31 December 2020
16 December 2020
13 November 2020
Since returning, I have been busy mostly with pastoral responsibilities. We're involved in regular counseling, and I'm working with the pastoral staff to keep track of members we haven't seen during lockdown and teaching our church's membership class. I've also been working to keep up on my studies and discussing next year's opportunities to train African pastors for ministry. It looks like I will be teaching Hebrew next semester. The one class will be offered both locally and as an online class for students at Central Africa Baptist University.
03 October 2020
The last several weeks since my last update have kept Jenny and me busy with many in person meetings. We're grateful for these opportunities to pour our hearts into members of our church and other friends as we seek to help one another follow Jesus. These meetings include marriage and pre-marital counseling, church membership interviews, as well as Bible studies.
05 September 2020
29 July 2020
30 June 2020
We're grateful for your continued prayer for us during this difficult time. The Lord has continued to show his faithfulness to us in keeping us safe and healthy. Jen continues to keep the boys to their schooling schedule, and I'm finishing up my record-keeping tasks for EABST. One new item this month is the opportunities that we've had to meet in groups of 2–4 people on our apartment balcony. It has been so energizing and refreshing to meet and talk with other believers in person.
30 May 2020
03 May 2020
Not much has changed here in Nairobi since our last update. EABST has resumed its classes but in an online format. EBC is still unable to gather as a body. In the meantime, we as a church are seeking to disciple one another using a variety of means, mostly concentrated on the apostle Peter's first letter. There we read that the body of Christ "for a little while…had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials" (1:6). We're so glad to have this little letter to encourage us in our journey as "elect exiles" (1:1).
While total lockdown is not really a possibility in Kenya, we’re as close to that as can be managed. Since I teach at a school and am one of the pastors at our church, restrictions on public gatherings have made a significant portion of my normal work more complicated. Our reported COVID-19 numbers are comparatively low so far (It’s hard even to make comparisons, for each eternal soul is of immeasurable value!), but the economic impact here in Kenya will be deep and probably long-lasting.
Please keep the following prayer requests before our Lord:
- Pray that our city and this nation would be awakened to their need for deliverance from God's wrath and for the forgiveness of sins and newness of life found in Jesus.
- Pray for energy for the work of ministry when everything is done at a distance. I personally find my meetings and classes much more draining online than in person.
- Pray that Emmanuel Baptist Church would continue to grow in maturity as the pastors seek to equip members to do the work of ministry—encouraging, instructing, admonishing, and teaching one another.
- Pray that God would continue to protect and provide for our family.
- Pray that the proven genuineness of our faith would be displayed during this time of testing so that in the end Christ would receive the honor (1 Pet 1:7).
This occurred to Jeremy Pittsley at 10:48
31 March 2020
When Paul taught the Colossian believers about their place in the Great Commission, he told them to devote themselves "to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too" (Col 4:2). We know this season of uncertainty has made clear to many of our church partners how dependent we all are on our Creator for economic stability, for daily health and provision, and even for our very ability to breathe. You have been in our prayers, and we ask that you would pray for us, too.
Here are some requests I've mentioned to a church partner or two during this season of peculiar providence:
- Pray for Nairobi and for Kenya that this would be an opportunity for the self-sufficient to realize their need and to seek the Lord. Pray that even in this season of social distancing, "that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ" (again Col 4:2). Pray also that God would spare us from widespread illness.
- Pray for our church. Nairobi is not quite under complete lockdown, but church meetings are banned. Many are living from day to day and don’t really have the option of staying home from work, but they are nevertheless finding that work has fled from them. Pray that the Lord would provide. Pray for us as pastors that we would know how best to shepherd the flock while we are scattered.
- Pray for our pastors' school. The government has wisely stopped all school meetings. We understand that there are more urgent matters to attend to right now, but we yearn to continue this work of training men for ministry and to finish the school term that we began in January.
- Pray for our family that the Lord would continue to protect and provide for us during this time. We are not too anxious, and life has been going smoothly still (though radically different from normal). Pray that we are able to continue to serve well here during a very abnormal time.
01 March 2020
01 February 2020
This semester, I am teaching three classes. Interpreting 2 follows up on the class the student was discussing. This is where I get to introduce students to the original languages. They're already hard at work learning the Greek alphabet. I am also teaching Theology 1 where we piece together what God's Word says about itself, about God, and about Christ's person and work. Finally I'm teaching a class on the Latter Prophets, which includes Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets. We'll be busy this semester! Keep us in prayer as we seek to teach God's Word and equip God's servants for his harvest fields.
Also pray that the Lord would continue to use our ministry to Emmanuel Baptist Church. Tomorrow we're starting a new series in the adult Bible study time on congregational counseling. Each one of us as church members is called to serve the body, to be "full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another" (Rom 15:14). May God grant grace that we may match that description for his glory.