playing with the other boys in the Centre.
Missions and Hymnology
– “And the prisoners heard them” Acts 16:25 –
The jailer’s words “what must I do to be saved?” must have had prior context. What information did the jailer have about the gospel, or about being saved, and from where did he get it? It could be that the jailer had heard the gospel before, in the city perhaps. The only indication, however, that the text gives us is that he heard it from the singing of Paul and Silas. No words in this text are wasted, and the Holy Spirit includes this little phrase, “and the prisoners heard them.” Paul and Silas were singing audibly, perhaps it was even loud and disturbing, and at midnight! “And the prisoners heard them.”
Hymnology has a fourfold function in the Church, as the Psalter did in ancient Israel. Praise, of course, is the first and primary function. Prayer is also an important part of our singing, often found in the Psalms interwoven with praise. Our congregational singing should also teach us biblical precepts. Singing is an exceptionally effective tool in teaching our children the creedal statements of the Church, as God told Moses in Deuteronomy 31:19ff.
Singing is also an evangelistic tool. Not shallow invitation songs, but the Psalms and hymns that declare the glories of God and call the world to bow before Him. The Psalmist’s soul would boast in the Lord and the humble would hear and be glad (Psalm 32:2 see also Psalm 67, 100). Perhaps the jailer heard the gospel for the first time from the singing of his prisoners, or perhaps their singing in affliction confirmed for him the power of the gospel in their lives. Whatever the case, the Church is a singing Church, the world is listening—let us sing with purpose.
News from the Field
- Grace Sturm – Grace Sturm enjoyed a visit from her parents and her brother at the beginning of June.
- Work Permits – Grace Sturm and Aaron Dunlop are currently trying to get work permits. Grace is renewing hers and Aaron is getting his for the first time. The process of obtaining the work permit is more restrictive now which adds uncertainty. Pray that the work permits will be granted to the FAME missionary team.
- Discipleship – Grace Dunlop is working on some written material for the girls and boys as they exit the FAME Centre. Pray that this discipleship material will be profitable as these young adults go out into the world to craft a life for themselves. Pray for Grace as she engages in this project alongside her busy schedule as a wife and home-schooling mother. We are also planning discipleship Bible Studies on a Sunday afternoon for the older children. Pray for wisdom.
- Gertrude’s Hospital – After a number of visits to Gertrude’s Hospital in Nairobi, the Dunlops are thankful for good health and good test results from the hospital. Praise God!
- Maze – We have just taken delivery of our quarterly supply of maze. Please pray that this food will nourish all who partake but more importantly that the spiritual food we present each day will transform and strengthen all our eager listeners and act on it.
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.