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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Graduations, Parties & Celebration



...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

It’s that time of year when the calendars are full of graduations, parties celebrating accomplishments, Moms wondering how their babies have grown up so quickly, and young people moving on to the next step of their lives. We’re celebrating a few graduates of our own this year. In June, Moses completes his Master’s in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. We’re all so proud of his hard work, and thankful

Moses with dear friends and coworkers in Togo

 for the tools he’s been given and for this opportunity which will definitely continue to yield fruit in ministry. Thank you to all who’ve encouraged, prayed and stood with us during this season!

Zachary is busy preparing for the national exams in November - which all students take at the end of primary school in order to get into high school, it’s a very stressful year for class 8 students and we’d appreciate your prayers for him as he is stretched, and meets the challenge! As we think about completion and new seasons, our prayer for you is that the dreams and goals God has given you will be brought to completion in His time - and that until then, you will continue to pursue them with all your heart.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Serving refugees in Lancaster, PA for two months as part of his intercultural urban studies course was a rich experience for Moses, but we were all very happy to have him home again. The rest of us didn’t envy him the winter, but even the little time studies allowed him to spend with friends and family did make us a bit envious. ☺
Likoni DTS where we spent time studying Biblical Worldview

Since Moses’s return from the US, we’ve ministered both here in Nairobi and further away. After a week in Mombasa teaching on Biblical Worldview, Moses travelled to YWAM Togo to serve the School of Biblical Studies. In addition to teaching in the YWAM school, a highlight of his time was teaching in an evening class in the city of Lome, on the books of Amos and Joel, listening to God's heart for justice and mercy.

Evening Biblical Studies Class in Lome

The primary focus of our calling is teaching the Word in ways that will bring transformation – and we believe that while God transforms our hearts, he also transforms our minds and uses us to bring transformation to our communities and nations. In July and August, Moses will travel to Tanzania and in Madagascar, continuing to invest in the lives of young believers and missionaries.

As a family, life is full with school activities, lots of academics and computer work (Josh) swimming competitions to be won (Zack ☺ ) and crafts, cooking and time with friends (Marianna & Katelyn.) We are thankful. Thank you for the many ways you partner with us!

In Him,

Moses & Jo,
Josh, Zack, Marianna & Katelyn
PO Box 0791-399032, 00618 Ruaraka, Kenya

The foothills of Mount Kenya – from Zachary’s class trip there. Although the clouds and rain hid the Mount Kenya’s peak, they’ve been the cause of much rejoicing. Rains were very late coming, in addition to easing the farmer’s fears of drought, we’re all thankful for an end to the dust and heat.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Place of our own



The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! 
(Psalms 16:6 NLT)


Dear Friends,

We hope 2019 finds you well and enjoying the season you’re in!  Time is flying, the past several months have been so full, and we are grateful for God’s goodness throughout.

Chez Kariuki: Our return to Kenya after our visit to the US in August/September 2018 was hectic. We knew it was God’s time for us to move from our rented house into our own place. We had found a flat in a development we liked, about ten minutes from where we lived before.  Though the brand-new units were beyond our budget, we were offered one which had been used as an office for a better price with a promise to have it restored as new inside. The refurbishments took longer than anticipated and we made many trips to review repairs and consult on modifications.  We were finally able to move in the beginning of December, and although some things still need to be done, we are glad to finally be in a place of our own. We are trusting God to finish paying speedily and possibly get extra units for hospitality to ministers and restoration to those who need fresh orientation with God.


Ministry update: In December 2018, Moses made a trip to teach in Uganda at YWAM’s Biblical studies school. In addition to teaching in the school, he spoke at both their community and staff meetings and spent time with staff helping evaluate the past year and envision the coming season. The highlight was breaking bread with staff at the end of year thanksgiving service. Back in Kenya there was opportunity to serve at the local prisons and minister to over a thousand inmates while speaking at the “Prisoners Journey Discipleship” graduation. Moses also participated in our local church denominational national evaluations process. In spite of finishing up the term the very week that we moved in December, we are thankful his end of term exams and papers went well.

