‘Burundi’

Burundi Friends’ Mission to Tanzania

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
I wanted to acknowledge this important milestone in the life of the Evangelical Friends Church of Burundi as they have launched church planting efforts into their neighboring country, Tanzania. Matt Macy shares the details on behalf of EFM below as well as how and where to contribute. This is an exciting opportunity for our EFC-MAYM churches to partner with our sister church in Burundi to help with the costs of officially registering this new church/mission field with the government of Tanzania. 
— Adam Monaghan
 
We continue to celebrate mission-sending efforts by our Friends in Africa. The Evangelical Friends Church of Burundi has been developing a mission at Kigoma, Tanzania with plans to launch church-planting efforts throughout Tanzania. Burundi Friends recently “recorded” Pastor Mapendo Songoro, and groups of Burundian Friends have been making regular ministry and encouragement trips to Kigoma over the past three years. 
 
Burundi Friends have asked for assistance in costs of $2,600 associated with registering the EFC-Tanzania mission and church with the government of Tanzania in Dar-Es-Salaam. This has been an important “next step” that leaders in Burundi have been talking about in recent years, but some newly enforced mandates by the government call for an immediate registration of the church. EFM has been looking for appropriate opportunities to partner with Burundi Friends in this missions-sending work. Burundi Friends have been self-funded in all of their efforts in Tanzania up to this point, and we believe this request for assistance is a wonderful opportunity for partnership.
 
Please pray for this young mission that’s based in Kigoma, Tanzania! If you would like to partner financially with Burundi in this mission, please note “Tanzania registration” with your gift. You can use any of these giving options:
If excess funds are raised, they will be allocated to other EFM Luke 10 projects. EFM’s Luke 10 Initiative is focused on discerning where Evangelical Friends might participate in opening new mission fields. 
 
– Matt Macy, EFM
 

EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizers | Updates

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

charity-black-and-white-headshot-2To learn more about the ministry of the EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizers, click here.

Charity Sandstrom, Pastor at Emporia Friends, is the new Chairperson for EFCMAYM Missions Mobilizer Team. Charity served on the team from 2009 to 2016 and has a great heart for missions! 

“I’m excited to begin a time of serving our Missions Mobilizers Committee as chairperson. Missions is a part of my heritage and holds a piece of my heart. Growing up I heard first-hand stories from my grandparents Alfred and Ruth Miller about their years of ministry in Burundi, Africa. Because of those connections my heart beats for the work of sharing God’s grace both here and around the world. We have such a privilege to support, encourage and spread the news about our missionary partners serving through EFM. We’ve also had an amazing impact by directly supporting their needs through our Missionary Blessing Fund, supported by our annual Run for Missions. It is a blessing to celebrate our past, and it is our responsibility to continue to work diligently in our partnership with Burundi’s Yearly Meetings and our Sister Church Project. I am looking forward to what new and different ways God may want to use us to mobilize our EFC-MAYM churches for missions. Will you pray with me, seeking God’s direction and how he might want to use our committee, and you specifically to ignite a passion for missions across our Yearly Meeting?”

Charity Sandstrom
rcsandstrom@sbcglobal.net

 

EFM | Update from Matt Macy

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Thanks so much for your donations to Burundi’s Kibimba Willard Ferguson Seminary dorm fire-aid project. Donations came in from all over the country. The project has been fully funded and EFM sent the funds to Burundi this week.

An electrical fire partially destroyed the Kibimba Ferguson Seminary men’s dorm earlier this summer while a Mid-America Friends team was visiting. These funds will enable Friends in Burundi to immediately rebuild the facilities with very few disruptions to the students when they return to classes in September. Remember that while our Friends in Burundi call this a “seminary,” it is a private Friends high school-level Bible school.

– Matt Macy, Associate Director of EFM

p.s. Abby Brown is from Chandler, Oklahoma Friends Church, and she found this page that came out of a Kirundi Bible. It was on the ground outside the dorm the morning after the fire. When Abby showed it to her grandpa, David Kellum, he immediately recognized that Psalm 23 was included on the page.

From the EFM Desk of Matt Macy…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Taken by Abby Brown, Granddaughter of David and Mae Kellum, the morning after the fire.

Taken by Abby Brown, Granddaughter of David and Mae Kellum, the morning after the fire.

EFM is announcing an urgent rebuilding fund for Burundi Friends and your help is appreciated. The men’s dormitory at Willard Ferguson Seminary in Kibimba caught fire this summer. We wish to raise $5,000 to help with the costs of rebuilding the dorm right away, which will allow our Burundian Friends to complete the work in time for school to reconvene in September.  

As the Lord leads, please mark donations to “Burundi fire” and send checks to EFM, PO Box 525, Arvada, CO 80001 or give online here. Type “Burundi fire” in the comment box. You may give with a credit card over the phone by calling our office at 303-421-8100

EFM has partnered with Burundi Friends through the leadership of the Great Lakes Leadership Training (GLLT) committee to establish two high-school-level private Bible schools in the two Burundi yearly meetings: Kwibuka Willard Ferguson Seminary and Kibimba Willard Ferguson Seminary. 

At the end of July, the same night an EFC-MAYM student team called Saltshaker arrived in Burundi, a fire broke out and heavily damaged the dormitory section of the Kibimba seminary. They believe the cause of the fire was a rigged phone charger cord that shorted out. The fire was in an older section of the facilities, not the newer classroom sections that some of you may have contributed to in the past. The fire destroyed several windows and doors, some roof rafters, most of the electrical wiring, mattresses, student clothing, bed slats, and all the ceiling materials. Only one student was injured; his arm was cut when breaking through a window. 

