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Monday
Sep172018

September 17, 2018 Field Notes Released

 
Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
September 17, 2018
 

Deep and Wide - a few Months' Activities 
Across Eastern and Southern Africa

Rev. Shauen Trump and Rev. Dan McMiller (Executive Director of the Office of International Mission) spend a few moments with children during a visit to a village congregation in southern Malawi
The last four and a half months have been a whirlwind of activity in Eastern and Southern Africa (as usual).  Every day we praise the Lord for the missionaries on our field who enable all this to happen and for the church bodies with whom we are in relationship who invite us to walk alongside them in outreach and Gospel proclamation. Here's the briefest glimpse of some of what God is doing here through local church bodies walking alongside the LCMS and our amazing missionaries:
  • Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, and Malawi - OIM Exec Director Dan McMiller visits with Shauen
  • Kenya - Bishop's Reconciliation Retreat
  • Tanzania - Mercy Medical Team
  • South Africa - Lutheran Theological Seminary Visit 
  • Kenya - Project24 Volunteer from the States
  • Kenya - Living Faith of Clive, Iowa short term team trip to Kakuma Refugee Camp
  • Madagascar - Mercy Medical Team
  • South Africa - Missionary Rev. Dr. Tom Aadland Teaches Intensive at Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Malawi - CLCMS Women's Guild Seminar
  • Uganda - Volunteer Visits 
  • Kenya - Dedication of new Project24 Boarding Facility
  • Kenya - Project24 Catechism Club 
  • Kenya - Sudan, Malawi, and Rwanda send students to Matongo Seminary for the first time
  • Kenya - Mercy Medical Team
Praise the Lord for His name being glorified and His Gospel going forth in each of these opportunities! 
 
(The photos above and below were taken by several missionaries and church leaders including Shauen Trump, Shara Osiro, Sarah Kanoy, John Wolf, and Rev. Davis Wowa)
Kenya - Bishop's Reconciliation Retreat
Some of the current and former bishops of the ELCK, seen together for the first time and working towards a reconciled church for the glory of God
Tanzania - Mercy Medical Team
Missionary Shara Osiro, a former pharmacy tech, (foreground) assists the local pharmacist (background)
 
Tanzania - Mercy Medical Team
Missionary nurse Sarah Kanoy takes an infant's armpit temperature
Tanzania - Mercy Medical Team
Missionary Krista Young prays with a patient
South Africa - Lutheran Theological Seminary Visit
Lutheran Theological Seminary chapel in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa
Kenya - Living Faith of Clive, Iowa short term team trip to Kakuma Refugee Camp
Pastor Luke Timm of Living Faith consults with the local pastor
 
Malawi - CLCMS Women's Guild Seminar
Missionary nurse Sarah Kanoy visits with a member of the women's guild with an injured leg
Malawi - CLCMS Women's Guild Seminar
Missionary Shara Osiro shares with the Women's Guild
Kenya - Dedication of new Project24 Boarding Facility
 
Kenya - Mercy Medical Team
Geoffrey (standing, left) from Lutheran Hour Ministries project in Kenya shares a Gospel Presentation at one of the clinic waiting areas
 

Photos in Focus
The Trump Boys

 
Prayer Requests

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

For the relationships, programs, and projects Shauen supports for the LCMS in Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda

For Elijah who is having a minor out-patient surgical procedure this week, that he may recover well and quickly without complications
In Praise

For the Gospel proclamation opportunities God has opened up in this area

For Shauen reaching the half-way point in his PhD classroom coursework

For the joy of a few weeks at home and time spent together as a family

For the ongoing safety, contentment, health, and opportunities for the amazing missionaries who serve in Eastern and Southern Africa - heroes of the church, every one of them
 
Financial Support
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Mission Central
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Tuesday
May292018

