Friday, May 26, 2017

Calling Baton Rouge - May 2017

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It's a month of trainings

We've hosted a couple of great weeks worth of trainings here in Nairobi AND I managed to squeeze in an unexpected quick work trip to Arkansas and California in between all of the fun. 
It all started with 27 ministry workers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and China who gathered for a week to participate in our first ever Support Raising Solutions class held internationally.  This is one of CMM's core ministries training many thousands of missionaries in the U.S. in how to build and maintain their partnership team.  One of the biggest struggles for indigenous missionaries is remaining funded locally and not relying on the dollars of the Western Church. This first pilot class will allow us to work through contextualizing this course for use in East Africa and (soon to be) China as SRS begins to grow globally as one of our primary strategies for the future of Mobilization. 
As you read this we are hosting our Field Staff Training program.  We have 31 Americans, Chinese and Kenyans spending 15 days learning and practicing how to be "The Spark of Mobilization" together.   Our new staff are studying theory and methodology during the day then going out in the afternoon/evening to put into practice.  These missionaries will become change agents. Pray with us as they prepare to go out and join our different teams globally and find their most strategic role in God's Kingdom work.   

Ethiopian Mobilization

Testimony from an Ethiopian Mobilizer:
"I am Dagmawi Tadesse a mobilizer of Aksum campus. I join CMM training last Ethiopian summer the training changed my mind. In that training I took the Kairos training, on this course  I got passion for unreached people group, as I took the course the following questions come to my mind, how to preach the gospel to this people group? Since they are many in number and culture, how to reach them? But Xplore and Go Mobilize studies provide me an answer for my questions so that, I decide to be full time mobilizer to mobilize at least for one year in one of the campuses to mobilize Christian student to Gods global purpose. So that I went to Askum university, this area is where one of unreached people group in Ethiopia is located, when I start to do mobilization students are encouraged to preach the gospel to this people group. We focused on this people group b/c in our campus 70% of student and workers are from this people group b/c of this the student have access to show love of Christ for those individuals who are from that people group. Students are studying Xplore, Window and Nvision in different small groups as result they start to pray for nation to be saved. Mobilization has changed my mind."

Some family and fun

Lillian's crew in Spain for her Spanish 3 cultural field study.  Ashley doing some quality control coaching for Nisolo.  
I'm surprised it did not make international headlines but Ella Jade turned a sweet 16.  She reminded many times early and often :)  It was a sweet celebration.
Oh yea, have I ever mentioned what a bad dad I am?  Apparently while I was traveling Lillian and some of her 11th grade crew spent a week out in the bush building a "sand dam" (Google the concept) to help a community with water security as a result of the long standing drought in kenya.  Like this was totally new news to me.  I totally missed this and the oportunity to honor her heart and hard work.  Some of you remember that we were first brought to the mission field with Living Water to help facilitate water projects.  I was quite tearful and proud when I caught-up to my oldest daughter's life.  Wake up call here - Tune in dad! 
Kenya sightings....Top Row - This is our neighborhood, the drought that has raged here has been terribly hard on the general population.  This forced herders to seek grass wherever they could far from the bush.  We are very grateful for His deliverance from this drought with the recent beautiful rains.....however as the water pipes begin to fill up, this is what our household water looked like.  Bottom Row - How else would you deliver a new living room set?  Motorbikes are the only way to go. Kenya Department of Immigration....I spent 6 hours here trying to convince them of the fact that Ashley's Dependency Permit is wrong. It lists her as my daughter rather than my wife and hence we cannot properly register our Foreign Alien Status to stay legal in Kenya.  Ashley should be honored as I failed to convince anyone of this reality....here's to staying young forever :) 
Calling Baton Rouge!  We hit the ground June 1st.  We can't wait to see as many people as possible as we rest up, gear up and fund up for our 10th season of ministry! 
Prayer & Praise 

Please pray with us for a good number of dear friends that are facing very difficult health and emotional situations.  It certainly feels like a season of attack on so many people we love.
Pray with us also that our time in the USA is full of joyful reunions and fruitful conversations.  9 years is a long time to only have summers to renew relationships and we fear they get weaker each year we are away.
At the same time we give praise for many who have experienced amazing and miraculous healing and received wonderful medical care.
We also give praise for an incredible 9 years of full time field work with and for God.  What a journey it has been.
Links of Interest 
For a catalog of our previous family updates click here
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Dear Ashley,
We appreciate your part in sending us to the frontline of mission mobilization.  It is a joy to share our family updates with you.  Let us know how we can, in turn, be praying for you! "I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers..."
- Ashley, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor
Transforming the mission field into a mission force


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Nairobi 00621
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

April Blessings

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We pray your Lenten Season and Easter was without paralleled joy.  