David Williams, EFC-MAYM Superintendent, requested a budget for the rebuilding of the facilities. David Kellum reviewed the budget and was pleased with the low cost of the rebuild and how appropriate all items on the request were.

Abby found this page on the ground outside the dorm out of a Kirundi Bible…Psalm 23.

Abby found this page on the ground outside the dorm out of a Kirundi Bible…Psalm 23.

The Saltshaker team enjoyed the opportunity to spend about two-and-a-half days with the seminary students tearing out and removing damaged sections and cleaning the facility. They also had wonderful fellowship and heard those boys sing with amazing harmony. There were about two-dozen male students working with us, but the female students had already left for home before the fire. The Saltshaker team provided funds to replace taxi fares for the boys to return home because their money was destroyed in the fire. The team also replaced the funds the boys had pooled together for an “end of the year celebration.” The seminary students went home with just the clothes on their backs. Bibles that were burned will be replaced in a Youth Bible Project that the Saltshaker team had already raised funds for.

Please pray for the students of Kibimba Willard Ferguson Seminary as many of them will have to return to school and re-take some of their classes because their books and notes were destroyed in the fire and they were unable to complete their final exams. 

Thanks for responding as the Lord leads you!

– Matt Macy

***If additional funds come in above this project’s needs, those funds will be applied to other EFM GLLT projects in Burundi, Rwanda, and Congo. 

Final Reflections | Saltshaker Burundi

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Playing with random kids in the area was easily one of our favorite pastimes.

Playing with random kids in the area was easily one of our favorite pastimes.

I am writing this 6 days after returning to America while currently flying miles above the ground again headed somewhere new. I can’t help to think about the adventures that my last few flights brought me with our journey to and from Burundi. Upon originally arriving in Wichita for orientation, meeting our team was something I was slightly anxious about. This was going to be my first time being on a trip like this with this many people and such a wide variety of ages and personalities. If there’s one thing that God very particularly and specifically ordained for this Saltshaker, it was this team of people. As you may know, the Burundi Saltshaker trip was originally scheduled for the summer of 2015. Many of us signed up and began fundraising long ago when that was the plan, before it was then postponed until the summer of 2016. Some applicants dropped out and many others eventually joined the team over the course of that year. That is almost two years worth of God picking and choosing who would be on this team! Two years worth of opening and closing doors that led to a group of 20 incredibly awesome people. These people are who taught me the most on this trip. I was challenged by their testimonies of great faith, and by their loving spirits and gentle care. I always felt known being with them. A good majority of us didn’t know each other very well or at all beforehand and formed some deep and meaningful relationships through our time spent together in Burundi.

Riding together in the back of this land cruiser multiple times a day is where most of our team bonding was done!

Riding together in the back of this land cruiser multiple times a day is where most of our team bonding was done!

As a team, we talked about how upon arriving back home, it’s most important to share with others about how God was glorified, how the Kingdom expanded, how the Church was affected, how our families and churches can learn from us, etc. Notice that the one thing I didn’t mention was OURSELVES. It’s easy to fall into the mentality that this trip was all for me and what God could teach me and how I suffered or how I was touched. And while I totally and completely agree with that, I also feel a strong sense to share what The Lord did place on my heart during my Saltshaker experience. Ironically, the one thing I am walking away with is a deeper and clearer understanding of a call to selflessness. We noticed throughout the duration of our stay how devoted the African leaders were to us. They sacrificed every bit of their time for two weeks just to cater to our needs and make sure we were cared for. That meant time away from their families, careers, and their normal everyday lives. I have a hard time believing I’d be able to do that even just one full day for somebody! There were so many examples of selflessness lived out everyday for us, I could write a whole novel on that, but people like our cook, our translators, David and Mae, the doctors (who would seriously stop in the middle of a surgery if we needed something), need I go on?

Sometimes the lessons we anticipate to learn in life are completely different than what we end up learning. It’s almost funny to me that I even try to predict what I am going to learn from experiences like this, because God always ends up throwing something entirely different my way. Our leader of the trip was Matt Macy, who I’m sure many of you reading this know and love. Matt was the ultimate example of sacrifice and selflessness to me. Matt sacrificed his entire afternoon one day, spending HOURS of his time going out of his way just so that five of us could have fun and have an enjoyable experience. Five is a pretty insignificant number with a team that size. Once again I was challenged to look within my own heart to think what I would have done in his shoes, and I can tell you my conclusion was not to have done what Matt did for us. That is sacrifice. That is service. I’ve learned through him that leadership is about dying to self, even when the world says it’s about personal gain.

As a team, we shared a devotional time together every night and took turns leading that. One night we spent reading Philippians (chapter 1, I believe) when The Lord spoke to me in a new, refreshing way. If you don’t know, Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was in jail, and it’s also known as his “joy letter.” Ironic, right? Completely. I was challenged to think about my own selfishness as we read through this chapter. How can Paul be writing these people while he’s in jail and be talking about anything other than himself? Here’s what my letter would’ve been: Please pray for me. Oh, pity me! Listen to what I am living through. Here is what I am being forced to eat. Here is how horrible I feel. You wouldn’t even believe what my conditions are like. Want to hear more about myself?

