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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Changed from the Inside Out

 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:1,2, The Message)


In March, Moses taught a class on “Biblical worldview” to a group of young missionaries in training at the coast of Kenya, in YWAM Makwangani, Shimba Hills. After a long season of teaching remotely via Zoom, it was refreshing and exciting to teach in person again, spend time with the students and staff outside of class and be able to have more personal interaction and discussion. (Shimba Hill DTS pictured above with Moses)  One subject touched upon was the difference between covenant relationship and contracts.  We are so thankful for the covenant relationship we have with Jesus, we are not bound to an impersonal contract but have entered into a covenant of love. 

Before returning to Nairobi, Moses spent a few days in Mombasa, with YWAM staff there, and with two of his adult nieces who lost their brother suddenly earlier in the month.

In addition to Moses’ nephew’s death, he’s lost a cousin recently and we’ve had several family members and close friends facing difficult health issues. His Mom continues to experience memory loss but we are thankful for family who live close by and can support her when she needs it. So many reminders of life’s fragility, our calling to walk with those who are suffering or mourning, and as always to place our hope in the One who has conquered death.

Life (as far as pandemic restrictions) seemed to be almost returning to normal, and our children were in school for a full term (January - March,) but unfortunately the number of covid-19 cases has really spiked here over the last several weeks.  We now have local travel restricted, some businesses closed, and a curfew, in order to reduce the spread. Although three of our kids did contract covid-19 in March, we are very thankful that they were mild cases and everyone is doing well now. We know many who have been hospitalized or even lost their lives, and would appreciate your prayers for our nation as we try to get through this.

Marianna has just completed her exams to complete primary and enter high school, and Josh is in the middle of his three weeks of exams to complete high school.  He has been accepted at Messiah University in Pennsylvania and is looking forward to university life, while he is still seeking scholarship and grants to cover the cost of a college education. We would appreciate your prayers for this transition.

We are planning to spend some time in the US this summer and, as usual, are facing a big ticket bill and looking for accommodation.  If you know of a place where we could stay as a family from the last week of June to the end of July, please get in touch. Jo will probably be staying through August until Josh starts college. We are so excited about seeing friends and family in the US again after almost three years.
Please pray with us for Chad, for peace, fair elections, and just governance, as they will be having the presidential election on April 11. It is always a very tense time leading up to and immediately after elections, and it’s heartbreaking to see the reports of violence so far. Pray also for the ongoing Discipleship Training School being held in Sarh. (Students pictured below sorting rice during their work duty.) We are so thankful for how God uses the team and the facility there to continue to multiply world changers.


 

Thank you for your support and prayers. It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not be as effective in ministry if not for you as a team who stand with us, and we are grateful.

Much love,

Moses & Jo Kariuki

 

 

 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Year of the Unprecedented



    We hope this finds you well and enjoying the holiday season. The reality of Emmanuel, God with us, is always precious but seems especially so in this year of the unexpected and unprecedented. We have much to be grateful for,and hope to publish, inspire,and nurture all those that God brings our way. May the Lord help us!
 
    Although this year looked very different from our plans, we are thankful for the good work that the Lord does in and around us. There are always open doors for ministry;Moses continues to serve on two missions boards besides the usual coming alongside coworkers in ministry and teaching in YWAM courses.We also get to walk with many believers in our local churches. Due to another wave of COVID infections and restrictions, Moses hasn’t yet resumed travel, but is thankful for online solutions which enable him to teach and interact without traveling.His most recent ministry opportunity was investing in the lives of students in Uganda as he taught the Gospel of Luke. During this season where there has been a lot of marriage related counseling, he has been licensed to wed couples-so that is an extra area of service.Pray we have God’s wisdom both for those we counsel and ourselves.
 
    Joshua and Marianna (who are preparing for national exams to complete 12thand 8th grade) returned to school in October, while Zachary and Katelyn finished up the academic year in November, still online. The national exams have been postponed from November to March, to help make up for all the lost time this year. We’re thankful that their school offered online classes during the time the schools were closed, and we are hopeful that all children will be able to go back to school in January. Joshua is both applying and seeking scholarships for university studies and would appreciate prayers for that.
 
 
 
    Thank you for partnering with us in encouragement, prayer, and supporting us financially.May God bless you and encourage you as you continue to labor in love. He never changes but is the same yesterday, today and forever!
 
Moses& Jo, Josh, Zack, Marianna & Katie
 

●Moses & Jo Kariuki, PO Box 65815-00607, Kamiti, Kenya
●mosesnjo(at)gmail.com


 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Celebrating Friends during COVID19

 

Dear friends

Lockdown came with a lot of good but also with some tears. Now it is mostly lifted as infection numbers reduce and we are free to travel out of Nairobi city and meet up with people. We are however encouraged to still take precautions. The curfew (9PM to 5AM) remains and schools are only operating online with the possibility of reopening if the infection rate continues dropping as it has been over the last few weeks.

 

Moses among the Maasai

 One thing we’re thankful for in this time has been the ability through technology to keep in touch with those we have discipled, as well as friends. A highlight for Moses was reconnecting with Dan, a friend from his early time in missions reaching out among the Maasai in southern Kenya near the Tanzania border. Dan traveled with our outreach team for two months on outreach and later trained with YWAM. Since then, he has planted many churches and is now a theologically trained Bishop overseeing over 100 churches. He attributes his ministry zeal to the YWAM outreach training experience. So you can understand our excitement that in Chad, the DTS finished their Lecture phase and paused due to lockdown but when the lockdown was lifted they went on outreach. We were able to contact them in the Djoli zone of Manda National Park. Pastor Herve, who is on our leadership, and our dear friend Sarah are part of the outreach. Pray with us for their fruitfulness and security as the area can be a bit volatile.

 

Rest in peace

   Tears came as we lost one valuable team member in Chad, Myrom Collette, and could only join the grieving from afar through phone and WhatsApp calls. All our leaders in Moyen Chari province were able to attend the funeral. In spite of her long fight against breast cancer and sickle cell disease, her joyful and supportive disposition always shone through, and she was a much loved member of our team family. This bereavement coming  after the loss in February of a dear friend who was the Biblical Studies leader and collaborator in Madagascar was hard to process but God is faithful and we would appreciate your prayers. Moses also assisted on a home visit for a grieving family and brought a word of comfort, and we are thankful for God’s presence in a trying time. We are also grateful for the recovery of dear friends from Covid-19; a family that Moses discipled 25 years ago. We continue to walk alongside families impacted by these uncertain times. On the local church front, Moses continues to liaise with local churches to come alongside those most impacted economically as well.

 

After a few weeks off in August, the kids are back in school (online) again for the next two months and will complete the school year at the end of October. Although the national ministry of education has made the decision that all students will repeat this grade level next year, (since the vast majority of students here in Kenya do not have access to online school, and have missed most of this year) we are trusting God for the time not to be wasted and that they will continue to learn and grow in wisdom and knowledge, even as they get taller and taller.  :-)  We have a milestone when Katelyn turns 13 in October, we’ll have four teens in the house.  Lots of laughs and noisy discussions…. and a huge grocery bill!

 

Thank you for your prayers and partnership.

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

 

 



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