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.

Could you partner with Martin and Joy in this work?

Latest Prayer News

In mid-February, Martin and Joy Koch met with Samburu elders to discuss whether they would be permitted to build an AIC Church building in Lchakwai. Only a few elders attended as the community coped with a drought. One elder was strongly opposed. It was decided another meeting would be called once the rain starts. Last week it began to rain! Pray that it will continue to rain, and that God would work in the hearts of the elders who are in opposition to the church. 

Martin and Joy Koch are planning to travel to Tanzania in November in Martin’s capacity as the Regional TIMO Officer for Eastern Region. They hope to visit a current TIMO team in central Tanzania, and then participate in the Orientation of the team that Hannah Jackson and Margot Knight are joining. Please pray for safe travel for Martin and Joy, and that they will bless the missionaries that they are visiting. 

Martin and Joy Koch are currently visiting AIM missionaries in northern Kenya in Martin’s capacity as AIM’s Deputy Unit Leader for Kenya North. Please pray for safe travel for them. Pray that they will encourage and be a good support to the missionaries they visit. 

Martin and Joy Koch serve among the Samburu in Maralal, Kenya. A few weeks ago, eight men were licensed as pastors, and the Kochs share that it is encouraging to see the number of workers growing and new churches established. Please pray for unity among the pastors and workers, and that their love for one another will show that they are truly disciples of Jesus (John 13:35). 

Martin and Joy Koch’s ministry focus among the Samburu has moved from building up the church in Lchakwai to encouraging and building up the pastors of the AIC Samburu District Church Council (DCC). As the number of pastors in the District has increased and new churches are being started Martin wants to visit the pastors, listen to and encourage them, and motivate them in studying the Bible. Martin and Joy are also able to provide transport to the DCC’s Chairman so that they can visit the churches together. Please pray that Martin and Joy will serve the DCC’s pastors well and that God would use them to strengthen the pastors and churches in the AIC Samburu District.


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