THE IMPACT OF STORM 2017

August 2017

Dear Share Partner,

Christian Missions is about one regenerated life (Matt. 19:28; Jn. 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:17) impacting another through the power of the Gospel, and both the witness and the “witnessee” continually growing so as to produce “a crop” of disciples that further multiplies “thirty, sixty, and some a hundred times” (Mark 4:8). A focused short-tern outreach mission is both the spark and catalyst that initiates and regenerates that spiritual process among an unreached people-group in a given geographical location. That’s what Share International’s Short-Term Outreach and Relief Mission (STORM) among the Turkana people of Kenya is all about!

This year’s (July 7-21) STORM team of 24 Americans, 8 non-Turkana Africans, together with the Share Turkana staff, missionaries, teachers, and volunteer interpreters made the following impact in 5 remote villages:

  • The Gospel was presented to 3,728 people
  • 898 viewed The Jesus Film
  • 375 received Christ as Savior (new birth!)
  • 256 were baptized

At our SEND Center in Lodwar town, 58 missionaries, 40 missionary trainees, 14 Bible Pathways students, and 11 adult literacy teachers attended extensive teaching sessions by pastors on the STORM team. The attendees’ testimony: “It was phenomenal!”

The team also witnessed graduation of the 40 missionary trainees and 29 Sunday School teachers at the SEND Center on July 16th. God has raised committed supporters for all of them, bringing the total of Share-trained and -supported Turkana missionaries to 100! During STORM, the missionaries declared, “We are now a Missionary Tribe!”

Beginning August 20th, a new class of 47 missionary trainees will begin the 18-month training at the SEND Center. We request you to be in prayer for them and their teachers.

We are amazed at how God, in just a few months, has called other ministries to partner with us to make the Share “Vision 2020 Strategy” (http://shareint.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Vision2020-Web.pdf) a reality. We are privileged to have BigLife (https://big.life), ECHO (https://www.echonet.org), Trailhead (http://www.trailheadinternational.org), and a growing number of individuals and churches in the U.S. and Kenya join us in this endeavor.

Here is how a few of the STORM participants were impacted:


“I have learned what real passion for the lost is. We experienced something very few ever will. Ministering to the Turkana people was incredible! Looking forward to returning to Turkanaland!!!”

“It is mind-boggling. I will forever be grateful for this experience. We may be back in the USA, but we are living in Turkanaland each day with the images and memories of all the Lord has done and are doing through His created Turkana people. Thank you so much for this life changing experience!”

“I have had the opportunity to travel extensively around the globe as a catalyst and trainer and in that capacity been privileged to work with a number of organizations. I can honestly say I have never seen a more unified mission than the one to Turkanaland. Every facet from planning to execution was flawless.”

“Part of my heart is still in Africa with the Turkana people. We pray for our brothers and sisters there daily. Thank you for the opportunity to receive a blessing and to hopefully be a blessing.”

“I write to express my profound gratitude to God and to appreciate the participants and Share for your commitment, passion, organization and teachable, sweet spirits demonstrated during STORM 2017. I watched in admiration and could not but give praise to God for how He used you all in one way or another. I thank God too for the opportunity to serve ‘in a little way’ and contribute to the realization of my prayers of 20+ years for the Turkana people.”

“It was a blessing beyond description to be part of STORM-2017. This was a wonderfully organized mission experience. The people and the country are forever in my heart and my prayers daily. Lives forever changed as a result of this mission trip will encourage us to be faithful at home, even as we anticipate other opportunities to go to the ‘ends of the earth’ to share Jesus, whose name we exalt! What a privilege to be called by His name!”

“I praise the Lord for giving me an opportunity to share in this year’s STORM. I was challenged to keep going on serving the Lord until He calls me home. It is a joy to see how the Lord uses each of us to fulfill his will on earth. The memories of those ten days in Turkanaland will remain with me for a long time.”

“Thank you for the hard work, prayer, and planning to make our trip such a memorable lifetime experience. We will continue to pray for the Turkana people that God will grow them in The Grace and knowledge of our Lord.”

