Faith Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church Faith Baptist Church

MISSIONARY PROFILE
Tony & Kathy Stark

Missionary Information

Name: Tony Stark
Age: 70

Spouse: Kathy Stark
Age: 68

Mission Field: Uganda / East Africa

Years of Service: 29

Home Church: Madison Baptist Church
Madison, Alabama

Missions Agency: Madison Baptist Church World Missions
Madison, Alabama

Our Missionary for 8 years

Portfolio

Missionary Update 10/01/2018

Dear Friends and Family,

     It is very clear to me and others that God is putting things together to reach the country of Rwanda with the truth of His Word.  It has been so encouraging to see the Lord work in spectacular ways.  I felt I needed to tell others.  Last Sunday when I finished preaching, I received an email from Ignace telling me about the response to his first radio broadcast from Butare.  He initially received 120 calls from 60 different locations.  Ignace preaches three times a week on a station that covers almost the whole country.  Pray for the seed of God's Word to fall on good ground and bring forth more fruit.

     I told you of our plan to target ten population centers to buy land and build buildings for future churches in Rwanda.  In talking with Sadock and Ignace, we feel a plot of land can be bought for $5000 and a 40' by 50' building that meets the government's requirements can be built for $10,000.  While I was there we bought a plot in Cyangugu.  We have also bought plots in Ruhengiri and Kigali.  It costs more for the land in Kigali because it is the capital of the country, and it will also cost more to build the building.  Right now there is a 2.5 acre plot that can be purchased in Nyagatare and a building be built for a total of $7000.  The land would provide a place for the pastor to raise crops to sell and support his family.  Sadock has already established a Bible study in Nyagatare with 25 adults who were saved listening to his radio broadcast.  John, one of those adults, is assisting him and studying in the Kinyarwanda Bible Institute.  Attached you will see a photo of me standing on the plot in Nyagatare.  The second photo shows the model city being established by the government.  Our proposed plot is less than two miles from there and is also in the center of several other communities.

     Please continue to pray for me for strength, energy and wisdom.  Pray for the preachers in East Africa to be filled with the Spirit as believers  were filled in the Bible.  Thank you for your help in the Lord's work.

Missionary Tony and Kathy Stark

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 09/10/2018

Dear Friends and Family,

On August 20th Larry Nelson and I returned from a very blessed and prosperous journey to East Africa.  Before going any further I would like to thank you for your many prayers.  God gave wisdom, strength, resources, and protection when needed.  Please do not stop praying because we are home but increase your prayers to daily interceding for East Africa and the opportunities God is giving.  Let me share with you some specific prayer requests.

     Joshua was involved with eight churches being planted in South Sudan.  Many of those believers are now in northern Uganda in refugee camps.  He and others he trained in their BI in South Sudan have established 10 churches in the camps.  A building was built while I was there, and the 11th church will be established with a BI there in the middle of these camps.  There are more than 1 million SS refugees in Uganda and more than 1800 new ones cross over into Uganda daily.  Joshua graduated from our UBBI in 1996 while he was a Sudanese refugee.  Pray for many to get saved and trained before they go back to South Sudan.  Pray for wisdom and resources for Joshua and the other pastors.

     John Balijura is 45, married, and has 10 children that range in age from 10 months to 25 years.  He was saved in 1988 and graduated from UBBI in 1998.  He has been the pastor of Kyatiri Baptist Church since 2001.  He has just planted a second church.  John knows six languages besides English and can preach in five languages.    Pray for John to have strength and power as he preaches in his church, in villages and on New Life Radio.

     I have been ministering with Gilbert Okecha and his wife Oliver for many years.  He is the director of UBBI in Masindi and is a circuit rider in the central part of western Uganda.  He works primarily with the Alur people helping develop pastors and young churches.  He teaches school to support his family but will leave that the first of the year to serve more effectively and also preach regularly on New Life Radio.  He has recently experienced fresh revival in his heart.  Pray it will not diminish.   

     If you read my prayer letters you know the names Alex and Denis.  Alex is the pastor of UBC in Buhimba.  Alex and Denis work together keeping New Life Radio in both Buhimba and Moyo on the air.  They are in the midst of expanding the outreach of NLR in Buhimba.  Both of them preach on the radio in Runyoro and have many listeners.  They have recently started a new church from radio listeners and are getting ready to start a second one from other listeners.  Pray for them as they train men who only speak Runyoro and as they start other churches.  They need funds, Bibles, songbooks and buildings as they respond to many listeners to New Life Radio.

