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Monday
Nov272017

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7:30pm Isaiah (now age 4): "Do my clothes still fit me?" Me (looking at the size 3 pajama shirt on backwards with what should be long sleeves ending several inches above his wrists): "Yeah, buddy, they're fine right now. But let's try and switch you to the next size up tomorrow."

Friday
Nov242017

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Happy Trump boys on safari - aspiring safari guides and photographers

Thursday
Nov232017

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Thanksgiving Friday - taking my boys on safari in Nairobi. Yay for time with family!

Friday
Oct202017

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Examination of two missionary kids who will be confirmed this weekend as our field worships together at a Continuing Education module

Thursday
Oct052017

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It is so good to get home after a long trip. Coffee and a napping baby make for a perfect morning on the porch.

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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Copyright © 2017 Rev. Shauen and Krista Trump, All rights reserved.
Friday
Sep152017

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Our landlord is doing some work - the workers dumped excess dirt into our boy's digging spot. Elijah is ecstatic!

Sunday
Aug132017

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Jeremiah's Big Adventure: Here's our home, bud. Let's put your brothers to bed. Glad you woke up for this part. Karibu nyumbani, Jeremiah!

Saturday
Aug122017

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Jeremiah's Big Adventure: plane, train, escalators, and now a bus to Heathrow Terminal 3. He seems unimpressed.

Saturday
Aug122017

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Jeremiah's Big Adventure: On board to London!

Saturday
Aug122017

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Jeremiah's Big Adventure: sleeping away the flight.

Saturday
Aug122017

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Jeremiah's Big Adventure starts today in just a couple hours. He's rested, fed, and oblivious to the coming journey.

Thursday
Aug032017

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Elijah: can I jump on your head? It's OK if I jump on your head because your head is big and I am small!

Wednesday
Aug022017

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Josiah: I'm trying to catch one of the small ones (fish). They're not so smart, I can tell.

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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Monday
Jun052017

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, Wisconsin - population 16,000 - with 47 recreation facilities and public parks, one of our most-missed features of the USA. – at Imagination Station

 
Sunday
Jun042017

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For Josiah (age 7), one of the coolest things about the USA is that we can have the windows down when we drive!

Monday
May292017

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Is it only who @ age 5 r aware of & want to pray for Child Soldiers?Breaks my heart 2 explain and pray for our fallen world.

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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Tuesday
May232017

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At The Jubilee Theological Conference and Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, to be followed by regional ops meetings