November 2017 - January 2018 Update

Printable Version (PDF)Thank you for your prayers for the country of Kenya and our family during these past few months.  We are writing to you today with a quick update since we have been delayed in getting a regular Prayer Letter sent out to everyone. We do apologize for being late on our normal communication with you, your family, and your church.  This is not a regular Prayer Letter, but
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Setting up a house in Siaya - part 2

Some pics of our upcountry home! Everyone has pitched in to help get it cleaned (it was VERY filthy!) & furniture put together & in place. We still have some things to work on (kitchen cabinets, pump for the well, etc.), but it's coming together nicely. Power has been off a LOT, & city water has only been on for a few hours 1 day this week, so getting things clean has been a challenging to say the
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Setting up a house in Siaya!

We made it to Siaya today. We were a day later than planned due to my health, but we made it! We drove both vehicles fully loaded down (& up⬆️), in order to setup a 2nd house close to one of our village churches, Bible College branch, & our orphanage. We will begin spending part of each month here in Siaya & the other part in Kisii town (5 1/2 hours away). The house needs a LOT of cleaning! And
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April 2015 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Praying Friends, April 2015Thank you for your prayers for our family as we are beginning our furlough. We thank you for your commitment to us and the ministry in Kenya. It is amazing to see the things that God has allowed us to be a part of over this last term. We are excited about the future of these ministries that we have been able to begin and the impact that
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January-March 2015 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Praying Friends, January-March 2015We want to thank you for your good response in scheduling meetings for our return to the States for our upcoming furlough. Please pray for us during this furlough as we will need to raise more family support, since our two oldest daughters will begin Bible College in the fall and ministry support for our Church Planting, Bible
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Furlough Planning for May 2015!!

Printable (PDF) VersionWe want to let all of our friends, family, supporters, and prayer partners know that we will be returning to the USA in May 2015 for our regularly scheduled furlough. Our furlough will be approximately 1 year long, and we will be returning to Kenya in May 2016. Please pray for our family during this time, as we will be getting our 2 oldest girls settled in Bible College and
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January-February 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Supporters, Happy New Year from the Shelby Family. We have had a very busy ending to 2013 and the starting of 2014. God has blessed in many ways, and we are excited about His work for this New Year. Abigail is finishing her last semester of 12th grade, and she will going back to the USA to graduate with our home church’s school graduation in
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February 28, 2013 - Update/Prayer Request

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Praying Friends and Family,We are doing well, and we are preparing for the upcoming Kenyan Presidential Elections. We are writing to you all to ask you to pray with us about these upcoming elections on Monday, March 4th. We are praying for a peaceful election process and for things to remain peaceful after the new President is sworn into office. Please pray with us concerning
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A Wonderful Sunday!

Another wonderful day at church today! It has been a VERY long day, but we are VERY excited to see the way our people are just soaking up God's Word & the teaching & preaching on how to have a godly Christian home. Luke preached about the choices we make as husbands & wives that will affect our families either to the good or bad, & that it is important to take responsibility for those choices. We
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October 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends, October 2012We want to thank you for your prayers and support for our family, and our ministries that God is continuing to bless. Over the last few months it has been very busy, and it has been difficult to get a letter out. Electricity and internet have also been a problem in trying to get a letter
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The Nile Monitor

This is similar to the critter that we found on our church property in Sidundo. A Nile Monitor Lizard at least 6-7 feet long. Not sure exactly because it is still there. Some of the students went after it with a machete and cut two feet of its tail off (so now I guess it would only be 4-5 feet long).There are others that have been seen burrowing down under some of the ten or so termite mounds on
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Medical Furlough for Tonya

Dear Praying Friends & Family,Please keep our family in your prayers, especially Tonya.We are writing to let you know about Tonya's need for a medical Furlough.  We had talked about her health trouble early this year, February or March, I believe.  The prices of tickets were very high at the time that we wanted to plan a trip (June-July), due to the Olympic games in London.  We were
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April-June 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends, April - June 2012We have finished moving into a newer house in Kisii on the other side of town. After praying for about a year and looking slowly in other parts of town, the Lord opened a door for us to move to a quieter part of town. The owners are one of the first families that we met when we first came to Kisii,
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November - December 2010

Dear Supporters and Friends, November—December 2010Things are winding down a bit during the holidays. And it is a good time for us to spend with family. We were in Arkansas for Thanksgiving with Luke’s Family and will be spending Christmas in Tennessee with Tonya’s side of the family. The kids love this time of the year. And Kay-Leigh is praying and looking for
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Riot Police Right Outside Our Gate!