As our family reflected on the wonderful and amazing love that God poured out on us through Christ Jesus we came away more energized and emboldened then ever to pick up our crosses and follow Him.  It has been a special month for us here.  Normally I kick off the newsletter with ministry news then fill in with some family fun but I'm going to shake it up and start with family for a change.  
We had a super Easter Sunday of worship at International Community Fellowship in Nairobi then crossed town to have lunch with dear friends the Hunt and Jones Families.  
Every Crow Thinks Thier's Is The Blackest.....enough said on this one.  My sweet Lillian dressed up and ready for the Rosslyn Academy Junior Senior Formal.  I'm totally in love and thrilled to be the daddy of this beautiful (inside and out) sweet young lady.  God never ceases to amaze me with His blessings.  
A Christian International School educational conference was held outside of Nairobi this month and we learned a number of old friends and teachers from Rwanda and Malaysia would be there so Ashley and the girls drove out.  Ella Jade was reunited with Brian.  Lillian with Emily and Zoe.
Our girls are currently performing in the musical production of Annie - after the show with great freinds made in Rwanda the Rossington Family.  Clowning around before the Formal.    
From top:  Our Middle-Men group is continuing on strong as we attempt to have influence on our sons in these high school years.  Regular Tuesday morning breakfast and Bible Study.  We took the boys camping over the weekend at the foot of the Aberdare National Park north of  Lake Naivasha where we explored the root of our identity as (young) men and lived dangerously in the wild with buffalo, hippo, monkeys.  We may or may not have let the boys practice driving landrovers and motorcycles....don't tell mom.  

But what happened in the world of trying to make an impact on the unreached you ask?

God is doing amazing things in Southeast Asia!  Xplore and Go Mobilize groups are being held all over Indonesia now.  In January our Malaysia Team trained a large group of church leaders on starting Mobilization Movements.  Since then, Indonesian partners have translated, printed and distributed over 3,000 copies of these two CMM Bible studies in Bahasa Indonesia language.  It has been tremendously encouraging to hear some of the stories and how groups are learning about God's heart for the world.

A prayer request from a medical student who is leading his own weekly Xplore study right now:  "Please pray for our group here, so we can spread the heart of God, which is for mission.  Please pray for our commitments, for studying Bible every week.  Thanks a lot for supporting us with the books.  God bless all of you."
Our two Stateside Teams have been doing an amazing job of mobilizing university students.  20 young adults traveled to Kenya and China to explore what it looks like to work cross-culturally for the Gospel.

Some quotes from those on the trips:
"In the midst of all the craziness I began to look around at all the different faces of people from different countries who spoke different languages and God said to me, "this is what Heaven is going to look like and I want you to be a part of helping these people get there."
- Chase S.
"When I first decided to go on the vision trip, I didn't really know what mobilizing looked like.  I knew a lot about mobilization but I had never seen how it really worked until I went.  It was one of the greatest decisions I've ever made.  The Lord taught me so much during my time there. One of the most important lessons I took back was that God had been before us."
-Bridget S.
"This past week in China, God broke and stirred my heart for the Tibetan Buddhists.  He placed on my heart this great desire for each and every Tibetan to know, understand, and accept the free gift of grace that God offers through Jesus Christ."
- Jacey M.
"I've been struggling over the past month or two (about the future).  That night God comforted and humbled me.  He showed me that there were 10 people that would never have placed themselves where they are in life with the CMM, but they each had to make a difficult decision to trust that the lord is faithful.  He broke down a few walls for me and taught me to trust in His strength."
-Robert E.
 

Visit with the Preston Family

Thank you all for your continued prayers for the Preston Family and Ashley's trip.  Ashley was blessed with the oportunity to love on them for a couple of weeks,   Cooking, cleaning, taking Dave to rehab appointments, pool therapy and laughing/crying with Tammy.  
Prayer & Praise 

We are thankful for your continued empowering of us to serve His kingdom through encouragement, prayer and tangible support.  We are thankful to be able to start and end every day knowing we are playing our most strategic role in serving that Kingdom in this season.  We give thanks for three wonderful teenagers, for depth of friendships, for being able to love and accept love and most importantly His love.

Please pray with us for:
  • A number of friends and families experiencing very difficult medical situations.  May God provide the right interventions, talent of care givers and miraculous healing - that it might be His will 
  • The last month of school.  That the kids, ours and yours, finish strong 
  • MacGregor's quick trip to the the US for meetings in Arkansas and California.  That they are both productive and encouraging
  • Wisdom for preparations for summer schedule.  College visits for Lillian, fundraising tour and CMM Leadership Conference for MacGregor, camps and CMM all staff conference for the family, a year's worth of deferred maintenance on health checkups, house maintenance, tax preparation, maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family and all of those things that risk inattention after 10 months in the field.  For Ashley as she helps us juggle all of that and keep our sanity.  
Links of Interest 
For a catalog of our previous family updates click here
Will you prayerfully consider partnering with our family financially with a monthly commitment? please click here
Dear Ashley,
We appreciate your part in sending us to the frontline of mission mobilization.  It is a joy to share our family updates with you.  Let us know how we can, in turn, be praying for you! "I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers..."
- Ashley, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor
Transforming the mission field into a mission force



Our mailing address is:
The Magruders Serving in Africa
PO Box 1415
Nairobi 00621
Kenya

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