Paul wrote to the people of Philippi expressing his love for them and to encourage them in many ways. Paul was too busy thinking of other people to be so caught up in his own condition. That, my friends, is true love. There is only one real love language and it is called dying to self. And when you can truly love to be unknown, that is dying to self. I am thankful for these moments in Burundi in which The Lord began shaping my heart towards selfless love and sacrifice, versus selfish love and sacrifice. May I begin to love like not only Jesus did, but like the people of Burundi, like the leaders and teammates of this team, and like so many others who model this love. Praise be to God for an amazing experience!

-Katie Newton

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Saltshaker Burundi Reflections

Monday, July 25th, 2016

IMG_4541 copyI am incredibly grateful to you all for helping to make me a part of the 2016 Burundi Saltshaker team! Your financial support, encouragement, and prayers have all been immensely meaningful.

I had a phenomenal time in Burundi! I can say with great certainty that there were very few moments of the trip that I did not enjoy (even the 17 hour flight home had its moments). It was the December before last, at Friends Summit 2014, that I first encountered members of the Burundian Friends Church. I was impressed and intrigued by their great joy and humility, and when I heard, in the late winter of 2015, that the next Saltshaker would send a team to Burundi, I was excited by the possibility and signed up. Unfortunately, due to political unrest within Burundi last summer, our trip had to be postponed until this summer. However, the actual timing of it allowed our team to be present in Burundi for the transference of leadership from the Legal Representative (a position of paramount importance within their church structure), which was an incredible event to witness and celebrate with our Burundian brothers and sisters.

Here are things that stood out to me as I reflected upon my time there:

-I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity that the trip presented to build new friendships with both other team members and Burundian Friends. I made many new friends (like our driver, David) that remain in Burundi, but I hope I can visit again soon.

-I was touched by the great joy and authenticity of their worship of God, and I loved the opportunities that we had to dance and sing with them. It was awesome to observe the happiness that radiated from their smiling faces and to see how boldly they proclaimed the goodness and glory of God.

-We might have been there to show our love to our Burundian friends, but they too, showed there great love for us in many ways, through unceasing acts of hospitality, graciousness, and kindness. I was quite impressed by the way in which they selflessly gave of their time (almost all of the leaders have busy schedules) to be with us and to go with us to visit remote church locations.

-Domitien, the previous legal representative, said in his speech, as he passed off the mantle of leadership to his successor, that, “A great man is a man who makes others great.” I was amazed by how humble and servant-oriented Domitien had remained, even though he was in a position of great influence and power, and his words and deeds stand as a powerful challenge and witness to me.

-I loved traveling across Burundi! As previously mentioned, we visited some churches that were in fairly remote locations, so we would often spend several hours driving on a main highway, only to get on a dirt road (a road might not be the right word here, maybe more like a very rough trail) and drive on that sometime before we could get to our destination. We had many fun adventures traveling and many exciting moments when we would turn down mountain passes or inch slowly down from the side of a cliff. The Burundian countryside (the large majority of their nation) was beautiful! There were large hills and mountains seemingly everywhere, covered in beautiful green trees and plants, a scene that would be interrupted quite frequently by farming plots were women and children hoed the ground and planted crops. It was really neat to see such a different change in scenery, especially one as beautiful as theirs.

-God was working mightily in Burundi. I loved observing how the Burundian church was actively acting upon their faith and desiring to be more effective Kingdom workers and to spread the Gospel. I had the privilege to hear the testimonies of both our cook and driver, both of which were incredibly powerful, and spoke volumes about how actively God had, was, and is working in Burundi. I appreciate the fact that God and His Kingdom are incredibly culturally transcendent and how God is calling every tongue and tribe to “come and dine” with Him.

-I also enjoyed the opportunities that we had to bless and work alongside of our Burundian friends, whether it was helping to clean up the fire damage and knocking down walls in a dormitory at a Friends’ seminary or assisting in the construction of rural churches (among many other things), it was just such an wonderful experience to be able to show them our love by rolling up our sleeves, getting dirty, and being with them, exercising what I now see as one of the most powerful forms of ministry, the ministry of presence.

-I also have many great memories of playing cards at night with the other members of our team in the lovely guesthouse we stayed in, and getting to know each member of the team, some for the first time and others more deeply. Shopping together in the busy (mostly) open markets of Kitega and Bujumbara was another highlight for me and learning to haggle well was certainly a challenge! We also got to go to a wildlife preserve and see hippos and go to a “zoo” and watch gigantic alligators eat guinea pigs alive! We had a lot of fun together and I praise God for how well we all got along and did ministry together.

Thank you all again for your support and making this possible. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about it all, I would be happy to answer them. I am ultimately reminded that we serve a great God and are active parts of an unshakable Kingdom which has members from all nations! I leave you with these insightful and encouraging words from Francis Frangipan, “Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.”

With much love and gratitude,

Caleb Angell

 

 

Saltshaker Burundi & Nepal: Meet the 2016 Teams!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Please pray for our EFC-MAYM Saltshaker 2016 mission trip teams headed to serve this summer in Burundi and Nepal. The teams request prayer support from friends, family and from churches and church members across EFC-MAYM and beyond. Several team members are also still raising funds. Please contact adam@efcmaym.org if you are interested in supporting either of these trips with a financial (tax-deductible) donation. See more information about Saltshaker 2016 here.

