Kariuki News

Where you can catch up with our life and ministry and get info on how to plug in through prayers and partnership

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

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