The Mestlers' Kenyan Connection
The Mestlers' Kenyan Connection  

OUR MOST RECENT PRAYER LETTER

July/August 2019

 

Dear Prayer Partners,

 

     What a great couple of months of ministry God has given us in Kenya! We want to share with you some of the highlights.

     We have been busy since June with the construction of the second phase of our church housing project. This will provide apartments for our church pastors and caretaker on the second floor of our church building. The Lord saw us through the critical work of pouring the concrete pillars and ceiling. We plan an another harambee (sacrificial offering) in November to complete the apartments to be occupied early in 2020.  Asante (Thanks) to everyone who gave to this project.

     The highlight of the “summer” was the wedding of Pst. Jimmy Mugo and Hanes Juma on Aug. 3. We have known Hanes since her birth and Jimmy since he was an elementary school student. This very committed Christian couple are already having great ministry with our children and youth. We look forward to how the Lord will use them in the years ahead.

    In early August Mike was part of a four-man team who made a survey trip to Ethiopia. This was to assist a young missionary intern who is considering a future ministry there among Somali refugees. The high point of the visit was meeting the pastors and members of an Independent Baptist Church who were won to Christ out of Islam. It was encouraging to see how God has enabled them to remain faithful to Christ amidst a great deal of persecution, including the burning down of their church building.

    On Sat., Aug. 17, our Bible College will be holding our annual Youth Day Seminar. This year’s theme is Youth Ministering to Youth. All our preachers will be young men who have already begun preaching. Please pray that our church youth will invite their unsaved friends to this special event and that several young men and women will receive Christ as Savior.

   Our house will be the scene of a children’s Sunday School picnic on Sat., Aug. 24. The Zion Rd. Independent Baptist Church college age group will be running the event. It is a reward for our faithful Sunday School students and also an evangelistic outreach to new children.

   We appreciate all of you who pray and give to allow us to minister here in Kenya.      

 

                           EARLIER 2019 PRAYER LETTERS

 

May 18, 2019

 

Dear Christian Friends,

         Hello to everyone from Kenya. Asante sana (Thanks much) for praying for us. Here is a short update and some words of praise and prayer requests:

PRAISE- For the past month we have been hosting the Binoka family- George, Lexie and their 9 month old baby Maylee. The Binokas are on deputation with our Mission, International Baptist Mission. They plan to join us in Kenya in May 2020. The Binokas' initial ministry will be assisting our local churches to evangelize and disciple college and university students.
                We have begun discipling a couple of new believers in preparation for baptism. Please pray for the spiritual growth of Wilchester and Evans.
               
PRAYER REQUESTS:
1) Children's Teachers Seminar on May 25. We are praying for each of the churches we have invited to send their children's teachers.
2) Harambee (Sacrificial Giving Sunday) on June 9. This is to raise about $5000.00 to continue on our building project which is staff housing at Zion Rd. Indep. Baptist Church.
    

Dear Prayer Partners,

 

     What a great couple of months of ministry God has given us in Kenya! We want to share with you some of the highlights.

     We have been busy since June with the construction of the second phase of our church housing project. This will provide apartments for our church pastors and caretaker on the second floor of our church building. The Lord saw us through the critical work of pouring the concrete pillars and ceiling. We plan an another harambee (sacrificial offering) in November to complete the apartments to be occupied early in 2020.  Asante (Thanks) to everyone who gave to this project.

     The highlight of the “summer” was the wedding of Pst. Jimmy Mugo and Hanes Juma on Aug. 3. We have known Hanes since her birth and Jimmy since he was an elementary school student. This very committed Christian couple are already having great ministry with our children and youth. We look forward to how the Lord will use them in the years ahead.

    In early August Mike was part of a four-man team who made a survey trip to Ethiopia. This was to assist a young missionary intern who is considering a future ministry there among Somali refugees. The high point of the visit was meeting the pastors and members of an Independent Baptist Church who were won to Christ out of Islam. It was encouraging to see how God has enabled them to remain faithful to Christ amidst a great deal of persecution, including the burning down of their church building.

    On Sat., Aug. 17, our Bible College will be holding our annual Youth Day Seminar. This year’s theme is Youth Ministering to Youth. All our preachers will be young men who have already begun preaching. Please pray that our church youth will invite their unsaved friends to this special event and that several young men and women will receive Christ as Savior.

   Our house will be the scene of a children’s Sunday School picnic on Sat., Aug. 24. The Zion Rd. Independent Baptist Church college age group will be running the event. It is a reward for our faithful Sunday School students and also an evangelistic outreach to new children.

   We appreciate all of you who pray and give to allow us to minister here in Kenya.      

 

January/February 2019

 

Dear Praying Friends,

        Greetings from Kenya!  We are happy to be back to Nairobi and are praising 

God for what He is doing in the life of the church as a whole as well as in individual lives.

       We had two special surprises in January and February as two wonderful, godly young people from Zion Road Independent Baptist Church proposed marriage to their sweethearts in front of the entire congregation.  Both accepted, and the church is delighted with the prospects of two more godly marriages within the year.

       Meanwhile, we have just begun putting a second floor on our church building for 1) an apartment for the Kenyan assistant pastor, and 2) two small apartments for living quarters for our custodian and a guest room for visitors and for us on weekends, since the church is forty minutes from our home. 

       Saving the best for last, we have just completed our fourth annual missions conference.  We had the privilege of having veteran missionary, Ted Daub, as our keynote speaker.  He did a wonderful job presenting the missionary mandate for workers and faith promise giving.  We did a SKYPE call to a Nigerian family, the Babalolas, who were on their way back home to Nigeria as church planters.  We then presented the Faith Promise program and were thrilled to see close to $200 promised on a monthly basis to missions.  We praise God that His people here are beginning to catch the vision for reaching out beyond themselves and even  beyond Kenya.