 

Saltshaker Prayer Requests

*For Security & Safety, that we would “be strong and courageous” and not be “afraid or discouraged” (Joshua 1:9).
*For Unity, that we may “be made completely one, so the world may know…” (John 17:23).
*For Discernment, that we may “trust in the Lord with all our heart and not rely on our own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
*For Health & Comfort, that we would “be in good health physically just as you are spiritually” (I John 1:2).
*For Leadership that we would “imitate” the Apostle Paul “as he imitates Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).
*For the Mission Fields in the Burundi/Nepal, that we would “promote love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
*For Humility that we would “make our own attitude that of Christ” and “assuming the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-8).

 

Saltshaker Itineraries

June 20-21 – Saltshaker Orientation at Northridge Friends, Wichita, KS
June 22 – Burundi and Nepal teams depart from Wichita early morning
June 23 – Teams arrive in Burundi and Nepal
July 7 – Nepal team returns to Wichita/Houston
July 9 – Burundi team returns to Wichita/Houston/OKC/Ohio

Note that Burundi is 7 hours ahead of US Central Time and Nepal is 10:45 ahead of US Central Time. Also note that due to lack of available internet access in Burundi, blog updates will likely be irregular if at all until reports upon return.

 

Meet the Saltshaker Nepal Team

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.46 AMMy name is Rebecca Angell and I currently live in Wichita, Kansas. I am a senior at Wichita State University and will graduate in December with my nursing degree. I love people and I love God and I am so excited to serve in Nepal. I have done two previous mission trips before to Mexico, but I know that traveling to Nepal and witnessing for Christ will continue to shape me and grow me as a follower of Jesus. My prayer for the team and myself is that we could “take on the form of a servant” (Phillipians 2:8), like Jesus did when he walked this earth, and that our lives could be living testimonies for Him. I am going with the mindset to bless, yet I also believe that my life will be richly blessed by the people of Nepal. Thank you for your prayers and support of us, we are beyond thankful!

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.35 AMMy name is Josiah Brown and I am a senior at Friends University where I am majoring in Finance and Christian Spiritual Formation. I grew up in Chandler, Oklahoma, where I attended Chandler Friends Church. When I am in Wichita I attend Northridge Friends Church with a bunch of other crazy college students! I have been on two Saltshaker trips before this one: Kibimba Hospital/Burundi in 2012, and Bangladesh in 2014. Both of those trips have been huge contributors to my growing love for God and his mission in the world. I know that this trip to Nepal will be life changing for all of us, and I look forward to taking part in what God is doing in Nepal!

 

 

My name is Jordan Compton. I live in Wichita, KS. My husband and I serve as the Youth Pastors at Northridge Friends Church. When I first felt the pull to go to Nepal, I was reluctant because of reasons and barriers I thought I had control over; time, money, comfort. Well, God broke through those barriers and here I am preparing for an opportunity of a lifetime! I am so excited to experience Him in new ways and see how He is moving across the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.43.04 AMMy name is Hannah Jacobson. I am from Friendswood, Texas and attend Friendswood United Methodist Church. I am about to be in the 12th grade at Friendswood High School. I am taking this journey in hopes that is changes not only my perspective on things but it changes the lives of others. I pray that God works through me and the others on this trip. I’m very excited to see what God has for us!

 

 

 

 

 

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My name is Adam Monaghan and I am the Director for this Saltshaker trip. I am from Wichita, Kansas and I serve as Pastor at Crossroads Friends Church and the Associate Superintendent of Global Ministries for Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Yearly Meeting. I am really excited to be a part of the Saltshaker Nepal mission team because God has called us to be his witness to the ends of the earth (cf Mt 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). My favorite thing about missions is that God gets the glory (Ps.46:10b), the nations get the gospel (Mt. 28:19) and the church gets the “good life” of abundant blessings for being obedient and faithful to go, send, give and pray! I also really love the Evangelical Friends Church all around the world and am excited to get to partner with the churches in Nepal. The sending churches in the case of both Saltshaker trips this summer consist of seven local Friends Churches (Crossroads, Northridge, Bethel, Friendswood, Hutchinson, and Haviland, as well as Winona Friends in Ohio).

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.46.12 AMMy name is Sallianne Roher and I live in Friendswood, Texas and attend Friendswood Friends Church. I am a 10th grade student at Friendswood High School. I was led to join the Saltshaker Nepal Team because I felt Christ encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone to serve others and learn how God expresses himself in a place unlike my own home, and to be able to answer God’s calling to us to be witnesses for Him to all people (Matthew 24:14). I am so excited to be a part of this team and to be able to follow Christ across borders! To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.57 AMMy name is Rosalinda Saenz. I live in Wichita KS and go to Northridge Friends Church. I am in 10th grade and go to Heights High School. I am so thrilled to be able to go on the 2016 Saltshaker trip to Nepal. I felt led to go on this trip because my sister went on the Burundi trip a couple years ago and she came back with these amazing stories and new experiences. So I thought what better way to understand her time there then to go on one myself. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for me and to see how I can help in anyway.

