Luke is home!

Luke is home! He said the situation on the roads was bad, much worse than in October. It took him over 13 hours to get home today, but he’s home and safe. Thank you for praying 🙏!
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Praise the Lord & keep praying!

PTL! He made it through & is almost home! Thank you for all your prayers! The next few days may be pretty rough around the country, so continued prayers are appreciated!
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Please pray!

Luke said a large convoy of police & military just went past them on their way to Ahero. He is less than 2 km from the fighting.Please pray!
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Prayer Warriors we need you now!

Prayer Warriors we need you now!Luke (and many other motorists) is stopped along the route between Kisumu & Kisii. The roads are now blocked in both directions by protestors wielding stones & machetes.He has either been traveling or waiting ALL day due to the protests that broke out today.Please pray!
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Kenyan Presidential Elections 2017 - 4

There still hasn't been an announcement for president, but the electoral commission made a statement that they believed they would have all forms by tomorrow (Friday) at noon and an announcement tomorrow late in the day or Saturday. (According to the law of Kenya, they can take up to 7 days to tally the votes! Hopefully we will not be waiting that long. 😊)Thank you in advance for your
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Kenyan Presidential Elections 2017 - 2

We are 1/2 way through the day of Voting, & everything seems to be going more smoothly than it ever has before (at least since we have lived in Kenya-over 18 years).There have been a few issues here & there, but very few so far.The actual voting process has been good, so now just to wait for the announcement of the winners of the elections. This announcement is what has caused the chaos in the past,
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Kenyan Presidential Elections 2017 - 1

Please join us in praying for Kenya, as the country braces itself for the presidential election tomorrow. Elections here have a history of being times of protest and unrest. We would appreciate your prayers for each Kenyan, each missionary family serving in Kenya, and each of our churches & ministries during the coming days. Thank you in advance for your prayers.Serving Him in Kenya,Luke
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NEW Church Started in the Village of Kegogi!

We serve an amazing God! Yesterday was the very first service of a NEW church plant in the Village of Kegogi. We have been holding a Bible study in this village every Sunday afternoon for the past 6 months & we have been averaging around 20 each week. Well, after visiting & passing out tracks & flyers all day Saturday, we saw the Lord bless our first service! We had 47 in attendance & 1 man accepted
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Prayer Request Update #2

Well…Evidently Luke & Caleb did get my arm back into place Sunday night (not a fun experience, but thankful they were brave enough to help try to relieve the pain!). So, the doctor we saw on Monday gave me stronger pain meds & an anti-inflammatory for the smaller bones that are broken in my hand. The wrist was only dislocated & needs time to heal now that it is back in place.I was given instructions
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Prayer Request Update!

Update: I was able to get an x-ray taken of my wrist this evening after we left the church. Some members told us where we could go out here. It appears that my ulna is dislocated & I have a small hairline fracture in one of the smaller bones in my hand (the hamate bone?). The clinic out here cannot put it back in place. So we will go to the good hospital in Kisumu tomorrow to get it put back in place.
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Prayer Needed!

Could really use your prayers! We made it out to Siaya & the guesthouse that we will be staying in for this next week of Youth Camp. But while getting checked in & getting our stuff carried upstairs, fell on the stairs & we are pretty sure my left wrist is broken. We are hours from a good hospital, & we know the devil is really fighting us right now. We had 19 get saved last week & are looking forward
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June-August 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Praying Friends, June - August 2014It has been a busy few months since we wrote, and a lot has taken place. In July, while traveling home from our church in Sidundo (where we baptized 13), I had a serious problem with our vehicle. The engine threw a rod, which blew out a large hole in the block, so I had to get towed back to Kisii Town (should
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August - November 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Partners and Supporters,We thank you for your prayers for Tonya as she was in the USA getting more treatments and B-12 shots, in October, to use here.  She should have enough to get her through until May of next year, when she is scheduled for another round of tests.We are finishing the year for the our Bible College, and on November 30th we will have a graduation
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July 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters, Praying Friends and Family,Greetings from Kenya! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family and ministry in Kenya. We had a good time visiting with other missionaries for the 4th of July. God bless America!!!Orphan Ministry:We are currently using much more money to help meet the needs of the children than we have coming in. We have received
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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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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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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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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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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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Urgent Prayer Request

Dear Praying Friends,Many of you will remember that we asked you to pray for Bro. Tom Maronga (our Youth Pastor at Calvary BC, Kisii) about a month ago. He seemed to do better and was at home for the past 3 weeks. Late last night his family rushed him to the hospital here in Kisii Town, but there was not anything the doctors could do. He went home to be with the Lord at about 5 AM today (6-12-09).
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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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