     I want to tell you about Bernard, Sadock and Ignace but have run out of room.  I have not  been able to tell you about the burden, the plan and the strategy God has given me for reaching the country of Rwanda in 10 years.  It is from the Lord, and He is blessing and blessing.  I will write more soon.  If you are not getting my email updates send me an email message and I will add you to the list.  Pray for more laborers for South Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.  Pray for Kathy and me to have wisdom, strength, energy, and power in ministering. 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen    Ephesians 3:20-21

Tony Stark

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 08/13/2018

Dear Friends and Family,

I have experienced some very prosperous days in Uganda.  Much to tell but will have to give details later.  God is bleessing in a marvelous way.

We were going to Rwanda by vehicle but had to change plans this morning and will fly tomorrow afternoon.  Physical problems broke out and couldn't go.

Please pray for continued wisdom and the power of God.  Someone sent me some money while I was in Buhimba and I have already used it to help a preacher buy timbers and iron sheets to build a church building.  God is so good.

God is using New Life Radio to do so much.  Everywhere we turn we are finding people that testify of how NLR has benefited them.  We are making some improvements that will send our broadcasts further and further.  Pastor John from Kyatiri came to the station to record some messages.  Some men from Congo called him as they were in Hoima town buying pigs.  They listen to him on the radio in Congo and wanted to meet with him.

Brethren your prayers and offerings are affecting lives for eternity.  You are making good investments with your time and money.

Thank you for helping me do the will and work of God.

Tony Stark

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 04/27/2018

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 04/09/2018

Dear Friends and Family, 

Kathy and I continue to enjoy the goodness of God upon our lives and ministry.  I preached several times in mission conferences in Alabama and Tennessee since our last prayer letter.  God blessed, and it was a real encouragement to minister with families going around the world to tell the truth so people can be set free and find a blessed relationship and fellowship with our true and living God.  I am teaching a class on Spiritual Leadership in Bible Institute on Tuesday nights.  Daily I am communicating with one or more preachers in East Africa.  It is so encouraging to see people you have reached carry on God’s work for His glory.  I trust you will be encouraged to hear some testimonies I received by email.

Richard Oleo, pastor in Masindi wrote:

The sow the seed program has started with many schools reached.  Schools so far preached to are: Masindi Secondary, Kings College Masindi, Kitara model Secondary School, Rock foundation senior School and Kinyara High Secondary School.  Many other schools are still being followed up to be granted the opportunity; however, we are still waiting for the gospel tracts to begin distribution of tracts in these schools including Primary schools.  Of the preaching done, we registered three souls at Kings college Masindi. I have written to the Commissioner General of Prisons to be given permission in Mid-Western Government Prisons, we are yet to make follow up of the letter in Kampala.  Two men are spearheading the program, Brother Rapheal and Brother Ronald are students in the Bible Institute and are active church members, soul winning and ministering in the choir.

Denis, New Life Radio preacher and technician wrote:    

A lot has been happening through my New Life radio preaching program. More people have been giving testimonies how the program has helped them. One of my radio listeners from Kyangwaali called Gard received Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. Ambroz from Kakindo, also received Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. Julius from Muro, Masindi District, received Jesus as His personal Lord and Savior. Kisembo from Kigorobya being rejected by his grandmother for a long time, she (grandmother) listened to one of my programs and later she had to forgive the grandson. Kisembo lost both of the parents and the only relative who had remained behind was the grandmother who had rejected him. His father died when he had sold off all the land. Kisembo didn’t have where to stay. Praise the Lord for New Life Radio for such a reconciliation between Kisembo and the grandmother.

Alex, pastor of UBC in Buhimba wrote:

Today we went to Katikara. The purpose of this journey was to find a suitable place where we could plant a church. You know we had several calls from our radio listeners in this place.  I believe the place we have seen would be a good place for a church. It’s near the town of Katikara. I have personally loved it plus the men I went with.  The size of the land is 65 feet x 150 feet. There’s also a small house on the land. This could be used as our first church building.  The owner is selling it at 10 million shillings.  The idea I have is, if we can buy this, then we will not have to rent a house. That one would help right away.  Let’s buy this land. Collin is ready to go, and we’re also ready to help him get started. He has also liked the place.