May 29, 2018 Field Notes Released

 
Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
May 29, 2018
 

Seminaries

During a recent seminary board meeting of a partner seminary in Africa, Shauen was asked to share about other seminaries on the continent. As he went through the list he realized how many different seminaries the LCMS is connected to across Africa. Each of these schools has a niche and an important ministry of forming church workers. The LCMS has missionaries serving at three of these formal institutions and supports all of them financially.  Theological education is the primary request we receive from the church bodies with whom we work and Shauen is a frequent visitor to many of these fine schools.  Here are the formal institutions supported by the LCMS in Eastern and Southern Africa: 
Rev. Eric Stinnett teaches at Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (photo by Shara Osiro)
Rev. Dr. Mark Rabe teaches at Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (photo by Shara Osiro)
Mekane Yesus Seminary - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • The largest seminary with support from the LCMS
  • Issues up to a Masters of Theology (accredited)
  • Students are almost exclusively members of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus although there are some students from South Sudan
  • Two LCMS missionaries serving - Rev. Dr. Mark Rabe and Rev. Eric Stinnett
Matongo Lutheran Theological Seminary in Chebera, Kenya (photo by Carlotta Cisternas Tiews)
Matongo Lutheran Theological College - Matongo, Kenya
  • The premier conservative and confessional seminary in this area
  • Issues up to a Bachelors of Theology (accredited)
  • Students are from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and other countries
  • One LCMS missionary serving - Rev. Dr. Tom Aadland and recruiting for another theological educator!
Shauen greets and encourages students at Lutheran Theological Seminary near Jinja, Uganda (photo by Rachel Meyer)
The Lutheran Theological Seminary - Magamaga, Uganda
  • Provides scholarships from its own means for refugee students from South Sudan or Ethiopia
  • Issues up to a Certificate in Theology
  • Students are exclusively members of the Lutheran Church of Uganda and the refugee congregations within Uganda
  • Two LCMS missionaries serving - Mark and Megan Mantey and recruiting for a theological educator!
St. Peter Lutheran Theological Seminary in Himo, Tanzania (photo by Shara Osiro)
St. Peter Lutheran Theological Seminary - Himo, Tanzania
  • We pray this will soon be the fourth seminary where we have a missionary serving - Rev. Jonathan Clausing is waiting on a Tanzanian work permit 
  • Issues up to a Certificate in Theology
  • Students are exclusively members of the Lutheran Church of East Africa
Lucky Mia from the Lutheran Church of Southern Africa studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa
Lutheran Theological Seminary - Pretoria, South Africa
  • Seminary in transition with a new principal and a change in its funding model
  • Issues up to a Statement of Results
  • Students come from across Africa including several Lutheran church bodies in South Africa, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Uganda, and Ethiopia
In addition, the LCMS is eager to begin providing some level of support to the Concordia Lutheran Institute for the Holy Ministry in Yambio, South Sudan and Asella Lutheran Theological Seminary in Asela, Ethiopia. 

Beyond seminaries, the LCMS also supports pre-seminary programs like the Mission Training Center program designed for lay leaders and evangelists. This program has been used in many of the countries in this area and is currently being used in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda with requests from Rwanda and South Africa who already have the training materials in hand. Yesterday the MTC Coordinator from Uganda, Rev. Paul Sserwaniko who was in Shauen's TEE class when we first arrived in East Africa more than nine years ago, came to our East Africa Field Office in Nairobi to collect hundreds of pounds of MTC books to take to Uganda for use by their 137 students currently enrolled in the MTC program there. 

The LCMS also supports post-seminary education, primarily in the form of continuing education courses on a topic of the local church body’s choice. This provides not only for the opportunity to engage Scripture but also the rare opportunity to fellowship together, particularly for pastor’s wives who often have never met another pastor’s wife before an opportunity like this. The course may be provided by a church leader, local seminary professor, or a missionary - but always on a topic of their choice for the sake of those to whom they joyfully bring the Gospel.

Praise the Lord for His amazing work through those he calls into ministry across Eastern and Southern Africa!
 

