Martin and Joy Koch

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Martin and Joy are working in Maralal, Kenya, seeking to reach the Samburu with the gospel and disciple believers.

The Kochs began serving with AIM in 1994, working with the local church in Kenya in training church leaders and assisting in church ministry. They led a Samburu TIMO team from 2013 to 2016 and were based in Lchakwai, seeking to grow relationships that led to opportunities to share the gospel and disciple believers.

Following the TIMO team, Martin and Joy are continuing to reach out to the Samburu. Building on relationships established by the TIMO team, they desire that a number of Samburu women, men, moran (warriors), and children will decide to follow Christ and that several churches will be formed.

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Latest Prayer News

Please pray for Martin and Joy Koch as they discern what their ministry among the Samburu should look like for the next two years. Pray that God will guide their decisions and give them open hearts and wise thinking as they seek him.

Living in urban Maralal is very different from living in rural Lchakwai for Martin and Joy Koch; yet they live in a mostly Samburu neighbourhood, with two AIC Samburu churches within walking distance of their apartment. Please pray that God will keep giving Martin and Joy opportunities to speak with Samburu friends and neighbours about Jesus in their new location.

Praise God that Martin and Joy Koch were able to visit Lchakwai at the end of February to meet with the local elders and the church there. Please pray that the elders will allow a church building to be built. Please also pray that Samburu men will understand the gospel and come to saving faith in Jesus.

Despite the upheaval, and the sadness of leaving Lchakwai, we feel confident that God is in control. He knew this would happen, and he knows the plans he has for us now. Martin has been planning to visit the Samburu AIC pastors to encourage them in ministry and to encourage them to keep studying the Word on their own. I will go along and hope to be an encouragement to the pastors’ wives. I am particularly thankful, that we are living in a mainly Samburu neighbourhood. I take walks regularly and have met a number of people that way. Perhaps God has a reason for us living just here. Thanks to all who have been praying for us in these last weeks.

On our last Sunday in Lchakwai, I (Joy) went to our church tree and had one last service with the Samburu women of the church.  Please pray for them as they continue to meet to worship God in song and prayer, without anyone to teach them. 

We had been planning to build a church building in Lchakwai. We have already received quite some donations for that purpose. At present, it seems highly unlikely that we will be able to build a church building in Lchakwai.  Another possibility might be to build a church building in Ltepes, where Martin has had his men’s Bible Study, or to assist in building a church building in Lodung’okwe, where Lemeidimi hopes to start a church. Pray for God’s guidance in this. Perhaps God will work a miracle, and we can still build a church building in Lchakwai.


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