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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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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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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4th Anniversary

During the months of March and April, we were evangelizing as much of the area around our church in Kisii town as possible. Kisii has a population of over 100,000 people, and we were able to get into the homes of about 3,000 people who live around the church. We passed out a total of around 10,000 John and Romans and 20,000 tracts to people all over town. It seems like just a small amount compared
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Bring Them in Campaign

We want to thank all of you who have been praying for our "Bring Them In" campaign. The Lord is truly blessing everyone's efforts.Today was Children's Day. We gave out bags of popcorn to every person who came today. (We popped 5 kg. of popcorn yesterday evening!). And we had our Annual Baby Dedication Service too. We had 5 couples who came to dedicate their young children today. Please
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Church Planting

We are church planting missionaries; and we strive to plant indigenous Baptist churches that are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. God has allowed us and some of our College graduates to start 18 such churches since we arrived in Kenya in 1999.We believe that the purpose that God has given us (as Christians) in the “Great Commission” is to witness and see souls saved by the
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Bible Studies

In order to find out a good area to start a church and to help train students to be busy in teaching the Word of God; we hold Bible studies in homes near an area where we want to start a church. It produces mature Christians to help start a church at the right time and place.God has allowed us to start Bible Studies in many key areas of our province. As these Bible Studies continue to grow, as a
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Prison Ministry

Preaching in the prisons is a desire that was given to me through my father-in-law, Dr. Robert Keeton, who has been serving with the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry for more than twenty years. We were able to begin this ministry in 2001, and we have seen countless souls saved.There are four towns in our region that we have access to enter into their prisons and preach the gospel every month.Kisii Prison
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Ladies’ Ministry

We have a very active Ladies’ Ministry which includes: weekly and monthly Bible study meetings, Retreats, teachers’ training classes, and lots of fun and fellowship! Please take time to check out what is happening in the lives of our Ladies.I am delighted that the Lord has allowed me to have a small part as a leader for our Ladies’ Ministries. God has allowed me to play a vital role in the spiritual
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Youth Ministries

With 1/2 of the population under 15 years of age, it is very important that we reach the next generation with the Gospel of Christ. We have Vacation Bible Schools, Youth Camps, and we also preach in the local public schools.
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Bible Correspondence School

We have a desire to teach anyone in our fellowship churches under the leadership of their pastor. This helps the students be ready to make the commitment to come to Bible College to learn more.
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Evangelistic Ministries

In areas where churches need to grow, or when we start new churches; we pass out tracts, preach in the markets and village centers to draw people under the preaching of the Word. We show the “Jesus Film” in the local languages, and the results are astounding.
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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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Prayer Letter September – October 2010

Dear Supporters and Friends,                                                     September–October 2010We want to thank you for your prayers
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July – August 2010 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,                             July—August 2010Greetings from the Shelby family from Cincinnati, Ohio. We have a couple of meetings here in the area, and we are enjoying traveling as a family during this furlough. We have been in nearly 40 churches, in nine states, and have traveled 10,000 miles since beginning furlough in May. It has been
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May – June 2010 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,                                                                                 May–June 2010We want to thank you for your prayers for our family. We arrived safely, and we have been able to spend some time with our families. We have most of our schedule booked, and we are looking forward
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Prayer Letter April 2010

Dear Supporters and Friends,                                                    April 2010We thank you for the opportunity to serve our Lord on your behalf in the country of Kenya. As we are preparing for furlough, we are preparing to contact everyone personally during the next six months. We will be getting on the plane in Nairobi, Kenya on May
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Leadership Conference 2010

We want to say thank you to everyone who has been praying for our Leadership Conference this year. The Conference was held from April 8 – 11, at Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town, Kenya. We had 56 leaders (Pastors, Pastors' wives, and other church leaders) come from 9 of our churches in the Nyanza Province Region. We had good preaching each morning and evening. Each night after the evening
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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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January – March 2010 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends,God has been very good to us, and He has opened many doors for our ministry this year. We thank you for your prayers and support for our family, which has made all of these ministries possible. We have been able to update our ministry website to help inform you of God's work in our area. Please take a look and pray for the people, churches, and other ministries that you
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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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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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Bro. Joel Tito Yugi’s Funeral Service