After a very busy December, Moses flew out on New Year’s Eve to the US for an eight week internship. He worked with refugees, through Church World Service in Lancaster, PA for his Urban Studies course. He is looking ahead to completing his Master’s degree in June. We are thankful for the God’s protection and providence over all of us during that longer than usual time of being separated as a family.  Although things went smoothly at home, and Moses really enjoyed his internship and relationships with refugees, we’re all happy to be together again from the beginning of March 2019.

In April, Moses heads to Togo, West Africa to teach for a week in the school of Biblical Studies and in the Urban Biblical Studies in the Capital city Lome.  We are enjoying the opportunities God gives us to love those around us and the farther away relationships as well, impacting the nations through His life and word.

In addition to taking care of home and family, Jo continues to be part of a weekly ladies Bible study which she also occasionally facilitates. She has been both blessed and stretched with impromptu hospitality in our new home to various visitors and big groups including the work crew and Moses’s extended family. We are happy our hospitality dream is already sprouting and growing.  She also recently enjoyed volunteering at a nearby nursing home and hopes to continue ministry there on a regular basis.


Family: The children are making friends at our new neighborhood, connecting with school friends who live close by and enjoying the common swimming pool in the development, as this is the hottest time of the year in Kenya. They began the new school year in early January and are now in grades 6,7,8, and 11.  They have worked hard in school and can now converse in Swahili and we are so thankful for that.   We celebrated three birthdays in February, Moses’ (we’ll have to have another celebration when he’s actually with us!!!)  Marianna’s 13th, and Zachary’s 15th.  Three teens in the house now, our home is full of life and noise and laughter, strong opinions and lots of discussions, some deep and some not-so-deep.



We continue to appreciate your continued love, prayers and financial support.  God has shown himself so faithful to us, and we are grateful to each and every one of you who have been a part of that.  Many Blessings,

Moses & Jo Kariuki ~Joshua, Zack, Marianna & Katelyn


Friday, September 14, 2018

Treasured Fellowship


Visiting Church Plant in Chad fun
It has been such a joy for our family to spend the last month here in the US, reconnecting with family and friends and sweltering in the August heat.  Favorite events, according to our kids, have been time with cousins in the mountains, youth group at Encounter, biking with their Uncle, and lots of swimming.  
 
Cousin Fun


For the grownups in the family, we’ve treasured the times of fellowship, both lighthearted fun and deep sharing with loved ones here.  We are so privileged to have such a wealth of friendships both here in the US and spread across the globe.


As we head back to Kenya, we’d like to share a few challenges we’re facing and ask that you continue to stand with us.  Our heart and calling has always been to see workers challenged and equipped to take their place in the Kingdom.  We are especially excited about seeing on fire young people in Africa being trained and sent out.   

Since we’ve relocated to Kenya, this has meant a lot of teaching invitations for Moses, both in the international body of Christ and in many YWAM locations across Africa, and consequently, a lot more airfares.

Sharing with PA Youth

At the same time we’ve been feeling a desire to purchase a home in Nairobi, as a base for our family and to serve others in ministry and hospitality.  This is a vision that is pretty much beyond us, with increased living expenses in Kenya already stretching our budget.

Malaysia Ministry
As you know, we are volunteers in ministry and God has been incredibly faithful to meet both our family and ministry needs through a few committed churches, and many faithful individuals over the years.  We’re asking Him to provide a significant increase in our regular support, as our area of influence is expanding and our children are growing up.   


If you would like to be part of our sending team, giving info is on the left side column, and you can always drop us a line @ mosesnjo(at)gmail.com if you have questions or want to chat more.