       Gail's recovery from her right-knee replacement surgery is on track.  She is making slow but steady progress by God's grace.  Thanks for so many prayers.

       

We praise God for

good attendance at Zion Road Independent Baptist Church and many first-time visitors,

commitment by our church members to give $200 monthly to missionary outreach, and

construction starting on housing for our church staff.

 

Please pray for

completion of staff-housing construction by July, 2019,

Gail's complete recovery from right-knee replacement surgery in January, and

godly wedding plans for Pastor Jimmy & Hanes and for Flevian & Jackie.

                           

                             With love to dear and faithful friends in Christ,

                             Your missionaries in Kenya,

                             Pastor Mike and Gail Mestler  John 3:30 

 

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Highlights of 2018

 

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is always a time of reflection.

We are looking back at an outstanding year of God's blessings in 2018, and we want to share with you in a few words the highlights.

 

On the second Sunday of 2018 we met Eric and Verna O. at a shop across the street from Zion Road Independent Baptist Church.  They were looking for a church that teaches the Bible. We lead Eric to Christ in an evangelistic Bible study.  They were baptized in March and have brought several of their friends to the church.

 

We celebrated three anniversaries in 2018: Mike's 50th  year of salvation, our 41st year of marriage, and 25 years of ministry in Kenya.  God has been faithful to us in every way.

 

A pastor and his wife in Georgia introduced us to a Facebook friend of theirs, Grace and her daughter Alicia.  They were baptized in April and have become faithful membrs of our church.  We have begun a weekly evangelistic Bible study in their apartment.  Grace has brought about a dozen visitors to our services.

 

We held our first Christian Family Life Seminar in July with over 100 people sitting wall-to-wall in our garage.  Two days of teaching on Biblical principles of marriage and family living was very challenging and encouraging for our church members.  We are already planning for a follow-up seminar in Octobr, 2019.

 

Thank you for your vital part in our ministry.  As you continue to pray for us we look forward to God doing even greater things in 2019,

 

In Kenya for Christ,

Mike and Gail Mestler (John 3:30)

 

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                      AN OVERVIEW OF OUR MINISTRY IN KENYA 

 

 

 

Mike and Gail Mestler

      Mike and Gail Mestler have been serving in Nairobi, Kenya, since April 1993. In order to pursue the burden for missions that the Lord had given them, Mike resigned from the Bernalillo Independent Baptist Church in Bernalillo, New Mexico, where he had served as assistant pastor until 1982, then as pastor until 1989. It was at this church that he met Gail and worked under her father, Bill White, who had planted the Bernalillo church several years earlier. Mike believes that the experience in pastoring this young church has helped prepare him for church planting in Kenya.

     The Mestlers chose Nairobi as the site of their church-planting efforts, and in May of 1994 they founded Christ's Independent Baptist Church in a residential section known as Lucky Summer Estate. The population of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, has risen to over four million as job-seekers from all over Kenya have made it their home. The booming 3.1% per year population growth rate in Kenya also helps contribute to the opportunity that Christ's Independent Baptist Church has to minister to many new residents in Lucky Summer. Over half of Kenya's fifty million people are children, and the church is hard pressed to keep up with the need for space for Sunday school and children's church. The church's other outreaches include men's and women's fellowships, a youth group, and a young adults' ministry.

      Christ's Independent Baptist Church was successfully turned over to national leadership in 2005. The pastor as of 2019 is Shadrach Munyalo who is serving faithfully with his wife Grace. The Mestlers continue in fellowship with the pastor and congregation and occasionally are invited to teach and preach at the church.

      In March of 2004 Zion Road Independent Baptist Church was begun as a branch work of Christ's Independent Baptist Church. At the present time (2019) the new congregation is averaging 120 people. After having met in a rented school building for several months, the church began in 2005 meeting in permanent buildings on its own property. Presnetly housing for the pastors and caretaker are under construction.

     Our third church, Sunton Independent Baptist Church, was planted in 2006. For the first time we were able to begin a church with national leadership at the beginning. The Kenyan missionary pastor is Lawrence Isoka who has been faithful in the ministry there together with his wife Rosemary.

     In 2010 we planted our fourth church, Raganga Indepedent Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pst. Charles Okari. Bro. Okari had a burden to begin a Fundamental Baptist church in his village in the western Kenya province of Kisii. His wife's name is Josephine. The church is projected to be indepdent of missionary support in July 2020.

    Together with four other Independent Baptist missionary families we began in 2008 Independent Baptist College of Ministry (IBCM). We are a Fundamental Baptist Bible College offering a 1 year diploma in Bible, a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree and a  Master of Arts Degree. All our students are active members of local Independent Baptist Churches. As of 2019 nine churches have been started by graduates of our college. IBCM has an Enrollment in August, 2019 of 35 students.      

    The Mestlers have been sent to Kenya by Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Rd. Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286 where Dr. Ken Endean is pastor. They are serving with Tri-City's mission board, International Baptist Missions, under the leadership of Dr. Larry Ball. International Baptist Missions is a Fundamental, Independent Baptist mission board with missionaries serving in Mexico, Singapore, Romania, Poland, Italy, Uruguay, Nigeria, Hong Kong , India, some Restricted Access Nations and the United States, as well as in Kenya.

   Mike and Gail's children, Rachel and Nathan, spent several years in Kenya but are now married and living in the States where they are active members of Tri-City Baptist Church.  Nathan is currently the president of International Baptist College and Seminary. The family's birthdays are Mike--February 10, Gail--December 5, Rachel--January 28, and Nathan--May 10. Mike and Gail's anniversary is April 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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