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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
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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!"

 

Monday
Jul182016

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Prosciutto according to Josiah: "That's a pig drumstick!"

Wednesday
Jul132016

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I'm at Convention in US... Julie: "Shauen gets Starbucks and we're dying over here!" Josiah: "Mama isn't dying, she has M&M's!" 

Sunday
Jul102016

Field Notes Newsletter - June 9, 2016

 
Writing from Milwaukee, WI
July 9, 2016
 
Rev. Shauen Trump was recently privileged to travel to Mozambique with Rev. Carlos Walter Winterle (FELSISA - South Africa), Rev. Rony Marquardt (IELB - Brazil), and Carlotta Cisternas Tiews (LCMS Photography Intern) to the Igreja Luterana da Concórdia em Moçambique (ILCM, aka Concordia Lutheran Church of Mozambique). While there, Shauen was amazed at the stories of how the 31 congregations of the church were planted. This newsletter shares two of those stories with some photos by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews. For more accounts see our blog: http://TheTrumps.org/blog

The Lutheran Church in Amambo, Mozambique

Josiah and Shauen on the Road
Rev. Dr. Larry Rast Presents a Certificate to a Graduate

Twenty kilometers from the closest town, beyond the fields of sorghum and desolate places where the savanna grass looks down on a man treading the path, a small group of Christians in the village of Amambo (Maromeo Region, Mozambique) were on their own, abandoned five years earlier by the priest who had been serving them. Without pastoral care, their congregation remained isolated and alone, slowly dwindling as members fell away. 

Meanwhile, eighty kilometers away, in Villa de Sena along the banks of the Zambezi River, the Igreja Luterana da Concórdia em Moçambique - ILCM (Lutheran Church of Concord in Mozambique) celebrated their first ordinations, ordaining eight pastors in a ceremony attended by 1,000 joy-filled members. The ten congregations of the Lutheran Church came to town by the truckload for the ordination service in June 2015. What he saw and heard at the ordination service so impressed one of those truck drivers that he talked about it for days and weeks afterwards. A woman traveling in his truck to Amambo heard the story from that truck driver which she then conveyed into the village when she arrived. 

At the story she told, the Christians in Amambo felt a renewal of hope and decided to send two representatives to try and locate someone from this Lutheran Church to learn more first-hand.  Benjamin Vinti (on the left in the photo) and Luis Gombegombe set out on their bicycles and rode twenty kilometers to town where they could safely overnight and then take a truck to Villa de Sena. The only possible route by vehicle took them through a park known for lions pulling people right off the back of trucks as they slowly make their way along the rough road. It took Benjamin and Luis two full days to get reach Sena, arriving on a Saturday night and asking around town for the Lutheran Church until they were directed to Rev. Mateus Sifa who welcomed them and directed them to the house of the President of the ILCM, Pastor Jambo, who hosted them in his home. After a night of conversation, they accompanied Pastor Jambo and Pastor Mateus to church on Sunday and returned home the next week to an eager assembly that immediately confirmed the request of Benjamin and Luis to have a pastor from the Lutheran Church visit them and begin a course of instruction. 

Within a few weeks those newly ordained pastors from the Lutheran Church did, indeed, visit.  On September 6th, 2015, members, pastors, and visitors dedicated the Lutheran Church of Amambo. Three weeks later they dedicated another congregation some 50km away in Maviga as the Christians in Amambo shared the clear Gospel message they were now receiving.  

Nine months later (June 7, 2016) we traveled by truck from Villa de Sena to visit Amambo Lutheran Church to encourage them, pray with them, and share a message from Scripture. 110 members from Amambo welcomed us. In addition, Maviga Lutheran Church sent representatives to be with us for our brief visit since their congregation was too far for us to reach that day. While by truck we had traveled just 3 hours to reach Amambo from Sena, Manuel Tangwe and his wife Maria led 19 representative members from Maviga through a 14 hour journey by foot to welcome us and hear a message from the Word. Local church members hosted the visiting congregation for the two nights they were in town. 

The woman who relayed the testimony of the truck driver never joined the church and the truck driver who told her about the ordinations is unknown. Nevertheless, through these two agents, the Gospel has gone forth into Marromeo and God’s people rejoice in response. 

