Pictured Above: (Left to Right) Pastor Mike Ried, [a brother posing for photo (in the black shirt)], Pastor Michael Maura, Pastor Tony Okoroh (FLM), Pastor Austin Huggins (FLM)(In Front), Pastor Elly Achok (Behind), Pastor Murungi Igweta (Host TBC)(In Front), Pastor Joe Jacowitz (FLM)(Behind), Pastor Eric Abwao (TBC)
This Mission Report actually begins January 2018 (the previous year) during the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. FirstLove Publications was attending G3 for the first time as an exhibitor where Mike Reid (pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Davenport, Iowa), approached Pastor Joe and began a conversation about mission work occurring in areas within Kenya. He knew Pastor Murungi of Trinity Baptist Church (TBC) quite well and was aware of some of the needs in that part of the world. He was hoping that FirstLove might be able to assist in the work there. Fast forward just a little over one year later, after dozens of skype calls and emails back and forth between FLM, Mike Reid, Pastor Murungi, (and sometimes Ryan Bush of International Church Planters) and the team of FirstLove Missions would arrive safely on the ground in Nairobi, Kenya. The team’s first excursion into this part of Africa would be headed by Pastor Joe, Pastor Austin, and … our dear Pastor Tony Okoroh, the Branch Leader for FirstLove in Nigeria and the Pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Lagos. Pastor Tony had also never been to Kenya before so it provided everyone a unique experience to labor in new territory together.