(The wall around our house and our gate!)Tuesday morning, shortly after 8 AM, we heard a mob of people shouting and making lots of noise. When we looked outside, we were VERY surprised to see riot police just a few feet from our gate! The Piki Piki (motorcycle) Taxi Association (one of the main modes of public transportation in our town) was protesting the fact that the police have cracked down
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Furlough 2010

We want to let all of our friends, family, supporters, and prayer partners know that we will be returning to the USA in May 2010 for our regularly scheduled furlough. Our furlough will be approximately 7 months long, since we will be returning to Kenya in January 2011. Please pray for our family during this time, as we will throughout the entire time we are in the USA.If we have already scheduled
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Abigail’s Blog #2

Dear Friends and Family,    The place where I live is very special to me. Kenya, East Africa--my home--is special to me because of its rolling hills, variety of birds, and bumpy dirt roads that lull me to sleep. Kenya is both green, lush jungle and dry savanna. Most of Kenya's wildlife is protected by Game Reserves, which also stretch into her southern neighbor, Tanzania. On Kenya's coast lies
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September – November 2009 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,                                                                                Sept. – Nov. 2009We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas in the coming weeks and a good time of fellowship with family and friends. We are all doing well here in Kenya with the family, work of the ministry, and
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Breanne’s Blog #1

Dear Friends,    Hi, my name is Breanne Shelby. I am 12, and my birthday is on August 20. My favorite color is purple. I like horses, and I like dogs too. I am in 6th grade. And my favorite kind of food is Chinese food (I like Mexican food too). Harriet, Faith, and Rita (or Sandy) are my best friends. We like to play together. We play games like Simon Says, Green Light-Red Light, Police
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Abigail’s Blog

Dear Friends,    Hi, my name is Abigail Shelby, and I am a missionary kid in Kenya, east Africa. I turned thirteen years old on August 11. I absolutely love my home, because of its variety of nature and wildlife. It is, I think, the most wonderful place on earth, because of its beauty and jungle like appearance. I (as well as my mom) do not like snakes, but I do like other animals even "creepy
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Vehicle Needed!

Dear Praying Friends,Since this is the best way of personal communication and since our phone lines are not always dependable calling the states, I am writing this message by email for urgency.We are trying to buy a better vehicle. We have been using a 10 passenger van for the last 5 years as our family vehicle.  It has been through some engine changes and a front end wreck last year.  The engine
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July/August Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,                                                                                July/August 2009Thank you for your prayers, cards, and notes to our family over the last two months. We celebrated our 14th Anniversary; and our two oldest daughters, Abigail and Breanne, had birthdays. Abigail
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Family Picnic & Fun Day!

FAMILY FUN DAY! What can be better than having fun? We try to reserve Friday afternoon and evening for family time. As many of you (those in fulltime ministry) know, you do not work a 9 to 5 job; you are on call 24/7. So, we "TRY" to keep Fridays for family day whenever possible; and we encourage every family to give it a try! It does not have to cost anything! But your children will thank you
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Trip to Kampala, Uganda

Thank you so much for praying for our family as we traveled to Kampala, Uganda for the BIMU Conference.  We made it there and back to Kisii; and the only problem that we had, was that our van overheated about 5 or 6 times.  But each time we were able to pull over, let it cool down, refill with water, and then get started once again.  We thank the Lord that we had no other problems!We had a wonderful
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Prayer Requests:

1. Traveling safety for our family, while we are in the USA for a short Medical Furlough.2. We still need about $1,700 to cover the cost of our Medical Furlough Trip.3. Abigail’s medical needs and wisdom for the Doctors who will be working with us.4. Traveling safety for our family as we return to Kenya on November 13, 2008. 
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