The SEED – December 2023

 In The SEED

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December 2023

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  – Luke 2:16-20

Year-End Message from Founder, Sammy Murimi

The Toposa Team has been very active this month; the Gospel of Christ has been spreading quickly! God has even touched the hearts of some of the witchdoctors in the area! The Team revisited 46 villages, teaching and encouraging the Champions as they lead Lighthouses. Since our October report, the Champions, Lighthouses, and Disciples that are making disciples of others have grown from 60 to 78 Champions, 60 to 78 Lighthouses, and 600 to 746 disciples, and they have expanded from 47 villages to 53!  In 2024 the Team is looking to start Sunday worship services in the villages that have multiple Lighthouses.

The Team also visited 17 new villages, screened The Jesus Film, and shared the Gospel message. In November, 126 people accepted Christ, and because there was enough water, 34 believers were baptized! The Team distributed 62 Audio Bibles, 4 hard-copy Bibles, and 31 DMM signage bookmarks.

Each team member travels a minimum of 40 miles each day to visit a single village, and they visit multiple villages each week. The closest villages are 20 miles from the field operations base. The Team has reached the villages closest to them. They will be expanding their outreach next year, traveling to villages that are 35-45 miles away.

Continue to pray for the Team in Toposa, that they would remain bold in their faith and continue diligently with the effort to reach the unreached homesteads.

A Champion sharing the Gospel message using the DMM Bookmark in Penypeny Village

Champion Lomilo Alibino sharing the Gospel with his village under the coaching of Missionary Ewoton Akiroto (standing right)

MIssionaries Joseph Lotubae and Peter Eriku Ekuwom baptizing the new believers in Penypeny Village

Missionary Peter Eriku Ekuwom having morning devotions with the people in a village

The Sending Center in Nachamae Village has officially opened! Although school is off for Christmas break, the children and parents came to the building to hear words of encouragement from the Kalobeyei Coordinator, Wilson Lopunguryei, that the school would begin in January. The children were excited to see that they had desks to sit in. The area Sunday School teacher led them in a time of singing and celebration that they now have a school where they can learn not only how to read and write, but also about Jesus and what He did for each one of them, and that they in turn can go and share the Good News with others. Milk packets were distributed to the pupils.
    Emmanuel Eris, an Adult Literacy Teacher, will be there teacher when school starts in January until a permanent teacher can be found. About 190 children will be learning at this Sending Center.

The children singing and celebrating with their Sunday School teacher

The children enjoying some milk

Kalobeyei Coordinator, Wilson Lopunguryei, addressing the children

Construction of the 9th Sending Center is now underway in Lokiding Village, Kalobeyei Zone. The building will be completed by the end of December. Only 5 more to go!

The completed Sending Centers are marked in red.

At the end of November, a SHARE team traveled to Lokori Zone, the southern-most zone in Turkana, to plant a church in Nayanae Katon Village. The Team did homestead-to-homestead evangelism; screened The Jesus Film with 105 people attending; had 2 open-air meetings with about 75 people attending; and Bible teaching times with 50-80 people attending over the 2-day period. A total of 45 people accepted Christ, and 7 were baptized. Motivator David Ekaran will shepherd this new church. He ministers to four other churches in the area as well.

The entire Lokori Zone has only eight Motivators overseeing 15 churches and 61 Lighthouses! It has been difficult to do ministry in this zone due to security issues from raiding bandits, resulting in nil DMM training by the Lodwar staff. Despite these challenges, the 61 Champions are discipling 260 believers. SHARE plans to distribute Audio Bibles to the Champions soon. There are 16 unreached villages in this zone. These villages will be reached at the earliest time possible.

The Team of Staff and Motivators doing homestead-to-homestead evangelism

Motivator David Ekaran praying for the people who accepted Christ following the screening of The Jesus Film

Motivators David Ekaran & Robert Ekale baptizing believers

Motivator Robert Ekale sharing during an open-air meeting

The Gospel message continues to spread throughout Turkanaland. There are over 13,000 children attending Sunday School every week under the tutorage of 292 Sunday School teachers. That means each SS teacher is teaching an average of 44 students! Fifteen children accepted Christ in November.

Simon Ekiru Lokadio’s Testimony

“Praise God! My name is Simon Ekiru Lokadio. I am saved, Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. I thank God for salvation. 

   I come from Keereng’ Village near Lokwii. I usually teach people the Word of God, and many have heard the Gospel including men, women, youth, and children. We meet thrice a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
   The Word of God has been helpful to us, and we are going forward disseminating it to the various parts of Turkanaland, just as Christ said that whoever will believe in me should go and make disciples of others. People have come to Church in multitudes. They are very active in attending Lighthouse meetings, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

  The Audio Bibles distributed to us are one of the tools for spreading the Word. We appreciate and acknowledge its effectiveness. Therefore, we urge for more. We enjoy listening to the Word of God in our own dialect because it is more comprehensible. Some people lack Audio Bibles, and that’s why there is an urge for more. We have realized that through spreading God’s Word, many Turkana residents will be empowered and can acquire knowledge. The Word of God is a necessity in our very lives. Thank you. God bless.”

PRAISES

– Many saved and baptized in Toposaland and Turkanaland in November
– Construction of the Next-Gen Center in Lokiding, Kalobeyei Zone nearing completion!
 – Construction of all remaining 5 Next-Gen Centers has now been funded!
– Successful fundraising in churches in 8 of the 10 zones so far this year by Staff and Motivators
– Successful outreach and church plant in Nayanae Katon Village, Lokori Zone
– Evident effectiveness of the contextualized DMM Curriculum used in teaching throughout Turkanaland, Toposaland, and Nyang’atomland
 Rain in Turkanaland & Toposaland!

PETITIONS

– That the Toposa Missionaries will remain bold in sharing the Gospel message

– Continued growth of Next-Gen children, construction of the remaining 5 Centers, and finding qualified teachers for each of the Centers
– Availability of clean water at all 10 DMM Centers and 14 Next-Gen Sending Centers
– Motivators and Evangelists shepherding the many churches in Turkanaland and Toposaland
– Peace between the Turkana and the Pokot tribes along the Kalemng’orok and Lokori Zones’ borders
– Fundraising & Outreach in Kalemn’gorok Zone in December
– Readiness for greater outreach in 2024
    With the end of 2023 quickly approaching, I invite you to prayerfully consider making a contribution of any amount towards this year’s remaining budget of $120,032. We are confident the Lord will provide. Thank you SO MUCH for demonstrating your love for the Lord and His people in 2023  through your prayers and support.
    Together we enter 2024 with even greater confidence that, because we believe, the Lord will do even ‘greater things than these’ (John 14:12) as we stay focused on Him and His mission!
“For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done…”
(Aaron Boyd / Andrew Mccann / Ian Jordan / Peter Comfort / Peter Kernaghan / Richard Bleakley)

– Sammy 

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Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and support!

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