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    denominations we provide funding for orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa The support we receive is sent directly to our partnering Bishops to provide school fees tuition books and uniforms This support ensures that the children receive an education and a measure of stability needed to rebuild their minds We currently have children registered for sponsorship in Kenya Uganda and Tanzania Thru our support we are

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    an education and a measure of stability needed to rebuild their minds We currently have children registered for sponsorship in Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Rwanda Thru our support we are giving the gift of HOPE History African Team Ministries was founded in 1984 by Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda In the last 25 years we have been blessed with the chance to work with many bishops churches and God driven

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    physically on earth today He would do the same thing the church and our friends in America are doing We therefore thank our friends who have generously given their contributions towards helping the needy After the distribution residents were interviewed They were very grateful for what the church is doing for them We are very happy with what the church is doing In fact were it not for the assistance our situation could be much worse The problems in Kitui can be solved if only there could be a lasting solution to their problem The land is productive but the rain frustrates them year by year According to the residents the last time they harvested a good harvest was in 1992 The local and national church is appealing to friends with like minds to come in and help drill water in areas of high dependency The church has witnessed the potential the people of Kitui have We are very hard working but we cannot achieve much When we plant the rain comes and after a short while it disappears Then everything that we planted is scorched lamented Koki Mulu She continued If only we can get water we can plant horticultural plants and support our families WATER CHANGES LIFES What does having clean abundant water mean to a rural community in the arid area of Kenya It means they can grow enough food for both people and animals so that cattle don t look like living skeletons and so people don t sicken and die as they are weakened by malnutrition It means they have enough water for cattle dips so their livestock can be protected by tick borne diseases It means the reduction and even elimination of water related diseases These include diseases such as typhoid cholera dysentery diarrhea and infectious hepatitis They result from germs ingested through drinking contaminated water or by washing food utensils hands or face with it Although so many lack water it is the most common substance on earth In America we often take this most common substance for granted It s always there plentiful and clean at the turn of a faucet when we are thirsty or want to wash clean fresh water In Kenya the job of finding and carrying water falls to women and children Journeying to and from the water hole can be debilitating often burning 90 of food consumed each day as they trek four to six hours to collect supplies In response to the drought and as a follow up to providing food for families in the drought and famine areas African Team Ministries is helping to solve the long term problem of a clean and reliable water supply by providing pumps to communities to pump clean water BISHOP GERARD MPANGO VISITING FROM TANZANIA Bishop Mpango served as the second Bishop of Western Tanganyika from 1983 2010 During his leadership it grew to 500 000 Anglicans and it was then subdivided He has represented the church in Tanzania

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    News Contact Us Display Information Products Contact Us Shipping Address African Team Ministries 1800 S Myrtle Ave Monrovia CA 91016 Mailing Address African Team Ministries P O Box 115 Sierra Madre CA 91025 Phone 1 800 456 0843 Fax 1

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    process When you receive the box this information will be in a packet as well with other useful paperwork All the items will be individually priced for purchase One 8 foot table should be sufficient but two is ideal Inventory accounting procedures cost of shipping are handled by African Team Ministries The money your church raises is needed PROMPTLY Please mail the money credit card slips EACH WEEK Do not wait for the checks still to come in mail what you have and the rest asap Checks can be made out to African Team Ministries or to your church We accept AMEX VISA MASTERCARD please write clearly and with dark ink your credit card info PLEASE DO NOT put the money checks or credit card slips in the craft box Mail all proceeds we provide an envelope in the packet to this address African Team Ministries P O Box 115 Sierra Madre CA 90125 Please save all packing materials for returning your unsold items after you have finished your display Once the display is finished and you are ready to repack the remaining items and get the box picked up by UPS please follow these steps Please place all the jewelry in a large plastic bag not necessarily in their individual bags Wrap the soapstone items in the bubble wrap they came in or each in a large plastic bag Use the packing popcorn and original box to return items If there is any empty space at the top of the box once you have put your unsold items in it cut each corner of the box enough to fold over so there is no extra space see diagram below This process helps us receive the items back in good condition not broken Tape the box securely and now your

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    Us News Contact Us Display Information Products Products Hello and Thank You for visiting our site We are reorganizing and resupplying our online store Please see the photos of our products below to get an idea of what kinds of

