Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A HEART BEATING FOR BURUNDI



Burundi is a landlocked country in Central Africa whose history, since gaining independence from Belgium in 1962, has been wrought with heartache upon heartache. 


 




Each year when the ranking of the world’s poorest and most poverty stricken countries are released Burundi’s name never leaves the bottom five.

In 1972, they experienced a period of Genocide when the Hutu people wantonly killed the Tutsi people; over the next decade the animosity between the people simmered below the surface until 1994, when the Tutsi took their revenge in yet another Genocide and slaughtered the Hutu people.  The country was plunged into war, and between the Genocides and wars, over ten percent of the population was killed. 

 









 
Today, Burundi’s population of twelve million people is desperate to climb out of poverty, war, and destruction. They desire better days and are striving for them, but they do not realize that anything better in this world is only temporary.  What they need beyond anything else is to know the God who will bring a BETTER day.

Some time ago the Grace Bible Baptist Church began to be burdened to reach into the REGIONS BEYOND of Burundi.  The church began laying the groundwork of reproducing itself in Burundi.  This coming Sunday the 27th of July, it will hold its first official service in its newest church plant, the Bible Baptist Church of Bujumbura, Burundi.  


Grace Bible Baptist Church- Nakuru, Kenya


A group of men from Grace Bible Baptist Church are on the ground in Burundi; witnessing, teaching, holding Bible studies, and preparing for the first service.  They have been joined by a second group of men from the Bible Baptist Church of Uvira, DRC, who are helping in planting this new church.
Over the last several years the church has sent men into Burundi nearly fifty times, and I have accompanied them on at least thirty of those occasions.  Last November a group of twenty people from the church, both men and women, took a missions trip to Burundi.  When they returned to Kenya, they returned with a burning desire and burden for a Gospel preaching church to be planted in Burundi.  During these trips, people have been saved, training has taken place, and the ground has been prepared for the planting of a church. 


Bujumbura- Burundi


A few weeks ago after speaking about the upcoming church plant in Burundi, one of our Sunday School children came up to me after the service and said, “Pastor our church’s heart is beating for Burundi.”  As I thought about that statement I realized it is true only because God’s heart was first beating for Burundi.

We do not know of any other church planting going on in the entire country of Burundi amongst BAPTISTS.  Won’t you join us in allowing your heart to beat for Burundi? Let it beat by praying for Burundi.  Let it beat by giving so the Gospel can go forth in Burundi.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JUNE-JULY 2014 PRAYER LETTER



Dear Praying Friends,                                                  

BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH– BUJUMBURA BURUNDI
On the 27th of July the Grace Bible Baptist Church will hold its first official service in its new church plant in Bujumbura, Burundi. There has been much prayer, planning and work gone into starting this new church and it is without a doubt one of the most exciting church plants we have been involved with.  A group of men from Grace Bible Baptist Church will be traveling to Bujumbura to help with and be part of the first service.  There will also be a group of men from the Bible Baptist Church of Uvira, DRC traveling to Burundi to help.  We have been able to sign a five year lease on a piece of property and have begun putting up a temporary structure to meet in.  We praise the Lord that there are now three Kenyan churches that have begun giving a monthly missions offering to help with this new church plant. 

THE KAZIMIA STORY
Our trip last month to Kazimia, DRC was everything that we desired it to be.  We were blessed and God moved our hearts but it has been difficult for me to put into words my exact feelings.  I don’t think my words can ever accurately express what my heart felt.   If you would like to read about our trip you can find it at our blog mickeystokenya.blogspot.com. I also made a small video presentation of the Kazimia Story that can be found on youtube.com.  A link to the video can by found on our blog update.

BOREHOLE
God recently touched the heart of someone to give a substantial offering that has allowed us to finish our borehole project.  Nakuru is notorious for water problems which has greatly hindered us in our church ministries. The new well will allow us to have a proper water supply for the church, school, Bible College and other ministries.  Thank you for allowing God to use you.

FURLOUGH
As mentioned in our last prayer letter, we will be on furlough February 2015 through May 2015.  God has been working in Kenya and in the Regions Beyond and we look forward to reporting on God’s blessings of the last few years to as many of our supporting churches as possible.  If you would like our family to make a report to your church during this furlough we ask that you please send us an email at rawtokenya@gmail.com.  Additionally, we can be contacted by phone at 254.733.600798.  Remember, we are 7 hours ahead of EST.  We will only be in the States for a few months and will try to accommodate those who contact us early. Trying to put together a furlough schedule is oftentimes like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle.  Most often the pieces fit together, but the earlier we begin working on it the better.  We would love to visit you during this furlough, and if that is your desire also then please let us know.  If you have already expressed interest in us coming to your church we will be contacting you soon with some possible dates.

