...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Alison and I hope to be able to return to Kenya during the summer (DV). We are very thankful to the Lord for undertaking for us during the past 2 ½ years. We left Kenya to come home on furlough December 2015 fully intending to return July 2016 but that was not part of God’s perfect plan for us.

Alison has recovered well from her surgery and course of chemotherapy and her recent scan and scope were both clear however she will have to have regular check-ups. The surgeon and oncologist are both pleased with the progress that has been made. For this we humbly acknowledge the Lord’s goodness and mercy to us.

It is sometimes hard for us take in that we are now on the threshold of returning to the Lord’s work in Kenya. The prospect of leaving home and family are ever present with us but we go to serve the Lord in another part of His vineyard.

We would be greatly encouraged and helped if you are able to pray with us and for us; we cannot do God’s work to God’s glory without the continual prayerful support of God’s people

The following are some points for Prayer:

- For our families especially Alison’s Mum, Malcolm’s Mum & Dad, Philip, Timothy & Sarah.
- That our work permit and all the administrative matters will be in place and sorted to enable us to enter the country and engage in the work of our calling.
- Return journey, settling back to life in Kenya, good health, for general safety and especially as we travel on the roads.
- That we will have a good relationship with those whom we work, and that Christ will be honoured in all that we say and do.
- The work we are involved in
  1. Training of pastors
  2. Radio Ministry
  3. Learning Swahili Language
  4. Translation work
  5. Outreach & Evangelism Programme
  6. Preaching Ministry 

We thank the Lord for His promises; 1Pe 5:7 “ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

We have been broadcasting a series on the animals and birds that the Lord has created to live in this world and the Lord reminds us of these in Job 12:7 “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee”: This leads us to Matt. 10:29-30 where we are reminded “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” It is good to know that every little detail of our lives is in God’s hands.
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.

Click Here to view the magazine.
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
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