 

 

 

 

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My name is Blake Stanfield, I am from Friendswood, Texas, and I attend Friendswood Friends Church. I just finished the 11th grade at Friendswood High School. I am really excited to be a part of the Nepal Saltshaker trip because I went on the last trip to the Philippines and it was a blast! I had a great time serving others in the name of God and my relationship with God grew in the process. I’m very excited to help others once again experience God and have a great time doing so!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Saltshaker Burundi Team

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.47.33 AMMy name is Caleb Angell, and I am from from Stanford, New York. I attend Nine Partners Meeting in New York and Northridge Friends Church in Wichita. I am entering my senior year this fall at Friends University. I have had an interest in the Burundi mission ever since meeting with and hearing from the Burundian pastors who attended Friends Summit 2014. I am quite excited for this opportunity and very much look forward to learning from Burundian Friends and serving them as best I may.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.47.15 AMMy name is Abby Brown, I just recently finished my senior year of high school in Chandler, Oklahoma. I grew up attending Chandler Friends Church with my family where I have been able to play with the worship team. I am looking forward to starting my freshman year of college in the fall wherever God leads me. I have been to Burundi twice before but never on a Saltshaker trip, and I could not be more excited. The first time I went to Burundi it captured my heart and now I want to take every opportunity I have to go back, especially with my grandparents David and Mae Kellum.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.02 AMMy name is Marc Compton, and I have the distinct privilege of serving as assistant director on this Saltshaker trip. I live in Wichita, Kansas with my wife Jordan and am blessed to serve the Lord at Northridge Friends Church as Pastor of Student Ministries. I am truly excited for this opportunity to serve the Lord on a short-term trip to Burundi, Africa. I have passions for youth, for missions, for furthering the kingdom, and for encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ. I look forward to this unique opportunity where I have been blessed to serve the Lord in the midst of so many of my passions. I am thankful to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker team and I am truly excited by the possibilities of how God is going to work in and through our group.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.18 AMMy name is Olivia Garcia. I come from Hutchinson, Kansas, and am the daughter of two divorced parents, Tom and Jennifer, and a step-dad Jason. I am a big sister to Bella, and a younger step-sister to my step-brother Jacob. I recently brought home a now 12-week-old puppy, Leia. I am 20 years old, and am a junior in college at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. I am pursuing a degree in Family and Counseling, while also getting a Christian education. I also take classes at K-State, and am in the program CATS, or Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. I work at Pawnee Mental Health Services part time, and I love my job. As a mental health professional, I have the privilege of equipping children with severe emotional disturbances to reach their full potential. I love music, coffee, animals, people, lipstick, shouting “BLESSINGS” and finally, I love the Lord. I accepted Christ when I was 11 years old, and vowed to follow Him to the ends of the earth. Right now, I will follow God to Burundi, Africa. I could not be more excited!

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.48.00 AMMy name is Catherine Hoppock. I live in Wichita, Kansas. I attend Northridge Friends Church and I am a Health Science student at Friends University. I am excited to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker Team this year because I have always wanted to go to Burundi and see the different churches we support and to be involved in the hospital there. I have a desire to practice medicine in my future and I am excited to see all the different situations in the Kibimba Hospital in Burundi. I am excited what God will do in me this trip and hope to ignite my passion for missions and medicine even more.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.48.22 AMMy name is Ellen Losew and I have been married to Steve for 20 years on June 29th – our 20th anniversary will pass while I am in Burundi. I am a pediatrician in Kansas. I have a special interest in newborn care and infectious diseases. I have four children, Jace, who is on the Saltshaker team, Jack (12), Joscelyn (11), and Jessa (7). I am a runner and have done several triathlons. I also crochet.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.49.41 AMI am Jace Losew and I am 15. I will be a sophomore at Central Christian High School this fall. I am a runner and ran for my school’s cross country and track teams last year. I also competed on the school’s swim team. I am interested in engineering. I like to sing and participate in choir. I play the clarinet in my school concert and marching bands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.52.11 AMI am Sarah Kelsey and I live in Hutchinson, KS. I am 27 years old and just finished my first year of my Master’s program in Family Ministry. I am currently working in a behavior support classroom for children in the fourth through sixth grade. My hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, being outside and running. My biggest passion is helping others in any way that I can. I love coming alongside other people and engaging in their lives. When this Saltshaker trip first came up, I was excited but unsure if I was supposed to go. I spent time in prayer just trying to discern if this was a trip that I was to go on. God revealed to me that He wanted me to be a part of this team. I have been on other Saltshaker trips before, but I know this one will be different. I am excited and looking forward to what God will do in and through us as individuals and as a team. Although I am nervous, I know God has big plans for this trip and for the people of Burundi. I am looking forward to seeing how God is going to use me to impact the lives of others and to glorify His kingdom. This is a big step for me, but I’m taking it in faith and allowing God to lead.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.49.55 AMMy name is Joel Macy. I’m 17 years old and will be a junior in high school. I attend Crossroads Friends Church. I am excited to go on this trip because I want to see the mission and culture in Burundi. My little brother was adopted from Rwanda, and I am interested to see the place where he is from. My dad has led several mission trips to Africa, and I want to meet the people my family has heard about and prayed for, and experience this church and culture like others before me.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.50.43 AMMatt and Carrie Macy, along with Joel and Caleb, are so honored to participate in this Saltshaker to Burundi, Africa.  While Matt has gone to Burundi more than a dozen times because of his work with EFC-MAYM and EFM, this will be Carrie, Joel and Caleb’s first trip.  Matt is really looking forward to introducing some of his family to our friends in Burundi.  This is Caleb’s first time to be with his own ethnic group, since we adopted him at 16 months old out of Kigali, Rwanda in September 2007.  As the Saltshaker team goes home, our family will go spend 3 days in Rwanda to show Caleb his place of birth.  The Macy family love to be a part of Crossroads Friends Church in Wichita and love connecting in deep ways with neighbors to seek the Kingdom of God. We also love to be a part of missions all over the world, with the most frequent visits to Burundi and to Bangladesh.  Matt’s passion as associate director of EFM is to help groups of Friends churches all around the world to start their own mission fields and send their own missionaries.

