Tuesday, January 21, 2014

African Christian Church & Schools

Bishops and Christian Leaders from across Kenya 
gather to pray for Rt. Rev. Maina

African Christian Church and Schools
Installation Service of Rt. Rev. Joseph Maina Macharia as Moderator

This past Sunday, Erica and I travelled to the ACC&S cathedral in Thika with our colleagues Wayne and Maureen Morgan for the induction of the new executive leadership of the church. Our friend, and outgoing moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Julius Karanja Kimani presided over the service that brought together Christian leaders from across Kenya, including the guest speaker Rt. Rev. Dr. David Gathanju the moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa’s General Assembly.

With Maureen & Wayne

Over the past few years, we have been blessed to get to know the ACC&S and many of the church’s leaders. Rev. Joseph Maina, the new moderator, and Rev. Jeremiah Ngumo Kiguru, the new general secretary, have been good friends and classmates of Aaron in the CBM/Carey Theological College doctoral program in Kenya. We were also delighted to discover that Rev. Julius Kimani, who was a part of the certificate of ministry program that she was with in Nairobi in 2004, has been elected as the new deputy general secretary.

We continue to pray for the ACC&S as the church seeks to share the love and hope of Christ through word and deed in their community.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


This past week, Erica and I have been in Rwanda with our friends and colleagues serving with the Association of Rwanda Baptist Churches (AEBR). In Rwanda, Canadian Baptist Ministries is currently partnering with both the AEBR and the Central Africa Baptist Association (CBCA) which also has established churches in the Lake Kivu area of the country.

2014 will be an important year as the AEBR moves into the implementation of key reforms that will strengthen the governance and financial management of the denomination, crucial areas for the long term health and sustainability of the church. At the same time, the AEBR has recognized the importance of deepening the spiritual maturity and vitality of congregations. We are excited to have our colleague Darrell Bustin working with the church to strengthen the area of spiritual formation among congregations as part of our emphasis on Integral Mission as holistic transformation. 

In Prayer:
Please remember our friends Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin, as they are working with the AEBR in developing initiatives with their evangelism department and supporting the ministry of global discipleship. We are very excited for a new cell group ministry that Darrell is developing with AEBR director of evangelism.

Please remember Jonathan and Janice Mills, CBM’s most recently appointed global field staff. The Mills will be joining us in Kenya and Rwanda this March with two of their sons, Calvin and Robert, in preparation for relocating to Rwanda this coming summer to serve with the AEBR.

Please pray for the health of Darrell who has been suffering from back pain. We are also praying for our friends Gato and Anne Marie Munyamasoko and Andre and Terese Sibomana, both Anne Marie and Terese are recovering from recent health issues.

Aaron with Anne Marie and Gato Munyamasoko in Kigali

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mwingi Water Project

This past Sunday, Erica and I met with Mr. John King and his family visiting from British Columbia. We travelled together to the arid hill country of Mwingi District to visit a water project of the Africa Brotherhood Church.

We are so thankful for our friends and colleagues Carol, Geraldine and Randy who travelled such a long way to meet with us and the King family in Mwingi. Their commitment to seeing the Africa Brotherhood Churches spread the love and hope of Christ is what the ministry of partnership is all about.

Erica sharing a word of thanks to the local women’s group and commending them on the work that they are doing to ensure sustainable access to water in their community.

Christmas Break

Family Vacation at Bahari Beach
Mombasa, Kenya

Over our kid’s Christmas break, we enjoyed a fantastic five night getaway to the Kenyan coast. We had a lot of fun playing in the Indian Ocean and laughing with our children. Here are a few of our highlights!

Building sandcastles on the beach with Tristan and Ava. The sand was so packed that we were able to dig tunnels that would not collapse even if you stood and jumped on the sand above them.

Windsurfing lessons and seeing Tristan being the first one to catch the wind and take off!

Pizza at the Italian Cave! 

Erica going the furthest windsurfing 

Special dinners on the coral cliff side

Playing card games and Bonanza with Nana

Visiting with our friends Tim and Diane Bannister back on the ranch!

Uninterrupted time with our beautiful kids!