Stephen and Angelia Cowan
Stephen and Angelina have been serving amongst the Samburu and Turkana people in Samburu County in northern Kenya since 1989. They serve with PCI’s partner in Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) and are based in Tuum.
Their work of the past 30 years has built a strong foundation, introducing the Bible and Jesus to the Samburu and Turkana people. This has been done in many practical ways, as well as preaching..
Latest Newsletter November 2020
Nationally the lockdown is relaxed. A visit to Nairobi to renew my work permit showed me just how differently people view life in their own worlds. Public sector legislators continue to focus on Covid control measures, while the self-employed are seeking to keep the economy functioning despite mass unemployment partially caused by lack of tourists. In rural regions many are still asking if Coronavirus actually exists.
The daily briefings in Tuum that commenced in March continue to challenge people to the Biblical basis of work and family responsibility. The continuous rains have been an added blessing and people have been grateful for the harvest that followed. Many are planting again as the ongoing rain continues to refresh the ground.
Sunday worship gatherings have picked up a bit of momentum, and a small number of people are showing a commitment to coming together again. The challenge is to bring a consistent message that links the promises of God from the Old Testament, with Jesus Christ who opens up the new and living way, and breaks the chains of the past.
Some examination year groups have returned to school in preparation for rearranged exams in March 2021. Schools are often financially challenged and many have inadequate funds to print off the required assessment documents. Many rural schools do not even have printers.
As we seek to be an effective witness to the allencompassing gospel, we assist the students who have returned, and encourage those who are still at home to read the materials available. The IServe apprentices are available to assist in this learning.
Cattle rustling has continued, and sadly two people were shot dead in an attack not far from Tuum.
- Pray for the families concerned to be comforted, and that eternity would be revealed in their hearts.
- Pray for the ongoing Bible study and Biblical challenge within the local community.