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,
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