Mission Moments – East Africa – Youngs.

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Mission Moments – East Africa
Young Family News                     August 2020

New logo, new region…
same mission


This spring Rev Dan McMiller, Executive Director of the LC-MS International Mission announced that both East and West Africa fields would combine into one region with Rev Shauen Trump as the Regional Director.  Please keep Rev Trump in prayer as he combines 24 missionary units and many countries and cultures together for common mission. 

LCMS Executive Leadership Matthew Harrison (LCMS President), Kevin Robson (LCMS Chief Mission Officer), Dan McMiller (LCMS OIM Executive Director), Christian Boehlke, Jim Krikava, and Art Just (OIM Associate Exec Directors), Ted Krey, Charles Ferry, and Shauen Trump (Regional Directors)  
Please keep these men and their families in your prayers.

The LCMS International Mission also shared a new logo with our mission of “Spread the Gospel, Plant Lutheran Churches, Show Mercy.” It is this common mission that connects all regions and work throughout the world as we share the love of Jesus.  

Of the 54 countries in Africa, the LCMS has some connection and work in the following 27 countries… Burundi, Burkina Faso, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia. 
It has been interesting to meet over the internet with our new teammates and hear the wonderful work that is happening in the western and French speaking parts of the continent. We are looking forward to getting to know each other more and more as time goes on. 

Family Updates:

Joel spent his summer preparing for the new school year at West Nairobi School. They will begin the year online, hoping to meet face to face as the year goes on. 
Krista has helped edit and develop new resources for short term volunteers including the devotions written by past participants to be used before, during and after short term trips.  
Sydney continues to live and work in Missouri. She will begin her 3rd year of University in a couple weeks. She enjoyed being a nanny for a family during Covid and summer months.  She is happily showing Grace around town and helping with things like getting a driver’s license.   
Grace came to Nairobi in March and returned to the US in early July on an US Embassy chartered flight before Kenya opened its borders. Pictured above is at the airport saying goodbye.  She now lives in the same town as her sister.  They are happy to be close together and able to support one another again. Grace will continue her classes online while working.

One of our favorite flowers in the yard are the “Bird of Paradise” They are named after the birds found in Papua New Guinea and also grew there.  

To support the LCMS through the work of the Young’s, please send a tax-deductible gift to: 

Mission Central
40718 Highway E 16
Mapleton, Iowa 51034

Gifts can also be given securely online through the LCMS website at

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Prayers and Praises:
How can we pray for you? Please share with us your prayers and concerns so we can lift each other up in prayer.
  • We pray for new and creative ways to share the love of Jesus with folks here in Kenya.  
  • Pray for Kenya as floods and locusts challenge the farmers and folks living in rural areas. 
  • We pray for peace and rest from tribal/ethnic/ and racial tensions around the world. 
  • Pray for strength and joy in ministry.
  • Praise God for faithful partners who continue to pray for and encourage us.  
To God be the Glory!!!

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