Mshama Kinyonga Prayer Letter:  A Year of FirstsWe pray that you all had a very wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the food and the fellowship. Thanksgiving is always a very special time, and it’s always a blessing to share and make happy memories. The year 2017 is nearing its end. Another year gone—can you believe it? Time is flying. Looking back throughout this year, we can see many “firsts” for Grace Baptist Church: the first time in our new building, the first time for our ladies’ meeting being at the church, our first men’s meeting, our first Kids’ Day, and the first time we averaged 300. Actually, if I take the time to think about it, I’m sure there are many more. God has been good to us. We appreciate His showing us favor as we work to evangelize, teach, and train.

These past months have been good—busy, but good. Averaging 300 people and having only 6 bathroom stalls, we were running into a problem—a good problem, but a problem. The time had come to expand our bathrooms. So since November, we have had a new building project. It’s a lot of work physically and mentally to oversee a building project; however, it’s a blessing to see church folks come and use their time and talents to get the job done. We finished just a few weeks into December, and now we have a total of 19 bathroom stalls. Amen.

As stated before, we had our first men’s meeting. We had a total of 80 men. It was a great time of teaching, games, and food. The meeting was a success. Men are easy to please as long as there’s food. The older men wanted a rematch against the teens for soccer, and this time the older men won 4-2. The teens underestimated the elders for sure.

It’s baby time here at Grace. We had three ladies give birth to boys: Daniel, Clement, and David. We also have four ladies who are pregnant now and will give birth sometime in the spring. Here comes the next generation!

We want to thank all of you for the cards. We so enjoy receiving them. Thank you for taking your time to remember us. I know that all the missionaries sure do appreciate them. We also want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to teaming up with you for another year and can’t wait to see what God would have us accomplish together this coming year.

Mshama, Martha, & Esther Kinyonga