Sammy Murimi is the founder and former director of Share International.
In the Summer of 1978, while studying in the U.K., Sammy watched 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!
In August 1978, Sammy went to Bible College of Wales (BCW) and graduated with a Diploma in Bible and Theology in 1980. He took further studies on Missions at WEC’s Missionary Orientation Center in Bulstrode near London.
In 1981, Sammy returned home to Kenya 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 from the West.
In early 1982, Sammy accompanied a Swedish missionary to Lodwar (the government seat of the vast desert Turkana District in northwestern Kenya). The purpose of the trip was to explore this land to which the Lord had called him. Sammy realized he was not adequately prepared for what he saw and experienced! He needed further preparation and training!
In November 1982, Sammy and Mary married. Soon after, Sammy went back to school at Pan Africa Christian College (PACC) in Nairobi while Mary taught in high school to support the family.
After graduation in 1984, Sammy was invited to serve as lecturer and first Dean of Students at PACC (now Pan Africa Christian University – PACU). He served in that capacity for 2 1/2 years. About 90% of the faculty at PACC comprised missionaries from the West, whom God used to enlarge Sammy’s vision for Missions.
After working with churches, missionaries, and Christian students in Kenya, Sammy realized more and more that the local churches needed a thrust in Missions, especially to 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) in Deerfield, Illinois, where Sammy embarked on graduate studies in Missions. In 1990, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Divinity, with a major in Missions. In the same year, Sammy and his family moved to Charleston, Illinois where he and Mary graduated with Master’s degrees in Educational Administration and Nutrition respectively from Eastern Illinois University in 1992.
In 1993, Sammy and their four children moved to Ames, Iowa, where Mary undertook a Ph.D. program in Nutrition at Iowa State University. In 1995, Sammy graduated with a Doctor of Ministry in Missiology from TEDS and Mary from ISU in 1996.
Sammy started to serve with Share International on a full-time basis in 1996, making his debut in Turkanaland on the first Short-Term Outreach & Relief Mission (STORM) with Americans and Africans in 1997. He has led STORM trips to Turkanaland each year since 1997.
In August 1998, the Murimi family moved to Ruston, Louisiana, where Mary was Professor of Human Nutrition at Louisiana Tech University for 14 years. In 2012, Sammy and Mary moved to Lubbock, Texas, where Mary is Professor of Nutrition at Texas Tech University. Sammy runs the Share ministry from his office in Wolfforth, TX (a city near Lubbock).
God has blessed Sammy and Mary with four children – David, Justus, Neema, and Baraka; two daughters-in-law – Stephanie and Brandy; and four grandsons – Daniel, Ezekiel, Bradyn, and Moses.