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Tony & Kathy Stark

Missionary Information

Name: Tony Stark
Age: 70

Spouse: Kathy Stark
Age: 67

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

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Missionary Update 04/27/2018

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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

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Missionary Update 02/20/2018

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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

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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

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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

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