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

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Spur Others On


Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

An important part of what we do is to encourage and spur others on in their life and ministry.  It’s a privilege to spend time with brothers and sisters, listen to them, motivate them to see hope, and discern the best way they can live out their calling.  As part of that, Moses continues to serve on elders team in East Africa, and as a resource person for different missionaries and ministers who’ve reached out for counsel. As usual, he also has many opportunities both locally and throughout the region to teach in various churches and YWAM training schools. In addition to mentoring and teaching he’s been enjoying some practical ministry as well, such as helping a friend who serves the homeless with meals several times a week.


 

 

 


We had a wonderful time in the US in June and July, and came away feeling blessed and encouraged by spending time with so many loved ones after a long time without seeing each other.  Thank you so much to all who welcomed us, gave towards our needs for the trip, and showed us love in so many ways.

 

 

 

 

As soon as we returned to Kenya, the kids started back at school and are adjusting to having their big brother across the ocean!  Josh is settling in at Messiah University and doing well.  Zack continues to be active in all the sports and music activities he can fit in, with some time for studies crammed in there, too. Marianna is now in her first year of high school and loving (most of!) it. Katelyn, in class 8 (8th grade,) is preparing for the end of primary exams, please pray for her for peace and confidence in spite of the pressure of this year of school.

 

 

It’s been a difficult year for the Kariuki family, with the death of Moses’s sister Irene in May, and Frank his sister Jenny’s husband, in September.  Thank you for your prayers.


Coming up over the next few months:
Moses doing staff training for the YWAM Athi RIver DTS staff
Teaching on Christian Worldview in Likoni, Mombasa
Teaching on Missions and Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania (and visit Longido Base)

As always, we are grateful for your partnership in the Kingdom.

Love, Moses, Jo, and family
 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Grief hits the Second Time

 Hallo prayer partners,

 

Isaiah 60:2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. 
NLT

 
Have you seen the emphatic contrast between what the Lord is doing and what human beings perceive and do? It is easy to lose focus and give in to fear and confusion BUT the Lord continually reminds us to keep our eyes on him. Moses has had a few opportunities to preach on that here in Nairobi and motivate people to seek what God's heartbeat is and make it their passion.

 
On our homefront, the loss of Irene, Moses' second eldest sister, in May has been followed in September by the loss of our brother-in-law Frank (Moses’ eldest sister Jenny’s husband.) He had been hospitalized for two weeks with COVID-19 and viral pneumonia damaged his lungs irrecoverably. Pray for his wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons and grandchildren.



 
Our daughter Katie has struggled with her health since our return and missed a lot of school days. It put her in a bit of emotional turmoil but we are seeing light and blessing the Lord for his mercy. We all miss Josh (studying at Messiah university in the US) but bless the Lord for the opportunity he has been given. Health protocols have had their toil on Zack's athletics but he is back on the soccer team of his high school and goes in for matches and extra practice every Saturday. Marianna is thriving in High School, feeling a bit challenged by the new stuff but takes it on bravely.

 
Jo has not been able to resume with the old ladies care and her ladies bible study has been sporadic with COVID infections and requisite quarantine either reducing numbers drastically or necessitating cancellations. In the meanwhile she is working on her Community Development paper to get her degree.

 
Moses continues to serve on eldership in East Africa as different missionaries reach out for counsel and process transitions amidst our fluid times that call for extraordinary flexibility. He also continues pastoral couples counseling and is looking forward to officiating in joining a friend's daughter and her fiance in marriage to her later this year. Next week he will be going to Machakos to train DTS staff as they prepare to receive a new class since COVID disruptions. He has upcoming teaching assignments in Arusha, Tanzania and Mombasa.

 
Thank you for upholding the advancement of the kingdom in prayer and helping us see the glory of the Lord even though darkness covers the peoples… Please let us also know how to specifically pray for you and your precious ones.

 
Love,

 
Moses and Jo.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Visit To Messiah Uni

 Hallo prayer partners,

 
Our time in the US is coming to a close this week. It has been a blur and we are amazed at all the things God has made possible though we have not been able to see everyone we wanted to see. Time with family has been precious and we have been able to see some of our friends.

 
We had a great visit to Messiah University and met the head of the mechanical engineering department as well as got a tour of the college. Moses had a ‘deja vu’ walking through the workshops and seeing all the machinery he used to work with in production engineering. It was good to hear how Messiah’s training intentionally intersects with missions to inspire the students to develop appropriate and sustainable technology. Joshua is looking forward to starting school there next month.



