Shelby family & Kenya 🇰🇪 Update:

The kids & I attended church here in Kisii, & We had a really good service. Pastor Andrew preached on bearing one another’s burdens. The alter was full.2018 seemed to get off to rough start for our church here, but the trials are drawing all of closer together in a spirit of unity that we have not experienced here before. When the leaders were discussing the theme for our new year & chose “Striving
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Thank you for your prayers!

Thank you to everyone who prayed for us today. There were nearly 1,000 people at the funeral today & they were very receptive to the message. We cannot give you a number of precious souls saved, because there were too many to count! Praise the Lord!And after a month long wait for the funeral, this young family now has some closer. Your prayers are always appreciated!
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Please pray for the funeral of Bro. James...

If you are awake now, we ask that you pray as the Word of God will be preached in just a few minutes. We are at the funeral of one of our deacons, & a majority of his family is unsaved. We ask that you pray that many will listen to a clear presentation of the Gospel & be saved today.Please pray for his wife & children & our church family during this time.Thanks in advance!
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November 2017 - January 2018 Update

Printable Version (PDF)Thank you for your prayers for the country of Kenya and our family during these past few months.  We are writing to you today with a quick update since we have been delayed in getting a regular Prayer Letter sent out to everyone. We do apologize for being late on our normal communication with you, your family, and your church.  This is not a regular Prayer Letter, but
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Orphan Ministry Update

Printable Version (PDF)Orphan Ministry Update Over the last year we have needed to re-evaluate our orphan ministry and upgrade some things according to the current needs of the children. We have finished most of the work on the fencing and are doing maintenance and repair on some of the buildings. We also needed to get new mattresses, blankets, and mosquito nets for all of the children. We have used
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A great Sunday in Sidundo!

We had a great day at church last Sunday at Calvary BC in Sidundo Village. The building was FULL & we had 3 first time visitors & 1 lady accepted Christ as her Savior!Bible College got off to a great start today as well. Keep Calvary BC in the Village of Sidundo in your prayers!There is so much potential outreach from this 1 church, pray that we take the steps that God wants us to go in next.
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Camp singing 🎤!

Camp singing 🎤!Link to video BELOW:Camp Singing SidundoLink to video BELOW:Camp Singing Sidundo 2
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Youth Camp out in the Village Update!

We had over 55 teens, and were 7 saved out in the village, despite the devil's attempts to stop things! So we praise the Lord for HIS goodness!
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Water day fun!

Water day fun at Youth Camp & a practical joke!Link to video BELOW:Water Fun Day
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First Day of Youth Camp in Sidundo

Opening day of Youth Camp at Calvary BC in Sidundo village!Choosing up some Teams for the week of Fun & Teaching/Preaching from God's Word.Link to video BELOW:1st Day of Camp in Sidundo Village
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A time of singing at Camp!

A time of singing st Camp! This was the time of singing together before closing out the week of Camp.Link to video BELOW: Camp singing
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Last Day of Camp

Last Day of Youth Camp in Kisii. And the teens were getting up & giving testimonies about being thankful that the Lord allowed them to attend this week, and also about how the Lord had made some changes in their hearts & attitudes.We ended up with over 90 in attendance for the week, and we have had 19 young people come to know the Lord as their Savior this week!Link to video BELOW:Last Day of Camp
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Camp Fun!

Youth Camp fun!Link to video BELOW: Camp Fun
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Youth Camp - Calvary BC Kisii

First day of Youth Camp is going GREAT! We started with about 70 this morning for our first sessions. We had 7 young ladies trust Christ as their Savior already! Continue to pray for lives to be changed this week!
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Our 1st Service Back Home in Kisii

The series of blog post that you will see over the coming weeks will show a current date, but due to the FULL schedule that we have had since arriving back in Kenya; we have not had time to post regular blog updates. We do apologize for that! We will post the date at the top of each of these new posts showing when the event(s) took place.June 5, 2016Our first service back at Calvary Baptist Church
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October-November 2016 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Praying Friends and Faithful Supporters, October-November 2016What an amazing God we serve!  We just want to Celebrate God’s Faithfulness! It is an exciting experience to serve the Lord on the mission field.  I would choose nothing else for mine and my family’s lives to have meaning as a Christian who wants to serve God.  There are
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January-March 2015 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Praying Friends, January-March 2015We want to thank you for your good response in scheduling meetings for our return to the States for our upcoming furlough. Please pray for us during this furlough as we will need to raise more family support, since our two oldest daughters will begin Bible College in the fall and ministry support for our Church Planting, Bible
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September-December 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable (PDF) VersionDear Prayer Partners,Happy New Year, 2015! We want to thank you for your prayers and support over this past year. God has enabled us to get so many things done this year. We are excited to be in our new building in Kisii. We have been using the new building since the first week in November, and we have already seen around 30 saved in services and during Youth Camp. We were
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June-August 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Praying Friends, June - August 2014It has been a busy few months since we wrote, and a lot has taken place. In July, while traveling home from our church in Sidundo (where we baptized 13), I had a serious problem with our vehicle. The engine threw a rod, which blew out a large hole in the block, so I had to get towed back to Kisii Town (should
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April-May 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Supporters,Thank you for your prayers for our family over the past two months, while Tonya and Abigail have been in the USA for their medical furlough.  They have finished everything, and they will be traveling home to Kenya May 24th-25th.Abigail also graduated from Jacksonville Christian Academy (our home church's school), got her driving permit, did a lot of
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January-February 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Supporters, Happy New Year from the Shelby Family. We have had a very busy ending to 2013 and the starting of 2014. God has blessed in many ways, and we are excited about His work for this New Year. Abigail is finishing her last semester of 12th grade, and she will going back to the USA to graduate with our home church’s school graduation in
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August - November 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Partners and Supporters,We thank you for your prayers for Tonya as she was in the USA getting more treatments and B-12 shots, in October, to use here.  She should have enough to get her through until May of next year, when she is scheduled for another round of tests.We are finishing the year for the our Bible College, and on November 30th we will have a graduation
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July 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters, Praying Friends and Family,Greetings from Kenya! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family and ministry in Kenya. We had a good time visiting with other missionaries for the 4th of July. God bless America!!!Orphan Ministry:We are currently using much more money to help meet the needs of the children than we have coming in. We have received
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October 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends, October 2012We want to thank you for your prayers and support for our family, and our ministries that God is continuing to bless. Over the last few months it has been very busy, and it has been difficult to get a letter out. Electricity and internet have also been a problem in trying to get a letter
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4th Anniversary

