The following list gives a brief description of the missions who receive practical, financial and prayerful support from Trinity Grace Church:
Trinity Baptist Church Nairobi
TBC was started in Nairobi in 1978 in the home of the Underhills in a new housing project called Donholm. A church building in Greenfields was completed in 1989. There are now more than 60 members, with well over 100 adults attending.
Trinity Pastors College – Class of 2017
In January 2017 the Trinity Pastors College enjoyed the teaching of Ronald Kalifungwa from Zambia. New students have been added to the class and more applications are being processed. Praise God for answered prayer in this regard and please continue to remember this important work before the throne of grace.
Visit the Trinity Baptist Church Nairobi Kenya website to see the good work they’re doing overseas. You can contact them by post at: Trinity Baptist Church , P. O. Box 57907 , 00200, Nairobi , Kenya.
Oliver’s Visit to Trinity Baptist Church – July 2014
Between Monday July 14th and Thursday July 17th I was invited by Trinity Baptist Church Nairobi to minister God’s word.
It had been a year since my last visit.
Read about the 2014 visit here
Oliver’s Visit to Trinity Baptist Church – May 2013
Between Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 15th I was invited by Trinity Baptist Church Nairobi to minister God’s word in various contexts. It had been five years since my last visit, and I was full of anticipation as the time drew near. It proved to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding weeks of ministry in my life.
Read about the 2013 visit here
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Dr James Renihan – Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies in Escondido, California
Dr Renihan is the professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies in Escondido, California. He is married to Lynne and they have five children: Beth, Nathan, Micah, Sam and Susie. Both Sam and Micah are “in the family business” (they are ministers of the gospel trained at IRBS), and Susie is the only one of their children still living at home. It has been my privilege to get to know Dr Renihan over the past few months, and we share the same convictions regarding the training of men for the ministry. It is not enough to teach them the gospel and to help them to preach; they must be given a good understanding of what the church is, and how to build truly Biblical churches in our day and generation. Please pray for him as he travels around the USA and further afield developing this vision.
Here you will find a number of matters for prayer that Dr Renihan has highlighted. Please make these matters a particular focus of your prayers throughout the month of June.
- Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA. Please pray for continuing peace and unity. Pray for our outreach efforts in Vista; for a larger meeting place (or another solution to our space problem); for our new deacon Forrest Watson; for wisdom for Pastor Jason Walter while I am away from July through January.
- Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS). Pray for our four 2014 graduates as they seek to know the Lord’s place of service for them; for our current students who are leaving for Summer Internships in various churches. For growth in grace and gift as they study and prepare. For our 5 or 6 incoming students as they adapt to new courses and routines. For the wives and children of our students–that they will be encouraged and be an encouragement to their husbands or fathers.
- For our graduates who serve in churches in the USA and Israel. Pray that they will be faithful preachers of Christ–careful expositors of Scripture–loving pastors.
- For me. I will be taking a study leave from July 1 through January 31. The purpose is to work on putting my lecture notes on the 2nd London Confession into a publishable form. My wife and I will be spending time in Illinois, North Dakota and Massachusetts during these months. Though I will be on Study Leave, I will still have to tech my classes. I will return to Escondido in mid-August to teach Baptist History, and on 4 weekends during the Autumn Semester to teach my Pastoral Theology course. In addition to this, I have been doing a great deal of travel to work on a special project I will describe in number 5. Pray for safety as I travel.
- On behalf of the Trustees of IRBS, I am investigating the possibility of forming a Reformed Baptist Seminary. I have spoken with many people, seeking advice and assistance. Pray for the Trustees as they will need to make a decision whether or not to pursue this in mid-September.
- Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America. Please pray for our Association of churches. Our coordinator has just announced his retirement and will need to be replaced. There are also some major issues before us. Please pray that the Lord’s will may be done in these major issues.
- My schedule for 2015 is filling up. At present, I am scheduled to travel overseas to Australia and China. New Zealand may be added as well as another European country.
