Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
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From Bishop Reuben Tiges - Overseer howFar Churches of East Africa
Lake Jipe Orkung'u, Kenya
|Bishop Reuben ole Tiges (left), Overseer of howFar Churches of East Africa, with Emmanuel Laizer, Overseer of the Churches of Tanzania, and Founder, Mark Maynard|
The Africa howFar ministry in Kenya is in possession of seven churches these are:
1.Orkung'u First Baptist which is the mother church. The same has a congregation of 207 members and two pastors, namely Bishop Reuben Tiges and Pastor Peter Kwaze.
2.Lake Jipe First Baptist church which has a congregation of 67 members and one pastor, namely pastor Japhet Mwazighe.
3.Salaita First Baptist church which has a congregation of 52 members and one pastor, namely pastor Yohana Osekeri.
4.Pithon Hill First Baptist church which has a congregation of 92 members and two pastors, namely pastor William Mwingereza (now deceased) and pastor Paul Mwingereza.
5.Karandini First Baptist church which has a congregation of 117 members and two pastors, namely Pastor Petro Noomukuu, senior pastor, and pastor Jackson Ngoyiaya.
6.Esukuta First Baptist church which has a congregation of 74 members and one pastor, namely Pastor Samson Sipaya.
7.Jerusalem First Baptist church which has a congregation of 107 members and two pastors, namely Pastor Joseph Kelero, senior pastor, and pastor Jona Kipampi.
However there are two churches that failed to progress after they are successfully planted by the howfar ministry. These are Mailitatu First Baptist church and Enderkesi First Baptist church; the same fail to progress due to several factors one being poverty. The two pastors of the mentioned churches could not bear the burden of the church as they have to go to urban cities to look for employment to feed their families. This led to the two churches lacking pastors to take care of them.
|Church Members Suffered a Great Loss Due to the Drought|
Nevertheless, the howFar foundation has continued running its' programs and projects despite the many challenges faced by the churches. Scholarship program for students from the less privileged families have continued enjoying education like other students in the community thanks to howfar foundation.
Our Kenyan pastors have also joined their Tanzanian counterparts in a theological seminary (Pastors Training Center) recently started by the howFar foundation in Lossimingori area. We thank the howFar for sponsoring our local less privileged pastor to join the seminary.
The maize mill project is in construction in Orkung'u village. This is aimed at creating an income generating project which will adversely solve financial challenges in church. The project cost over $5,000 thanks to howFar foundation.
Twenty twenty two has been a busy year as far as churches are concerned. We have conducted seminars and conferences in all the seven churches, but unfortunately we couldn't host our usual end of year conference due to the severe draught that has hit Kenya for almost a year. We churches could not raise the money to run the conference. We are hoping that God willing we shall hold it in January 2023.
We are looking forward to carry out much more activities come twenty twenty three.
God bless howFar, God bless its donors, God bless Kenya.
howFar will you go?
Sunday, December 18, 2022
howFar Haiti Director
This year has been one of the worst we’ve seen since our work began in 2012. Upon the assassination of the president in July 2021, gangs began to flex their muscles. They took over neighborhoods by force: killing, raping and burning down homes. Hundreds of innocent people were killed or injured. Ports of entry for fuel and international food aid have been under control of the gangs until early November, when the fuel depot was finally taken over by the Haiti National Police. Prior to this action, fuel was unavailable throughout Haiti except for black market fuel, which was selling for over $20 US per gallon. As a result of the gangs controlling these depots, people cannot get to market to sell their crops, manna packs for feeding programs cannot get to the children, hospitals have shut down due to lack of fuel for their generators, and cell service interruptions are a constant issue, also. Kidnappings are still happening everyday! Cholera is at epidemic levels with hundreds of people sick or dying recently.
As tragic as all these things are, we have a great God who has been with the Haitian people through all these trials. HowFar Haiti has the privilege of working with several families affected by this violence. Through your generosity in 2022 we have been able to help so many!
Here are some of the ways howFar Haiti has been a blessing in Haiti this year:
Gang war in Cite Soleil this summer resulted in over 400 deaths and hundreds more being displaced. We provided medical services for several of the gunshot victims and relocated 3 elderly people to safer housing for at least a year.
