Vol. 2. Issue 5
The apostle Paul confidently declares to his readers in the book of Romans that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. The living and active Word of God will do its transforming work in the lives of those who hear it. In this issue, we are reminded of that wonderful truth. The gospel simply and sincerely expounded has the power to change minds, hearts and lives regardless of gender (male or female), age (young or old), or status in society (incarcerated or free). The benefits of the gospel to a society are incalculable!
In this issue, you will read of a very practical way you can support local pastors as they seek to minister to their flock. There’s a special report on the prison ministry and the latest Five Minutes of Fame podcast, as well as other news from the field.
FAME Mission Board
Missions in History
May 27, 1564: John Calvin, French Protestant Reformer, dies. He kept writing and ministering to the Christians in Geneva nearly up to his death, telling his worried friends, “What! Would you have the Lord find me idle when he comes?”
Evangelical Ministries Ukambani
– Strengthening the Local Churches –
FAME works in a rural area of Ukambani, Eastern Kenya, in which basic survival is often a daily routine. Most of the pastors in this area are not supported by their Churches and depend on other employment to support their families.
At a recent meeting of our EMU pastor’s fraternity, one pastor asked if we could help him purchase a bicycle for his daily transport. Many of the pastors echoed his request. This is a real need and FAME has helped in this area before. We can purchase a basic bicycle for about $90.00US and sell it at a greatly reduced price to the pastors. This assistance to the local pastors is simple but would help greatly to lighten the burden of pastors who are already disadvantaged. If you can help in any way, please click the Donate Now button below and mark your donation for “Bicycle Appeal”
– – Reaching the Lost – –
While the focus of the school ministry is obviously the children, Grace encourages the teachers to join in the interaction with the children. Grace reports that she was greatly encouraged by what one teacher said recently. After finishing speaking with the children, the teacher commented, “I keep hearing people shouting and yelling about salvation, in churches and on TV. I kept wondering what is this ‘salvation’ everyone was shouting about? I stopped going to church, but today I have understood what ‘salvation’ is and I will be going back to church.”Our goal, Grace says, is not to put on a show or entertain as many evangelists do (“as seen on TV”), but to present a clear, simple, gospel message. Pray that the seeds sown will one day bear fruit. New schools are opening up and each new school is an open door for the gospel.
– “the gospel in Word and Deed.” –
A couple of weeks ago a nine-year-old boy, Amos, came in with part of is foot eaten away with infection and his leg swollen. It began with a simple thorn prick. Evidently, the thorn was poisoned, perhaps by a snake, and the poison had reduced his foot to festering sore. It was some days before he came to the clinic. Very often these people are unaware that medical treatment can bring healing and so they struggle on, often until it is too late. In this boy’s case, it was not too late. He comes daily to have his foot dressed and is recovering well.
– Ngaaie Special Needs School –
Ngaaie Special School is about 10 Kms from our Centre. This is a boarding school for just over one hundred children with varied physical and mental handicaps. FAME has helped this school by constructing a dorm, offices, and repairing classrooms. We continue to support the school by bringing maize and beans. Four of our own orphan children attend this school. One our boys, Sammy Kitheka, has a mental handicap that keeps him from attending the local primary school, but he is very pleasant, hard-working and active. Another of our boys, Boniface Mwendwa, was born without legs. Recently, both Sammy and Boniface excelled in their sports. Sammy made it to the regional competition and Boniface reached National level in the javelin and wheelchair races. At the national level, Boniface won first place in the wheelchair competition and third in the javelin. Thank you for supporting our children, enabling them to rise above their disadvantages.
The Joyful Sound
– “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound.” Psalm 89:15 –
Psalm eighty-nine is a prayer of the Lord’s people who, in great distress (V’s. 39-51) are waiting and watching expectantly for the specific fulfilment of His promise of mercy. The hope of Israel was not simply that a righteous God existed and reigned but that He reigned in mercy, definitely and intentionally towards His people. It is this knowledge that gave foundation to the prayers of God’s ancient people, and which gave the Psalmist confidence to conclude with the words, “Blessed be the Lord for evermore. Amen and Amen” (Vs. 52).
God gave Israel stated times when they could celebrate His mercy, His promises and His goodness. These feasts and festivals, announced by trumpets and fanfare, were intended to remind the people and keep the steadfast love of God fresh in their hearts—and they all pointed to the promised Messiah (Lev. 23:24; Num. 10:10). Often the people were so engaged in the events of religious festivals that they failed to enjoy the promise and purpose of the festivals. There were those, however, who discerned and appreciated the spiritual blessings symbolized in the feasts and festivals. These people, the Psalmist says, were happy when they heard the sound of the trumpets (Vs. 15) the call to worship.
What ancient Israel did, is still our responsibility today—to sound the “festive shout” of the gospel, to celebrate the risen Lord with a “joyful noise” as we go gladly “up to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1). Like Israel, we are to call the nations to worship the living God, “teaching them” to hold fast the riches of spiritual blessings contained in the gospel. Happy are those people who discern the joyful sound.
Five Minutes of Fame Podcast
– Two Children Rescued from the Streets –
News from the Field
- Teams – three teams plan to visit the FAME Centre in August; one from North America, one from Northern Ireland and one from Singapore.
- Second Term – Although we are already in our second term, students are continuing to enroll at FAME Reformed Theological College.
- Winter – It is “winter” in Kenya and flu season. Pray for the general health of the children on the compound and the staff also.
- Visitors – Grace Sturm will enjoy a visit from her parents and brother at the beginning of June.
- Study on Missionaries – Grace Sturm has begun a study on missionaries with the children at the Friday night meeting. Pray that the Christians here will not see themselves merely as a mission-field, but as potential missionaries.
- Cystic Fibrosis – As many of you know, two of the Dunlop children suffer from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and are attending Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi. CF is a Northern European disease and is very rare in Africa. The Head Pathologist at Gertrude’s has only treated one case. This was a very recent case and, unfortunately, because it was assumed that CF did not exist in Kenya the child was not tested for the disease and died. It was post-mortem examinations detected the disease. Consequently, the doctors wanted to test other members of the family, but they refused. A younger sister is showing symptoms of the disease, but the family has drawn back and refusing to treat the child. This is possible because they are financially unable to. However, it is more likely that they are in bondage to their traditional beliefs of witchcraft. We have asked the doctors to reach out again to the family to see if we can help.
- The Youngest – Thomas, the youngest Dunlop child is currently undergoing treatment at Gertrude’s Hospital. He will return to Nairobi in the middle of June to see if his treatment has been successful. Providentially, as a result of this recent case just mentioned, the medical staff at Gertrude’s have a heightened interest in CF, for which the Dunlop’s are very thankful.
- New Equipment – The clinic staff are happy at the acquisition of a few new items, a new microscope, a centrifuge machine and an oxygen chamber.
- Dentist – In the surrounding area, access to oral health services is limited and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort. Please pray that the Lord would touch the heart of someone in the dental field to first of all access the most immediate action and then possibly introduce a school-based dental prevention program to teach them techniques and demonstrate to the community that dental hygiene is an important way to prevent oral disease.
- Over 120 boys – On 8th June Aaron will speak to over 120 boys in the local Masavi Boy’s School.
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.