...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
It was a privilege to be asked by the Mission Board to visit our mission field in Kenya. It was a pleasure to be able to spend five weeks in that part of East Africa. I appreciate also the kindness of my congregation in Gilford, in not only allowing me to have time off from pastoral duties to make the trip, but also for the amazing volume of prayer that I know they raised for me while I was away.

It was about 13 years since I last visited the country and it was good to see that so many still go on with the Lord. It was especially encouraging to renew fellowship with several young ministers who were students in the BCFC Bible College those 13 years ago.

It was a different time of year than in 2005 and therefore I found it cooler with much more rain. The flooding in the country has been unusual this year, and sadly there has been much loss of life.

In some ways the country has changed. Roads have much improved and areas like Eldoret have vastly grown. Traffic seems to have multiplied, especially motorbikes. You have to have your wits about you as much as ever driving through towns and cities. Nairobi is beginning to look like a modern city with new building, good roads and skyscrapers, including the new Nairobi tower with its twin peaks. Reaching 300 metres in height it is the tallest man-made structure in the whole of the African continent.

The welcoming kindness of the Kenyan believers however has not changed. They remain poor in earthly goods in the main but display no poverty in hospitality and in their appreciation for our services in ministering to them the Word of God.

Much of my time was spent in transit between our Mission stations in Kitale and Kakamega. Four of the Sabbaths I was able to spend in Nyaporo near Mumias. The morning and afternoon meetings had encouraging numbers. The believers there seem very desirous of becoming a Free Presbyterian congregation and long for a Pastor. Miss Kathy Walker was heavily involved in this congregation with the ladies and the Sunday school. They feel it sharply that now Kathy has retired from the work. It was a blessing that I was able to meet Kathy for the first time and I found her assistance in the Kakamega area more than helpful. Sadly, while I was there she received news about the health of her father and had to leave the country earlier than anticipated to return to Florida. The denomination, I know, greatly appreciates her 13 years of faithful missionary service. Kathy also managed the bookshop in Kakamega and has trained a young woman called Josephine to look after it in her absence. In the bookshop Kathy had also commenced a weekly afternoon Bible study. I was able to conduct this every Tuesday. About a dozen young people attend. Many of them attend during their lunch break and some come from the local university. All manifest an appetite for the Word of God. It was a shock to them to learn that Kathy was leaving. Plans however are in place that the Bible study continues.

The bookshop has been a great witness and a means of not only spreading Reformed literature but also a centre for making contacts with men of sound faith. Some local pastors use the bookshop including some who have left behind their 'prosperity gospel' roots and have embraced the doctrines of grace. It was a joy to be able to visit a conference in Mumias organised by such a Pastor. The theme was the Supremacy of Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Several Kenyan pastors spoke at it. In attending the conference and hearing reformed Kenyan pastors faithfully preach it occurred to me that this was what Kenya needed more than anything, namely, native Kenyan pastors preaching faithfully the Gospel. Sadly, most preachers in Kenya do not preach soundly the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a change an army of faithful preachers raised up by God would make to that geographically beautiful but spiritually barren land.

A new area for me was a rural area beyond the city of Kisii. Here for some time a little nucleus of believers have had an interest in the Free Presbyterian church witness. They organised a two-day conference which I was delighted to be able to speak at.

Miss Margaret Russell labours faithfully in Kapenguria. She also worked hard at keeping me safe and organising my itinerary. God's servant perseveres and remains as cheerful as ever despite the discouragement of seeing colleagues, in the will of God, depart to other fields of service. The work load, especially of the Christian School, has intensified for her. She is burdened for labourers to be sent by the Lord to West Kenya. I know the denomination prays for her and I would encourage the faithful continuation of that.

There are certainly many needy gaps in this Mission field and wonderful opportunities exist for young men or women seeking God's will, and to any whom the Lord may have given a missionary heart. Kenya is still saying, "come over and help us".

