Missionary Update: The Tates in Kenya [June 2013]

The Tate Family has served the Lord in Kitale, Kenya since January 2008. Their main ministry is indigenous church planting.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to give you a short update on the churches and groups here in Kitale. The church in Shangalamwe is progressing OK, although I wish there were more members. Nathan and I have decided it is time that we start “pulling away” just a little and give the church the chance to minister on its own without our intervention. Maybe our presence there has prevented it from growing and maybe with us being absent a bit, the members will begin doing more of their responsibilities and reaching out more to the community and villages nearby. More and more we will have to place this church and its members into the hands of the Holy Spirit and pray that they follow His leading in place of ours.

In the past two months, four of the groups that Titus began have been organized into Baptist churches. Here are some of the data for these new churches:

  • Kipsongo Baptist Church – Organized with 13 members, 2 believers baptized
  • Kibomet Baptist Church – Organized with 80 members, 19 believers baptized
  • Shanti Baptist Church – Organized with 17 members, 3 believers baptized
  • Rafiki Baptist Church – Organized with 10 members, 2 believers baptized

By the way, Kipsongo, Kibomet, Shanti and Rafiki are named after the towns where the churches are located. One of the other groups has a desire to be organized into a church as well but we have decided that this group is not ready yet. This group meets in a village called Folklands. It has a problem with leadership. We are still evaluating the leadership and have deemed it not ready. This group also needs some more teaching about some Biblical issues before we feel like it will be ready. So, we have decided to wait on this group instead of organizing it into a New Testament Baptist church. Maybe the Lord will lead this group into becoming a church sometime in the future.

Two other new groups are also hopefully going to be started soon. One group is in the village of Shimo la Tewa. A couple members of the Kibomet church have been walking each week from Shimo. Now they want to start a new group in their own village. In their own words they said, “We want to change Shimo and win it back to Christ.” Those are exciting words and we pray that the Lord would empower them to do just that. The other new group would be in a town called Kimilili. It is about 45 minutes from where we live in Kitale. It also would come out of the Kibomet church as two members of that church moved to Kimilili and want to start a new group there. So, things are going well although we are not without our challenges and problems.

In closing, let me ask for prayer for safety for our family here in Kitale. We have had a rash of break-ins, armed hold-ups and even murders here in our small town. A police officer was murdered responding to a break in just a quarter of a mile from our house. He was shot six times by the group of thugs. I also heard just today of an armed robber of a bank in town yesterday in the middle of the day. The thugs are getting bolder and we do sense a bit of danger living here right now. Please continue to pray for our safety here in Kitale.

Until next month, beloved.
May God’s peace and joy be with you.

For the glory of God in East Africa,
Roger & Julie Tate (and Emily, Amy, & Josiah)
P.O. Box 96
Kitale, Kenya 30200
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