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
Time Marches On

Break away to the coast

As many of you know, South Sudan is currently in a season of unrest.  Today it is quiet, as it has been for the past few weeks.  No major gunfire, no major violence, but far from peace.  The Vice President has retreated into the mountains to regroup, and most probably re-arm before returning to Juba, the capital of South Sudan.  No one can predict what will happen if, or when he returns.  In the meantime, AIM AIR has stayed in the “Ready” position, prepared to meet the needs of our missionaries who have chosen to stay, but with the new (and hopefully temporary) regulations that South Sudan National Security has set for aviation, flights have been minimal.  All flights are required to go through Juba now which was the epicenter of the violence last month.

Plane full of pastors and their families coming out of South Sudan.

Marching Forward:
God continues to move within unrest.  We have the new teams just North of us cautiously moving forward to their new homes to an unreached people group AIM is working amongst.  We also have a few remaining people who stayed to support the church and work in villages they have poured their lives into.  We are petitioning National Security to allow AIM AIR to serve these missionaries, without having to divert to Juba both in entering and leaving South Sudan.  Regular air support would allow food and supplies to get into these villages that currently only have meager supplies.  No food is getting through on the roads, no crops are being planted/tended, and most villages have only a few days of food without outside support.  We are praying that God’s Word continues to permeate into the regions that have pleaded for missionaries to “get Islam out of their heads”.  It’s easy to focus on impending civil war, maybe even want to stay clear to be safe, but more important is the spiritual condition of these souls who have cried out for Truth.  Please pray that obstructions are removed and for protection for the missionaries who are called to meet this desperate need.
On our home-front, in Lokichoggio, war is far away.  Even though we’re 30 km from the South Sudan border, the war is internal and we are not in danger.  We have Kenya National Security as protection between us and the border. 

Ian helping to take a load of supplies to AIM's new mission station just over the boarder.

The Treasures, one by one are finding their new homes...
Remember the solar, audio Bible “Treasures”?  Thank you SO MUCH for the positive response we got to our request!  World Mission was so encouraged by the response of the Turkana people and our desire to distribute them that they sent the shipment by mail before the full amount was paid for.  Praise God, right?  Well, hold the praise for a bit.  Kenya Customs was holding it in Nairobi until the $800 import fee (a percentage of what the package is worth) was paid.   World Mission sent a very formal letter stating the use of the devices and that they were to be distributed as free Bibles.  That letter and A LOT of prayers allowed our liaison in Nairobi, Pastor Isaac, to retrieve the Treasures for $60.  As a token of gratitude for the relief of our debt, Pastor Isaac gave the Customs Officials their very own audio Bible in Swahili.  God works in creative ways…

The Treasures arrived in Loki about the same time as flying slowed down in South Sudan.  The past few weeks have been spent meeting with and distributing the audio Bibles among our local evangelical church leaders, Christian radio host (yep, we even have a radio station in town!), and different town-people who have heard of the “radio” and come to our gate asking for one.  Most of the time, “radio” and the gesture of holding the device to their ear communicate all the English they know.  It’s enough.  One of the pastors brought a gentleman in his mid-20’s to our door to share his testimony (through a translator) about how the Treasure helped him accept Jesus as Savior.  This particular Kenyan pastor takes the Treasures out into the hills to evangelize in the places white people don’t go. 

Sharing the Treasure with our neighbors

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support as God is reaching the unreached.  We praise God for raising nationals who feel the burden to reach their brothers and sisters, and to move beyond tribal lines.  Not one tribe or nation under God, but one world under God. 

Time marches on.  No one knows what tomorrow will hold for South Sudan or any of us.  But to those who have kept the faith, what a joy it will be to have strangers approaching you in heaven saying, “It was you!  Thank you for praying.  Thank you for showing me the Way.”

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. 

For more information on how you can financially support our ministry, simply reply to this email or visit KingsinAfrica.

The Loki Team is Growing!  Our third AIM AIR family, the Youngs (pictured here with the Crisps and Kings) made the decision to join the Loki Base in December.  They are a huge answer to prayer and will be a great addition to our team! 


-  If there's good that can come out of the South Sudan turmoil, it is that the peace treaty between Turkana (in Loki) and Taposa (just across the border in South Sudan) has been solidified and strengthened, moving beyond hatred and retaliation to actually trading and doing business together.  We've been praying for something like this, but only God knew how He would draw them together...

-  As noted in the photo above, we have a third family who feels called to serve at the Loki AIM AIR base.  Their enthusiasm to serve in a difficult place and personal talents will be a great addition to our team.

-  God is providing the feet to take the Treasures where He needs them to be.  We are amazed at the people He is drawing to Himself.  We have students, police officers, mamas, local men in their traditional wear, each with their personal story and desire.  Some are Christian, but want the Treasure to play for their co-workers.  Some want to be a light when they're at boarding school (Kenyan kids are in boarding school from 8th Grade to 12th).  Some can read, but barely, so to listen to the Word is more effective.  We are encouraging them to use the Treasures to read better.


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.  Thank you to those who have participated in purchasing 200 of these units in Turkana and Swahili.  We remain $650 short on our initial order, and the response has been so encouraging that we would like to purchase more Swahili Treasures as funds become available.  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.  You can also donate directly to the Treasure Project at Donate here.

Back to school!

Prayer Request:

-  Please pray for the people who have received the Treasure and that the Word of God would penetrate the hearts of all who hear it.

-  That this recent trade and business step between the Turkana and Taposa would be the beginning of a new era in how they view and relate to each other.  Pray for continued peace between the tribes, and that reconciliation and forgiveness would be the new base of their relationship.  Pray that both grow in their knowledge of Christ and how it applies to all their relationships.

-  As LaReina continues to teach Acts in Monday morning ANA Devotions, please pray for divine guidance in what will speak to THESE hearts.  Please be praying for the words LaReina delivers and the message received.

-  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.  

-  Pray for permissions to be granted by South Sudan National Security to allow AIM AIR to resume serving the South Sudan missionaries as we did prior to the uprising, not having to fly through Juba when we enter South Sudan and leave.  The cost this diversion adds to flights makes serving the missionaries in a cost effective manner difficult.  

-  With less flying and more busyness trying to maneuver through requests for quotes and difficult regulations, please pray for the team and especially the pilots.  Unity is vital, so pray that we can see any spiritual attacks for what they are and stand firm against them.  

-  Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.  Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.  ~ 2 Cor 4:1-2

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