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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Invitation



Greetings from Nairobi!  


You are invited…
Luke 14:21  "The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged and told the servant, 'Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them here.'

Sometimes it is easy to forget how close-knit the body of Christ is and how dear and close it becomes. As “misfits, homeless, and wretched,”  we are adopted into God’s family for life, and invited to his banquet table.  What a joy it is to welcome others to the banquet as well, and see them growing up in life and their walk with the Lord.

Our days here are full, with the kids in school, church, and many ministry opportunities.  It is wonderful to be able to share the Kingdom with those he places in our path.  We’ve been delighted to make a few new friends who are believers from Muslim backgrounds, Somali refugees.  Moses has attended their weekly fellowship a few times and we’ve been able to practice hospitality as we learn from their stories, share ours with them and encourage them in their walk with our Father.

Moses continues to enjoy his studies at Fuller Theological. (Here he’s retreated to the garage to study, trying to find a quiet place while the children had 3 weeks off from school.  J)  Although the courses are mostly online, the community he’s formed with fellow students and instructors, interacting online and discussion of the topics studied have been very helpful in processing our ministry up to this point and in looking ahead.   Perspectives and truths learned were put into practice right away as he travelled to Mombasa recently to teach on Biblical Worldview to the DTS students there.  His week there finished with an outreach with the students to Kwale county, close to the Tanzania border at the Kenyan coast. Another highlight of the week was a staff breakfast, with a lively discussion and teaching on finances and living by faith.

We talk of Chad a lot and pray for the nation and our friends there.  Moses will be traveling  there in June/July  to spend time with the DTS, and speak at a youth camp.  As he prepares to travel, the rest of us miss our friends, colleagues and family there even more. The kids especially also miss our dogs, and the garden with its fresh fruit, and trees to climb.  Hoping for our own place here in Nairobi where we can garden and grow fruits again.  Pray with us.
We are very thankful for the many who stand with us in our calling, your prayers and generosity in being coworkers in the Kingdom are much appreciated.


Pray with us:

  • Pray for safe travels and a fruitful time for Moses in Chad, as well as praying for Chad as a whole – the economy has really been suffering over the last year, with the price of oil down, wages cut and some civil unrest, in addition to the ongoing threat of terrorism from neighboring Nigeria.
  • Pray for peaceful, fair campaigning and elections in Kenya (August.)
  • Pray for our new Somali friends to be strong in their faith.
  • Pray for Jo and the kids during Moses’ travels.
  • Pray for us to find the right housing with space to host guests and maybe even our own garden/ yard.



Love,
Moses & Jo Kariuki
Josh, Zack, Marianna & Katelyn
PO Box 791399032-00618 Ruaraka, KENYA




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The government will be upon His shoulders


For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6




Dear Friends,
This will be my (Moses’) 50th Christmas and Jo’s 45th.  We have together celebrated 93 Noels.  What is special about Noel?  For many it is the gifts they get and get to give.  For others it is the gift of salvation that God’s begotten Son purchased with His own blood.  But it is important to remember the political nature of His advent.  The government shall be upon His shoulders!  Though His reign is here but not yet in its full realization, His is the only reign that is everlasting. “Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7). 

He came as the Son of God—God in human flesh—to conquer sin and death forever.  Daniel prophesied, 2:44  “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.  We recognize the failure of human solutions.  What man can’t do, God has done; He’s given the Messiah. Psalms 2:12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.   Merry Christmas as we jointly invite the lost world to take refuge in Jesus!

On the ministry front, We have been blessed to serve the body of Christ both in Kenya and Internationally, teaching and preaching on a regular basis.  In Kenya, Moses continues to assist in consulting  for a missions board for our home church, a local denomination (FPFK, Free Pentecostal Fellowships of Kenya). They are a former Scandinavian Lutheran Mission that became Charismatic and has started over 197 local churches.  They want to go to the least and the unreached globally.  Our prayer is to see the Kenyan church continue to rise up and impact the nations.   

YWAM-wise, Moses stepped down from North Africa Regional eldership at the June meeting in Spain to focus more on Family and Graduate Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is still involved as a resource person for YWAM Chad and also here in the East Africa region.  He taught at the Summer DTS in Sarh, Chad and spent quality time with National Leadership and staff recently. We are excited to see the next phase of the work in Chad, as we continue to challenge Christians here in Kenya to be 'world-changers.'


As a family, we enjoyed our time in US, although it flew by far too quickly.   On our return, Joshua sat the KCPE exams in preparation for High School and is already accepted at a Christian high school near us.  Zachary, Marianna and Katie are adjusting well to Swahili and excelling in academics.  The girls are near top of their class in recent exams.  Zack has struggled the most with our transition to a different academic system, but he is getting there through prayer.  Thank you for your prayers as we continue to serve.


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and  Happy 2017!

 Moses & Jo, Josh, Zack, Marianna & Katelyn Kariuki ~~ P.O. Box 4323-00200, Nairobi, KENYA ~~ email: mosesnjo(at)gmail.com