- Fellowship of Reformed Baptist Churches in New Zealand School of Theology in July 2014. Dr. Fred Malone will be teaching in my place. His topic is ‘Preaching Christ from all of the Scriptures.’
- Eastern Ukrainian Theological Seminary, Donets’k Ukraine. For safety and the ability to carry on in the midst of the conflict outside their front door.
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Jack and Isa Douglas, New Tribes Mission, Papua New Guinea
Jack and Isa Douglas began their missionary training with New Tribes Mission in 1966 and after a short time in South America decided to settle in a little village in Papua New Guinea. After the initial survey on foot Jack came to Haia by helicopter and, together with a friend, built a bush house in the three weeks before Isa was booked to fly in with David, then five years old and Sandra who was two years old.
Isa and children were the first white woman and children that the women at Haia had seen. With the help of the local Pawaian tribe Jack completed a landing strip within eighteen months suitable for a small plane.
There were only 24 people in the village when Jack arrived as the Pawaian tribe were nomadic, but when word got round many began to settle in the area. For many years Jack wrestled with the unwritten language and by 1994 53% of the New Testament and the whole of Genesis was written in a language that had never been written before. Today the Pawaians have their own personal copies of the whole of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament.
The most memorable day in the lives of the Pawaians happened in November 1984, after years of systematic teaching on the Old Testament, culminating with the good news of the gospel; many Pawaians were converted to Christ. Today over 300 believers gather for worship regularly and many are now taking the gospel to surrounding tribes.
Jack and Isa Douglas
||Read Jack and Isa’s newsletter August 2017 (pdf format).
||Read Jack and Isa’s newsletter March 2017 (pdf format)
||Read Jack and Isa’s newsletter July 2016 (pdf format).
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Tony and Dona Simon, “Voice In The Wilderness” Jerusalem
Tony and Dona are a Christian Jewish couple based in Jerusalem. Tony has a real burning zeal for the salvation of his fellow countrymen, but he also engages in outreach to all the peoples of the Middle East. The “Voice In The Wilderness” team is especially involved in reaching migrants with the gospel from various parts of the Middle East and Africa. Christian literature, Bibles and DVDs are also distributed in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Northern Iraq and Turkey, all in the appropriate languages.
Tony and team organise weekly evangelistic tours of the holy sites in Jerusalem using every opportunity to apply the gospel. Also included in their ministry is a refuge centre set up particularly for young women who are homeless and who suffer with various needs. Recently Tony has been engaged in the ministry of prison visitation, especially geared towards migrant inmates.
View the Latest News on our Voice in the Wilderness news page
Visit the Voice in The Wilderness website at http://voice-wilderness.com/
Bergen Seafarers Mission
The mission in Bergen has started in the summer of 2010 and operates in connection with The Harbourlight in Holland, which is part of the worldwide organization the Seaman’s Christian Friend Society (SCFS). There is also a co-operation with the Alaska Christian Ministry to Seafarers, as well as with Global Recording Network.
In Bergen we also co-operating with the local Inner Seaman’s Mission (DISM). All are non-profit organizations. We are a non-denominational faith mission, which means that we do not do active fundraising, but trusting God to provide the needed resources in answer to prayer via the freewill gifts of God’s people. Our primary work is with cruise ship personnel. Our principal objective is to share the love of Jesus Christ in practical ways, as well as by introducing non-believers to the gospel, and by teaching and encouraging those who already believe.
View the Latest News on our Bergen Seafarers Mission news page
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Graham and Sally Jones, Kisumu, Kenya
Graham and Sally Jones are missionaries based in Kisumu, Western Kenya under the auspices of Grace Baptist Mission. Graham and Sally’s ministry is mainly focussed upon the building up of existing Christian communities, appointing strong leadership in the form of church elders and guiding local churches to follow a more biblical structure of worship. Church structuring has been an essential part of Graham and Sally’s work for the last six years. Graham exercises a teaching ministry among the local Grace Baptist churches whilst Sally has the responsibility of teaching and mentoring women church members and Sunday school children.