Rev. G. McCammon
Stephen Miller tells of his call to the Mission station in Uganda and provides a general overview of the work that he and his wife Ruth will be involved in. Click here to view the video
The May 2018 edition of Missionary Vision is available in the gallery section. This edition includes articles on The Uganda work team, the Sending Forth Service for Stephen & Ruth Miller and the Crossgar Youth Project. We also have a short update from Joy Gillespie and some details of our publications.

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The Mission Board wish our brother and member, Rev David McMillan, a speedy recovery following treatment on Monday 23rd April. Rev McMillan took unwell at Dublin Airport, whilst travelling with other board members to visit Emmanuel Christian School in Uganda and speak at meetings in Kenya. We thank God for His mercy in the situation which saw Rev McMillan receive very prompt and effective treatment and care.

The doctors are pleased with surgery and, following a short time in hospital, Rev McMillan is now recovering at home.

Please pray that Rev McMillan will know the healing hand of our Father at this time and that he would make a full and speedy recovery.

Rev Ian Harris - Chairman
Dear praying friends, The first quarter of another year in the work of the Lord is almost over! January was the usual busy month with the opening of the Academy for the new school year. The reporting of students to the Academy was slow due to the fact that so much had slowed down in Kenya as the result of 2017’s political year of turmoil which brought the country almost to a standstill! But gradually most things have returned to normal over the past months and we are thankful for the stability we have and that the campaigning is now over for another 4 years! This year’s rains arrived early and were very welcome after four months of drought. Farmers are busy in the fields planting, but last year’s pest, the ‘army worm’, which destroyed a large percentage of the harvest, is still with us and again a serious threat to food security in the country.

We are thankful to have almost 500 students in the Academy though this is down on last year by almost 17%; and our income is also down by the same percentage! Therefore the academy does still need your prayerful and financial help! We have now concluded the first term with second term starting on the 30th April. Our new Principal, Eric Kamende, continues to be of encouragement to us but his responsibilities are great and he and all of our 60 members of staff really need your prayers. Do pray for increased enrolment, financial provision, academic progress and spiritual blessing! The first term has also had its sorrows with one member of staff being bereaved of her father and sister – at different times, and a primary student who is preparing for her primary exam, burying her dear mother very recently.

During the months of March, the annual Sunday School exams were held and on the 15th & 22nd April we will have 26 special parent’s meetings with children’s prize-giving. After this the teachers will embark on another year of Bible Lessons and Scripture recitation. Do pray much that God will strengthen the teachers and increase the vision and burden of all of the BCFC Churches for this great ministry amongst the children.

I would like to thank you all as you have been praying for the changing situation in Kenya with regard to missionary personnel on the field. The change is still with us! Kathy Walker’s retirement from the field has had to be brought forward by three weeks due to the deterioration in her father’s health. She leaves the Kenya on 24th April. Do remember her father in your prayers. Kathy will be much missed; but we acknowledge the great work she accomplished in Kenya and how the Lord enabled her to serve Him over the past 12 years.

This leaves me as the only full-time missionary on the field! I alone am not the only one affected! But the Kenyan believers, particularly of the BCFC church, are also disturbed as they see those who they have loved, worked with and been their mentors leave one by one! Pray that this will be a time for many of them to rise up and take on more of the responsibility. But it goes without saying that the labourers are few and we need to earnestly pray the Lord of the harvest to send us labourers. Rev McCammon is with us during the month of April. He is assisting with the preaching ministry in Kakamega and Nyaporo; has visited the small group in Kisii and will preach one Sunday in Kapenguria. It has been an encouragement for us to have him. Do pray that the Lord will bless the ‘good seed’ which he has sown during his short time here.

I have just returned from one month’s leave. It was a joy to be able to attend the Easter Convention and be blessed by your fellowship and ministry of the Word. I thank you all for your continued prayers and support but urge you to continue to pray much for God’s provision, financially; that many needs in the work can be met, for spiritual blessing; when souls will be brought to Christ and an awakening experienced by Kenyan believers and a raising up of missionary personnel to fill the great gap which has been left by the departure of missionaries from Kenya. May some at this time hear that Macedonian call, ‘Come over and help us!’
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