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!

 

Pastor’s Training by Pastor Trent

This is tonight’s pastor training session. Pastor Trent gave a great lesson on Matt 28:19-20. He taught about the rythym of discipleship. Tomorrow, we leave very early for the remote village of Kaabanang. This is an unreached village…few if any have heard the Gospel there. Our team will go hut to hut in the morning, sharing about ourselves and Christ. Then we will have group sessions in the village center and show the Jesus film in the evening. We will also be spending the night there, in tents, so that we can begin early Saturday with our teaching and baptisms. PLEASE continue in prayer for us. This is a unique (and a little scary) experience for the team. We have some hesitant people but trust fully that God will give them/us strength. Good night.

STORM 2017 Update July 11 to July 13

July 11

Our team went out for the second day to Nariamao village. By day’s end, 26 had made professions of faith and were baptized by Pastor Bob and Sammy. Men, women and children came to know the Lord and the saints in Heaven rejoiced, along with us here. Our pastors continued their training. New concepts in rapid discipleship were shared. Not only do they want to reach their own tribe, they now have a vision of being missionaries to their neighboring tribes. They have a renewed passion for Matthew 28:19, “to go and make disciples of all nations.” It was a blessed day. We go to a new village tomorrow…Sopel. Keep praying as our work continues.

 

July 12

We journeyed an hour yesterday to the village of Sopel. Hundreds were there under trees waiting for our team to arrive. We were greeted by dancing and singing. Each team went to its assigned cluster of trees to minister to the people. Many professed their faith for the first time and will be baptized. We will return today, if that is possible, since it has rained all night! We are in the dry season and a severe drought. God has blessed this dry and thirsty land with abundant rain, an answer to prayer. The rivers will be flowing again in Turkanaland! Praise the Lord (but keep the mosquitoes away)!

 

July 13

We attempted to go back to Sopel today but the river was raging over the road we were on and we had to return to the Center. Just spent time in prayer together as a team. May this rain give the Turkana people the relief they have been praying for.