His for Kenya,
And the Regions Beyond,




Robert Mickey Jr.

















































Monday, June 16, 2014

A FAILURE OF WORDS



I arrived back home last week from our trip to DRC.  I returned home physically tired and emotionally drained. Upon returning I tried to type an update but it was difficult to put into words what I was feeling.  I could not seem to adequately describe the trip to Kazimia. 

I could probably describe the physical difficulty of the trip; thankfully compared to our first trip it was much better. It was still torturous but much better.  No, it was not the difficulties of traveling in the remote areas of Congo that caused words to fail me. 

Starting to get crowded on the boat
 
I could probably describe the joy of serving God together with the team of men who accompanied me.  I have the privilege of serving with some of God’s choice servants.  These are men of character, who have a great love for God and a willingness to sacrifice to be in His service; men with whom I count it a privilege to call them my friends.  

Brother Benard Adjai a faithful member of Grace Bible Baptist Church

Pastor Justus Oloo- there is no one quite like him!


I could probably describe the absolute blessing to travel with my son Timothy and to watch him minister to the Congolese people and to fellowship with them in their language of Swahili.  To see God continue to work on his heart and burden him for this land that has been forgotten by many.  To see him stand before the church and the pastors and listen to him take the Word of God and preach it with conviction and power. 

Timothy preaching and Pastor Oloo interpreting


Yes there is a lot that I could probably describe and help you understand.

But…there are some things that I do not have adequate words to describe.  My words cannot describe the absolute joy in the hearts of those people because God did not forget them and He answered their prayers and sent someone to teach them.  I cannot describe how they sat each day hungering to be taught the Word of God and their expressions of disappointment that we were only staying for five days. I cannot describe their pleadings for us to bring them BIBLES because without them their people will never properly mature. I cannot describe the reminders of hunger, disease, war and death that they face on a daily basis.  I cannot describe their pleading with us to not forget them, to come back soon.  I cannot describe the 45 minute walk from the church building to the shore to catch the boat for our return trip.  I cannot describe the emotion we were all feeling as the congregation walked in front of us, behind us and beside us singing praises to God.  As we stood on the shore and the people sang to us AT CALVARY the emotion running through us was electrifying.  Who were we to have the opportunity to serve such a great God and to minister to such worthy people?  Why did our God give us such a privilege?

Saying goodbye and singing AT CALVARY
 
This past Sunday I showed the Grace Bible Baptist Church a short video about our trip.  Take a moment and watch the video, maybe it can help give you a little bit of understanding of the great opportunity and the great need in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


                                         WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE KAZIMIA STORY 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

APRIL-MAY 2014 PRAYER LETTER





Dear Praying Friends,                                                                                       

FURLOUGH
We will be on furlough February 2015 through May 2015.  God has been working in Kenya and in the Regions Beyond and we look forward to reporting on God’s blessings of the last few years to as many of our supporting churches as possible.  If you would like our family to make a report to your church during this furlough we ask that you please send us an email at rawtokenya@gmail.com.  Additionally, we can be contacted by phone at 254.733.600798.  Remember, we are 8 hours ahead of EST.  We will only be in the States for a few months and will try to accommodate those who contact us early. Trying to put together a furlough schedule is oftentimes like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle.  Most often the pieces fit together, but the earlier we begin working on it the better.  We would love to visit you during this furlough, and if that is your desire also then please let us know.

TIMOTHY
Our son Timothy arrived in Kenya this past Monday to begin serving a three month internship in the ministries of the Grace Bible Baptist Church.  Timothy is a student at Heartland Baptist Bible College and will begin his junior year in the fall.  God has called him to be a missionary and he has a great burden for Africa and is praying about Congo.  Before leaving Kenya for Bible college, he was able to visit Congo and serve in our Congo ministry several times. While serving in this internship he will spend a good portion of the time serving in Congo.

KAZIMIA
This coming Saturday I will be leaving on an extended trip to Congo.  The main purpose of this trip is to travel to the village of Kazimia where we will be opening a branch of our Bible college.  You may recall last year a prayer letter I wrote relating the story of the two day journey by boat to the village of Kazimia. It was the most difficult and heart wrenching experience of my life. (You can read it again on our blog mickeystokenya.blogspot.com.)   God used that long, difficult trip to open my eyes to the much greater need in Congo and helped me realize that He has put us in the position to do something about that need.  We will be meeting for one week with the pastors of approximately ten churches.  These pastors will be traveling many days themselves to attend the classes.  My son Timothy, Pastor Oloo, Pastor Musonga, and Brother Benard Adjai will accompany me on this trip.  We ask for your prayers as we make this difficult journey.  Part of the trip will be near rebel controlled areas.  We will not have phone service for much of the trip so we will have no way to be in contact with our families.  We ask that you please pray for our families while we are on this trip.

His for Kenya,
And the Regions Beyond,

The Mickey Family