Gary and Mary work amongst the Maasai people in the Olkinyei area of Kenya with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) as Project Coordinators. The area in which they work in is the spiritual heartland of the Maasai people.
Gary and Mary have been serving in this project since 2005. They are involved in church planting, preaching, teaching and serving the local Maasai community. Under God’s leading they continue to establish church-based infrastructures, alongside teaching within the churches and at the Mission where they hold the Worship Leaders’ course quarterly.
Under God’s leading they built PCEA Acacia Grove Mission and, together with its Steering Committee, they seek God to work through them for his glory.
Community-based infrastructure has been a part of their outreach, alongside showing God’s love within the community, including assisting two local government primary schools as part of the ‘Maasai Seeds of Hope.’ In this way many children’s lives are being touched as needs are graciously met by our Father, including building improvements, alongside many books (including children’s Bible stories), toys, games, jigsaws and puzzles etc being supplied for the benefit of these children.
God very specifically led Gary and Mary to teach as this is vital in the healthy growth and flourishing outreach of the church families. As family is fundamental, Family Sunday School and Family Bible Synopsis has been central in the times of teaching and fellowship. Understanding God’s Word and having a deeper knowledge of Scripture has been the key focus in these and the Worship Leaders’ Course, which continues to produce growth amongst the believers. Due to the pandemic these teaching times were unable to go ahead, but it is hoped that they will resume in the very near future.
Seeking for God to be glorified and the local community blessed, as God has led and provided, support has included rainwater catchment, water distribution from boreholes, shallow dam construction, the refurbishment of classrooms, provision of greenhouses and books to local schools, assisting with playgrounds etc. It is hoped that this incoming year will hold within it the building of nursery classrooms in two areas where there is great need for such provision.
Gary and Mary Reid and their family were called to overseas service and left for Kenya in July 2000. Their first place of work was PCEA Chogoria Hospital where Gary was involved with the overseeing of the rehabilitation of the hospital water system. From there, they moved to PCEA Honi Farm where Gary built water reservoirs and completed a water project for the community, and both he and Mary were involved in running children’s clubs, English morning services for young people and teaching at a local orphanage. Gary and Mary have four children: three are adults who are working / studying in the UK and the youngest is at boarding school in Kenya.
- Pray for God’s Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the Maasai people, that they will believe in the Lord and be changed; that those who are Christians will grow deeper in their love and knowledge of the Lord, desiring to be obedient and to see God glorified.
- Give thanks for the work that God has been doing in Olkinyei and the surrounding areas, and for the positive relationships that God has granted amongst the church families and local communities with the Reids over the years.
- Give thanks for the tireless work of the PCEA Acacia Grove Mission Steering Committee, the worship leaders and evangelists who together with the Reids have encouraged the believers to be obedient to God’s Word, and as a result Female Genital Mutilation, child labour and domestic abuse have dramatically decreased.
- Pray for the Reids, that each day they will be guided and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, bringing glory to his name in all they say and do, and for their children that they will grow in the knowledge of our Lord and desire to live in obedience to him having his joy in their hearts.
Gary and Mary have recorded two film clips (a short 3 minute clip and longer 12 minute clip) which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement.
(For previous Digital Dispatches video clips click here)
July / August 2022
Each frustration and difficulty were met by our Beloved who worked in and through each situation, and how could we not but stand in awe of this tender, gracious, Holy God! He encouraged us with his promises, so that we waited in hope to see how he would work everything out.
The month of June has been busy to an extreme, but it has been a joy to see our Lord glorified in the hearts of men, women and children. Three containers now sit in a line at our nearest government primary school: two 20-foot containers and one 40-foot. It has not been easy to get them there, and there have been numerous frustrations and problems, but God made a way. How we praise him!
Where fence posts were mistakenly erected, these have been surveyed and are now rectified, the new dirt road is now passable, and in the fixing of this stretch of road and another one nearer to the school, two small dams have been created (which have already been blessed by our Father with an influx of rainwater). With the rain came the need to help an entrenched lorry carrying materials to the school and Mission, and then came the fixing of this stretch of road (which is still ongoing, as is the making of another small dam).
Aluminium framed toughened glass windows and doors were transported in and fitted into the containers and, at present, Gary is on the final stretch of placing the iron sheets on the roof. The middle container is to be a library, and Gary has already the brackets fitted for the shelves. Painting is ongoing, and it is hoped that soon the store, library and nursery/special needs classroom will be in use. The arrival of these containers brought much excitement for the children, and it has warmed our hearts to see such laughter. Notwithstanding, the digger remains a source of much interest as it works away around the school, and there was banter with some of the older boys as the new gate provided by the Mission required levelling. There have been so many words of thanks – and all have been directed to the wonderful giver of all these things for us to enjoy. Personally, one of the most memorable moments (and there have been so many) was when a lovely aged Maasai man, being transported on the back of a motorbike, stopped to say with such sincerity, “Thank you” for fixing the road (whilst another load of murram was being tipped from the trailer). Our hearts ached for this precious soul, and we called out to our Father to grant that he should know him, the one true God, to whom he felt such gratitude for this assistance.
It is our heartfelt prayer that these beautiful people will know our Beloved, who reveals himself so graciously, and will also know the joy, refreshment and amazement that comes as they trust in him – as again, and again, he levels insurmountable mountains. May they know, in a very real and personal way, that God specialises in doing the impossible, and doing those things that no-one else can do.
Thank you for your prayers and seeking God’s Kingdom extended in Maasailand and his will carried out, for his glory.
- Give thanks with us for the wonderful provision of our Lord, and his many blessings to the community, not least his sincere followers, who are sharing his love with others.
- Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will work mightily in the lives of the beautiful Maasai in Olkinyei and beyond, drawing many souls into his Kingdom, and that ultimately our Father will be glorified, honoured and praised.
- Pray for health, strength and safety for all here at the Mission, as much work is being carried out and there is still so very much to do.
- Thank you for praying for the worship leaders, evangelists and Gary as they serve our Father and teach/preach within the services and within the community.
- Remember our children, that they will be drawn even closer to our Beloved and will know and love him more deeply. Thank you.
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