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Tony & Kathy Stark

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Name: Tony Stark
Age: 69

Spouse: Kathy Stark
Age: 67

Mission Field: Uganda / East Africa

Years of Service: 28

Home Church: Madison Baptist Church
Madison, Alabama

Missions Agency: Madison Baptist Church World Missions
Madison, Alabama

Our Missionary for 7 years

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Missionary Update 12/04/2017

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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

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Missionary Update 09/01/2017

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Missionary Update 06/05/2017

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Missionary Update 05/26/2017

May,
2017

Dear
Friends and Family,

    
The most rewarding experience a missionary can have is being able to see the
work he has done for the Lord continue to be fruitful even after he has left the
work and returned home for whatever reason.  Through the leadership of
Pastor Richard Oleo in Masindi, the preachers and graduates of UBBI are
enjoying preaching and fellowship for three days this week.  On Friday
seven students will graduate from Faith Baptist Bible Institute (formerly
UBBI).  For me the most exciting factor is that all the leading and
teaching was done by former graduates of UBBI.  Men like Gilbert,
Augustine, Oleo and others have been faithful and done the job.  To God be
the glory!  One special note is that one of the seven graduates, Emmanuel,
was the first child born to Henry and Cedrik who were the first couple I
married after arriving in Uganda.  Graduates were: Rwabugahya Vicent of
Masindi, Mwesigwa Emmanuel of Buhimba, Pithua Johnson of Kaiso, Uyi Yesu Yosia,
Vudriko Stephen of Moyo, Angei Juliet of Masindi, wife of Pastor Oleo and
Driciru Grace formerly from Arua ministry now in Masindi.

     Pastor Ignace
wrote me a nice letter updating me on how things are with Berea Baptist Church
in Rwanda.  It was one year ago when Kathy and I travelled there to assist
him in the planting of a new church.  He says they have at least two to
join each Sunday and now have 192 members.  A couple weeks ago he baptized
six.  They have a young man that has a burden to start a church in one of
the districts in northern Rwanda.  Please join us in praying about
Daniel’s training for the ministry.

     Robert, Denis
and Alex continue to send me reports of people being saved and edified as a
result of broadcasting from New Life Radio.  Pray for more preachers to
have programs in the various local languages, especially Alur and
Kiswahili.  Denis wrote:  Teacher Annet from Kyarwabuyamba
Hoima town is now on my prayer list.  After losing her biological mother
she had resorted to drinking, and was full of anger and strife.

But
New Life Radio has helped her so much to recover from such dilemma. She got
born again and we have shared a lot together.  Being a single mother, she
faces a lot of challenges. She told me what she went through and for now she is
continuously rejoicing for the existence of this station.  Personally I
may sometime feel exhausted and weary but for such people like teacher Annet, I
have always found myself moving another extra mile.    

    
I know many of you have been praying for me and my physical struggles.  I
have seen seven doctors and getting ready for an eighth.  So far they have
told me the following:  Due to a previous stroke I have damage that causes my
speech to be slow at times.  It also makes it difficult to sometimes get a
thought from my brain to my mouth to say something.  I have no way of knowing when this will
happen.  It comes and goes. 
I have
atrial fibrillation - the top part of my heart beats faster than the lower part
and causes my heart to beat out of rhythm at times.  It makes me more
susceptible to having a stroke. 
I have
what is called pseudobulbar affect.  It is also related to brain damage
due to my stroke.  Signals get crossed and cause me to cry without reason
- even to the point of sobbing.  Most of the time I have no indication
when it is going to happen.  With this in mind, pray I might make right
decisions.    

 

Your
missionaries to East Africa – Tony and Kathy

Missionary Update 03/06/2017


Dear Friends and Family,
I would like to begin this letter by sharing my appreciation and thanksgiving for my home church in Madison, Alabama. In 1989 God directed me to resign as pastor of Madison Baptist Church to go to Uganda as a missionary. MBC recognized the Holy Spirit’s call on my life for a new work and agreed to send me out as their first member/missionary of the church. When our new pastor, Mike Allison, came he recommended they support member/missionaries for one fourth of their needed support. Since that time over 30 members have taken their families to various parts of the world as missionaries of MBC. The ministry was initially called East Africa Outreach as that was the name of our ministry in Uganda but, as others were added and going to other parts of the world, the name was changed to Madison Baptist Church World Missions. They receive our support, send receipts, and distribute the support to the various missionaries. That is a lot of work when you do it for 27 different ones. They visit us on the field and keep us accountable. They type, print and send out our prayer letters. A special prayer meeting is held once a month to pray for those that have been sent out of Madison Baptist Church. I have just scratched the surface of all that is done by volunteer workers of my home church. I won’t mention names lest I forget someone but want to say thank you to them for helping us do the Lord’s work in East Africa.
Alex and Denis have completed almost all of the needed repairs to both NLR stations. They are waiting on just a couple of spare parts to finish the job. However, through it all, they are still broadcasting and receiving calls from listeners. Denis wrote last week with these words of appreciation. “Just got a call from Elias in Malebe Congo. He is excited and sends his sincere appreciation to whoever has been there to support New Life Radio for a continuous broadcast.” We will never know all that God is doing through your prayers and support of New Life Radio. I know we are reaching and ministering to people in Congo, Southern Sudan and Uganda. Please pray for the men who keep the station going and provide preaching in various languages. Pastor Alex (Runyoro), Denis (Runyoro), Robert, Pastor Stephen, Pastor John (Swahili), Pastor William (Alur) and Pastor Joshua (Bari).
I have gone from not having a doctor to having six. After going to the emergency room I followed up with a primary doctor and was then referred to five others for various matters. They are finding problems. Please pray as I continue with various tests that we will learn what we need to know and what to do in response.
I am teaching New Testament Survey this term plus preaching and teaching in various churches. If you need someone to teach or preach in one or more services feel free to call me at 256 701 1930.