Keep praying for more laborers in East Africa and for the laborers in East Africa.  Pray that we can soon get our tracts printed and shipped.

Your missionaries to East Africa – Tony and Kathy 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen    Ephesians 3:20-21

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 02/20/2018

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 02/09/2018

Dear Friends and Family,

     Operation “Sow the Seed” is already in action.  The order has been placed for 1 million tracts (seeds) for sowing.  The picture will be the same but the scriptures will be printed in eight different languages of Africa.  It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  This picture is actually a picture of five truths taught in the Bible.  You can see Heaven, Hell, Man, the Cross and the Love of God.  I will be sending boxes containing 4000 of these tracts to sowers in Africa and they will sow the seed.  If we sow enough seed, some will fall on good ground and bring forth fruit, some 30, some 60 and some 100.  We are targeting refugee camps, schools, markets and taxi parks in Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.  Please read Mark 4:1-8 and pray the seed will fall on good ground.

Your missionaries to East Africa – Tony and Kathy

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 12/28/2017

Dear Friends and Family,

My wife and I have been blessed beyond measure.  Part of that blessedness is having you partner with us in reaching a world of East Africa with the truth of God's Word in doctrine and practice.  I have attached a photo of two men that recently rode their bikes 35 miles to tell Denis what a blessing New Life Radio is to them.  They both received Christ while listening to him preach on the radio.  Now as new believers they are growing as they continue to listen to various programs proclaiming the truth.  As you look at the photo of these two men just think God used you to reach two men 8000 miles away and their lives have been changed for eternity.  Be careful if you think on it too long you might shout!! 

By the way, Denis was one of our son Andrew's best friends as he was a teen in Uganda.  When Andrew and I traveled back to Uganda in October, Denis and his wife and new baby took care of us in their home.  Not only did they provide each of us with a bed in a private room, but they washed our clothes and prepared out meals.  What a blessing it is to find men faithfully serving the Lord and His servants!

Thank you again for helping us help others.  We would like to wish all of you a merry Christmas full of Jesus and joy.

Tony and Kathy

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 12/04/2017

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

Missionary Update 11/28/2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Since our last prayer letter, I preached a Bible Conference for Pastor Bobby Smartt in Dickson, Tennessee.  I was Bro. Bobby’s pastor when he was ten years old, and now he is a man of God pastoring Hillview Baptist Church.  I also preached in an Ironman Conference at Desoto CI in Arcadia, Florida, with Heart of Florida Prison Ministries.

The highlight of the past three months was a 15-day journey to Uganda, Africa.  My son Andrew accompanied me on the journey and was a great help to me with my infirmities.  Andrew was two years old when we went to Uganda as missionaries.  Alex (top left in picture above) picked us up at the airport and drove us anywhere we needed to go.  Denis (top right in picture above) housed us, and he and his wife washed our clothes and fed us our meals.  Denis and his brother Tony were best friends with Andrew during his latter years in Uganda. 

Our five checked bags were loaded to the limit with 200 solar radios plus Bibles and tracts.  For the first time in all the years of traveling back and forth through that airport, I had to pay customs on items I was bringing into the country to give to the people.  They charged me $1100 customs on the radios. 

We ministered in all three churches we established while residing in Uganda.  It was indeed a blessing to see many from as far back as 27 years ago still faithful to the Lord and their church.  People I led to the Lord, people that I married and babies that were born are living for the Lord.  Every direction we went we got to see preachers.  More preachers came to Denis’ house to see us.  God has really done a work and is still doing a work worthy of praise in East Africa.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

There are now graduates from Uganda Baptist Bible Institute actively evangelizing, planting churches and training faithful servants in five countries.  Joshua, saved in a refugee camp in Uganda, has planted 16 churches in Southern Sudan and Uganda.

Berea Baptist Church in Rwanda is growing weekly under the leadership of Pastor Ignace.  They have just started erecting a beautiful new building.  Pray for approval of a frequency for New Life Radio in Rwanda.

Missionary Santo reported on November 12th that he was hearing radio pastor John preaching in Swahili loud and clear deep in Congo.  Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and pray and pray and pray for the Lord’s work in East Africa.    Thank you!!!

Your missionaries to East Africa – Tony and Kathy

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen    Ephesians 3:20-21

Newsletter



Missionary Photos

All Rights Reserved © 2015 Faith Baptist Church - 5714 29th Street Northeast Tacoma, WA 98422 - 253.927.7673