During the months of March and April, we were evangelizing as much of the area around our church in Kisii town as possible. Kisii has a population of over 100,000 people, and we were able to get into the homes of about 3,000 people who live around the church. We passed out a total of around 10,000 John and Romans and 20,000 tracts to people all over town. It seems like just a small amount compared
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Bring Them in Campaign

We want to thank all of you who have been praying for our "Bring Them In" campaign. The Lord is truly blessing everyone's efforts.Today was Children's Day. We gave out bags of popcorn to every person who came today. (We popped 5 kg. of popcorn yesterday evening!). And we had our Annual Baby Dedication Service too. We had 5 couples who came to dedicate their young children today. Please
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Church Planting

We are church planting missionaries; and we strive to plant indigenous Baptist churches that are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. God has allowed us and some of our College graduates to start 18 such churches since we arrived in Kenya in 1999.We believe that the purpose that God has given us (as Christians) in the “Great Commission” is to witness and see souls saved by the
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Bro. Joel Tito Yugi’s Funeral Service

This is the second of the two funerals that we had, that were so close to our ministries. We had a major role to play for Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii. Tito was the man instrumental in running things on the ground for the opening of a school, which has an outreach for orphans. Tito had this vision early last year, and he came to us. After talking to him and showing him the clear plan of salvation,
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Bro. Tom Maronga’s Funeral

Bro. Tom Maronga's Funeral ServiceThank you for praying for Bro. Tom's family. Rose and her children are doing well. And we are sorry for the delay in getting this update to you. The funeral was on June 30, 2009; and there were approximately 600 people in attendance. There was a bit of excited emotions among the family members concerning different traditions; but the Lord enabled us (as the church
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Urgent Prayer Request

Dear Praying Friends,Many of you will remember that we asked you to pray for Bro. Tom Maronga (our Youth Pastor at Calvary BC, Kisii) about a month ago. He seemed to do better and was at home for the past 3 weeks. Late last night his family rushed him to the hospital here in Kisii Town, but there was not anything the doctors could do. He went home to be with the Lord at about 5 AM today (6-12-09).
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Ladies’ Retreat at Camp Lukenya!

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Ladies' Retreat at Camp Lukenya! There were 147 ladies from 13 Independent Baptist Churches represented at the meeting!We want to thank everyone who prayed for our safety while we made the 9 hour trip to the camp on Saturday and for our return trip to Kisii on Tuesday. The Lord blessed, and we made the entire trip without difficulty! Thank you for your prayers!Our
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Ladies’ Retreat

It is time for the annual Ladies' Retreat in Nairobi! Please pray for Tonya and our ladies (10 altogether) from Calvary BC, as they travel to the retreat. They will be leaving at 7 AM tomorrow (Saturday, 30th), and they will have about a 9 hour trip. They will be returning to Kisii on Tuesday. Please pray for their safety as they travel back and forth, that our van will not have any mechanical
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Answered Prayer!

Isn't it wonderful when God answers our prayers! In our last blog "A Busy Weekend," we had made mention of several things to pray for; and we just wanted to give you an update on our people.Both Winnie Maiko & daughter-Ann, and Cecilia Paul & son-Luka are doing wonderful! Winnie and her baby have been able to return to church services and all other meetings. Cecilia and her family live very
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A Busy Weekend!

Hello to all of you! We pray that this "post" finds you and your family doing well.We had a VERY busy weekend, but it was wonderful to see the Lord working in the lives of our people here in Kisii Town.Saturday began with:"Children's Workers" meeting at 9 AM.Visitation at 10 AM to 12 PM.11 AM our family went to make a "Home Visit" to a mother and new baby (we got back to town around 4:30 PM). A "Home
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Calvary Baptist Church – Kisii Town “2nd Anniversary Service”

We started Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, with 101 in attendance. We had 202 attend our 1st Anniversary Service in 2008. And we praise the Lord once again for His blessings this year. On April 12, 2009, the Lord allowed us to have 286 in attendance and 3 came forward for salvation!We are thankful to see many members who are now maturing under the preaching
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

January 25, 2009, was a milestone at Calvary Baptist Church in Kisii Town.  This church will be two years old the 2nd Sunday in April; but on this Sunday, Calvary BC celebrated its official "Organization Service."  Now this church will have the Biblical authority to send out National preachers to start new churches around our region of Kenya.  This has been a really big step for this church.  Please
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Calvary Baptist Church - Kisii Town

Calvary Baptist Church's theme for 2009 is "Church in Action."   Whether it is "Men in Action," Women in Action," "Witnessing in Action," or "Forgiveness in Action;" we are trying to get everyone in the church involved in something.  The month of February is "Love in Action" month.  We have been having Bible Study lessons and preaching on "Love."  Love is not something the
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