History of Share International

Sammy Murimi

Sammy gave his life to Christ on Sunday, December 2, 1973 while attending a Youth Camp at Man’gu High School in Kenya. He worked for Barclays Bank in Nairobi between 1976 and 1978 after completion of the “A Level” education between at Thomson’s Falls High School (now Ndururumo High School) in 1975.

In 1978, Sammy went to study Computer Programing in London, U.K. In the Spring of of that year, he attended a Missions Convention with his “adopted British parents” at the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade’s (WEC) Headquaters in Bulstrode (near London) where Brother Andrew was the speaker. It was at that convention that Sammy surrendered his life to the call of Missions, with no idea what all that meant.

In the Summer of 1978, Sammy traveled to Birmingham to visit a friend for a few days. As he watched the Black and White TV, BCC introduced and relayed a documentary on the Turkana and Rendile peoples of Kenya. By the end of the documentary, Sammy knew that God was calling him to reach the Turkana people with the Gospel; that that was the call a few months earlier!

After graduating from the six-month Computer Programming classes on Oxford Street, London, early that summer, Sammy had already applied to several Bible Colleges in Britain. As he waited and communicated about his calling with his parents back home, he read the book “Rees Howells, Intercessor” by Norman P. Grubb. Sammy wanted to experience God in a “real” way! He wanted to witness faith at work, just like Mr. Howells had. He knew that the Bible College of Wales in Swansea that was started by Mr. Howells, a “well-known teacher and prayer intercessor”, in 1924 was the place for him. (Interestingly, Mr. Howells had passed on to heaven on February 13th, 1950, exactly 28 years to the day before Sammy would embark on his journey to the U.K.!). Mr. Howells vision “was to ‘seed the nations’ with the Christian message.”

In August 1978, the Lord opened the door for Sammy to go to Bible College of Wales. He graduated with a Diploma in Bible and Theology in 1980. He took further courses on Missions at WEC’s Missionary Orientation Center under the teachers and authors David Burnett and Patrick Johnstone.

In 1981, Sammy returned home and served in a pastoral capacity at the Valley Road Nairobi Pentecostal Church for one year. His pastoral position brought him into contact with many missionaries and missionary leaders.

In 1982, Sammy accompanied a Swedish missionary on a Turkana language Christian ministry recording expedition to Lodwar town, the government seat of the vast desert Turkana District in northwestern Kenya. At that point Sammy knew very well that he was not adequately prepared for what he saw and experienced! He needed further training!

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The Murimis

The Murimis

Also, in 1982, Sammy and Mary were married. Soon after, Sammy went back to school at Pan Africa Christian College (PACC; now PAC University) in Nairobi while Mary taught in high school to support the family.

After graduation in 1984, Sammy was invited to serve as the first Dean of Students at PACU, where he also served as lecturer. He served in that capacity for 2 1/2 years. About 90% of the faculty at PACU comprised non-African missionaries, whom God used to enlarge Sammy’s vision for Missions.

After working with churches, missionaries, and Christian students in Kenya, Sammy became convinced that the local churches needed a thrust in the area of Missions, especially among the unreached people-groups within Kenya and beyond. He took the challenge afresh, believing God to make an impact to that end through his life. He saw the need for further preparation to equip him to meet the bigger challenge.

In 1986, Sammy and Mary, and their two sons, left Kenya for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS; now Trinity International University) in Deerfield, Illinois, where Sammy embarked on graduate studies in Missions. In 1990, he graduated with a Masters degree in Divinity, with a major in Missions. The Murimi family moved to Charleston, Illinois, the same year where Sammy graduated with a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University in 1992 while he pursued his doctoral degree at TEDS. In 1995 he graduated with a Doctor of Ministry in Missiology from TEDS.

Mary pursued further education as well beginning in 1987. In 1990 she graduated with a B.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition from Mundelein College in Chicago (now Loyola University). In 1992 she graduated with a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from Eastern Illinois University. The Murimi family moved to Ames, Iowa, in 1993 where Mary pursued her Ph.D. at Iowa State University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition in 1996.

In August 1998 the Murimi family moved to Ruston, Louisiana, where Mary has been a Professor of Human Nutrition in the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana Tech University. Sammy continues to serve with SI on full-time basis from Ruston. They have four children, David (27), Justus (53), Neema (21), and Baraka (19).

Share International (SI) Is Born

Share International, Inc. (SI) exists to share the Gospel and our very lives among the Turkana people of Kenya through training and sending indigenous missionaries to establish self-multiplying, holistic churches.

Share International (SI) grew out of the vision and inspiration of Sammy and Mary Murimi, Kenyan nationals. Sammy’s involvement in Missions goes back to Spring 1978 when the Lord called him specifically to Missions ministry at a convention in Bulstrode, England, when the keynote speaker – Andrew van der Bijl (“Brother Andrew”) – challenged those in attendance to heed the call to take the Gospel to the unreached people-groups. In summer that year, as Sammy watched a documentary on BBC TV in Birmingham featuring the nomadic Turkana people of northwestern region Kenya, he sensed a real burden to reach them with the Gospel.

On January 18, 1989, while studying for his M. Div/Missions degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Illinois, the words “share the gospel… (and) our lives” in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 made a strong impression on Sammy. It was at that moment that Share International (SI) was born.

In 1991, SI secured its U.S. Not-for-Profit status. In 1992, the U. S. and Kenya Boards of Directors were formed. In December that year, SI embarked on its first Short-Term Outreach & Relief Mission (STORM) among the Turkana people. SI has conducted annual STORM trips in Turkanaland ever since, with 250 American and 280 non-Turkana African participants.

In 2002 SI was registered in Kenya, and in 2003 SI and the Children of the Kingdom (COK) ministry merged to expand education and ministry opportunities for the Turkana children. In the same year, SI registered affiliation with the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), and 2007 registered membership with the U.S. Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). In 2016, SI registered membership with the African Council for Accreditation and Accountability (AfCAA).

Out of the 80 missionary students who graduated from our 3-year missionary training program in Lodwar in December 2006, 60 (who are now supported by Share) have reached over 280,000 Turkana people in remote villages. That includes 16,096 people reached between August 2015 and September 2016 alone, with 2,030 of them making a decisive, personal commitment to Christ as Savior and 85 baptized. Share is dedicated to encouraging new believers to participate in our Discipleship Program.

Beginning January 2016, SI set course on a 5-year Strategy (“Vision 2020”) to share the Gospel with the remaining unreached Turkana people by inaugurating a program that will train another 120 Turkana missionaries by 2020 at 40 students every 18 months. SI continues the commitment to train, send, and support Turkana missionaries who will continue to establish self-multiplying, holistic churches in Turkanaland. We continue to stay the calling and course that God gave to Sammy in England in the Spring and Summer of 1978. We invite you to join us to accomplish that cause.

We invite you to help SI accomplish more. You can contact us through e-mail, or by phone.  You can also read and view video clips about SI ministry, or donate to the ministry online.

The Vision is alive! The Mission will be accomplished! Only as we obey Christ’s Final Mandate to His Church (Matt. 28:18-20) will “…the desert tribes bow before Him…”.  (Ps. 72:9)

To God be all the glory!

Sammy Murimi