Hello! My name is Jack Bell and I am serving God as a missionary in Kenya.
I first went to Kenya in 2010 and since then I have been on multiple trips there, with God giving me a heart to serve him amongst the poor and the unreached in Kenya. In my ministry there, I have been particularly involved in preaching and teaching within churches, discipling young people, and evangelism.
In Kenya, I am serving God as a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) at their mission base in Athi River, in participating in their DTS (discipleship training school) for the next six months. During this time I am expecting to grow in my faith and see God move in power amongst the unreached and the poor.
I value your prayers for my ministry in Kenya, that God will use my work there to further his kingdom and to make disciples in Christ. If you would like to know more about my work in Kenya or want to be involved in supporting me, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELOW IS JUNE UPDATE FROM JACK
Greetings from Kenya! I am so thankful to Jesus for how he has continued to work in my life and it is a joy to be able to share my news with you.
Over the past few weeks, we have continued to have lectures at the YWAM mission base. We have had lectures on topics such as spiritual warfare and intercession, father heart of God, Lordship of Christ, and divine plumbline. Through this time, God has spoken to me particularly about surrendering everything in my life to him, and of living a selfless life of giving up my rights to follow him. This week is the last week of our lectures, with the topic being discipling the nations.
Life here continues to involve daily physical work around the mission base. This varies day to day: splitting firewood, cleaning toilets or the dining room, washing pots, picking and cutting Sukuma Wiki (like Kale) or helping to cook in the kitchen. God has been showing me how all work is ministry and loving him through doing any work he gives me well.
There have also been opportunities for ministry outreach. We visited a local children’s home where we helped with cleaning and then spent time with the children. We have also ministered in door to door evangelism, and I have had the opportunity to preach regularly (often on the spot) at a local church that has become like my home church the last few weeks. This week we have a team from Rwanda here for gospel outreach, and at the weekend we will be doing door to door evangelism and outdoor gospel meetings.
In two weeks time we will begin the outreach part of my time here, where we will be spending 8 weeks travelling around Kenya ministering in different places. These places include Nyuhururu, Kinangop and Marsabit – way up in the North of Kenya. There is also a medical camp and a children’s camp here at the mission base.
Testimonies: through our door to door evangelism four people came to salvation in Christ, one person who had walked away from faith was restored, and another person received emotional healing from Jesus. Personally, I went back to Nairobi to renew my visa on Thursday. I went expecting to need to pay and I asked for one month as I have been doing. Not only did I not need to pay, but they gave me two months rather than one, meaning I only need to renew it once more in my time here. As Ephesians 3:20 says, God gives us more than we could ask or imagine.
Prayer requests: pray for our preparation for the outreach: for unity amongst our team, and courage as we minister in unfamiliar places. Pray the people we minister to will have open hearts to receive Christ, and for safety and health as we travel to different parts of Kenya. Pray for God to lead me in the next steps for me after the DTS is finished in August. I will be back in England in September for some time, but I know God has called me as a missionary here permanently, so pray he guides me and speaks to me. I feel particularly led to ministry amongst the unreached in the north of Kenya, so pray God uses my time in Marsabit to direct my future.
I pray you will know the love of Christ in your life. As Romans 8:37-39 says:
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May God bless you and I will be praying for you. I appreciate your encouragement, and do keep in touch!