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    unrest displaced 350 000 persons from their homes Bishop Zablon was very active in caring for the displaced people and helping with their rehabilitation The Methodist Church in Kenya together with other churches has been involved in taking care of the displaced persons by providing them with clothes medicines food books for school going children blankets and other necessary items that contribute to their comfort while they live in camps Counseling services have also been offered Bishop Zablon was a guest at the recent Florida Annual Conference in Daytona Beach and presents a beautiful giraffe to Bishop Timothy Whitaker ORPHAN S DREAM COMES TRUE Dear Sponsor I have written this letter to thank you for the good things you gave me I don t stop thanking you because you have made my dreams come true you have made my heart achieve better studies leading me to be an important person in the future Even if I lost my parents but you replaced them According to what you have done for me I will also put in much effort so that I perform very well in the class and whatever I am doing Thank you Thank you Thank you Ssesanga Martin CHRISTMAS GIFTS OF MOSQUITO NETS On December 26th Methodist Bishop Wellington Sanga completed the distribution of 560 mosquito nets Bishop Sanga is providing insecticide treated bed nets to people in his community The first priority is to provide them to children and pregnant women to prevent malaria infections and death The sad and staggering fact is that in Africa every year over 700 000 children die needlessly from this completely preventable disease Each year according to the World Health Organization some 500 million people are infected with mosquito borne illnesses dengue malaria yellow fever and various forms of encephalitis including the West Nile virus Malaria a preventable and treatable disease is one of the biggest killers of young children in Africa Overall the disease which is transmitted by mosquitoes kills an estimated 1 million people annually the vast majority of them in Africa One of the most effective preventive measures against malaria is to sleep under insecticide treated mosquitoes bed nets Some of the people raising their nets in appreciation Bishop Sanga talks to the congregation after the church service on Dec 26th and gives instruction and demonstration to the people how to use the nets CRAFTS FOR ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MARKETS New this year is a gourd nativity The gourd is hollowed out and the nativity of banana fiber is set inside Here a group of woodcarvers are carving some of the crafts sent to us from East Africa FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES PRESBYTERIAN UNIVERSITY In 2007 the Presbyterian College received full accreditation from the Commission for Higher Education for Kenya granting it full University status Projected student growth in 2011 12 is 1650 students The Presbyterian University in Kikuyu Kenya is a center for academic excellence in the provision of Christian transformational education guided by the etiquettes of professional integrity self reliance and service to God and humanity Mission Statement The University s mission statement is to establish and maintain a leadership role in the pursuit and advancement of knowledge through programs designed to develop the spirit mind and body and to provide moral leadership in society based on Christian foundations and values African Team Ministries has supported the Presbyterian University and its predecessor the Presbyterian College for twenty five years and continues to offer support FALL 2011 FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE RECEIVES FULL UNIVERSITY STATUS On August 10 2007 Presbyterian College received a letter of accreditation from the Commission for Higher Education for Kenya granting it full university status The academic courses to be offered in 2008 2012 are as follows Bachelor of Theology 2006 07 Bachelor of Business Administration 2006 07 Bachelor Science in Economics 2006 07 C Sc Computer Science 2007 08 Bachelor of Laws 2008 09 Bachelor of Arts Sociology Criminology 2008 09 The projected student growth is Year 2008 2009 280 Year 2009 10 680 Year 2010 11 1090 Year 2011 12 1500 THE SAD STORY OF WIDOW RUTH by Dr John Gicheru After my recent visit in the US with Presbytery leaders and to visit churches I returned home to find my friend Ruth had passed away Ruth was a born again committed Christian who loved singing for the Lord attending keshas overnight prayer meetings and going for missions She was also a widow like my friend Mumbi her husband had died about five years ago leaving her with three children the youngest being one year old The death of her husband heralded a time of tribulations for Ruth and her children Soon after the burial her in laws husband s family led by her husband s mother invaded her house and grabbed by force the best of the household items they could lay their hands on sofa sets TV radio blankets utensils name them and took off Overnight Ruth was reduced from a self supporting mother to a destitute widow and her children to desperate orphans This dastardly action left the village abuzz with all kinds of rumors the most persistent one being that Ruth s husband had been killed by the Kamdudu and it was just a matter of weeks before the Kamdudu claimed Ruth and her youngest child Friends came to Ruth s assistance but her family shunned her like the plague and continued to torment her with malicious gossip Ruth refused