 

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My name is Rosealin Morris and I live in Salem, Ohio. I attend Winona Friends Church and I love to work with the children’s program there. I work with an after school program and childcare. I feel God has called me to do missionary work and I am so excited to be going on the Saltshaker Burundi mission trip. I cannot wait to meet new friends that are as excited as me to share the love of Jesus with others. It will be amazing to see how God uses our team in Burundi.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.50.12 AMMy name is Katie Newton and I am originally from Friendswood, TX but currently attending Barclay College in Haviland, KS. I am very excited to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker team because my first Saltshaker trip to Bangladesh changed my life! I feel a call placed upon my life from the Lord to bring the Good News to all of the earth. Cross-cultural missions is something I am very passionate about and I have been excited about going to Burundi ever since they first announced the possibility in 2014. To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him!

 

 

 

 

My name is William “Garry” Norton, and I go to church at Bethel Friends in Hugoton, Kansas. I am from a nearby town called Rolla. I have just graduated from Rolla High School and will be attending Barclay College next fall. I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to go to Burundi. After my mother passed away, my heart changed in a beautiful way. I was called into missions when I saw a discarded packet that asked for funding for orphans in Africa. It made me feel as if I was needed elsewhere than here in the states. I feel ready to be submerged into another culture that I’ve always loved reading about. I am ecstatic to be able to be a vessel for God to aid and assist the people I meet there.

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Heather Thornburg and I am from Haviland, Kansas.  I currently work in the undergraduate and graduate admissions department at Barclay College. I am so blessed and thrilled to be a part of the Saltshaker Burundi trip because it is an incredible opportunity to experience the Lord working in a different culture and people. Through the changes of plans in the last year and a half with this trip, the Lord has still paved the way for me to go, which assures me this is what He has planned for me to do. I am ready to be more transformed into who I am created to be by simply being obedient to Him on this trip. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve on the 2016 Saltshaker Burundi trip.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.36 AMMy name is Dave Williams and I have the privilege of serving as General Superintendent or “lead pastor” for EFC-MAYM.  My parents and grandparents served as missionaries to China, so from day one I was immersed in a mission-minded environment.  I thought at one time that I might be called to go to a foreign country and serve as a career missionary as well, but God has chosen instead to call me to serve as a sending and equipping pastor for those who have been called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 20:19).  Over the past 30 years I have had an opportunity to visit many of our Friends mission fields, including Burundi, and I am eager to make a return visit with the rest of this year’s Saltshaker team.

 

 

 

Not pictured are David and Mae Kellum (retired missionaries to Burundi) and Fran Sigley from Northridge Friends.

Burundi Bible Project

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Burundi Bible Project…every $5 helps put a Bible in the hands of a Burundian youth!

We have been presented with a special opportunity to partner with the two Yearly Meetings of Evangelical Friends Church Burundi to distribute Bibles at a partial cost. The Burundi church wants to be able to distribute Bibles especially to the youth of Burundi who don’t currently have their own.

We have the privilege to help offset costs for as many as 3,000 Bibles in the Kirundi language. Burundi youth will pay $2 and we will match with $5. At $5 each, this would be as much as $15,000 to raise in order to get these Bibles into the hands of Burundi youth!  On June 1, we will let Burundi leaders know how much our gift will be and they will purchase Bibles accordingly. burundi2_2 flag

The deadline to receive funds to our office is June 30th.

EFC-MAYM is a sister church to the Friends Church in Burundi and this is a great chance to come alongside their ministry to support what God is doing through the largest Evangelical Friends Church in the world which is Burundi!

We are excited about sending two teams to the mission field this summer on behalf of EFC-MAYM. We have a team of 8 planning to serve on our EFM field in Nepal and a team of 21 headed to serve in Burundi. Updates and reports from both of these trips will be shared with you from the field later this summer. Both teams leave Wichita on June 22nd.

Thanks for your timely consideration!

– Adam Monaghan, EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent for Global Ministries

P.S. Don’t forget about the other current Burundi project list including:

Willard Ferguson Theological School at Kwibuka

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Kwibuka Willard Ferguson Seminary needs $2,250 more to reach their goal to complete a building project there at Kwibuka, Burundi. Burundians have already raised $6,000 and EFM agreed to try raising $5,000. This Seminary (which is a High School-level Bible School) is functioning with partially loaned buildings and improvised kitchen andburundi2_2dining areas for students. They are also short on dormitory space for their student body as they enlarge to accommodate 75 students. This project will go towards meeting these needs.  

I had the opportunity to visit Burundi last month with David Kellum, retired missionary to Burundi, and Matt Macy, Associate Director for Evangelical Friends Mission. We had a great visit to the Kwibuka Willard Ferguson Seminary. We met the students that attended there coming from Friends Churches all over Burundi. It was one of the highlights of my trip as we shared testimonies, teachings and greetings with the students. I wrote up a full report about our trip to Africa on the EFCMAYM blog. To read more, click here.

If your church is interested in giving to this project, please send a check to EFCMAYM marked “Kwibuka/Ferguson Seminary”.

– Adam Monaghan, EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent of Global Ministries

 

EFC-MAYM Delegation to Burundi and Rwanda

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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David Kellum (retired career missionary to Burundi), Matt Macy (EFM Associate Director) and I just returned a few days ago from a trip to visit our friends in Rwanda and Burundi. We were representing EFC-MAYM, the Missions Mobilizers and EFM. One specific and primary part of our delegation was to spend time with with both yearly meetings discerning their goals and steps for developing their own missions-sending programs as well as all the possibilities related to the EFM Luke 10 movement. The beginnings of this ministry for the churches in both countries has already begun! What an exciting time for our Friends in Burundi and Rwanda what what a privilege EFC-MAYM and EFM have to partner with them as they go and we “go” with them, doing what we can to help and not be in their way!

