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Friday
Sep222017

September 21, 2017 Field Notes

 
Writing from St. Louis, MO
September 21, 2017
 

Homestead to Homestead Visits in Kahe, Tanzania

The Evangelism Team Visits a Couple Outside of Kahe, Tanzania

The sounds of small-town life in Kahe, Tanzania are not altogether unpleasant. There's the chickens, the gentle wind, the herds of cows moving through town, the occasional motorcycle passing by, the chatter of women over cooking fires, the distant crackling of sugarcane fields burning, and now there's the occasional blaring television and the radio at the bar next door. Kahe has been electrified. Electric lights, televisions, and charging available for cell phones have all had an impact on life in Kahe since we were there last year. Electricity brings some benefit and visible change for the lives of the people of Kahe. The power of the Holy Spirit, though, brings new life. 

As the team worked through the town and outlying villages day after day, we encountered some families we had seen before. There was the woman who had traveled all the way from Kahe to Himo to come to the LCMS Mercy Medical Team clinic earlier this year because of a severe problem with her leg. While her situation exceeded the capabilities of the medical clinic, the clinic provided the funding for her referral to the backing hospital which was able to provide care. She is now recovered and was overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude during our visit as part of the same mission.

Deacon Yacobo and the Woman Treated through the LCMS Mercy Medical Team

Later in the week, we visited Witness, a young girl who had been suffering under spiritual oppression during our last visit. Last year, her family described behaviors and observations that were indicative of demonic possession or torment.  They were concerned a neighbor had used sorcery or witchcraft to curse the girl. Last year, Shauen had shared Scripture with the family, pointing to her baptism and to Christ crucified who has full authority over heaven and earth. We had prayed with the family, prayed over the child, and blessed the girl, the family, and the home. This year, Witness sat with us, timid but content and thriving, her oppression lifted and faith strong. Today she stands tall as a witness to the entire community. 

When the Team Encountered a Brick Yard, Several of Us Took a Turn at Brickmaking

We were privileged to visit countless homes throughout the area, moving from homestead to homestead under the guidance of the local deacons and often simply asking at one home where we should go next. When we encountered Christians we asked them to share a passage of Scripture with us as encouragement and often shared the impact that passage has had in our lives or shared another passage back with them. When we visited with those who were Muslims or unconnected to the church, we shared passages with a clear Gospel message.  We prayed over the sick, prayed over homesteads, and prayed for the Holy Spirit to turn hearts. Sunday worship that week was a joyful celebration where we recognized some of the faces of those we had visited through the week. 

In addition to leading this dedicated and passionate team from St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Shauen also had papers due for school. So practically any moment that wasn't filled with team training, food, fellowship, or evangelism found Shauen in one of his Christian Anthropology textbooks or writing a paper. The whole team finished strong. The Gospel proclaimed, faith strengthened and encouraged, and papers turned in.

Praise the Lord for His good work among His people in Kahe!

Shauen Takes a Moment to Read a Few More Pages of a Textbook - with a Friend
 

Photos in Focus

Josiah, Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah

 
Prayer Requests

For wisdom, discernment, and patience for Shauen and Krista in their work as spouses, parents, and missionaries

For the missionaries, projects, and relationships Shauen oversees for the church

For Shauen's current travels and presentations in St. Louis, Ft. Wayne, and Minot North Dakota
In Praise

For God's people in Kahe, Tanzania who heard the Gospel

For the Mercy Medical Team who served in Himo, Tanzania earlier this year

For a healthy and happy Jeremiah who brings us such joy
 
 
Contact Us At:

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA

Shauen.Trump@LCMSintl.org 
Krista.Trump@LCMSintl.org

TheTrumps.org 
LCMS.org/Trump
 
To support this work financially,
you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The LCMS and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa”
      OR
Give securely online at http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Tuesday
Jun202017

June 20, 2017 Field Notes - Jeremiah!

 
Writing from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
June 20th, 2017
 

Jeremiah Shauen Trump - born May 25th, reborn June 18th

Jeremiah Shauen Trump was born in Wisconsin on May 25th while the other three boys were in Nairobi and Shauen was in Prague for meetings. He came a little earlier than expected (that being the reason our family was spread out across three continents rather than all together) but he arrived healthy at 6lbs 1oz.  Shauen was privileged to baptize Jeremiah on June 18th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in the presence of one sponsor in person and one by live video from Tanzania.  Krista and Jeremiah are both doing great.  Praise the Lord with us for this wonderful blessing!
 