to discuss with anyone concerning her husband s death or the rumors about the Kamdudu put on a brave face and continued to struggle to fend for her family She occasionally complained about flu and aches and used over the counter non prescription medicines and rarely visited the local dispensary Ruth was hospitalized due to a sudden illness and spent about two weeks in the hospital She died at her home a week after discharge from the hospital Ruth was 45 years old and left three children the last named Joy aged 6 years What will happen to her children SUMMER 2011 FOR THE METHODIST CHURCHES CUP RUNNING OVER By Festo Kivengere Founder of African Team Ministries In the 23rd Psalm David says My cup runneth over Is your cup running over at the beginning of 2011 David was speaking about his life comparing it to a cup At the time he wrote his life was overflowing Now David lived an ordinary life of problems difficulties sickness bereavements and sin How could he honestly say that his life was full and running over In Psalm 32 he said his pillow was wet with his own tears How can misery change to overflowing You look into your cup and wonder I don t know what is in it but you do Perhaps it is full of sorrows Perhaps you are holding in trembling hands a cup full of pain disease misunderstandings strained relationships What is your life overflowing with Let me tell you about Somebody who understands what your life is full of Matthew 26 on the eve before our Master was crucified He was deeply distressed in the Garden of Gethsemane Here is God Himself in the flesh saying My soul is crushed with horror and sadness to the point of death My Father If it be possible let this cup be taken away from me But I want your will not mine Which cup is He talking about here My cup and your cup My cup was full of sorrow and grief full of bitterness and the judgement of God was upon it He saw a whole world of men and women with their cups full of curses and judgment God s condemnation shame and fear As I look at my Saviour in the garden I see God intervening in history Do you see God coming near you in Gethsemane reaching out His holy hand tremblingly ready to receive the cup that belongs to you Have you ever thought of handing over your cup the one you are holding the one He is looking into to Him just as it is right now It may have sin in it but this is the Man who came to bear the sins of others What a man What an understanding Man Again a second time He went away and prayed My Father If this cup cannot go away until I drink it all your will be done He stretched out His lovely hands and received the cup filled with sins and curses which belonged to me and drank it to the dregs He took it to Calvary and there from the cross He turned to me in victory and said It is finished Thank God it is finished That terrible cup of my sins He drank to the dregs He relieved my soul and then poured into it His love and joy and peace the fullness of Himself in His Holy Spirit Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer s praise He is standing over there now looking into your cup Perhaps it used to overflow but something has gotten into it His hands are still outstretched and if you give it to Him just as it is now He will clean it and fill it again with the blessings of the Gospel with assurance and forgiveness and everything good you can think of Today you will sing My cup overflows SPRING 2010 FOR THE METHODIST CHURCHES SOMETHING FROM NOTHING By Festo Kivengere Founder of African Team Ministries Her case was absolutely desperate She was a widow with two boys Her husband had been a seminary student but he had died with a debt unpaid Now the house was empty and the creditor demanded the money or the boys as slaves according to the law see 2 Kings 4 1 7 Blow after blow husband dead empty house penniless purse crying boys and the future is terrible Do we know that experience One thing after another crushing the heart and we don t know what to do The lady was a child of God and she knew one person to turn to If she had turned to society some moralist would have said Hmmm if he were a man of God why did he die with a debt But she turned to the God of Israel She told Elisha the story as it was and simply asked What shall I do Elisha was touched and the Spirit of God who used to come upon the prophet did come He said to her Tell me what you do have in the house Nothing at all except a small jar of olive oil It was nothing to be mentioned she thought because the need was so big But faith began to come as he spoke It is always a blessing to take God as His word It all begins in being simple enough to obey She doesn t know if it s going to work but she sends her boys to the neighbors to say Please may we borrow some empty pots for our mummy Why empty I ll put a little something in them No no mummy said they must be thoroughly empty She must have shivered but she and the boys filled the house with empty vessels Then she must have breathed a little prayer of faith as she took the oil which was nothing and according to the word of the Lord began pouring the nothing into a vessel As she poured she saw the oil level rise until the big vessel was full to the brim Now the tears must have been flowing down her cheeks and she moved to the next vessel Soon she was singing My cup runneth over Wouldn t you sing This is Christianity Out of nothing has come Something for that nothing was the God of Israel He became so small that he was willing even to come from a little jar of oil And the oil never stopped flowing as long as there