We fed over 1,000 families throughout the year. Some were prepared food being distributed to school children, and others received food kits that fed their families for several days. The kits contain rice, beans, corn meal, oil, canned fish and spaghetti.
Our orphanage has received food every month in 2022!!
In June, we sponsored a VBS program for children in Cite Soleil where they were fed, they played, created crafts and heard the Gospel message.
Two wheelbarrows and 4 shovels were purchased for people in Cite Soleil to clean up after the gang war. This is extremely important to prevent flooding after a heavy rain. Flooding causes diseases!
With the scarcity of rice (which is imported from the US) and some of the other food staples for meals, we began an egg and bread distribution program in the fall to provide something for the children to eat.
Clean water has been purchased, either through delivery from a water truck or purchasing sachets of water for distribution in various neighborhoods, mostly in Cite Soleil where its more difficult to get clean water.
In November, we took and distributed 20 “new mother” bags in partnership with Cords of Love. Each bag contains diapers, baby wipes, a blanket, burp pads, a kreyol language booklet on the “Roman Road to Salvation” and a kreyol language New Testament Bible. Also, we distributed 30 kits of reusable menstrual pads for teenage girls and young women. Additionally, each bag and kit contained a set of Cycle Beads to help prevent unwanted pregnancies!
Thank you for your donations this year! Many people have experienced the love of Jesus through you and they have hope for a better tomorrow! Prayers are always needed and appreciated!!!
howFar will you go?
While in Tanzania, Renée and I had an opportunity to worship at two of the six new howFar Ministries churches in Maasailand.
We visited Namayiani Baptist Church and Jerusalem Baptist Church, both in the Mundoli area.
We are always amazed at how God continues to bless the work He began through us 20 years ago.
howFar will you go?
In September, Renée and I had the tremendous joy of attending the gradution ceremony of the inagural class at the howFar Ministries Pastoral Training Center and Bible College. In partnership with the Baptist Churches of Tanzania, and under the leadership of howFar's Country Director Emmanuel Laizer, twelve Maasia men graduated with a certificate in Pastoral Ministries.
For us, this is the realization of a prayer that we first offered up as early as 2002. That God, through howFar Ministries, would allow us to train indigenous men who, in turn, would disciple, train and pastor their kinsman in rural churches.
|Students at the howFar Pastors Training Center and Bible College|
This first cohort of 12 will, in some cases, return to the church they already pastor, and others will begin new churches.
|Professors From Tanzania Baptist Seminary Pray and Ordain the Graduates As Their Wives Stand With Them|
|Mark Maynard Preached On Being A Useful Vessel in God's Church|
Over 1,000 church and community leaders and members of howFar Ministries churches, including the Bishop of the Baptist Churches of Tanzania, attended the graduation celebration on the Bible School campus at Lossimingori, Tanzania.
|Presenting a Plaque Recognizing Major Donors to Pastor Emmanuel Laizer (Center) and a Graduate|
Sixteen men, 12 from Tanzania and 4 from Kenya, are enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year. They are all from howFar Ministries churches.
A Free Education
Your financial support makes it possible for an indigenous Maasai leader to recieve a FREE education preparing them to teach the truth of God's word and to plant new churches.
|Bishop Reuben ole Tiges, Overseerer of howFar Churches of East Africa, with Emmanuel Laizer, Overseer of the Churches of Tanzania, and Founder, Mark Maynard|
To ensure that we continue in this important work, please donate at www.howFar.org today.
howFar will you go?
|Pastor Renovat Barutwanaya Talks With The Batwa Community|
We first shared the gospel with the Batwa people in the village of Muramvya, Burundi in August 2008. On that day, several people left behind a life of Animism and came to Christ. Since that time the church has grown. Today there are approximately 60 Batwa members of our church plant at Muramvya led by a Batwa pastor.
See the original story HERE.
|howFar Ministries Murumvya Church, Central Burundi|
Today there are three howFar Ministries churches in Burundi. They are in Muramvya, Bujumbura, and Ngozi. And they are not only sharing the gospel with Twa Pygmies, but with many other tribes.
howFar will you go?