An update from Joel and LaReina King and their ministry in Africa. Please read below as God's plan for this family unfolds.
Joel and LaReina King
Season of Change

The Hot Season brings out the Desert Rose flowers and
Thousands of Butterflies

God is on the Move!
Our return to Kenya and Lokichoggio has been anything but boring!  Praise God!

  • New Loki Family
  • New Airplane Command
  • New Position
  • New Opportunities and ways to share the Gospel

Renee and Ian are definitely changing!

As we returned from Home Assignment, we were overjoyed to serve with the third family who joined the Loki AIM AIR team, Patrick and Jana Crisp and their three kids.  Finally a full team! … for five months.  Jerry and Breanna, who had maintained the Loki Base Manager position for four years, agreed to accept the Director of Operations position in Nairobi which meant the Base Manager position in Loki would be vacant.  AIM AIR leadership asked us to consider taking the new responsibility, and after careful prayer, we accepted.  Joel has officially stepped into Base Manager, as Jerry prepares to move their family back to Nairobi in April.  With only two pilots stationed here for now, Joel will be kept quite busy as the primary Caravan pilot and Base Manager responsibilities.  Please pray for us in this season of change, balancing ministry obligations with time with the Lord and family.

Returning precious passengers back to their village after 3
months of treatment at Kijabi Mission Hospital.

Getting the Gospel OUT THERE!
Joel did a trip about 2 years ago for World Mission distributing a solar Bible called the Treasure.  It was one of the most impactful trips he had done and while we were back on Home Assignment, we shared this story with many of you.  In doing so, we became quite convicted that we had not introduced the Treasure to our own village of Lokichoggio.  Around Christmas, we were able to acquire and distribute several of these Treasures in the local Turkana language.  The response was amazing.  The thirst for the gospel amongst these people blew us away.  We started communications with World Mission to have them come to Loki to share the Treasure with the local pastors and church leaders working here in this Turkana region.  World Mission sent a team to Loki in the beginning of March, and we were able to distribute about 100 of these Treasures to local pastors.  We would like more.  We are constantly being asked for the “radio bible”.  Every time we leave the house or go into town, people are asking for one.  A number of times folks back home have asked what projects they can help with.  We are in the process of opening up a project to purchase roughly 200 of these Treasures.  If you are interested, please contact us and we will work out the details on how you can be a part of getting the Treasure into the hands of this very thirsty region of Kenya.

At the beginning of the year, as the thirst for the auditory Word was taking off, we were inquiring of the Lord what direction to take the ANA devotions. These ladies, like most villagers in Loki, don’t read and therefore have never heard a book of the Bible from start to finish. We’ve been teaching Acts, one chapter a week (Acts was a request from one of the Turkana ANA leaders). 

LaReina leading bible study at the ANA Group

Renee and Ian are glad to be home where they can concentrate on school, their cats, and friends.  Their slave-driving PE teacher (that would be LaReina) had all the Loki AIM AIR kids do the US/Canada National Fitness test.  These kids are amazing.  They did the mile run on a thorny, sandy road in 90+ degree weather, the shuttle run on the least sandy pavement(ish) ground the teacher could find, flexed arm hang from a tree, sit-ups, and V-leg sit-stretch for flexibility.  So proud of them for pushing through harsh conditions, pushing past mental barriers, and meeting the national goals in the desert of Africa. 

Thank you…
once again for your love, prayers and financial support.  God is moving in this region, but even as we write this, gunfire is heard in the river valley near our home.  The peace treaty that was signed at Christmas time has been broken (again).  Freedom in Christ will not be ground that our enemy wants to surrender easily.  Please pray for the Turkana and Taposa people, and the hostility that remains in their hearts. 

In His Service,

Joel, LaReina, Renee and Ian

Joel, LaReina, Renee and Ian King
PO Box 21171
Nairobi, 00505, Kenya

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Thank you for your continued prayer support! Prayer protects us, guides us, and keeps our hearts aligned with His. 

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-  South Sudan remains relatively calm heading into the rainy season when fighting slows down even more.

-  Renee and Ian are almost done this tumultuous school year and are both doing very well in their grades.  Standardized testing and Home-school Week are May 23-27th, and we will be wrapping up the school year at that time.  Whoever said that miracles no longer occur has never attempted to home-school on the road ...

-  God is using the Treasure in mighty ways in Lokichoggio and surrounding areas.


The Treasure.  This has become one of the most effective tools we have found to share the Gospel in languages we do not speak and for those who can not read.  We would like to start a project to raise funds to purchase 200 of these units in Turkana and Swahili.  If you are interested in being a part of this, please let us know and we will get you detail on how you can donate to this project.

Prayer Request:

-  Please pray for the guys in the picture above and that we will continue to be a witness of God's love for them.

-  That the Holy Spirit would speak mightily through the Treasure and in the hearts of the Turkana and Taposa people so they could discover lasting peace with God and each other.  Anger, bitterness, and revenge continue to percolate just under the surface.  It is only by the grace of God that they will escape this cycle of violence.

-  Acts was requested to be taught to encourage the ANA ladies to be bold in their testimony and to step into their roles as "A Strong Women", which is what ANA stands for in Turkana language.  Pray that the words I teach (Breanna was co-leading with me, but will be leaving in a few weeks) penetrate hearts as only divine Scripture can accomplish.  Devotions are Monday mornings.  Please be praying for us.

-  Please continue to pray for the national leaders, missionaries and ministries in South Sudan.  Peace is possible for those who believe.

-  Please continue to pray for AIM AIR Loki as we seek God's will for each day and each flight.  

-  This change will leave 2 families in Loki again.  Unity is vital, so pray that we can see any spiritual attacks for what they are and stand firm against them.  

-  Please pray for a 3rd family/couple to feel God's call to join the Loki team.

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