were any empty vessels to fill Do you realize that in the Bible oil represents the Holy Spirit See Luke 4 18 Then remember that Jesus called out to all If any man is thirsty That is a tough word let him come to me and drink He who puts his confidence in my words out of his emptiness shall flow rivers of living water John 7 37 39 Have you felt a need are you empty spiritually Don t waste time come to Him and drink How simple You admit your need naked I come to you for dress helpless I need grace What happens Out of your emptiness flow rivers The point when God fills your soul is when you begin to pour out METHODIST CHURCH HELPS DISPLACED FAMILIES IN KENYA In the unrest after the disputed election in Kenya at least 1 000 have died and more than 300 000 people are homeless Scores of churches have closed through damage being burned and losing their members who have been displaced In one church 50 people died when the church was burned The Rift Valley South West Kenya is one of the worst affected areas Peter Kamau is an example of how families are suffering He came home to find a shaky spray painted yellow X marked on the corner of his home That s all the warning he needed to move his family furniture and belongings to the side of the road in hope they could have a ride to safety Kamau had seen the sign enough to know the meaning his house would go up in flames that night Others like Mary Muriruri did not have the courtesy of a warning She said it was only by God s grace her family escaped with the clothes on their backs They lost everything After running from their burning house Mary Mwiruri and her family sought refuge with hundred of other families We heard that churches were assisting people like us Mwiruri says We know they would take care of us The family of five hungrily digs into a hot meal as soon as they arrive at the church sponsored camp When a refreshing cup of water is offered Mwiruri breaks down crying She didn t know there were people who cared enough to provide such basic necessities After eating Mwiruri a wife and mother of three patiently waits in line to enter a tent where donated clothes are stored Despite having lived in the same clothes for seven days she tries to find clothes for her children first Then she helps an 8 year old girl find clothes for the baby sister strapped to her back WINTER 2009 FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES FIRST TRAINING SEMINAR FOR LAY ELDERS The training seminar went on well with a total of 60 elders attending including 18 women All our facilitators the Director of Kenya National AIDS Control Council gave the opening remarks and lesson and Rev Samuel Muriguh officially closed and awarded the elders their certificates Each elder received two manuals entitled HIV AIDS Facts and feelings and counseling in the context of HIV AIDS and brochures on The Youth and HIV AIDS Helping Children Cope with HIV AIDS and Facts about Tuberculosis and HIV AIDS The Elders were very happy for the training and said that it should have come many years before and asked to be included in others in the future One of the elders confessed that he had encountered families ravaged with HIV AIDS and had actually been at a loss what to do and on several occasions avoided visiting them He was very grateful that now he could confidently visit the families and offer them hope with the knowledge acquired from the seminar Another elder told us how he had made it difficult for TOT s and CAE s members of the church who had undergone training on HIV AIDS and were supposed to train and educate others to do their work because he didn t quite agree with what they were saying especially since they might speak about condoms and encourage the youth to commit fornication Another elder from Loresho told of the frustrations faced by a nurse who was a trained TOT the nurse wanted to be given some time on Sunday to talk about HIV AIDS and she was told to wait until Health Sunday which comes once a year The elders signed a commitment form on which they agreed to visit at least four families a month and file monthly reports that they would get a bicycle after the third report which would be church property until the 12th month FALL 2008 KENYA CHURCHES SUFFER FROM UNREST The training of 5000 lay elders in the AIDS prevention program has been affected by the unrest which will increase the spread of AIDS John Gicheru is ready to continue the training seminars in the Mt Kenya and Eastern regions planned for after Easter Special efforts for reaching youths are being made including Promoting HIV AIDS education in schools through strengthening the schools pastoral programs in collaboration with the Christian Education Department Use of mass media communication to reach young people effectively through entertainment programs with an aim to educate and promote healthy behavior Addressing cultural and social norms that put young people at risk such as traditional non sterile circumcision methods Encouraging voluntary counseling and testing to know their status and better plan their lives Initiating Outreach program to street children and other vulnerable youth AIDS is the leprosy of the 21st century and is destroying so many families The training of lay elders in the AIDS prevention ministry is continuing As more people learn how to prevent catching AIDS thousands of lives will be saved THE MOST REV LIVINGSTONE NKOYOYO VISITS FROM UGANDA The retired Archbishop of Uganda Livingstone Nkoyoyo is visiting for six weeks

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