This is the second of the two funerals that we had, that were so close to our ministries. We had a major role to play for Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii. Tito was the man instrumental in running things on the ground for the opening of a school, which has an outreach for orphans. Tito had this vision early last year, and he came to us. After talking to him and showing him the clear plan of salvation,
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Bro. Tom Maronga’s Funeral

Bro. Tom Maronga's Funeral ServiceThank you for praying for Bro. Tom's family. Rose and her children are doing well. And we are sorry for the delay in getting this update to you. The funeral was on June 30, 2009; and there were approximately 600 people in attendance. There was a bit of excited emotions among the family members concerning different traditions; but the Lord enabled us (as the church
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Teaching at Bosire Academy

We want to thank the Lord for the opportunity to teach at Bosire Academy in Kisii Town; while Miss Shauna Brockman was working with us during the month of July. The Headmaster of the school welcomed us and gave us the liberty to teach the children, from the Bible, every Friday morning. And the school has requested that we continue these lessons, even after Shauna returns to the USA. We Praise the Lord
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Words of Comfort for Rose Maronga

I just wanted to share with you some of the things that I have been sharing with Rose Maronga. They have helped her in her time of grief, and I pray that they will be a blessing to one of you as well. We never know what God might use to touch someone's heart, and since He has placed these thoughts and verses on my heart; I felt that I should share them.Death/GriefGrief is the price that life will
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April – June Prayer Letter

Dear Prayer Supporters,                                April—June 2009  Hello from Kisii, Kenya. This year, God has continued to give us renewed strength and opened opportunities for us to serve Him, and we thank you for your prayers for our family and ministries. Please visit us at our website www.shelbysinkenya.org to see a full view of our ministries as well
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Ladies’ Retreat

It is time for the annual Ladies' Retreat in Nairobi! Please pray for Tonya and our ladies (10 altogether) from Calvary BC, as they travel to the retreat. They will be leaving at 7 AM tomorrow (Saturday, 30th), and they will have about a 9 hour trip. They will be returning to Kisii on Tuesday. Please pray for their safety as they travel back and forth, that our van will not have any mechanical
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Answered Prayer!

Isn't it wonderful when God answers our prayers! In our last blog "A Busy Weekend," we had made mention of several things to pray for; and we just wanted to give you an update on our people.Both Winnie Maiko & daughter-Ann, and Cecilia Paul & son-Luka are doing wonderful! Winnie and her baby have been able to return to church services and all other meetings. Cecilia and her family live very
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A Busy Weekend!

Hello to all of you! We pray that this "post" finds you and your family doing well.We had a VERY busy weekend, but it was wonderful to see the Lord working in the lives of our people here in Kisii Town.Saturday began with:"Children's Workers" meeting at 9 AM.Visitation at 10 AM to 12 PM.11 AM our family went to make a "Home Visit" to a mother and new baby (we got back to town around 4:30 PM). A "Home
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Prison Ministry

We have started this year off with many good opportunities to preach and teach in the Kisii Prison here in Kisii Town. We have eight men (Pastors & College Students) who are currently assisting us in the Prison Ministry. We are using the Kisii Prison for "Hands on Training" experience for each of these men. Once they have completed their training; they will be ministering in the prisons that
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

January 25, 2009, was a milestone at Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town.  This church will be two years old the 2nd Sunday in April; but on this Sunday, Calvary BC celebrated its official "Organization Service."  Now this church will have the Biblical authority to send out National preachers to start new churches around our region of Kenya.  This has been a really big step for this church.  Please
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Calvary Baptist Church - Kisii Town

Calvary Baptist Church's theme for 2009 is "Church in Action."   Whether it is "Men in Action," Women in Action," "Witnessing in Action," or "Forgiveness in Action;" we are trying to get everyone in the church involved in something.  The month of February is "Love in Action" month.  We have been having Bible Study lessons and preaching on "Love."  Love is not something the
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"Women in Action"

Please be in prayer for our first "Women in Action" meeting, which will be on Saturday, February 14, 2009.  This year our ladies will be continuing to study the lives of different "Women in the Bible."  We started this series of Bible studies in 2008, and they have been a great help to our ladies.  We are looking forward to what God will teach us this year from the examples of godly women He gave
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