Prayer Requests

For Jeremiah that he continues to thrive

For Krista as she recovers from birth and adapts to sleepless nights and the already-approaching time when Shauen's travels pick up again

For wisdom, discernment, and patience for Shauen and Krista in their work as spouses, parents, and missionaries
In Praise

For Jeremiah's birth and health

For Krista's strength and health and a good delivery

For Krista's kind and generous parents who hosted her and Jeremiah when he arrived earlier than expected
 
 
Contact Us At:

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA

Shauen.Trump@LCMSintl.org 
Krista.Trump@LCMSintl.org

TheTrumps.org 
LCMS.org/Trump
 
To support this work financially,
you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The LCMS and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa”
      OR
Give securely online at http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Thursday
May252017

May 25, 2017 Newsletter

 
Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
May 25, 2017
 

Agricultural Missionaries in Turkana

Women and children gathered near Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya
Women and children gathered near Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya

Lodwar, Turkana, is in the northwest of Kenya, where dust and dry riverbeds bake under the sun. Lodwar is a land of pastoralists, cattle herders who drive their flocks mile upon mile in search of fodder and water. They are strong and resilient people, whose only wealth has been their cows, goats, sheep, and camels. Only in recent years has this rocky and barren place revealed another wealth, deep under the soil - both water and oil. Lodwar town, by far the largest city in the area, is booming. Industry is rapidly expanding, merchants are moving in, and the local government is paving major streets. As Lodwar changes, the way of life will change for the Turkana people as well, with the typical centralizing and settling impacts of schools, medical facilities, and wells drawing the nomadic people into more permanent communities. As God's people gather, opportunity presents itself to proclaim the saving name of Jesus Christ. 

Work in places where there is the appearance of scarcity is difficult. Many aid organizations have established themselves in Lodwar and there is no end of folks providing assistance of various kinds to the Turkana. Despite the physical environment and meager resources, in this setting raw outputs of aid are unlikely to provide opportunity for Gospel proclamation or Christ-centered influence on the culture. As strange as it may sound, in the midst of saturation by other aid agencies, the best approach may be to preach Christ and then encourage those He calls into faith to determine for themselves how best to show compassion to their own community out of the resources God has entrusted to their care. Under such an approach, action and decisions should be centered upon the establishment of a group of believers. A mission station under this model is a home to a congregation rather than a competing source of aid to a neighborhood. 

Through a generous gift by a faithful and eager LCMS family, the LCMS and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya are able to send a local missionary, Rev. Daniel Mutai, to work in Lodwar. He is already active in the community, building relationships, exploring opportunities, and sharing the Gospel. Pastor Daniel is also examining land which has been offered by the community and the local government as gifts to the Lutheran Church for the establishment of congregations and preaching posts. One of these will become the base of operations for work across this area. In support of Pastor Daniel, we sent experienced retired missionaries Delano and Linda Meyer along with other short-term volunteer experts Dr. Jacque Breman and Rich Erickson to provide outside perspective and advise on possibilities related to agricultural work (utilizing the recently-discovered water table), restoration of overgrazed land, and experience-based evaluation of different approaches to the work. From our own office in Nairobi, Mr. John Wolf with one of his children and Shauen visited to encourage, support, receive direction, and advise on a way forward.

Pastor Daniel directed these guests in making community visits, visiting local agricultural projects and aid agencies, learning about local work by other denominations or non-denominational groups, and evaluating potential sites for a mission station. Despite the appearance of the land, there is great potential for that sandy soil to be productive if it can be protected from grazing and from the sun. A mission station focused on Gospel proclamation would likely have significant parts of its land planted in trees to provide shade, under which ground cover can thrive if given the chance. A church, freshwater well, parsonage for the pastor, and guesthouse would be the foundation of the mission station with a drip-irrigated garden providing some sustenance for the pastor's family. Future work could include a Lutheran primary school with a Project24 school boarding facility. This month Pastor Daniel will move his family up to Lodwar into a home he has rented in town.

Pray in thanksgiving for our visitors who provided insight, guidances, creativity, and support - the Meyers, Jacque, Rich, and John.  Pray with us for an easy transition for the Mutai family, quick adaptation for his children to a new school, receptivity on the part of those Pastor Daniel has already met and those he will meet in the weeks and months ahead, and good health in a new environment. 