Graham and Sally are also involved in Church planting and encouraging evangelism in the surrounding area of western Kenya.
Latest News – October 2013
The terrorist attack in a Nairobi shopping mall in September claimed many lives. The country is shocked and saddened. Please pray for those who mourn, those who have been injured and for the authorities to work to keep the country safe.
In Kisumu during the last month security has also been very bad. A Dutch missionary, who started a school here many years ago, was recently killed in a robbery at his house. (It may have been an ‘inside job’ – we don’t know ). Almost daily we hear of people being burgled, robbed when walking around or carjacked in the Milimani area where we live. Several of our missionary friends have been affected. Please pray that the security services will get on top of this situation.
Annual School of Preaching – 14th to 16th October
This is the 6th year the ASP has been running in Kisumu. Last year 69 people attended. The aim is to provide those in ministry with better Bible handling skills. There are workshops on Interpreting the Bible and various streams on Preaching. The topics are Bible Overview (Tim Greenslade), the Gospels (Tim Hanson), the Epistles (Graham) and Old Testament Law (Doug Johnson). Each day ends with an exposition – this year it is the first 5 chapters of Revelation. Sally and Ann Johnson will do registration, the daily bookstall and other admin tasks that keep the conference running.
Diary Dates for your prayers
- 30th Sept – 1st Oct Study days for Old Testament 1 Moore College course (3 pastors)
- 3rd Oct – Sally speaking at Othoo church women’s meeting
- 7th- 8th Oct – Study days for New Testament 1 Moore College course (4 pastors)
- 10th Oct – Sally leading the ex-pats Bible study
- 11th Oct – Visitors for Annual School of Preaching arrive
- 12th Oct – Day Conference at AICMAR Butere (1 ½hours away) on ‘Applying the Bible ’.Tim,Tim and Doug will speak, Graham will run a bookstall.
- 13th Oct – Visit to Othoo church. Tim will preach
- 14th – 16th Oct – Annual School of Preaching at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Kisumu
- 17th Oct – Annual School of Preaching de-brief at Kiboko Bay!
- 18th Oct – 20th Visit to Rondo Christian Retreat Centre in the Kakamega rain forest with Doug and Ann
- 22nd Oct – Graham speaking at the pastors’ fraternal at Bondo .Sally will speak to the pastors ’ wives
- 24th Oct – 25th Study days for New Testament 2 (4 pastors) and Christian Worship (1 pastor) Moore College courses
- 28th Oct – 29th Study days for Old Testament 1 Moore College course (3 pastors)
- 1st Nov – Fly overnight to the UK
- 15th Nov – Return to Kenya
Thank you for your continued prayers for us.
Yours in Christ, Graham and Sally
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The following extract is taken from the Barnabas Fund website: www.barnabasfund.org
The mission of the Barnabas Fund is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. Our goal is to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.
We do this by making their needs known to Christians around the world, by encouraging prayer and financial giving in support of these brothers and sisters in Christ, working with existing local Christian organisations, and by speaking on their behalf. The Fund channels this aid from donors to the needy recipients with minimum overheads. All gifts are monitored to ensure they are used in line with the stated need.
In accordance with Biblical teaching, we believe that Christians should treat all people of all faiths with love and compassion, even those who persecute them.
It has been a great joy and privilege to support work of Barnabas Fund.
East Africa Crisis Appeal
Sixteen million people are on the brink of starvation across East Africa. It is the worst drought for many decades. Crops have failed. Deaths have already started. People are eating termites and looking for lungfish in the former swampy areas which have now dried up. There will be no relief until June at the earliest, and then only if the rains have come at the right time.
Click here to donate and read about the appeal on the Barnabus Fund website.
20th Anniversary of the Barnabus Fund
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the existence of Barnabas Fund.
It is amazing when you realise that in 1993 most people, Barnabas Fund does not own any property and Patrick himself takes no salary, relying on friends to cover his overseas expenses and other costs. The aim of Barnabas Fund is to provide support from Christians, through Christians, to Christians.