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A highlight of our time in Burundi was the chance to visit the Willard Ferguson Seminary at Kwibuka and Kibimba and to share some words of testimony and greetings to the students. Pictured here are the second year students at Kibimba.

Our first stop was Kigali, Rwanda where we spent about four days visiting with Brad and Chelsea Carpenter as well as leaders from EFC-Rwanda, including their Legal Representative and Superintendent Leadership as well as their leaders for the Discipleship for Development program. We had a great time with all of these leaders. Brad Carpenter has been a close personal friend of mine and ministry partner since we were in Junior High school together! It was great to reconnect with him in person and hopefully bring some encouragement to him and Chelsea as they faithfully serve in Rwanda along with their two small children. I was also especially encouraged by the hard work that the EFC-Rwanda leaders are doing to move their yearly meeting forward in faithfulness to the Great Commission. They are excited to fund the works that God has called them to in church planting within Rwanda and have great zeal for sending missionaries outside their borders! One of the highlights of my time in Rwanda included conversations with two of the Rwandan leaders who have felt particularly called to help develop EFC-R into a mission sending church as they explore possibilities in South Sudan and elsewhere.

We also had a great five days with leaders from EFC-Burundi (Legal Representative Domitian and Assistant Legal Representative Charles) as well as time with leadership of both Burundi Yearly Meetings, Kwibuka and Kibimba. I was extremely encouraged by everything I saw in Burundi, including the health and vitality of the church and leaders. Their churches are growing and they are faithfully planting new churches. Moreover, God has called them to go to the “ends of the earth” and cross international borders with the gospel in their next seasons of ministry! Burundi Friends have already started their first church across the border in Tanzania among refugees. I was also really encouraged by the desire for a very mutual partnership between their Yearly Meetings and EFC-MAYM.

While in Burundi we stayed a couple nights in Bujumbura but also had the chance to stay two nights upcountry at the beautiful Kibimba Hospital guest house. Our team toured the Kibimba Hospital and saw the expansive work they are doing there with partnership from our Friends of Kibimba Hospital Board. We also had the chance to visit close to a dozen churches that are on the Burundi Sister Church Program list. We have funded the first three on that list but are still looking for partner churches or individuals who are willing to fund the next 7! The good news is that from everything we learned and observed, the Burundi churches are definitely not just waiting for any of our support but moving on quickly without us. Another exciting part of our time in Burundi was the chance to visit the Willard Ferguson Seminary at Kwibuka and Kibimba and to share some words of testimony and greetings to the students.

I had the opportunity to preach on mission sending and mobilization vision at the Kamenge Church on the last morning where were there. Matt Macy then tag-teamed and continued on the challenge to be faithful in missions. It was a wonderful 3+ hour church service with more than a dozen choirs and lots of speeches and greetings from all the special people present. The Kamenge Church has more than 1,000 members!

Our trip also included the planning and coordination for the the upcoming Saltshaker mission trip to Burundi in the summer of 2016. If you or someone from your church is interested in participating in Saltshaker, please check out this link. Registration opensJanuary 1st.

From everything I saw and learned, the Acts 2 vision and dream of a healthy and reproductive church are alive and well with our Friends in Africa.

-Adam Monaghan, Associate Superintendent of Global Ministries

Burundi Sister Church Update #4

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

burundi2_2Another update on the official requests that have come in from Burundi to the EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers for the new Burundi Sister Church Program. See September Burundi Sister Church as finalized summer 2014. Please prayerfully consider whether your church or individuals might be willing to partner with this and/or other Burundi church building projects to bless our friends for the sake of the Great Commission. The Mobilizers have worked with Burundi Yearly Meeting leadership to adapt the former Sister Church Program. We are excited about seeing Burundi leadership choosing projects according to criteria that we have chosen together, which is shaped around Burundi Friends’ vision and priorities.

  1. SURE ($2,136 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
    The Sure (pronounced “Sue-ray”) Church was started in 1956. This historic church was planted by Kibimba Monthly meeting and had Bahenda as their first pastor. In 2014, Sure has 200 members and has already started the construction of their new church building. They have completed the construction up to the top of the walls. EFC-MAYM and Burundi Yearly Meeting have agreed that it would be a great help for us to provide funds for tin roofing, nails for the roof, and cement for brick tuck-pointing, in order to save their new walls from being damaged in the rainy season. Their next vision after finishing their church building is to plant a new church in the nearby area of Mwaro Province. See the proposal here: SURE Church Project.The total estimated amount in this project request is $2,136.
  2.   KAMENGE (Monthly Meeting)/Kamesa (Local Church) ($2894 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
  3.   NKANKA ($2250 – Fully Funded as of August 2015)
  4.   NYARUKENKE ($2230)
  5.   KAYANZA ($1040)
  6.   RUTSIRI ($3784)
  7.   MUTAHO ($3000)
  8.   NYAKABANDA ($1500)
  9.   NYARUNTANA ($1570)
  10.  NYANGUNGU ($2481.48)

See descriptions and details for all of the above Sister Church Project proposals in the following document: Burundi Sister Churches #3-10.

