The James Family

      


Kep and Debbie work with SIM in Bolivia's capital city, La Paz. Kep is the International Director of Equipping Servants International (ESI)- a three-year, part-time training and discipleship program among pastors and leaders of different churches and denominations. There are currently ESI groups meeting in 14 countries around Latin America, South America, and Europe.

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  • An Update from Kep James - May 2022

    What God Has Done

    Aren’t you amazed at the way God works? Often it seems to me that life is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with God putting each piece in the perfect place of his choice, at the perfect time of his choosing. I think about the Bible stories of Joseph and Moses, and they clearly testify to God working in the lives of his children, bringing them into a relationship with himself and a place of usefulness in his hands. We can thank him that he still works in our lives today. God is constantly working to accomplish his purposes, directing every one of our steps for his glory and for our good.


    A Heart For Missions & Help From Near and Distant Places

    Debbie and I met at Wheaton College in 1979, both believers from our teen years, and were married in 1981, the same year that Parkside Church (then The Chapel) invited me to come on staff as the youth pastor. I had always felt a call to missions, but it was when Alistair and I went to the Urbana missions conference in the mid-eighties that I sensed that God was moving us to finally go.

     

  • Kep & Debbie June 2022 Prayer Requests

    * Pray for us as we return to Bolivia on June 9 to wrap up our work, pack, and prepare to return to Cleveland in October. Our purpose relocating to Cleveland is so that we can dedicate more of our attention to help the a missionary training ministry in Africa, and also to encourage pastors and church leaders around Africa to honor Christ by being true to His Scriptures – which means studying the Bible to understand it, to live it, and to teach it faithfully. Pray that we will be able to encourage God’s people to be faithful in their study of God’s Word, and to grow in their love for Jesus, and to experience gospel transformation in their daily lives.

     

    * Pray for the 1,825 ESI (Equipping Servants – Disciples Making Disciples) participants in 168 groups meeting in 14 countries, with 2730 total graduates since we began in 2002. Pray that these men and women will grow in their love for God and their commitment to honor Christ by being true to His Scriptures with Jesus and His Gospel at the center.

     

    * Pray for follow up after the ESI training retreat we held in Tanzania in April. Pray that the Lord will guide us as we interact with local church pastors to start ESI Bible study groups in English speaking Africa. One pastor in Zambia recently wrote, “I did not know before what I was supposed to be doing leading my church, but I now understand that my main task is to rightly teach and preach God’s Word so that believers are built up as committed followers of Jesus, and the church is mobilized to make Him known”.

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  • James Update May 2022

    Download the May 2022 James Update


    Greetings from Ohio!

    Debbie and I are back in Cleveland after 4 weeks in Africa and Turkey training church planters. This May Update explains what God is doing there -- the fruit of your prayers.

    We are thankful to God for your partnership with us in the gospel,

    Kep and Debbie

The James Family

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Kep and Debbie work with SIM in Bolivia's capital city, La Paz. Kep is the International Director of Equipping Servants International (ESI)- a three-year, part-time training and discipleship program among pastors and leaders of different churches and denominations. There are currently ESI groups meeting in 14 countries around Latin America, South America, and Europe.