“It was absolutely the best experience and trip of my life. I am forever changed by this trip and influenced the rest of my life!”


Share is right on course to Reach and Disciple the 1 Million Turkana People with the Gospel of Christ in the Shortest Time Possible”! The Lord is doing it, and “…it’s marvelous in our eyes” (Ps. 118:23)! Thank you for standing with us through your prayers and financial support. You can make your donation online by clicking on the donate button below, or mail to Share International, Inc., P.O. Box 1011, Wolfforth, TX 79382.

In Christ,

Doug Neve & Sammy Murimi

STORM-2017 Team Leaders


2017 STORM Update July 14

Well, God had a different plan for our trip to the unreached village of Kaabangang. We left early Friday morning only to get to the river and find that a truck was precariously sitting in the bridge ready to be washed in. You see the river was running over the roadway and the driver got afraid and almost lost it into the river. It took 2 hours to get the road cleared.
We finally arrived in the village around noon, to find a couple hundred people there, waiting for us. We did not need to go hut to hut, we simply had to send them to the designated trees and start ministering to them. That afternoon, many made professions of faith. That evening, we showed the Jesus film under the stars on a screen. Hundreds were there to see a movie in there language about Jesus. They clapped for the “Good Guy” every time He did something they liked. (Remember that this was the first time they’d ever seen a movie. Can you imagine?)
We spent the night in tents in the village. It was one heck of a campout, surrounded by so many Turkana brothers and sisters.
Today, we presented the Gospel and asked who wanted to make a personal decision for Christ. Over 100 made professions of faith and were baptized in the river by Pastor Trent and Sammy.
This may have been the most amazing experience of my life. The team was blessed and, even more so, a blessing to the Turkana people. Please rejoice with me for the 100 new souls who will be in Heaven when we get there.

 

We just finished a 4 hour worship service at the SEND Center. It included much singing, mostly in Swahili, and a whole lot of energy, dancing, jumping and praise to the Lord. Many of the missionaries wore their native costumes to remind themselves that they are ministering to villages and must reach them where they are. Pastors Bob Petterson and Trent Casto from Covenant Church preached together from 1 Corinthians 1:1-3. They reminded us to expect great things from God, who is our power, and then attempt great things for God, in His power. We also commissioned 40 new missionaries and a large number of Sunday School teachers. Finally we concluded with communion. It was truly a day of worship to our great God.

 

 

OK, we’re approaching the finish line in Turkana. Tomorrow (Monday) we travel to Nayada village for one day of ministry and baptisms. Then Tuesday we go to Lopeisajait village. This will be our final ministry opportunity. God has led us and richly blessed us and you have prayed for us. It is all and more than we ever expected. (Aren’t our expectations of God always less than he delivers)? Anyway, keep praying for us…safety for travel on bad roads, receptive hearts and the right words and expressions as we minister. God is good. All the time!

 

Sammy’s Corner – Little by Little Becomes Much

It’s absolutely amazing the difference and lasting impact collective human generosity can make in the lives of other fellow human beings in a relatively very short time.

Growing up in Kenya, the Swahili proverb “Kidogo kidogo hujaza kibaba” – “Little by little fills the measure” – was a great motivational cliché at fundraiser events of all sorts in the 60s and 70s. Such events became commonly known as “Harambee” (“Let’s pull together”) meetings. They still are today. A community of people of all walks of life, tribe, creed, and economic status brought coins and bills to accomplish a perceived great cause.

Indeed, funds for my own travel to England for further studies were raised in such a Harambee meeting in my own hometown of Nakuru in January 1978. Kidogo kidogo became much in a couple of hours, making it possible for me to purchase my air ticket and proceed on my study mission in February. Little did I know that God would use the kidogo kidogo given by relatively few family members, neighbors, and friends from tribes other than mine to raise just enough funds for a flight that would change the course of my life forever!