 

Love,
Moses & Jo,
Josh, Zack, Marianna &Katy



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

From Africa To Asia With Love


We love being part of what God is doing in Africa and thankful for the opportunity to invest in the next generation of missionaries being equipped and sent out.  In March, Moses spent a week in Likoni, at the coast of Kenya, teaching in the Discipleship Training School on the Character and Nature of God.  It’s always refreshing to spend time with young people passionate about pursuing the Lord and His calling, teaching and encouraging them. Jo and the kids were able to go for the weekend with them, and had a great time spending time with students and staf there. In addition to teaching at YWAM schools and seminars, Moses has frequent invitations from local churches and loves being a mentor to many young adults God has placed in our lives.  He’s just finished a series of weekday meetings and Sunday message on the Hearing God’s Voice in a local church (photo below)
 

We have been so grateful for financial support to meet our family needs, as well as travel expenses for teaching and ministry trips.  Most schools in the region are unable to cover travel expenses, and we are thankful that our support has been sufficient to make that ministry possible. We are also thankful that Moses has been able to complete the first year of his Master’s program with no debt, which we don’t take for granted.  Thank you to all who been used by the Lord to meet our needs and invest in the ministry here.


After a long hot, dry, and dusty season (all of course not at  all very hot, dry, or dusty compared to what we were  accustomed to in Chad!! ☺) we are enjoying lots of rain and the greenery that it brings.  The children have just finished their first term of school this year and happy for a few weeks’ break this month.  The younger three all started at a new school in January, they’re in the primary section where Josh is in the high school.  We’re thankful that they got a place there, as the commute is much easier and school day slightly shorter.  (For those of you in the US, the “slightly shorter” school day is 7:30am to 4pm for the elementary kids, high school until 5:30pm.  Just a quick snapshot into our life here. )  Jo’s kept busy at home and being Mom-taxi, as well as enjoying new friendships at a women’s Bible study she recently joined.


A highlight of last year was definitely the privilege of visiting Jo’s brother and family in Vietnam, spending Christmas with them.  For Jo and the kids, it was the first time in Asia, and in addition to having so much fun with family (cousin time is the best!) it was wonderful to widen our horizons, explore another culture, try lots of new foods, develop our chopstick skills, and see/learn about a new country. Moses stopped in Malaysia on the way to Vietnam for a pastoral visit with dear friends there, ministering to them personally, and bringing the Word in their Sunday service.  
 

It’s been a long-held dream of ours to have a home of our own here in Kenya, a family home which will be a place to come back to no matter where the Lord takes us.  We also would hope to eventually have a small guest cottage to host friends and co-workers in need of rest. As we’ve both been volunteer missionaries for almost our entire adult lives, and real estate prices have been booming in Kenya, we do not know how that dream will come to pass.  However, we’ve been feeling that the time to move ahead with this vision is now.  Please join us in praying that God would guide our steps and give us favor.  We’ll keep you posted!

We are planning a trip to the US in August/September, to touch base with friends and family.  If you have any leads on housing or vehicles for us during that time, please drop us a line at mosesnjo(at)gmail.com.

Many thanks for your love for and
commitment to us, 

Moses & Jo Kariuki
Joshua, Zachary, Marianna & Katelyn

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Busy Months





Hello from Nairobi!  The last few months have been full, although Moses was not studying over the “summer” term, (in quotes because it’s been very cold here!! J ) he’s been very busy and enjoying and encouraged by the travels and ministry he’s been able to do.  Some excerpts from his trip to Chad in June/July:  In N'Djamena, my friend asked me to meet with a young girl as she wanted to share about her charms/fetishes and seek council and prayers. Apparently her relatives gave them to her and she couldn’t offend them by refusing. It bothered her and she wanted prayer against consequences of getting rid of them. Witchcraft still binds a section of the church as they are caught between culture and religion in a syncretistic mix but there is hope as the young ones seek to break free and worship in Spirit and Truth. We prayed with her for deliverance and got rid of the fetishes for her.”  At a youth camp at the base in Sarh, “I taught on Missions and Evangelism on one day and on Worldview, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS on another. Other speakers taught on other subjects as I met with our volunteers and some local Pastors.”  Although the camp was attended by younger youth due to final exams being rescheduled for that week, it was a great week of encouraging them to live their lives for God.  He also was able to share with the graduating DTS.