 

The Second Lutheran Church in Cado, Mozambique

Pastor Mateus Sifa of the Igreja Luterana da Concórdia em Moçambique (Lutheran Church of Concord in Mozambique) was returning from ministering in the village of Cado. The 45-kilometer one-way ride by bicycle would be taxing in the best of circumstances and even more so on one of Africa’s typical heavy one-speed bicycles on rough dirt roads. About 10km into his ride home, Pastor Mateus stopped at a trading center for some refreshment. While resting, a teacher, Rogerio, approached this stranger in the trading center. Gesturing to Pastor Mateus’ clerical shirt, Rogerio asked if he was a priest. In explaining that he was a pastor of the Lutheran Church, they began to discuss the history and doctrine that is distinct to Lutherans. Very interested in what this bicycling pastor had to say, the teacher wanted to know, "Why don't you start a church here?" To which Pastor Mateus replied, "You have to help me plant the church here!" Several weeks later Pastor Mateus again came into the trading center on his way to Cado to find that the teacher and a collection of villagers were waiting for him, gathered to hear more. Pastor Mateus spoke to them briefly and then said, “Come, and see!” That day they continued on to the church in Cado together. In the trading center, the first worship service was attended by 80 people. Today 150 members regularly attend services where the Gospel is clearly proclaimed.

 
Photos in Focus

Amambo and Pastor Mateus
all photos by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews
http://www.carlottacisternas.com/

 
Prayer Requests
For comfort as we mourn a second pregnancy loss in the last year

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
In Praise

For the faithful Pastors and eager members of Concordia Lutheran Church in Mozambique

For new missionaries called to Uganda and French-speaking Africa

For our dear children – Josiah (6), Elijah (4), and Isaiah (2)
 
 
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"
with memo line “Trump-Kenya”
      OR
Give securely online at 

http://LCMS.org/trump
 
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Saturday
Jun252016

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Jet lag wins again. Six-year-old kids don't nap often but this time he just snuggled in. It's good to be home.

Friday
Jun242016

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Elijah, getting out of bed long before he has fallen asleep comes downstairs to inform us, "My sleepers are all used up!"

Tuesday
Jun072016

How the Lutheran Church in Amambo built their building

Shauen Greets a Child in Amambo (photo by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews)The Lutheran Church in Amambo (Maromeo Region, Mozambique) has endured through years without a minister before they were brought to the Lutheran Church. Their extended time of isolation caused some to leave the fellowship for a time and others to fall away from the faith altogether. For those who remained, they took up a burden of responsibility and self-sufficiency. Faced with the challenge of finding a space sufficient for them to gather together, they endeavored on their own initiative to build a church building that would meet their needs. They fashioned mud bricks for their church with their own hands and fired them using wood they gathered in the thin forest of their area. Out of a sense of pride, desire for a permanent and low-maintenance structure, and to demonstrate their conviction to the community, they committed to roofing their church building in tin sheets rather than thatch. A typical bag of charcoal - sells for $1 in townFor the timbers, tin roofing, and mortar for brick-laying, they cut trees and burned charcoal, walking or biking it the twenty kilometers to the closest town where one very large bag of charcoal sells for $1 (60 Meticals). Through these efforts the Lutheran Church in Amambo today worships in a brick building with a tin roof. While they eagerly desire to continue the work and put in a concrete floor, doors, windows, and to plaster the interior of the church, they’ve stalled in construction because of the drought and violent political conflict which has further depressed the economy of the area, significantly reducing the market for charcoal and increasing the cost of building materials. Nevertheless, the Lutherans in Amambo know that in time, stewarding what God has entrusted to their care - small as it may seem - and perhaps with the assistance of friends in the faith, they will continue to develop their worship space as they gather around Word and Sacrament. Praise the Lord for His people in Amambo and their eagerness for the best possible space set aside to gather together in His name.  

Sunday
Jun052016

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The baptismal font is dripping with water, overflowing, running down, an abundance of grace spilling over.

Sunday
Jun052016

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Baptisms today in Villa de Senna, Mozambique. Praise the Lord!

Sunday
Jun052016

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From today's message - a Brazillian illustration: So tight-fisted he could swim a river with sugar in his hand and use it on the other side.

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