Pray that our prayers and practical aid will, by God’s grace, transform lives and situations. Pray also that the Lord Himself will be sovereignly at work in those lives and situations, either to remove the persecution or to give our brothers and sisters strength to stand.
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Middle East Reformed Fellowship
Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF) is an evangelical Christian missionary organization serving in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia on behalf of Reformed Churches worldwide.
The vision of three young people in Beirut, Lebanon in the early 1970s is now bearing fruit for the Kingdom of Christ among the twenty-two nations of the Arab League and other Muslim areas in Africa and Asia. MERF strengthens national churches with ministries of evangelism, church extension, biblical training, and diaconal aid, to “declare the whole counsel of God” in accord with the historic Reformed confessions.
Through its lively radio broadcasts, MERF is bringing Christ to closed Arab lands. Arabic gospel programs are produced by teams of Arab believers. Every night over 340 million Arabs can tune in to a thought-provoking, conversational broadcast on a popular radio station. Hundreds reply by text message, email, or letter and receive personal follow-up.
MERF implements a variety of programs to facilitate biblical and theological training.
The fundamental purpose of the Gospel is to reconcile sinful men, women, and children to the sovereign, triune God. It is “the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Yet, the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ has implications for all areas of thought and life. The gospel is not relativised by human culture, but transcends it and redeems it. Redemption is the restoration of God’s design for creation and human life. For this reason, MERF uses the key strategy of equipping the church and its leaders through biblical teaching.
Strengthening Indigenous Churches
MERF does not start from scratch. It assists national churches already active in the countries of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, the Arabian Gulf and Indonesia, etc. It ministers to isolated underground churches in several Muslim countries that are closed to open gospel ministry.
In spite of all the bad news that comes out of this area it has been a real joy to share in the ministry of MERF and to be greatly encouraged when reading of the many conversions, especially through the Radio broadcasts.
To find out more please log on to: www.merf.org
Latest News from MERF
See our M.E.R.F. Latest News page here
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The House of Ants, Mozambique, Africa
This day centre for the support of needy children was founded by Brazilian missionary Delci Santos in the early 1990’s. With the help of Alfredo Banzima the national president, they cater for over 350 children, feeding them, giving them medical care, teaching them basic skills, and most of all sharing God’s Word with them on a daily basis.
Some of those children who first came to the centre in the early 1990’s are now young men and women and a number of these are helpers and workers themselves at the centre. Some form part of an Evangelist Team reaching out with the Gospel to many who have been traumatised by 17 years of civil war in which over 1 million people died and many were made orphans.
Delci also has as many as 15 children living with her in a small apartment. These are mainly orphan children, some as young as 2 years of age found on the streets of Maputo by the local police and brought to the House of Ants since no other group is willing to be responsible for them.
In addition to the daily children’s ministry, Alfredo and Delci have started a Bible Teaching Course for local pastors and evangelists, many of which only have limited understanding of the Scriptures. ( 2 Timothy 2:2 ) Much of the funding for the continuation of this ministry comes from individual sponsors who support this work. These come from a number of countries such as Brazil, Portugal, and the UK. All those involved in the support work are volunteers who of their time and resources to this important ministry.
Recently there has been disturbing news from Mozambique due to political and civil unrest, mainly caused by the elected government refusing to share power and resources with the opposition Renamo party. This has resulted in a climate of fear among the population many who remember the earlier civil and its deadly results.
In the capital Maputo there are daily kidnappings asking for ransom money with threats. Little action is taken by the security forces to counteract this situation, since many of them are also dissatisfied with the present government.
Please remember these situations in your daily prayers, particularly for the safety of the Lord’s people in Mozambique.
For the lives of Delci Santos and Alfredo Banzima and the personal sacrifices they make daily to help needy children.
For the children that have been saved from a life of misery, and rescued from possible human slave trade and its terrible effects.
For the Outreach Teams which travel long distances each weekend to reach others with the message of the Gospel.
For the Bible Training Courses which are helping many local pastors receive a better understanding of the Word of God.