August found Moses in Uganda for a week, speaking at the Biblical Studies (SBS) Hub gathering, a meeting of YWAM’s staff from all over Africa who are involved in teaching Biblical Studies.  It was a time of reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and being stirred up in our vision for transformation. 
YWAM Kenya had their national staff conference in September, with the theme, "Released Into New Beginnings,” from Isaiah 43:19.  Moses was one of the main speakers at the conference and was so encouraged to see the expectancy and excitement for what God has in store for this new season. Bringing people across the country and hosting was itself a miracle, as it doesn't happen often.  After over ten years with few or no staff at the base, and no schools running, YWAM Makwangani, on the coast of Kenya, is beginning to run Discipleship Training Programs again.  We are so thankful for the vision God has brought back to this place, and the staff who are running with it.  Moses had the privilege of being asked to re-commission the ministry after the staff conference. This is especially meaningful as it is the same location where Jo had her first cross cultural missions experience from ‘92-‘96 and led the Primary Healthcare School there in ‘95/’96. It is wonderful to see the 25 acres put to good use again as they farm and run a DTS. Moses will go back to Makwangani in Nobember to support the school, teaching on Biblical Worldview.


YWAM Kenya had their national staff conference in September, with the theme, "Released Into New Beginnings,” from Isaiah 43:19.  Moses was one of the main speakers at the conference and was so encouraged to see the expectancy and excitement for what God has in store for this new season. Bringing people across the country and hosting was itself a miracle, as it doesn't happen often.  After over ten years with few or no staff at the base, and no schools running, YWAM Makwangani, on the coast of Kenya, is beginning to run Discipleship Training Programs again.  We are so thankful for the vision God has brought back to this place, and the staff who are running with it.  Moses had the privilege of being asked to re-commission the ministry after the staff conference. This is especially meaningful as it is the same location where Jo had her first cross cultural missions experience from ‘92-‘96 and led the Primary Healthcare School there in ‘95/’96. It is wonderful to see the 25 acres put to good use again as they farm and run a DTS. Moses will go back to Makwangani in Nobember to support the school, teaching on Biblical Worldview.


 Please pray for Kenya!  Some of you have asked us how the drought in the region is affecting us in Kenya.  Although the drought has lessened, and it has started to rain, the reservoirs are still far below their normal level, which means municipal water is not on very often.  We, like all of Nairobi, have been majorly restricting our water use and using rain water when it rains.  Elections – Kenya held national elections in August, which went peacefully for the most part.  The presidential candidate who did not win, however, took the electoral board to court, and the results (for the presidential) were annulled due to irregularities, and we will be having elections again the end of October.  We would appreciate prayers for peace, justice, and civility.

The kids continue to grow in every way. We will hit a milestone this month as Katie (who loves all things involving story and drama,) turns 10 years old – all the kids in double digits now.  Joshua (15) is almost the same height as Moses, he’s especially enjoying his science classes at school and working on the computer. Zachary (13)  is the sportsman of the family and won a bronze medal in swimming in his district.. Marianna (11) continues to please everyone she treats with her baking and crafts, she’s also helping with the kids’ wildlife club at school.  They all are conversant in Swahili now but their French has suffered. Academically they are more stable and even top of their class in some subjects. We are so thankful for the grace that has been present to wipe away tears of transition.

Moses will be going to Uganda in October to teach on faith and finances, in Arua, a base that has many staff from South Sudan, and works among South Sudanese refugees. In November, he’ll be spending a week in Arizona at Fuller Theological for his studies.  He will be stopping in Pennsylvania for a week before going on to Phoenix.  (If you’d like to find out where he’ll be and when, just drop us an email!) He’ll also will return to the coast of Kenya to teach in the DTS in YWAM Makwangani. We are very thankful for some partial scholarships and adequate provision for his studies to this point.  We are also grateful to for the opportunities God has given to teach and minister in the region.  If you would like to give specifically towards his studies, travel for ministry and teaching, or for our regular needs, details are below.  Thank you so much for your partnership.
Much love, Moses & Jo Kariuki