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Wallaces: Serving in Kenya

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Shawn & Heather Wallace and their kids will be visiting The Crossing this week and serving at Kids Club. If you run into them, give them a warm Crossing welcome!! This post from the ESI archive tells more about their work in Nairobi, Kenya:

Shawn and Heather Wallace serve in Nairobi, Kenya at New City Fellowship (NCF), a partner church of The Crossing–where Christine Simon and Windy Shull just spent almost 2 weeks. New City Fellowship’s mission is to share the love of Christ and seek racial reconciliation through the power of the gospel in a diverse and challenging city where people are divided not just by race but also by culture, economics and spiritual background. Shawn and Heather are in the trenches—on the front lines—taking the gospel to a hurting, dying, conflict-ridden city. A video about their work can be seen here: video overview.

Join us for a Meet & Greet with The Wallaces this Sunday between all services in Rm. 225.

Donate to The Wallaces’ work in Nairobi, Kenya.1511603_10208958499219017_1300314820328088032_oShawn co-pastors at New City Fellowship with Joe Muutuki. He also works in outreach to the Hindu Community in Nairobi by building relationships and having caring meaningful interactions over time. He mentors Christian men and church leaders with a vision for equipping them to more effectively reach those around them. Shawn has been taking on a new role teaching chronological bible storytelling to Kenyan pastors who use this technique to communicate the gospel in rural areas to semi-literate people groups. By taking on this new role, Shawn is helping free up other team members for greater leadership and administration responsibilities.

100_5332-150x150Heather co-leads the Sunday School program at New City Fellowship where many believers from various backgrounds seek to train their children in biblical education across the cultural divides listed above. She also mentors women through NCF and administers the summer interns program for their team. She does all this while sharing their one vehicle with Shawn, keeping their household running (no small task in Nairobi), and juggling the schedules of their three kids who remain at home—ages 16, 14 and 11. (Their oldest son is in college at their alma mater in New York.)

Diversity, Conflict and Reconciliation in Nairobi:
Nairobi has many different people groups who have all converged to create a truly international city. Many nations have their embassies in Nairobi and even more relief agencies use Nairobi as a jumping-off location and home for their East Africa offices. This means many thousands of expatriates from the US and other parts of the West call Nairobi home and need a congregation to meet their spiritual needs. Read more via the link below…

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

Missionary Meet and Greet: Sun. Nov 5th

On Sun. Nov 5th, we are excited to host missionaries, Joe & Elfi Muutuki. They serve in Nairobi, Kenya, a diverse and challenging city where they share the love of Christ and seek gospel-centered racial reconciliation. Joe is senior pastor at New City Fellowship, a church with longstanding ties to The Crossing. He also leads the Kenya Advisors, the council that monitors all of our Kenya Projects. Elfi leads women’s ministry. Stop by their table in the lobby to extend a warm welcome and find out more about their work. During the 11am hour, they will be speaking and taking questions about their Racial Reconciliation work. See EntryPoint and your worship folder for location.

This post details some of the work they are doing in Nairobi:

Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Pray for Kenya to find a way through to peaceful election of their President. They are still awaiting the new election after the one earlier this year was nullified by their Supreme Court. They are still having riots and street violence: Protests Banned After Presidential Opposition Candidate Withdraws

Sources:

  • ESI archive
  • Joe & Elfi Muutuki
  • PBS.org/newshour/

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Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Our missionary partners, Joe and Elfi Muutuki, will be visiting The Crossing in October. We are still working to nail down the exact timing of their visit and wanted you to watch for the upcoming announcement. Here is the profile Keith Simon wrote about their gospel work when they last visited The Crossing in 2011. Since then, Joe has completed his PhD from University of Stellenbosch’s graduate theology remote-learning program. UofS-T is located near Cape Town in South Africa.

Learning the Gospel From Joe and Elfi

Joe and Elfi Muutuki visited Columbia early this week. Joe is a native Kenyan who pastors New City Fellowship in Nairobi. He speaks several languages, has a two masters (one from Germany and one from Covenant in St. Louis), and is writing his dissertation to finish his PhD. The Crossing and KCLP have partnered with Joe and others to work in Kenya helping orphans, educating children, planting churches, and training local pastors. There is much happening as a result of our partnerships but instead of focusing on that, I’d like to share some ways that they showed me the gospel.

1. New City Fellowship is unique among Kenyan churches in that it focuses much of it’s attention on the 200,000 Asians (mostly Indians) who live in Nairobi. This Asian subculture is mostly isolated from African culture and there are lots of suspicions that each group shares about the other. Because New City is committed to share the love of Christ with cultural “outsiders”, the grace of the gospel is magnified. Africans befriending and worshiping with Asians in the name of Christ is a demonstration of the power of the gospel to triumph over cultural divisions. It shouts, “Christ is supreme not racial and cultural heritage!”

In heaven when we worship Christ with believers from every “tongue, tribe, and nation”, we will see the glory of Christ shine. Every Sunday at New City, one can get a peek into what heaven’s worship will be like.

Read the rest of this archived story:

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

906866_277234115792373_3720417118611389151_oShawn and Heather Wallace serve in Nairobi, Kenya at New City Fellowship (NCF), a partner church of The Crossing–where Christine Simon and Windy Shull just spent almost 2 weeks. New City Fellowship’s mission is to share the love of Christ and seek racial reconciliation through the power of the gospel in a diverse and challenging city where people are divided not just by race but also by culture, economics and spiritual background. Shawn and Heather are in the trenches—on the front lines—taking the gospel to a hurting, dying, conflict-ridden city. A video about their work can be seen here: video overview.

Join us for a Meet & Greet with The Wallaces this Sunday between all services in Rm. 225.

Donate to The Wallaces’ work in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenya Missions: There and Here

DSC03481Christine Simon and Windy Shull are currently in Nairobi, Kenya visiting our partner ministries. Then on July 24th, The Crossing will host The Wallaces, a missionary family who is visiting from our main partner congregation in Nairobi, New City Fellowship. It’s exciting to see God weaving greater connections between The Crossing and our partner ministries in Kenya. Thank God for his work in Kenya and ask him to continue to grow our partnerships there.

Mission Spotlight: Kenya

One of the main reasons The Crossing started partnerships in Kenya was a desire to train and equip indigenous church leaders to effectively take the gospel to their own people. We are motivated by love for the Kenyan people and a desire for them to know God more deeply. Since 2006, The Crossing has been growing our cooperative connection with New City Fellowship-Nairobi, our main partner church in Kenya, and with the AEPC (African Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

Most AEPC congregations in Kenya are very poor. Almost all are located in remote rural areas, though a few serve urban slum and ethnic minority populations. AEPC pastors are rarely able to complete bible courses at the 2-year diploma level, much less strive for bachelors or masters degrees in theology.

Our partnerships in Kenya now include:

  • pastoral education (including BATS and MATS)
  • Christlike leadership development
  • church planting
  • mentoring indigenous evangelists to reach their own ethnic groups
  • emergency relief
  • racial and tribal reconciliation
  • education and healthcare for marginalized populations including:
    • orphans and vulnerable children
    • refugees