Missionaries gather with members of a preaching station in Lodwar Town
Missionaries gather with members of a preaching station in Lodwar Town
 

Continuing Education: Islam

Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou Lectures

Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou Lectures on Islam

Many of our missionaries encounter Islam daily. Those of our staff who live in Ethiopia hear the Muslim call to prayer broadcast across Addis Ababa five times a day, competing with the equally loud Orthodox prayers. Those in Kenya see the mosques and those who practice Islam in our communities. Those who work in Tanzania visit the homes of Muslims during door to door evangelism. For all of us, the real threat of Muslim extremism confronts us daily. 

In January, Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou, an adjunct professor at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis presented an excellent module on Islam. Dr. Bahkou's background with the Syrian Orthodox Church where he served as a deacon-monk and then a priest eventually led him to further studies in Arabic and Islam. Hearing the pure Gospel brought him into the Lutheran Church where he serves today. Dr. Bahkou presented from first-hand knowledge, extensive study, and vast experience. His depth of presentation, suggestions, and approaches to ministry among Muslims were greatly illuminating and encouraging for our missionaries. Praise the Lord for raising up this uniquely gifted and experienced servant and for his own service to us. 

Shauen and the Boys by the River (Photo by Rev. Billy Brath)

Shauen and the Boys by the River during a Break at Continuing Education 
(Photo by Rev. Billy Brath)

 

2017 Home Service

This summer is our regularly scheduled home service. This is a time when our family returns to the States and makes visits to you - our amazing prayer warriors and supporters.  Baby Trump is due on June 8th (yup, just a couple weeks away), so Krista is already in Wisconsin where we're establishing a home base. The boys and Shauen will join her at the end of May, hopefully before Baby Trump arrives. Because of the baby, we won't be traveling together as a family as much as we otherwise would but Shauen will be able to make some visits in Wisconsin, Iowa, Western Nebraska, California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Unfortunately, we won't be able to visit all the places we want to but Shauen has recently begun tacking on visits when making his normal trips to the US for meetings, so we hope to reach most of you within the year. Meanwhile, here are the visits we have confirmed:

June 4 - St. Paul in Janesville, WI
June 7 - Our Redeemer in Wauwatosa, WI
June 11 - Our Redeemer in Wauwatosa, WI
June 24 - King of Kings in Cedar Rapids, IA
June 25 - St. Paul in Sioux City, IA
June 26 - Trinity in Madison, NE
June 27 - St. Paul in Arlington, NE
July 2 - Mt. Calvary in Brentwood, MO
July 9 - Lutheran Church of Arcata in Arcata, CA
July 16 - Zion in Burley, ID
July 18 - Peace in Monroe, WA
July 20 - Good Shepherd in Tacoma, WA
July 21 - Light of Christ in Federal Way, WA
July 22 - St. Matthews in Port Angeles, WA
July 23 - Immanuel in Sandy, OR
July 30 - Trinity in Herscher, IL

Please pray for our time of home-service, especially with the baby due in early June, meetings in St. Louis prior to Missionary Orientation, a memorial service for Shauen's grandfather, and another PhD course at the end of the summer. We hope to see you soon!

 

Photos in Focus

Trump Boys

 
Prayer Requests

For continued health and safety for Krista and Baby Trump

For wisdom, discernment, and patience for Shauen and Krista in their work as spouses, parents, and missionaries

For the missionaries, projects, and relationships Shauen oversees for the church

For safe travels during home service this summer
In Praise

For God's people in Lodwar, Turkana Region, Kenya

For a God who provides the blessing of children along with the patience, compassion, love, and endurance to raise them well
 
 
Contact Us At:

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA

Shauen.Trump@LCMSintl.org 
Krista.Trump@LCMSintl.org

TheTrumps.org 
LCMS.org/Trump
 
To support this work financially,
you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The LCMS and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa”
      OR
Give securely online at http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Monday
Dec052016

December 5, 2016 Field Notes

 
Writing from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
December 5, 2016
 

Evangelism in Tanga District and Kahe, Tanzania

Missionary Nurse Sarah Kanoy visits with a man in Tanga District, Tanzania
Rev. Shauen Trump addresses a congregation in Tanga District, Tanzania
Missionary Rev. Jonathan Clausing shares a Gospel message in Kahe, Tanzania
Rev. Jonathan Clausing shares a Gospel message in Kahe, Tanzania

 

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri is full of people who love God, love others, and make disciples. They've worked through the LCMS Office of International Mission for years, first in Kenya, then in support of missionaries on retreat, and now in Tanzania. Their openness, eagerness, and excitement make them excellent servants to undertake just about any task the church may ask – even door to door evangelism which we know is quite intimidating for any LCMS member.