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

Missionary Update 12/20/2016

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Missionary Update 12/12/2016

Dear Friends and Family,
Lightning strikes again! Pastor Alex had just purchased 20 new and bigger solar panels and eight batteries to increase broadcasting power at the two New Life Radio stations. Denis had installed twelve panels and four batteries in Buhimba. The next day he left for Mt. Otzi because Dominick called to tell that the station there was down. Two hours down the road, he received word lightning struck the station in Buhimba and burnt the inverter/charger, transmitter and many other pieces of equipment. On Mt. Otzi Denis found the inverter/charger and other equipment spoiled beyond repair. He brought the spoiled equipment back to Buhimba and returned with a spare inverter/charger and the new panels and batteries. After installing all of that, the station was up and running with some crippled equipment. Denis returned to work on the station in Buhimba. The fault that caused the strike was found and corrected. (We did have lightning protection.) A new inverter/charger was installed, and an old transmitter used. The station in Buhimba is also running on crippled equipment but it is up and broadcasting once again. Calls are coming in appreciating the station being on air once again. I thank the Lord for both Denis and Alex and their faithfulness in keeping these two stations on the air to minister to needy people across East Africa. As the seed of God’s word is sown from these two stations, please pray that it will fall on good ground and bring forth fruit that remains and bears much fruit.
I was scheduled to travel to Uganda December 7th but have cancelled my journey for now. The Lord impressed upon me that it would be more profitable to visit later after both stations are fully repaired. Pray that I will have wisdom about when to plan for the next journey.
Faith Baptist Bible Institute in Masindi will begin a new term on Monday. Pastor Oleo and Gilbert are expecting more new students. Last term they had 14 students. Pray for them to be Spirit filled as they lead and teach in this ministry to others.
Tuesday night I will finish teaching Old Testament Survey at Victory Baptist School of Ministry in Milton, Florida. Beginning in January I will teach New Testament Survey and in April I will go back to my home church in Madison, Alabama, to teach a mission’s class at Madison Baptist Theological Seminary. Pray for grace and power to sustain me in these opportunities to help prepare others to serve our Lord.
Kathy and I want to thank all of you for your support through words, finances and prayers. We feel privileged to work with you in reaching our world with the truth of God. Many are coming to Christ and growing in the Lord Jesus Christ through the ministry of East Africa Outreach. We wish all of you a Christ centered Christmas full of faith, peace and joy.
Tony and Kathy Stark

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

Missionary Update 10/18/2016

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Missionary Update 10/11/2016

October, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,
Kathy and I have moved from Riverview, Florida, to Milton, Florida. Milton is neighboring to Pensacola where our oldest son Russell lives. I am teaching Old Testament Survey in the Bible Institute at Victory Baptist Church with pastor Tim Fellure. Kathy volunteers in the print shop on Fridays, helping send Bibles around the world to missionaries. We travel and minister in supporting churches and new churches as the Lord opens the door. On October 23rd we will be at our home church, Madison Baptist Church – pastor Mike Allison, in Madison, Alabama, celebrating their 33rd anniversary. I can still vividly remember the day the Lord took Kathy and me to Madison and made it clear that was where He wanted us to start a new church. We thank the Lord it is still a thriving church reaching the world one soul at a time.
In December I will travel to Uganda to spend two weeks with various men. My main goals will be to help them improve the broadcasting of both NLR stations. So many are being reached through these two stations. I want to be sure we are making the truth available to all we can with what we have. We are investigating the possibilities of a repeater in another location for the station in Buhimba. Alex and Denis in Buhimba along with Dominic and Stephen on Mt. Otzi are doing a great work for the Lord. I will also be investigating the possibilities of Christian literature being printed right there in Uganda.
Pastor Oleo and Director Gilbert shared with me that they had 14 students in Faith Bible Institute (formerly Uganda Baptist Bible Institute) this past term. Four of them were new students. Two of them were from new districts, Yumbe and Moyo, and had been reached through the broadcast of NLR on Mt. Otzi.
Santo is getting calls to go many places in Congo. He and his wife, Milcah, travel together as he preaches every week somewhere in Congo. Santo has been praying and asking me to pray for over a year about a motorcycle for him and his wife to use in traveling. We put funds that churches had given to me with what he had and this week he is buying that new motorcycle. You have no idea how that will help them in spreading the word and ministering in various places.
In Rwanda people are getting saved and baptized weekly. The church is growing with adults and children. At times they have 200 in attendance. Many university students that will someday relocate will take the truth with them.
God continues to do exceeding, abundantly, above, all we ask or think. Recently an anonymous gift of $50,000 was given specifically for New Life Radio. Many prayers are being answered. Thank you for partnering with us in many ways.

Your Co laborers, 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

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