Photos in Focus

Trump Family

 
Prayer Requests

For the hundreds of pastoral and deaconess students studying at Lutheran seminaries in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan

For our missionaries who teach at and directly support seminaries and theological education

For financial support for the work done through our own hands and for the programs, projects, and grants the LCMS supports in our area

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

For Jeremiah sleeping through the night 

For the mutual support and joys of marriage in the face of hardship

For restoration of health for our family after illness was passed between us for about two months

For an amazing team of missionaries and local workers - true heroes of the church - who work alongside us in this area

For Shauen's safe travels and good visits during recent trips to South Africa, Rwanda, Malawi, and Tanzania
 
Financial Support
Give Now
To support this work financially, please give a recurring
or one-time gift securely through the Give Now button above
or online at http://LCMS.org/trump 
 
OR
Make checks payable to "The LCMS" and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa” to send a tax-deductible gift through one of the following:
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Mission Central
40718 Highway E 16
Mapleton, IA 51034
 
 
Contact Us
(correspondence ONLY - no checks)
Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA
 
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Sunday
May202018

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Elijah, age 6, whispering mid-way through church: “I finished my book [a children’s Bible]. How much longer is church?” Me: “It’s a bit longer. Do you want another book?” E: “No. I’ll just wiggle my tooth.”

Tuesday
May082018

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Isaiah has some bites or a rash on his legs. Mama asked how his legs feel... “When I walk, they feel bad. When I lay, they feel good. So probably people need to carry me.”

Wednesday
Apr112018

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Getting ready to walk across campus at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago with a muffin in my hand. My mind interjects, "Cover your muffin - the baboons and monkeys will go for it." Context-switching gets easier with experience, but it's never 100%.

Tuesday
Mar272018

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Isaiah (age 4): "Knock, knock!" Me: "Who's there?" "It's raining today." "It's raining today who?" "I'm superman!" Destined to be a great stand-up comedian, that kid.

Wednesday
Mar072018

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Josiah (age 8) had a reading contest at school. 1st - 3rd place prize was a candy bar. 4th - 6th prize was a piece of candy. Josiah was shooting for 4th place because he didn’t know what a “candy bar” was. He got 2nd place. Turns out he likes candy bars after all.

Monday
Mar052018

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Tomorrow morning I leave for a trip to Turkana in northwest Kenya. Elijah prays for me at bedtime: "Dear Jesus, please let papa not get sick on his trip or get home sick and let him not be captured..." understand!

Friday
Mar022018

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Isaiah (age 4) wants to send Mama pictures (emojis)... A few seconds later I see what he has selected and already sent: “đŸ˜´đŸ’©đŸ’©”. “Did you send Mama poop!?”, I ask. Looking at me like I’m crazy... "I am sending Mama frostings and sleeping!" So that’s chocolate frosting, btw.

Monday
Jan222018

Christ's Care for Children: Kenya - Sponsors Needed!

Christ's Care for Children: Kenya is a child sponsorship program through The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Learn more and sponsor a child today at http://lcms.org/ccck.

Tuesday
Jan162018

January 16, 2018 Newsletter

 
Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
January 16, 2018
 

Nine Years on the Field

The Trump Family - December 2017
The Trump Family in December of 2017

This month our family celebrates our nine year anniversary of arriving on the East Africa field.  We arrived in Uganda on January 5th, 2009. Our family was just Vicar Shauen and Krista at that time. Shauen's work was primarily to teach a Theological Education by Extension (pre-seminary) course to lay leaders in the Lutheran Church Mission in Uganda. At the time, our host church body had one ordained pastor, three missionary families (of which we were one), and about sixty congregations across Uganda. Pastoral candidates went to seminary in neighboring Kenya. As a vicar (intern), Shauen was committed only to an 18-month assignment in Uganda, having already spent six months of his two-year vicarage building our network of support in the States with the possibility of that vicarage assignment converting to a first call at the end of our term. 

Today, the Lutheran Church of Uganda (they changed their name as they felt they came out of status as a mission into a full-fledged independent church body) has twenty ordained pastors serving 140 congregations. They have a bishop (that one pastor who was there when we first arrived - Rev. Charles Bameka), their own seminary, and LCMS missionaries serving in their midst. 

These years have brought great challenges and sorrows. We lost two children to miscarriage and had several deaths in our family in the States, watching our family grieve from afar and feeling helpless. We initially dealt with government bureaucracy in one country but expanded to dealing with it in many countries and at much higher stakes. We watched field budgets shrink year after year after year and struggled with our own account. We suffered as we watched fellow missionaries in Africa leave the field until we were just a handful left. There were many, many times we almost departed the field ourselves. 