The Missions Mobilizers are seeking churches and individuals in EFC-MAYM who are willing to partner with them in this way. An EFC-MAYM church could partner with all of part of the project. As other churches in Burundi meet qualifications for this program and are added to our fundraising list, the Missions Mobilizers will keep you informed. We can work with your congregation to know exactly where your donations go so that you can celebrate a relationship with a specific Burundian congregation. Any funds that come in above and beyond the Project #3 needs will be reserved in the Burundi Sister Church fund to be used for upcoming projects.

Please send donation to: EFC-MAYM, 2018 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS, 67213 marked “Burundi Sister Church Project”.

Burundi Update

Friday, May 1st, 2015

burundiPlease pray for peace in Burundi.  We keep hearing updates from the Burundi Friend’s Legal Representative, Domitien Sabongerwa, that Burundi’s political security is in jeopardy.  We have heard reports from Friends leaders in Rwanda that a few thousand refugees from Burundi have already entered Rwanda.

We learned from Domitien yesterday, Tuesday, April 28, that public demonstrations and unrest have begun over the past three days.  Many schools and public services are not functioning at this time.  Friends spent special time in prayer at Rohero Church yesterday in Bujumbura.  So far there are reports of 2 civilians killed and more than 20 policemen injured.  There are reports of people leaving their homes in Bujumbura , but so far we haven’t heard any news like this for any area “upcountry.”  Church leaders of several denominations are meeting to talk about ways they might peacefully influence the situation.

Domitien reports that there is continued disagreement, particularly around terms of presidential elections.  There is a series of elections coming up:  local government and parliament elections scheduled for May 26, presidential elections June 26, and further national elections in July.

Thanks for your ongoing prayers,

– Matt Macy, Associate Director of Evangelical Friends Mission

Burundi Prayer Focus

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Please pray for Burundi.

Presidential Elections on June 26What was once expected to be a peaceful election is now beginning to show several signs of tension that may create some demonstrations and disruptions throughout Burundi.  EFC-MAYM had a “Saltshaker” short-term team scheduled to be in Burundi this summer, which hasnow been postponed until 2016 due to these concerns.  Please pray for the peace that Burundi has enjoyed for the last several years to continue.

Flood near Bujumbura, Burundi.  A flood which occurred a few miles from Bujumbura at Rutunga and some other places along Lake Tanganyika has left 3,000 people without homes, 20 dead, and 15 missing.  Please pray for these victims and the Burundi Friends Church as they find the best ways to respond.

You may recall that a different flood previously affected a suburb in Bujumbura,which impacted some of our Friends Churches and families.  At that time, we had a generous response sent to both the EFC-MAYM and EFM offices.  We were able immediately to work with Burundi leaders to help the community with emergency relief, then later with rebuilding homes, particularly for those in the church who had the greatest need.  Thank you!  There are still some funds remaining in that account that we are offering to Burundi leaders for emergency relief in this new situation.  We will provide an update later if we discover that further funds would be appropriate.

May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

– EFM Office

Burundi Sister Church Update #3

Friday, February 20th, 2015

burundi2_2An update on the official requests that have come in from Burundi to the EFC-MAYM Missions Mobilizers for the new Burundi Sister Church Program. See 2014 September Burundi Sister Church as finalized summer 2014. Please prayerfully consider whether your church or individuals might be willing to partner with this and/or other Burundi church building projects to bless our friends for the sake of the Great Commission. The Mobilizers have worked with Burundi Yearly Meeting leadership to adapt the former Sister Church Program. We are excited about seeing Burundi leadership choosing projects according to criteria that we have chosen together, which is shaped around Burundi Friends’ vision and priorities.

1. SURE ($534 has been donated as of 2/19/15)

The Sure (pronounced “Sue-ray”) Church was started in 1956. This historic church was planted by Kibimba Monthly meeting and had Bahenda as their first pastor. In 2014, Sure has 200 members and has already started the construction of their new church building. They have completed the construction up to the top of the walls. EFC-MAYM and Burundi Yearly Meeting have agreed that it would be a great help for us to provide funds for tin roofing, nails for the roof, and cement for brick tuck-pointing, in order to save their new walls from being damaged in the rainy season. Their next vision after finishing their church building is to plant a new church in the nearby area of Mwaro Province. See the proposal here: SURE Church Project.The total estimated amount in this project request is $2,136.

2.   KAMENGE (Monthly Meeting)/Kamesa (Local Church) ($2894)

3.   NKANKA ($2250)

4.   NYARUKENKE ($2230)

5.   KAYANZA ($1040)

6.   RUTSIRI ($3784)

7.   MUTAHO ($3000)

8.   NYAKABANDA ($1500)

9.   NYARUNTANA ($1570)

10. NYANGUNGU ($2481.48)

See descriptions and details for all of the above Sister Church Project proposals in the following document: Burundi Sister Churches #2-10 (No funds have been received as of 2/19/15).

The Missions Mobilizers are seeking churches and individuals in EFC-MAYM who are willing to partner with them in this way. An EFC-MAYM church could partner with all of part of the project. As other churches in Burundi meet qualifications for this program and are added to our fundraising list, the Missions Mobilizers will keep you informed. We can work with your congregation to know exactly where your donations go so that you can celebrate a relationship with a specific Burundian congregation. Any funds that come in above and beyond the Sure Church project needs, will be reserved in the Burundi Sister Church fund to be used for upcoming projects.

Please send donation to: EFC-MAYM, 2018 W. Maple St., Wichita, KS, 67213 marked “Burundi Sister Church Project.”