But in Tanga and Kahe, Tanzania, congregations are eager to have guests join them in door to door visitation. They want new friends to go with them to make visits to the sick, church members, potential members, and leaders in the community in their homes to share a brief thought from Scripture, to share a burden, and to pray together. This is how the church in this part of the world does its work and the hospitality of the local cultures means that you are virtually never turned away and almost always invited in to visit.

The two teams from St. Andrew's had very different experiences but Shauen, Pastor John Dehne, and missionary Sarah Kanoy were privileged to be able to visit both locations in the course of the week. In Tanga, the presence of visitors from America provided access to doorways that have always been closed to the local church workers – the homes of Muslims. Because of the presence of the visitors from St. Andrew's, the local evangelists, pastors, and even bishop were invited into the homes of dozens of Muslims – something the bishop said he had never done before. In Kahe, the team traveled far and wide across the town and even by foot out to villages miles away. Missionary Jon Clausing, who has been working on Swahili all year, was able to share a Gospel message in Swahili and finally see the fruits and the importance of working so hard on language. Shauen got to talk with a family who had a daughter struggling under a curse from a neighbor. Shauen pointed to Christ and the cross, to the girl's baptism, and to the comfort we have in God's Word and in His enduring love for each of us.

Praise the Lord for our dear brothers and sisters from St. Andrews!

 

Missionaries of Eastern and Southern Africa

You've seen many of our newsletters include a section welcoming new missionaries to the field. Our team has, indeed, grown this year. I was reminded of this at our recent Continuing Education weekend. Take a look at these pictures of our Eastern and Southern Africa team in January (first picture) and then in September (second picture) to get an idea of how much our Eastern and Southern Africa field has grown this year. Every one of these wonderful and amazing missionaries has been sent by the church to proclaim Christ in this part of the world. We have more open positions on this field and around the world. If you've ever felt interested, let us know at lcms.org/service . Praise the Lord for sending His workers into the field!

Jan 2016 Continuing Ed Class of 12 counting children

January 2016 Eastern and Southern Africa Continuing Education Class
(including from the States the professor, his wife, and a seminary student)

Sept 2016 Continuing Ed class of more than 30

September 2016 Eastern and Southern Africa Continuing Education Class
(including from the States the professor, his wife, and a team of 4 providing children's programming)

 

Sept 2016 Continuing Education – Spiritism and the Gospel

This past September the Eastern and Southern Africa field was happy to welcome Professor Kou Seying and his wife Maykou from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Professor Seying has extensive experience addressing Spiritism in the Hmong community. He presented an excellent course on Spiritism and the Gospel for our missionaries. The course helped crystalize many of Shauen's own experiences over the years and gave him a framework to better understand the issues of spirits, witchdoctors, and witchcraft here in Eastern Africa. Although Professor Seying's experience is all from the Hmong people group, it is amazing how directly it applied and resonated with the places where we work in Africa. Thank you to our presenters!

In addition, in response to our last-minute request, a Florida team quickly assembled to assist with children's programming. DCE Jeremy and Kristin Becker and DCE Phil and Kyrie Klopke made themselves available and together made a great team working with missionary kids from newborns into the middle teens. They brought VBS materials, gifts for children and families, and fit right in with our missionaries. Thank you to our children's programming volunteers!

 

Photos in Focus

A few weeks of fall in the USA

 

 

 
Prayer Requests

For comfort and support in grief and anxiety

For wisdom, discernment, and patience for Shauen and Krista in their work as spouses, parents, and missionaries

For the missionaries, projects, and relationships Shauen oversees for the church

For Shauen's travels, classes, papers, and regular work as he begins a modular PhD program
In Praise

For God's people in Tanga and Kahe, Tanzania who heard the Gospel

For a God who knows grief, sorrow, and burden and carries us through our own
 
 
Contact Us At:

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA

Shauen.Trump@LCMSintl.org 
Krista.Trump@LCMSintl.org

TheTrumps.org 
LCMS.org/Trump
 
To support this work financially,
you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The LCMS and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa”
      OR
Give securely online at http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Friday
Dec022016

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Once again, the amazing Krista has found something awesome for our home and managed to get it from the States to Kenya in our luggage!

