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 MAY UPDATE FROM JACK
hello from Kenya. I am happy to be able to update you on how God has been working in the past month. It is a joy to serve God here in Kenya and I am excited to be able to share with you what I have been doing. As you know I am in Kenya until the end of August with a mission organisation called YWAM (youth with a mission) in a place called Athi River, where I am doing a discipleship training school, involving discipleship training and ministry outreach. Here is some of what I have been doing:
Discipleship lectures – every week we have a different speaker sharing on a different topic, and so we far we have had: reading the bible, hearing the voice of God, nature and character of God, fear of God, relationships, and the Holy Spirit. God has been teaching me so much about who I am in him, and I am so thankful that I am growing in my relationship with him through this time. I look forward to having these lectures everyday because it is a great opportunity to learn from wise men and women of faith and discuss it with the other students I am here with.
Work duty – every day we do work duty for a couple of hours. At the mission base, all work is seen as ministry and so we honour God through the work we do. In the time here I have done a variety of different work tasks: cleaning the dining room or classroom, cleaning the toilets and showers, splitting firewood, making chapattis (a food a bit like pancakes), and helping in the kitchen. It is great to serve God with the work of our hands and I am realising that the best motivation to work is out of love for God, demonstrating it through doing the work we do well. Despite a few blisters and cuts on my soft white hands from the manual work, I am thoroughly enjoying working.
Ministry time – there have also been some ministry opportunities whilst I have been here. I have been able to preach both in church and in house fellowships. I have also had the opportunity to preach here at the mission base, and have also got involved in organising our weekly devotions, some dramas and skits, and prayer and intercession times amongst us. We have just started doing daily prayer, intercession and bible study discussion from 4:30 am in the morning and I am enjoying seeking God together with others. It has been a joy facilitating others using their gifts here and also getting the opportunity to use my preaching gifts. I know as time goes on here the ministry times will become more frequent and it excites me to use my gifts here for God.
Life here – I am thoroughly settled into life here. We have been growing in our relationships as a team and despite the cultural differences (I am the only white person here), we are growing in our love for each other. I have got used to the basic life here, such as washing in a bucket of cold water, washing my clothes by hand, having the same meals of rice and beans and power cuts happening. I am here to be flexible and be a learner here. There have also been the opportunity for some fun – we chipped in money together last Saturday and went to buy a goat, which we then slaughtered and roasted in the evening, and had great fun dancing together around a bonfire. We also went swimming this week and had some baptisms, and often play football every day here on the field. After a very dry spell we have rain here, making the grass suddenly very green. Such a blessing to have rain.
The future – we are still at the mission base until towards the end of June and continue with lectures, work here and some opportunities for ministry. There is also schools ministry as well as in churches, which I hope to get involved in. At the end of June we will be on outreach for two months, visiting different churches, children’s homes, hospitals, schools and reaching out to unreached people. This will take us to many different parts of Kenya, with there being an opportunity to visit a people called the Pokot, and also a possible opportunity to go further north to Isiolo County in August.
Testimonies – my visa situation has been sorted for the moment! Praise God. The Kenya government is only giving out visas on a month by month basis so we weren’t sure what would happen. We had looked at obtaining work permits but the leadership here decided against that. I went back to Nairobi last Thursday and got my visa renewed for over a month! It was such a miracle: firstly I planned to go the day before but God told me to go on Thursday and I later realised the office would have been shut on the Wednesday as it was a national holiday, God knew Thursday was the right day to go. When we arrived there were long queues but we were immediately shown past the queues by a member of staff. We didn’t have to fill any forms in and our visas were renewed quickly, giving me over a months extension which I can then renew again at the office. God protected me and gave me favour there, when I trusted in God he provided. Also God has kept me so healthy – I haven’t been ill since I got here and every day he continues to work in my life.
Prayer requests – pray that God continues to keep me safe, healthy and that he continues to work in my life. Pray for the upcoming outreach and particularly for the work amongst the unreached people such as the Pokot and Isiolo – I have a passion to work amongst the unreached people in Kenya and I pray he opens doors for me through the outreach. Continue praying that we have favour for our visas for the duration of the time here.
Know I am praying for you. Psalm 103 says ‘bless the Lord oh my and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sin, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like eagles’. My prayer for you is that you know this God who is our redeemer and healer.
Please do contact me if you would like to know more about anything I am doing.