We were not able to visit as many churches as we normally do due to the short visit and the uncertainty of travel but Moses got to share a little at Millwood Church in Gap and will be sharing on Thursday evening, July 29th at 6:30 at Encounter Church, Quarryville. Our prayer is that we encourage and inspire all those we have contact with. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to see God do that.  


Please pray our remaining days will be meaningful.

That our travel back to Kenya will be eventless and safe.

That the kids' adjustment back in school will be smooth.

That Joshua's transition to college life and living far from family will be grace-filled and his studies fruitful.
That the many open doors for ministry in Africa, both in YWAM and with churches and other organizations, will bear much fruit.
Blessings,

 
Moses and Jo Kariuki

 

 
PS; We would love to hear from you - drop us a note and let us know how we can pray for you and what is dear to your heart.

 



Friday, June 18, 2021

College & Pennsylvania Visit

 Dear Friends,

Thank You So Much For Your Prayers And Friendship. Last Minute Travel Prep Going On Here Today And Tomorrow. Sunday We Fly Out To Spend Some Long Anticipated Time With Family And Friends In The US. Please Pray For Good Health And Safe Travels, And That We Would Be Refreshed And Be An Encouragement To Those We Spend Time With.
 

We are so thankful that Moses was able to spend some time with Discipleship Training School students in Mombasa last week, teaching on the cost of discipleship, and the father heart of God.  As always it is a joy to spend time with young people and share in their enthusiasm and passion for God.

Katelyn and Zack have finished grades 7 and 9, and Marianna will be joining Zack in high school on our return. Josh is looking forward to spreading his wings and starting college in August.  Like most parents, we’re wondering where time has gone, but enjoying our house full of young adults! Soon we will have Joshua at Messiah College and miss him a lot as he pursues Mechanical Engineering.

We’re very thankful for the way the Lord has met our needs for housing and transport  - we will be staying in the Kinzers/Gap area. We will be in the US until the end of July, if you’re in the area, please get in touch, we’d love to meet up!  We are always reachable by email at mosesnjo(at)gmail.com . Our phone numbers will be:  Moses (717)340-2278 and Jo (717) 347-8395.

Much love,

Moses, Jo and family

Friday, May 21, 2021

Grieving Moses Sister Irene

 

Dear prayer partners,

 

Yesterday was a difficult day for Moses’s family. His sister Irene, the second born in the family passed away in hospital after a month the last week of which was at the HDU/ICU since she couldn’t keep food down and was deteriorating. She had a mini-stroke 3 months ago and stayed for some hours without being discovered at her family's farm storehouse. When finally found and taken for emergency care, they stabilized her but it was some weeks before she could regain speech and that only in whispers. Her husband, 3 daughters and son are distraught as are the siblings. Moses’s mom who has had her own challenges with short term memory loss took the news sadly but with better fortitude than we feared. Please keep the Hamisi family and Kariuki siblings in your prayers as we grieve their sister.

 

Two of our kids are back in school and the other two have a bit of time before proceeding after passing their exams. Marianna will be joining high school and Joshua will be joining Messiah University. We are thankful for their educational journey and bless the Lord who has made it possible. It will be a first to have a kid leave the nest and we will appreciate prayers for Josh and the family for these changes.

 

JoAnna has resumed her engagement with the women's bible study but is yet to get greenlight for the old peoples home visitations. Moses will be teaching on the Madagascar SBS online for a week and then in person teach another week at the Likoni DTS. We had held off on Church invitations for Seminars and regular preaching while our three kids recovered from COVID and the Government lockdown took place but now it is lifted and the kids are well. We look forward to being able to serve the body as the Lord opens doors to do so. As usual our prayer is to be a blessing and be used by God to draw more people to him and his purposes.

 

Our plans to visit the US over the summer are still on and we are thankful for answers to prayers for accommodation, a van and Joshua’s college placement. We are still trusting God for a small car and divine appointments for our time. COVID makes travels challenging and require extras like testing and time for self quarantining. We will need extra grace and favor during the trip and appreciate your prayers.

More on our travels in our April newsletter
https://tinyurl.com/3bw2c7wm  for those that missed our mailed hardcopy newsletter

 

Moses and

In His Love,

 

Moses and Jo Kariuki

 

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