Friday
Dec022016

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After reading of the shepherds seeing baby Jesus and going on their way rejoicing, Josiah: "They saw God and then they praised God!"

Wednesday
Nov022016

Christ's Care for Children: Kenya

Christ’s Care for Children: Kenya is a child sponsorship program, initiated by the LCMS Office of International Mission. It is directly linked to the Project 24 sites in Kenya. It is through care and compassion for these children that they receive safe housing, food, education and spiritual care. Each site is strategically located near an Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya church and school so that the children can receive academic as well as spiritual teaching and care.

Currently the four operational sites have 140 children who are in need of sponsorship. The number is expected to increase in 2017. This is purely a child sponsorship program. Each child will have his or her own digital packet that will contain a one-page description of the project/site where the child comes from, information about the child along with his/her picture and then any continuous updates. The child’s digital packet will be sent to the donor when the match is confirmed as well as in the months of January and May of every year. The child’s reports, which will include their welfare, spiritual engagement, school grades and performance, will be made available quarterly.

The program welcomes donors to visit their sponsor child and the place where they stay in the months of February, June or October of every year.

If you would like more information or would like to sponsor a child, please contact:

JENNIFER HUMMEL
Program Coordinator, Christ’s Care for Children: Kenya LCMS Mission Advancement
800-248-1930 ext. 1326
Jennifer.Hummel@lcms.org 

View the photo gallery: lcms.org/photo/christs-care-kenya

Sponsor a child: Visit lcms.org/givenow/christs-care-for-children-kenya, or contact LCMS Mission Advancement at 888-930-4438 or by emailing mission.advancement@lcms.org

Saturday
Oct292016

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My boys are astounded at us going through the drive-through at Culvers. They keep saying, "This is so cool!"

Sunday
Oct162016

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Great first night in the States after the uneventful but long journey. Only one boy up in the 4 o'clock hour. He slept but his metabolism didn't. His hungry tummy woke him up and he's on his 6th bowl of cereal.

Saturday
Oct152016

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I guess all kids have to learn how to use a water fountain. "No, don't put your mouth on it!" "No, don't lick like a cat!"

Friday
Oct142016

Who is Shauen Trump and what does he do?

Friday
Sep302016

Facebook - Move Day at the Office

Today is a big day for the LCMS East Africa Field Office in Nairobi. It's move day! We are only moving a few miles but it's still a big production and a big change.

Wednesday
Sep212016

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That permanent marker is so the lab tech can find where he put my TB skin test. Isaiah: "He's coloring on you!"

Sunday
Sep182016

Facebook - Happy Shauen

Shauen Trump is never happier than when he's pulling someone out of the mud!

Tuesday
Aug302016

Facebook - in Norway

Lovely walk along the canal where we watched a boat go through the locks.

Tuesday
Aug162016

Field Notes Newsletter - August 16, 2016

 
Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
August 16, 2016
 

Road Trip to Josiah's Place of Birth - Uganda

Shauen and Jon visit with LCU leaders
Village Children Enamored with Isaiah (photo by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews)

It all came together at the last minute – alarming, perhaps, by American standards but not too out of the ordinary here – a road trip to Uganda with the three Trump boys, Julie McManus helping out, Carlotta Tiews making pictures, Sarah Kanoy surveying for an upcoming Mercy Medical Team (MMT), and Jon Clausing being re-introduced to Pastor Charles and learning more of the context for his work with Mission Training Centers.  Josiah, in particular, was very excited to be going back “home” - to the country where he was born - and all three of them were thrilled to be on a trip with Papa – who, of course, was also thrilled to have them along (and grateful for the support of Julie and the rest of our party).

It was a full day's drive from Nairobi to reach the border town of Busia, Uganda, where two sites had been identified for the next MMT location. At each site we took a look around, visited with the leaders of the congregation, asked about the distance to the nearest clinics and typical health problems in the area, and tried to envision what a clinic would look like in that context. Was water available, would tents or chairs need to be hired, would medication be able to be securely left on site each night or loaded back into the van at the close of each day? With answers in hand, we set off for the next task – Shauen visiting the new seminary where newly called missionaries Mark and Megan Mantey would be working.