But these years have also brought great joys. Our family has also grown - adding four healthy and happy boys over the last nine years. And Shauen's responsibilities have also grown (which is, indeed, a joy too) - from Vicar Shauen co-teaching the TEE class in Uganda to Shauen being responsible for a field office and work in Kenya and Tanzania (his first call) to Shauen serving as area director for eastern and southern Africa. We saw students in Shauen's TEE class go on to seminary, graduate, and now serve as leaders in the church in Uganda. Shauen made visits to refugee camps and rarely-visited congregations where he lost track of the number of baptisms being performed. Shauen has explored new relationships with emerging church bodies and had the privilege of sharing meals with bishops and presidents of church bodies much larger than the LCMS. We have seen the work grow and change as new opportunities opened up and as the LCMS emphasized sending new missionaries - there are now well over a dozen missionaries serving under Shauen. As we look back on the ministry highlights shared in our newsletters, we are amazed at what God has done - and continues to do. 

This year as we work towards our ten-year anniversary of deploying to the field, we look forward to what God has in store. We look forward to watching our boys continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to working with the amazing and great missionary team that Shauen has the privilege of leading. We look forward to discovering the new opportunities God has prepared for the Gospel to be shared. We look forward to investments of time, energy, and resources "paying off" in changed hearts, baptisms, and God gathering His people into His church. This year again, God will do His mighty work here and we pray to rejoice in it. 

Thank you for walking with us in this work. You are a fundamental part of this work the church has put before us. Your prayers, encouragement, and support have enabled us to survive the difficult times and to rejoice in the great times. This is your work. We are just the folks who get to do it on your behalf. Thank you for sending us and keeping us here - we love what we get to do! 

 

Photos in Focus

Trump Missionary Postcards over the Years

 
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 across eastern and southern Africa 

For God's work in Rwanda as Shauen prepares for another trip there
In Praise

For nine years of field service

For Shauen's opportunity to stay home during December and January

For healthy, safe, and thriving children

For Christmas celebrations and that joy children have in finding gold coins and a matchbox car in their socks on Christmas morning

For school starting again after the Christmas holiday
 
Financial Support
Give Now
To support this work financially, please give a recurring
or one-time gift securely through the Give Now button above
or online at http://LCMS.org/trump 
 
OR
Make checks payable to "The LCMS" and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa” to send a tax-deductible gift through one of the following:
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Mission Central
40718 Highway E 16
Mapleton, IA 51034
 
 
Contact Us
(correspondence ONLY - no checks)
Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA
 
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Sunday
Jan072018

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Staff suggested I not travel in the months of December or January – awesome folks, all of them (I travel a lot in this great work put before me). Unexpected side effect: I haven’t taken Imodium in six weeks. Yeah, that’s probably a new personal record.

Wednesday
Dec272017

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Josiah went to great lengths to explain how cities laid out on a grid (like Jinja, Uganda) are difficult to navigate. He asserts, “You keep getting lost!“ He’s impressed with our fellow missionaries, Mark and Megan Mantey’s, ability to get to the store that sells dill pickles.

Sunday
Dec242017

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When the family is splitting Cheetos from the States as a special treat on Christmas Eve. Yeah, she’s weighing them...

Monday
Dec112017

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Somehow tricked my boys into giving my back a massage. Interesting combination of techniques but as long as I get to lay down, I’m game!

Sunday
Dec102017

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Sunday
Dec102017

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Gotta love that Scottish Norweigan Salmon...

Saturday
Dec092017

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Saturday Swim at the boys’ school: Elijah (getting out of the 3-ft deep pool and padding over to me): “Can I go swim in the deep pool? I promise I won’t drown!” Me: “Um, no. I don’t think that’s how it works.”