Within five months of my time in England, God had called me – a young Kikuyu man – into ministry, specifically to a very different tribe from mine – the desert Turkana people of northwestern Kenya. It all started with denominations of shilling coins and small bills donated by well-wishers whose hearts were “willing and moved” (Ex. 35:21) to give. It was a Harambee! Kidogo kidogo they filled the kibaba that has produced results beyond one’s own wildest imagination (see www.shareint.net).

As I look back, I am grateful to the Lord and to each one of you who has prayed, and whose heart has been “willing and moved” to give kidogo kidogo as prompted by the Holy Spirit to fill the Share International measure since 1997. Together, we have set our focus on the very mission that God raised this ministry in 1989 to accomplish, vis-à-vis, training and sending indigenous missionaries to establish self-multiplying, holistic churches among the Turkana people. We have stayed “True North”, and God has been pleased to take your kidogo “five loaves” and your kidogo “two fish” to expand His dwelling place (Jn. 4:23, 24; 1 Cor. 3:9) in the hearts of many Turkana people.

We have faithfully distributed your “loaves” and “fish” among God’s own trained indigenous co-workers in His field. They have been encouraged and energized. In turn, they have faithfully multiplied the “Bread of Life” (Luke 9:16-17) and made disciples among those that the Holy Spirit has drawn to Christ (Jn. 6:35) across Turkanaland. As a result, Share has now shared the Gospel with over 290,0000 of the 1M Turkana people, expanding God’s Kingdom from 347 believers in 1997 to nearly 50,000 in 2016! God has used your kidogo kidogo to produce “a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was (you have) sown” (Mat. 13:8). It’s a phenomenal spiritual Harambee commitment with eternal impact!

Our goal is to expand God’s Kingdom even further among the remaining two-thirds unreached Turkana people by 2020, one village at a time. We have identified and documented at least 307 unreached villages. We have developed and printed an aggressive Strategy (view here) to guide us towards that goal.

To accelerate the momentum, the Share Board has approved a budget of $841,906.00 for 2017. Your kidogo kidogo will make it a reality! We’ll fill Turkanaland with the fullness of God that’s in Christ Jesus.

Kidogo kidogo jujaza kibaba! Harambee!

Please send your donation to Share International, Inc., P. O. Box 1011, Wolfforth, TX 79382, or donate online at www.shareint.net. We will continue to be good stewards of what you entrust to us.

I wish you a Christ-centered and most fruitful Year 2017!

Sammy Murimi, D.Min,
Director

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A Message from Sammy Murimi

Dear Share Partner,

STORM Children of KingdomIt’s exactly one week today since completion of the 10 days’ 2016 Short-Term Outreach and Relief Mission (STORM) in Turkanaland, Kenya. The Lord used the combined team of 18 Americans and 10 Africans, together with the Share staff and volunteer interpreters, to minister to 2,226 residents of six villages. A total of 1,526 viewed The Jesus Film in all six villages. Altogether, a total of 406 people received Christ as Savior!

Over 100 missionaries, including our current class of 39 missionary trainees, from across Turkanaland attended teaching/training sessions by STORM’s Bible Pathways and Eldership/Leadership teaching teams at the SEND Center each day. A total of 26 Sunday School teachers from various villages also received extensive training at the Center.

I invite you to visit http://shareint.net/storm/ to view and read reports about what the Lord did through this year’s STORM team.

Thank you SO MUCH for your continued prayers and financial support for the Share. Because of your intentional involvement with Share, many “beautiful feet” (Rom. 10:14,15) continue to be trained and sent to take the “good news” to the uttermost corners of Turkanaland. Our commitment is to reach the remaining 2/3 of the 1M Turkana people with the Gospel and plant as many self-multiplying, holistic churches as possible by 2020. We are staying the course for the Cause of Christ – one village at a time! We ask you to stay the course with us. Your increased support and prayers will help the “beautiful feet” on the battlefield accomplish the Mission.

Please see our donation page to make your donation online, or mail your donation to Share International, Inc., P.O. Box 1011, Wolfforth, TX 79382.

Serving the King of kings with you,

Sammy Murimi
(Turkanaland, Kenya)