The new Lutheran seminary in Uganda is still under construction but the basic structures are in place and the church was committed to opening the seminary as soon as one dormitory room and one classroom were ready. Shauen worked with the church leaders to determine where the Manteys would stay, what this work would look like for them, and how they would support the church and be supported by the church.

The whole time we were in Uganda, Jon rode along with Pastor Charles to learn more about how the church has implemented MTCs in the past and what their desire would be for a future program.

Praise the Lord for a successful trip all-around!

 

To Ethiopia to Welcome New Missionaries

The Young Family - Missionaries to Ethiopia

Finally, after two and a half years, our children's desperate ongoing plea, “Papa, when are you going to take us to Ethiopia?” was answered. This month, as summer vacation was drawing to a close, we enjoyed the opportunity to take the whole family up to Ethiopia to welcome Krista Young and her family – our new Volunteer Coordinator for Ethiopia. Our children got to reconnect with the Rabe and Stinnett children and Krista finally got to see first-hand where Shauen goes, who he works with, and what he gets to do when heading up to Ethiopia.

While Shauen spent time in his normal work, the family also got to join in for dinner at the cultural restaurant (Shauen didn't get pulled up on stage to dance this time), enjoy Addis Ababa traffic (reminiscent of Kampala but without the motorcycle taxis), enjoy fine Ethiopian cuisine, and savor those amazing macchiatos which Shauen gushes about every time he comes home. Shauen visited with his staff in Ethiopia, visited with the seminary faculty, and provided a 3-day field orientation to the Young family.

But by far the most enjoyable aspect of the trip was spending time together – fellowshipping with our missionaries there and getting to know the Youngs as they began settling in to their new life in Ethiopia. Praise the Lord for raising up new servants in Ethiopia and for sending us to support them!

 

Volunteers Needed!

Stefanie Rabe teaches Sunday School for Missionary Kids in Ethiopia

Twice a year, the Eastern and Southern Africa field meets together for a Continuing Education course presented by a LCMS seminary professor. Our courses usually take place in an environment conducive to both study and respite and are attended by the entire missionary family. Church worker participation in continuing education was strongly encouraged in the most recent LCMS convention. Besides the obvious benefit of being engaged in ongoing learning, this time of gathering together provides opportunities for fellowship, worship, encouragement, and rejuvenation for our missionaries and their families. But we need help. In order for parents to participate in the course, we need volunteers to work with two groups of children in particular: those ages 4-12 (VBS-style program), and those 12-17. If you or someone you know is open to coming to Africa (locations vary) for about a week in mid-September or early January to work with missionary kids in either age group, please get in touch with us – we need you! Our next course is September 15-19, 2016, followed by January 4-8, 2017. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to continue to be a learner!

 
Photos in Focus
Elijah and The Lutheran Hymnal (photo by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews)
Krista Loving her Macchiato
Josiah and Elijah's First Day of School
Josiah Enjoying Ethiopian Food
 
Prayer Requests

For comfort and support in this time of grief and discouragement

For wisdom, discernment, and patience for Shauen and Krista in their work as spouses, parents, and missionaries

For the missionaries, projects, and relationships Shauen oversees for the church

For safety during upcoming trips to Ethiopia and Tanzania
In Praise

For the arrival of the Young family and the opportunities before them in Ethiopia

For an opportunity for Shauen to study towards a PhD
 
 
Contact Us At:

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA

Shauen.Trump@LCMSintl.org 
Krista.Trump@LCMSintl.org


TheTrumps.org 
LCMS.org/Trump
 
To support this work financially,
you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The LCMS and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa”
      OR
Give securely online at 
http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Sunday
Aug142016

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Me to Isaiah: "No, please don't lick my eyebrows in church." Like it's somehow okay any other time.

Saturday
Aug132016

Facebook - First Day of School

First day of school for Josiah and Elijah! Josiah is in 1st grade now and Elijah continues preschool (ECLC).

Friday
Jul222016

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I love my boys. Me today at lunchtime to all three of them: "No, you can't just have broccoli for lunch. You have to eat other food too!"

Monday
Jul182016

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Josiah: "I love subway. They have my favorite sandwich and my favorite chips and my favorite cookie! I hope they never go extinct!"