Friday
Dec012017

December 1, 2017 Newsletter

Writing from Nairobi, Kenya
December 1, 2017
 

Nine New Pastors Ordained in Tanzania

Candidates for Ordination Wait Patiently for the Service to Begin
Candidates for Ordination Wait Patiently for the Service to Begin

Between the special guests, bishops donning all their kit, and the brass band warming up, the little trading center of Uchira, Tanzania, drew an inordinate amount of attention from those passing by on the highway that divides the town. When all were assembled, the procession began with the cross leading us down the motorway. Traffic slowed and then stopped as a couple hundred Lutherans crossed the road and made their way to the grounds of the Lutheran Church of East Africa's (LCEA) arch-cathedral where others had already gathered for the celebration. The assembly included representation from almost all the areas where the LCEA has congregations - Tanga district, Machame, Karatu, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Kahe, and Taveta. 

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has worked alongside the LCEA for many years. Many of Shauen's co-workers have supported and encouraged the ministry - Pastor Jonathan Clausing has taught at their seminary, Shara Osiro has arranged and hosted short term teams doing evangelism and Mercy Medical Team clinics, Sarah Kanoy has worked with those Mercy Medical Teams and also in the LCEA's hospital, and Shauen has visited many times.  There are also the projects supported by the LCMS - the chapel roofs projects, the support for their seminary, the scholarships to the next-level seminary in Kenya, the motorcycles for pastors and evangelists, the English courses, the mercy work - all projects through which the Gospel is proclaimed.  This weekend was one of those times when the church bears witness to the impact of those efforts - a church body that has grown substantially from Shauen's first visit seven years ago - the result of ongoing relationships and partnership in the Gospel for the sake of the lost. 

Pastor Yacobo's New Stole is Adjusted
Pastor Yacobo's New Stole is Adjusted
Josiah Examines the Lei Given to Him by the Bishop
Josiah Examines the Lei Given to Him by the Bishop

Although many of the candidates for ordination were known to Shauen, there were two in particular who stood out - Yacobo and Godson, both from Kahe. Shauen and St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a Congregation Connect partner with the LCEA, have enjoyed working with these two men in their capacity as evangelists for several years. This week, they were ordained by their church leaders into the office of public ministry with the Kahe congregation choir singing in the service. Among the offerings collected in the course of the ordination service was an offering for the church building in Kahe which has seen slow but steady progress in collecting materials over the years in preparation for building a permanent structure. 

After the candidates were ordained, their wives were brought forward for a blessing from the archbishop. They, also, will bear a burden for the work their husbands do. By the end of the service the new pastors had received a clerical shirt (gift from the LCMS), the white robe, the red stole that marks their office, and the other vestments used in the worship service. Thus arrayed, at the conclusion of the 5 hour ordination service, these nine new pastors were presented to the church which responded with joyful outbursts of applause, ululating, singing, and dancing. Praise the Lord for the workers He calls to this office and those men's joy-filled proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Newly Ordained Pastors of the LCEA as the Service Concludes
Newly Ordained Pastors of the LCEA as the Service Concludes
 

Photos in Focus

Trump Boys on Safari, at Home,
at the Christmas Fair, and in Bucharest for Meetings

 
Prayer Requests

For Jeremiah (and us) as he gets his first teeth

For the missionaries of our field as Shauen delegates various tasks and implements a structure to provide better support and missionary care

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 Shauen's safe travels and good visits in Tanzania

For God's provision of pastors for His people - and particularly those who don't yet know the Good News of Jesus Christ - in Tanzania

For Shauen's opportunity to spend time at home (no trips!) with Krista and the boys over the holidays

For healthy, safe, and thriving children
 
Financial Support
Give Now
To support this work financially, please give a recurring
or one-time gift securely through the Give Now button above
or online at http://LCMS.org/trump 
 
OR
Make checks payable to "The LCMS" and mark the memo line “Trump-East Africa” to send a tax-deductible gift through one of the following:
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
PO Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Mission Central
40718 Highway E 16
Mapleton, IA 51034
 
 
Contact Us

Shauen & Krista Trump
PO Box 22
Karen 00502 KENYA
 
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Thursday
Nov302017

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Between teething and a cold that had him coughing quite a bit, this poor little guy (and his parents) had a bit of a rough night. But he’s still all smiles in the morning!