Nairobi Mission 2014


Plans have been made for Dr. Rick Flanders and his wife, Toni, to minister again in Kenya at the beginning of 2014.

In January of 2009, five fundamental Baptist missionaries organized a Bible college in Nairobi, Kenya, to train men and women to play key roles in the evangelization of the multitudes that live in the spiritual darkness of East Africa.  The blessing of God has been evident in the short history of the Independent Baptist College of Ministry, as the emphasis of the work has been placed on dependence upon the Holy Spirit for victory in life and ministry.  Leaders of the college are saying,

“We are seeking revival in our hearts so that we can impact Kenya, East Africa, and then all of Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Recently missionary Brent Halstead sent me this report:

“Our ministry is all about evangelism, discipleship, church planting and revival. Though most of your ministry time will be spent in the college, it is a vital part of our overall focus. Since the inception of the college, our missionary team and trained nationals have started 4 churches. Currently, 3 independent churches (started by missionaries but turned over to national pastors) are planning to start 4 churches in the next 2 years. Most of the pastors of the independent churches and the men that will be the church planters are graduates of our Bible College. The goal of our missionary team is to continue to train the nationals so that they will be the church planters. We will support them (not financially) by assisting in evangelism, counsel, and preaching/teaching as needed in the churches, but your main purpose is to prepare them and thrust them out to do the work.”


In pursuit of this goal, the college and supporting missionaries had Dr. and Mrs. Flanders come over and help in January of 2011.  Now they have asked them to return January 20-February 4 of 2014 to help in several ways:

  • To preach at the Spiritual Life Retreat, a camp gathering held annually to focus attention on revival, and to mold the atmosphere of the college for the coming year.
  • To teach a class in the seminary department of the college ministry.
  • To speak in the mission churches, and to other groups, as God leads and the need dictates.  Mrs. Flanders will also speak to groups of ladies.
  • To counsel and encourage the faculty and leadership of Independent Baptist College of Ministry, and missionaries serving in the area.

Plans are for the Flanders’s to arrive in Kenya on January 20, and to come home on the 5th of February.  With the expense of plane tickets, travel costs beyond the tickets, and the needs at home in their life and ministry during their absence, the mission will cost them about $7000.  Dr. Flanders has corresponded with God’s servants in Kenya about returning to help in this way, and is trusting God to supply wisdom and the needed funds.  He is asking that those who hear about this opportunity pray with him about it.

Churches and individuals that are led by the Lord to help the 2014 Nairobi Mission with an offering may send it, designated for the Flanders Africa Trip, to

First Baptist Church of Bridgeport,

2440 King Road, P.O. Box 249,

Bridgeport, MI 48722,

or they may mail a check (made out to the church) directly to the Flanders home at

6061 Maple Road

Vassar, MI 48768.

Call Dr. Flanders with your questions at 989.863.0784, or send a message to


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