Serving the Lord in East Africa

April, 2024

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:

and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”Matthew 28:19-20

Dear co-laborers in Christ, greetings in the blessed Name of our Lord Jesus.

            Belated happy New Year and Blessed Easter! Thank God for His grace that we can serve Him another year. This marks our 19th year as missionaries in Kenya. We thank God for the various testimonies He has granted in our lives. Here are some updates from the previous prayer letter.

            The Bible College of East Africa had a graduation, and we thank our God that 23 students were rewarded for the completion of their studies. Graduation is always one of the main events at BCEA, and this was a very memorable worship service. Thank God for a good number of graduates, especially after four years of COVID. We were also blessed with the visit of Dr. Jeffrey Khoo, the principal of Far Eastern Bible College. He was our teacher and it is always a blessed time when visitors from afar join us. The graduation picture is on the back.

            Then, we also had a Youth Bible Camp. It was not the first time to have a week-long camp for youth; the last meeting was back in 2019. But this time, it was not easy. Initially, the pastors agreed to have 300 young people. Then, they brought 480 young people from 21 churches in eight different counties of Kenya. They spent four nights at the BCEA compound. With such a large number of people and insufficient facilities, there were many challenges with management, feeding, and finances. However, in the end, we gave thanks to our God for His provision.

            Eben was assigned to preach at the opening and to teach the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, which is very essential in our current situation. Recently, Kenya had some issues with cultic movements that taught a wrong theology of the Holy Spirit, and more than four hundred people died as they followed the instruction of their false preacher. Praise God for His precious Word and for the preachers during the camp. By the end, some 150 young men and women professed that they believed in Jesus Christ during the camp, and two men decided to join the Bible College. Frequently pray for the young men and women in Africa, they are the next generation to lead the future.

            In our last prayer letter, we requested prayer for Rev. Stephen Omweri. Thank God for the successful operation he receivd in Kenya, as well as for the good doctors and facilities. He still needs more treatment and additional surgery as the remaining parts of the tumor, next to an artery, could not be removed. Some people from Korea are willing to help. Do pray for the preparation and process so a relapse won’t happen again.

            We are all thankful to God for His sustaining Judith Collins thus far. As you probably know, she has been to a HDU (High Dependency Unit) twice this year (once in January and the second last month). Every time she is in the hospital, there are such great and difficult decisions that need to be made concerning her treatment. Let us pray for His grace upon her as she makes a step to her eternal glory.

                       Lastly, we had a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Here at the BCEA campus church, there were four young men and women who were baptized and two sets of parents came for infant baptism. In addition, two ladies professed their faith in Christ during the service. Eben had a catechism class with them for five Sundays. Thank God for their obedience to His Word, and thank God for His covenant with His people. Do continue to pray for the ministry of the Bible College campus church as people hear, believe, and live out with the Word of God.

BCEA (Bible College of East Africa) 

  • Pray for all colleges in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
  • Pray for graduates in the ministry.
  • Pray for new students for the second term in May.
  • Thank God that the Lord has sent us 25 new students this term. 
  • Pray for a visa for international students.
  • Pray for teachers for wisdom and strength.
  • Pray for Eben as he teaches Anthropology, Ecclesiology, and Calvinism next term. He has taught Pneumatology, Soteriology, Bibliology, the Book of Joshua, Synoptic Problem, and Homiletic Practice in the first term that began in January.

Pray for the BCEA Campus Church 

  • Pray for worship service every Lord’s Day.
  • Pray for choirs and fellowships.
  • Pray for the church members.

Additional Prayer Requests

  • Rev. Stephen Omweri’s health
  • The ministries in Maasai land
  • Judith Collins

Pray for the Yoon Family 

  • Pray for God’s provision and protection.
  • Pray for MKs, in their studies and their spiritual lives.
  • Pray for Haeun’s study in the US.
  • Pray for Eben and Mijung for spiritual and physical strength.

            The two of us came to Kenya when we were in our 20’s. Though our passions are as young as the moment we came, our physical bodies are no longer as strong as before. We have faced a few new challenges with our health  recently. Nothing serious, but something we did not expect. As we always request, do pray with us for God’s protection and strength, so that we may continue to serve here, for years to come.  

            Last of all, and once again, we are thankful for your prayers of support and financial partnership. We are always indebted to such sacrifices and care. May the Lord bless you brethren, who co-labour, that He may prosper the work of missions for such a harvest, for His kingdom and glory.

                                                                                                In Christ,

                                                                                    Eben, Mijung, Haeun, Hajin, Hahyun, and Hael