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A mission update from Larry and Linda McAuley
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from Larry and Linda McAuley in Kenya

June 2016

Greetings Dear Friends!  

This will be our last “official” report about the work in Africa that it has been our extreme privilege to be a part of. As of the end of June 2016 we will be retired from active overseas mission work. We are already in the States and have been visiting our supporting churches and trying to get settled in our little house in western Illinois. If we do not have an opportunity to visit you in the coming weeks, please know that we APPRECIATE you VERY much! We have enjoyed partnering with you over the past 35 years as we have served in various ways and places in Africa. Thank you for caring, for writing, for giving, for praying, for joining us and our African brothers and sisters in this Kingdom work!

The work in Kenya continues. Our departure does not stop the work! Pastor Stanley Melly, the principal of AIC’s Bishop Birech College continues to give solid leadership to the school. Other local pastors continue to provide leadership through teaching various courses. A missionary friend of ours, Rev. Roger Tate (an ordained Baptist pastor), has been teaching some courses, too. Pastor Philip Tanui is picking up the Academic Dean part of the work that Linda so enjoyed doing. February graduation exercises were a joyous time of completion for many students. We pray that God will work mightily through these students as they work in their congregations and communities.

Stanley Melly
Graduation is always a big event at the college. There were hundreds of visitors coming in cars, buses, motorcycles and by foot!  The families and churches bought colorful garlands to drape around the necks of their favorite graduate. It was a nice day!  Linda, in her capacity of Academic Dean, participated in handing out the diplomas and certificates to the graduates

Presiding Bishop Silas Yego giving the graduation address.

Graduation

There has been a new intake of students for the school term starting in April 2016. Linda has planned the entire academic year – courses, lecturers, books needed, which students need which courses to complete their course of study. Even as I write, there is a music professor from America (John Pfautz who teaches at Augustana College) teaching a course on church music and then conducting a week-long music camp for local church musicians.  Africa Inland Church, Africa Inland Mission and the RCA are all praying for a couple to fill the position we left. See www.rca.org/jobs for community development missionary position. Please join us in praying that God will raise up just the right people! 

At Alale, the work continues as well. John and Paul attended a training on Transformational Development in December. They have helped each other conduct two trainings in their own areas based on what they learned at the December training. This training built on the Church and Community Mobilization Process (CCMP) training that we had been doing with the churches and communities in the Alale area for the past three years. We’re eager to hear how the training went, who participated, what topics they covered, and how some of that training has been put into action in the communities.  

We had a staff meeting at our last visit to Alale in March to discuss budgets, plans, and responsibilities. It is our prayer that the local church will continue to grow, teaching the truth of God’s Word, helping people to apply that truth to their lives, and reaching out to the surrounding communities. The church DOES continue to grow with the local believers taking the Gospel far and wide as they take their animals to new grazing grounds and as they open up new farming land – much like the church spread through ordinary believers in the time of the Early Church.

Larry with staff
We thank you for the privilege of working with you over the years.  Your partnership has made a big impact on many lives in Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya.  May God continue to work in and through you as you continue to be a blessing to many, many people!  Please continue praying for our Christian friends in Africa.  Please continue praying that God will call new laborers into the field.  Please continue sharing financially both for this position and the progress of this vital work.  Please continue staying in touch with your missionaries!

With praise to God, we are…

Larry and Linda McAuley
Now residing at 407 S College Ave, Aledo, IL 612341
mcauley.larry@gmail.com and lindamcauley60@gmail.com

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Through the AIC Bishop Birech College, the Africa Inland Church (AIC) is training African church leaders to proclaim and live the gospel in and through their local churches blessing all in the community. The AIC invited Larry and Linda to the college to teach courses in transformational development, mission, and other areas that help prepare African church leaders to pursue their calling. They also work with churches and communities in western Kenya to help them develop resources and make plans and progress toward more abundant living. Learn more at www.rca.org/mcauley.

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