Martin and Joy Koch

Sent from Freie Evangelische Gemeinde, Giessen, Germany

Martin and Joy are working in Lchakwai, 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, seeking to grow relationships that lead to opportunities to share the gospel and disciple believers.

Following the TIMO team, Martin and Joy are continuing to reach out to the Samburu of Lchakwai, Kenya. 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

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.

On November 7 we returned to Lchakwai together with three AIC Samburu Pastors. There was a celebration to welcome us back to Lchakwai. Martin received a new Masai blanket and I was given a beautiful necklace of beads. During that meeting, the AIC Pastors shared. They explained that Lemeidimi would now be the pastor of Lchakwai. We would still visit Lchakwai but not be living there fulltime as before. 

There was quite some discussion among the elders at that meeting. Later, we learned that one of the old men had said that he had been sent by other elders to say that they did not want Lemeidimi to stay in Lchakwai. We then heard from several moran (warriors) and men that Lemeidimi was not wanted in Lchakwai because he is Dorobo. There are quite some tensions between the Dorobo and the Samburu. Lemeidimi told us that he had been warned not to bring his goats and his girls to Lchakwai.

There were many words, but the conclusion was that Lemeidimi and Martin and I should leave Lchakwai. We should take everything with us. What we left behind, they would burn. We had one week to remove everything. 

The Kochs are on Home Assignment in Germany, and will return to Kenya when possible. Joy writes: “I’m sitting at our kitchen table and typing on my laptop. This has been my office for the last months! …Martin has a desk in our living room where he spends a good deal of his time on his laptop computer. But things are beginning to change! New infections of Covid-19 have been decreasing in Germany and we are beginning to visit friends and supporters in their homes… We praise God for these opportunities and pray that it will be possible to visit many of our supporters in the coming months.”

Martin & Joy Koch are on Home Assignment in Germany, and will return to Kenya when possible. “The number of [Coronavirus] cases [in Kenya] are still low, but they have been slowly increasing. The Kenyan government has taken strong measures to fight the spread of the virus. There is a nationwide curfew from 7pm until 5am. Travel into and out of Nairobi is prohibited. There are a few exceptions for vehicles transporting food products. Until now, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Samburu County. We pray regularly that the virus will not spread to Samburu County, as the medical facilities there are not able to handle serious cases.”


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