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.
Doug Neve & Sammy Murimi
STORM-2017 Team Leaders